For those who love Disney World, a popular challenge is going to all 4 parks in 1 day. While this may sound like an impossible task, with a little planning it can be done. And it is so much fun! It is important to keep in the back of your mind that you won’t be able to do everything. If possible, try to plan some Fast Passes to coincide with when you will be in the park, just to save time. Also bring some snacks like granola bars to keep the energy levels up!
Now we routinely can do 3 parks in one day (Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom). The one that can cause problems is Animal Kingdom because it is not connected to any of the other parks. You can walk/boat/bus from Hollywood Studios to EPCOT and then take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Because of this we suggest starting your challenge at Animal Kingdom. We also highly suggest you use Disney transportation and not your own car if you are not staying on property. The toll booth lines can get backed up and you may end up parking really far away from the entrance. You can park for free at Disney Springs and head over to Saratoga Springs to catch your first bus.(You can also try parking at a resort. If it’s not crowded they will usually let you, but don’t tell anyone that was our idea!)
First Stop: Animal Kingdom
Take the Disney bus over to Animal Kingdom. Head straight over to Expedition Everest! If the line is already long, go in the single rider line. Next head over to Kilimanjaro Safari. The animals are usually more active in the morning anyways so you should see a lot during your safari. You can then walk through the Pangani Exploration Trail to catch some more animals. We like Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl as well. Or this is a great park to just walk around and enjoy the scenery before heading back to the entrance. We are on to the next park!
Favorite ride: Expedition Everest
Favorite place to grab a bite to eat: Yak & Yeti Quick Service Counter
Second Stop: Magic Kingdom
Take the bus to the Contemporary Resort and walk or monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. The walking path is short, but the monorail is always fun to ride. There are a lot of rides and things to do at Magic Kingdom, but don’t feel like you need to do everything. We pick a couple rides that we absolutely want to go on (usually Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean) and then try to hop on some others if the lines aren’t too long. If it is really crowded, the People Mover is always a great option as well.
Favorite ride: Haunted Mansion
Favorite place to grab a bite to eat: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland
Third Stop: EPCOT
Hop on the monorail to the Transportation & Ticket Center where you can change trains and head to EPCOT. The very first thing you see is Spaceship Earth, which is a perfect way to start your EPCOT adventure. (Yes there is a ride in there!) These are our favorites for the rest of Future World: Soarin’ (which as of this posting is closed for refurbishment), Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Test Track has a single rider line, so definitely check that one off your list. After you are finished with Future World, head over to the World Showcase. Even if you don’t have time to go inside each individual pavilion, just walking the complete circle is so much fun. Our personal favorite pavilions are Mexico, China, Italy, Japan, and France.
Favorite ride: Soarin’ (so excited for it to reopen!)
Favorite place to grab a bite to eat: There’s too many! The Land is a great option for healthier bites.
Fourth Stop: Hollywood Studios
In the back of EPCOT, between the United Kingdom and France, there is actually a second entrance to the park called International Gateway. If you exit the park from here, there is a boat you can take to Hollywood Studios or there is a wonderful walking path behind the Boardwalk Resort. If you have some extra time, the EPCOT area resorts are all worth taking a walk-through. (Yacht & Beach Club, Swan & Dolphin, Boardwalk) However you decide to get to Hollywood Studios, we suggest the following rides: Tower of Terror, Rockin’ Roller Coaster (single rider line), Star Tours, and The Great Movie Ride. Toy Story Mania is a lot of fun, but the line is always so ridiculous so unless you have a Fast Pass, skip this one. End the night with the new Star Wars Fireworks show.
Favorite ride: Tower of Terror (Kary refuses to go on it though, so her favorite is Rockin’ Roller Coaster)
Favorite place to grab a bite to eat: Backlot Express
Alternatively you could do Animal Kingdom -> Hollywood Studios -> Epcot -> Magic Kingdom as well, depending on which park you would prefer to end in.
Bonus Stop: Disney Springs
If you are still energized, pop over to Disney Springs for a bite to eat and to catch the live music! Things at Disney Springs are open later than the parks, so there is plenty to enjoy at night. We love Bongo’s restaurant, but with all of the new and exciting things opening at Disney Springs, there are so many places to try! You can take the Disney bus from any resort.
Congratulations! You have completed the most fun challenge ever!
Have you ever done the Disney World challenge of 4 parks in 1 day? What order did you go in? What tips would you give? Let us know in the comments!
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