Creating the Perfect Disney Itinerary

There are so many amazing things to do at Walt Disney World Resort that you pretty much need an expert to help plan your visit. Well, there’s no need to fear — as an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel, we know a thing or two about how to enjoy it all. Check out our guide and learn all you need to know about creating the perfect Disney World itinerary.

The Parks

What many people don’t know is that Disney World Resort contains four separate theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are also two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Getting between them is easy, with busses, ferry boats, water taxis, and the iconic monorail to transport you around the resort free of charge. 

To help you enjoy it all, Disney offers plenty of options when choosing your tickets. You can purchase one at a time, or you can purchase tickets that are valid for two to four days. If you purchase a multi-day ticket, you can enjoy one park of your choosing on each day, or you can upgrade to the Park-Hopper or Park-Hopper Plus options to freely move between parks throughout the day.

So first things first — you’ll need to look at the options and decide which Disney parks (if not all of them) you want to experience during your trip. Here are some brief descriptions to help you decide between them:

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park at the resort. It provides the classic Disney experience, with iconic destinations such as Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Main Street, U.S.A. You’ll also find some of the resort’s most well known rides, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and the Jungle Cruise.

Epcot

Originally named EPCOT Center, Epcot is unique in that it was not meant to be a theme park. Part of Walt Disney’s original dream, it was meant as a utopian community based on constant innovation. Walt Disney’s dream was never truly realized, but today the park consists of Future World, featuring attractions focusing on space and fantasy, and the World Showcase, made up of 11 pavilions designed to each embody a different country of the world.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With a focus on movies and entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers some of the resort’s most popular rides and attractions, including Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the Tower of Terror. This park is smaller than the others and is a good half-day option.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is geographically the largest of the four theme parks, which is a good thing, because the animals need to be comfortable! Here you’ll find distinct areas representing several different continents, filled with live animal exhibits, as well as plenty of fun rides and attractions.

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon

Both of the Disney World Resort water parks are comparable in size and offer similar rides and attractions. The key difference is the theme, decor, and scenery, so pick the one that appeals most to you! Typhoon Lagoon has a ramshackle, tropical aesthetic, while Blizzard Beach looks like a snow-covered mountain.

Disney Springs

Other than the theme parks, one of the resort’s most popular destinations is Disney Springs. There are many activities and fun things to do in Disney Springs, including restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

Planning Your Trip

Here comes the hard part — deciding what’s most important to see during your trip. If you have time to experience the resort to its fullest, we recommend purchasing a four-day ticket and dedicating a day to each theme park. For one of the days, you can spend half your time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the other half at one of the waterparks, and you can spend at least a couple of your evenings exploring the dining and entertainment options at Disney Springs. For a shorter trip, we recommend a two-day ticket, with a full day dedicated to whichever theme park tops your wish list, and a half-day exploring two of the other destinations.