Disney World in a Day? Yep, it’s possible. If you only have one day at Walt Disney World and you want to get the most out of it, get yourself a park hopper ticket and follow these basic guidelines.
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If you only have one day at Disney World, the simple solution is to pick the park you like best, or most want to visit and have a magical time. If you are wanting more of a “Disney World Sampler” of sorts you can visit all four parks in one day. It is a challenge, but it’s not impossible if you have the stamina and the tenacity. Here are some simple guidelines for how to successfully navigate four Disney Parks in one day and completely conquer Disney World. First, make sure you have a Park Hopper ticket.
Security Bag Checks
You will encounter baggage checks at each of the park entrances, so here is some advice:
● Pack light. If you have no bags you can enter through a no bags security check which is much easier.
● If you have a bag or two stop a moment and look at how the lines are moving. Some security cast members are very slow and methodical. Others are not. Look for short lines and how fast they are moving before jumping behind somebody.
● When you get to the table at the front of the line, start opening all of your pouches so you are ready for the bag inspection.
For the most part, the parks follow a hub and spoke model. This means that various lands or destination radiate like spokes from a central hub. You can usually also get around in a clockwise or counter-clockwise pattern. Use this floorplan to your advantage so you save time and energy by moving around more efficiently.
You have about 14 hours to get time in at four parks. That’s 3.5 hours each divided equally, and it doesn’t account for travel time and getting into the park. Don’t try to do too much in one park. Limit yourself to 2-3 attractions. To do ten attractions in one park for the whole day is considered a success, so pace yourself.
Order of Parks
Start with Animal Kingdom. It’s best during the day and getting there before park opening gets you the best shot at riding Flight of Passage. try to be about 45 minute early for that one. Animal Kingdom has a secret entrance through the Rainforest Cafe gift shop. Use that to save some time.
From Animal Kingdom you will go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, followed by Epcot. You will end at Magic Kingdom because that park is open the latest. If you don’t mind missing the fireworks you can get more attractions in while the crowds are low.
Method of Transit at Disney World
This is a key element of success. From Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios, you will want to call an Uber to save yourself some time. When you leave Hollywood Studios, you will walk to Epcot. There is a path that leads passed the Boardwalk resort to a little used side entrance to the park. I recommend taking at least an hour going around the World Showcase Lagoon. If you want to spend some time in Future World, the east side will have the park’s two thrill rides. The west side has the Imagination, Land (Soarin’), and Seas pavilions.
Leave Epcot through the front gate and take the monorail to the Transportation Center, then hop lines to take the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom.
Food At Disney World
For food, I recommend eating at Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Only go to quick service locations to save time. There are much more quick service options at these three parks than Hollywood Studios.
So can you do it? Of course, you can! With a little planning and a whole lot of energy, these tips will help you conquer Disney World in a day.
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