So You Plan to Brave Disney World... [Part 1]

Posted July 5th, 2018

If you plan to travel to the east coast this summer, Disney may be calling your name. Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world and is roughly the size of Manhattan. Many families try to experience the magic at least once in their lifetimes, with some making it a yearly trip. With all the parks, hotels, restaurants, and crowds, Disney World can definitely be overwhelming. So we're here to help! In this two part blog post, we'll lay out the land of each park then offer some tips and tricks to make the trip more manageable.

First, the parks.

1. Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the original Disney park. Here you'll find Cinderella's castle as the centerpiece. Stemming from the castle are six lands:

  • Main Street USA
  • Adventureland
  • Frontierland
  • Liberty Square
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland

Popular attractions include:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Adventureland)
  • Splash Mountain (Frontierland)
  • The Haunted Mansion (Liberty Square)
  • It's a Small World (Fantasyland)
  • Space Mountain (Tomorrowland)

2. Epcot

Epcot is twice the size of Magic Kingdom and is designed to celebrate human achievement, primarily innovation and international culture.

Popular attractions include:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Innoventions
  • The World Showcase
  • The World Showcase Adventure

3. Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is an entire park dedicated to, you guessed it, film! This park is split into six lands, all based off real or fantasy versions of Hollywood and Los Angeles:

  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Echo Lake
  • Grand Avenue
  • Pixar Place
  • Animation Courtyard
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Coming soon: Toy Story Land & Star Wars: Galaxy Edge

Popular attractions include:

  • Jedi Training (Echo Lake)
  • Toy Story Midway Mania (Pixar Place)
  • Walt Disney Presents (Animation Courtyard)
  • Tower of Terror (Sunset Boulevard)
  • Fantasmic! (Sunset Boulevard)

4. Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the largest theme park in the world! Opening on Earth Day, this park was dedicated to conservation. It's mascot, the Tree of Life, is easily noticeable as the artificial tree is 145 feet tall. This park is divided into seven themed areas:

  • Oasis
  • Discovery Island
  • Pandora the World of Avatar
  • Africa
  • Rafiki's Planet Watch
  • Asia
  • DinoLand USA

Popular attractions include:

  • It's Tough to be a Bug! (Discovery Island)
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (Pandora)
  • Festival of the Lion King (Africa)
  • Wildlife Express (Rafiki's Planet Watch)
  • Expedition Everest (Asia)
  • Finding Nemo - the Musical (DinoLand)

Disney's Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach is one of two Disney World water parks. Disney legend says that after a freak snow storm, a group developed Florida's first ski resort. Once the snow melted, they were prepared to cut their losses and close up shop. Until... out of the blue an alligator on skis came rushing down the soaking wet mountain and landed in melted snow. Thus, Blizzard Beach was born.

Popular attractions include:

  • Summit Plummet
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is the world's second most visited water park and is home to one of the world's largest outdoor wave pools. Legend has it that Typhoon Lagoon was created after a viscous typhoon destroyed a once pristine and thriving island, throwing debris ships, surfboards, and fishing gear everywhere!

Popular attractions include:

  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
  • Crush n' Gusher
  • Castaway Creek

Wow! That was already a lot of information. Not to mention the multiple Disney and non-Disney resorts and all the dining options in and around the parks. Quick tip: If you aren't one to fight the crowds, it would probably be best to stay at a Disney Resort Hotel. When staying at one, you get access to extra hours before the park opens. Otherwise, food & hotels are mostly personal preference.

So now that you're familiar with the parks, check out part 2 some tips & tricks to make the happiest place on earth just a little happier.

P.S. Looking for ways to save for the big trip? Try Spare Change Round Up! Save without knowing you're saving by automatically rounding up each purchase to $1 (or more) and putting that spare change into a separate account. It's like a piggy bank in the age of technology.

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