How much time do you need for Epcot and Hollywood Studios?

Walt Disney World: Looking for a few answers.

From Brian Emery
Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM
How much time do you need for Epcot and Hollywood Studios?

We have been to Orlando each year for the past few years and we are going to try a few new parks this time.

Epcot and Hollywood (MGM) Studios - I am wondering how big are these parks and how much time we will be at each. I understand some folks take more time than others at parks but can you compare the size of these parks to any others.


From brian lochridge
Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:54 PM
Epcot is huge in every way, just walking from section to section takes time, MGM on the other hand is much more manageable but not as good. You could do MGM in the morning and be done by early afternoon giving yourself more time at Epcot. My wife and I did these two parks last year and were very very disappointed in MGM. TOT and RR are the only two decent rides the rest is amusing but not memorable. Epcot on the other hand has everything you need to tickle all your senses. MS TT Sorin, are all top notch and the WS is great for exploring and tasting all the food offered. In all honesty I would skip MGM and do Animal kingdom in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Epcot.

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted February 14, 2008 at 7:24 PM
We usually arrive at EPCOT around 10 am and never leave until they run us out. It takes all day to see. But in my opinion well worth it. I have never been to Hollywood studios, but my aunt has and they said they pretty much had it done in a few hours. As the one poster said, Animal Kingdom is worth a visit. We love it, but they close right around 6pm, so if you go make sure you get there close to opening to make sure you do everything there is to do. But defiantly give EPCOT a full day. Have a great time!

From Brian Emery
Posted February 14, 2008 at 8:55 PM
Thanks Brian and Missy.

We are planning a whole day for Epcot but with your advice that we only need ½ day for MGM maybe we will get a park hopper and hit Typhoon lagoon the other half of the day.

We did go to AK two years ago and wouldn’t mind returning. But as with all vacations, time is limited….


From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 15, 2008 at 1:49 AM
Gonna have to disagree with both Brian L. and Melissa, here.

How much time to allot to a park depends on your interests. Personally, I could spend two days at Epcot and two days at Disney Hollywood Studios. They are my favorite parks of the Disney variety. But once again, it depends on your interests.

And since I don't know your interests, or which kind of parks you enjoy, it's difficult to interpret. But I'd spend at least a day at each. Both have great thrill rides, sensational shows, interesting tours/exhibits, and a nighttime finale that will blow you away.

Have a bomb time.

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted February 15, 2008 at 1:26 PM
Josh, you are 100% correct. We don't do Magic Kingdom because it doesn't interest us. Like you I would LOVE to spend 2 days at EPCOT, but we drive down from Daytona and have to drive back the same night. We need to try Hollywood Studios. So, yeah it does depend on ones interest.

From Tracey K
Posted April 27, 2008 at 7:02 PM
Without knowing your interests it's pretty tough to make suggestions as to how much time you'll need for each park.

We always allow one full day for Epcot (rope drop, break midday, and back for dinner and Illuminations), plus another 3/4 day (rope drop through mid afternoon).

One day at the Studios is enough for us, but we don't see all the shows, just a couple. If you were only doing rides you could do it in a half day, but if you're interested in even a couple of the shows you'll need a full day or most of a day.

From James Rao
Posted April 27, 2008 at 8:29 PM
If you are pressed for time, check out the Four Hour Touring Plans we have recently discussed on this website. They provide a BEST OF approach to touring. (Not sure where Mr. Niles is storing those little gems, but do some checking on the main page of this site and you should be able to locate them).

However, if you are not pressed for time....

DHS: plan on arriving at park opening and touring until about 2:00, then taking an afternoon break to rest at your resort before returning that evening for dinner and Fantasmic.

Epcot: allow at least 3/4 of a day for FutureWorld (the front/thrill ride half of Epcot) and a full day (including an afternoon resort break) at the World Showcase for sight-seeing, show watching, food eating, and Illuminations viewing. If you have children, allow plenty of time for the Kidcot Funstops as your tour the World Showcase.

Please note, each "half" of Epcot is about as big as the Magic Kingdom, so trying to cover all that ground in one day without resting is not advised!

Good luck!

From Sylvain Comeau
Posted May 2, 2008 at 8:58 AM
You can easily do a full day at each. Epcot doesnt have that many rides, but the World Showcase takes hours to fully explore. As for Disney Hollywood, I don't agree that TOT and RnR are the only good rides. The Great Movie Ride is fun, and Star Tours is a classic. Muppets 3D, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and (especially) Fantasmic! are all rock-solid attractions. Plus, come summer, Toy Story Midway Mania will open at DHS. Particularly if you have park hopper tickets, I don't see how you can pass up everything DHS has to offer.

From Dennis Basden
Posted May 13, 2008 at 11:29 AM
We fall into the "two days per park" camp as well. We allow three for Magic Kingdom and two for the other three parks.

At Epcot we do one late day in World Showcase with a side run to Test Track via fast pass and stay for the fireworks, then we do another day with just Future World (hitting Test Track again)

At Hollywood Studios there are just too many shows not to spend two days. We start off both days with a Tower of Terror/Rock and Roller coaster triple play (thanks to fast pass we ride rock and roller twice or three times while we wait for ToT time to roll around). Then we hit the shows in order.

If you have the time its worth it. Otherwise you have to pick and choose some things or spend less time really seeing things (as with Epcot).

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 13, 2008 at 11:40 PM
My quick take:

3 for EPCOT
2 for DHS

You will see everything. EPCOT is nice to stroll around and relax, but still, have a good time!

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