9.00am - Armed with Disney's Ultimate Ticket and some sturdy running shoes, we arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios ready to tackle the first park. We made a beeline for the most popular ride, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and then used the Disney Fastpass+ service to skip the standby line for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. We even had time to throw some virtual pies in Toy Story: Midway Mania all before 11am. But sadly, no time for The Great Movie Ride.
10.45am - A boat runs conveniently between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, but we took the walkway there which took around 30 minutes. We queued for Mission: SPACE (the intense side, of course) and went single rider on Test Track, but missed out on the queue line where you get to design your own car. Never thought I’d be disappointed to miss out on a queue line, but there you go.
12.30pm (our downfall) – Nipping into Epcot's World Showcase to grab a bite was the original plan. But, we really underestimated how much time we’d want to spend there. Faced with 11 countries and a mammoth variety of food and drink options, we ended up stopping at every country and trying everything – from School Bread in Norway and Bratwursts in Germany to Okonomiyaki in Japan. Plus we found Disney’s new Frozen ride nestled within the Norway Pavilion which you can’t not ride.
4.00pm – We finally crawled out of Epcot, still carrying snacks, and got the bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park which took around half an hour. This animal-lovers’ paradise is so amazingly-themed, it deserves a leisurely visit just to soak up the Lion King-esque atmosphere. But rather than stop to watch the steel bands and live shows, we headed for Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids.
7:30pm – We made it back to the Magic Kingdom Park in time to squeeze in just one of the mountains (Splash) but didn’t have time for Thunder or Space. Thoroughly exhausted, we watched the Wishes fireworks show at 9pm.
Can you do all four parks in one day? Technically, yes. Is it worth it? No way.
Why? Because nothing is worse than being at Walt Disney World and having to skip rides, shows and tempting food stands to stick to a strict schedule. Visiting the Disney Parks is all about being a big kid, and no kid ever took a spreadsheet to a theme park. So, while ticking off a rollercoaster or two before breakfast seems like an achievement, you kind of miss out on, you know, enjoying the parks.
And, we didn’t even touch on Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney mini golf, which are all included in a Walt Disney World 14-day or 7-day Ultimate Ticket. You even get Memory Maker included to document your day.
So stick on those Mickey ears and do Walt Disney World properly…
Here’s what we learnt while navigating the parks if you are planning to park hop…
The impressive Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort has four pools, a health club, and is right in the middle of Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Get a real life Lion King experience with a stay at where Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge giraffes and zebras roam freely right outside your window.
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