There is definitely no wrong choice when it comes to choosing a Disney World park to visit. They are all amazing and offer very different attractions and experiences for you to enjoy with your family. That being said, there is definitely a method to the madness for selecting which park to visit on a particular day. Here are 7 tips for choosing which Disney World park to visit on which days:
7. Know your dining reservations
If you have made your dining reservations, you will definitely want to factor this into your decision. A lot of time can be wasted if you are hopping back and forth too much between the parks and resorts, so you will need to double-check where your dining reservations are, and try to plan your park days around them to ensure you get the most Disney time!
6. Magic Kingdom is the most popular park
This is always true. If visitors can only visit one or even two parks during their trip to Florida, Magic Kingdom is almost always one that is chosen. It is the most popular park for many different reasons, so you want to consider that when picking days. Try to make your Magic Kingdom day(s) ones that aren’t on the weekend and are on days when you will at least be likely to experience the least amount of crowds.
5. Extra Magic Hours (EMH)
Pay attention to which nights have Extra Magic Hours. If you aren’t using Park Hopper tickets and are staying at a Disney resort, you will want to make sure to visit the park that has Extra Magic Hours on that day so that you get the full benefit of the experience. If you are using Park Hopper, it may be worthwhile to visit another park outside of the Extra Magic Hours times, since this can spike attendance during the rest of the day since many resort guests will be targeting that park for their visit. Park hoppers get the best of both worlds, they can enjoy the benefit and then leave to head to another park!
4. Check crowd calendars
There are many different crowd predictors out there on different travel sites. A quick Google search will bring up a few of the most popular ones. There are no guarantees that they are accurate, but could be a good guide since they try to factor in all of these tips and historical crowd patterns when they make their predictions. We don’t live and die by crowd calendars, but we do like to use them when we find ourselves in a toss-up decision.
3. Are there special events?
Make sure that you look into this ahead of time, especially if you don’t have Park Hopper passes. Sometimes particular parks close early for separate tickets events (especially the Magic Kingdom) this means that on those days you may not get to experience fireworks and evening shows, and you will have shorter park hours to enjoy the park. Be sure to check the hours and make sure that are no special events (unless you have tickets) so that you get the most out of your day at that park.
2. FastPass+ Availability
When it comes to getting some of the hard-to-get FastPass+ options like Slinky Dog Dash, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Frozen Ever After, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, etc., a good tip is to see what day you can get them for and plan around that. Maybe you can’t get Avatar Flight of Passage on Monday, but you can get it on Tuesday. That may be the better plan since it will save you the wait time for the desired attraction and may be a way to help build your plans.
1. Know show and firework schedules
This is especially important if you are visiting during off-peak months as regular times can fluctuate. We suggest knowing the schedule for Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and Fantastmic at Hollywood Studios, and Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, and Epcot Forever at Epcot. There could be nights where these aren’t shown for various reasons, so you will want to check the weekly Times Guide to make sure that you plan your days so that you don’t miss these amazing shows!