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.

Epcot

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…

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

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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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Top Five List: Why Wait in Long Disney Line Ups?

A: Because you’re crazy.

B: Because you have no choice.

C: Because it’s the only way to get into or onto an attraction.

D: Because after you’ve read this post, you’ll realize it’s not that bad.

E: All of the above.

OK, probably this is an occasion when the answer is ‘All of the Above’. But for the purpose of this post, we’re going to pretend that only statement D is true!

So why shouldn’t you mind waiting in a long line at Disney? It’s Top Five time:

Reason No. 5

Anticipation

One year we stayed at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and had to wait in line for many a bus. Waiting for Disney transportation is probably the first long line you will experience on your trip and can be very frustrating!

But what are you really waiting for? Your day of magic is about to begin and perhaps a delayed bus ride is just the time you need to reflect on what you hope to reap from your day. It can be a time to plan and a time to get excited about what is to come!

OK, I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but that’s why it’s Reason number 5.

Reason No. 4

Beautiful Views

Although you almost always have to wait to get anywhere at a Disney Park, it doesn’t have to be drab. The Water Taxis around Walt Disney World ply the most scenic areas of the property. Views from most docks are breathtaking! Take a moment (or many moments if the boat isn’t on time) to relax and take it all in.

Reason No. 3

Atmosphere

    

Whether it be waiting for a table at a restaurant or entering the queue of a beloved attraction, Disney always tries to enhance the experience.

This time of waiting can prepare you for the event to come! Sitting in a waiting area that looks like grandma’s old kitchen will only make that traditional meal taste better. And passing through a cloud of foreboding fog will get your mind adjusted to the weird and wild attraction that has ‘terror’ in its name!

Reason No. 2

Unique Perspectives

    

Most lines for E-Ticket attractions are very long and heavily themed. So bring along your camera and take lots of pictures. Sometimes you can see things that aren’t always obvious from other places in the parks.

For example, you can see the loading areas from above, or watch ride vehicles pass underneath you as they leave or return to the loading area. Standing outside an attraction can give you a basic idea of what it’s about, but walking through its line (even if painfully long) can give you a more intimate feel for what the Imagineers were going for!

Reason No. 1

Interaction

Disney realizes that no one visits a park to stand in line. So they do try to make the waiting less aggravating by supplying something to do. In the Soarin’ queue at Epcot, guests can enjoy interactive screens and activities. In other attraction lines, there may be things to play with, audio stimulation, or tactile challenges.

These five reasons not enough to convince you to enjoy standing in line?

Then never forget that you are usually with your family or friends! And you are surrounded by other Disney Guests who may be just as bored as you are. I’ve enjoyed some very interesting conversations and shared tips and experiences with fellow ‘liners’ only to find it’s time to board the ride and I was left wondering where the time went!

Your time at Disney will only be as fun as you choose to make it, so find the joy wherever you can, even in that long line-up!

Splash Mountain Decorative Collectible and Pooh Too!

My favorite attraction in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is Splash Mountain. It gives one of the longest rides. It has perhaps the most animatronic figures. And… it is one of the most awesome flume rides ever!

So when I can find unique collectibles featuring this ride, I snap them up. The piece I’m featuring today was found in a large flea market in Florida:

    

    

This is a great concept as it makes a nice piece even when it is not opened up. But when you open it, the display potential explodes!

Tigger and Winnie the Pooh are riding the flume together and can be removed from the piece. Why these two Disney characters were added to a Splash Mountain collectible is unclear, although they do appear to be having fun!

    

At least Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear get to wait in ambush, but I think they’ll be surprised when they catch a Tigger and a Pooh Bear instead of Br’er Rabbit!

“Please keep paws and cute noses inside the log at all times.”

It’s pieces like this that make my day as a disneyana collector!

What is your favorite Disney Roller Coaster?

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick -- this shot was taken while we were upside down!

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick — this shot was taken while we were upside down!

Piggy-backing on yesterday’s post on California Screamin’, we’ve got a poll for you today.  Thinking about all of the Disney roller coasters you have experienced in your life, whether it be at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, Disneyland Paris, and so on, what is your absolute favorite roller coaster?  There are several to choose from, of course.  You’ve got Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Expedition Everest, California Screamin’, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the list goes on.  Have a look at our poll, we’ve included several options to choose from, as well as an option to choose your own.


This is an open poll, so it won’t close, and you should be able to choose your own answer if ours doesn’t fit in what you are looking for, so have at it!  Of course, the Disney parks aren’t like the Six Flags and the Carowinds of the world, so chances are there may be roller coasters at other amusement parks you like better — but for us, we want to know which is your favorite Disney roller coaster, so let us know your thoughts, and thanks!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

In our next installment of the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we’re taking a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, one of my favorite movie shows to watch in all of Disney.  Here are all the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Attraction Type: Movie/Song
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite movie/shows to watch.  The music and scenes from the movies are great, the 4D technology of the movie is great, and the songs are such classic songs that you can’t help but sing along!  I know that some children are frightened by the dark and the water and whatnot, but most people seem to do just fine.

One thing that is interesting to me is that, with the implementation of the FastPass+ system, it seemed like Mickey’s PhilharMagic was much busier than it had been in years past.  We saw it two times last year, and each time the theater was packed with just a few solitary seats available.  I don’t remember a time when it was that busy.

In the end, this is a great attraction for some awesome music, great movie scenes, and in summer, a great way to beat the heat.  Do you and your family stop by?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!