Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Feb 22, 2010
    Stephanie from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Visiting in May 2010 with 2 adults and 4 children(12,10,6,2). Will have 4 day base tickets. Should we spend 2 days at MK and skip a park or not? Also, which park should we skip if we decide to? I read mixed ideas on skipping Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

    Hi Stephanie!

    Given the age of your children, I recommend visiting all four theme parks, especially if this is your first visit to Walt Disney World.  I have a 5 year old and a 10 year old and they love all of the theme parks.  My oldest favorite is Animal Kingdom, followed by Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and then the Magic Kingdom.  My youngest favorite is the Magic Kingdom, followed by the Studios, Epcot, and finally Animal Kingdom.  My wife's favorite theme park is Epcot.  As you can see, deciding on which theme park to skip is not black and white.

    However, I should point out that most guests consider Animal Kingdom to be a half day park.  I completely disagree, because I love Animal Kingdom and love spending the entire day there.  I love the theming and I think it is one of the most beautiful parks in the world.  However, it doesn't have as many attractions as the other parks and thus many guests are ready to leave in mid-afternoon.  Thus you might consider getting the Park Hopper option on your Magic Your Way tickets.  You don't have to purchase the option now; you can wait until you are on your trip and see if you actually need it (i.e. the day you are standing in front of a second theme park on the same day).  Just remember that the Park Hopper option costs the same regardless of whether you bought it on the first day of your vacation or the last!

    May is historically a slower time for Walt Disney World so you will be able to experience a lot of the attractions in each park in a day if you get there early.  I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before park opening.  However, that assumes staying in the park all day, which may be next to impossible to do with your 2 year old.

    Good luck with your decision and write back if you have any more 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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