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My ideal Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom days – PREP101

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My ideal Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom days – PREP101

Today I have my ideal Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom days to help you figure out how to plan your days (and to even combine the 2 parks into 1 day).

I also have a quick tip of the day and recent Disney World news.


These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Ideal Hollywood Studios day

  • Arrive 30-40 minutes before the park opens
  • Go to Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, and Great Movie Ride first. During busier times of the year FP+ reservations for Tower of Terror, Star Tours and Great Movie Ride may be needed.
  • Spend the rest of the day seeing shows. Use for show times and consider taking food into outdoor shows to maximize your time (those shows include Beauty and the Beast, Lights Motors Action, Indiana Jones, and Fantasmic).

Ideal Animal Kingdom day

For the shortest wait times at attractions, follow this plan:

  • Arrive 30-40 minutes before park opening
  • Go to Dinosaur, Primeval Whirl, ride Expedition Everest with FP+ (re-ride in the single rider line if desired), Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris with FP+, Festival of the Lion King with FP+, lunch, and remaining attractions

For maximum animal activity, follow this plan:

  • Arrive 30-40 minutes before park opening
  • Go to Kilimanjaro Safaris, other animal trails and attractions, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest with FP+ (re-ride in single rider line if desired), Dinosaur with FP+, Primeval Whirl with FP+, lunch, then remaining attractions

Combining HS and AK

My touring plans have a suggestion for combining the 2 parks into 1 day.

Quick tip of the day

Use Facebook to research your trip by searching for any Disney World resort, attraction, or restaurant. They will often have reviews and recent info to help you plan your trip.


  • Garden Grill at Epcot is now serving breakfast and lunch for dates beginning on November 8 and reservations are now open.
  • Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom is scheduled to be closed August 17-November 12.
  • The credit limit at Value and Moderate Resorts is now $1500, and the limit at Deluxe Resorts is $2000.

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Shannon Albert


Saturday 2nd of February 2019

is this information current? do you have any updated info since there are additional items at both of these parks?

Shannon Albert

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

Hi, Pam - Podcasts are often not current since we can't update the audio easily, but the articles on the site are. The parks section of the site has info on each park, including touring plans -


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

You mentioned that One Man's Dream would be gone. It still seems to be on the map. Do you have an update on this from a recent trip?


Sunday 11th of October 2015

Not sure that you mentioned that in order to do 2 parks in one day that you would need a park hopper pass.