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Deciding Full Day vs. Half Day Parks.

by Brooke
(San Clemente, CA)

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We are taking our daughters for the first time to WDW the first week in April. We have 2 full days and 2 half days. We would like to go to every park, but are having trouble deciding when to go to each. So my question is which parks would you go to on the 2 full days and which parks would you go to on the 2 half days.

Thank you so much for your help!


One is Easy…

Elephants playing at Animal Kingdom

It all depends on the elephants – Photo by Judd Helms


Good question and very hard to answer because it depends on your family and what they like.

There’s one park that you will want to spend a full day in no matter what and that’s the Magic Kingdom. In fact, if you had one and a half it would be better, but one full day at the Magic Kingdom. There is a lot to see and do in the Magic Kingdom.

Dad’s Magic Kingdom page

Now for the rest…

You can literally do any combination of the rest depending on what your daughters will enjoy more. Each of the other parks can be full day or half day parks depending on what your family wants to experience.

And the Rest…

Let’s start with EPCOT. If your girls are into history, culture and/or science, you might want to spend a whole day in EPCOT. It will take a whole day to see everything.

Dad’s EPCOT page

But if they aren’t into history, culture and/or science, make EPCOT a half day park.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a full day park if you like adventure rides. It has the best rides at Walt Disney World with Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Slinky Dog Dash, and my personal favorite Toy Story Mania.

But it also has some great iconic shows. Beauty and the Beast, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Frozen Ever After Sing Along, and of course MuppetVision 3D.

Dad’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios page

If that kind of thing sounds like your girls make Disney’s Hollywood Studios your second full day park.

If the girls like animals, then Animal Kingdom should be the choice for the second full day park. It’s just that Simple.

Dad’s Animal Kingdom page

“Three” Things You Need to do in Each Park

Dad's Rules for the parks

For the half day parks and the full day parks there are “three” things you NEED to do.

These are right out of Dad’s Book. They are pretty common sense, but they will save you a TON of time standing in line.

Here they are;

Get to the parks early. I can’t tell you how important this is. You can literally get more done in the first 3 hours in the Magic Kingdom than in the rest of they day. That’s pretty much true of all the parks. Get to the parks early.

Have a plan. There’s nothing that will slow you down more than trying to figure out what you are going to do next. Make a plan for each day. Where you are going to start. Which rides you are going to do in order. What time you plan to leave the park. What you plan to see.

Trust me. This will save you time and hassle and it’s easy.

Ride the busy rides first. Lines for all rides are shortest in the morning. So ride the “busy” rides first because it will save you time standing in line. What are the busy rides? Thought you’d never ask.

Dad’s Busy Rides page

Take full advantage of FastPass+. FastPass+ is a great tool for avoiding lines and will help you see more attractions. Learn how it works. Be sure to book your important FastPass reservations first (you can book at 60 days before your trip if you’re staying in a Disney hotel, 30 days if you’re not).

Dad’s FastPass page

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Brook the bottom line is planning a trip to Walt Disney World is a very personal thing because we all have different likes or tastes. All of us are different. You know what your family likes. Use that to plan for what you want to do at Disney World.


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