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  • On Jun 20, 2023
    Jessica from NJ 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 spending 3 full days at Disney Beach Club with a 13 and 11 yr old, and none of us have been to Disney. I only want to do 3 parks. I know it's subjective, but how do I know which one to forgo? We're coming in February.

    Hey there, hi there, Jessica! Welcome to planDisney and thanks for stopping by with such a great planning question! 

    I couldn't be happier to see that the magic is calling you, and you're answering the call by planning your very first magical adventure at The Most Magical Place on Earth. How exciting! And since you and your family will be staying at Disney's Beach Club Resort, it sounds like your planning is off to a practically perfect start. With its relaxing, beachy vibes, fantastic dining options, arguably the best pool in all of Walt Disney World Resort and location within walking distance of two theme parks, it's the perfect pixie-dusted home away from home right in the middle of the magic. Now, let's get this planning party started!

    If you would like to go to only three of the four theme parks on your vacation, right off the bat, I recommend that you don't skip Magic Kingdom Park or EPCOT. In my opinion, no Walt Disney World Resort vacation is complete without at least one visit to Magic Kingdom, and since your Resort is basically in EPCOT's backyard, you must take advantage of the proximity for easy mornings, midday pool breaks and a quick walk back to your room after the best Disney day. Plus, the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is my absolute favorite attraction and cannot be missed! And while the schedule is subject to change, Extended Evening Theme Parks Hours, exclusively for Guests of Deluxe Resort hotels like Beach Club, are offered at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, which means that you can enjoy two extra hours of magic on select nights. You won't want to miss that pixie-dusted perk!

    Ultimately, I think the decision comes down to choosing either Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and I think this depends on what you and your kiddos are into. If you and/or your kids are Star Wars fans, you can't miss the incredible, immersive Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios. Plus, you can walk or take a leisurely boat ride there from Beach Club! If your kiddos love animals and Pandora - The World of Avatar (it's amazing!) or if you are a family of foodies, Animal Kingdom is right for you. 

    My top suggestion is that you and your family check out the webpage for each theme park on the Walt Disney World website. See which attractions, entertainment, dining experiences and theming appeal to you most and decide from there. While you're doing your research, I also recommend that everyone jots down three must-dos from each park so that you know which attractions to make a priority. No matter which parks you choose to visit, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure, and I can't wait to see the magic you unlock!

    I hope this helps, Jessica, and I hope you'll stop by any time with any questions you may have along the way.

    You've got a friend in me,


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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