BUT HOW CAN YOU CHOOSE?!?!?!?! If you had only ONE day to go to the parks, and you could only choose one, do you choose EPCOT or the Magic Kingdom? It’s a no-brainer, right? Or is it?
Magic Kingdom is the classic park, the Disney original. Home of the classics, like Peter Pan Flight, it’s a small world, and Cinderella’s Castle. EPCOT represents Walt’s ultimate vision, though not as he had planned it. Magic Kingdom has the fantasy, while EPCOT shares the world and the future. There’s a lot to take in at both parks. So which one do you choose?
Before I get into what to see, I wanna start with what you won’t see. EPCOT is currently undergoing a massive transformation, and while it’s exciting to think about what’s coming, there’s a lot of things to miss, that we’ll never get to see again. Like Horizons and Maelstrom and Universe of Energy and Dreamfinder. Which classic EPCOT attraction do you MISS the most?
And what about over at Magic Kingdom? As great as things are at the flagship park, there’s plenty to miss. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Snow White’s Scary Adventures and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Skyway and the Red Head. What is the one thing you wish was still available at the Magic Kingdom?
Now that I’ve waxed poetic about what I can’t do, what about these parks today? Is it an easy choice to make? I guess, for me, it would depend on the time of year. If there’s a festival, EPCOT offers an amazing cornucopia of experiences, food, and drink. EPCOT offers four festivals throughout the year: Food and Wine, Festival of the Holidays, Festival of the Arts, and Flower and Garden. Each one offers food and drink from around the world, and different experiences. For example, Flower and Garden features amazing topiaries, located all over the park.
And EPCOT does have some great rides. Soarin Around the World lets you “fly” around the world (and the smells are INCREDIBLE) while Test Track turns you into a crash test dummy. You can Journey Into Imagination with a magical purple Figment or travel through the past into the future on Spaceship Earth (thank the Phoenicians!). Little ones will love Frozen and the Gran Fiesta Tour, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and the most gigantic aquarium you’ve ever been in! You can literally travel the world in one day, visiting 11 countries, where you can experience culture, food, music, and more.
The Magic Kingdom: where fantasy becomes reality. Magic Kingdom is just that, MAGIC. Princesses, fairies, pirates, space rangers, Magic Kingdom has it all. From the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to Splash Mountain, there’s something for everyone. Disney purist? Soar on Dumbo, see the world at it’s a small world, fly to the second star on the right and straight on til morning at Peter Pan’s Flight, go for a spin on Mad Tea Party, all in Fantasyland. Fly through space on Space Mountain, battle the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, find a great big, beautiful tomorrow at the Carousel of Progress, and laugh your heiney-bootie off at Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, over in Tomorrowland. There’s never a shortage of things to see and do at the Magic Kingdom.
When it’s all considered, which one do you choose? THAT’S RIGHT! You get a park hopper and do BOTH! I can’t choose, can you?
**As a reminder: Disney’s current policies require all guests ages 2 and up to wear face coverings at all times unless actively eating or drinking (while stationary) or for socially distant photos. Photos may not show current compliance, as they are older.