Planning Our Disney World Vacation Part 2 – Where to Go

The second step to planning a Disney World vacation is choosing where to spend your time.


Where to Go

Welcome back!  Are you ready to continue planning your dream Disney World vacation?  Hopefully, you know where you will be staying while you are in Orlando.  If not, you can go back to my first post in this series:  Choosing a Resort.  The next step in my planning process is creating a schedule of which park we will visit each day.  We had 6-day park hopper tickets so I knew I wanted to visit all four parks.  If you’re at Disney World for fewer days, you may have to choose which parks you would like to visit.  In my opinion, you can’t visit Disney World and not go to Magic Kingdom.  This is especially true if you have children.  Both of my kids were amazed when they saw their favorite Disney movies and characters brought to life through the rides and character Meet-and-Greets.


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My family in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom


We have always been able to do Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios in half a day.  The only reason I really go to Animal Kingdom is for the Kilimanjaro Safari ride.  It is my husband’s favorite ride in all of Disney World.  We always have to ride it twice.  At Hollywood Studios, I love the Toy Story Mania ride.  If you love thrill rides, you may enjoy those two parks more than I do.  Animal Kingdom has Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids, which are all fast-paced and exciting.  Hollywood Studios has the Tower of Terror and Rockin Roller Coaster.  My kiddos aren’t tall enough to ride those yet, and my husband and I aren’t huge thrill ride enthusiasts.  We go on our rides of choice at those parks and walk around a bit before heading back for our afternoon rest.


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Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Animal Kingdom


Epcot is my second favorite park, right after Magic Kingdom.  I think it has something for everyone.  Future World has some rides that my kids love, like The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Journey into the Imagination with Figment.  It also has some attractions that my husband and I enjoy, like Spaceship Earth and Test Track.  We all enjoy walking around and sampling the delicious food in the World Showcase.


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My family in front of Spaceship Earth at Epcot


The other thing I take into consideration when planning our schedule is Extra Magic Hours.  If you are staying on Disney property, you can go into the parks at times when the general public isn’t able to enter.  There are both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.  You can check the schedule on the Disney Website under the “Parks and Tickets” tab at the top to see when Extra Magic Hours are happening.  We find that we are able to get several rides done before it gets too crowded when we take advantage of this extra time in the mornings.  We generally aren’t able to take advantage of the evening Extra Magic Hours because of bedtime.  However, I’ve heard that the crowds are much smaller then as well.

Here is the schedule I came up with for our days at Disney World:


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You can see that we spent a lot of time at Magic Kingdom.  That is my favorite park, and it’s really geared toward younger children.  With a 6-year old and a 2-year old, it was the perfect park for us.  The ages and interests of your family members will help you create the perfect schedule for your days at Disney World.  Once you’ve figured out your schedule, you can plan your dining.  That’s my favorite part of the planning process.

What Disney park is your favorite?  How do you create your schedule?


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8 thoughts on “Planning Our Disney World Vacation Part 2 – Where to Go

  1. I am so jealous! This looks like a great trip, someday I hope to go with both our kids and my husband. I think that I would love all the parks. My daughter got to go to all the parks this year with her high school band, they got to tour the front and back of most of the parks and she had a blast. They also got to go see Cirque Du Soleil while they were there. It was an action packed week, their band also played in the parade at the Disney park. I’m sure she would love to go back when her time isn’t so regimented! I’m glad that you got to go when the kids were little, what a great memory to have!

    1. Wow, your daughter’s trip sounds amazing! I would love to see Cirque Du Soleil. My daughter was too little to appreciate it this time, but we’ll put it on the list for our next trip. I can’t believe she got to play in the parade. That’s so exciting! I hope your whole family gets to go to Disney. It’s my favorite place, and my kids absolutely loved it!

  2. Disney World is such a magical place that anyone could enjoy it…all ages could enjoy it. I’ve been twice…once with my first hubby, and 2nd with a Disney employee friend that got us in free! That was fun! I’d love to go again. We don’t have kids, but I’m a kid again myself in Magic Kingdom!

  3. Sounds like lots of fun! I have never been to Disney World. I bet my grandkids would really enjoy going! That’s so much for all the great tips, I didn’t realize that there was so much that you really ought to know before you go to get the most out of your visit.

    1. Linda, your grandkids would definitely love it! There is a lot of planning involved, but it’s all worth it. You’ll save hours each day if you have Fastpasses for rides and reservations for the restaurants.

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