DISCLAIMER: What I’m about to outline should NOT be attempted by anyone with the following:
- A desire to sleep late and/or go to bed early
- A young child (6 and under)
- Uncomfortable shoes
- An aversion to running – you can’t dilly dally and hope to get to all 4 parks
- A park ticket without the ‘park hopper’ option – they’ll shut you down at park 2 (I’ve learned that lesson the hard way)
On one of our trips to Disneyworld our daughter, who was 7 at the time, asked if we could go to all four parks in one day – that’s Magic Kingdom – Animal Kingdom – Epcot – Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Any of these parks could take up an entire day itself so we had to make a strategic plan on when, where and what we would to do at each park in order to accomplish this lofty goal with minimal tears (and blisters.) With our matching Mickey t-shirts on, we headed out on a mission.
Park 1: Magic Kingdom was our first stop – we were fresh and ready to go. Our must-see attractions at MK are Big Thunder Mountain (my daughter’s favorite), Mickey’s PhilharMagic and “it’s a small world,” (my husband’s favorite) and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (my favorite.) It might be one of the slowest moving rides in the entire park, but I love cruising through the dark and relaxing on a hot day!
Park 2: Epcot – Since the Magic Kingdom and Epcot are connected by the monorail, that was our next stop. Our favorite ride is not Soarin’ or Test Track, which are the 2 most popular rides, but the Maelstrom in Norway. Yes, another slow moving ride, but since my husband comes from a long line of Vikings we just have to ride it every time we’re in the park!
Park 3: Animal Kingdom – Time is usually a consideration when going to the Animal Kingdom because, like a zoo, the animals come out early and go back to their enclosures at dusk. Most days the park closes around 7pm (earlier in the off season) so we got there just in time to ride our all-time favorite roller coaster – Expedition Everest. The line going into the ride has so much to look at that you don’t even realize you’re waiting and before you know it you’re face to face with the Yeti!
Park 4: Hollywood Studios – Last but not least we made it to Hollywood Studios. The shows are really what makes this park great – Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show… but the ride we can’t miss is the Tower of Terror. No matter how many times I go on this ride, my palms get sweaty as we wait in the basement to board the elevator and my legs shake after we get off the ride – so scary but yet so fun!
That’s how we made it to 4 parks in 1 day. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I’d highly recommend it to make one perfect day in the Disneyworld bubble!
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