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Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom is great for tweens and brave kids who don't mind riding in the dark.

Walt Disney World 5-Day Itinerary


When flying to Orlando, families can use ridesharing apps, like Uber or Lyft, as well as taxi services to get from the airport to Disney properties. The Mears Connectshuttle service travels from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World, Disney Springs, and Disney resorts; get into the magical spirit onthese coach buses, featuring four tropical animals as well as in-ride entertainment.

If your budget allows for it, stay at one of the on-site Disney hotels for easy transportation access to the parks. Depending on the locationand luxury level ofaccomodation, Disney resorts are connected by bus, boat, monorail, and the newSkyliner gondola to the various parks. It will make your lifemuch easier tousethese transporation options to get back and forth to your resort. Also, another bonus of the on-property hotels -- besides being plain adorable with cool amenities like character meals, gift shops, and fun activities -- includesextended hours atDisney parks on certain days for hotel guests (either entry or evening after-hours). Extended hours may tweak the order of your park itinerary so plan accordingly.

Disney Genie

The free Disney Genieservice works with the My Disney Experience mobile app to create a customized Disney day inspired by your entire group—mappingout rides, updatingstandby wait times, and sending reminderswhen you're eligible to make dining and activity reservations in advance. Guests can purchase the Disney Genie+ service for an additional fee (prices vary by date), which offers more convenience and flexibility, with the luxury of the Lightning Lane access. Seriously, I HIGHLY recommend the Genie+ for the sole reason of avoiding insane standby times (when I was there most recently, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance had a standby wait time of 180 minutes!!). I would Lightning Lane everything at Disneyif it was an option (you hear me, Starbucks)!

Before you even arrive at Disney, check out the website and look to see which rides your family or group cannot miss, as well as confirming everyone is tall/brave/excited enough to ride these attractions. Once you create a priority list, this will help withLightning Lane requests and linking riders together through the app.

Related:Disney Celebrates 100 Years of Magic with Celebrations at Disneyland, Disney World, and More

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"Try the gray stuff, it's delicious!" at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the ultimate Disney park for young kids and kids at heart. The park is a great combo of sweet nostalgia and exciting thrills, so you really can't go wrong. And because of the breadth of rides, meals, and attractions at Magic Kingdom, we've recommended hitting up this one twice during your Orlando stay.

Avoid fatigue and general crabbiness by focusing on specific lands at a time. Try Fantasyland first and get yourself in line for the very popularSeven Dwarfs Mine Train for a fun roller coaster appropriate for kids of all ages (height requirement), then walk a few feet andgeta frostyice cream (with special Snow White themes) at Storybook Treats after. Peter Pan's Flight is ALWAYS crowded so if it's on your to-do list, get there early. Other classic Disney ridesinclude Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It's a Small World, and the carousel -- great for grandparents as well as toddlers. Make a reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, inside the Beast's enchanted castle, for lunch or dinner with a French vibe.

Make your way to Frontierland for Big Thunder Railroad and Tiana's Bayou Adventure(the revamped Splash Mountain opening in 2024), then cross right into Adventureland for the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbeanand entertaining Jungle Cruise. At this point, you NEED to fill up on a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle(I warn you that my itinerary is full of ice cream diversions).

If your feet and/or back need a rest, walk over to nearby Liberty Square and enjoy the air conditioned bliss of the Hall of Presidents. It may seem boring or outdated to some, but my children and I LOVED the fact you can enjoy 22 minutes of comfy seats and no lines (cards on the table, we took our sneakers off and closed our eyes at this attaction for a power nap). On your way through Liberty Square, you may catch one of the awesome parades rolling through Magic Kingdom -- use the Disney app for show times and locations.

Now that you've revived yourself with the help of our fine U.S. presidents or sitting on the sides of a parade, it's time to get back to work. Make your way across the park to Tomorrowland, where TRON Lightcycle is set to open in April 2023. This ride is part roller coaster, part motorcycle street race, and every kid who meets the height requirement (48 inches) is going to beg to ride it again and again. Until then, Space Mountain is always reliable for thrill seekers. Also, I highly recommend Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin for all ages -- besides enjoying a smooth ride, visitors shoot lasers at various targets to earn the highest point value. Another great attraction for any age is Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, where guests are treated to a live comedy show that pokes fun at the audience.

As dinner time approaches and your feet ache, ride the monorail toChef Mickey's, located inside the Contemporary Resort. You definitely need to make reservationsat thisall-you-care-to-eat, character dining experience (also open for breakfast). Each table receivesan autographed card from Mickey and his friends, as well as the chance to meet, hug, and pose with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the rest of the gang. If you have a late-night crew, return to the park; if your group is ready to pass out, head back to your hotel for a well-earned night of sleep.

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The Disney Junior breakfast buffet at Hollywood & Vine features beloved characters like Vampirina.

Day 2: Hollywood Studios

Get to Hollywood Studios early for a full day of galactic fun! Start the day with a character breakfast--Hollywood & Vinerestaurant offers a Disney Junior breakfast buffet with characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and more.

The must visit of Hollywood Studios (in my family's opinion) is Star Wars: Galaxy Edge -- this intergalactic section has you harnessing your inner Jedi. Both Rise of the Resistance (ROTR) and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attractions are completely worth the hype.I'd even go so far to say ROTR, which is a cool combination of ride, live performance, and interactive experience,was my favorite rideof my entire trip! Fill up on blue or green milk just like Luke Skywalker or quick, out-of-this-world bites at Docking Bay 7. If you have a chance (and the budget of $119.99 per droid unit), make an advancedresesrvation at the Droid Depot to build your very own droid!Think of it as a robotic, Star Wars-esque version ofBuild-A-Bear--kids decide which type of droid they want, customize with components on the shop's conveyor belt, assemble at the build station, pairwith a remote control, then activatefor their sidekicks to come alive.

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Step into the world of Star Wars at Galaxy Edge in Hollywood Studios.

Return back to Earth and get a snack at Comissary Lane (the popcorn buckets are worth it), before you "Let It Go" with Anna, Elsa, and the gang at For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration. This attraction is a fun combination of live entertainment, Frozen sing-along movie clips, and of course, ice princesses Anna and Elsa in the flesh (seriously, young kids are going to freak out with excitement). Because the theater lets in so many people each hour, I would recommend doing standby and saving your Lighning Lane for...

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway!Everyone will love this adorable, family-friendly ride! Take a drive with Mickey and Minnie through a cartoon universe full of wacky twists and turns. This attraction was such a hit, we rode it multiple times (definitely worth the Lightning Lanes). There's lots of cute boutiques nearby, along Hollywood Boulevard, to grab a souvenir like Mickey Ears.

Make your grandparents proud and enjoy dinner at '50s Prime Time Cafe (reservation required), a blast from the past serving classic American dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf, pot roast, and more. Bring your sense of humor as the staff may have to schoolyour party about proper table etiquette!

After dinner, braveand/or older kids can let loose at the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (reopening Summer 2023), where riders race along the darkened freeways of Los Angeles in a stretch limo to the tunes of Aerosmith.The Twilight Zone Tower of Terroris another ridefor the brave of heart, as you plummet to your doom in this haunted elevator attraction.

*I've saved Toy Story Land for Day 5 (see below) so make sure to return to Hollywood Studios another day since that area is a wonderful spot for all ages and interests.

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Let kids run around at Epcot's What If Labs situated after the Journey into Imagination with Figment ride.

Day 3: Epcot

Discover the world without leaving Orlando by spending the day at Epcot! My kids loved seeing the "giant golf ball" approach from the Skyrail, and we let loose right when our feet hit the ground. But with those feet hitting the ground, I must mention this disclaimer: Epcot is a MASSIVE park with no real physical shortcuts. If anyone in your group (we're talking to you parents and grandparents) has any injuries or weaknesses, it may be worthwhile to rent a scooter, take it slow, and double up on breaks (and anti-inflammatories).

First off, the MUST visit is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind for older kids and those who love an insane thrill (go before you eat anything).This is Disney's first ever coaster with a reverse launch and rotates 360 degrees with a killer soundtrack -- definitely one of the coolest, most innovative Disney World rides. While your thrill seekers areinWorld Discovery land, ride Test Track for another speedy adventure. Other fun spots are Soarin!, The Seas with Nemo &Friends, andTurtle Talk in the World Nature land.

Epcot's World Showcase offers varied, delicious, and plentiful food. Get tacos and a margarita (adults) in Mexico; fish & chips in Great Britain; sausage in Germany; crepes in France; and much more.

Speaking of France, finish your crepe then get a Lightning Lane (or be prepared to wait) for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. This 4D culinary adventure"shrinks" riders andcaptivates your senses on an exciting French caper. Another awesome attraction for kids of all ages is in Norway--Frozen Ever After is awater ride reliving the beauty and music of the movie Frozen.

While you're in Norway, have a sit-down dinner with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (reservations required). This is a special dining moment in a picturesque medieval castle where guests encounter a royal promenade of princesses. Families will enjoy the Norwegian fare, but drop jaws over the passing princesses at every turn!

Finish a busy day at Epcot with Harmonious, a nighttime spectacular that weaves Disney music and visuals from a diverse group of global artists. The show happens at World Showcase Lagoon with an innovative combination of floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, and more. This show runs until April 2, which will then be replaced by nighttime show, EPCOT Forever.

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Tusker House features Donaldand friends dressed in their finest safari gear!

Day 4: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is a fantastic hybrid of theme park and zoo, where rides blur the lines between entertainment, conservation, and flat out fun! Guests are greeted by the massive Tree of Life -- kids will love looking for all the animals carved into the trunk. In fact, It's Tough to Be a Bug 4D show is located right below the tree at Discovery Island. The area also houses lots of live animals throughout the park, including otters, lemurs, and more.

There are even more live animals to check out on Kilimanjaro Safaris, where guests tour an African savanna in an open-air vehicle--spotting live animals roaming free. This 18-minute expedition mayinclude elephants, zebras, rhinos, hippos, and more. Africa also features Conservation Station to educate guests about Disney's animal efforts, as well as the ultimate live show: Festival of the Lion King. This 30-minute show features music, dance, acrobatics, comedy, and amazing costumes.

Fill up on a bountiful buffet AND enjoy Donald Duck and friends at the TuskerHouse character meal (reservation required). Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this African-inspired buffet welcomes hungry families who can pose and hug safari-dressed Disney characters. Another fun spot to eat is the Rainforest Cafe right inside Animal Kingdom.There are lots of great spots to get quick meals and snacks, including fresh fruit, coffee and teas, Dole Whip twists, and more.

Pandora-The World of Avatar features the insanely popular Avatar Flight of Passage 3D attraction, where riders fly on the back of a mountain banshee--those with motion sickness might way to skip this one). Take a more timid route on Na'vi River Journey, a boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest.

Head to Asia for Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (my personal fave) and Kali River Rapids (open starting in March). Take a self-guided, walking tour on Maharajah Jungle Trek, featuring Asian tigers, 50 species of birds, Komodo dragon, water buffalo, and more.

Before you leave, satisfydinosaur-obsessed kiddos by heading to Dinoland USA, with a carnival-themed section full of dinosaur rides and attractions like TriceraTop Spin (great for young kids), DINOSAUR (intense and great for older kids), and the new Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond stage show (great for everyone). Then get a quick and easy dinner at Restaurantosaurus, with options like chicken nuggets, Impossible burgers, and drinks, at this dino-themed eatery.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will make your little princess feel like a queen!

Day 5: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios (either or both)

In my opinion, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios haveso much to offer it can be tough to cram everything into one day. If you purchase a Park Hopper option, guests can visit more than one park in one day, starting at 2pm; if you don't have the Hopper option, consider which Disney World park is the best match for your family.

Hollywood Studios

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Kids will love riding Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios with their friends and family members.

Toy Story Land is a guaranteed fun time for everyone! It's a colorful area with larger-than-life toy replicas surrounding kid-friendly rides, like Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash, and my personal fave, Toy Story Mania (a 4D shooting game aboard a carnival-inspired tram). The photo ops alone will fill your phone up with adorable content!

If for some reason you weren't able to get on any of the Star Wars rides (specifically ROTR), or just want to ride again, make sure to take advantage of this second visit and get in the standby or virtual line this time around. Or enjoy live shows like Beauty and the Beast, a 25-minute, Broadway retelling of the classic tale, as well as the nighttime Fantasmic!, a30-minute show bringing Mickey's dream to life.

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The stormtroopers at Rise of the Resistance inHollywood Studios areterrifyingly awesome!

Magic Kingdom

Depending on what time you get here, enjoy a wholesome character buffet with Winnie the Pooh and friends at The Crystal Palace. This greenhouse-inspired, Victorian restaurant is located onMain Street USA and serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner (reservation required).

Besides what was already mentioned for day one, there are other wonderful Magic Kingdom attractions that kids of all ages will enjoy. Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid is an entertaining, musical ride; The Barnstormer, where riders take flight on a junior roller coaster; and Princess Fairytale Hall, where kids can meet their favorite princesses -- all inside Fantasyland.

For your own little princess (or prince), splurge on the ultimate fairytale makeover by booking a royal transformation at BibbidiBobbidi Boutique! The various salon packages include hairstyle, makeup, nail polish, and even a Disney costume option. The Fairy Godmother's Apprentices pamper and primp kiddos, who get to roam the park the rest of the day in their royal looks.

If all these ideas are a bit overwhelming, don't worry -- work with an official Disney travel agent to help with planning and staying organized.

Photos by the author


How many days do you need per park at Disney World? ›

Our standard recommendation for a Walt Disney World trip is four full days, one day in each park. But three days is a good amount, too, and we take pretty frequent three-day visits as well. In this post, we're going to discuss planning a three-day visit to Walt Disney World.

Which Disney World park has the most things to do? ›

Magic Kingdom has the most attractions of all the Walt Disney World theme parks. It is also one of the most attended theme parks in the world.

How do I make my first Disney trip special? ›

Although every Disney trip is absolutely magical, there are some options to enhance your child's first experience.
  1. Book At A Disney Vacation Club Resort.
  2. Pick Up A First Visit Button.
  3. Purchase Disney's Memory Maker PhotoPass.
  4. Make A Character Dining Reservation.
  5. Buy The Extra Special Souvenirs.
  6. Let's Review.
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How many days should a 5 year old go to Disney World? ›

We recommend 5 days, since you'll have arrival and departure days (days 6 and 7) and we also recommend at least one “off” or “vacation” day where you don't have plans. Rounding out that trip, you've got a magical 8 day vacation to Orlando, Florida and lots of pictures and memories to boot!

Is Animal Kingdom worth a full day? ›

Animal Kingdom has the highest-rated live entertainment of any park, and there is so much to learn from many excited and knowledgeable cast members. A full day at Animal Kingdom allows you to slow down and really appreciate all that it has to offer.

Can you bring food into Disney World? ›

A: Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverage items into the park for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers and do not require heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control and do not have pungent odors.

What is the most liked Disney park? ›

Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World's most popular park, and also its smallest. This makes having a plan an important part of your Magic Kingdom Day if you hope to avoid the crowds and enjoy the rides.

Which Disney park do you need the most time at? ›

As a general rule, you should plan two full days when trying to decide how many days to spend at Magic Kingdom park. And the main reason is the Magic Kingdom is by far the most popular theme park at Walt Disney World and has the most amount of rides out of all four parks as well.

Which is the most crowded Disney park? ›

Disney's Hollywood Studios is probably the most crowded park in Disney World on a regular basis. Although crowds will be drawn away from it on special occasions such as New Years Eve or the 50th anniversary celebration, every regular day here include high wait times and crowds.

What should I prioritize at Disney World? ›

Prioritized List of Genie+ Attractions at Magic Kingdom
  • Meet Ariel. Availability Score = 1 out of 21. ...
  • Peter Pan's Flight. Availability Score = 12.6 out of 21. ...
  • Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater. ...
  • Space Mountain. ...
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. ...
  • Meet Cinderella at Fairytale Hall. ...
  • Jungle Cruise. ...
  • Haunted Mansion.
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How do I maximize my day at Disney World? ›

Here are our best Disney World time saving tips.
  1. Get Your Tickets in Advance. ...
  2. Arrive at the Park Early. ...
  3. Make Sure to Book Your Advance Dining Reservations. ...
  4. Use the Mobile Ordering Feature of the My Disney Experience App for Quick-Service Restaurants. ...
  5. Shop After the Park Closes. ...
  6. Use the Minnie Van. ...
  7. Use the Single Rider Line.

Which Disney park to skip with kids? ›

Disney World Parks to Skip to Avoid Crowds

To accomplish this, you will want to skip Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is the headliner park of Walt Disney World, and draws in the highest crowd levels, especially on weekends. Instead, try EPCOT and Animal Kingdom.

What is the best age to take your child to Disney World? ›

School age (6-12)

Most should be tall enough to ride everything – including the more thrilling rides like Space Mountain and Rise of the Resistance. Tickets are discounted for kids 6-9. Kids this age have better stamina and can likely hang in the parks for longer stretches without getting worn out.

Is Animal Kingdom or Epcot better for toddlers? ›

Animal Kingdom is great for meeting characters, Epcot is perfect for a lazy or a rainy day, there are ton's of rides at Magic Kingdom and then Hollywood Studios is great for some Disney Jr. Fun! Rest assured that no matter what park you'll take them to, your toddler will find some cute and fun things to enjoy.

Can I bring backpack into Disney? ›

Guests are welcome to carry a bag or backpack with them into the theme parks. The maximum allowable bag size is 24" by 18" by 15". All Guests and their bags will undergo a security screening process prior to entering the theme parks and Disney Springs.

Is the safari free at Animal Kingdom? ›

No the safari is included in the regular admission ticket.

What are the longest wait times in Animal Kingdom? ›

Longest Delay Times Today
1Kali River Rapids ↳ at Animal Kingdom61
2DINOSAUR ↳ at Animal Kingdom60
3TriceraTop Spin ↳ at Animal Kingdom25
4Kilimanjaro Safaris ↳ at Animal Kingdom0
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Is there free water at Disney World? ›

Bottled water at the Walt Disney World Resort is not free, but tap water is. There are several water fountains found throughout each park, and free tap water is available at all quick service locations.

Can I refill my water bottle at Disney World? ›

Do all four parks at Disney World have a water bottle refill station? Yes, all four of the formal theme parks at Disney World have water bottle refill stations. At the water parks and Disney Springs you will need to go to the Quick Serve for quick cups of water (or Table Service if you have a reservation).

Can you bring sandwiches into Disney World? ›

A. Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverage items into the park for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers and do not require heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control and do not have pungent odors.

What is the number 1 ride at Disney? ›

1. Avatar Flight of Passage. Deep inside beautifully designed Pandora — The World of Avatar is Disney's best ride: Avatar Flight of Passage.

What is the least successful Disney park? ›

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Wikipedia

Animal Kingdom tends to have the lowest crowds and wait times every day of the week and is also not an extremely sought after park on holidays either.

What is the happiest place in the world Disney? ›

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is where the Disney dream began in 1955 and it's still the 'Happiest Place on Earth', never failing to impress with fun attractions for every member of the family.

What month is Disney World least crowded? ›

What month is the best month to visit Walt Disney World depends on what your goals are:
  • January, February, and September (excluding holiday weeks) are historically the least crowded. ...
  • January and February have the best weather. ...
  • Late August and September are best for fall decor and Halloween activities.

How do I avoid long waits at Disney? ›

How Do You Avoid Long Lines at Disney World
  1. Visit During the Off-Peak Period.
  2. Arrive Before Opening Time.
  3. Reserve Your Breakfast.
  4. Get a Fast Pass.
  5. Watch for Extra Magic Hours.
  6. Take an Afternoon Break.
  7. Approach the Park Differently.
  8. Avoid the Rush.

Is it better to go to Disney in the morning or at night? ›

7 – The crowd levels are lower.

Many of the families and groups with smaller children tend to head in a little early and head back to their resorts during the late-night hours. This means that if the parks are open later that you can expect far fewer crowds during the evening hours.

What is the slowest day of the week at Disney World? ›

A: Typically the weekdays Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the least busiest days at Disney World.

What day of the week is the best day to go to Magic Kingdom? ›

Tuesday is the best

Tuesdays typically, not always, but typically, Tuesdays is the best day of the week to visit the Magic Kingdom. It's just the day when the last week crowds, the weekend crowds are gone. The next week crowds come in on Wednesday. So it's typically the best day.

What day of the week is busiest at Magic Kingdom? ›

Historically, the worst days of the week at Magic Kingdom are Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. There are a couple of reasons for Saturday being worse. The first is locals, who disproportionately visit on Saturday when they have time off from work or school.

What if you have to go to the bathroom while in line at Disney? ›

If you are by yourself, however, it can be up to the people in line behind you to allow you to return to your spot. My suggestions are to definitely use the restroom prior to hopping in the queue for an attraction. Most lines are not that long, so you probably won't need to use the restroom.

Can you pay money to skip Disney lines? ›

It can be done, for a price...

These private VIP tours are the foolproof way to skip the lines at Disney without the restrictions of FastPasses or MagicBands. The one caveat is their price—tours range from $425 to $625 an hour, depending on the season. That price doesn't include the cost of park admission.

Is Disney Lightning Lane worth it? ›

And as a general rule of thumb we do consider the Lightning Lane to be worth it for Rise of the Resistance as guests will save up to 98 minutes on average at an additional cost of $16.00 per person.

How much money should I have at Disney World? ›

If you're looking to plan a Disney World vacation, there's a wide range of prices available to you. For a family of three or four, you'll probably want to assume you're spending at least $3500, with $5000-6000 being a comfortable amount, and $10000 being enough to make anyone's dreams come true.

Should I wear shorts or jeans to Disney World? ›

Depending on what season you go to Disney World, you'll want either shorts or comfortable stretchy jeans/pants. Black leggings are a great go-to for comfort and durability. During the summer months, always opt for shorter bottoms. A note: You do not have to wear only pants/shorts to Disney world!

Should I wear shorts or pants to Disney World? ›

The theme parks are informal, and most people wear casual clothes like t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, and light dresses. Keep in mind that some of the restaurants do have dress codes, so you'll want to check that out in advance.

Can you pay cash for food at Disney? ›

While you are welcome to use cash if that is your preference, you may wish to have a Disney Gift Card on hand to use for Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. Many Quick-Service dining locations offer the ability to place and pay for your order through the My Disney Experience mobile app.

What time is fireworks at Magic Kingdom? ›

Magic Kingdom Fireworks are at 9pm on most nights. If there is a special event like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party the fireworks may be earlier, or may not be scheduled for regular guests visiting that day.

Is EPCOT or Hollywood Studios better for kids? ›

Both parks are great for kids, with a few drawbacks. Kids can ride more things at EPCOT, but can have more immersion and character experiences in Hollywood Studios.

Which park at Disney is best for kids? ›

A: The most kid friendly Disney park is Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Magic Kingdom is the perfect park for little ones, as it has the most attractions without a height requirement. Magic Kingdom is also the Disney theme park with the massive Cinderella castle, which adds so much magic for little ones.

Which Disney park to not go to? ›

If you only have a few days to visit Disney World, you may be wondering which park you should skip. The answer is Epcot.

What age do kids stop being free at Disney? ›

If your child is the age of 3 or older then he or she would need to have a valid theme park ticket to visit one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. If your child is 2 turning 3 during your vacation, the age goes by what they are on the first day of your vacation.

Is Epcot good for kids? ›

The short answer to whether or not Epcot is for kids is yes — the park is a great place for kids. It's not as obviously kid-friendly as theme parks such as the Magic Kingdom Park, but Epcot has both attractions and activities that are geared toward children.

Which Disney park is best for 5 year old? ›

Magic Kingdom is one of the best Disney parks for 5 year old and younger, offering a wide array of options for families—from character meet-and-greets to attractions to a stunning fireworks display.

Which is better for kids Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom? ›

Disney's Animal Kingdom probably has more to offer toddlers than Hollywood Studios. Disney's Hollywood Studios has some outstanding rides like Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster. That being said, Disney knows that each of their parks must appeal to kids of all ages and adults.

Is EPCOT or Animal Kingdom better for 5 year old? ›

Winner: Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has a great balance of thrill rides and tame rides for the whole family.

Which Disney park has the most rides for toddlers? ›

Magic Kingdom is an absolute must-visit. If you will only be able to visit one of the parks, this should be it. All of the classics are here, and Magic Kingdom has the most Disney World rides for toddlers.

Can you do 4 Disney parks in 2 days? ›

Nevertheless, with only two days to tour, it is entirely possible to see all of the highlights of all four gated theme parks. Careful planning is required, however which is why we recommend that you make a Walt Disney World Touring Plan.

Can you do all 4 Disney parks in 1 day? ›

Naomi, park hopping wise - you are able to visit one, two or even all four of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks in a single day if you would like. It's totally up to you. I've done all of it before and it's so much fun. However you would like to plan your day is totally up to you.

Can you only go to one park per day at Disney? ›

Park Hopping is now back at Walt Disney World in 2023, though in a modified version and with new rules. However, since Disney World reopened last July, park-hopping has not been allowed and guests can only visit one park per day. That means going to one park in the morning and another in the evening isn't possible.

Can you do 1 park a day at Disney World? ›

The Disney Dictionary

At Walt Disney World, guests can park hop to the next park beginning at 2 p.m. After that, they are free to visit the other parks.

Which Disney park takes the least time? ›

Well, our readers were overwhelmingly in favor of spending half a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom. In fact, 55% of you voted for this park. There aren't too many attractions here, and wait times are usually low (with the exception of Flight of Passage!), so we totally get why this may be your pick.

Can you do Epcot and Hollywood Studios in one day? ›

You can absolutely purchase a single-day park ticket to visit both Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. You'll need to add the Park Hopper Option to your ticket in order to visit both parks in one day.

What is the most popular Disney park? ›

Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World's most popular park, and also its smallest. This makes having a plan an important part of your Magic Kingdom Day if you hope to avoid the crowds and enjoy the rides.

Is Epcot worth a full day? ›

Epcot goes beyond rides and restaurants, with experiences that make the park well worth at least one full day of your Disney vacation.

Which Disney World park is the best for one day? ›

A Magic Kingdom itinerary is simply a must if your family only has one day at Disney World. The main reason being the Magic Kingdom Park is by far the most-visited theme park in the world.

Can you do Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom in one day? ›

Anything is possible so the answer is yes you can go to both the Animal Kingdom park and the Magic Kingdom park on the same day. However, you will not be seeing much of either of the parks by doing this. One full day at each park is what I recommend as the least amount of time to enjoy the shows and attractions.

Is Park Hopper worth it? ›

The Disney Park Hopper is a great way to visit multiple Disney parks for less than purchasing additional day passes at several parks. For example, you could visit three or even four parks on a single two-day pass for only slightly more than if you were going to visit one or two.

Can you leave and come back to the same park at Disney? ›

With a Disney base ticket, you're welcome to leave and re-enter the same theme park as many times as you like during the same day. So, if you want to visit the Magic Kingdom in the morning, go back to your hotel room for a nap, and return to the Magic Kingdom in the evening, then you do not need a Park Hopper ticket.

Can you leave and come back to the same park at Disney World? ›

Yes, with a Walt Disney World ticket, you can leave the park and return to the same park later that day as long as the park has not reached park capacity for that day.

What is the 4 parks One day Challenge? ›

If you haven't heard of the 4-park challenge, it's when you visit each of Walt Disney World's 4 parks, ride at least 1 ride, have at least 1 snack and drink at least 1 beverage, all in 1 day. What is this? Be sure to take pictures along the way to share with your friends and family your adventure.

Which Disney park should I go to first? ›

Many guides suggest that you start with Magic Kingdom first, followed by Epcot and then Hollywood Studios. This leaves Animal Kingdom as the last Disney theme park to visit on your trip.

Can you go to a Disney park and water park in the same day? ›

At Walt Disney World, a water park is not considered a theme park but an extra option that can be used on a separate day or the same day as a visit to a theme park. For example, a 5-day ticket will entitle you to five theme park days and five options, such as a water park.


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