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The Epic Walt Disney World Challenge: 4 Parks in ONE Day!

Planning on trying the four park challenge on your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort? While you can really make this challenge entirely your own, it’s going to be exhausting no matter how you plan to break up the day. Though it is tiring, visiting all four parks is a fun challenge and can easily become one of your most memorable Disney vacation experiences. Learn more about getting to all the parks in one day with these tips:

1. Create your own challenge

When you hear of other guests completing a four park challenge, it can be helpful to know that there are no ‘official’ guidelines to follow. That being said, if you want to feel like you’ve really completed a challenge, you should make up your own guidelines before you get started. When you’re in the midst of planning your four park challenge, come up with a standard that would determine how much time is an adequate amount of time to spend in each park for it to ‘count’ towards the challenge. Whether it be spending an hour in each park or experiencing three attractions, having your rules made up in the beginning will make you feel more accomplished when you finish!

2. Arrive early

It should come as no surprise that getting to four parks in one day can take a lot of time. With such a time-consuming challenge ahead, you’ll want to save time wherever you can. If you can get up early and get to your first park when it opens, you should be off to an efficient start to the day. By arriving early, you’ll be able to get some rides in before the parks fill up with other guests, and you’ll get a head start on getting over to the other parks earlier in the day.

3. Eat on the go

Another way to save time during a four park challenge is to eat on the go. Table service meals and to some extent quick service meals can really slow you down if you are short on time. Plan on snacking throughout the day (or pack some snacks in your bag) so you can eat on the run or grab quick service meals during off times so you do not get stuck waiting in the lunch or dinner rushes.

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4. Stay hydrated

It’s very easy to forget how much water you should be drinking while touring a theme park, and while a four park challenge can be a fun rush it should never result in dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and remember that if you want to save money over buying bottles you can always get free cups of water from quick service restaurants.

5. Make FastPasses

Having FastPass selections made in advance can always be helpful when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, but it can be an even greater time saver when you’re attempting to get to four pars in one day. If you can arrive when a park opens, you may want to save your FastPasses for the second park of the day since lines are shorter earlier in the morning.

6. Stop for photos

If you’re attempting to complete any kind of theme park challenge, you may need to remind yourself to stop for photos! Stopping may seem like a cause for concern if time is an issue, but you will certainly want to have some photos to remember the day by. At the very least, plan to take a photo with each of the park icons to save the memory of walking into each park during your four park challenge.

7. Know when to quit

If the challenge turns out to be more than you bargained for, there is no shame in quitting. Attempting to do all four parks in one day can really take a lot out of you. And since you’ve likely spent so much money (and time) on this vacation, you definitely want it to be enjoyable. If trying to complete the challenge just turns out to be too much, you can always quit and relax at the resort or spend the day in whatever park you’re in.

8. Celebrate if you complete the challenge!

If you do finish the challenge though, be sure to celebrate! Visiting all the theme parks in one day is quite the accomplishment, and you’ve certainly earned yourself a drink or a dessert if you’ve successfully finished it!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.