Cinderella Castle 50th Night
  • On Jul 12, 2022
    Susannah from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it better to plan the bigger parks (Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios) on a week day or weekend? We will be there Sept. 28-3 and want to make the most of our trip! It will also be a birthday trip and any fun tips for first time Disney goers needed!

    Hey there Susannah and welcome to planDisney!

    You've picked my absolute favorite time of year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. September holds so many fun and fabulous activities. Your Fairy GodTaylor is more than happy to share what I've learned during my annual treks to The Most Magical Place on Earth. You've given me the keys to the kingdom by telling me your travel dates. I'll tell you what I know so you can make an informed decision.

    Usually, I would suggest going to Magic Kingdom Park on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the lowest crowds. And if you plan to go straight into a park on the 28th then go for it! But assuming you're planning 4 theme park days and want to see fireworks in that particular park, I would go with EPCOT on Thursday, Disney's Hollywood Studios on Friday, Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park on Sunday. While I would usually always put Magic Kingdom Park on a weekday, Saturday is the only day that there isn't a Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on the books that will keep your family from seeing Disney Enchantment from lighting up the sky in the evening. I avoid EPCOT on the weekends in the fall due to locals packing the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. A lazy Sunday at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park sounds like a dream. And Disney's Hollywood Studios has traditionally gotten me the same results no matter where I put it in the schedule.

    Pro-tip: If your family is planning on attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party I'd purchase tickets for the one on Thursday so it won't be as packed with locals.  

    Now for a group of first-timers, there are a few pointers I want to give you to make your trip extra magical.

    1. Make sure you get both Happy Birthday and First Visit buttons from Guest Services, shopping locations in the parks, or from the Front Desk of your Disney Resorts Collection hotel to wear during the entirety of your visit. Cast Members will be able to see them and wish y'all well and hopefully, add a bit of pixie dust to your day.

    2. The Walt Disney World Resort is HUGE! Don't feel pressured to fit everything into one trip. You'll just have to plan more trips in the future.

    3. Take a moment to check out the Enchanting Extras Collection and Disney Floral & Gifts to see if anything calls out to you. An elevated experience or a lovely gift basket can be the perfect way to add some extra sparkle to your special vacation.

    Susannah, I hope I've been able to help you today. If you have any other questions, feel free to come back for another chat!

    Happy planning! 


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Meet the Panelist: Taylor, Louisiana

Hey y'all! I'm a Louisiana Royal like Princess Tiana. I'm a musical theatre actress with a love for all things Disney. My multigenerational family can be found in the Disney Parks with a party of 10 or more, including my beloved goddaughter. Careful! She'll run you over on her way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! It's going to be a thrill making magic with you. Happy planning y'all! Learn More About Taylor

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