Walt Disney World Challenge: 4 Parks in 1 Day

What is a Disnerd to do when given the chance to spend one day, and one day only at Walt Disney World? The answer is simple: SEE IT ALL!!! Yep, that’s right, we did the Walt Disney World challenge: 4 parks in one day. Crazy? You betcha!!!

Disney World 4 parks in 1 day

 

How Did We Do it?

By running around like crazy people and loving every minute of it! We had planned our main order of operations ahead of time. We actually didn’t have fastpasses at all heading into the day, but collected a few at the end.  We visited the parks in this order:

⭐Disney’s Animal Kingdom

⭐Disney’s Hollywood Studios

⭐EPCOT

⭐Magic Kingdom

The idea was to rush through Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stick around a bit at EPCOT, then spend the bulk of our time at the Magic Kingdom. We also wanted to use as many modes of transportation as possible. That being said, let’s go ahead and talk about how our day went!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

We started our day here at 9:00 am for “rope drop!” We walked in and took awesome pictures by the Tree of Life while waiting to make a run for our first ride of the day, Expedition Everest. The 5 minute wait time at the beginning of the day just can’t be beat! After this, we went straight to DinosaurWhile my kids are terrified of this ride, I love it! The wait was 15 minutes, so again, loving those beginning of the day empty lines! After this, we grabbed some coffee and took pictures with Tarzan. Since no trip to Disney is complete without a show, we went to see Festival of The Lion King.  The 10am showing worked out perfectly because it is a half hour show, which set us up to leave Animal Kingdom at 10:30am.

From here we took our first official mode of transportation, the bus, to ….

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios

By the time we actually got here, it was around 11:30am, and it started to rain. At this point we checked for available Fastpasses, but couldn’t find any that worked for us. So, we opted to jump in the covered cue for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The standby line was 90 minutes, so we hopped in the single rider line which shaved a half hour off of the wait time. (This was also my first time on this coaster, and it is now officially my favorite coaster, ever!) Our other “must ride” for this park happened to be right next door in the Sunset Boulevard part of the park, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. After about an hour long wait for that ride, we grabbed a quick snack (a Mickey pretzel) and headed for the boat to hitch a ride to…

Epcot

Epcot

We arrived at Epcot around 3pm, which was a bit later than we had hoped, but we had just missed the first boat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so it took a bit longer to get there. At this point in the day, we were both pretty tired and needed a bit of a pick me up. Since it was the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and the boat dropped us at the park’s International Gateway entrance, we decided to just explore the World Showcase a bit, have a drink and relax. We grabbed a cronut at the Refreshment Port (incredibly delicious,) a beer sampler, and even gave good old Beverly a try at Club Cool. With Soarin’ being closed, we really didn’t have any rides we felt needed to be ridden. However, to feel like we’d officially visited the park, we decided on one ride with a 20 minute wait: Spaceship Earth. To end our day, we jumped on the monorail and checked in at…

The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Being that the Magic Kingdom closed at midnight, arriving around 5:30pm left us plenty of time to get everything done! First, we stopped in to see Tinker Bell who had a short 15 minute wait time, then we headed to Main Street USA to take a few pictures in front of Cinderella’s Castle! After that, we headed to the Fastpass+ Kiosk in Tomorrowland and grabbed a few passes for Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, and Splash Mountian. After that, we managed to get in all kinds of fun at the Magic Kingdom: Pirates of the Caribbean, lunch at Columbia Harbour House (highly recommended,) The Haunted Mansion, the Tangled bathrooms (yes, I am counting that as an attraction,) It’s a Small World, the PeopleMover (a must for this Disneyland native,) Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, met talking Mickey (so cool) and snapped some pictures, watched the Main Street Electrical ParadeSplash Mountain, watched the Wishes nighttime spectacular (beautiful from any angle,) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and finally, closed the park down on Space Mountain just before midnight (with a 10 minute wait.)

If you’re reading this in hopes of doing your own “4 parks in one day” challenge, here is my suggestion. When selecting a challenge partner, be sure to bring someone who A) loves Disney and B) has enough energy to keep you going even when you’re ready to plop! My challenge partner was both of those things and more, so a huge shout out to Sarah for coming with me on this awesome, yet somewhat insane, adventure! Bottom line, if you have all of the time in the world, each of these amazing parks completely warrant their own full day, but if you are short on time or just feeling adventurous, this challenge is a ton of fun! We had the most incredible day and I can’t wait to return to “The Most Magical Place On Earth!!!”

The Festival of the Lion King. Chills. Such an amazing and beautiful show!!! #wdw #disney

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Have you ever attempted to visit all four Walt Disney World parks in one crazy day?!?! What was your experience? How did you plan out your day? Have any tips for those who might be following in your footsteps? Comment below!

About The Author

My name is Michaelyn Pouncey and I am a mom to three beautiful girls. I grew up in Southern California and was lucky enough to have a Disneyland annual pass up until recently. Disneyland was a huge part of my childhood and I love that it is a part of my children's as well. I started this blog first and foremost out of my love for everything Disney. I also wanted to help other people who may want more information on the parks or who just want to look at some pretty pictures of all things Disney has to offer!

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  • I honestly was a little skeptical that I’d physically be able to hang for that long! hahaha It was the funnest day! You and your sun should definitely give it another shot!

  • Ian D.

    I did this solo on December 12, 2015. Ended up losing time due to a ticket activation snafu at Grand Floridian! This YouTube Video Documents everything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7HIgvZHUU.

  • T.M. Brown

    Love it! Did this with my oldest son last year, but we were only able to reach three parks in one day! I love how you framed your day, too – it worked perfectly for you! Thanks for sharing and showing it’s possible! LOL!

  • Sarah

    I am so proud to be your partner pick! I wouldn’t want to do 4 parks in one day with anyone but you friend!!! What a day. My love for Disney grows each time 😘😘😘😘

  • I bet! I think my 10 year old (and maybe my 7 year old too) would love it, but the 2 and 4 year olds kinda make this an adults only affair at the moment!!! Someday, we’ll all go crazy and do this together!!! How did you guys plan your day?

  • Jess @ Magic, Memories, Mayhem

    We did this for Stitchy’s 9th birthday! We had so much fun!!