Fantasyland expansion vs Harry potter? Which one to choose.

Discussion in 'Orlando Hotels and Attractions' started by Toebiz, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Toebiz

    Toebiz Earning My Ears

    Dec 30, 2012
    We only have one afternoon in Orlando coming up in February on a cruise stop. Which place should we visit? We have been to magic kingdom before but never to islands of adventure. We have a 4 year old son. Is the fantasyland expansion worth it or should we go to islands of adventure since we have never been there before?
  2. DOOM1001

    DOOM1001 DIS Veteran

    May 23, 2003
    If the Fantasyland expansion was truly complete I would lean that way but the seven dwarves coaster is still under construction.Since you have never been to IOA I would probably suggest you visit there,however since IOA has more rides geared to older kids there might not be enough for your 4 year old,there is the Seuss landing area,the smaller roller coaster in the Potter area,the playground area in Jurassic Park with the Pterenadon Flyers and a few other things so there are things there along with Potter and all the major attractions like Spider Man,research the park and see if you would rather visit it now or do MK again and wait until your son is a bit older.If you can't decide go with Sea World if you've never been,it's a park everyone loves and has plenty of things for everybody.
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  4. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000
    4 year old - think the MK wins.
  5. Upatnoon

    Upatnoon DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2005
    Where do you want to go? Your child will be happy either way.

    For only 1 afternoon, I would likely skip going to a theme park and just go to Downtown Disney
  6. mmmhf

    mmmhf Earning My Ears

    Nov 5, 2012
    We took my DD (4) and DS (3) to Islands of Adventure and they liked it as well as Disney. There are many rides they cannot do but rider swap made it pretty quick. My children loved the Seuss land, pteranodon flyers (near the Jurassic park ride) and Flight of the Hippogriff in HP. We were visiting for a one week trip and the kids actually I begged to go back to IOA. We had a great time and I would not hesitate to take them back. It was hard for them on the rides they had to sit out on, but a great family experience.
  7. jpeppers

    jpeppers DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2001
    With a child that age there should be no question that it is the Magic Kingdom. I love IOA but for a 4 year old it has to be Disney!
  8. Brian Noble

    Brian Noble His Curmudgeonly Highness

    Mar 23, 2004
    If it were just adults, or older kids, I'd say the Potterverse hands down. Having seen them both, I think it is much more impressive than New Fantasyland. However, with a 4 year old, I'd be inclined to go to MK instead.
  9. jperrot1

    jperrot1 Fantasmic

    Sep 2, 2011
    With a 4 year old....... MK. But, the Harry Potter theme is incredible. And the butterbeer (I would suggest frozen) is reason to go alone. So, for you Harry Potter, for your 4 year old MK (but 4 year old would probably love the butterbeer). He'll like honeydukes (candy store themed via Harry Potter). Anyway, have fun!
  10. damo

    damo Proud Redhead

    Jan 1, 2001
    If it was a 4 year old daughter, I would say MK. For a 4 year old son, I would say IOA. He would probably love the Jurassic Park discovery centre with all the dinosaurs, Marvel Heroes with the superheros and Suessland with its rides. Probably would be less busy as well and you'd get more done.

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