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Step 3 – Which Parks To Visit On What Day

Once you’ve got your lodging squared away, it’s time to really get down to the details of your vacation planning.

*** If you are now less than 180 days away from your Disney World vacation, you may want to skip to Step Four on dining. Popular Disney dining reservations get snatched up quickly, and availability may be limited. You may want to plan your park days around the dining reservations that you are able to make, if restaurant experiences are important to you. ***

My Disney Experience (MDE)

Download the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone or tablet. This app provides numerous helpful tools including: park maps, wait times, reservation links, character availability, and much more. We’ll refer to it often from here on out as MDE.


Walt Disney World Overview

Walt Disney World is comprised of four theme parks, two waterparks and lots of extra activities. See the list below for a brief description of the major areas to help you decide how you’ll spend your time. At this point, figure out which parks (or non-parks) top your list.

  • Magic Kingdom – The classic park that everyone thinks of when they think of Disney. You’ll find Cinderella’s Castle and iconic rides like Dumbo and Peter Pan here, plus more characters than any other park.
  • Epcot – This theme park is divided into two distinct areas: Future World, a celebration of innovation, and World Showcase, a celebration of diverse cultures.
  • Hollywood Studios – This park contains tributes to movie making’s greatest moments and a significant number of Star Wars Experiences including rides and character interactions. You’ll find lots of shows here, memorabilia displays, and some thrill rides.
  • Animal Kingdom – Animals and conservation take center stage in this theme park, with all rides, shows, and characters fitting into some sort of nature theme including the newly opened Pandora – the Land of Avatar. 
  • Blizzard Beach – A water park themed to look like a heat wave hit a ski slope and is melting the snow away.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – A water park that tells the story of a major storm that swept through a tropical locale and left a bunch of fun mayhem in its wake.
  • Disney Springs – Disney’s no-ticket-needed shopping, dining, and entertainment district. The place for concerts, movies, bowling, and evenings “out-on-the-town” while on vacation.
  • Boardwalk – A fun place to spend the afternoon/evening with street performers, eateries, shops, dancing, and lounges.
  • Other Entertainment – If you can dream it, you can probably do it at Disney World. Golfing, mini-golfing, boating, fishing, parasailing, biking, tours, and resort amenities are just a few of the things you’ll want to consider as you plan.

 

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