I get asked this question more than I would like. I know some people (myself included) who only have a couple days at Disney. Maybe you are visiting Florida to do multiple things, maybe visiting family, going to the ocean, doing a cruise and your time is limited. Or possibly, you are just going for a long weekend and don’t feel like paying extra for a park hopper. As sad as it is there are many factors you can take into consideration. I will give a park and give the pros for skipping it in a short trip.
Also to note, I love all the parks but this isn’t a reflection of my enjoyment of a park but a guide on what to do if you are short on time and want to get the most bang for your buck.
No, it isn’t just a zoo, but if you have a really great zoo nearby you might want to consider giving this park a pass. This is also the park with the least amount of attractions and if you have small children they won’t be able to do Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, and Primeval Whirl. If it is chilly you will want to skip Kali River Rapids and if you aren’t into stage shows then you will miss that too. I would say this is probably the park that most people choose to skip if time is limited.
There is Rock N Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours, so if you aren’t into thrill rides or have a height restriction (for small children) this is a tough park to visit. If you aren’t into stage shows like Beauty and the Beast or mixed media shows like the puppetry of Muppet Vision 3*D, Disney Junior and Voyage of the Little Mermaid this might not be the best choice.
This is probably one the most skipped parks by parents of small children and there is probably good reason for it. In the World Showcase there just isn’t much to do for little ones and with the closure of Maelstrom that leaves Gran Fiesta Tour the only ride type attraction, the rest are movies and one show in the American Pavilion. In Future World there are a few more things to do but in general there are not a lot of rides here and the big ones have height restrictions like Soarin’, Test Track, and Sum of All Thrills.
You should probably not skip this park. It has the most attractions and is fun for the whole family and there is a reason it is the flagship park.
Of course if you miss a park or two you should just think about planning another trip, one that gives you enough time to cover all the parks. At least that is what I do!
I know most people skip it, but I think Animal Kingdom is not to be missed! It’s such a fun, relatively low key, stop – plus you can get it done in half a day easily and still have time to visit other parks.