In September 4 members of our extended family group tried the 4 park challenge. The youngest (15 & 28) two of the 4 were WDW veterans while the other two were 40 something newbies. The 15 yr old was the leader of the group as it was her birthday celebration.
The plan was to open AK on a morning EMH, arriving abt 45 min before EMH, in order to exit FOP before park opening. Also Na’Vi River, Safaris, and Dinosaur - EE was down so they had to skip it.
Next up was HS - the first week that Millenium Falcon was open. Plan was to arrive here about 11. Here they did Tower of Terror standby, FP Toy Story Mania and Star Tours. They noticed that EE was operating so went back to AK for EE so the newbies could experience it.
Then on to MK - on a MNSSHP day, hoping to arrive by 3. They had a must do list - the Mtns, 7 Dwarfs, Haunted Mansion and Pirates. They did all but BTMRR which was closed - and ok since they were running out of time.
A little after 6 pm they took the monorail to Epcot to head to Mexico where they had an ADR for San Angel Inn. They rode the Gran Fiesta ride and checked in for their supper. Afterwards they did Mission Space Orange and headed for their resort.
Tips from the leader: pack snacks. Very few food opportunities before 10:30. When they arrived at MK hot hungry and tired, they had to chill at Cosmic Ray’s for awhile. The pretzels, muffins and root beer floats were gone.
Don’t back track to catch a previously closed ride. This is less about messing the schedule up and more about blisters and stamina.
An hour was scheduled for transfer between parks. For buses, this was more than ample. For the monorail, not ample.
Definitively appreciated having an ADR for a table service restaurant at the end of the day.
They had fun, were glad they spent their day that way, but they could wait 10 years to try it again. Mostly due to blisters and stamina.