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Top Tips For a Short Trip to Walt Disney World

We all wish to take week-long trips to Walt Disney World, but sometimes we can only take a quick weekend trip. If you are looking at taking a short trip to Walt Disney World, we have a free tips for making the most out of this trip.

Use these tips to get the most of the magic at Walt Disney World when taking a quick trip to Walt Disney World.

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Choose Your Flights Carefully

Choose your flights carefully if you are flying to Walt Disney World for your quick trip. You don’t want to spend most of your time in the airport or on flights. Pick flights that allow you to get to Walt Disney World immediately in the morning to start your trip or even the night before.

Even though your room probably won’t be ready at your Walt Disney World Resort, you can still drop off your items and head to the Parks immediately.

On the way home, try to take the latest flight home. This allows you to visit the Parks in the morning and enjoy additional time in the magic before heading out.

Pick your flights to make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.

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Narrow Your Focus

When you have limited time at Walt Disney World, it is crucial to narrow down your must-do list. It isn’t be possible to get as much dones as you would during a more extended vacation. Look at what are your big must-dos to make sure that you get those in.


What rides, shows, and attractions are important to you during this trip. Are there new rides that you want to make sure you get to experience? Is Fantasmic a must-see? Make this list beforehand to know your plan before arriving at Walt Disney World.

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Consider Your Resort

Where you stay during a short trip can be extremely important. You don’t want to spend the majority of your time on transportation. Consider staying at one of the skyliner or monorail Resorts to have quick, easy access to Disney Parks.

Think about where you are going to spend the majority of your trip. If you plan to be at EPCOT for a festival or in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, consider staying at one of the Cresent Lake Resorts, such as Beach Club or Boardwalk Inn. These make it easy to walk to these Parks.

If Magic Kingdom is your focus, would it make sense to stay at one of the monorail REsorts, such as Disney’s Contemproary Resort? Although we love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, if you plan on being in the Parks the most of your short trip, you might not want to stay so far away from teh Parks.

Think about which Walt Disney World Resort will allow you to get to the Parks in the least amount of time.

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batuu at night DT

Consider Extended Hours

You can take advantage of early entry by staying at a Walt Disney World Resort. This allows you to get into all four Disney Parks a half hour early. During a short trip, that extra time can be beneficial. Even though it is a short period, it allows you to get some of the top attractions done quickly.

By staying at a Deluxe Disney Resort, you migth be able to take advantage of extended evening hours. These are offered at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT on select evenings. When staying at a deluxe Resort, you can have extra time in the Park after they close to the other Guests. This is another way to have addidtional time in the Park during a shorter trip.

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Park Hopper Option

If you don’t have much time in the Parks, consider using a Park Hopper. This can allow you to hop between Parks during the day. Hopping can will enable you to experience multiple Park in one day. This is exceptionally nice when some Parks, such as Magic Kingdom, are open until late evening.

By having a Park Hopper, you can still experience all four Parks within a short trip if that is your goal. at

Mickey and Minnie in Christmas sweaters
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Attend a Special Event

Another way to extend your time in the Parks is to attend a special event. When traveling during Halloween or Christmas, consider attending one of the holiday parties. These are a great way to have extra time in the Park.

This year, Disney has also brought back After Hours. These are currently available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Guests who purchase these tickets can stay in the Park three hours after it closes. Since these are limited, capacity is low, making it a great way to get a lot done.

Time is money at Walt Disney World; sometimes, spending a little extra can be well worth the extra time you get in the Parks.

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Ride Share

Finally, consider using ride share during short trips. Although we love Disney transportation, it isn’t always the fastest. With limited time in the magic, we want to ensure that time is spent in the Parks not on a bus. Guests can take ride shares throughout the Walt Disney World Property.


We are thrilled that Minnie Vans are back so we can take them directly to the gates of Magic Kingdom. We lvoe having the option to use ride share on all of our trips, but it makes it even better during short trips.

Any trip to Walt Disney World is magical. When planning a short trip, these tips are used to make the most of our time in the magic. We hope they will help you have a wonderful time no matter how long or short your trip to Walt Disney World might be.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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