So here is a short form of how the day turned out:
AK Rope Drop (arrived at 8:20am)
- we rope dropped EE (rode twice by 9:10)
- next on to Dinosaur (got in line with our 9:00am FPs, ride was beginning shut down - UGH - received free Anytime FP for AK, excluding all of Pandora)
- headed in to It’s Tough To Be A Bug as we passed it (this was not planned, we used the FP from above, even though we didn’t need to, but the younger kids really liked it a lot)
- we explored Pandora area for a bit (no rides here as no FP modify was available, and lines were extra long), so we decided to head out to DHS (took bus - very convenient - no need to use Uber or Taxi)
DHS (arrived at 11:00am)
- we started by getting family pictures on Hollywood Blvd and then walked back to Toy Story Land to see about Standby for SDD (2 hrs), so we just checked out the area, including looking over the fences at SWGE.
- headed to Star Tours (used 11:20am FPs - son selected as rebel spy!!!)
- headed back out towards Sunset Blvd, grabbed some drinks and a light lunch
- rode ToT in Standby line (40 min wait - not too bad)
- got pictures in front of ToT
- headed for the boat to Epcot (boat arrived quickly and we enjoyed the break)
Epcot (arrived at 2:00pm)
- stopped by Yorkshire Fish Co. for some Fish-N-Chips (my personal favorite)
- explored France, England and Canada a little bit instead of heading for Frozen Ever After
- some of us then rode Soarin’ via the standby line (30 mins) while others kept shopping/exploring
- all rode SSE (FPs for 3:40pm)
- scheduled additional FP for MK (Jungle Cruise @ 7:00pm)
- got pictures in front of SSE and Flower & Garden displays
- headed for the monorail to MK
Magic Kingdom (arrived at 5:45pm)
- some of us hung out on Main Street for a while to do some shopping
- others rode (and really enjoyed) Carousel of Progress
- rode TTA Peoplemover (all of us)
- walked to hub for castle pictures at sunset
- walked to Adventureland and enjoyed The Enchanted Tiki Room (short wait)
- decided as a group to not use our FPs for Jungle Cruise, instead headed up towards Haunted Mansion
- rode HM in standby line (40 min wait)
- waited for Happily Ever After on Main Street, while shopping and hanging out
- watched Happily Ever After
- exited park (pretty exhausted) - I actually exited first and made my way to AK to pick up our vehicle so that I could grab them from the drop-off area at MK. I think this helped.
So, we got about 12 attractions done, which does not seem like a lot, but we really avoided doing small things just to get the attraction count up. We enjoyed ourselves, but we realized pretty quickly that this plan is hard to do without a lot of lead-time, and without the ability to pre-schedule FPs at more than one park. Also, leaving MK to the end works great for fireworks etc, but once the week approached, the TP site updated CLs to 8s-10s versus 6s-8s, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to do much at MK that night.
Takeaways: FP rescheduling during the day is extremely challenging with a group of 5, even trying to split the group up. It’s no fun spending all of that time on the app while you’re just trying to enjoy your day. Also, walking your kids past lots of attractions that they’d really like to do, but have long waits, gets tough on them after a while.
In summary, it was fun, and a good challenge that our whole family seemed to get into. We got a few Celebrating Buttons when we visited the photo shop to buy Memory Maker for the day ($69), and wrote “4 Parks / 1 Day” on them, and the CMs really seemed to perk up when they saw this as we toured. We also ran across another family doing it, they were taking a break in Tomorrowland when my wife saw them. They looked as tired as we were. Our steps came in around 28,000+ for the day. The kids agreed that it was fun, but probably would not do it again. Of course, I asked them at the end of the night when they were most tired, but I think the answer would still be the same today. They’d probably rather spend one full day at MK.
I’m sure I forgot a lot of details, but I’ll chime in later if there are questions.