Disney Vacation Guide
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A trip to Disney is a dream for so many people around the world. We too are big fans of “the mouse” and the kind of top notch entertainment that the Disney name stands for; whether it’s theme parks, hotels, cruises, and more! We also believe that a Disney vacation isn’t just for families or kids…but it can also be an awesome trip for adults-only!
However, planning a trip to Disney can be a bit overwhelming. So after visiting Disney Parks all over the world more times than we can count, we’ve put together this handy guide.
We hope it inspires you to plan your Disney vacation, and gives you the information / tips / and tools you are looking for to help plan your trip.
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Disney Travel Planning FAQ's
There are 12 Disney theme parks around the world (14 if you include water parks). The original Disneyland is in southern California. There are 2 parks in Anaheim (suburb of LA) – Disneyland and California Adventure.
The biggest Disney property in the world is Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida. There are 4 major theme parks here including: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. There are also 2 water parks here: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Tokyo is home to some of the business parks. There are 2 parks in Tokyo: Disneyland Tokyo and Tokyo Sea Disney – which has been voted the best theme park in the world many times over!
Other parks include 2 parks just outside of Paris, as well as Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai – the newest park.
The price of a ticket to a Disney theme park depends on the location. Every resort city has set their own ticketing prices, as well as bundled ticket packages.
For example, a single day 1 park ticket to Disney World in Florida in 2020 cost $125.00 per person. However, you can save significantly on the per day price if you buy multi-day tickets or other package bundles.
At Disneyland, the ticket price as of 2020 was $104 per person for a 1 day, 1 park ticket. Again, you can save by buying a multi-day package.
Children 3 years old and under can enter Disney parks for free. Any older than 3 and they will need to pay the child’s price.
The amount of time you spend visiting a Disney resort depends on the location. Disney World in Florida is by far the largest resort. With 4 theme parks and 2 water parks, it’s not really possible to enjoy everything this resort has to offer in less than 1 week.
Disneyland has 2 parks, and while 1 day per park is the ideal minimum, people who are short on time can see and do the best of each park with 1 day (as long as they buy a park hopper pass).
Disney parks abroad also vary. Typically Disneyland Paris will require a couple days, since they have two parks. Or again you can get a park hopper and do as much as you can in 1 day.
Hong Kong can easily be done in a single (or partial) day, and Shanghai can mostly be done in a single day (depending on the lines). Tokyo Disney will require a few days, since they are very popular and have a number of attractions at their 2 parks.
While you do not have to stay at a Disney hotel, there are many perks for doing so. First, you can buy package deals and bundle everything together for a single price. You also can get special early entry into the parks and can also stay later at certain parks on certain days.
There’s also a lot more than just convenience to staying at a Disney resort property. Be sure to read our full post about Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort.
Disney Vacation Tips & Recommendations
Disney is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. And as Disney fans all our lives (as well as being former “cast members” who helped create the magic for people just like you, we can tell you just about everything you want to know about planning an amazing trip to Disney.
Exploring the theme parks in Los Angeles, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai is what a trip to Disney is mostly all about. But it’s critical that you plan your trip carefully so that you can maximize your fun and without over spending on the trip. Further, don’t overlook other ways to have fun on your Disney trip — like experiencing the Disney resorts! These amazing destinations are more than just a hotel, they are an experience! And don’t forget about Disney Cruise Line – a one-of-a-kind experience that is nothing like any other cruise line out there.
Lastly, who says Disney is just for kids and families? As adults, we’ve gone to Disney MANY times without kids and had a blast! So much that we even wrote a complete Disney for Adults eBook!