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  • On Oct 24, 2023
    Kathleen from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How much time should we plan to be in each theme park? How far are each park from the other? Can I arrange a room for the 3 of us in Disney World?

    Hello there, Kathleen!

    Welcome to planDisney! After years of Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning experience, this group of planDisney panelists is ready to help answer your questions to ensure you get all the pixie dust out of your vacation. 

    Kathleen, I personally like to take advantage of as much time in the theme parks as possible, and oftentimes, you’ll find me at the theme parks from opening until closing (approximately 12 hours). I understand that not everyone is as intense as me, but I think the average Guest spends about six hours or more in each of the theme parks. It really depends on what is important to you. 

    For example, if you love attractions, I recommend going to the theme park about 30 minutes before the park opens to rope drop the theme parks for lower wait times in the morning. Pro tip: If you are a Disney Resort hotel Guest, you can take advantage of a 30-minute early entry into the theme parks every day (In this case, I show up another 30 minutes early to make sure I’m one of the first people taking advantage of early entry).

    If nighttime spectaculars and fireworks are important to you, I recommend entering the theme park in the afternoon to ensure you have enough energy to watch the fireworks. In a few days, you’ll be able to see the Hours & Events Calendar for your vacation dates. All of the theme parks are approximately a 10 to 15-minute drive from one another, but I really only recommend visiting two theme parks in a day.   

    There are lots of different rooms to choose from that can accommodate three Guests. I recommend viewing the accommodations website to see what is available when you plan on visiting. Depending on which theme park you want to visit the most, you may want to pick your Resort hotel based on the Resort location. For example, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is close to EPCOT, whereas Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is closest to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. 

    Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help sprinkle a bit of pixie dust your way. 

    May the magic be with you!

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Meet the Panelist: Melanie, Maryland

Hello there! I'm Melanie - a Walt Disney World Resort-loving Jersey girl living in Maryland with my Jedi Brewmaster husband and Bluey lookalike dog. Before I was even born, I grew up taking multigenerational vacations with my family at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The Disney force has grown stronger in my family since we took an adults-only voyage aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Whether you want to feel like a Disney Princess or a Jedi-in-training, I can't wait to help you plan a harmonious vacation. Learn More About Melanie

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