Disney fans agree: if you've only got one day – head to the Magic Kingdom. With a second day, choose between Epcot or Animal Kingdom. Have three? Cool off at a water park.
Planning your visit:
On the day:
MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
THE Disney experience you've known your whole life, whether or not you've ever been in person. You and your kids will both delight in the chance to meet Mickey – and spin round and round in teacups. If you haven't been since your own childhood, the rides have grown up too! Don't miss: Wishes Fireworks at 9 p.m. daily.
DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
More or less a Disney-fied zoo, this park offers the world's flora and fauna and will appeal to those short on time who need a diverting, mildly educational dose of wildlife (over 1,000 animals!). Kids particularly will like spotting their favorite Disney characters amongst the exhibits and related entertainment. Those with a preference for more 'natural' nature should skip this park in favor of other Disney offerings (and see pages 152 and 159 for local wildlife day-trips). Don't miss: Nemo - The Musical.
Thrill-seekers look elsewhere. Epcot's offerings toe the 'education exploration' line more than any other Disney park. Critics suggest that Epcot feels out-dated these days, and fails to captivate younger children or worldly adults. However, two annual festivals (Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival) draw large crowds – will they catch your interest? Don't miss: 'Soarin'™'.
DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (FORMERLY MGM STUDIOS)
Both site of and shrine to Disney's movie and TV empire, a day here puts young and older inside beloved movie experiences. Kids will love the Toy Story ride, while teens and adults should check out the Tower of Terror and the Aerosmith experience. Don't miss: Fantasmic, a fire and water show playing on select nights.