Walt Disney World theme parks are located on 27,258 acres situated near Orlando, Florida. There are twenty-seven themed hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks. The four main theme parks are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom. Ticket prices for admission into the parks vary if you buy them at the gate the day of your visit. However, when purchased in advance a two-day ticket with admission to just one park is $199.00 for ages ten and up. A two-day Park Hopper ticket allows you access to all four parks and is $259.00 for ages ten and up Six-day Park Hopper tickets for three adults (10+) and one child (3-9) would cost $1,840. Children under three are free. There are almost endless variations of ticket packages available and of course, there are entire vacation packages with transportation, accommodations, and meals to help you customize your Disney vacation.
Walt Disney World is the most visited park in the world and fifty-two million people from around the world visit each year. Disney attracts people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests because of the wide array of attractions offered at each park. In the Magic Kingdom, the most visited attraction is the Pirates of the Caribbean. This gives you a boat ride through a pirate adventure featuring Captain Jack Sparrow. Another huge attraction is Space Mountain, a completely dark roller coaster ride through space. There is a 44 inch height requirement and it may be intense for small children.
In Epcot one of the favorite rides is Soarin’ Around the World. This hang-glider simulation ride offers flight over amazing places around the world. There is a 40-inch height requirement and you shouldn’t be afraid of heights. Frozen Ever After was introduced in 2016 and has become the most popular ride in the park. It is a boat ride to Arendelle with movie characters and scenes. For the Animal Kingdom, the most popular attraction is Kilimanjaro Safari, which takes you on safari through an African savannah complete with wildlife. Hollywood Studios boasts Toy Story Mania 3-D which is a screen-based shooter game based on the Toy Story movies.
Disney offers an array of quick-service restaurants, table service restaurants, and special breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with characters at each park. Dining plans are purchased based on the number of nights you stay at Disney. A deluxe dining package offers three meals, two snacks, one refillable mug each night of the stay and is $115.00 per person ages ten and up. There are often special dining packages offered if you book in advance.
The biggest tip when planning a Disney vacation is to do just that, plan. Choose a dining option and purchase it ahead of time. Reserve special meals in advance. Reserve special attractions like a prince or princess make-over at the Bippity-Boppity-Boutique as far in advance as possible. Research the Fast Pass program ahead of time to make the most of the service that allows you quicker access to rides. Map out the rides and attractions that are must-do’s for you and your family and check ride times. There is even a free Disney app to help you during your time in the park with planning.