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Old 10-11-2012, 06:50 AM   #1
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How to do all 4 parks in one day.

Just thought I would post something describing how I do 4 parks in one day. Obviously you can switch things around and substitute rides for your favorites but this can kind of give you a guideline of how I do things.

First a couple of things about me. i am from Boston but have family in Orlando and travel there a couple times of year and I always make sure I hit Disney up for a day while I am there. I have been there too many times to count and have figured out a route that I like to take. I will try to put in as many valuable tips as I can. I usually tend to go by myself when I go because it's easier but I have brought along other people too. I just have to make sure I keep things moving when I bring guests. I always go midweek, during off peek times, ie kids in school, no special events at any of the parks, not during holidays / spring break / summer.

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1. Tickets - Buy tickets at a hotel or ahead of time to save time. I buy mine at the Bardwalk Hotel and start there.

2. Walk along the path that goes from the Boardwalk to Hollywood Studios. It's a really nice walk and not that far. It's also quicker than waiting for a bus or taking a boat. I usually go down to Boardwalk and grab a coffee and drink it on the walk. Really good way to start the day.

3. Everyone says to utilize fast passes. However, if you are by yourself and only have one day a FP can actually slow you down. You might be waiting around for your time when really you could have just waited in line or gone through single rider line instead. I only used 3 Fast passes the whole day as you will see below and I really only needed to use 1 (soarin).

4. This is how I did my most recent trip which was in mid May. Good time to go. After spring break but before summer vacation. The parks were practically empty. I think the longest line I waited in was 20 minutes.

First Stop Hollywood Studios
The gates usually open about 15 minutes before the rides do so I get there about 30 minutes before the scheduled time and when the gates open up I head immediately to...

Tower of Terror - I was 3rd in line and got on the very first ride of the day. When I got off I immediately rode it again with no wait.

Aerosmith Rockin Roller Coaster- There was no line anyway but I hopped in single rider and did this 2 times in about 10 minutes. Both times got front row too.

Great movie ride - I love this ride and I had to do it twice even though it's the same ride. Because you have to do Cowboy and Gangster right?

Time to leave. Hop on a bus and next stop Animal Kingdom
I got lucky here and a bus just happened to be there when I came out so I didn't waste time waiting around. First ride...

Expedition Everest - Another ride with a single rider option although only when it's busy and today it wasn't busy so I had to use the regular queue. This isn't so bad because like all the rides at disney the queue is actually pretty cool and the wait was only about 5 minutes. I grabbed a fast pass too because the return time was only 20 minutes later. I rode this twice and then used my FP for the third ride.

Safari - I don't always do this ride because it takes too long and quite frankly it's not one of my favorites but today I was making such good time that I said what the heck. The wait time to get on was nothing.

Dinosaur - No wait time again (off peak times! I can't stress that enough). Just rode this once. It was starting to get really hot out so I had to take a break and grab a quick bite to eat and have a cold beer before I continued. I like it's tough to be a bug but didn't really feel like heading over there at this point so I left. I don't like Kali river rapids unless I'm done for the day after. Kinda hard moving around when you're soaked!

Hopped on a bus and headed to the Magic Kingdom
Space Mountain - The wait for Space mountain was only about 20 minutes and FP return was only an hour later so I grabbed a FP and hopped in line.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority - I know I know really! The people Mover! Hey, I like this ride a lot. I don't know why. Maybe it's just the change of pace.

Stich's Great Escape - Bitter sweet for me as Alien Encounter was always one of my favorites. A similar ride just a little more G-rated for the kids. But that's for another post.

Space Mountain - One more time with the Fast pass.

Haunted Mansion - A classic. The new queue is great. Just a great ride all around and one of my favorites.

Splash Mountain - Closed for refurbishment! No Way!

Thunder Mountain - Just once today.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Animatronics at it's best

Jungle Cruise - For some reason this had a long line - maybe it broke down at one point so I skipped it


Monorail to Epcot
I always like to end at Epcot because it's a great way to wind down after a long hectic day. Today I decided to check and see what soarin was like and the line was very long but there were actually fast passes still available! This hardly ever happens at Soarin as they tend to go quickly. So I grabbed one even though my return time wasn't for a few hours and headed over to the Rose and Crown Pub for a few beers. I hung out here for most of the rest of the night and met up with some friends who work for disney when they got off and had a few drinks and listened to some good music. I went back and rode soarin at my fast pass time then went over to espn at the Boardwalk for dinner and walked around the Boardwalk and headed home.
Four parks, The Boardwalk, ESPN, 20 rides, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner, Drove, walked, rode a bus, and rode the monorail, all in one great Disney Day!

Thanks For Reading

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:36 AM   #2
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1. Parking - Park at the Boardwalk. Just go to the Boardwalk and tell the person at the gate you are meeting someone at the Boardwalk for breakfast. You can park for free for the whole day! Might not work if real Busy.
Really? Sorry ... but you're going to lose a lot of people right here. Sigh.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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I'm not sure what you mean. But to clarify, if it's really busy the lot might be full or it may be reserved for Boardwalk hotel guests only.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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Since you advocate lying to the Boardwalk security guy to park in the lot ("Just go to the Boardwalk and tell the person at the gate you are meeting someone at the Boardwalk for breakfast. You can park for free for the whole day!"), I think you probably do.

As you likely know (otherwise, why bother telling the Boardwalk person that you're meeting someone for breakfast in order to get a parking slot), the parking lots at the resorts are reserved for the use of the people eating, shopping or staying there, not so that people can save money on parking.

Your "four parks in one day" plan sounds like fun, but you'll make a whole bunch of people a little miffed with your first "tip". And then other people will come onto the thread to argue that it doesn't really matter and there will be lots of exchanges back and forth about cheating on parking and lying to save money and the thread will end up being about parking and not about how much fun you can have trying to do four parks in one day.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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I'm not sure what you mean.
Parking at other resorts has been a topic of much discussion on these boards.
But I read through your post, and enjoyed it! I would just park at EPCOT or HS.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:01 AM   #6
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Oh boy.

Can I just say I was kind of nerdily excited to talk about hopping the 4 parks in one day? Hahaha then the first line is Step 1 park at Boardwalk, tell the security guard you're meeting someone for breakfast?!?!?!
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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Agreed! I love your post and it sounds like so much fun. But, I let out a sigh when I read the first tip.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #8
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I was unaware of the debate about parking. I have edited this post and took that part out. I actually did need some clarification because I wasn't sure what was meant. Thank you everyone for clearing it up for me.
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I'm not sure what you mean. But to clarify, if it's really busy the lot might be full or it may be reserved for Boardwalk hotel guests only.
As you enter the BW parking area, there's actually a sign that says that the lot is for BW guests and not theme park parking. But again .... if it's totally cool and perfectly fine to park in the Boardwalk lot for free while you spend the day visiting all the parks, why do you tell people to lie to the guy at the gate and tell him that you're meeting someone for breakfast?

If you have to fake him out by claiming to have a breakfast at the BW, then clearly even you understand that parking at the BW while you visit the parks is really not something you should be doing.

You seem to be missing the point.

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:16 AM   #10
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I edited the post. I WAS missing the point. It's not about saving the $10 bucks or whatever it is on parking. I'm willing to spend $125 for a one day ticket. It was more about saving time and ease of entering / exiting. Sorry if i touched a nerve with everyone.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:57 AM   #11
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I've totally done that at multiple resorts...I just told them I was there to eat, shop, or just look around. And I do eat, shop, or look around at the resort. I just go to a park afterwards! I hate parking in the park's parking lot because you usually have to walk way too far! My parents taught me this trick when I was a kid.

....then again I also buy refillable mugs off of ebay and use them two trips in a row. Disney rebels unite!!

I think you are a bit weird for going to all 4 parks in one day and this is not something most people would so realistically, but I was entertained by your story!
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I was unaware of the debate about parking. I have edited this post and took that part out. I actually did need some clarification because I wasn't sure what was meant. Thank you everyone for clearing it up for me.
Many people on these boards are over the top about certain aspects of visiting the parks. It could have been worse, you could have advocating someone lining up for a character meet or ride while someone else took your child to the toilet and then they came back and got in the line with you That always really gets people going on the boards!!

Enjoyed your post though. We were thinking about doing a 3 park day on our next trip as we don't really care for HS at all.
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:51 AM   #13
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We did 4 parks in one day in July. We were staying offsite, so no EMH and we parked legally in the TTC lot

Here is the thread of our plan and on the same page is our result. It was a lot of fun and a great finale to our trip.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2957246
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:20 AM   #14
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wow, I just got exhausted just reading your thread. AND I am a young, fit person. 4 parks in one days is just not for me.. I like to sit and smell the flowers.
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We did every moving ride in one day across the for parks. It was fun and exhausting
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