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The Best Orlando Theme Parks By Age Group

by Mommy Frog on April 5, 2017 100

Best Orlando Theme Parks By Age Group

The grocery store. The dentist office. The neighborhood lily pad. It's one of the most-asked questions I get. "What's the best Orlando theme park for my kids?"

It's an important question to ask. When families are spending and saving they want to know that every dime is going toward the best possible experience. They want their tadpoles to be hoppy. While every Orlando theme park offers something for everyone, some of them are better suited to a particular age group or two. This post will break down the Orlando theme parks by age group.

Before we dive in, let's be clear, this isn't the definitive guide—there are always exceptions! The best Orlando theme park for your kids (or parents, spouse, partner) is the one that they want to visit. Get them involved in the process. Show them videos of attractions from our YouTube channel and ask if these things interest them. Also, consider what they're currently interested/obsessed with. Do they like Star Wars? Visit Disney's Hollywood Studios. Frozen? Head to Epcot. Despicable Me and Shrek? You're off to Universal Studios Florida. Penguins and Dolphins? Sea ya at SeaWorld. Regardless of the age-proper category they may fall into, give serious consideration to what they are interested in.

On the other side of that, there are the adults. While you're never too old to snap a selfie with Donald Duck, meeting characters and exploring Fantasyland isn't for everyone. The Orlando parks also offer variety for adults and seniors. Simply enjoying the atmosphere of a wonderfully themed land or park can be just enough "magic" for those who don't need thrills.

Recommended Orlando Theme Parks By Age Group

If you can, our recommendation is to visit each of the parks at least once and then pick your favorites to revisit. With all of that said, here are the recommended Orlando theme parks by age group.

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Toddlers

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - Magic Kingdom

Best: Magic Kingdom Park

Hands down, the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom offers the most magical experience of all the Orlando theme parks. Guests of all ages, but especially the toddler set, will be able to enjoy a large number of attractions. They can also meet their favorite Disney characters (when they still believe they're real) and wonder at the sights and sounds in each of the different lands. For children who are easily scared, there are plenty of rides where they can sit with Mom or Dad. Start them off with Peter Pan's Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Character meet-and-greets can be like a dream come true for the toddler age group. The variety of Disney characters hanging out in Magic Kingdom is great. Whether your tadpole is a Mickey Mouse admirer (Mickey's regular meet-and-greet is at Town Square Theater) or one of Buzz Lightyear's junior Space Rangers, you're guaranteed to find their favorite Disney character somewhere!

Other good Orlando Theme Parks for Toddlers:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park — This park is ideal for anyone who loves animals. Toddlers especially will enjoy seeing them up close in a lush, jungle-like setting. Tortoises, lions, cotton-top tamarin monkeys, Yellow-napped Amazon parrots and more are just some of the animals that can be found! Pint-sized shows such as "Finding-Nemo: The Musical" and "Festival of the Lion King" are also perfect for the wee set. Tots into dinosaurs will "dig" The Boneyard, a dinosaur dig site-site playground.
  • SeaWorld Orlando — Like Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the animals truly are the focus of the park. The little ones will love feeding the sea lions and dolphins. The experience of a stingray gliding beneath their fingertips is a treasure they'll enjoy. A whole section of the park — Shamu's Happy Harbor — is devoted to the little ones and features wee versions of spinning tea cups, a carousel and a gentle tug boat.

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Elementary-Age Kids

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - SeaWorld Orlando

Best: SeaWorld Orlando

Who says learning isn't fun? Out of all the Orlando theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando is one of the most educational. Kids of all ages, but especially young children, can test their knowledge of aquatic life. They can also explore the exhibits and get up close and personal with baby dolphins, sea lions and stingrays. The younger end of this group will love Shamu's Happy Harbor, especially Net Climb — four stories of nets linked together by tunnels! Be sure to also check out Antartica: Empire of the Penguin while at SeaWorld Orlando. While the ride itself is quite mild, kids (and kids at heart) should not miss the penguin habitat, which mimics the icy conditions of the South Pole. Get up close with the penguins in temps of 30 degrees. You can see four species on land and under water.

Other good Orlando Theme Parks for Elementary-Age Kids:

  • LEGOLAND Florida — The whole park is geared toward 2- to 12-year-olds. For LEGO fanatics, the themed lands are second to none! Adventurous kids can experience the thrill of the Flying School roller coaster. Those who aren't quite ready have ride options such as The Dragon. The water park within the park will keep everyone cool on the hottest summer days.
  • Magic Kingdom Park — This is the place where fairytales come true, and princesses and pirates will love the opportunities to indulge in a little make-believe and maybe work up the nerve to try out Space Mountain or Splash Mountain. Great starter coaster options are Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini.

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Tweens

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - Universal Studios Florida

Best: Universal Studios Florida

With more simulator rides than thrill rides, and many based on movie franchises, Universal Studios Florida offers a lot to do and see. Of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley should be at the top of the list, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is not to be missed! Your brave tweens can tackle Hollywood Rip Rockit coaster, which reaches speeds up to 65 mph! Revenge of the Mummy is slightly tamer but offers plenty of scream moments. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D is thrilling 3D technology at its best as Autobots attempt to protect the AllSpark from Decepticons.

Other good Orlando theme parks for tweens:

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Teens

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - Universal's Islands of Adventure

Best: Universal's Islands of Adventure

Teens will love the high number of true thrill rides, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge. Harry Potter fans will feel like they just stepped into the book in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, and even those who aren't fans will be mesmerized by the incredible attention to detail. Journeying on the Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade is an entertaining and awesome ride for park hoppers wanting to venture over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley! Of course, no visit here is complete without Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Other good Orlando theme parks for teens:

  • Epcot — Teens will love traveling the world in a single day, sampling the cultures — plus eating and shopping! Epcot offers some of the most diverse entertainment options out of the major Orlando theme parks. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’ Around the World remain perennial favorites and make this park a must-visit.
  • Magic Kingdom Park — While parents and teens rarely agree, they seem to share the same nostalgia for visiting the most magical place on earth. While it may not have the major thrills offered at some of the Orlando theme parks, you can't deny the joyful feelings it brings! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a roller coaster the whole family can enjoy together, and the Haunted Mansion is a hilariously "frightening" adventure.

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Adults

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - Epcot

Best: Epcot — The most non-traditional park out of all the Orlando theme parks, Epcot offers the chance to experience many of the world's cultures through sight, sound and taste. Shopaholics (raises hand) will love strolling through the World Showcase shops. Epcot is the only place in the U.S. where some of these items can be found! There are plenty of diverse food and beverage options to be explored as well.

Other good theme parks for adults:

Best Orlando Theme Parks for Seniors

Best Orlando Theme Parks by Age Group - SeaWorld Orlando

Best: SeaWorld Orlando

This pristine park is known for its fantastic shows, particularly One Ocean, Clyde and Seamore's SeaLion High and the new Dolphin Day. Seniors will enjoy the animal encounters, the 360-degree view of Orlando from Sky Tower, experiencing the life of a turtle at TurtleTrek and the numerous places to cool off.

Other good choices:

  • Epcot — The pavilions of World Showcase offer the chance to shop, eat and drink in the history and architecture of 11 countries.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios — This park provides a trip back in time through Hollywood's Golden Era. The Great Movie Ride takes you on a movie journey with a plot twist through some of Hollywood's most iconic films. The 50's Prime Time Cafe is a nostalgic eating experience in a sitcom setting. Dine like a Hollywood Icon at The Hollywood Brown Derby.

Whew — this was a long list of Orlando theme parks by age group! Now, it's your turn. Which park and attractions would you recommend for each age group? Share thoughts below! You'll find more resources for planning your vacation to Orlando inside our Planning Guide, which includes touring plans for each of the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 12, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. Ali Says...

I'm going to Disney for the first time in a while with my 13 year old and 11 year old not sure If magic kingdom is too kiddish for them or not. also if we want to go to epcot to you suggest going for a full day or not

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. Julie Says...

I plan to take my kids (6 + 9) to Universal Studios. How aggressive are the rollercoasters at Adventure Island? My kids are not savy rollercoaster riders. Legoland and Sea World coasters are fine, even Star Tours was a hit, but no loops, corkscrews, or super steep drops. However, my nine year-old, is a huge Harry Potter fan, so I would like him to get the most out of his visit, without wasting a ton of money.

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Dec 12, 2017 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

There are only two rollercoasters at Universal's Islands of Adventure. You'll want to stay away from one of them, The Incredible Hulk, as it is pretty intense. The other one, Flight of the Hippogriff, is very tame. The rest of the attractions at that park are not rollercoasters, so you should be a-okay!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 5, 2017 at 6:47 a.m. Surabhi Says...

Hello,

I will be visiting Orlando just for a day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and want to take my parents and uncle (age group 40 to 50 years) around the theme park which is most suitable for adult to senior people, not too many rides. I was confused between SeaWorld and Epcot. Could you please suggest which one could be better on a Monday ?

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Dec 5, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It depends on the date you'll be visiting as far as how crowded and busy the different parks will be, but Epcot would be a great choice for that age range. It also depends on their interests!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2017 at 7:22 p.m. Mallory Says...

Hey! Your site has helped so much but I do have a question. I am visiting in April 2018 with my 5 and 11 yr old girls. Magic and animal kingdoms are a must, but in undecided on hollywood (we are skipping epcot this round). My 11yr old loves thrill rides and star wars so it seems like a no brainer but I'm afraid my 5 yr old will be bored out of her mind. Is it worth it to buy all of us tickets or should we wait and visit Hollywood in 2020? Thanks!

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Nov 10, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. christine micallef Says...

Hi,

I'll be visiting all parks in Feb. but on the first day I will not arrive until noon. Does that give me enough time to experience all that Animal Kingdom has to offer?

thanks!

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine,

It depends on the day you'll be visiting and the park's hours. However, if you prioritize and plan, you should be able to do everything you want!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. rishabh pruthi Says...

I am planning to travel with my 18 month old baby.

Suggest a park for 1 day visit

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Oct 20, 2017 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

You can't go wrong with the Magic Kingdom!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2017 at 7:48 p.m. Emily Clydesdale Says...

I am going to Orlando next July with my husband and my son who will be 7 nearly 8. Was thinking of just doing 2 Disney parks unlimited universal and discovery cove which includes sea world, Busch garden and aquatica. Don't want to be exhausted and have some rest days that's why only thinking of doing just 2 Disney parks. Do you think this would all be ok or too much!? Also what Disney parks do you suggest

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Aug 2, 2017 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

If you're also including rest days, then you should be all right. Those rest days are the key to not becoming too exhausted! It depends on what your son is into, but he might enjoy Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios (plenty of Star Wars-themed experiences if he's a Star Wars fan). Magic Kingdom Park also has plenty to offer for that age range. Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2017 at 11:33 p.m. Tos Says...

Hi,

Please am going to Disney with my 9yrs old girl and 11yrs son. First time going this week. Any ideas on 2 best parks to go. And also we are planning to get tickets at d door. Any suggestions. Thanks a lot

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Jul 19, 2017 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tos,

We would suggest Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for those ages. If either are huge Star Wars fans, Disney's Hollywood Studios also has a lot to offer with Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours, plus Star Wars-themed shows; it also has a couple of thrill rides. It just depends on their interest!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2017 at 9:52 p.m. TS Says...

Hey, we are going to Orlando this coming Thursday on an official trip with our 8 month old daughter and will be there for 2 days. We are planning to go to the Animal Kingdom to enjoy the newest edition Pandora and ride the two attractions in there. So planning 1 day at the Animal Kingdom. However, I am quite at a loss while looking for a half day tour to any other places. Can you please suggest a place/attraction that we could enjoy in like 5/6 hours with an infant? Other theme parks can not be covered in that short time frame, so I am leaving them for the next planned vacation. Thanks!

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Jul 16, 2017 at 9:49 a.m. EssexWhite Says...

I am planning a trip in August 2018 with a family of 5, two sons aged 17 and 16 and a daughter aged 12. Thinking of doing 3 days in Miami followed by 2 weeks in Orlando. During the 2 week stay how many days would you recommend we visit theme parks?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Probably 3-5 days at Disney World and 2-4 days at Universal Orlando. Since your kids are older, they may enjoy Universal more, especially if they like thrill rides. You could add another day for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Discovery Cove.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. SALPAL Says...

Hi! I'm planning to visit with my mother (who is in her late 40s), and I am 25. I am planning to visit 1 day in Magic Kingdom, 1 day at Island of Adventure and 1 day at Universal Studios. Would you suggest doing EPCOT as well?

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Jul 3, 2017 at 4:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

That really depends on what your mom would like to do. If she's an animal lover, she may enjoy Disney's Animal Kingdom. Movies and thrill rides? Disney's Hollywood Studios. Have your mom look over all of the parks, watch some videos on our YouTube channel, and have her choose. If the countries and attractions appeal to her, then head to Epcot!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. David.A Says...

Hey there we are going to Disney Orlando for our first time , have a 9 year old daughter who loves Disney and a 5 year son who loves Disney too. Out of all parks which do you recommend? I want my son to get on rides as well for my 9 year old. Me and my wife love thrill rides too . My dad age 51 in good shape. and his wife age 47 are coming as well. She wants to go to take pictures and enjoy the scene. Can you help us out on which park will be best we are only gonna do a park one day and wanna make it worth it and spending the rest of our vacay at the beach. Thanks

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Jun 2, 2017 at 5:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

If you only have one day, we suggest visiting Magic Kingdom. It will have something for everyone!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2017 at 2:34 p.m. Ullanda Says...

My son and I will always be kids at heart! There is no age limit to FUN! We'd visit ALL the parks and have a blast! (because we've never been!)

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May 19, 2017 at 12:56 a.m. Timothy Hunts-in-Winter Says...

Love Epcots sround the world. Love seeing other countries and taste the food.

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Apr 17, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. gosia Says...

Hi,

We are planning to visit only one park - it will be for the very first time for us. What would you recommend? Our older girl is 10(doesn't like any princesses) younger 8 and she is with mild global developmental disabilities. Both don't like tril rides.

Regards,

Gosia

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Apr 17, 2017 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gosia,

There is so much more than princesses at the Magic Kingdom! It's a good balance of fun attractions and shows, with few thrill rides. Jungle Cruise, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, Haunted Mansion. Show your girls our Magic Kingdom videos and see if they're interested in those kinds of adventures!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2017 at 5:42 a.m. tonyg Says...

Im suppose to be going to Orlando at the end of April with my 6 year old. We'll be there for 3-4 days. Besides the Magic Kingdom Park I'm unsure where else would be the best route to go having a 6 year old. I was told Universal is more for older kids. Was thinking Maybe Legoland and possibly the Discovery Cove. What would you recommend are the best attractions to go to for a 6 year old to get the most enjoyment?

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Mar 20, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

The best park for your 6-year-old would be the one that they want to visit. Get them involved in the process. Do they like Star Wars? Disney's Hollywood Studios. Frozen? Epcot. Despicable Me and Shrek? Universal Studios. Penguins and Dolphins? SeaWorld.

The best park for one 6-year-old would be different for another. It's all about what they are interested in.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2017 at 6:32 p.m. Cortnee Says...

Are there any rides at magic kingdom for a 2 year old? Things I can ride with her maybe?

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Feb 19, 2017 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cortnee,

The attractions in Fantasyland are perfect for youngsters (Pooh, Peter Pan, Carousel, small world). Also look into Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Jungle Cruise.... really anything without a height requirement. Don't forget shows and meeting characters!

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Feb 18, 2017 at 3:56 a.m. Heather Says...

I am really having a hard time. My family of 4 are planning a trip end of July. I am more concerned with my children being happy. My son is 6 and daughter is 3 and I want to make sure they would have plenty to do. My concerns are business and not being able do a lot. My daughter is really into princess and loves frozen. I seen Epcot has the frozen stuff but not sure if there is a lot to really offer. I know I really want her to at least be able to see Anna and Elsa but not sure if going to Epcot would be worth my time.. we are planning to go to the park 2 days and not which one.. if I should do Mk both days to get the full experience or forget that and go to like universal studios instead.. I just want to be able to let them ride the most rides they can and experience the atmosphere too.. I want to be able to get my money's worth too... please help this is our first time ever going

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

The best way to make sure your children get the most out of their Disney World experience is to get them involved in the planning process. Go over each park with them and see what they get excited about. Our Park Plans even include videos of the attractions! Getting the most rides in shouldn't be the goal. Go for quality over quantity. Don't overlook the shows, fireworks and character greetings. If Elsa and Anna are a big deal, but not enough to bring you to Epcot, they do appear in the afternoon Magic Kingdom parade.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 16, 2017 at 5:39 a.m. Mommy Duece Says...

My husband and I will be taking our two boys to Disney World this April for my son's 6th Birthday. Our children are (will be 6) and 3. Thanks to this post, I have a some idea, but am really trying to figure out what would be ideal for a 3 day trip for us? I can tell MK is a no brainer, but should we do this on his actual bday (it'll be our 2nd day in Florida, but our 1st day doing one of the parks). Also, what about fass passes and hoppers? I'm totally lost just hearing about all the different options.

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Feb 16, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mommy Deuce,

1) Hopper Passes allow you to visit more than one park per day.

2) Plenty of information about Fastpass+ right here.

3) Your best bet for a magical vacation is getting your children involved in the planning. If they like Star Wars or Toy Story, then go to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Zoos? Animal Kingdom or Sea World. Frozen? Epcot. While Magic Kingdom has the best attractions for young children, all the other parks have something for everyone. Get them involved and let them see all the options!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Naomi Says...

Hi. My husband and I are heading to Orlando in April for 3 days and we are trying to work out where best suits us. We are from Australia and have been to Disney Land, California Land and Universal Studios in LA a couple of years ago. We are in our 30's with no kids and love our thrill rides. Where would you suggest?

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Feb 13, 2017 at 6:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Naomi,

For thrills, it would be Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. As for a Disney park, the thrills are spread out. Magic Kingdom has three coasters and Splash Mountain while Disney's Hollywood Studios has Tower of Terror and Rock N' Roller Coaster.

Take a look at our Park Plans to get a better idea of all the attractions at the parks!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 30, 2017 at 3:52 a.m. Ellie Says...

Hi, going to Orlando for the first time for 4 days in September. I have 2 girls (16 & 14) and 1 boy (8). What theme parks would you suggest?

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Jan 30, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellie,

The best parks for your kids would be the ones they are most interested in! Have them look at the parks and see what interests them. Are they into Harry Potter more than Star Wars? Are they thrill seekers or do they enjoy calmer attractions? The article you read lays out the best parks by age group, but getting your kids involved in the planning is the best way to plan and have a great vacation!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 6:12 p.m. BELINDA L HANER Says...

We are taking my 9 yeard old daughter to Disney World im May2017 for 10 days. We are planning on doing MK, Epcot,Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Sea World. I thought I had it pretty well figured out but now I'm wondering if 2days at Universal Resort parks would be better and worth the extra money instead of 1 day at Hollywood Studios. My daughter loves rides and the characters sound more varied at Universal. Any thoughts are appreciated. And how far is Universal from the SeaWorld Resorts?

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Jan 18, 2017 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belinda,

If you have the time and can afford a two-day ticket, two days at the Universal Studios Resort is worth it. Also, include her in the process. Have her look at the attractions and check out our videos from Disney's Hollywood Studios and Universal. Would she rather see Harry Potter, Despicable Me and Dr. Suess over Star Wars, Toy Story and Tower of Terror?

Universal is about a 15-minute drive to SeaWorld.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 15, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. Elisha Wortham Says...

Is there anyway to get discounted tickets to the parks?

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elisha,

Yes! We are an authorized seller and offer discounts. You can see all of our Orlando ticket options here.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 9, 2016 at 6:11 p.m. Dora Says...

Hi there,

We are going to Orlando for the very first time december 23-25family of 6 I have 7 ,6,4and 1 years old we are planning to visit 2 theme parks any suggestions which one to choose??

Thank you.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dora,

I would definitely recommend Magic Kingdom and you may even want to consider doing two days at Magic Kingdom. Other good parks to consider would be LEGOLAND or SeaWorld.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2016 at 10:53 p.m. Farah Says...

Hi, we are planning to visit Orlando during Christmas time and I would love to get your recommendations on the theme park. I have three boys ages; 8, 6 and 3 years old. We will be staying 4 days in Orlando. What theme parks are best for my boys age kids? This would be our first time going to the Disney World.

Thanks a lot! :)

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Nov 8, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Farah,

Your sons are the perfect ages for Disney World and LEGOLAND. For Disney World, Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom would probably be best suited for their age.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2016 at 7:24 p.m. Patrice Cox Says...

Taking our 7 and 10 year-old kids at the end of this month. They are fairly obsessed with legos and star wars, so we are planning to do MK, Legoland, and Hollywood Studios for sure, but we have 1 more day to fill. In your opinion, which of the Orlando parks is the best of the remaining? Universal? Animal Kingdom? We also have a Sea World fairly close to us and they've "been there, done that" a few times already, so we weren't planning to do that. Is there anything about the Orlando Sea World that makes it more spectacular than the others?

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrice,

If your kids are good with thrills and/or like Harry Potter, definitely do Universal. Disney's Animal Kingdom is another good choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 9:49 a.m. Maurice Says...

Greetings, I have a family of 4, ages 8, 16, 2 adults 35. We are planning on 2 day disney park trip and first timers for everyone except the 16 yr old. We have decided that magic kingdom is the choice for 1 but 1) what do you recomnend for thr other? And 2) which what order? Thanks!

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Sep 27, 2016 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maurice,

I would recommend Epcot as your second Disney park. You didn't mention whether you 8-year-old is a girl or boy, but the new Frozen Ever After, and Elsa and Anna meet-and-greet are open in Norway, and Soarin' is now Soarin' Around the World! If you haven't, we recommend you download our Quick-Start Guide to Disney World. For the order, please see our Crowd Calendar for recommendations by date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2016 at 2:42 a.m. Maurice Killins Says...

Thank you for the rapid response. My son is the 8yr old. Appreciate your feedback

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Sep 2, 2016 at 6:04 p.m. Desiree Says...

My family of 8 (2 adults, 2-19 year olds, 12, 10, 9 and a 5 year old) are going to FL for a week from 10/1-10/8. We are thinking of doing a 3 day pass to Universal and a 2 day pass to Disney, we are going to Clearwater beach one of the days in FL, so one of our days will be dedicated to that.

My concerns and questions are:

1) I'm not giving enough time to travel the Disney parks

2) That there wont be enough to enjoy for the 2 older kids that don't like roller coasters and the 5 year old at Universal.

3) Is Magic Kingdom something all ages would like or just the younger one?

thoughts, suggestions and help is greatly appreciated!! :)

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree,

The Universal and Disney resorts have a good mix of attractions for all ages. You could spend another day at Disney and one less at Universal, but it really comes down to what you think your family is most into. What other park/parks are you planning on at Disney World?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Messi Says...

This is our first time going to Orlando so which park should we go to for 1 day? My kids ages are 15, 13, and 9. Thank you!

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Jul 19, 2016 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Messi,

Depending on your kids, I would say Magic Kingdom or Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2016 at 4:54 a.m. Geena Says...

Hello, I wanted to know which park will be be good for a couple aged 30? We are planning a trip for August 2016, but would like advice on the best times to visit and which parks would be best suited for 2 days.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geena,

It all depends on what you are into, but Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa are all good choices. You can see the best days on our crowd calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

Here are discount tickets for all of those parks:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2016 at 2:57 p.m. Jean smith Says...

Hi we have been to Disney a few times and have been to magic kingdom ,sea world ,Epcot ,what's the best park to visit besides those we are 60 years old

We only have 1 day to spare as we are on a cruise

Thanks

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean,

I would consider Disney's Animal Kingdom with its new shows, entertainment and nighttime animal experiences.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. Danel Amstelveen Says...

Hello,

I really like fast rollercoasters and we are going to Orlando this year. Any tips?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 7:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danel,

I would recommend SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa (the most coasters in Orlando). SeaWorld has a brand-new hypercoaster, Mako, which lives up to the hype. Check out our video of it at night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycsZErITmzw

Here are discount ticket options for both parks:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/seaworld-orlando-resort/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Paul Says...

Going through Orlando, want to take family, 40,38,15,15,13,11,9 to a one day park with some thrilling rides , we have done disney,universal,SeaWorld in California several times before and would like to know what park so you recommend that can beat the California hype?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

A few recommendations: Busch Gardens has a good mix of thrill rides and animal experiences that will appeal to the wide group. SeaWorld Orlando also has some very serious thrill rides, especially now with Mako, has the same great animal shows and encounters, is absolutely beautiful.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2016 at 12:19 a.m. Myra Says...

Hi,

We will be traveling from Manila Philippines this Dec 17 until 21 ( which happened to be her birthday too ). My daughter is 4 years old and a great fan of Disney. In those 4 days of stay can you suggest 2 or 3 themed parks for her age and can you suggest hotels that has Disney character dining and meeting Elsa and Anna and how to arrange for fast pass? I've yet to finish all the conversation here, my apologies if this have been tackled ????.? Thank you very much

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Jul 7, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Myra,

I would consider Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney's Polynesian, Contemporary and Beach Club are good options for character dining. You'll find more suggestions in our brand new Quick-Start Guide to Disney World.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 5, 2016 at 3:33 a.m. Belva Says...

I have children age 14, 12, and 5. Which park would be the best for all to have a great time?

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belva,

It really depends on your kids and what they are into, but Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios Florida would be good bets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2016 at 10:54 p.m. Caliiewags Says...

My 46-year-old mentallly impaired (and partially blind son) wants to go to Sea World in Orlando since we will be near there at the end of June and we will only have one day available to do one single park. He wants to see the whale show. And he really wants to sit in the 'splash zone'. I'm on board with this idea even though I'm his 65-year-old mom. ☺️ But I don't know how to go about getting reasonably priced tickets...and seating in the 'splash zone' area. Also...do u know if I can buy a parking pass ahead of time...online? And does it cost more for a handicap spot? Thank you very kindly for your help.

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Take a look at our SeaWorld Orlando tickets; we offer some great deals on these tickets and some include parking! (Up to around $42 off, depending on the ticket you choose.) As far as sitting in the splash zone, you simply just need to arrive early enough to grab a seat! SeaWorld also has a preferred parking area, which is closer to the park gates that does cost extra. But if you have a handicap parking permit already, then you should definitely have access to a handicap spot complimentary.

Keep hopping!

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May 20, 2016 at 12:11 a.m. Laurie Says...

Hello! We will be in Florida next week and will be choosing only one theme park to visit on one of our days there. Can you recommend a theme park that is good for ages 22, 19, 18, 16, and 7 yrs old?

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May 30, 2016 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauri,

Sorry for the delay. What park did you decide on?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. Angie Says...

Hi!

We are planning on taking our oldest son in October for the first time. His birthday is on Halloween and will turn 5. Would we be best to just do MK 2 days or do MK 1 day and a different park another day? We will only be there for a 4 day stay. Also, we have a 2 year old and we are debating bringing him or keeping him at home with Grandparents. In your opinion is a 2 year old too young and would he hold back our almost 5 year old from having fun?

Thank you!

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May 17, 2016 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

You could easily do two days at Magic Kingdom, but there is a lot of cool, new stuff coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom, and we think it would be a big hit for a 5-year-old. As far as your 2-year-old, there are a lot of attractions you would be able to do with him, and you could do a ride swap for things that he can't do, but that is ultimately your call.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 2:57 p.m. Sherry Parker Says...

I am going to Disney for the first time. I am 60 years old and need to pick two parks - please advise which two would be the best for me.

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May 30, 2016 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry,

I would pick Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 29, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. Tina Says...

Looking to take a 11 year old, 13,and 16 year old to Walt Disney World for very first time. Can only afford maybe one day. What do you suggest would be the best theme park. Want them to really be impressed, any suggestions out there for family on tight budget?

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

If they like thrill rides, I might consider Universal's Islands of Adventure, but for the quintessential experience, you can't go wrong with Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2016 at 5:14 p.m. Karen Says...

We will visit Tampa and Orlando for 2 weeks. Have been before but struggling to narrowing down the parks for interest for children in different age brackets (6, 12 & 14). The older two babe been to magic kingdom, Epcot, Busch gardens and Seaworld, the younger one too but was only 1. My husband and I have been to universal studios without e kids but 12 years ago.

Can you make a recommendation. We don't intend to visit them all!

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

I think the Universal parks will be perfect for the kids if they like thrill rides. Your 6-year-old may not be tall enough for all of the coasters, or want to ride them, but he or she should be tall enough for most everything else. I would definitely do some of the Disney parks too, at least Magic Kingdom and Epcot, especially for the younger one.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2016 at 7:27 p.m. Molly Says...

I would like to take my 19month grandson any ideas anyone, Please all suggestions are welcomed. We would be visiting Orlando for a month.

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Jan 23, 2016 at 5:40 a.m. Debbie Says...

We will be in Orlando May 22-23, 2016 before heading to next destination on 5/24 and having a hard time deciding which park to visit. We did 1 day at MK in 2011 (stayed at Pop Century) when kids were 8 and 6, it was fun, but no one wants to go again. We visited Legoland in 2013, everyone loved, perfect ages (10 and 8) to do everything in park. 2016 trip they will be 13 and 11 and we are having a hard time deciding which park to visit -- probably only one park, and other day at Disney Springs or something non-amusement-park-ish. We have narrowed it down to Universal Studios (looks fantastic to me, kids love HP, but neither likes thrill rides and from pics, most look pretty thrilling) ... Animal Kingdom (one kid will LOVE animals, afraid younger may be bored??? he likes action, but not scary action) ... Busch Gardens, if we choose to fly into Tampa instead, but know nothing about that park ... and just started considering Sea World after reading your recommendations by age. There is too much to choose from for a short visit!! Any recommendations you can make for our family of 4?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

I think SeaWorld and Universal Studios Florida are solid choices. With Universal, there are fewer pure thrill rides than you might think and lots of fun, 3D-type action rides based on popular moves. SeaWorld has fewer ride choices since two are pure thrill rides, but lots of animals and shows.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 21, 2016 at 8:53 p.m. scashiola Says...

We are planning a trip with our 5 and 12 year old kids and we were wanting to do Universal, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, LEGOLAND and one of the waterparks. In your opinion what would be the best order to do these and the best way to buy the tickets?

Thanks

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Jan 26, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can use our Crowd Calendar to help plan which day to visit. As far as tickets, there isn't one that covers all of these parks, but it's very easy to purchase them on our site from this page:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 7, 2015 at 2:37 a.m. Michele Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

I am thinking about taking my 5 year old to see a park for Christmas. We went to MK for his 5th b-day this year and he loved it. Unfortunately his step-brother (11) made the trip unbearable. I want to do something special just for our son and will need to exclude my husband and stepson from this activity since he also cannot stand going on rides, but my husband still forces him to go. While our son is the dare devil and would ride a coaster in a heart beat. Anyway any help for choosing the best theme park for the holidays would be greatly appreciated. There are just so many great holiday activities to choose from.

Thanks for your help! Happy Holidays to you!

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

For a one-day trip, I would do Magic Kingdom. As I am sure you know, it will be very, very crowded. I would make sure to get your tickets early so you can book FastPasses ASAP.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2015 at 5:29 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hello we are planning on coming to Disney in April 2016 suggested time for a 4 year and 12 year old? does the park close early and is the nightly parades still an hour b4 closing

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Oct 14, 2015 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

The parks do not generally close early in April. While the entertainment schedules are not finalized this far in advance, their should be a nightly parade at Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2015 at 3:44 p.m. Elbio Says...

Where does Discovery Cove land in all of this? How about water parks?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elbio,

This is a great question, and we'll plan on a future post to cover all of them! In a nutshell, all of the water parks offer something for all ages. Discovery Cove is not a typical water park and is fun for the entire family! That said, children under 6 will not be able to participate in the dolphin swim. That might be a deal-breaker for your family, but the little ones will still have a blast.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2017 at 3:41 a.m. Alex Says...

Hi,

My husband and I are hoping to go to Discovery Cove with my 8, 6 and 2 year old. Can one of us stay with the 2 year old somewhere whilst one does the dolphin swim with the bigger kids?

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Feb 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Yes, one of you will need to stay with your 2-year old with the other swims with your other children. You will be able to watch from the beach!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 10, 2014 at 3:37 p.m. Lawrence Says...

I want to ask if you have a suggested order. I am taking my 7 yr.old granddaughter and I would like to work our way up to the best. My thought is that if we go to the best most exciting park early on, then the others may wane by comparison. So any suggestions as to where to start and in what order? We will be in Orlando for 2 weeks (hopefully with some more restful days every now and then).

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lawrence,

Honestly it depends on you and your party. Some people who love Magic Kingdom like to do it at the start of the trip, visit other parks and then circle back to Magic Kingdom again at the end. It's also fairly subjective what will be your favorite park, especially if you have never visited them all before, although it's hard not to love Magic Kingdom :) Keep in mind too that the longer your trip, and depending on how many rest days you have in there, you're likely to be more tired at the end and want to visit parks that have shorter hours so that it is not as taxing.

I would love to hear other people's thoughts on this!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2015 at 6:06 p.m. Andrea Says...

We have to agree with your idea. Our family always starts our trip and ends our trip at the Magic Kingdom. While we love all the parks, that one just seems to start us off with the most magic and ends our trip with that last touch of magic before having to leave.

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Sep 1, 2015 at 4:14 a.m. Kevin Says...

Ditto. MK is the best. (11, 8, 6). We always Start and End our vacation with that.

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Apr 14, 2013 at 11:03 p.m. Violaplayer Says...

I've been to Disneyland over 20 times (age 58), but went to Orlando for the first time this year. The fireworks over the castle at the Magic Kingdom was spectacular. We were very impressed with the shows at the Animal Kingdom! Epcot was our least favorite. The Harry Potter section of the Islands of Adventure was great but the rest was unimpressive compared to Disney quality.

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Apr 12, 2013 at 5:01 a.m. nicklaus ulrich Says...

Checking if disney charges parking all the time or do they stop charging at a certain time

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Apr 12, 2013 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicklaus,

There is officially no discounted or free parking for the Walt Disney World theme parks after a certain hour. That said, we did find the parking ticket booths empty on one evening visit to Magic Kingdom.

-- Mommy Frog

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Jun 23, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Tory western Says...

i also found the ticket booths empty at Animal Kingdom when we arrived an hour and a half before park opening for a scheduled breakfast

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Apr 11, 2013 at 5:11 p.m. Carmen Maritza Marrero Says...

A mi me encantan todos y tengo 47!!!! Pero no podria dejar de ir a Magic Kingdom, nada se compara a encontrarte frente al castillo de Cenicienta!!!!

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