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  • On Feb 25, 2010
    Cheryl from MI 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.

    We are thinking about coming to Disney in June- kids ages 8,10,15 - How long does it take to go through all the parks? I was thinking 2 days for Magic Kindgom, 1 day each for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios - and do you suggest the meal package

    Hi Cheryl!

    Generally speaking, it is impossible to see and do everything in Walt Disney World, even if you were staying two weeks. I have been to Walt Disney World many times in my life and I still have not done everything. However, I think your plan is fine. I think most guests can definitely experience the majority of the attractions in Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom by spending one day at each park. In fact, many guests will say Animal Kingdom is only a half day park, though I personally disagree and can easily spend a whole day there.

    The other two parks are more difficult to estimate. Epcot is a very large park to walk around. You could easily spend most of a day just in the Future World portion of the park. If your family wants to spend a lot of time in World Showcase, then I would suggest considering spending 1 and a half to 2 days in Epcot. Likewise, families with young children could easily spend 2 days in the Magic Kingdom. Families with older children might only spend 1 to 1 and a half days in the park.   

    Using my family as an example, my 5 year old loves the Magic Kingdom, followed by Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and then Animal Kingdom. However, my 10 year old loves Animal Kingdom, Epcot, the Studios, and then the Magic Kingdom. My favorite is the Magic Kingdom (and I could spend multiple days there), Epcot, the Studios, and Animal Kingdom; sometimes I flip flop between Epcot and the Studios. My wife loves Epcot.

    With regards to the Disney Dining Plan, some guests save a lot of money, some save a little, and some actually spend more when on the Dining Plan. I suggest looking at the menu for various Table Service and Quick Service restaurants at the independent website AllEars.Net. They do a great job keeping their menus up to date.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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