Last week, I had the pleasure of running around Walt Disney World Resort with some of my very determined, energetic and fun colleagues from Pure Magic Vacations. On our last day of a training trip, we set out to hit all four Disney theme parks in one day. Crazy? Yes. Insanely fun? Absolutely!
My teammates on the challenger included Kirsten, Tricia and Lesley of Pure Magic Vacations. Also popping in and out to join us throughout the day were Kimberley, Ashley and Carrie of Pure Magic Vacations.
The only rules we set for ourselves were:
Here's what we learned.
1. The first park is likely to take the longest. At this point in the day, you'll be excited, energetic and wanting to take a zillion selfies. We hit Epcot first and before we had realized the learning curve for the day, we definitely took longer to get our act together here than at any other theme park that day.
2. If an attraction experiences a delay, bail and find a new one. While waiting in line for Test Track, the attraction experienced a delay. We realized that time was ticking, and headed out of the line to hit Frozen Ever After, instead.
3. Minnie Vans are an excellent form of Disney transportation! We used a Minnie Van twice during our challenge, since many of us had to be at Orlando International Airport by 7 pm that same day. If we had full park hours to work with, using Disney buses, monorails or water taxis would have worked out just fine. The parks have designated queue areas and cast members driving these vehicles.
4. Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! We had intended to arrive at Epcot by 8 am that day, but ended up taking a little bit longer to get to the parks, arriving closer to 9 am, instead.
5. If you can, go bagless into the parks. This will save time at security and you'll be inside enjoying the food, entertainment and attractions much faster than if you have to go through the bag check security line. If you have time and want to buy some merchandise, you can have it sent to your Walt Disney World Resort instead of carrying it around.
6. Don't forget to stop and refuel! Our group planned a wonderful late lunch at the fourth park in our day and enjoyed an hour to just sit, eat and relax at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park.
7. Grab a celebration button from your Walt Disney World Resort before heading out for the day. Ask a cast member to write on them that you're celebrating "4 Parks 1 Day". Your button is sure to capture the attention of cast members throughout the day, who will encourage you to keep going and might even point you in the right direction if you're in a hurry! Plus, they're fun!
Have you completed the #4Parks1Day Challenge? How did it go? Share your experience in the comments, below!
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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