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What Disney parks should you go to on a weekend trip?

Updated: Sep 25, 2022

A brief break in the kids' school schedule or a few extra PTO days that won't roll over into next year often lead to the same route: going to Walt Disney World Resort® for a few days.

But if you only have a couple days, which parks do we recommend?

We suggest dedicating one of the days on a two-day park schedule Magic Kingdom Park®. Walt Disney World Resort's flagship theme park, it is the epitome of Disney's magic sensation, and we find it hard to imagine a Disney vacation without seeing a castle.

Guests full of adult parties looking for a full second day that complements Magic Kingdom Park with a contrasting experience should consider EPCOT® during festival periods due to the abundance of food and drink to try. EPCOT's offerings make full a full, activity-packed day, but its World Showcase events may not captivate children the same was as they do adults.

We reccommend taking younger guests or those less interested in the food and drink scene to spend the day between Disney's Hollywood Studios® and Disney's Animal Kingdom®. Park-hopping is not available until 2 p.m., so pick your first park based on the attractions that matter more to your family. Without any preferences, we would advise taking on Disney's Animal Kingdom first for brief Pandora: The World of Avatar wait times and optimal Kilimanjaro Safaris activity, while saving the coasters at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the soon-to-return Fantasmic! for the evening. Traveling during low-crowd periods or utilizing Disney Genie+ should allow guests adequate time to experience both parks in one day.

If you need additional help nailing down your spontaneous or brief vacation, our travel advisors remain available for consultation and planning.

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