Photo of Mickey Mouse in Halloween costume on Main Street at dusk
  • On Mar 27, 2023
    Roxanne from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We’re heading to WDW this Aug. 18-25. We like to have a few rest days as we are older. Should we do AK in the a.m. and then park hop to MK about 2 and rest the next day or should we go to AK one day and then go to MNSSHP the next day and skip the rest day?

    Hip hip hooray, Roxanne. I'm so glad you found your way to planDisney today!

    When my husband and I first started visiting Walt Disney World Resort, we would be in the theme parks from rope drop to park close. Over the years, however, we’ve changed the way we experience the parks, taking more time to rest and relax along the way. Thus, I completely understand your predicament. Since you are visiting during the peak heat of summer, it’s important to take time to rest and escape the heat. With that in mind, I would dedicate a day to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, followed by an evening at Magic Kingdom Park the next day for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. If you tried to do both on the same day, you would likely be too exhausted to truly enjoy all that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has to offer. This event is spooktacular in every way, so you’ll want to make sure you have enough energy to stay from beginning to end. I still think it’s a good idea to take a rest day though, so my suggestion would be to take a rest day the day after you attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Trust me - you will need to recuperate after being there late into the night.

    Roxanne, I hope this helps you finalize your magical trip itinerary. To help pass the time while you count down to your vacation, be sure to tune in to the planDisney Podcast for more planning advice from Panelists like me, and, as always, don’t hesitate to stop by again if we can be of further assistance.

    You are the magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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