There are so many amazing attractions, experiences, dining locations and more at Walt Disney World. We don’t always have to choose between one or the other when making selections in the parks, especially if you will be there multiple days, but it is still fun to compare what you would pick if you had to! Would you rather…
12. Start your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
Any of the four theme parks are amazing and a great way to start the day, but I would probably have to pick Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios early, which is a plus, but I just love how beautiful Animal Kingdom is first thing in the morning. I love walking through the trails and seeing all the animals and inhabitants.
11. Have lunch at a quick service location or a table service location?
All of the food at Walt Disney World is amazing, but we tend to prefer the table service dining locations. If you are looking for a quick option, you won’t go wrong with choosing one of the quick service locations. If you want to take a break for a little bit and enjoy a little bit more of a dining experience, then table service is definitely the way to go.
10. Have a Dole Whip or a Mickey Premium Bar?
This is definitely a tough choice and may change depending on my mood, but I would have to go Dole Whip. As much as I love chocolate, the Dole Whip is such a special treat at Walt Disney World.
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9. Stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?
Disney’s Grand Floridian is an amazing resort, but I would always choose Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I love the tropical theme for the resort and ‘Ohana is an amazing dining location for breakfast and dinner. You can also learn to hula and check out the Spirit of Aloha dinner show in the evening. Grand Floridian also has a lot of great activities, but my heart belongs to the Poly!
8. Book a FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage or Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?
Definitely Avatar Flight of Passage! The lines are typically longer for the attraction at any given time, so I’d rather go for less waiting time so I have more time to enjoy other attractions and fun around the parks.
7. Dine at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park?
This is definitely a tough one! There is something extra magical about dining from the second story of Cinderella Castle, but Beast’s castle is perfectly themed from the movie with such elaborate detail. If I have to pick, I would have to say Be Our Guest. The meal is cheaper, you have more options to choose from, the snow falling from the windows in the dining room is beautiful and you still get a character interaction by meeting the Beast. I am still a huge fan of Cinderella’s Royal Table though and think that guests should experience both.
6. Add on the Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan to your stay?
Deluxe Dining Plan all the way! Of course, a family’s individual budget has to allow for the add-on, but we definitely love the all-inclusive feel and the freedom to try any location that we want. We tend to dine at the Signature Dining locations and more expensive options when we have the Deluxe Dining Plan. Any of the dining plans have to be carefully considered for each family and their dining habits, but if you have the budget and enjoy Disney table service locations, then the Deluxe Dining Plan is a great option!
5. Watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom or Epcot?
Decisions, Decisions! I would have to go with Magic Kingdom. The fireworks there are more whimsical, include Disney characters and are a perfect representation of the overall Walt Disney World feeling of magic. It will be interesting to see how the new fireworks show coming to Epcot next year will stack up against Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park!
4. Enjoy a character breakfast with princesses or with Mickey and friends?
While I love both, I would have to go with Mickey and his friend. The princesses are a ton of fun and they are more interactive since they can actually speak directly to the guests, but there is just something about meeting Mickey and the other classic characters that is a must for me each trip. ‘Ohana at the Polynesian or Tusker House at Animal Kingdom are two of my favorite character dining locations. They both have unique breakfast offerings and an amazing atmosphere.
3. See Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo The Musical?
Festival of the Lion King! Guests should definitely experience both of the shows, but if I had to pick just one it would always be Festival of the Lion King. The music from the classic film is so powerful that you feel all of the emotions when watching the spirit of the songs unfold in front of your eyes. The show is visually stunning and the incorporation of acrobatics, pyrotechnics, dancing and more keeps guests of all ages entertained the entire time!
2. Watch Fantasmic! or Rivers of Light?
Rivers of Light is amazing, but I can’t get enough of Fantasmic! It has always been a favorite for me. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen Fantasmic! before, but the end scenes with Mickey are some of the most magical of any of the experiences at Walt Disney World. The show celebrates Mickey Mouse through the years and the triumph of good over evil. I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching it!
1. Ride the Haunted Mansion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
This is almost an impossible choice for me. These are the two attractions at Walt Disney World that offer a scarier vibe and are sometimes too scary for smaller children (plus children under 40 inches tall aren’t able to ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror). I would have to go with Disney’s Haunted Mansion because of the nostalgia. Both of these attractions are amazing and if you are only out for the thrills, then you may pick The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror over Haunted Mansion. If you like Disney nostalgia and the whimsical side of scary, then you will love the Haunted Mansion!