How many days at Disneyland and Disney World?We have 7 days to split between these two parks
From Kylie BeeHi everybody
Posted August 2, 2010 at 3:39 AM
I am looking for some advice on how many days to spend at Disneyland and Disney World. In total we have 7 full days to spend on these two parks. Initially, I had allocated 3 days for Disneyland and 4 for Disney World but now I am thinking a 2:5 split might be better?
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From Anthony MurphySo are you going to FL and CA? They both have their own seperate tickets and pricing. If I am understanding that you are going coast to coast, I would say 2 or 3 at DL and the rest at WDW
Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:16 AM
From Will ChilcoteIf you going to WDW in Florida, I would personally skip Disneyland and take your extra days in the other Florida parks. I would spend 4 or 5 days at WDW. Universal Orlando is a great park as is Sea World. You could very easily spend a week just in Orlando. If your going to California anyway Disneyland and California Adventure can be done in 2 days unless your going to be there at a busy time of the year. On a normal day, California Adventure can be done in about 5 hours.
Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM
From Kylie BeeYes we will be going coast to coast and also spending some days at Universal Orlando. Our current split is 3 DL, 4 DW and 2 US/IOA...I know DW has 4 parks but I'm thinking they may be smaller individually than DL as a whole? I have heard people say that animal kingdom, epcot and hollywood studios only take 1 day each maybe even less...is that correct? What about Magic Kingdom? We have been to DL before and we found that 3 days was the perfect amount of time for us there. We are a group in our 20's with no children. Any advice?
Posted August 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM
From Nick MarkhamI assume you are visiting Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida? I would suggest 2 days at Disneyland and 5 days at WDW, but if you need a traveling day in there to take what will be a 5-6 hour flight from Los Angeles to Walt Disney World (you would be crazy to try and drive) 2 days at Disneyland and 4 days at Disney World. Simple as that. Need any help with hotels, travel routes through parks, etc.?
Posted August 2, 2010 at 5:59 PM
From David L.You can do DHS in a day. If you don't like to explore lots then AK can also be done in a day. Epcot can be done in abou 1 and a half days is rushed but 2- 2 and a half if you like taking your time. Since you are going to disneyland you can take a day at MK. YOu should spend 1 day at disneyland, 1 at MK(Try to do the unique attractions at each of them and then do some duplacits at one, and the rest at the other), 1 day at DHS because it has not too much to do, At least one day at Animal Kingdom, at least 1 and a half or 2 days at epcot(It has so much to do, see, and explore), 1 daY AT ioa should be enough because only harry potter has lines, and 1 day at USF should also be enough. Have a great trip!
Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM
From Nick MarkhamAs far as duplicates go, here are the locations that have the best version of a certain attraction in my opinion!:
Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:35 PM
Star Tours II- DHS
Now remember, this is just my opinion, plus this is only a list of the best cloned attractions, each of the parks have their own unique attractions!
From Will ChilcoteAs a follow up to the last poster. Pirates and Mansion are better at Disneyland. Tower of Terror at Disney Studios is much better then the one at Calif.
Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:58 PM
As to your time split, your time schedule sounds good. 4 days at WDW, 2 at UO and 2 at Disneyland.
From Nick MarkhamKylie, your time split is good, but I would like to clear you up on a few things. Just because Disney has many parks, doesn't mean they are small. The entire Disneyland Resort can fit inside of Magic Kingdom, which can fit inside of EPCOT twice, which can fit inside of Animal Kingdom nearly four times. And the entire Walt Disney World Resort is twice the size of Manhattan or the same size as San Fransisco. Trust me on this one.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:52 AM
Next, generally Magic Kingdom can be done in a day or two, Disney's Hollywood Studios a day, Animal Kingdom a day, and EPCOT 2 or 3 days if you aproach each park correctly with a solid plan. This is where we can help you the most! ;D
From Kylie BeeThanks everyone! You are making me think 2 days might be better at DL and 5 at DW (it sounds huge!). What are the DW parks like? It sounds like epcot is the biggest but that MK might have the most rides? Any tips for a first time visitor?
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM
From Katie WhiteIf you like Rides MK is your place.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM
From Formula 40Disneyland has better rides to me. Most of the clones are better there, although I do think Haunted Mansion is better at MK.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM
From David L.Animal Kingdom is the biggest(500 acres), then Epcot(it think it's over 300 or 350), and Dhs is just kinda small(don't know the acreage) and Magic Kingdom is a little more than 100 acres. Magic Kingdom has the most rides but many are clones of ones at Disneyland. Epcot actually can have the most to do because of exploring the world showcase, the inovenntions, and many pavilions have things to do after the main ride or just stuff to explore in general(like the seas exhibits and the post show games on Spaceship earth and Mission Space). Animal Kingdom CAN take 2 days if you absolutely love to explore animal exhibits considering there are many that are somewhat hidden(like in the oasis and tree of life) but you can take 1 day and just skip stuff like the dinorama(midway area), Kali river rapids(unless you absolutely love lame rapids rides with good theming) Rafiki's planet watch(unless you absolutely love trains to almost nowhere with a petting zoo and some decent exhibits)and many animal exhibits. Dhs can be done in 1 day. Have a great trip!
Posted August 4, 2010 at 5:22 AM
From Kylie BeeThanks for the tips everyone. Does anyone know if the fireworks are on everynight at Disney World or Disneyland? Or only on weekends? We will be going in January. Also, what are the park hours like at these times? I think I read 10am-8pm somewhere on the net.
Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:13 AM
From Nick MarkhamAll Disney fireworks at every single park display every single night!
Posted August 4, 2010 at 12:19 PM
From Anthony O'NealDefinitely catch the fireworks at Disney World!
Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM
IllumiNations is my favorite. We grab a spot early, eat (I prefer the fish and chips) with plenty of time to spare, then enjoy the show!
Are they showing Fantasmic everynight at DHS? I was under the impression that the show was not nightly right now. . .
From Bob MillerThere's more to do at Disney World stay there longer
Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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