4 Disney World parks in one day is about to get a lot easier and the route to take

There is something to be said about hitting four Disney World parks in one day and it is about to get a lot easier to do just that.

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Prior to COVID, the only question about visiting four Disney World parks in one day was why would you want to? Then it became, "how can you?"

Disney is about to make a four-park visit much easier. On January 9th, Disney will eliminate, officially, the need for park reservations but they are also lifting the park-hopper restriction that requires guests to wait until 2:00 p.m. to jump.

Why would any guest want to do 4 Disney World parks in one day?

For many guests, visiting four parks in a day isn't necessary unless they want to wear it as a badge of honor. Most guests will visit all four parks over the course of a few days or a week but many travelers don't spend four days at a Disney park due to budget constraints.

These guests will pick one or two parks and spend their days at those two without seeing the others but if you purchase even one day of park-hopping, you could at least visit all the parks and say, "Yeah, I've been to all four Disney World parks." You may not ride or experience all the attractions but you will get to experience the parks themselves as each is unique.

There is a method to hop all four and each person who has done it will likely tell you their own way of exploring but most will tell you that the starting point should always be Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom is the best start for several reasons. One, the park is not connected to the other three parks in any way outside of a bus or car. Two, the park closes earlier than the other three every night. Three, the bulk of the attractions have lone lines so "rope-dropping" gets you on the best ones.

If you arrive at the rope drop, you could do Avatar: Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safari, and Everest in less than three hours. You also just made a circle around the park and can head to your car.

From A.K. the rest of the day is up to you but I would plan my trip based on attractions, fireworks, and transportation.

The easiest parks to get in and out of are EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom requires you to board a ferry or monorail to leave the park, and then either walk or take a tram to the parking lot.

The three parks are connected. EPCOT and Magic Kingdom are connected by monorail while Hollywood and EPCOT are within walking distance of each other and can also be traversed by the Skyliner or a boat.

Personally, I park at Hollywood Studios after Animal Kingdom. I take the Skyliner to EPCOT walk to the front exit and board the monorail to M.K. We spend three or four hours there and then head back via monorail to EPCOT for dinner, and then take the Skyliner back to Hollywood until park closing and then a quick walk to my car.

I have also parked at EPCOT and avoided the walk from the back entrance from Hollywood and taken the monorail to M.K. Then upon return I do the EPCOT thing and leave through the back gate to Hollywood and then return the same way. It's a quicker way to get to M.K. but a lot longer walk at the end of the day back to the car.

No matter how you do it or if you do it, you can actually do it. It's fun to say that you did especially if experiencing every attraction isn't as a appealing of experiencing the parks themselves.