Walt Disney World is the largest Disney resort in the world. With 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, and lots of entertainment. Even during current times.
As this might seem a bit overwhelming, I can imagine you wondering how many days you would need to see it all? And whether you should stay on side or in an accommodation in the area.
One of the things you have to consider is what your expectations are. Would you like to see everything? Only the thrill rides? The must-do’s? Or just the family rides?
How many days in Disney World when you want to see it all?
During current times it’s possible to see all the rides in one park, in a day. So you would need at least 4 days to see all the theme parks. Keep in mind that Rise of the Resistance – the new Star Wars ride – can only be visited with a reservation that you need to make the day of your visit when you are in the park. If you are not able to get a reservation, you won’t be able to go on this ride.
Therefore, it would be nice to have an extra day in Hollywood Studios park, just in case you didn’t get the Rise reservation the first time.
So, if you want to see all the rides, then you currently need about 4 days. In the evening you can then visit Disney Springs. The water parks are currently closed, but before covid you needed at least a half a day per water park.
If you want to see and experience it all, including the water parks, and maybe visit a resort or two, then a week would definitely be sufficient.
Experience only certain rides/shows
If you like a slower pace or not interested in seeing all the rides and shows, you currently still need at least one day per park. But how?
Well, because of the covid regulations Park hopping is currently not allowed. This means that you can only visit one Disney Park per day. And you have to make a reservation in advance. Make sure you do so to not be disappointed upon arrival.
The good thing about not being able to park hop is that you can most probably experience your favorite rides multiple times. Peter Pan’s Flight with a 5 minute wait? Well let’s get on it again, right? Because after all the current situation we probably won’t ever see these low wait times again.
Staying on site vs a Disney resort
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter much if you where you are staying. Only, if a park is fully booked and you really want to visit it. Disney hotel guests are able to make reservations, even if there aren’t any spots available.
So, if your favorite park is booked, staying on site could be a lifesaver!