It’s pretty stressful to find yourself in Walt Disney World with less time than you need to make it to all four parks.
The Disney World theme parks are massive, and there’s a lot to do in each one. Add in water parks, Disney Springs, and the resorts and you can easily fill a week or more at Disney World and still not see it all! Sometimes, though, we don’t have the luxury of a full week. So what park should you skip if you’re short on time? The answer varies!
Here’s what Disney World park you should skip if you’re short on time!
We’ve got a few different answers for you depending on when you take your trip and who you’re traveling with. Check them out!
If the Weather isn’t Great
If the weather is crummy, you’re going to want to skip the water parks. You might think the water parks are an obvious choice to skip, but Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach (currently closed for refurbishment) are well loved by the thousands of guests who visit every year.
If you’re short on time and thinking about the water parks, go ahead and skip them if you’re in Disney World during the rainy season (June through September). During this time, the water parks frequently close due to nearby lightning, putting a real damper on your day.
There’s plenty to do in the main four parks and with limited time, don’t waste it swimming in the rain. It’s better to spend a full day in a park if you can, so don’t be afraid to sacrifice your trip to Typhoon Lagoon to spend more time in Magic Kingdom!
If You’re with Young Kids
Skip Epcot. Now, Epcot is a favorite for a lot of Disney guests because it’s super nostalgic and has some very creative themes. However, it’s definitely skip-able right now for a few reasons.
First off, if you’re traveling with kids, Epcot can be a challenge. It’s HUGE, and more than half of the park is made up of the World Showcase. Except for Frozen Ever After and meeting Anna and Elsa in the Norway pavilion and some princess meet and greets in other countries, World Showcase is definitely more geared toward adults.
There’s also a ton of construction going on in Epcot right now for the transformation of the park so many areas of the park are going to be a lot cooler in a few years. But for now? There are lots of construction walls, and it’s not exactly the beautiful park we usually know it to be.
If it’s Your First Time in Disney World
It might be a good idea to skip Animal Kingdom. Now, Animal Kingdom is awesome and home to epic rides like Pandora’s Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest, but the park has the fewest classic attractions.
Animal Kingdom is a park dedicated to conservation and animals and is, of course, created with the special Disney touch, but of the four it is the most niche park.
You don’t want to miss Tower of Terror or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios or Spaceship Earth and Test Track in Epcot. Then Magic Kingdom is the most must-do Disney park for first timers since it’s made in the image of Walt’s original dream.
So Animal Kingdom is the skip for a first-timer. Definitely put it on your list of things to do when you come back to Disney, but prioritize the more iconic parks and attractions!
If You’ve Been to Disney World a Bunch
This one might be a little controversial, but if you’re a seasoned Disney vet or are traveling without kids consider skipping Magic Kingdom.
Disney World’s flagship park is marvelous, but there’s a lot to do in the other three parks as well, and they can often be much less crowded. If you’re traveling during a busy time, such as summer, Halloween, or Christmas, Magic Kingdom is likely to be slammed.
You may have a much more enjoyable vacation in the other three parks. You’ll ride more rides, eat tasty snacks, and even get to drink alcohol — something you can only do at table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom.
Plus, for many Disney vets, Magic Kingdom has always been a must-hit, and other parks have been skipped so don’t be afraid to pass up on the big name park to really experience the others.
Regardless, there’s no perfect answer to which Disney World park to skip because they’re all awesome in their own ways. But, if you have to, don’t fret! You certainly have options.