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Which of the Disney World parks would you leave out?

Asked by westy81585 (4311 points ) January 13th, 2010

As you may find by looking at some of my other posts, my g/f and I are going to Orlando in May. As far as Disney is concerned, our original plan was to visit 3 of the parks (Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot.. leaving out Hollywood Studios). We’re considering the idea of skipping one of the remaining 3 parks, but aren’t sure which we’d rather drop. I’ve been to Disneyworld a few times before, but the last one was almost a decade ago now. As such I’ve visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios (or MGM as it was called at the time), but it’s been a long time. Also I’ve never been to the Animal Kingdom. Any comparisons or contrasts, personal opinions, experiences, what have you, would be appreciated.

Things to keep in mind:
-IF we end up still going to all 3 parks, we’ll be spending a whole day at one, and splitting a day between the other two.
-Seaworld Orlando is high on our to-do list, but we’re debating the idea of picking between Seaworld and the Animal Kingdom, as there would be a fair amount of overlap in “attractions”, and my g/f is far more interested in the aquatic end (whereas I’m spoiled by living in a city with one of the best Zoo’s in the world).
-We live near Cedar Point, so NONE of these parks will come close on the thrill aspect as far as rides go.

If you have any other suggestions for things to do in Orlando, feel free to leave those as well… THANKS!

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Judi's avatar

If you miss Hollywood you won’t get to go on the Aerosmith Rockin’ roller coaster! Only the Best roller coaster in the world!
Being from California, If I had to skip one it would be the Magic Kingdom because our magic kingdom here is better.
There, If I had to skip, it would be the water parks first, animal kingdom second. (although I don’t really want to skip any of them!!! I am a Disney fanatic and I could spend a month at Disney World.)

willbrawn's avatar

Definitely Euro Disney : )

Snarp's avatar

I haven’t been to any of the parks except the Magic Kingdom in about as long as you have, and have never been to Animal Kingdom, so maybe my advice isn’t so good. It seems to me that if you’re going to Disney World, half the point is to go to the Magic Kingdom. And if Animal Kingdom is any good, but you’ve never been, then you should go there. So drop EPCOT. Unless you have some particular desire to go there, and really I can only imagine that it would be food related or bringing a little kid.

rangerr's avatar

Okay. I go to Disney World at least twice a year.
Here’s my opinion.
If you have both been, then you can leave out the Magic Kingdom. Almost all of it is for the younger kids. There’s a few bigger rides, but it’s mainly a “Oh, I’m here. There’s the castle! I’ve been to Disney World now.” kinda thing in my mind.

Don’t leave out MGM/Hollywood Studios. I’d suggest you spend the all day time at that one. That’s my favorite park. I don’t know what you two are into though.
Just remember to stay at night for Fantasia!
Also, Tower of Terror.

Animal Kingdom is good, and it’s not the same animals as Sea World.
I’d spend half the day there, and half the day at Epcot.

I’d go into more detail, but I’ve got to head out.
PM me and I’ll type up a longer compare/contrast list. And attractions. I know those by heart.

JLeslie's avatar

I go to Disney all of the time, if you don’t have children @rangerr is right, you leave off Magic Kingdom, you will be bored.

Animal Kingdom can be done in a short day, if you are going to have passes that let you go from park to park, you can go over to Magic Kingdom in the evening if you want a chance to at least see it. By the way the buffet in Africa is pretty good for lunch there. You can make a reservation if you want.

Also, Epcot takes a very long day to see all of it. Each park has extended hours on certain days, so you might want to check that info before you decide what park on what day. At Epcot the ride Soarin’ is fantastic! It has a long wait usually so here is what you do. Go to The Land (that is where Soarin’ is) get a fast pass for soarin’, then kill time going on the other ride (I think it is Listen to the Land) and eating lunch at the food court there. Also, Fast Track gets long lines, but if you are willing to ride separately you can get on pretty fast on the “singles line” or use fast pass.

Hollywood Studios has a very good show that is a stunt car show, it usually only has two times a day, so you have to work it out so you don’t miss it. Pretty much everyone gets in who lines up, thousands can fit. Also the kids ride Bud lightyear in there is very fun, even for us old people (usually has a long wait, good for a fast pass).

If you want any more info feel free to PM me also.

marinelife's avatar

You could leave off Epcot. It is kind of shabby and gone downhill.

Supacase's avatar

I would personally leave off Magic Kingdom for all of the reasons @rangerr and @JLeslie mentioned.

I would definitely go to Hollywood Studios and Epcot rates higher than Magic Kingdom in my book. I will agree with @Marina that Epcot is not quite what it used to be, but it was still interesting. I’ve never been to Animal Kingdom so I would go therefor sure.

Plus, if have extra time you can still hit Magic Kingdom. My husband I were through it in a couple of hours when we went – it goes a lot faster without kids.

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