My favorite 1 week Disney World trip plan – PREP058

If somebody asked me what the best-of-the-best plans were for a family trip to Disney World, today's 1-week plan would be it. It has all of my favorite overall resorts, dining locations and special touches that I think most families will enjoy.

I also have a quick tip of the day about what you can order when you make a dining reservation.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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My favorite 1 week trip plan

Best resort options

  • Value Resorts - Pop Century and Art of Animation
  • Moderate Resorts - Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Deluxe Resorts - many good options

Day-by-day plan
Use my general touring plans for touring each park

  • Day 1 - arrival day, get checked in, dinner at Chef Mickey's
  • Day 2 - Magic Kingdom with early breakfast in the park before it opens, lunch at Columbia Harbour House, Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party in the evening
  • Day 3 - Epcot, lunch at Sunshine Seasons, tour World Showcase w/Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, dinner at Garden Grill or Biergarten or Teppan Edo, Illuminations cruise
  • Day 4 - Hollywood Studios, Hollywood and Vine character meal for breakfast or lunch, Sci-Fi Diner is a good option for lunch, end day with Fantasmic (suggestion: get a 4th FP+ in the park for Fantasmic or get Fantasmic Dinner Package)
  • Day 5 - sleep in, visit Downtown Disney, maybe do a water park
  • Day 6 - Animal Kingdom, Tusker House lunch, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue for dinner
  • Day 7 - Magic Kingdom, repeat items from the first day, dinner at a Magic Kingdom-area resort such as Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge, Pirate and Pals Fireworks Cruise
  • Day 8 - get packed up and check in at the airline check-in desk, have a final fun character breakfast before departing

Quick tip of the day

You can order whatever you want at restaurants such as just having dessert or an appetizer. Don't feel like you have to order an entire meal.

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Day 5…. not sure I could spend an entire day at Downtown Disney. I usually do Downtown Disney the night we arrive, spend a few hours there and have dinner. Then I’d replace Day 5 with maybe a sleep in, half pool day, then go to one park for the evening and dinner.


Just wanted to add that at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano’s Fantasmic! Dinner Package- You can have “LUNCH” Dinner which can starts at 12 ( I got this time for my next trip.


Great advice!! I love your page for planning tips! We are driving home from our 1week stay, when would you say is the best time of year? Free dining, cooler weather moderate crowds? We want to try a different time of year possibly our next trip we’ve stayed in sept twice. Thanks!!

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