Epcot Monorail around Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 27, 2024
    Deborah from QC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I plan on doing the 4 parks in 1 day without a genie pass and was wondering what the best plan for parking my car would be. I would like to use the park transportation to move from each park.

    Hey Howdy Hey Deborah and welcome back to planDisney!

    I am so excited to hear your plans for the 4 Parks in 1-day challenge continue to develop. This can be a super exciting way to experience some of the highlights of each park as well as some unique forms of transportation along the way! Thanks again for stopping by, now let's get this wagon train a-movin' and give you some scenarios!

    I would agree with Alison in her previous answer about the approach to visiting the parks with Disney's Animal Kingdom first. This park looks like it does open early on April 16th and is also the first one to close. This would be a great place to start. The issue with leaving your car here is that after the park closes, you might find it difficult to get transportation back to your car as this park currently is set to close at 6:00 PM that evening while others are currently scheduled to close at 9:00 PM. The park-to-park buses might be hard to find so late after Animal Kingdom closes, but you still have 2 options. 

    You can park all day at Animal Kingdom and at night, if you cannot find the park-to-park bus transportation, you can do the ride share option. Disney's Minnie Van Service would be one such option. You can call a Minnie Van through the Lyft app and a Minnie Van will take you anywhere you want to on Disney property. They can get closer to the park entrances compared to other ride share options and this will minimize your walking time. This is an extra fee but one that may be beneficial in this instance. 

    Your other option would be to drive from Animal Kingdom to your next park. When you pay for parking at theme parks, this is a one-time charge. As long as you have the receipt you paid for say Animal Kingdom, you can park at Disney's Hollywood Studios without an extra charge. Once you make it to your next park, your transportation options should be way more plentiful! 

    Hollywood Studios and EPCOT are both connected by Disney's Skyliner. This is a super relaxing way to get from one place to another with a ride soaring through the sky, with views unlike any other! EPCOT is connected to Magic Kingdom through the Walt Disney World Monorail system. This highway in the sky will whisk you from one park to another with a relaxing and smooth ride to get energized for your next stop.

    My Advice if you do move your car from Animal Kingdom would be to stop at EPCOT second. The Monorail is located in front of EPCOT and Skyliner is in the back entrance. At the end of the night, if you did park in Hollywood Studios, you would have to go through the park to get onto the Skyliner, which you would not be allowed into the park after official closing time. So maybe Animal Kingdom first, drive to EPCOT and do that park second, Hollywood Studios third and finish the night at Magic Kingdom. At the end of the night, you can take the Monorail from Magic Kingdom to the EPCOT parking lot and that is an evening! 

    There are a lot of scenarios for you Deborah, but all should be fun to consider. One of the best parts about a trip to Walt Disney World is the planning! I hope this information was helpful and if you have any further questions, please feel free to stop by and let us know, we are always happy to help!

    To Infinity and Beyond, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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