Before you visit a Disney park you must now make a reservation using the new Disney Park Pass system. You’ll need to create a My Disney Experience account, so you can link your valid theme park tickets for each person in your party (ages three and up) to your account. Once your admission is linked to your account, you can begin to make a park reservation by selecting your date, park and time from the available reservations. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required.
Know before you go and check out Disney Park Pass Availability and make your reservation immediately after you purchase your ticket. Please note that dates and theme park selections are limited and subject to availability.
Magic Kingdom Park
Best for: Magic Kingdom Park is where Walt Disney World Resort began and is still full of timeless fairy tale magic. Fireworks cascade over Cinderella’s Castle at the Disney’s Enchantment night-time spectacular, The Haunted Mansion is ghoulishly good, and Main Street, U.S.A. swells with music, and even smells of fresh cookies.
The lowdown: In this pocket of childhood memories, you’ll float, rather than walk towards your first view of Cinderella’s Castle. Mickey’s PhilharmMagic and “It’s a small world”, both beloved rides, are practically run on a mix of nostalgia and children’s smiles. Book into the Be Our Guest Restaurant and make sure you try their cupcake, topped with curiously-named ‘grey stuff’; just like they say in the Disney song, ‘it’s delicious’!
Tips for little visitors: The Bippity Boppity Boutique is no ordinary shop. Fairy Godmothers-in-training will give children a royal makeover in their magical salon – from painted nails to perfect up-dos. If your children love playing princess, this is the ultimate treat – and you can save money if you bring your own dress to complete the look.
Tips for bigger visitors: Plenty of adults flock to Magic Kingdom Park to relive cherished childhood memories. Embark on Disney’s version of the three-peak challenge: ride Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – one after the other. Oh, and don’t miss a chance to take a photo in front of the purple wall in Tomorrowland for your Instagram.
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Best for: A world in miniature, Epcot is for explorers. There are 11 country ‘pavilions’ to explore – great for anyone who wants to channel Phineas Fogg and circumnavigate the world at pace – and in Future World you can experiment with space and speed on impressive rides.
The lowdown: The park fans out around a lake with the famous Spaceship Earth monument right in the middle. Split your time between 11 countries along the shore, meeting Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany and Aladdin in Morocco and then fast-forward to Future World, the other area of the park. Soarin’ Around The World is the ride everyone talks about here. With the help of a big screen and piped-in scents it takes you flying over the wonders of earth. Mission: SPACE is for more intrepid explorers – but do it before lunch, not after.
Tips for little visitors: Little tiddlers will love meeting their favourite Finding Nemo friends in Turtle Talk with Crush, where they can discuss current affairs with the wise turtle himself through an ocean window.
Tips for bigger visitors: Stay late and watch the evening nighttime spectacular, Harmonious on Epcot’s lake: it’s possibly the best fireworks display at Disney.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Best for: Bringing film to life in a blaze of attractions, shows and state-of-the art sound, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is for movie lovers.
The lowdown: Despite exciting new openings at Hollywood Studios, classic favourites like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and the Fantasmic! Evening show aren’t going anywhere. The riotous Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is always ready for an encore, whilst colourful Toy Story Land will enchant little fans. If you want to stop for lunch, enjoy home-style cooking at the 50s Prime Time Café, where ‘Mom’ will make sure your children eat their greens.
Tips for little visitors: Whip your youngsters into shape with a dose of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, where they’ll learn to channel their energy into forces for good instead of evil. Book them in as soon as you get to the park as the slots fill up quickly.
Tips for bigger visitors: It’s all about Star Wars. Even diehard fans will be impressed by the level of detail and love that’s gone into recreating the galaxy far, far away.
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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Best for: Confusing skiers: there’s nothing chilly about this great water park, which is themed around an alpine ski resort – just one that ‘melted’.
The lowdown: You’ll find big slides and fun rides centred around Mount Gushmore and the water remains a civilised 21°C throughout the park. One of the biggest rides is Summit Plummet, which you can see from far, far away. The faint-hearted might want to keep it at a distance. Shaped like a ski jump, this waterslide shoots you like a piece of pneumatic post through a tunnel at a phenomenal 60 mph.
Tips for little visitors: Little children will love splashing around at Tikes Peak, where there are special miniature slides. For afters, nothing beats Cross Country Creek, a lazy river so lethargic you’ll never want to leave.
Tips for bigger visitors: If you’re too old and wise to tackle Summit Plummet, then try Humunga Kowabunga. This water slide drops you straight into a dark tunnel. So, you’re not as wise as you thought.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Best for: A tropical-themed day at a water park. Waves lap at your feet, calypso music comes drifting on the breeze, and ice cream comes served in a bucket.
The lowdown: Typhoon Lagoon is dominated by a seismically stupendous wave pool and a long lazy river. The Crush ‘n’ Gusher ride will do you no harm… unless you’re a banana. Based on an abandoned fruit processing plant this ride is a fruity blend of water slide and roller coaster. Pick a buddy to ride with you on your double float. You might be happier sprawled on a lounger with a picnic, though, in which case the sandy beaches are all yours. Little ones will love their special play areas.
Tips for little visitors: There’s a special play area just for little kids, Ketchakiddee Creek, where you can while away the hours with little ones.
Tips for bigger visitors: Why not sign up to purchase early morning surf lessons (payable locally) at the wave pool before the park opens?