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It sounded crazy when I first heard of it. Visit all four Walt Disney World theme parks in a single day? I had stumbled upon a Disney Four Parks Challenge video on YouTube sometime in October. As usual, that one video lead to another … and another. I soon realized that visiting four parks in one day was not just NOT crazy, it actually looked like a lot of fun!

My mom’s birthday was coming up on Thanksgiving day and I decided this would be the perfect surprise gift for her, just a little something in return for all those years she took us kids to Walt Disney World.

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  • 28,633 steps
  • walked 13.5 miles
  • 12 hours 45 minutes inside parks
  • 17 rides/attractions
  • 4 food stops (2 meals, 2 snacks)
  • 1 gift shop
  • 7 FastPasses used
  • Monday, November 28, 2016

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It seems that no two guests tackle the Four Parks Challenge alike. Some aim to ride the top three or five popular attractions in each park. Others do a ride, snack, pin trade, and character meeting (or any combination) at each park. Our goal was simply to enjoy our favorite attractions and capture the essence of each park, keeping it stress-free and rules-free.

Since the trip was Mom’s birthday gift, we just did what Mom wanted to do! Our only required activity in each park was taking our photo in front of each park’s signature landmark. Our stress-free strategy totally worked and we had a thoroughly enjoyable day! Sure, our feet were a little sore at the end of the day, but no more than a regular one-park Disney day. We enjoyed the entire day and made memories to last a lifetime.

Next week, I’ll share more about how the trip was planned and tips for planning your own Four Parks Challenge, but for now want to share what exactly we did in four parks during one Disney operating day.

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Alien mouth face mask
Alien Mouth
Epcot face mask
Spaceship Earth
Mouse Flowers face mask
Mouse Flowers
The Child face mask
The Child
time activity
6:15 AM woke up
7:00 left hotel room to catch the bus
7:20 bus to Animal Kingdom arrived
7:40 arrived at ANIMAL KINGDOM
8:00 Kilimanjaro Safari
8:45 It’s Tough To Be A Bug
9:05 Maharajah Jungle Trek (gotta see the kitties!)
9:40 left to Animal Kingdom to catch the bus to Hollywood Studios
10:00 arrived at HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
10:15 Great Movie Ride (FP+)
10:55 Star Tours (FP+)
11:25 lunch at PizzeRizzo
12:00 PM MuppetVision 3D (FP+)
12:48 left Hollywood Studios to walk to EPCOT via the Boardwalk resort area
1:10 arrived at EPCOT‘s International Gateway entrance
1:30 Impressions de France
2:00 snack at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
2:45 Voices of Liberty singing Christmas carols
3:00 The American Adventure
4:00 shop at Mouse Gear
4:05 Journey Into Imagination with Figment
4:23 Soarin’ Around the World (FP+)
5:25 dinner at Sunshine Seasons
5:55 Spaceship Earth
6:25 left EPCOT to ride monorail to the Magic Kingdom
6:50 arrived at the MAGIC KINGDOM
7:05 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (FP+)
7:20 Carousel of Progress
7:50 TTA PeopleMover
8:20 photo at Cinderella Castle
8:35 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FP+)
8:50 snack at Storybook Treats
9:06 It’s A Small World (FP+)
9:36 left Magic Kingdom and board bus to hotel
10:00 arrived at All-Star Music Resort

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