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The Four Park Challenge

Many Walt Disney World fans like to attempt what is known as the Four Park Challenge. It is a little bit harder these days because you can’t Park Hop until after 2:00 P.M., but it is still possible to do.

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The Four Park Challenge is simple, although there are different versions of it. You need to hit all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks in one day. We’ll expand on two versions of the challenge below.

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In order to be successful at the Four Park Challenge, you need to have a ticket with the Park Hopper option. Without Park Hopper, you will not be allowed to enter a second Theme Park.

The second thing that you need is a Disney Park Pass Reservation. Many Guests like to make it for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because it often opens earlier than the other three Parks. They’ll end their day with Disney Enchantment at the Magic Kingdom.

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Others like to start at the Magic Kingdom. Since it is the furthest away from the other three Theme Parks, if you start there you will have time to travel to the next Theme Park between 1:00 and 2:00, and you will be well situated when Park Hopping begins.

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When planning out your day, remember that Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT are near each other. You can easily walk from one to the other in less than half an hour. If you walk at a brisk pace, you might be able to do it in half that time.

One version of the Four Park Challenge states that you need to ride at least one ride in each of the four Theme Parks, as well as get a picture in front of the Park’s icon. The icons are Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and the Tree of Life.

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A more advanced version of the Four Park Challenge states that you need to ride something, get an icon picture, and buy something to eat or drink in each of the Four Theme Parks.

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Of course, there are no real rules, and there is no prize for completion. Some Guests like to try the Four Park Challenge on the last day of a Walt Disney World vacation. That way, they can go out with a bang.

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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