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  • On Jan 21, 2019
    Erin from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have one day at Disney World. Will we have enough time to go to the Magic Kingdom and to the Animal Kingdom all in one day? There will only be three of us, my husband, our daughter (9) and myself.

    Hi Erin,

    I hope that you're looking forward to your magical day at the Walt Disney World Resort! With fun attractions, interactions with beloved characters, and incredible shows, you'll LOVE experiencing everything together with your husband and daughter!

    I just checked the park hours calendar for the day you're planning to visit, and it looks like both of those theme parks are currently scheduled to close by 8:00 p.m., which is on the early side. While you can fit them both in one day, you'll only be hitting the highlights of each one. If you do decide to do that, I'd suggest arriving at Disney's Animal Kingdom at least 30 minutes before the park opens (and more like 60-90 minutes early if you'd like to head straight to Avatar Flight of Passage) so that you're ready to hit the ground running as soon as it opens. I'd suggest that each of you pick one or two must-do attractions or events and spend a couple of hours enjoying those before heading over to Magic Kingdom Park for the majority of the day. There is a bus that goes directly between the two theme parks, or if you have your own vehicle, you're welcome to drive to Magic Kingdom Park. Do note that it could take up to 90 minutes of time between the two parks when you factor in traveling, security, ticketing, etc. If you do visit both parks, I'd recommend saving your FastPass+ selections for Magic Kingdom Park because you'll find the lowest wait times of the entire day to be within the first hour or two in the morning, and FastPass+ will be more beneficial in the afternoon. Ending your magical day with Happily Ever After will make an incredible grand finale!

    Whether you decide to visit both theme parks or just one of them, Erin, I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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