Are you ready to try the ultimate Disney challenge?
For the last year, I have seen other people in the Disney community take on this feat. As soon as I read the rules, I knew that I was adding this to my bucket list. I love a good challenge!
So what exactly is the 4 parks 1 day challenge?
We had a great start to our day because we had extra morning hours at Magic Kingdom. When you stay at a Disney World resort, you have access to the parks for longer than the general public. Pop Century is where we had the privilege of staying, and I can’t wait to share my review of this resort with you soon.
We made sure to get to Magic Kingdom by 7:30am, that way we could be there before rides opened at 8am. While we only needed to ride one ride at MK, we ended up riding Splash Mountain, Under The Sea, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
I always have a blast on Splash Mountain, but I hate getting soaked on water rides. Tim finally convinced me to ride, but not without my handy dandy poncho.
In between rides, we stopped by Cheshire cafe to get our favorite breakfast pastry: the Cheshire Cat Tail.
When all was said and done, we snapped our Magic Kingdom picture and left the park by 9:30am.
Next up: Hollywood Studios
While we were at Magic Kingdom, we made a Fastpass for Toy Story Mania. This is one of our favorite rides because Tim and I get pretty competitive (I won). We were also able to snag a Fastpass for Tower of Terror.
Although we have been visiting the parks regularly for 2 years, I had never ridden Tower of Tower. I had always been to scared to take the leap, but with the adrenaline from the challenge pumping, I decided TODAY WAS MY DAY! (We are on the far left)
Imagine my surprise when I realized that all this time I had been terrified for no reason! Tower of Terror was a blast and has landed itself in my top 5 favorite rides at Disney.
We dashed over to Baseline Tap House to grab their Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue. I highly recommend this lounge, especially if you are in need of a yummy place to waste time while you wait out the inevitable Florida rain.
We left Hollywood Studios around 1:30pm.
Next up: Animal Kingdom
This was our shortest stop of the day, mostly because we had spent the previous day at Animal Kingdom. We decided to make it quick! We made a Fastpass for DINOSAUR and grabbed ourselves an ice cream sandwich.
Oh, and Kevin made a surprise appearance!
We loved getting these scenic shots in front of the tree of life!
We were out of Animal Kingdom by 3pm.
Last stop: Epcot
We knew that we wanted to end the day with some delicious eats and drinks from Epcot.
Test Track and Frozen Ever after were our rides of choice, and they were the perfect way to end our trip.
We decided we needed a little extra treat for completing this challenge, so we booked a last minute reservation at Coral Reef.
It is my dream to eat at every Epcot restaurant, and we got to cross this one off our list. The view from our table was a dream, and I will be sharing a full review of this eatery in the coming months.
We took our time getting desserts and drinks from the World Showcase, did some pin trading, and stopped for our final pictures.
We left the parks around 7pm, because we actually had to drive all the way back to Atlanta after our long day! Call us crazy, but it was well worth it. In the future, I hope to do the 6 park challenge, which will include the 2 Universal theme parks.
- This challenge was tiring, but it was not as impossible as it may seem.
- It is ABSOLUTELY worth doing at least once. It was a fresh and exciting way to experience the parks.
- Make sure to make the Fastpass for your next park as soon as you are able.
- The hardest part was all of the walking! Those Disney parking lots are no joke.
Do you plan on taking the challenge? Let me know if there are any other Disney bucket list ideas we should try!