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  • E-ticket-lizabeth

    We actually did it! We did 4 parks in one day with our kids (DD 4 and DS then-8). Unfortunately, somehow we missed that May 4 is NOT a good day to be in HS, especially if Star Tours goes down for the entire time we were in the park. However, we made it, and our day was:

    AK: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Everest, It’s Tough to Be a Bug
    HS: Backlot, lunch, bus to Epcot (so I could relax a little, since I was driving!)
    Ep: Spaceship Earth, Nemo, 3 Caballeros
    MK: Pirates, Haunted Mansion, dinner, parade, Wishes

  • Kimberly

    My daughter and I did this over the summer including DCL as well. We were on one of the DCL cruises out of NY that stopped in Port Canaveral for one day. We started at Hollywood Studios (so we could ride TSM), then did Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Chef Mickeys, and Magic Kingdom. It was a great day and amazing experience.

  • I was there in September, and you can go from Animal Kingdom to the TTC. Then catch the monorail from TTC to either Epcot or Magic Kingdom. You just cant go from Downtown disney to the parks or vice versa…

  • Question for you. You can’t park hop as easily as you used to. When we were there, the buses did not go from one park to another. You had to take a bus to a resort and then get on another bus to take you to a different park. That is why we loved the boat from Hollywood studios to Epcot. Now when we went 13 years ago we did something like what you said and did all 4 parks in one day. The buses took us from one park the to next and it was awesome!

  • Question for you. You can’t park hop as easily as you used to. When we were there, the buses did not go from one park to another. You had to take a bus to a resort and then get on another bus to take you to a different park. That is why we loved the boat from Hollywood studios to Epcot. Now when we went 13 years ago we did something like what you said and did all 4 parks in one day. The buses took us from one park the to next and it was awesome!

  • I did 4 parks/1 day my last day in Orlando. Sadly that day EPCOT was open the latest at 9 and Magic Kindgom was open until 8 but we still were able to do it! We went to Studios first to make sure we could get fastpasses and ride Toy Story Mania a few times, Star Tours and then ToT and Rock n Rollercoaster. I wasn’t too into those rides so I grabbed a snack at Starring Rolls and then went to meet characters while waiting for friends (my favorite Disney thing to do)! then we drove to Animal Kingdom (had lunch at Flame Tree) did Everest a couple of times and Dinosaur. Then we drove to EPCOT snacked in France and Japan and rode Figment and Maelstrom (my favorites!) and then took the monorail to MK. By the time we got there we only had about an hour or so left but we were able to ride space mountain and Jungle Cruise. the park closed at 8 and we took the monorail to the Polynesian for Dole Whip and to watch the water parade and then took the monorail back to EPCOT. Granted I would’ve loved a few more hours at Magic Kingdom but considering all we did in about 11 hours I was pretty happy. Planning is the most important thing when trying to go to 4 parks for sure!

  • That sounds like a great plan! My husband and I have always wanted to try for 4 parks in 1 day. We have done 3 before. It would. Fun article to write about possibly doing a Disney world scavenger hunt type thing to compete with our vacation mates. (I am thinking those without super small children would work best). Such as having a “to do” list and see who can complete it first and race to the finish line. Such as you have to go to all 4 parks, take pics for proof, show a lunch receipt and have mandatory rides to do and then whoever finishes all first either meets back at the hotel or at the castle or something like that. My husband and I love coming up with Disney word games to get ourselves excited for our trip and this would be amazing to do sometime!

  • Unless you are out to break records, this run sounds like suicide. I prefer enjoying things not running thru the parks. sorry not my speed.

  • I am so doing this on my next trip (if I can afford it)! I’m going for a convention in the summer and I’m only getting maybe 24 hours in the parks. However, I’m going to have to split it between two days. I’m getting in in the afternoon one day and festivities begin the next evening. I’m thinking I’ll challenge myself to do two parks per day and try to do Downtown Disney also. Planning on at least one attraction (ride, character meet, show, etc.) and a food and/or beverage at each location, winding up with a nice table service dinner to end my parks time. I didn’t even realize there was such a challenge.

  • My BFF and I actually did this in thirteen and a half hours. We got on the first bus at 8:08 am. We started off with a Character Breakfast at Tusker House. In HS, TSM was not there yet. We made sure to ride three major rides. I also got a Photo Pass Picture in each park and did a pin trade as well. We finished in MK at 9:34 pm. Then off to eat and then back to the resort to collapse!!

  • Missy Smith

    We took on the Challenge a few years ago! What a day! We did EMH in the AM at AK, went on to DHS (where we even had lunch at Sci-Fi), then went to MK, then finished off the night at Epcot, which had EMH in the PM. Phew! What a day! My feet were so numb, I had to take the elevator back to our room on the 2nd floor of BC! We just wish Disney had a trading pin to commemorate our day. It was a blast to do, but I’m not sure if we’d do it again 😉

  • Douglas

    Almost exactly what I was going to say.

  • Ang

    At first the mere idea sounded stressful, rushed and painful. But after reading your plan, it sounded fun and made me long to be able to do it TODAY! (Alas, having just gone in Dec, I won’t be back until Nov 2013…). Unfortunately I agree with the other comment that you won’t get a successful TSM fast pass unless you go to HS first instead of DAK. And I don’t think Soarin’ fast pass will work out in your time frame, either. But I know you’re gonna have a blast anyway – good luck! I’m jealous! Have fun!

  • Anjie

    If you want to do TSM, I’d switch around DHS and AK. Hit Toy Story first thing, being finished by 9:00 opening as they let you in the park about 15 minutes early then do Rockin’ Rollercoaster. You’d be out of there before 9:30 easily (though I’d have to do Tower of Terror too!) and on your way to AK. Grab a FP for Safari if you are wanting to do that, ride Kali, single rider for EE and back to Safari and lunch at Flame Tree. 🙂

  • Now THAT is a plan! We usually do this on our last day- hitting everyone’s favorites.

  • E-ticket-lizabeth

    I think you’re going to find the FPs for Toy Story Mania will not fit into your schedule–that ride is VERY popular still! If I were doing this and insisted on TSM, I would go to the Studios first and do it first thing at rope drop. Just my opinion, of course, but even Soarin’ still has FPs going 4-5 hours later on some days. We were at Epcot yesterday, not a busy day, rode Soarin’ at about 11:00, got off and looked at FPs to go again–they were for 4:25! If I were going to hit all 4 parks, I think I’d have to decide to go on less popular rides that still give you the best feel for their parks–Great Movie Ride at Studios, Kilimanjaro Safaris at AK, and so on. What an interesting idea! I wonder how my kids would feel about such an adventure!

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