Disney World 7 Day Itinerary Planning Guide

Are you planning a Disney World 7 day itinerary and you don’t know where to start? You are in the right place! Disney World can be an amazing vacation, and with this Disney World 7 day itinerary planning guide you will be ready to enjoy the most magical place on Earth!

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We love visiting Disney World. The last few years we have had amazing opportunities at the parks and resorts. Visiting Disney World has become a family tradition for us and each visit holds a special memory.

We have done a 3 day Disney Itinerary, 5 day Disney World itinerary, and everything in between. My goal for sharing this 7 day itinerary for Disney World is to show you the options.

As you read through and plan your Disney World itinerary you can customize it for your family and priorities. You may want to skip a park or add an extra day at the parks. There is so much to do at Disney World you may not be able to fit everything in.

My big goal is to help you plan your best Disney vacation that is the right fit for you and your family!!

This itinerary is based on having a 4 day park ticket. No park hopper, no water park, and no dining plan. These items can be added to your 7 day Disney trip, but I wanted to start with the basics!

Tickets & Discounts: I always recommend shopping for the best travel deals when planning a trip! This takes time but can help you SAVE! Our favorite places to check: Theme park tickets and hotels check out Undercover Tourist and Get Away Today. Theme park and attractions check out CityPass. Hotels and other travel needs check out TripAdvisor and Bookings.com. Always compare prices because they often have specials and deals during the year.

Things to Consider When Planning Your Itinerary for Disney World

The first thing you should do when planning your itinerary for Disney World is plan your budget. Check out this article where I have broken down the cost of a Disney vacation. The prices vary depending on the size of your family and your priorities.

A first time visit to Disney World would most likely include a day at each of the four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. You should decide if you want to stay on or off Disney property as well.

Helpful Article: 5 Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort (+3 Reasons to Stay Off-Site During Your Disney Vacation)

After you purchase your tickets be sure to make reservations for the days you would like to visit the parks. Guests need a park ticket and a park reservation to visit the theme parks.

Disney World 7 Day Itinerary for Families

Day 1: Travel Day/Arrive at Walt Disney World

Depending on your arrival time I suggest getting settled into your resort. If this is your first time visit to Walt Disney World you should take your time to explore the resort and prepare for your first day at the parks tomorrow.

Often you can check-in early but there are also times where our room isn’t ready until the 4:00pm check-in. Once we arrive in Orlando we will go directly to our resort to check-in.

If our room is not ready we will check them at concierge and they will hold them while we explore. This service is available at all Disney World resorts. Whether you are staying at a value resort like Art of Animation or a deluxe resort like the Riviera Resort. You will receive an email or text when your room is ready.

From there you have two great options. Pack a day bag and head directly to the pool. The pools are quietest during the day when most people are at the parks. Another great option is to take the Disney bus transportation over to Disney Springs.

Disney Springs has shopping, dining, and entertainment all in one place. Check out our favorite things to do at Disney Springs.

After you spend your day at the pool or Disney Springs it’s time to get checked-in to your room. I usually take this time to get ready for the next day, pick up dinner at the on-site restaurant or order a pizza to your room, and rest up for an early day at the parks.

Day 2: Magic Kingdom Day

Magic Kingdom is the first park to open at Walt Disney World. It has Cinderella’s castle, the classic dark ride attractions, as well as the Disney mountains (Splash, Space, and Big Thunder).

It is what most people think of when they visit Walt Disney World. A day at Magic Kingdom should be part of your Disney Itinerary and some people like to plan two days to explore the park.

Magic Kingdom has the most attractions and rides than the other three parks but you can do it in one day. Plan on arriving about an hour before rope drop. Rope drop is when the park officially opens.

Currently they let people into the park before the posted opening time to walk through Main Street U.S.A. Once you walk through you will line up at the land entrance you are starting your day at. We suggest Fantasyland.

This means you should plan to arrive at Magic Kingdom around 8:00am-8:15am when park opens at 9:00am. Be sure to plan travel time between your resort and the parks. You may have to leave your room around 7:30.

I get that it is early and you are on vacation, but you get up early for work everyday. Today you get to go to Disney World!

Magic Kingdom has a few different ways to approach the park depending on what age your kids are or what your interests are. If you have older kids you may want to start with the thrill rides. If you have younger kids you may prioritize character meet and greets.

The most popular attractions at Magic Kingdom are Peter Pan and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. They will have the longest lines at most times of the day. If you want to skip lines you will have to purchase Genie+ as an add-on to your tickets. FastPass is no longer available.

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You also want to plan some dining restaurants before you arrive at the park. Dining reservations can be made 60 days in advance. I highly recommend you make reservations for any sit-down dining.

Be Our Guest is a great option for lunch and Cinderella’s Royal Table lets guests dine with the princesses inside Cinderella’s castle. Both require reservations. We also like Columbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn for quick service dining.

Magic Kingdom also has a nightly fireworks show, Disney Enchantment. This can’t be missed and is an awesome end to your first Disney itinerary day. Arrive about 30 minutes before show time to grab a spot.

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The Jungle Cruise attraction at Magic Kingdom.

Day 3: Epcot

Epcot is the second park at Walt Disney World and a good place for day two. At this time it is undergoing some huge renovations that may not be complete until 2023. There are two ways to approach Epcot.

Epcot Option 1: Sleep In

Option one allows you to sleep in and take your time arriving at the park. This means you should plan the most popular attractions in the late evening. You may also want to consider Genie+. The most popular attractions are Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, Test Track, Guardians of the Galaxy (opens May 27th), and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

If you sleep in enjoy a slow morning with breakfast at the resort. Take your time to explore the resort and have some pool time. You may also want to check the resort daily activities to see what is going on at the resort.

If you are visiting Epcot and want to sleep in I would plan on arriving a bit later in the afternoon. There are so many incredible dining options at the World Showcase and I would book a dinner at one of them.

Epcot is divided into four areas: World Nature, World Celebration, World Discovery and the World Showcase. There are rides and attractions in each area.

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Epcot has a nightly show called Epcot Harmonious. If you are arriving late in the afternoon you may want to stay for the show.

Epcot Option 2: Go to Bed Early

If you have younger kids who naturally wake up early you may want to arrive at the park for rope drop and then go back to the resort in the afternoon.

Families with young children, especially those in strollers, will be able to navigate the park easily. Epcot is large park with a lot of walking, so be prepared, but during our visit when our kids were all under 5 we finished by 2:00pm.

You will not get to see and explore everything Epcot has to offer in one day. This plan allows you to see and do the most popular attractions and rides.

With the new attractions and the size of Epcot you may have to pick your priorities for your must see attractions.

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Epcot World Showcase is a great place to visit during your Disney Vacation.

Day 4: Take a Rest Day

Having a day mid-week to rest and relax is a must during vacation. When planning our Disney World itinerary I always plan breaks that work for our family. Planning an entire day to sleep-in, relax and be spontaneous is a great way to recharge before more park days.

What you decide to do on your rest day will be really different for everyone.

We have booked character brunches at some of our favorite resort restaurants. Disney Springs is a great option if you haven’t visited yet. You may want to include a morning or afternoon at a Disney water park.

Another great way to spend the day is to sit at the pool, enjoy your resort, and do nothing at all! We’ve also used this day to do laundry if needed. This rest day is tailored to fit your family.

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rest day at disney resort during your disney itinerary

Day 5: Disney Hollywood Studios

On the day you visit Hollywood Studios prepare for an early start to your day. Hollywood Studios recently opened Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

With these new lands and attractions, 6 rides in all, the park sees high crowds and long lines. If you want to ride Rise of the Resistance, the new Star Wars attraction, you need to arrive well before park opening and go directly to this attraction. You can also purchase an individual lightning lane. This is a one time fee per person to ride the attraction. Learn more here.

My plan for Hollywood Studios with school age kids would include Toy Story Land, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Galaxy’s Edge as top priorities.

If you have preschool age kids or are not interested in the newer attractions I would focus on meeting the Disney Junior characters, watching the shows, and taking a slower approach to the day.

There are also a few table service restaurants worth visiting. Sci-Fi Dine In and 50’s Prime Time Cafe are fun themed table service options for your visit. Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ will be opening in 2022 or 2023, and will be a great sit down Toy Story themed dining option.

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Hollywood Studios also has three nightly shows: Fantasmic, Wonderful World of Animation and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

The Wonderful World of Animation is projected on to the Chinese Theater and is about 30 minutes before the final show of the night, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. If you want to watch these shows find a good seat around 8:00 and stay for both.

meet characters at hollywood studios during your disney vacation

Day 6: Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is a gorgeous park full of plants and wildlife, making this one of our favorite parks to visit. I love walking around and seeing the lush landscape throughout the park.

There are also some really amazing rides and attractions. The most popular area is Pandora: The World of Avatar. This has two attractions: Flight of Passage and Navi’ River Adventure. Both will have long lines but Flight of Passage will be the busiest. Secure an individual lightning lane pass or ride at park open or park close.

After you experience Pandora you should ride Kilimanjaro Safari and Expedition Everest. Save the animal exhibits for after you have done the attractions to minimize your wait times.

Animal Kingdom not only has rides it also has animal exhibits, character meet and greets and some of the best shows on Disney property. One of our favorite activities is the Wilderness Explorer program.

This is a free scavenger hunt type activity that lets your kids earn patches at various locations throughout the park. We really enjoyed this and shared our experience in this article, What You Need to Know to Become a Wilderness Explorer.

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Starting at dusk Animal Kingdom comes to life with the Tree of Life Nighttime Awakening and bioluminescent lights through Pandora. Guests can also see the nightly Rivers of Light show.

7 day disney world itinerary with animal kingdom

Day 7: Travel Day/Depart Walt Disney World

Your last day will typically be used as a travel day and to check-out. If you have time you can visit Disney Springs again or spend your last day enjoying the resort.

This Disney World itinerary gives you a general idea of how you want to spend your Disney World vacation, but as with any vacation, plans can change. Allowing flexibility with your plans will help you plan the best Disney itinerary for your family.

Things that May Affect Your Disney World 7 Day Itinerary

  • Crowds: Crowds can significantly impact your itinerary depending on the time of year you visit. Holidays, summer, and school breaks will be busier than other times but recently most days have been busy and the crowds are unpredictable.
  • Genie+: If you purchased Genie+ to skip some of the lines you may get more done than if you do not. It depends on the crowd levels.
  • Weather: Depending on the time of year of your visit the weather could affect your plans. Check out Visiting Disney World in Summer | Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) take a Summer Vacation to Disney World
  • Restaurant Reservations: Restaurant availability may make you change your plans and switch park days.
  • You want to spend more than one day at a park. If you want to spend more than one day at the parks you might consider skipping a park or purchasing a park hopper to visit multiple parks in one day. Park hopper pricing can be found here.
  • You want to go to the water parks. You and your family may want to visit the water parks and may add another day, or add it to your rest day.

I hope this Disney World 7 day itinerary helps you plan your best Disney vacation ever. Feel free to leave a question or comment and I’d be happy to help!

Tickets & Discounts: I always recommend shopping for the best travel deals when planning a trip! This takes time but can help you SAVE! Our favorite places to check: Theme park tickets and hotels check out Undercover Tourist and Get Away Today. Theme park and attractions check out CityPass. Hotels and other travel needs check out TripAdvisor and Bookings.com. Always compare prices because they often have specials and deals during the year.

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