TRON at Night; Magic Kingdom
  • On Feb 2, 2024
    Amy from SK Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How many days is ideal for each park at Disney World? For Disneyland, we find two days at that park and 1 at California Adventure to be perfect (no parkhopper). Just not sure how much time to budget for DW parks or if parkhopper is a must have.

    Hello Amy!

    Welcome back to planDisney. I'm excited to hear you're planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort. Like you, my family typically plans for three days of park time when we head over to Disneyland Resort. We usually spend a full day at each park and then hop back and forth between them on the third day.

    As you know, Walt Disney World is larger and requires a bit more time and planning to experience all the magic, especially for a first visit. Though you can certainly upgrade to Park Hopper Option tickets, I don't think it's a must for your trip. In fact, I think hopping on a first visit and navigating the travel time and transportation options between the parks, would cause some unnecessary extra work and stress.

    I'd recommend one full day in each park and possibly two devoted to Magic Kingdom Park if you have time. My family likes to bookend our visits with a stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. The nostalgic atmosphere sets the tone for a magical vacation and a final viewing of Happily Ever After over Cinderella Castle serves as the chef's kiss at the end of our trip.

    You'll find many of the classic attractions of Disneyland Park at Magic Kingdom Park, with a few extra additions you won't want to miss. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the revamped Fantasyland is a family favorite and TRON Lightcycle / Run Presented by Enterprise is a thrill you'll probably want to experience both day and night. We also like taking a leisurely ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover which evokes fond memories of Disneyland's attraction from years past. My family usually plans one attraction-heavy day and then returns a second time to experience the parade, shows and character interactions. 

    I find that one day in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is enough to experience our favorites like Avatar Flight of Passage in Pandora, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Kilimanjaro Safaris, while still allowing time for casual exploration around Discovery Island Trails and maybe even a show or table service meal. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, we typically spend most of our time in Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, leaving our evening hours free for a viewing of Fantasmic! 

    If you plan to purchase Disney Genie+ Service and plan strategically, you can certainly tackle each park in one day. If you're looking to enjoy a longer visit and will be traveling during an EPCOT Festival you might want to plan for a second day there as well. I visited with a friend last weekend and we took one day to enjoy our favorite attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (a must not miss) and Soarin' Over California, then devoted a second full day to snacking around World Showcase and enjoying the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts entertainment. We could have probably visited a third day and still not tasted all the beautiful and delicious food and beverages available across the Food Studios.

    I hope this helps get your planning started. I'd be happy to share more specific suggestions if you'd like to write me again with more details about your travel party's ages and interests.

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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