This article offers a different, more enjoyable way to approach your couples Disney World trip. Leave the pressure to do it all at home. 😃

Growing up, our annual family vacation was to Disney World, and I remember the utter horror when my parents would suggest we head into a Disney park after it was open.

After. After it was open. As in, not the minute it opened.

I couldn’t — could. not. — imagine being so close to Disney World and not being in a park if the park was open.

Scene from the movie Brave.
Actual footage of me but with red hair.

Now that I’m at the age my parents were when I was that irrational child, I simply don’t know how they did it. We may have never arrived for rope drop, but we were always in the park from morning to night, then back again the next day, and the next.

It wasn’t until Mike and I went on our first couples Disney World trip that I realized there’s another way to approach the Disney parks. 🤯

We’re firm believers in taking the pressure off and making your Disney World vacation just that: a vacation.

If you’re anxious about your upcoming Disney trip and already feel flustered at the thought of how much there is to do, see, eat, experience, and enjoy, goddammit, this article is for you.

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It’s Impossible To Do Everything at Disney World. Full Stop.

Walt Disney and a Disney quote.

Regardless of how long you’re on your couples Disney World trip, it’s as close to impossible without using the word “impossible” as it gets to see everything at Disney World. Here’s why:

  • There’s too much to see
  • Rides and attractions go down
  • There’s always something new
  • Seasonal experiences come and go
  • You probably won’t like everything

Read more about these impossible points here: 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Do Everything During Your Disney Couples Trip

Why Force Yourself To Hate Your Disney Park Day?

Toy Story meme about stress.

The least enjoyable way to spend a couples Disney World trip is to force yourselves to fill each day to the brim.

First of all, this strategy just totally stinks. It’s exhausting, there’s no downtime or romance, and you’ll spend all your energy trying to be efficient instead of actually savoring your trip.

Plus, unless you’re an athlete (and maybe not even then), your body is going to hurt at the end of the day. Have fun on that walk to the Disney bus or, worse yet, the parking lot.

Second, you’ll end up on rides and at attractions you couldn’t care less about. Unless you have a toddler or you’re a super fan of a certain character, there’s no reason to go on rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, or The Barnstormer.

Same goes for character meet-and-greets. If you’re into them, cool. But if you’re not, why bother?

Also, an excellent time to appreciate low crowd levels is during a parade or nighttime show. If you’re intent on doing everything, you could miss the chance to roam around the park when most people are gathered in one spot.

Here’s What To Do Instead

Cinderella Castle at Disney World during a couples Disney World trip.

On your next couples Disney World trip, you can either try to do it all or you can do it all your way. Obviously, we prefer the latter. Here’s how to pull it off:

Decide on the type of vacation you want to have.

Is this going to be a trip where you sample all of the snacks and meals you’ve been hearing about? Or maybe you want to tick off every thrill ride the parks offer. You could also be after super romantic experiences, or maybe you want a full-fledged vacation with tons of pool time and indulgent meals.

Knowing the type of trip you want to have before you even leave home will make it easier to say “yes” or “no” to certain experiences.

Decide on the type of park day you want to have.

Before you head into the park for the day, or even while you’re on the way there, chat about the type of Disney day you’re after.

Maybe it’s your last day at Magic Kingdom and you want to prioritize three rides you haven’t been on yet. Or maybe you’re exhausted from the day before and all you care about is sipping yummy cocktails and strolling around the World Showcase while you take in the scenery.

Again, just like figuring out the type of vacation you two want to have, deciding on a mood for the day will help you prioritize what to do and how to do it.

Be selective about which parks and areas you’ll visit.

Even though Disney World has four main theme parks, you definitely do not have to visit all of them on your couples Disney World trip. Don’t feel guilty about skipping any of the parks or having limited time there.

This is your vacation. Do it however you want.

We don’t go to Animal Kingdom during every trip, and sometimes we’ve skipped Hollywood Studios, too, even though we totally love both parks. Magic Kingdom is a staple for us, but otherwise, we design our trips around the time we have and what’s most important to us. Not every park is always going to make the cut.

Pick one splurge per trip.

There are a lot of excellent splurges to take advantage of during a couples Disney World trip, but they also tend to take a lot of time and money. If you don’t want to forgo a lot of regular park time or you’re trying to get through this trip without spending $1,000 more than you budgeted for, pick one splurge for your trip and limit it to that.

For example, maybe you want to buy After Hours tickets, dine at Monsieur Paul in Epcot or see the Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs.

Select an experience that makes sense in your budget and do that. If you love Disney World, chances are you’ll be back and you’ll have more time to check other items off your bucket list.

Final Thoughts About Making the Most of Your Couples Disney World Trip

It’s impossible to do everything there is to do in a single trip to Walt Disney World, no matter how long that trip is.

(We have an article that goes into this even more, using Magic Kingdom as a test subject to discuss what it would take to see all of the park in a single Disney trip. Read that here.)

Believe us, we’ve tried. We were in Disney World for nearly a month, and we still left with plenty on our future to-do list. We’ve also been back many times since and still haven’t experienced a number of things even once.

Also, even if it were possible to do it all during your trip, would you want to? Disney World is far too expensive to spend your time there feeling frustrated, rushed and like you have to complete everything on a checklist.

Save that for your errands or job when you’re back home; those kinds of demands have no place here.

😌 Choose laidback over uptight.
😌 Choose carefree over anxious.
😌 Choose lighthearted over pressure.

Disney World was designed to be an escape. Let it be one.

Does the weather report call for rain during your couples Disney World trip? Bummer. But also: Florida. Here’s how to spend a rainy day at Disney World. Surprise: You can (and should) stay in the park.