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.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
3rd Stop ~ Adventures of a Disney Princess
4th Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
Final Stop ~ Walt Disney World: It’s Not Just For Kids