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  • On Mar 11, 2013
    Jennifer Asked

    We have 1 day at the parks during spring break and we really want to make the most of it. I have a plan and I want to see if it's feasible: Hollywood open -2pm, Epcot 2pm - after 8:30 illumiNations, and make it to M.K. in time for 11pm parade. Any advice?

    Hi Jennifer,

    That's an ambitious plan. I don't think it's impossible. I've actually done all four parks in one day occasionally. But I'm a little concerned that you won't make the parade at the end of the day or, if you do, you may be too frazzled to enjoy it.

    Hollywood Studios to Epcot is an easy commute. You can take the water taxi from the studios to the International Gateway (the back entrance) of Epcot in less than 30 minutes. You can also walk in about that length of time. We often start at Hollywood Studios and then move to Epcot.

    It's the last part of your idea that's trickier. IllumiNations normally begins at 9 p.m. and lasts 12 minutes. To get to Magic Kingdom then, you would need to exit through the front of Epcot, catch the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer to the Magic Kingdom monorail and enter the park. That could take close to an hour.

    As I said, it's probably doable, but ambitious. My advice would be to assess how you're feeling after IllumiNations. If you still have energy, go for it! But if you are starting to feel tired, I'd be inclined to skip the journey to the parade. You hate to spoil a great day by pushing past the limit of your endurance.

    I hope that helps. No matter what you end up doing, I'm sure you will have a fun-filled day at the Disney parks. Please let me know if I can offer any other advice. Enjoy!

    Wilma



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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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