My older brother (25), younger sister (19), and I (22) recently got back from a fun 5-day trip at the Beach Club (June 29-July 4), but we couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed...Call us crazy, but we felt like none of the parks required more than 1 day!
We were even a bit worried, reading crowd prediction sites and posts on WDW forums, that we would not have nearly enough time to see most everything...but we rode practically every "ride" (we skipped a few shows). We couldn't help but wonder why people seem to put so much time and energy into planning these vacations, when - to be honest - we ended up easily park hopping quite a bit and "playing things by ear" with no problems. Perhaps it is because we are young adults and a lot of WDW-goers seem to be young families with small kids. (This is another thing we noticed - WDW seems to be geared even more toward small children than DLR, if that's possible)
We found it easy to avoid crowds by attending EMH but avoiding that park with EMH for the rest of the day. We were able to "finish" DAK in about 3 hours and DHS in about 4 hours, leaving plenty of time for Epcot and MK. Granted, we loved that we were able to avoid the crowds (honestly, for attending during such a supposedly busy time of year, it was not that bad!), but we found ourselves a bit "bored."
Each park really seems to only have 2-3 "major E-tickets."
MK: Space, Splash, Thunder
DAK: Expedition Everest, Safari
DHS: ToT, RnRC
Epcot: Test Track, Soarin'
And the wait times - again, during the 4th of July holiday - seem to kind of prove this problem...as almost everything at Epcot, DAK, and DHS except for the rides listed above was essentially a walk-on! Even at MK, lines were extremely short with the exception of those three, which were insanely long...much longer than I've ever seen lines at DLR during equally busy days.
Basically, we had a lot of fun, especially with the dining options (WDW has some amazing restaurants!) and our resort. And I realize that the resort "vacation" experience is why people love WDW. But I can't help but feel like, at the end of the day, WDW really doesn't have very many exciting attractions. Even Epcot, a park I love, felt pretty dated - especially Future World. Wonders of Life is abandoned, and Journey into Imagination, Energy Adventure, and Maelstrom are all embarrassing. Operations were also spotty. We were trapped on a monorail for 30 minutes for technical difficulties, stuck on Spaceship Earth also for about 30 minutes, turned away from Test Track after having waited for about 45 minutes due to technical difficulties...
We don't really feel like we "need" to go back any time soon...
We did go to Islands of Adventure for one day of our trip, and we had a blast there!