4 Parks 1 Day - Disney Bucket List
While the main focus of our most recent Disney trip was an apparel and screen printing conference that was also being held in Orlando, I was able to cross a major item off of my Disney Bucket List.
ALL FOUR WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS IN ONE DAY
Ever since we became Annual Passholders two years ago (and probably even before that) this is something that I have wanted to do. With our passes expiring next month, and we won't be renewing this year, I was so happy to have the chance to make it happen last week.
The rest of my post will document our day, and some tips if you want to do FOUR PARKS, ONE DAY as stress free and chill as possible. This experience took place September 8th, 2016 (a very low crowds week!)
PARK ONE - EPCOT
I would recommend you start your day at the park with the earliest opening. Because we were staying on Disney Property (Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort) We were able to participate in Extra Magic Hours. (in case you don't know Extra Magic Hours, often abbreviated to EMH is a perk that guests receive when staying at a Disney Resort.
The Disney Transportation buses begin running 45 min before the earliest park opening. So my sister in law, Jenn (who joined me on this adventure) and I were waiting at the bus stop at 7:15am. The bus picked us up around 7:20am and we were getting off the bus at Epcot by 7:35am. The great thing about arriving before the park actually opens and being there for "Rope Drop" is that your bags are checked, your Magic Band or Tickets are scanned and you are waiting in the park at 8am.
Right at 8am the entire crowd began moving towards Norway. Everyone had the same idea as us. Because this was such a last min trip, I wasn't able to make any Fast Passes for Frozen Ever After. So that was our first stop of the day. Then we headed to the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet.
(TIP: If we were going to do this again, I would have switched the order here. EVERYONE headed straight for Frozen Ever After at Rope Drop, and then went straight to meet Anna and Elsa. It would have been better to do meet them first while there was no wait at all, and then head to Frozen Ever After. This probably only applies when Epcot has EMH because only resort guests are in the park until 9am)
While we were in line for Frozen I made a Fast Pass reservation for Test Track and we headed over to ride Soarin.
Like I mentioned before, this was a very low crowds day. We were able to do a TON of stuff in a very short amount of time at Epcot. By 10:30am we had ridden Frozen Ever After, done the Anna and Elsa meet and greet, and ridden Soarin as well as Test Track.
I changed shirts. We took a few pink wall selfies (located at the Spaceship Earth exit) and boarded the monorail to our next stop.
PARK TWO - MAGIC KINGDOM
I have never experienced crowds as low as they were on our Magic Kingdom trip. We arrived in plenty of time for the 11:30am Friendship Faire show, which was our goal. We walked through an empty bag check area, and ticket area. We picked up some much needed Starbucks and sat in an empty hub grass. It was glorious.
Then around 11:15am we headed over to Cinderella Castle and had a front row view of the show. Which is just super adorable. I loved the costumes!
After the show was over, we walked the long way around the Kingdom over to the Tea Cups. The Tea Cups are Jenn's favorite ride and they were closed for refurb last time we were there. I also wanted a cute pic of my new Harveys backpack on the teacups.
Then we headed to my favorite ride, the People Mover.
From there we left, and headed back to the hotel for some lunch a shower and a nap. Another awesome reason to stay on property is the ease of getting back and forth to the parks.
I am a HUGE supporter of mid day naps and AC breaks.
PARK THREE - ANIMAL KINGDOM
Once we were all freshened up, rested up and fed we picked up Captain America and headed to Animal Kingdom. We decided to drive this time, because the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parking lots are fairly small, and since we were arriving later in the day we were able to park towards the front.
We of course had to stop for more Starbucks.
Then we had dinner in Harmabe Market, I love the grilled chicken skewers and bean salad. After that we rode Expedition Everest, and headed to our next stop!
PARK FOUR - HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Typically, I would suggest you choose the park that's open the latest for your last park of the day however, we knew we wanted to see the new Star Wars fireworks. So we concluded the day there.
Earlier in the day, after we rode Test Track I made a Fast Pass for Toy Story mania, a favorite ride at Hollywood Studios that usually has one of the longest lines in WDW. So when we got to the park I changed my shirt again (An alternative title to this post would be 4 PARKS 4 SHIRTS) and we headed to Toy Story Mania.
Then we went to Star Wars Launch Bay to meet some of the characters we missed during our last visit.
By the time we were done with those meeting with Chewie and Kylo it was time to grab a snack and a spot to watch the Fireworks. They debuted a new show right after our May trip so i was super excited to see it!
The projections, lasers, fireworks and music all come together so perfectly for this new show. It blew the other one out of the water.
I can't wait to see it again and I know my Dad and brother will love it. I am hoping it's still around for the Star Wars half marathon weekend in April when we are all down there next.
After the show was over we took our time walking out of Hollywood Studios and headed back to the resort. We grabbed some food from the resort quick service before turning in for the night.
The day was a HUGE success and I was so happy to cross a major item off my Disney bucket list.
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