When we last left off, it was about 4:30, and with two Parks and a nap down, we were racing to make it to the 5 p.m. Candlelight Processional. Would we make it?
Stop Four: Epcot
We entered the Park through the International Gateway at 20 minutes to 5 p.m. We powerwalked as far as the bridge to the France pavilion and then collapsed on a bench. We were never, never, never going to make it to the American Gardens Theatre and find a seat by 5 p.m. All hope was absolutely lost …
Until we saw our friend Annie, who happened to have reserved seating for six people, but only one other person with her. And, to add amazing luck on top of amazing luck, her seats were just three rows from the front … we were really absurdly close to Neil Patrick Harris, who did an absolutely amazing job narrating the Christmas story.
The whole experience was just incredible. It gave me the chills. I can see why people would want to wait and see the show in the dark, but this was absolutely worth it. (And it would have been worth it, even if we had waited in line for an hour!)
After the show, we did a little shopping with our friends, but by 6:15 we were headed toward the front of the Park. We made a pit stop at the pin station in Fountain of Nations Plaza, where Rob picked out a pin for me.
Exiting the Park, we headed toward the bus stop for …
Stop Five: Port Orleans Riverside
When we got there, we did a little bit of exploring—this was our first visit to this moderate resort, and we immediately fell in love with the upscale but laid back vibe. Too soon, it was time for our 7:30 p.m. dinner ADR at Boatwright’s Dining Hall.
I wrote a full review about our experience, but let me just say: I think this was the meal that turned me into a lifetime member of the Cult of Cornbread. This restaurant is awesome.
After our meal, we popped in on Yehaa Bob and caught a few songs before heading back out to the bus stop for our second-to-last stop of the night …
Stop Six: Magic Kingdom
We did it! Four Parks in one day! We high fived as we made our way through the turn stiles and put our smoking hot APs away for the day.
It was a little after 9 p.m., and the first Main Street Electrical Parade was making its way around Main Street Town Square, so it was croweded. We managed to shimmy through the masses and sneak through the Cast Member passageway behind the Main Street Shops straight into Tomorrowland. (Not exactly a magical moment, but it served its purpose.)
There, we rode Astro Orbiter. It’s even better in the dark! Weeee!! From Rocket Tower Plaza, we walked down the path between Tomorrowland and the Plaza to get a great spot for the Magic, the Memories and You Castle show.
After Wishes, we headed over to Frontierland. I grabbed a great parade spot across from Pecos Bill’s while Rob ran to get Big Thunder Mountain FASTPASSES. Then we waited. And waited. And ate a Mickey pretzel. And waited some more.
And then it was time for the Electrical Parade: the real main event of this 18 hour day!
We were super duper tired by this point, but we decided to ride BTMRR before heading home. And I’m so glad we did. I’d forgotten how insanely cool it is at night!! And then it was back on the bus …
Stop Seven: Boardwalk Villas
… and off to bed feeling very very thrilled–ALL FOUR PARKS IN ONE DAY!! Goodnight!
Have you ever done all four Parks in one day? Share your tips in the comments below.