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  • On Mar 17, 2010
    Sheila from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I have an annual pass to Disneyland and often go. This summer will be my first time going to DisneyWorld Florida but I can only go to one of the theme parks.  Which of the 4 parks should I go to?

    Hi, Sheila! Since the Magic Kingdom is similar to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios is somewhat similar to California Adventure, I think it's a toss up between Epcot and Animal Kingdom for giving you a one-day experience different than what you already know so very well. Both parks are spectacles to behold with such varied experiences.  Without truly knowing what you would enjoy most, I'll have to be content with giving you a brief synopsis of each and leaving it up to your discretion.

    Epcot is a wonderful blend of seeing what the world is and what it could be.  Futureworld sits at the entrance to the park with Spaceship Earth as its familiar icon. This part of the park usually opens first and early and features the latest in technology, communications, exploration and science. There are a few thrill rides, but for the most part, Epcot is designed to expand the mind instead of bending it!  Usually later in the morning, World Showcase opens with it's salute to eleven countries of the world -- you can dine, shop, 'visit' and meet people from these countries just by walking around World Showcase.

    Animal Kingdom is best described by what it is's not a zoo.  It's the largest geographical park at WDW with the Tree of Life as its centerpiece -- featuring animal life living and animated, present and past. From Broadway-style productions to thrilling rollercoasters from amazing animal exhibits to exciting African safari's...Animal Kingdom is capable of thought-provoking relaxation and mind-bending excitement all in the same day. One tip to keep in mind is that AK usually keeps earlier hours than the other parks. Therefore, you may get more 'bang for your buck' at a park that stays open later.

    I hope this has helped you narrow down your decision. Have a wonderful day and a magical day at WDW!
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