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Planning for the Walt Disney World Parks!


So you've decided to head to the happiest place on Earth - Walt Disney World! The Walt Disney World Resort property is huge and there's so much to see or do. If you've been there before you probably have a list in your head of where your headed, what you'll do, and where you'll stay. If you a newcomer to the Disney World experience this may seem like the task of a life time. Let me shed some light for you from my experience visiting the Walt Disney World Resort as a guest over 20 times, and as a former Disney Cast Member.

The Magic of the Parks

On the Walt Disney World property you can experience adventures at 4 major parks, 2 water parks, and a downtown Disney shopping center - Disney Springs. Depending on how long you're planning to stay at the property you may not have time for it all. Don't worry with some planning and prioritization you can make the most of your trip - and enjoy it!

A brief overview (and personal interpretation) of the parks:

Epcot

My favorite of the four parks! Epcot has two different themed sections - World Showcase and Future World. World Showcase features 11 different countries from around the world. In the World Showcase you can shop, dine, and interact with actual members of these countries. If you've been wanting to practice your language skills World Showcase is the place to be. (And since it's Disney you will still be treated with Disney magic even when you mispronounce the words - Hey at least you tried!) Future world is home to SOARIN', Test Track (this pixie's favorite), Spaceship Earth (the big ball thing), as well as a few more must experience attractions. At night Epcot hosts an amazing fireworks show that pays tribute to all the countries in the World Showcase and dazzles you with a beautiful display over the World Showcase Lagoon- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

This park isn't packed with rides like Magic Kingdom, but it's certainly an experience. Also, it has some really great festivals and attractions that come seasonally:

2018 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

2018 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Magic Kingdom

Iconic Disney at it's finest - Magic Kingdom is where it's at for the true Disney World experience. Be ready for character meet and greets (get your fast passes - it's worth it especially if you're traveling with little ones), attractions for all ages, parades, fireworks, shopping, dining, and more. The park is divided into sections Main Street USA, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square. Here you will find classic rides like Peter Pan's Flight, Haunted Mansion, Spaceship Earth, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and so much more. This park usually has the largest amount of crowds prevalent and really requires planning (especially if traveling with smaller children). When you're thinking of your fast passes and making your plans be sure to look at a map. Things are much further than they appear on the map. Magic Kingdom also hosts an amazing fireworks display every night - Happily Ever After.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you're a Star Wars fan you'll have to schedule some time for Hollywood Studios to ride Star Tours, attend Jedi Training (for the kids), and meet some of your favorite characters in Star Wars Launch Bay. There will be more opening in terms of Star Wars in 2019. The plans look pretty exciting! In addition to Star Wars you can check out the Toy Story Mania! (an interactive ride), Muppets Vision 3D, stage shows and more character meet and greets.

Hollywood Studios is has a couple of thrill rides like Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith. A Toy Story Land is also slated to open within the park Summer 2018.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you're an animal, dinosaur, or Avatar lover Animal Kingdom is a must see. Animal Kingdom hosts a truly amazing collection of animals from around the world that receive the best care possible (speaking as a former Animal Kingdom CM). Not only can you see amazing one of a kind animals, but you still get that wonderful Disney entertainment. It has some amazing rides like Dinosaur, Everest, and my favorite - The Kilimanjaro Safari (a safari ride complete with real life animals - no, they are not all animatronic). Animal Kingdom now features one of the newest additions to the Disney Parks - Pandora - The World of Avatar (more to come on this after my upcoming trip in March as it will be my first time experiencing it).

These 4 parks can be fit into 4 separate days or just a little less if you know what you're wanting to do and see. If it's your first time and you want to get a little bit of resort relaxation in or check out Disney Springs you may want to plan for 5 days or more if your schedule allows.

Wanting more information about a specific park? Looking for some specific insight? Send me an email or comment below with your suggestions and questions! You never know - your question or suggestion may be featured next!

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