Guide to the Best Disney World Park, What To Consider, by a Disney Dad

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You’re planning a Disney World vacation. But for some reason, you can’t get theme park tickets for four days.

It happens. Heck, we stopped by Disney when we only had a single day available to visit one of the theme parks. 

So how do you choose? What is the best park for your situation or the best park overall?

The answers to these questions come with some insight into your travel needs. Do you have young kids? Are you adults without kids? Do you have teens? Oh, you do. I understand.

The best Disney park for your visit can change depending on your situation.


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Which Walt Disney World park is best for toddlers?

It’s the Magic Kingdom. In fact, Fantasyland is pretty much toddler heaven.

From the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to It’s a Small World or Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Fantasyland has everything to keep your toddler amused. Even the queues for rides like Journey of the Little Mermaid and Peter Pan’s Flight are made with toddlers in mind.

You’ve got well-organized character meet and greets at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, and Anna and Elsa are in the Princess Fairytale Hall. 

You’ve also got toddler-friendly play areas like the Casey Jr. Splashpad. 

And Fantasyland isn’t the only toddler-friendly area. You’ve got the Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland and the Tomorrowland Speedway as well.

Hollywood Studios probably comes in second with Beauty and the Beast Live, the Frozen Sing-a-long and all the Disney Jr. stuff, but there aren’t a lot of toddler-friendly rides there.

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Tom Sawyer Island and most other Magic Kingdom attractions are designed with kids in mind (photo by James Overholt/

Which Disney park is best for kids?

It’s the Magic Kingdom, again.

First, the sheer number of attractions is good for kids and most of the Disney classics, like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise are designed with kids in mind. 

Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Frontierland are concepts specifically designed for kids. 

There are plenty of Disney characters to meet.

Plus, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tom Sawyer Island, Liberty Square and The Hall of Presidents were practically built on a foundation of the education a kid receives from about third to seventh grades. 

Throw in the parades and the fireworks at Cinderella Castle and you’ve got the perfect place to be a kid. 

While some rides – including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tron may be too much for smaller kids, there’s too much designed specifically for kids 4 to 12 to pass up. 

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The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios is the only coaster with inversions at Disney World (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Which of Disney’s theme parks is best for teens?

I think it’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Disney roller coasters are pretty spread out across the parks, but you’ve got the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Slinky Dog Dash and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for thrill rides inside Hollywood Studios.

Also, Toy Story Land and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge both offer some generational appeal to teens who grew up on Pixar and – to a lesser degree – the Star Wars movies. 

A Chocolate Terrarium at EPCOT's Flower and Food Festival
A Chocolate Terrarium from EPCOT’s Flower and Food Festival (photo by Kirby Russell/

Which of the Disney theme parks is best for adults? 

I think EPCOT wins this category with its World Showcase, epic dining and festivals. The art, food, wine and gardening are generally considered the most adult-friendly park. 

Certainly, there are some great rides including Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – possibly the best Disney World rides. 

Other great rides include Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavilion along with Mission: SPACE and the Test Track.

Of course, Spaceship Earth makes for iconic photo opportunities. 

EPCOT is also good for adults because you probably need to be old enough to drink to enjoy the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros or any of the Figment of the Imagination stuff. 

Read Also: Is EPCOT Worth It? Is It Best for Adults or Kids?

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Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios is just one of the many fun attractions (photo by James Overholt/

Which is the best Disney park to have the most fun?

I think it’s Hollywood Studios. For example, you’ve got the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge rides Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run plus the classic Star Tours ride. 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a blast as is Toy Story Mania. You’ve got the aforementioned thrill rides plus the Alien Swirling Saucers.

Throw in the amazing Fantasmic! show and you can have a pretty good park day at Hollywood Studios that goes beyond a nostalgia trip and ranks with any theme park in terms of fun experiences.

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The Magic Kingdom remains the most popular of the Disney Parks (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Which Disney Park is most popular?

Magic Kingdom again. The best numbers I found for 2022 indicate the Magic Kingdom runs about 20,000 more visitors per day than the other parks. 

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Animal Kingdom has great rides and live animals as well (photo by Kirby Russell/

What is the best Disney World park if you want to see live animals? 

Sorry. I had to work in Disney’s Animal Kingdom here in some way.

Don’t get me wrong, Animal Kingdom is great. But is it the most fun? Is it the most popular or the very best?

I don’t think so, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t great stuff to do.

For example, from the Festival of the Lion King show to Expedition Everest – one of the best Disney Roller coasters – Kilimanjaro Safaris and Pandora: The World of Avatar, there’s a lot to recommend in Animal Kingdom.

And I like Animal Kingdom’s Africa and Asia sections better than almost any of the World Showcase Pavilions at EPCOT. 

And we have to note that Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the best rides in Orlando. 

Maybe that’s not a fair comparison because they’re so much bigger than any of the pavilions, I just thought it was worth noting.

Read Also: What Is the Avatar Ride in Animal Kingdom? What You Should Know

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Magic Kingdom is typically the best park for a day visit (photo by James Overholt/

Which best park at Disney for a day visit? 

Let’s say you have a one-day ticket for your Disney vacation. Where are you going to go? Unless you have a specific reason – like you’re a huge Star Wars fan – it’s got to be Magic Kingdom, right? 

I mean the consensus certainly is that. Maybe if there was an EPCOT festival you really wanted to try or a new ride you hadn’t yet ridden, I can see choosing one of the other parks. 

But – by and large – you’ve got to go to the Magic Kingdom and see the iconic castle. A trip to Disney World would just feel so strange without it.

What Disney World park do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments.

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for LLC – the parent company of and

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