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Walt Disney World #4Parks1Day Challenge: Part IV (Magic Kingdom)

I won't lie. Animal Kingdom sucked the life out of us.

There wasn't any breeze. It was at least 100 degrees. There were people everywhere. 

Most people don't know this, but fighting your way through a crowd at Disney is an excellent workout. (How else are you supposed to earn a popcorn or Mickey ice cream?!) But who needs to workout in the middle of a June day in the blazing sun? 

Not me.

By the time we cut our losses and headed to the Animal Kingdom exit, we were drenched the sweat and exhausted. Amber and I could feel our measly six hours of sleep creeping up on us, and it was all I could do not to call the entire challenge off. I would have paid someone lots of money at that point to haul me back to my cool, quiet hotel room. 

As a way to give ourselves a little reprieve, we decided to take the long way to Magic Kingdom. Since we'd left Animal Kingdom an hour ahead of schedule, we had plenty of time before we had to be in our fourth park of the day. 

Instead of taking the bus directly from Animal Kingdom to Magic Kingdom, we grabbed a bus to the Contemporary resort, where we hopped on the monorail and cruised into the Magic Kingdom in style. 

As someone who is perpetually cheap, I rarely spend more money than I have to on lodging. If it's comfortable and safe and inexpensive, I'm there. This reasoning causes me to always book at one of the Disney value resorts--and I've never looked back for the most part. 

That being said, I enjoyed seeing how the other half lives as we cruised through the Contemporary, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian. We actually ended up back at the Grand Floridian later in our trip (though not on the #4Parks1Day day)...but that's a post for another day!

With great excitement, my sister and I headed into our FOURTH PARK: Magic Kingdom. 
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I think my hair buns are even drooping at this point from exhaustion.

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After soaking up some of the magic that can only be found in MK, we made an immediate bee-line to the New Fantasyland.

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Because we were using my media passes, we hadn't been able to make FastPass+ reservations for any rides, and we were hoping that we'd be able to get in the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

With a 75 minute wait on that ride, we passed. No way were we waiting over an hour for one ride in the blazing heat, as most of the ride queue is uncovered.

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Oh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train--you weren't meant to be on this trip...
Here, things start to get a little fuzzy. I seriously, seriously started to get grumpy and probably would have cried. However, I was too hot to actually form tears, so I walked around looking miserable instead. 

We were in that state where we were too tired and too hungry to really decide anything, so we hit the first place that we could find for some dinner and A/C: Pinocchio's Village Haus. 

I got a Caesar Salad with chicken, and my sister ordered a pepperoni flatbread.

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We sat inside for a very, very long time with our food before we managed to get ourselves back up and back out into the June heat.

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The Alice in Wonderland topiary outside the teacups ride

It was about this time that we realized we'd picked the longest day of the year to accomplish the 4 Parks/ 1 Day challenge and the sun wasn't going to go down for another THREE HOURS. Ack. 

We headed over to a cool, dark ride--Space Mountain--and waited a mere 50 minutes to ride it.

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We were sandwiched in between two of the oddest groups I've encountered in line anywhere. 

On one side, we had a group of giggly, ridiculous high school girls in onesies who all apparently needed new bras, as they readjusted them about everything three minutes. One of the girls, upon finishing her water, twisted up the plastic bottle and proceeded to chew on it. I couldn't figure out if she thought this was a cool thing to do or if she had undiagnosed pica. 

On the other side, we had a family of four: two parents and two tween boys. The boys kept trying to flat tire the shoes my sister and I were wearing, and we kept trying to move (unsuccessfully) away from them. They were also about the dumbest people I'd ever met. 

At one point, the mom looks around and says, "Boys, do you know why it is called Space Mountain?" Pause (with no response from the boys). 

"Because it is set in SPACE!"

So, words mean things these days? Thanks for clearing that one up, lady.

It's pretty clear (aside from the actual title of the ride) that the ride is in space--you know, what with the darkness and stars and space shuttle ride cars and all that. 

Luckily, the ride was much better than the queue company. Space Mountain's been changed!! It's much, much darker, and it was actually a little scary. Before the changes, I could always see the tracks in the half-darkness, but now, the ride is in pitch blackness. I plan on riding it at least forty more times when we're back in December!

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We had an ice cream break for some Mickey bars and sat and listened to the Mr. Incredible dance party that was going on behind us in Tomorrowland.

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The crazy eyes are due to a combo of love for the Mickey ice cream, relief at getting away from the crazies on Space Mountain, and mild exhaustion.

We also saw that the PeopleMover is shut down (hopefully not permanently!) and AstroOrbiter is completely gone. As in, the ride is removed from the top of the PeopleMover loading area. 

Is it gone forever? Are they refurbishing? I need some answers!

The Mickey bar gave us an oomph, so we headed over to Splash Mountain. We nixed that pretty quickly because the wait was an hour and a half. Yuck.

Then, we tried Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but it was down due to mechanical error. 

So, we headed to Haunted Mansion and visited with our favorite 999 ghosts. I know it's been updated for years at this point, but I love the M.C. Escher stairs scene and the new ghost holograms at the end!

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You poor, unfortunate soul...
It was threatening to rain, so we ducked into the giant store on Main Street, where we browsed until the parade started.

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We watched about ten minutes of the parade before headed up to Casey's and we found some seats. 

I cannot describe to you the aches and pains I currently had. Everything hurt...which is no surprise if you consider that I'd been walking nearly constantly for about 12 hours at that point. When I sank into that hard, metal chair at Casey's, I didn't know how I was ever going to get up. I even put my head down on the table--in the middle of a restaurant--and closed my eyes. 

If I didn't adore my sister, I would have gotten a wheelchair and cruised on out of there at that moment. But my sister's one request for the 4 Parks/ 1 Day challenge was to see Wishes. So see Wishes we would. 

Luckily, our spot was pretty good for the Celebrate the Magic show (another new experience!) and Wishes. I stayed away through both of them and even enjoyed Wishes a little bit. You can tell how tired I was by the pictures: usually, I'm a picture fiend and take about a hundred of everything that moves. That night, I didn't even care that the umbrellas from Casey's were in my fireworks pictures. :/

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Somehow, we fought the crowds after the show and hopped on a waiting bus.

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So long, Magic Kingdom. I promise to give you your due in December.

So, folks. I officially went to all four parks at Disney World in one day. IN ONE DAY. If you want to relive the entire thing in all of its glory, check out this beautiful video I put together here on YouTube, or see a much lower quality version of it below:


When it was all done, my sister said something that summed up my feelings completely:

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Never. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Maybe if I rented one of those Rascal scooters so I wouldn't have to walk 5000 miles.

But that is a very distant maybe.

4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge: Magic Kingdom Recap

Timing: Ahead of schedule. Our long route to MK via the Contemporary and the monorail still had us to the gates of Magic Kingdom by 5:45 p.m.
Rides: 2 (Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion)
Attitude: Tired. Exhausted. Incredulous that we actually finished the challenge!
Meals: Dinner at Pinocchio's Village Haus and a snack of Mickey ice cream bars.

Tell me: now that you've heard the entire story, would you do your own 4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge?!

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