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Which park should I visit first in Orlando?

Walt Disney World: Need help to plan my calendar for a 6 days 6 parks tour in Orlando

From Igor Cabrera
Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM
Which park should I visit first in Orlando?
I'm traveling to Orlando with my wife, we are going to arrive to the hotel at 10:00 and stay there for 5 nights 6 days, we have tickets for the following parks :

Magic kingdom
Epcot
Animal Kingdom
Hollywood Studios
Universal Studios
Sea World

As we are going to be in a Disney's hotel I have noticed that we have to try to use the extramagic hour at morning.

I was wondering if someone coul help me to organize my calendar in order to know which park sould I visit first.

As I said I'll arrive a Sunday morning at 10:00, too late for a extra magic hour.


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From Manny Barron
Posted May 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM
Well Igor, the best thing to do is check out disneyworld.com and look at the park hours. It will tell you what days extra magic hours are available. I'm not sure if your going to a park on Sunday but here's the schedule i would do.

Monday-Animal Kingdom(Extra Magic hours)
Tuesday-Epcot(EM hours)
Wednesday-Universal Studios
Thursday-Magic Kingdom(EM hours)
Friday-Disney-hollywood studios
Saturday-Sea World

Try to avoid the Magic kingdom on monday since it tends to be more packed at the beginning of the week. Fantasmic is awesome but is only shown on some days(Friday being one of them). Rock n Roller Coaster at DHS will be closed till thursday so take note of that.

From Igor Cabrera
Posted May 13, 2010 at 5:17 AM
Thank you,

I'll arrive to Orlando Sunday at 10:00, so I'll finish to install in the hotel arround 11:00
This is my tentative schedule, please tell me if I should correct something, I based it on the exta magic hours in disney's web site:

* Sunday from 11:00 sea world (don't know if I can enjoy this park startin this late, please tell me if I should change this)
* Monday Holliwood Studios (Extra Magic Hour)
* Twesday Epcot (Extra Magic Hour)
* Wednesday Animal Kingdom (Extra Magic Hour)
* Thursday Magic Kingdom (Extra Magic Hour)
* Friday Universal+IA (This day I'll leave Orlando)

Is this calendar ok?

From Nick Markham
Posted May 13, 2010 at 5:48 AM
Okay on Friday, get Express Passes or choose one park. I would go with the express passes which can give you the chance to get everything done in one day. Otherwise, just choose one. If you are going to choose one, it depends when you are visiting. Anytime before June 18 choose Universal Studios Florida, after June 18 (the date Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens) choose Islands of Adventure.

From Phil B.
Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:10 AM
Are you arriving this coming Sunday, May 16th?

Also, what time is your flight leaving when you depart on Friday?

From Igor Cabrera
Posted May 13, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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**Nick Markham said:
Okay on Friday, get Express Passes or choose one park.**
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Thaks for the advice
1. ¿where can I get those passes? ¿do they have any cost?
2. I have bought the Disney's resort food service for the 6 days now I wonder ¿What should I do in those days that I'm going to be outside Disney?
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**Phil B. Said: Are you arriving this coming Sunday, May 16th?**
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Nop, why?
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**Phil B. Said: Also, what time is your flight leaving when you depart on Friday?**
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I'm traveling to Miami by Bus at night, I don't have the exact time right now I'll ask my agent, but I think it's at 8:00 PM and the bus is going to pick me up from Disney's Hotel

From Phil B.
Posted May 13, 2010 at 7:35 AM
Knowing what date you are arriving will help to advise what days may be best to visit what parks for the week you are there, specifically as it relates to the Disney parks and there extra magic hours. I would like to see what parks offer what hours for the days you are there and if it is even worth the extra magic hours when it comes to scheduling a visit for a park on that day. Knowing the date will allow me to check Disneys site for the Magic Hours.

Also, will you have one day Disney tickets, or do your park tickets include the park hopper option?

So your flight is leaving at 8:00pm on Friday? That means that you would need to be picked up around 5:00pm at the resort, to get to the airport in time I would think.

From Mark Migliaccio
Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM
That's a lot of stuff to do in 6 days. Essentially that is 7 parks in about 5-1/2 days.

Who all is going? How many kids, what do you REALLY want to make sure you see? Also do you have the Disney park hopper?

From Igor Cabrera
Posted May 13, 2010 at 12:41 PM
1. I'm not going with kids, just with my wife
2. I'm arriving on June 13
3. Yes, I should be leaving at 5:00 pm last day, but I do not leave by plane, I'll take a bus to Miami

From Deidre Dennis
Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM
We always hit Magic Kingdom first because it is the most Disney themed, even though our son (age 13) and niece (age 13) have outgrown that stuff. But there's something about visiting that park upon arrival that puts you in the Disney mood... even if it's packed and Splash Mountain has a three-hour wait. :) We also hit it as our last stop before heading back home.

I have an itinerary that I put together when we went last year. I'm not as anal as planning what we'll do at each park, but I did pick a park each day. Our trips are longer than yours, plus we take two tweens with us. If you're interested in seeing it, let me know and I'd be happy to email it over.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM
I would look to see who has extra hours at night.

If you pick a Disney Park, Magic Kingdom is usually the longest opened park. The one you should not go to is Animal Kingdom the first day. You need to be there when the park opens since it closes the earliest.

From Justin Kermgard
Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:37 PM
Okay, based on the date you're arriving(I checked Disney's website to see which parks are having the Extra Magic Hours for you), this is how you should plan to spend your week. None of the Disney parks are worth spending the first day at, so I would do either Universal Studios or SeaWorld on your first day. The second day(6/14), Disney's Hollywood Studios has the morning Extra Magic Hour. If you are going to be park hopping at Disney, then I would suggest after Hollywood Studios go over to Animal Kingdom as they are having the evening Extra Magic Hours that day(open 3 hours after it closes to the public)(Animal Kingdom is a beautiful park at night and its rare that its open that late, so take advantage). On day 3(6/15), Magic Kingdom is open early for EMH. Again if you're park hopping, head over to Epcot in the evening for their evening EMH. On day 4(6/16) if you didn't visit Animal Kingdom in the evening on day 2, then head there first as they have the morning EMH this day and I hear the animals are more active during the morning hours anyway, and again if you're park hopping, head back to Hollywood Studios after Animal Kingdom for their evening EMH as Tower Of Terror is much more fun when you ride it at night. On day 5(6/17), Magic Kingdom is again the park for morning EMH so if you already did that on day 3, then just head to Epcot for the day(especially if you're not park hopping). If you are park hopping, then do Magic Kingdom again in the morning and Epcot in the evening for their evening EMH. On the last day before you leave for Miami, simply go to whichever park you didn't visit on day 1. Whether its Universal Studios or SeaWorld, you'll be finished with either park before 5pm. There you have it. I will say one more thing. If your ticket to Universal Studios includes admission to Islands Of Adventure, then wait until your last day to go there as the new Wizarding World Of Harry Potter opens on your last day in Orlando(6/18). If your ticket is for just Universal Studios, then it won't matter whether you do Universal Studios or SeaWorld first, But there you have it. Any more info needed? simply ask me, glad to help if I did.

From charles henderson
Posted May 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM
Brothers and Sister we are giving Igor some great advice but we have seriously over looked something.
Igor you are on vacation and visiting the Mecca of theme parks, Orlando Florida and you want to have the most fun possible but your going to kill yourself. Look, you need a day of rest, this a vacation not a triathlon. All of the people i have talked to that did not enjoy Orlando and its theme parks was that they never rested and never relaxed. Visiting a theme park is rough but visiting multiple parks can be extremely taxing on your body. this is from a physically fit former U S Marine. Think about in this way are you ready to walk around more than 6 miles for 5 days straight and call it vacation.
You need a break in the middle say Wednesday and do nothing but relax and rejuvinate. Take in a movie at Down Town Disney, get a massage at one of the many spas in the area.
So what park would i cut Hollywood Studios. You are already going to Universal they are not extremely simular but close enough that it would be the right choice; to me that is.

good luck and have fun

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM
I agree, but I would not miss DHS. Especially since you appear to be a thrill seeker, DHS gives the top two Disney Thrills.


But the point is right: Don't kill yourself! I would put some relaxation on AK's day since the park is only open until around 6.

From Maureen Marsh
Posted May 14, 2010 at 6:41 PM
Since this is your first visit, you will probably need an entire day for the Magic Kingdom and another entire day for Epcot. Animal Kingdom does close earlier but it has a lot fewer attractions so you could go there on your arrival afternoon.

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