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  • On Jan 3, 2010
    April from WA Asked

    We have never been to WDW but have been to Disneyland many times. If we stay for a week how much time will it actually take us to see all the parks? We have mid winter break and spring break. What is the weather difference in Feb. as opposed to April?

    Hi April,

    I love Disneyland out in California!  As you know, Walt Disney World is much larger than the Disneyland Resort.  First time visitors are usually amazed by the size.  I think a week would be a good length of time for a first visit.  However, you won't be able to do everything at Walt Disney World within a week.  I've had the privilege of visiting over 100 times in my life and there are still things I have never done.  Walt Disney World is just that large and diverse!

    If you are interested in spending a lot of time in Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, the water parks, then I suggest you visit in April instead of February.  In my opinion it can still be cold in February, though the water parks and resort pools at Walt Disney World are heated all year round.  Generally speaking, the high in April is in the mid-80s while in February it's only in the low 70s.  However, if you are not interested in getting wet, then I suggest visiting in February as historically the crowds will be much thinner!  Easter week in particular is an extremely busy time at Walt Disney World!

    Since you've been to Disneyland, you might be tempted to skip those attractions that sound familiar.  However, I suggest experiencing everything you have time for.  One of the fun things about visiting both resorts is learning the differences first-hand; there are things that Walt Disney World does better and there are things that Disneyland does better.  Also, be sure to make Advanced Dining Reservations.  It is much more difficult to walk up to a table service restaurant at Walt Disney World without a reservation than it is at Disneyland.  In fact, some of the restaurants book up months in advance.  A lot of the Disneyland veterans I've talked to were very surprised to learn that the hard way!

    Have a magical vacation and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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