Magical Blogorail: Visiting Four Parks in Just One Day!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are looking at strategies to tackle all four Walt Disney World parks in just one day!


Can you visit every attraction and see every show in all four Walt Disney World parks in just one day? Um, no. Could you do it in a week? Still no. Could you do it in a month? OK, yes, probably in a month. But who can spend that much time at Disney at one go!

So let’s go back to the unrealistic premise of visiting all four parks in just one day and see what realistic goals we could set to achieve this:


Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours

Check the park schedules to see which park is opening early and which park is opening late. Compare these times to the regular operating hours of the other parks on your day of choice to maximize your chances of visiting all four parks.

You may need to start a little earlier and be willing to put in a grueling day, and probably stay out past your usual bedtime. But you’re on vacation so… who needs sleep?


Reduce traveling times

If possible, in line with Goal Number One, try to move from park to park in a circular pattern. If you start with The Magic Kingdom, then travel clockwise on the Resort Monorail line to the Transportation and Ticket Center, switch to the Epcot Monorail line and ride it to Epcot. Your next park will then be Disney’s Hollywood Studios which you can reach by boat from Epcot. Lastly, you will have to take a bus to arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Of course, if you have a car, it may be quicker to drive between the parks. But keep in mind that traffic, far-away parking spaces, and tram delays could reduce your time in the parks.

Of course, you may need to go counter-clockwise if park times dictate that, but obviously you will want to avoid randomly bouncing from park to park like a ball in a pinball machine as this will eat away at your goal of visiting all four parks in just one day!


Choose in advance what you will do in each park

Vacation Proverb: He who looks at everything experiences nothing. The Moral? Keep your head down and get’er done!

Assuming you can start your day at 9 am and have to end your day at 10 pm (possibly later) that would mean you will have approximately just three hours in each park with one hour (at least) being eaten up by travel.

So advance planning is a must! Ask yourself – What is the best thing about each park? Here are my suggestions:

The Magic Kingdom – Children’s Attractions/Shopping

Epcot – World Showcase

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Thrill Rides

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safaris and Maharajah Jungle Trek

Your tastes may be different, so check out the attractions in each park and see what each park does best, in your opinion, and focus on only that during your visit to the park in question.


Don’t rush!

As mentioned in Goal Number Three, you will have only about three hours in each park. But to see what you want you can vary the amount of time spent in each park. This way, you won’t have to be like the White Rabbit, rushing from ride to attraction to park!

For example, following my suggestions in Goal Number Three, you may want to spend four hours in The Magic Kingdom (especially if you have children), the full three-hour allotment in Epcot, only two hours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (as there are really only three main thrill rides available) and again the full three-hour allotment for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Leaving DAK until last is also wise for if you are running out of time, as there is arguably less to see and do in this park.


Blow off the next day!

Relax! Don’t plan anything for the morning of the next day. Get up a little later, sleep-in…

… and then have a nice brunch. Chill at the Resort and hit the pool in the early afternoon. Plan a nice dinner at a themed restaurant (maybe a character affair) to make up for the rushed food options you had to endure during your park marathon.

I think if you follow these five realistic goals, you will be able to visit all four parks in just one day, and survive to tell about it! Of course, I use the term ‘survive’ loosely.


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4 Parks 1 Day

Magical Blogorail Blue: 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are strategies to tackle all four Walt Disney World parks in one day!

4 Parks 1 Day

Magic Kingdom. Epcot. Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom.  The four main parks at Walt Disney World.  The subject of the Magical Blogorail Blue post this month — 4 parks 1 day challenge!

In this post, I’m going to share with you my thoughts on this, and what I will be doing when I have the opportunity to take on this challenge.  Of course, I do have some preconceived notions of how my day will go, and I’m including a little artistic license here, but I think my plan is a workable one.  You tell me, though, at the end, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Magic Kingdom

4 parks 1 day

For our 4 parks 1 day challenge, we are starting our day at the Magic Kingdom.  Arriving early, we are tackling three of our favorite rides right off the bat: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain.  The thought I have is that we’ll ride Splash Mountain second, then take the WDW Railroad over to Fantasyland and walk to Space Mountain from there.  After that, I plan on taking on the Carousel of Progress and the PeopleMover, and then we’ll head for the Monorail.


4 parks 1 day

The next logical step for us in our journey is to take the Monorail from the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticketing Center over to Epcot.  When we arrive, the first attraction we’re going to ride is, of course, Spaceship Earth.  That ride, to this day, continues to be one of my all time favorites.  After that, I’m heading over to Mexico to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros!  After that, crowd depending, we may stop in Norway and ride the new Frozen ride.  From there, we’re going to head out the International Gateway in World Showcase and catch the water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios


4 parks 1 day

It’s at Hollywood Studios that we are ready to grab a bite to eat for lunch.  I think that the park lends itself to that, so on our way to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, we grab a bite at Fairfax Fare.  This is a great little market just a short distance from the attraction.  After Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, I head up to Toy Story to take on that fun attraction, and then swing by and enjoy perhaps my favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios: Star Tours.  From there, we’re heading to our next stop on our journey.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

4 parks 1 day

From Hollywood Studios, I’m going to next head over to Animal Kingdom, our 4th park in the day. By this time, it’s getting late in the day, so I decide to get some dinner.  For me, a great quick service restaurant at Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue.  Grabbing a bite there, for me, my attractions of choice on this day are Expedition Everest, followed by Kali River Rapids, and a nighttime showing of the new Jungle Book show.  You’ll notice that I’m slowing down a bit, but luck for me, I get my second wind because it’s time to head to our last destination!

Extra Magic Hours

Our last destination is none other than back to the Magic Kingdom!  I planned this day out to coincide for when the Magic Kingdom had evening Extra Magic Hours, because there are a couple of things I want to relive in my mind — past memories from trips gone by that still bring me joy to this day.  So, after arriving back at the Magic Kingdom, I head to the steps of Cinderella Castle, and remember this scene that I was witness to…

4 parks 1 day

The other memorable memory that I want to relive happened in 2010 during Extra Magic Hours.  Cindy and I were witness to this memory…


My friends, thank you for joining us today!  I hope that you have enjoyed your stay, please let me know how you would tackle the 4 parks 1 day challenge!

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Book Review: The Art of the Jungle Book

{Editor’s Note: As a blogger, I may be compensated in some way (either pay, product, or experience) for sharing the post below. All opinions are my own. ~ Mike}

Jungle Book

Book Review: The Art of the Jungle Book

Post written by Mike Ellis.

Book written by Ellen Wolff

Forward by Jon Favreau

Disney’s The Jungle Book. A Classic movie originally released October 18, 1967, and a live featured film released April 4, 2016 (at the El Capitan Theater) and April 15, 2016 (everywhere else).  The movies are incredible in their own right, but today’s post is about a new book that I received a copy of to review.  Further on, I’ll also provide details about a giveaway that you can enter to win your own copy of this incredible book.

For that’s exactly what it is — and absolutely incredible book!  This coffee table style book, measuring 10″ x 11″, and containing 156 incredible pages, is the perfect addition for any Disney enthusiast!  What follows in these pages is a journey — a journey of discovery that delves into many of the aspects of what the Jungle Book movies are all about.

The book is divided into the following chapters, which take the reader along the journey into what it takes to create a movie of this magnitude.

  • Forward
  • Chapter 1 – A Return to Kipling’s Jungle
  • Chapter 2 – Assembling the Team
  • Chapter 3 – Characters and Locations
  • Chapter 4 – Exploring the Technology
  • Chapter 5 – Animating Realism
  • Chapter 6 – Putting it all Together
  • Conclusion

The beauty of this book isn’t in just the artwork that is depicted in it’s incredible pages; the beauty extends beyond that, and shows us the thousands of details that director Jon Favreau goes into in creating the Jungle Book movie.  It’s not just a recreation of the original story of the Rudyard Kipling’s novel; it’s a detailed and inspiring look at the role that actors, technology, and vision play in creating what may be the best version of this movie yet.

I think for me what I like best about the behind the scenes look at the movie is the incredible thought process that each of the actors takes in learning their role.  For example, actress Lupita Nyong’o, who portrays Raksha in the movie, prepared for her first ever voice-over role by studying the behavior of wolves and learning how their social hierarchy works.  For Christopher Walken, the man behind King Louie, he appreciated the role so much that he likened the process as less about making a movie and more about making music.  Those are just two examples are of what makes this movie special in my eyes.

Binding it all together though is the directorial genius of Jon Favreau.  This director knew what he wanted in the film, and searched long and hard to find the exact pieces to complete his puzzle.  For example, the actor who plays the role of Mowgli, Neel Sethi, was discovered among hundreds of auditions in cities across the country. At only ten years old, this was Neel Sethi’s first movie, and the role he played was perfect.

If you are interested in acquiring your own copy of this book, you may visit the Insight Editions or Amazon websites (list price $45.00); however, My Dreams of Disney has been selected to give away a copy of the book!  To enter to win, subscribe to the Insight Editions mailing list by clicking the link.  The link will be active from today, June 15, 2016, until 11:59PM on Friday, July 1, 2016.  After that time, Insight Editions will select a winner from those that entered. Good luck!