Which Park Should You Skip?

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.

Animal Kingdom
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.

Hollywood Studios
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.

Epcot
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.

Magic Kingdom
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!

Pirate and Princess Summer-Part 2

I’ve already covered Pirates here, now for the little (or grown) Princess in your life there are plenty of options too!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-located in the Magic Kingdom and at Downtown Disney your little princess or prince can enjoy a makeover at an addition cost. These reservations go quickly so make them early!

Or if you want to be a Pirate Princess or Mermaid you can check out Pirates League over by Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

Meet Princesses- there are Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel and Tiana, in the Magic Kingdom. You should pick up a Times Guide to check the exact location and times of the meets.  You can also catch some princesses in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.

In Epcot you can meet Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Mulan, and Belle (in her blue dress) in World Showcase.

In Hollywood Studios you can meet Sofia the First. During the summer of 2014 you’ll be able to see Anna and Elsa from Frozen too!

Animal Kingdom has one princess meet and greet, Pocahontas!

For Princess meals, you can meet a variety of princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, Akershus in Epcot and at 1900 Park Fare dinner you can meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and her stepmother and sisters. If you are looking to catch your favorite princess in a show you can watch Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and Disney Junior Live on Stage in Hollywood Studios.

If you want to have an interactive show and meet you should not miss Enchanted Tales with Belle!

For attractions there is Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride both in the Magic Kingdom.

And if you want to stay in the magic for your entire visit there are the Royal Rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside resort.  The rooms offer touches from many of the princesses and features a very special headboard.

What is your favorite Princess adventure or attraction?

25 Years of Hollywood Studios

May 1st, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Hollywood Studios! If you are like me you will still slip up and call it MGM from time to time but whatever you call it, it is a great park to visit this year. Hollywood Studios is the perfect park for thrill seekers and those who love shows. There are quite a few things for children to do as well.
Let’s start with thrill seekers you are not going to want to miss Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

If you love stage shows there are a bunch of choices too. The more popular ones are Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. There is also the Great Movie Ride which mixes actors with an attraction ride through great movies in Hollywood history. Similarly there is Backlot Tour which you can also be a part of if you are so inclined. Along similar vein is Lights, Motors, Action which is a show featuring car and motorcycle stunts.

If you are traveling with young children there will be plenty to entertain and delight them as well. Aside from those things listed above you can try out the puppet show Disney Junior Live on Stage as well at Muppet Vision 3*D. Of course you won’t want to miss some of the great character meets like Sofia the First, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sully, Phineas and Ferb, Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope and Goofy, Donald and Daisy, Chip and Dale. Of course you can always participate in Character Palooza for a varied character meet.

You will absolutely not want to miss Toy Story Midway Mania for people of all ages! Fantasmic! is also a great nighttime show filled with fireworks and characters. If you are interested at all in Disney history or Walt Disney the man then you HAVE to visit One Man’s Dream.

Admittedly Hollywood Studios could use an upgrade and there are rumors of a Carsland or a Star Wars and, (I’d be happy with either), but it could use some fresh attractions and shows. Don’t miss this park but don’t be surprised if you find yourself done with it early on in the day when you have small children. It is worth seeing and spending some quality time there.