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Four Parks In One Day- A Plan for Hitting All the Magic

One of the most fun and most challengings things to do while on a Walt Disney World vacation is to visit all four Disney Parks in one day. This has become a challenge that some Guests like to try to accomplish on one of their days at Walt Disney World.

This can be a fantastic accomplishment, but you need to think ahead and have a plan. We will walk through some of those areas you need to consider before taking on this challenge.

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Planning Ahead

Park Hours

When looking at four Parks in one day at Walt Disney World, you will want to ensure you know the different Park hours. This will help you determine which Park you want to start at and end at during your day.

Typically Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens first in the morning. This means you will want to start here to get the most out of your time in the Parks. Magic Kingdom, or EPCOT, is the Park that tends to stay open the latest.

Use Park hours to help you determine your Park schedule for the day.

Early Entry

Another planning aspect that you will want to make sure you take into consideration is an early entry. When staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, Guests can enter any of the Disney Parks a half hour before the posted opening. This can be extremely helpful when navigating between the four Parks.

Extended Evening Hours

Take advantage of extended evening hours if you stay at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort. This allows you to stay at either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom after the Park closes. This is only on specific days, so you will want to pay attention to this schedule when making your plans.

This can give you up to two extra hours in either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom. This can be super helpful in getting into all four Parks in one day.

Two Monorails


We love that Disney offers free transportation to all four Disney Parks and Disney Springs. This makes it easy to get around the Parks. Something to keep in mind is that Disney transportation can take some time. Plan when it comes to moving between the four Disney Parks. Having a plan can help you get between the Parks a lot faster.

Park Hopper

To move between the Disney Parks, you must have the Park Hopper option on your Disney Ticket. This is an additional charge that upgrades your base ticket. By adding this, you can move between all four Disney Parks.

Remember that you can only move between the Disney Parks starting at 2:00 pm, even with the Park Hopper option. This makes hitting all four Parks a little more complicated than the last time.


When deciding to do four Parks in one day, you will want to head in with a plan. What is going to be your goal in each of the four Parks? Do you want to ride a ride? Have a snack? Take a picture?

Make a plan to know what you want to do at each Park before you arrive. Doing this ahead of time can help you be prepared for success.

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Four Parks In One Day Plan

So what should your plan be for getting to four Parks in one day? We have a suggestion on how to get this done. Our goal would be three different things. We’d want to take a picture in front of the Park icon (Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Twilight Tower of Terror, and the Tree of Life), have something to eat, and enjoy one experience (this could be a ride, show, or anything else in the Park).

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Getting Started: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Disney Park that we would start at would be Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are a few reasons why we would start at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during this adventure. As we mentioned, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens first, so it makes sense to start here. This is the Disney Park that is further away from the other four. Because of this, it makes it a better option to start here for transportation purposes.

We would focus on riding anything and everything we want at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is because we cannot enter another Park until 2 pm. We would have lunch here at either Flame Tree Barbecue or Satu’li Canteen. These two quick service options would allow us to do mobile orders, making getting our food on time more manageable.

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Hopping To Park Three: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When it gets closer to 1:30, we will jump on the bus to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a lot of rides and shows to choose from. Since we will arrive in the middle of the day, we assume the standby lines will be longer.

Because of this, we will plan on hitting a show. We will head to For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along. We love this show, and being in the air conditioning will be a bonus.

For our snack, we will look at grabbing the Wookie Cookie from Backlot Express. This can be mobile ordered (avoiding more time in line) and is big enough to share with others.

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Park #3: EPCOT

We will catch a bus, boat, or Skyliner from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to head to EPCOT. Transportation-wise, the Skyliner might be the quickest as it is constantly moving. Once we arrive at EPCOT, we will head to Spaceship Earth for our ride. This is a classic Disney attraction and one that is perfect for our day. It also will make it easier to catch a picture in front of it.

As we head to Spaceship Earth, we will consider mobile ordering from the new Connections Eatery and Cafe. This is at the front of the Park and has excellent options for a quick supper.

After this, it is onto our final Park for the day.

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Ending the Evening at Magic Kingdom

The perfect way to wrap up this day is by ending at Magic Kingdom. From EPCOT, we will take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Once we arrive at Magic Kingdom, we will stop at the Town Square Theatre to say hello to Mickey and Minnie.

For food, we will enjoy some ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A. Enjoying delicious ice cream while hanging out in front of the castle while fireworks are going off is the perfect way to wrap up this day.

Doing all four Disney Parks in one day is an excellent, although exhausting, experience during a Walt Disney World vacation. We hope this will help you figure out if you can take on this challenge.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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