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Ranking Disney World’s Parks: From an Annual Passholder

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Each park at Walt Disney World is so unique with its various attractions, shows, food and atmosphere. They all have a lot to offer and it can be difficult choosing which park is your favorite. I’m lucky enough to have been an annual pass holder for so long, so I’m very familiar with each of the parks. While they are all special in their own way, there are just some parks that I can’t get enough of. So here is my ranking of the four Walt Disney World Parks: 

Hollywood studios

Hollywood Studios has been a long-time favorite of mine. This park has made many changes over the years, but it’s definitely for the better! It’s no secret that Hollywood Studios is one of the most popular parks right now because of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It literally makes you feel like you walked right into the movie. Not to mention that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the best rides on the property. It’s truly nothing else like I’ve experienced. Hollywood Studios is also home to the classic thriller rides, Tower of Terror and Rock’n’Roller Coaster. Then when you need a break from the attractions, you can head over to watch some live shows such as Indiana Jones and Beauty and the Beast. There’s so much to do here which is why it ranks as my favorite park. 

Animal Kingdom

I surprisingly always see Animal Kingdom at the bottom of the list. I find that this park is the most underrated. There are not as many attractions at Animal Kingdom compared to the other parks, but they definitely have the best food, shows and atmosphere. The land of Pandora: The World of Avatar is absolutely breathtaking. The Avatar, Flight of Passage ride may be a long wait, but it’s probably one of the best rides at Disney. As you walk through this park there are so many plants and animals to see. It honestly feels more like you’re in a jungle rather than a theme park in the best way possible. 

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is definitely a classic. Everyone loves to walk down Main Street and see the stunning Cinderella’s castle. It’s also home to the oldest, original rides such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s A Small World and more. And nothing else beats watching the firework display at the end of the night! The only reason why this park doesn’t rank higher for me is because of how busy it is. I find that it’s one of the hardest parks to walk through since most people crowd around Main Street and the area in front of the castle. Nonetheless, nothing beats a classic!


It’s hard for me to rank Epcot last since it used to be one of my top parks, but it, unfortunately, had to be done. I’ll start off with the most obvious pro which is being able to drink around the world! The World Showcase offers a various array of drinks and food from many different countries. It’s a perfect way to travel around the world without even leaving Florida! However, that’s basically it. There are only a few major attractions currently available, but most of the Future World portion of the park is undergoing renovations so there’s nothing much to do right now. Also, the detour pathways are extremely long so be prepared to walk a lot! So as of now, Epcot ranks last but I’m hoping it will move up the list once all of the construction is complete. 

My ranking is definitely subjective, but the beauty of Disney World is that everyone will have their own unique magical experiences and have their own list of favorites. The four parks are very different from each other, so it is exciting to be able to explore them all. It is literally the perfect escape from reality which is why people keep coming back for more!

Carissa is a senior majoring in Communication with a focus in business. When she's not writing, she loves to spend her free time online shopping, reading romance books, traveling, and going to theme parks!