Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Oct 10, 2022
    Tyson from IA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best order to see the 4 parks within Disney World? We have 7 days from start to finish. 10,8 and 7 year old. Husband is a foodie.

    Hi Tyson! Welcome to planDisney!

    It sounds like you're well on your way to a fantastic vacation! Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season really doubles down on the magic, allowing you to experience the overall atmosphere we've all come to love at The Most Magical Place on Earth while adding some extra merry touches!

    Tyson, there is no right answer to this question. Each park at Walt Disney World offers something unique and has its advantages! The order in which you visit the parks tends to be a matter of preference. However, I'm happy to share some of my own preferences. I find that my energy is the highest on the first day of my Disney Vacation! My family and I wake up early, fresh and ready to hit the ground running. I tend to visit Magic Kingdom Park first. Since this park has the most rides and attractions, it takes some planning and brain power (and maybe a few hundred extra steps) to experience as many of these as possible. I find that EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park have more of a low-key vibe, so I'll usually choose one of these as my second park. EPCOT seems like the logical choice for your family considering your husband's affinity for tasty food! He may want to check this off the list early in your trip! I always recommend that Guests schedule a day at their Disney Resort Hotel mid-vacation. These accommodations have so much more to offer than just a comfy place to lay your head. Relaxing for a day helps to recharge for more park fun! Next, I'd go to Disney's Hollywood Studios, as I've spent a day recharging for an adventure in a galaxy far, far away. There are many popular attractions in this park, so I like to be refreshed for a day of Disney Genie+ selections or lengthier standby lines. Finally, whichever park you haven't visited yet will round out your trip. If you followed my plan, this would be Disney's Animal Kingdom Park! This park is one of my favorites. The food options are quite underrated and visiting with the animals is an entirely different way to experience the Disney magic.

    Tyson, another factor to consider would be the days of the week in which you're visiting. During the week, I find that Wednesdays tend to be the least busy park day. I try to schedule a visit to Magic Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios, two of the busier parks, in the middle of the week in hopes that crowds will be lower.

    Finally, the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar may play a part in making this decision for you! December is a popular time to visit Walt Disney World, so it could be helpful to take a peek at the calendar to see if each day of your vacation still has wide open availability.

    Again, Tyson, there is no wrong answer here! If you asked my fellow panelists, we all may have different answers for how we like to visit the parks. Whichever order you choose to go with, your trip will be a dream come true!

    Happy planning,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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