If you want a magical holiday for you and your loved ones then Disney is a great option. The Disney resorts have created multiple parks around the World that have entertainment, events and rides for any age. But which resort will you choose? There are two in America, one in Europe and 3 in Asia. Each site has something special to offer.
Continue reading to find out the differences between the resorts to help decide which one is best for you and your family.
Disneyland Resort California
In California, you are free to let your imagination run wild in the original park created from the magical mind of Walt Disney. It opened in 1995 and since then has become two parks, Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park.
Perfect for: A week or more, combining a trip to Los Angeles with the original park.
Tickets prices for a 3-day park hopper:
• Child (3 – 9-year olds): $314
• Adult (10+): $330
Tickets are available for 1-5 days on a park hopper basis and one park per day entry. Tickets for 3+ days include a Magic Morning, which is an early admission.
Walt Disney World Resort
The largest of all the parks, at 47 square miles, is in Orlando, Florida. It comprises of 4 theme parks (Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios®) and 2 water parks (Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.).
Perfect for: A 14-day holiday and is the ultimate Disney adventure.
Ticket price for a 3-day ticket park hopper:
• 0 to 2-year olds don’t need a ticket
• Child (3 – 9): $352
• Adult (10+): $370
Daily discounts are available when you purchase a ticket for 3 or more days.
30 miles from the French capital lies the smallest of the Disney park collection. Like all the other parks it is centered around the Disney castle and has many unmissable shows, rides and firework displays. The announcements and voiceovers are first said in French, then in English.
Perfect for: A long weekend or experiencing a Christmas Disney with snow. France can have snow from mid-December to early March.
Ticket prices for a 3-day 2 park ticket:
• Child (3-11-year olds): $190
• Adult (12+): $212
2 and 4-day tickets are also available.
Disney Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong opened in 2005 and recently received a $1.4 billion upgrade, plus 3 land expansions. So now, is the time to visit as it is still classed as new. It is said to be the Disney park with the best food.
Perfect for experiencing Disney from a different perspective. Great for hardcore fans that want to visit every Disney park on the planet and those that are over 65 years old.
Ticket prices for a 2-day ticket without park hopper:
• General Admission (ages 12-64): HK$799 (US$102)
• Child (ages 3-11): HK$589 (US$75)
• Senior (ages 65+): HK$170 (US$21)
Tickets are only available for 1 or 2 days.
The capital city of Japan has two great parks worth exploring, they are Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Make sure you visit the center of the Earth with Captain Nemo.
Perfect for: anyone traveling around Japan and wants to include a few days of Disney fun.
Ticket prices for a 3-day Magic Passport:
• Adult (18+): ¥17,800 ($160.34)
• Junior (12-17): ¥15,500 ($139.63)
• Child (4-11): ¥11,500 ($103.59)
• Children younger than 4 can enter for free.
You can only visit both parks together on the third day. So, command and conquer one on the first day, visit the other on day two. Then on day three revisit your favorites.
The newest of all the Disney parks opened in 2016. Shanghai Disneyland holds many Disney records including having the tallest themed castle and the first garden-designed zone.
Perfect for: everyone that finds the Chinese culture interesting and loves Disney. Also, shorter people can take advantage of the ticketing system.
Ticket prices vary depending on the day (Regular, peak and peak holiday) and how far in advance you purchase them. These are the prices for a 2-day peak ticket:
• Child (1.0-1.4 metres tall): ¥538 CNY ($77.76)
• Standard (1.4 M+): ¥718 CNY ($103.78)
• Senior (aged 65+): ¥538 CNY ($77.76)
As a fan of Disney, you may wish to visit more than one Disney park around the World. If this is the case, it may be best to contact your local Disney Earmarked Travel Agency for the best prices and access to these parks. You may also want to plan out in advance your potential travel. Creating a five-year travel plan with free concierge services with Gateway Travel may just do the trick!