Two Guys, 55 Attractions, 11 Hours and 38 Minutes

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On Monday Dec. 14th, Fred and me managed to break the Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan record and experience 55 unique attractions in the Magic Kingdom in one day.

Here are the stats: it took us 11 hours and 38 minutes to hit 55 attractions in the Magic Kingdom, including every operating ride, show, parade, and live performance. To put this in perspective, according to our reader surveys, average families experience 12 to 16 attractions on a given day. We averaged one attraction every 12.7 minutes, with our average wait time less than 2 minutes and average time between attractions less than 3 minutes.

The day included, but was not limited to, a 15 minute stay on Tom Sawyer’s Island (complete with visit to Fort Langhorn), meeting one Princess (Aurora), a chat with a talking trashcan, a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells on a horse drawn carriage, two Dole Whips, three parades, two sprints through the Main St. shops to avoid parade traffic, two shows with fireworks (Wishes, Dream Along with Mickey castle show), three arcade games (Frontierland Shootin’ Gallery, Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats, and a fiercely competitive game of 25 cent Junior Hoops at the Tomorrowland Arcade), two grown men in one Indy Speedway car, and five FASTPASSes.

How — and why? — did we do this? Well, in planning we combined experience gained from previous attempts (I’m crazy enough to have done this twice before) with Fred’s well known statistical prowess. Our main strategy was to focus on shows that run continuously with no set schedule (WDW Railroad, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, etc) while relying on FASTPASS to experience headliners (Space, Splash, Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Buzz Lightyear). This strategy enabled us to see continuous shows early and only when they were about to start. We also dedicated our first hour to getting through particularly problematic attractions: Dumbo, Peter Pan’s Flight, Astro Orbiter, and the Main St. Vehicles (never underestimate the Main St. Vehicles).

Here is a spreadsheet with our exact list and times. And here’s the order of attractions we completed:

  1. Magic Kingdom Welcome
  2. Dumbo
  3. Peter Pan’s Flight
  4. Astro Orbiter
  5. Main Street Vehicles
  6. Toontown Hall of Fame
  7. Barnstormer
  8. Winnie the Pooh
  9. Haunted Mansion
  10. WDW Railroad – Frontierland
  11. Hall of Presidents
  12. Tom Sawyer Island
  13. Fort Langhorn
  14. Shooting Gallery
  15. Storytime with Belle
  16. Country Bear Jamboree
  17. Jungle Boats
  18. Swiss Family Treehouse
  19. Liberty Belle Riverboat
  20. Monsters Inc Comedy Club
  21. Glassblowing Demonstration
  22. Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee
  23. Big Thunder
  24. Splash Mountain
  25. Tiki Birds Under New Management
  26. Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade
  27. Pirate Tutorial
  28. Push the Trash Can
  29. Space Mountain
  30. Tomorrowland Arcade
  31. Stitch’s Great Escape
  32. Carousel of Progress
  33. Exposition Hall
  34. Flag Retreat
  35. Buzz Lightyear
  36. Dream Along With Mickey
  37. Snow White
  38. Street Party
  39. Cinderella’s Carrousel
  40. Ariel’s Grotto
  41. Pooh’s Playful Spot
  42. Minnie’s House
  43. Mickey’s House
  44. Donald’s Boat
  45. Cinderella’s Holiday Wish
  46. Mad Tea Party
  47. Philharmagic
  48. It’s a Small World
  49. SpectroMagic
  50. Pirates of the Caribbean
  51. Jungle Cruise
  52. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  53. Wishes
  54. Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
  55. Kiss Goodnight

And here’s a slideshow of the day’s photos, including a picture of Fred and I on every single attraction. Click here to view on Flickr with captions.

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Posted on December 19, 2009

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