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Itinerary for a 3 Day Disney World Vacation

While it is nice to have a week for your Disney World vacation, for many families it is not possible time wise or budget wise. If you have only 3 days for your vacation, here are my suggestions on how to schedule your park days:

Main Street Disney World VacationThe parks with the most to see and do are Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Plan to spend a full vacation day at each of these parks. Animal Kingdom closes early evening, so for the third day, go to Animal Kingdom in the morning. This is recommended from another standpoint too—the animals will be out in the morning, but taking shelter from the heat in the afternoon. Then after lunch head for Hollywood Studios for the rest of the day. You will need the Park Hopper ticket option to go to two parks the same vacation day.

Because your time is limited, you can maximize your Disney World vacation by staying at one of the Disney Resorts so you can take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours and closeness to the Disney World parks.

If you arrive for your Disney World vacation on Saturday, your itinerary might look like this:

      Saturday afternoon: Arrive at Disney World and check into Resort Hotel. Check in time is 3 p.m. If arriving earlier, ask if your room is ready early; if not, check your luggage, preregister, and start enjoying your day. Activities for your first partial day of your vacation might include exploring the Disney World resort and grounds, taking part in resort activities, enjoying the pool and lounge area, visiting other Disney resorts, taking in Downtown Disney or the discount Disney shops and discount mall shopping. Pick up Park Guides, verify park hours, and decide which attractions you want to visit.

Animal Kingdom Disney World VacationSunday: Start your first full day of vacation with a visit to Animal Kingdom. Plan your morning around show times as these are the big attraction at Animal Kingdom. There is a Tip Board in Discovery Island; also pick up a Times Guide & New Information card. Don't miss the Kilimanjaro Safaris trip; the whole family will enjoy seeing the animals of Africa in a native habitat. Early afternoon leave for Hollywood Studios, enjoy the attractions and the amazing Fantasmic Show, then Extra Magic Hours after the park closes for regular guests.

EPCOT Disney World Vacation

Monday: Epcot has the morning Extra Magic Hour so this is your vacation day for Epcot. Test Track and Soarin' are the attractions that will have long lines later in the day, so do these now as many times as you want. Visit the beautiful Pavilions in World Showcase and sample a few of the many specialties from the various countries. Finish your evening with the show spectacular on the Lagoon, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Disney World Castle VacationTuesday: Your third day is at Disney World Magic Kingdom. Just inside the park pick up a current Times Guide listing Special Hours, Height Requirements, Show Times, Character Greeting Times, and Parade and Fireworks Times. At park opening time the characters are out to greet and sign autographs at the front of the park. Family of all ages will enjoy Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. End your day with the magnificent SpectroMagic Parade followed by Wishes, a fireworks display over the Castle.