There are so many things to do at Disney Parks. If you’re not living in Florida, you just can not possible do all of them in one vacation. Well maybe you can but in my experience, you can’t do everything and still see everything.
Our last Florida vacation, we made some choices as to what we wanted to see and do while there. Even though we cut out a lot of things, I still felt we could have spent a lot more time there fitting everything in. So which parks did we choose? That might be different for every family. Here’s a look at the different Disney Parks and what they offer.
Magic Kingdom is the place where everyone can be a kid. From the moment you walk through the gates, you are swept up in the excitement of Main Street. As you look ahead, your eyes fixate on the magical Cinderella’s castle! It is a site to see and in my opinion a must if you’ve never seen it. From the world-renowned teacup ride and fireworks, to the Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom is the place to visit for any Disney fan.
Epcot features 11 countries including Norway, China, Canada, England, and Italy. Epcot is a true center for cultural diversity. Shop in typical French stores during the day and finish with dinner in Morocco. The countries are not false-front Hollywood sets. The buildings, shops, and restaurants are true-blue, solid, real life buildings that provide real quality products and services. Epcot is my husband’s favorite. We made sure on this last trip to give him enough time there.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the next best thing to taking a real safari. It’s like a zoo on steroids. 😉 With more than 1,700 animals totaling over 250 species, Animal Kingdom is the place to be if you are an animal-fanatic. Sadly, we did not get to visit Animal Kingdom on our last visit. A great tip, make sure you check the hours of this park. Animal Kingdom has shorter hours than the other parks.
Blizzard Beach / Typhoon Lagoon
While Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are not usually considered main parks, they are still a large part of the Disney Attraction. Blizzard Beach plays out the story of a freak snowstorm in sunny Florida, and Typhoon Lagoon spins the yarn of a horrific storm which gives birth to a beautiful water-slide landscape. We could not fit these parks into our stay but they look so fun and amazing! With how hot it was, we sure could have used to cool down at either.
Hollywood Studios highlights the late 30’s and early 40’s art deco style filled with neon and chrome, Hollywood Studios brings the movie scene alive like you would expect Disney would. There are live shows, fireworks, and of course, lovable characters running about to meet and greet. We didn’t spend a ton of time here but we park hopped to make sure that we got to see some of our favorites…like Indiana Jones, Star Wars and the Stunt show.
You can’t really go wrong with any of the parks, but it would make sense to pick the ones that are the most exciting for your family. Take time to plan everything out. Print out maps from the Disney website and make a game plan. Especially if you have limited time. If you try to crowd everything in at once, you won’t be able to enjoy anything. Pick a few parks to go to and really explore them. After you get one visit under your belt, you’ll have a better idea of what to do the next time you visit Disney Parks.