Vote of the week: Which park to pick at Walt Disney World?
ORLANDO, Florida - So we've finally made it to Orlando on our 2010 Summer Roadtrip, with plans to hit up Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
But after that?
Well, we're going to have to find time for Walt Disney World, of course. (My little trip to Epcot today doesn't count, and besides, the rest of the family's a bit jealous that I chowed down on fancy pizza without them. So I'll need to spend some time at Disney with them next week.)
But where to go? What to do?
Hey, this sounds like a fun vote of the week!
Let's make this the question - you've got one day, and one day only, to spend at Walt Disney World, with no park-hopper ticket at your disposal. Which park do you pick, and why? Does a specific attraction lead you to one park? A place to eat? Is there one park you feel works better than the others as a one-day destination?
For example, as Los Angeles residents, we'd be more inclined to pick Epcot or Animal Kingdom in this vote, since the Magic Kingdom's so like Disneyland and Hollywood Studios includes many elements that we can find in Disneyland and California Adventure, or just driving around L.A.
What about you? Please vote below, and tell us in the comments why you made your pick. (Update: To clarify, this would be the park you most want to visit, not the one you think I should.)
Have a great weekend, and thanks again for reading Theme Park Insider!
EPCOT. Although not a thrill park, it's got Soarin' and plenty of food. This is also a great park to relax in.
Whatever you pick, keep Magic Kingdom as a last resort. After visiting Disneyland, Magic Kingdom seems redundant and disappointing.
Also, I feel that MK will win the vote. People often don't consider the other parks as Disney-ish. Shame.
Went to Epcot already. I'd go to AK if the Yeti was fixed. I'm not really into shows so there's not much else to do at DHS to stay there all day. So I'd have to say Magic Kingdom.
One more note before I take off.
Epcot is the park that I think of when I think of WDW. All of my most vivid memories from my childhood visit to WDW are from Epcot. Sure, the countries didn't interest me much back then, but now they're an added bonus to a park I already loved.
Robert, go to Epcot. It is without question the greatest theme park in the United States. And since you get to ride Soarin' all the time back home skip it this trip and head to Test Track first (get fastpasses, but don't ride). Go straight from Test Track (fastpasses in hand) and into Innoventions East and experience the Sum of All Thrills. You should be able to craft several "rides" with minimal waits before your Test Track fastpasses come due (make a jet with six inversions if you want a shot at the highest possible score). If your kids are like mine, Sum of All Thrills will be their favorite adventure of the day.
I choose Magic Kingdom simply put its the Original Disney World park. Sure it has alot of the same attractions as Disneyland in California but its the only 1 of the 4 parks that is the most magical. Maybe its just me, but to me the magic is felt when you first board either the ferry boat or monorail at the Transportation & Ticket Center to ride over to the Magic Kingdom entrance. When you first see the castle in the distance across the "Seven Seas Lagoon" along with the other memorable Magic Kingdom attractions(Space Mountain, Astro Orbiter, Big Thunder Mountain & Splash Mountain) it definitely creates a feeling of enchantment and excitement with the anticipation of what your are going to encounter. Even if you've been to all the Disney parks many times, the one that keeps you coming back to Disney World is and always will be Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom is the the Disney experience. You must go there. If you MK is worse than DL, consider this, WDW has 4 theme parks to spread the attractions at while DL only has 2, of course DL will be packed but MK is more open and you don't feel conjested.
Well all options really pend on the individuals and family. Magic Kingdom is more family oriented and has many elements that can keep you in the park for most of the day. EPCOT is a much more scenic destination that primarily caters to adults with the world showcase and has some worthy rides for the younger ones. Now Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios seem to attract the thrill-seekers and have definitely upgraded with Mount Everest in AK and Toy Story Mania in HS.
I said AK just to give you a bit of a challenge since its the park with the most growth and potental. Of course, I think you went there last year right?
Epcot. Future World gets you some rides & World Showcase lets you experience different countries. I think Epcot gives you the biggest variety of food so you should be able to find something for everyone. I like Illuminations the best of fireworks displays.
Test Track and German food. Why is this even a question?
All four parks have their own indigenous qualities and I love all of them for that reason.
My vote went to Studios for one reason - The single best ride/attraction in any park I have been to is Tower of Terror. I could not go to Disney World without going on this ride at least 3 - 4 times. If the TOT was not there, then I think you have to choose MK. There is nothing like the initial feel of walking down main street when you arrive.
Epcot - lots of shade, lots of variety of food, and best of all, it's educational! Oh, and if Muetti goes with me, we'd end that day with her favorite ride - Soarin'!
I would go with Hollywood Studio, but it is a personal preface. I love the Tower of Terror, Rocking Rollercoaster, Toy Story, and my favorite, The Great Movie Ride. It’s all about the rides for me and the Tower of Terror and Rocking Roller Coaster are the best one, two punch of any of the Disney parks.
Joshua C – “Spammer of the Year…..” I am going to pick MK just to piss him off…. I would have picked DHS because I have only been there once and it would be nice to see it again…
When I went to WDW with two kids under 7 they both enjoyed Hollywood Studios the most. they've been to Disneyland and thought MK WDW was terrible. They only spent the morning in EPCOT and were already bored. they found little to do in AK because the rapids, everest, the dino coaster, and dinosaur were all too scary for them so AK was pretty much just a zoo. If your kids are the same way, you should probably go to Hollywood.
Ouch, Brian. As someone who has visited this site since 2001, I didn't know my opinions were unwanted.
I would pick Animal Kingdom because I've never had the opportunity to ride Expedition Everest, but after I learned here at Theme Park Insider that the Yeti (the main attraction for me) has stopped working and Disney has no plans to fix him, then I would have to decline.
I don't think I could pick just one. I love so many aspects from each of them. I would probably have to break down and buy a one day park hopper. That way I could just ride my ultimate favorites at each one, then enjoy a wonderful meal at Epcot, and decide which fireworks to end the day with. I know it is not the best price to get a one day park hopper, but I would probably just have to close my eyes when I gave them my credit card :)
No Problem Josh…. I actually voted for DHS because it is different… Shows and a few rides… And like I said, we only have been there once… Kingdom (not using the Magic word) does get overclouded. There is a lot to do there such as: Haunted mansion, Splash and Space Mountain, Big thunder, TS Island, Pirates of Caribbean, Fireworks, But I do believe you have to be ready for a long day at Kingdom..
I think part of the problem here is that people are answering this poll in two different ways. Some are answering it as to which park Robert should visit with only one day, while others are answering as to which park they personally would visit if they only had one day.
Nice touch, Brian. Maybe I'll henceforth refer to it simply as "Kingdom".
Without a doubt Epcot. It's just so unique compared to anything else. World Showcase and Future World have excellent theme and the attractions are fun too and not just the big 3(Test Track,Soarin,Mission:Space)but I really enjoy the Seas,Gran Fiesta Tour, and Living with the Land as well as some of the attractions and movie attractions. Roller Coasters are overrated, and Epcot rules.
Joshua Counsil writes: I was keeping Robert in mind when I chose Epcot. He lives in California and visits Disneyland frequently, so Magic Kingdom, to me, would be a step down for him.
Pick on Josh Day, eh?
No ... you're tied.
I would pick Magic Kingdom because it is the park I visit least and it is full of all the classic Disney experiences and attractions. Robert asked what would we visit, not what do we recommend for him or anyone else to visit.
Is there really one person here on this entire thread that would only go to one park? (Yes i read the question). With that said, everyone here would buy the park hopper pass and run around like little school girls pushing people out of the way to be the first to ride everything. And if not shame on you.
It always irks me as to why EPCOT gets so many votes. Why does this awful park get so much love?
Well, Anonymous Poster 126.96.36.199, if you had even a small measure of literacy at your disposal, you would have noted that the question for the poll was: "...you've got one day, and one day only, to spend at Walt Disney World, with no park-hopper ticket at your disposal. Which park do you pick, and why?"
Well said James!!! I couldn't have phrased it any better myself.
The Disney Waterparks were not on the list, but I might consider choosing one of those with a Universal Trip and this is why. When purchasing a Disney ticket, you get a discount for more than one day..... but you have to pay extra to make your ticket apply for waterparks also. I'm wondering if it would cost more to buy a two or three day ticket and then add on a waterpark costs when you divide it than the base ticket of just going to the waterpark. This is why I think I would be considering the waterpark (Typhoon Lagoon would be my preference of the two).
Typhoon Lagoon ticket is $46 on the website I visited. One day regular (Magic your way) ticket is $82. Yet to go to the waterpark with a multi day ticket you have to add more money to your ticket to have the "Water Park Fun & More" option. According to the site if your going for 5 days.... you have to add $10.80 per day for that add on. That means you just added $54 to go to a park one of your days that only costs $46 to get in! Plus your giving up one of your other parks UNLESS you pay even more extra to get the benefit of a park hopper (I welcome your feedback if I am wrong). All these add ons is why I'd probably want to buy a water park ticket separately anyway..... which is why I might choose to bundle my waterpark visit in with a visit to other parks rather than Disney itself.
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