Conquering Disney World’s Four Mountain Challenge

4 Mountains, 1 Day Challenge

Doing the 4 Mountains / 1 Day Challenge with my friend, Ricky

Yesterday, I completed the 4 Mountains in 1 Day Walt Disney World Mountain Challenge with my friend, Ricky!

We rode on Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom first, and then rode on Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom in the evening!

We were ready for the Four Mountain Challenge!

We were ready for the Four Mountain Challenge!

This being July with the busy crowds at the Magic Kingdom, we set up FastPasses on our Maingate pass for the three mountains at the Magic Kingdom before we left our apartments.  We also set up additional FastPasses for Animal Kingdom using our Guest passes.  We were ready to roll.

First up was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the wildest ride in the wilderness!  We had a FastPass for noon and got over there with enough time to make a quick trip to the Starbucks on Main Street USA. This day would require some caffeine! 😉

A cool drink on a hot day!

A cool drink on a hot day!  Ahhhh….

When we got there, the standby line for the ride was over 60 minutes.  Luckily, our wait time was less than 10 minutes.  Thank god for FassPasses!

When we went to get in line for Splash Mountain afterwards, it was “101” – ride down for lightning in the area.  When this happens, Disney turns your FastPass into a “whenever/whatever” pass.  You can use it any time, at any ride in the park that day!

We cut through Fantasyland – stopping to ride on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – and arrived at Space Mountain in time for our 2pm FastPass.  The standby line for that ride was at 120 minutes!

Since we now had a “use anytime” FastPasses for Splash Mountain, we walked back over to Frontierland and got in line for Splash Mountain, only to be told that we had no FastPasses left on our Magic Bands.  WHAT??!!

Oh no!  They had used the wrong FastPass at Space Mountain!  We explained the problem to the attractions cast member and he was very nice and let us board the ride.

We hardly got wet at all.  Yay!  Nothing is worse than walking around in wet jean shorts until they dry!

My roommate, Sam, met up with us and drove us over to Animal Kingdom to complete the challenge.

We had FastPasses for Everest and Dinosaur but, by then, we were ready to just complete the challenge and then relax.

We got in line and when we reached the front, we requested to ride in the front car.  We were determined to finish the challenge with a bang.  The cast member has a special waiting line for this option, and we just stepped aside to wait for the next train.  It was awesome!

We were too tired to do anymore rides and decided it was time for some dinner.

Such an excellent day!!  🙂

The Forbidden Mountain awaits!

The Forbidden Mountain awaits!

The tallest mountain range in the sunshine state–well, the only mountain range in Florida–is located smack dab in the middle of the state at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It’s a unique geographic feature, with snowy peaks reaching to the sky.  Yes, I’m talking about “my’ mountain:  Expedition Everest – The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain!

Hands up, people!! Hands up!!!!

Hands up, people!! Hands up!!!!

New ride pins for my lanyard!!!

New ride pins for my lanyard!!!


 Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.


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