Friday, March 25, 2011

My favorite WDW Park

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Over the years my favorite park at Walt Disney World has evolved.  When I was a child, it was definitely Magic Kingdom.  Probably because Magic Kingdom and Epcot were my only options and I saw Epcot as too educational and boring!  When MGM, now Disney's Hollywood Studios, opened and for several years following, it was my favorite park.  At that time I was in high school and was "too cool" to say Magic Kingdom was my favorite because it was "for kids" and I couldn't say Epcot was my favorite for fear of being labeled a "geek."  Animal Kingdom, while I still love it, is the only park that hasn't been a favorite of mine at some point.  

As a teenager, MGM was my favorite because of it's uniqueness, newness and diversity in attractions.  I loved the movie theme and felt I could relate to it better.  I really felt like I was "part of the show" when I was at MGM.  Our family has great memories of strolling along Hollywood Boulevard and mingling with the street performers, taking part in the special effects, and posing for interactive photos!  My favorite attraction at that time was the Backstage Studio Tour!  I loved the Golden Girls house on Residential Avenue!

Now that I'm older and have kids and a family of my own, I have to say Magic Kingdom is my favorite.  I've been asked several times, "If you could go to Walt Disney World for a only one day, where would you go?"  My answer is always Magic Kingdom.  I feel like I can see more there that encompasses Disney and Walt himself.  I also feel like everyone in my family can enjoy this park equally.  There are thrill rides, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain for my 10 year old and husband to enjoy.  There is fantasy land for my 2 year old to enjoy.  Then there are attractions that all of us can enjoy as a family- Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, the PeopleMover and Jungle Cruise.  There are great counter service and table service restaurants that everyone in my family will eat and enjoy.  There are plenty of shows, parades and character interactions to keep everyone happy.  Magic Kingdom seems more magical to me than the other parks and for me, it's the magic that makes Disney so unique.  Walking down Main Street USA always gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes.  I don't get that feeling in any of the other parks.

HOWEVER... if I only had one day and I was with my husband and no kids, I think I may choose Epcot!!  (Can you tell this was a difficult topic for me!!  How can I choose just one park!?)  Epcot is a slower pace and is more romantic.  I love strolling around World Showcase Lagoon enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the countries.  I enjoy trying new foods at the countries and talking to the cast members about their home countries.  Soarin', Test Track and Mission Space in Future World provide the "thrill" aspect if we want it, but we would prefer to leisurely hang out in World Showcase.  The table service meals throughout the world showcase are amazing and there's nothing better than ending a day with an adult beverage watching Illuminations with your spouse.

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  1. Beth - I couldn't agree more! I love Magic Kingdom and still get a little teary-eyed when I see the castle. With my kids being so little, it is definitely the park we can spend a lot of time in and everyone is happy. But my parents travel with us, so one night of our vacation they take the kids. So my husband and I spend a quiet night strolling around World Showcase while my parents get to spend a "busy" evening with the three kids. My kids are well behaved but their attention only lasts so long in WS. I have to bribe them with the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion to get them to at least walk through the entire World Showcase! :-)

  2. I couldn't agree with you more. If I had one day with my children I would always choose Magic Kingdom. I love how every park has something special for the little ones though.

  3. It is hard for me to choose one park as well. Mine is Epcot, but it's just my boyfriend and I. I still love Magic Kingdom too though!

  4. I totally agree that it is such a tough decision! I love EPCOT, but don't feel like a trip is complete without walking down Main Street.. or actually, when we start at any other park, don't feel like I'm really there until we get to MK!

  5. Epcot's my favorite park because of the World Showcase. However, I don't think I've ever taken a trip and missed DHS or Magic Kingdom. I've missed Animal Kingdom once and it's because it was a 4 day trip and didn't have time to hit the park. I agree, it's hard to choose just one.

  6. Age is clearly a big factor in choosing a favorite; but as Disney bloggers, it's always hard to pick the "one".

  7. As always I enjoyed reading your post! Great choice!

  8. I really like the way you broke this up...I too would have had a very hard time picking a favorite. I would have to say that I too would pick MK...but Epcot if we were alone.

  9. Growing up in So Cal means Disney = Magic Kingdom to me, probably because it's reminiscent of what I remember from Disneyland. It's still the park where I tear up when I walk in, where I find the most pixie dust, where I choose to go when we only have ONE day or ONE hour or ONE whatever.

    (that said, I love Epcot too, LOL)