Extreme Touring has been on my mind the last couple of weeks, ever since members of the west coast division of the Unofficial Guide Research Team (myself, researchers Kate & Kelsey), decided to lay plans on attempting the first ever Ultimate Disneyland Touring Plan. We’re going to try to experience every attraction, show, parade and firework show in Disneyland in one day. Highlights of the plan also include a mandatory 15 minute stay on Tom Sawyer’s Island (complete with visit to Pirate’s Lair), games at both the Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition and Starcade, and one meet & greet at the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire.
We’re hardly the first to attempts feats of touring inside Disneyland; MiceChat has annually holds a Gumball Rally among many others. But after my first Ultimate MK attempt in August, I caught the bug (researcher Kelsey is also an Ultimate MK veteran). We as a team got together and produced an alpha version of Ultimate Disneyland Touring Plan that we’re eager to try it out this Saturday. We’ll then post our results on the blog and make the plan publicly available. But to make it truly exciting, we’re going to livestreaming the heck out of this event: there will be tweets, photos, a site to track our progress, as well as the occasional live video (until the last breath of our phone batteries!). Live Coverage will begin this Saturday at 6am PT and last (hopefully) until 12am PT.
Disneyland in some ways is more challenging than the Magic Kingdom as far as touring goes. While smaller in size, it contains way more headliner attractions with lengthy queues: Indiana Jones Adventure, Matterhorn, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin, among others. It also simply has more attractions–our current official number stands at ~58 compared to ~52 in the Magic Kingdom (depending on what’s open and which shows are being performed). One positive is that Disneyland comparatively has fewer continuous and set-time shows (MK has Philharmagic, Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Laugh Floor, Castle Shows, Storytime With Belle, an afternoon parade–all of which don’t have Disneyland equivalents). Fewer shows mean that the morning/midday time can be spent on rides, instead of being broken up by showtimes. And don’t get me started on continuous shows; it’s very hard to get the timing right on shows that start every 12.5 minutes.
We couldn’t be doing this at a
worsebetter time of year, with the parks being consisitently packed in October due to the holiday overlays at Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion. We had reports of 70-110 minutes wait times in the early evening at Ghost Galaxy this weekend, with similarly lengthy queues at Haunted Mansion. One trick we have up our sleeve is entry into Morning Magic Hour (see Sam Gennaway’s great report here), which will give us access to the park from 7am to 12am for a whopping 17 hours of park operation!
Lastly–we’re having a Meetup on Friday, October 23rd at 6:30pm at the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant inside Disneyland!! It’s a great place to grab a bite and very easy to find (AP holders: Friday has no blackouts). Crispy Chips con Lemon to those who make it out and for your best advice about how to survive this ridiculous plan.
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