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Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios)

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The 4 Parks 1 Day challenge by the numbers: 

15 hours. 

11.5 rides. 

1 bucket of popcorn.

2 Mickey ice creams. 

4 bus rides.

1 monorail ride. 

1 boat ride.

4 parks. 

1 day. 

To put it simply, the Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge was intense. But it was an intense success!!!

 I have SO much to share, including pictures, an award-winning video (uh, that won an award that I gave myself) and tips on how you can do your own (if you're that crazy), so keep checking back throughout the week. 

But today, we're going to talk about the first park of the challenge. Bottom line: we had no clue what we'd gotten ourselves into...


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After driving over six hours after my sister had gotten off work on Friday afternoon, we stumbled into our room at Pop Century very close to midnight. Both of us had been to a good-bye breakfast with our parents Friday morning early, so we were pretty happy to see our beds. 

A mere six and a half hours later, we wedged our eyes open again to start the 4 Parks 1 Day CHALLENGE! 

Being the supremely awesome people that we are, we'd ordered matching monogrammed tanks from Etsy (you can see a close up of mine here on my Instagram). What fun is going on a trip around the (Disney) World without dressing like your sister? 

Answer: no fun at all. 

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After slapping a little make-up on, we ate a quick granola bar and headed out the room. Looking back, I'm not even sure why we wasted time putting makeup on because it had dripped off by early afternoon. Oh well. 

Amber and I headed to the Pop Century bus stop to wait for our bus...but we didn't have to wait at all because the bus was already there waiting on us! 

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Two things:

1) the transportation on the Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge ran like clockwork and we never had to wait on any of the buses, boats, or monorails, and

2) I love the way that the Disney buses smell. I know this means that I am sniffing a combination of diesel fuel and bus cleaner and who know what else, but it just smells like Disney wonderfulness to me. 




Our first stop was to Hollywood Studios, which will forever be MGM Studios to me, but that's a post for another day. After a quick stop at Guest Services to grab my media Park Hopper tickets, we journeyed into the park. [If you want to learn more about sponsored travel, check out my e-course!]

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We hit up Tower of Terror first, and were two of the first people in the first elevator ride of the day! Since there were so few people around, we hopped right back on it for a second spin. 

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Sigh. I love that ride. 

Next up was Rock 'n' Rollercoaster. We had our first wait in line--about thirty minutes--but Amber and I were both amazed at how light the crowds were for a June morning. We were still within the Extra Magic Hours time, and that's what we thought was the reason for the light crowds, but we really didn't see a ton of other visitors until we hit up Animal Kingdom two parks (and six hours) later. 

After blasting across town in our super stretch limo, Amber and I headed over to Toy Story Mania. We've only ridden this ride once before the 4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge, so it was almost like a new ride to us. The theming on this ride is perfect, and having the midway activities in 3-D makes them seem so real. 

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios) | CosmosMariners.com

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios) | CosmosMariners.com

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios) | CosmosMariners.com

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios) | CosmosMariners.com

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Part I (Hollywood Studios) | CosmosMariners.com
I lost. But I was more accurate at losing!

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Toy Story Mania selfie!

We had to have some popcorn, since the Disney popcorn is one of our favorite snacks in Hollywood Studios (or really anywhere in Walt Disney World!). Plus, we needed to fuel up so that we didn't lose steam!

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Yes, the popcorn is good enough to warrant a picture with it. 
After popcorn came a ride on the updated Star Tours, which I like a lot better than the old one. I noticed that a bunch of the older rides were getting face lifts on this trip, so I'll get to experience new versions of old favorites in the future.

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It's almost our turn!
We finished off our first park of the Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge in record time AND ahead of schedule. 

Let's review the park using my handy dandy (and totally made-up) TRAM chart, shall we? (TRAM being totally appropriate because we were using the transportation a ton that day...)

Walt Disney World 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge: Hollywood Studios Recap


Timing: Awesome. We arrived at 7:30 a.m. (ahead of park opening), made use of the Extra Magic Hour from 8-9, and were out of the park at 11.

Rides: 5 (Tower of Terror x 2, Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours)

Attitude: We were feeling awesome at this point, as we'd gotten that first surge of Disney excitement by being in the park. The adrenaline rush from Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Rollercoaster had us ready to conquer the day!

Meals: Since we'd eaten in the room to save time and money, we only had a box of popcorn at DHS.

Up tomorrow: will our luck hold out with the weather? Will we stay upbeat on the 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge as we head into our second park of the day? Could you do all 4 parks at Walt Disney World in 1 day?

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