• On Dec 28, 2017
    Michelle from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Which park WDW or DL is better for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? We will have 4 days and there will be 2 adults, a 17 year-old and a 6 year-old Minnie fanatic. (We also need to meet Pooh and maybe Stitch). Which park and what time of year is best?

    Greetings Michelle!

    I am beyond thrilled that you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime Disney vacation! As someone who frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts throughout the year, this is a tough call as both are so unique and fun in my opinion!

    The Disneyland Resort is full of charm and history with the park that started it all! It is also home to detailed themed lands like Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park. Timeless classic attractions like the original Pirates of the Caribbean and "it's a small world" at Disneyland Park are also not-to-be-missed. The proximity of the two theme parks of this Resort make park hopping throughout the day a breeze. You can also easily walk back to your Disneyland Resort Hotel room to enjoy the great pools or take an afternoon nap!

    Walt Disney World Resort is truly a whole new world! With four distinct parks, many themed resort hotels, and Disney Springs, there are endless adventures to be had! The Walt Disney World Resort is home to stunning Pandora - the World of Avatar featuring the most exquisite and technologically advanced theming and attractions. You can also take a virtual world tour with a stroll through Epcot's World Showcase to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of 11 different countries. With so much to experience and explore at the Walt Disney World Resort, I highly recommend visiting for at least one full week, especially if it is your only visit.

    With four days allotted for your trip, you may have a more satisfying and also relaxing vacation at the Disneyland Resort. This Resort also has an abundance of character experiences which you said is a priority for your family. There is no wrong time to visit, but crowds tend to be lighter in the fall and winter when school is in session.

    I hope this was helpful, and feel free to stop by again as you start planning your trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, New Mexico

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a toddler mom, military wife, and dentist who is constantly inspired by Disney. One of my greatest pleasures is helping others experience the magic of a Disney vacation! I can't wait to answer your questions so that you can easily explore the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at the Disneyland Resort. Learn More About Jennifer

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