Night vs Day

Night vs Day

Day or night, night or day? These words have a lot of meaning when planning your Disney vacation, and understanding how they are used means you’ll understand exactly what you’re booking. This post pertains specifically to theme park vacations, like Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

For an example, let’s consider a trip with a check-in date of August 9, 2016 and a check-out date of August 15, 2016. This is a 6 night, 7 day trip.


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A night is the number of nights of your hotel stay. It is the number of times you’ll lay your head on your hotel pillow to sleep. On a 6 night, 7 day trip, you’ll sleep in your hotel room 6 times. This determines the cost of your room. The number of hotel nights is explicitly determined by your trip dates.

Nights are the number of times you'll sleep in your hotel...but not this hotel!

Nights are the number of times you’ll sleep in your hotel…but not this hotel!

The number of nights of your hotel stay also determines the number of dining plan credits you receive (for Walt Disney World vacations only.) You receive dining plan credits equal to the number of nights of your hotel stay. For the example trip, the travelers would receive 6 Table Service credits, 6 Quick Service credits, and 6 snacks per person on the basic Dining Plan. Dining plan credits are explicitly determined by hotel nights, and therefore trip dates. You cannot increase or decrease the number of credits you receive unless you are also changing your trip dates.

A day is the number of calendar days you will be on property. This includes your check-in and check-out dates. Your number of days will always be one more than your number of nights. Nights determine your room and dining plan costs, days do not. Days are important because you’ll want to book your flights on the correct dates, or plan your drive and vacation from work appropriately.

Days are the number of calendar days you will be on property

A day is also a length of ticket. Tickets for Walt Disney World can be anywhere from 1-Day to 10-Day tickets. Tickets for Disneyland can be anywhere from 1-Day to 5-Day tickets.  Your ticket length is the number of individual days you may visit a theme park. You choose your ticket length, it is not determined by your hotel stay. Any ticket length is valid for any trip length.

Using the example trip of 6 nights, 7 days, 5-Day Tickets are shaded in gray. Tickets can be used on any day of the trip, but the shaded days are the common days to visit the parks in this example.


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We hope this guide helps you understand the difference between nights and days on your vacation package.  As always, if you have questions about your trip don’t hesitate to ask your agent!

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