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  • On Feb 20, 2016
    Monica from FL Asked

    were planning on visiting, magic kingdom, hollywood studio, animal kingdom, and epcot. weve been to magic kingdom before. which order do you suggest?

    Hi Monica!

    How exciting that you are visiting Walt Disney World (WDW) soon! I usually plan my itinerary and parks to visit based on the following factors:

    1. Crowd levels on each day
    2. Extra Magic Hours
    3. Dining

    If you are staying on site, you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (EMH) which will be posted on the Disney website. The EMH will allow guests staying on site a few extra hours in the morning or night, depending upon the day. You may want to plan to visit a park that has EMH to maximize your time at the park. 

    You can also visit touringplans to see the expected crowd levels for each day of your trip at each park. You can plan your days at the park for the days with the lowest crowd levels. I've found this site to be extremely accurate.

    You will also want to plan around your dining options. For example, we always like to dine at California Grill at least one night so we can see Wishes from above. On the day you dine at California Grill, you will want to visit Magic Kingdom, because that is the closest park to Magic Kingdom.

    If you are planning parks you visit based  on energy level and/or things to do and see, I'd recommend the following:

    Magic Kingdom
    Hollywood Studios
    Animal Kingdom
    Epcot

    I always like to visit Magic Kingdom first during my trip because I usually like to visit it twice and I usually put it at the beginning and end. Animal Kingdom closes earlier, so I like to visit it in the middle of my trip when my energy is lower. On that day we go back to the resort early and swim. 

    I hope these tips help!

    Magically,
    Stacy
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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

Mother, wife, runner and Disney World fanatic! I'm passionate about Disney, running, fitness and fun! We have visited Disney World every year since our kids were toddlers. I love helping families plan their vacation at the most magical place on earth. Learn More About Stacy

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