Exploring All 4 Disney Parks In 3 Days
Being a Walt Disney World Passholder can be a great and a horrible thing. Although you can visit the Disney Parks as much as you want, Florida is hot, miserably hot, and there is so much walking to be done.
My daughters (Taylor and Peyton) and I, along with our friend Carly (visiting from West Virginia), decided to challenge ourselves and visit all four Disney Parks in only three days. To say that we went home exhausted would be an understatement. But as with any Disney trip, the fun outweighs everything else. After all, this is the Happiest Place On Earth!
The day that we visited Hollywood Studios turned out to be the coolest day of them all, both weather wise and because it was a Star Wars Weekend. The park was full of fans in Star Wars attire.
We arrived at our first of four Disney Parks, armed with FastPasses for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Extreme Stunt Show. All three of these attractions were new for me, so I am officially familiar with all of the Hollywood Studios attractions. Woohoo! We spent the rest of our day on the Great Movie Ride, exploring Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, going through The Magic of Disney Animation, and seeing the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Unfortunately, the Rock’n’Roller Coaster was down all day (as it seems to be more often than not).
The Tower of Terror was my girls’ favorite ride of the day. I was impressed with how much the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular has improved since I last saw it (over ten years ago). For lunch, we opted to eat a quick meal at the ABC Commissary. I appreciated the fixing station housing all of the condiments. Later in the day, we snacked on Mickey pretzels with cheese sauce.
Overall, we had a great day exploring Hollywood Studios!
The next day, we hit the ground running at Magic Kingdom, the most popular of all Disney Parks. I had my picture taken with the Mayor of Main Street first thing! I do not know why I am so fascinated by him, but his smile is contagious. Magic Kingdom was quite slow; 20 minutes was the longest we waited for anything.
We had FastPasses for the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I saw Mickey’s Philharmagic Show for the first time and absolutely fell in love with it. This is one of the best attractions at Magic Kingdom! Since the lines were minimal, we also rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Carousel of Progress. We ventured into Pete’s Silly Sideshow for photo opportunities with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Their costumes are adorable!
The highlight of my day was the Festival of Fantasy Parade. A wide array of Disney characters, on colorful and flashy floats, make their way across the park. The music was stuck in my head for the rest of the day, but it was well worth it! The nighttime Main Street Electrical Parade was fun and unique, but the Celebrate the Magic light show and fireworks did not live up to the hype for me. I left the park disappointed.
Carly, Peyton, Taylor, and I started our third day at Animal Kingdom, the largest of the Disney Parks. It was extremely crowded with school groups and so hot that we were sweating by 10 AM. We did the Kilimanjaro Safari first (my favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom). We also rode the Primeval Whirl, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest plus saw Finding Nemo the Musical and It’s Tough To Be A Bug. The girls’ favorite ride of the day was Expedition Everest. I thoroughly enjoyed It’s Tough To Be A Bug; the termites exiting the theater was the best part!
Around 2 PM we headed to our final park, Epcot.
Epcot is my favorite park at Walt Disney World, due to the World Showcase. We played a really fun game called “Taylor and Carly explore 11 countries in two hours” before IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
Starting in Mexico, Carly and Taylor took the boat ride, Gran Fiesta Starring the Three Caballeros. It malfunctioned, having no sound for the first half, and then our boat jammed so we bumped into the others until it was our turn to exit the ride. In Norway, we took our traditional Troll picture while the girls meditated in front of the Temple of Heaven in China. We checked out fancy beer steins in Germany’s gift shop and admired the beautiful flowers and architecture in Italy.
Carly and Taylor took a photo as Americas at the American Adventure, shopped for anime in Japan, took picture with a cast member in Morocco, and treated themselves to ice cream in France. They checked out “Keep Calm and Carry On” merchandise at the United Kingdom and bid the night adieu singing “O, Canada!” in front of the Hotel du Canada. It was a busy two hours!
Afterwards, we grabbed a spot in the UK to watch IllumiNations. I really enjoyed this light show on water that includes fireworks and music. It was the perfect way to end our time at Walt Disney World!
What A Fun, But Tiring, Trip!
Going to all four Walt Disney World Parks in three days is doable but extremely tiring, especially when you consider the heat factor. Although you could spend a whole day at each of the Disney Parks, you can combine two parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) in one day. I recommend taking a break in the middle of the day at your hotel and recharging before the evening festivities. Be sure to wear lots of sunscreen and stay hydrated!
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