Two Guys, 55 Attractions, 11 Hours and 38 Minutes

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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Henry is the developer at TouringPlans.com, joining to work on the website and build Lines, among other things! Before joining the Unofficial Guide team, Henry was the lead developer at TechCrunch, one of the world's leading technology blogs. Though he would live at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort if he could, he's become a huge Disneyland fan since moving to the bay area. You find Henry on the TouringPlans Twitter account or contact him at henry@touringplans.com.

31 thoughts on “Two Guys, 55 Attractions, 11 Hours and 38 Minutes

  • December 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm
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    You guys rocked it! It was great to be with you upon completion of the tour. The kiss goodnight was it!

    • December 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm
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      Cheers Chris! Great meeting ya at the reunion. All guests should be able to view the Kiss Goodnight with Scopa narration!

  • December 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm
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    I got tired just looking at all your photos! It was hot that day…I was over at DHS taking it easy! Very cool to read about it, thanks for sharing your adventure.

  • December 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm
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    Congrats to you and Fred. Enjoyed listening to you on BOG podcast. As for your blog, I half expected your description of the day to end in “a partridge in a pear tree”. Great job!

    • December 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm
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      Thanks Cathy! Was thinking about ending the paragraph with such πŸ™‚ Love the BOG podcast. Hope to sneak back on it soon.

  • December 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm
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    Now that is impressive! Were you running most of the day or just a fast walk?

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm
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      Fast Walk + Jogging earlier in the day. One thing I think is really important is not affecting other guests’ experiences–so we tried to be safe while hustling as much as we could.

  • December 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm
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    thanks for providing me with entertainment with this post while i was stuck at MCO! Awesome to meet you guys too!

  • December 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm
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    So how did you get all those fast passes? were they from the previous day?

    • December 22, 2009 at 11:48 am
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      Nah, you have to do everything that day (well, you can buy tokens for the arcade games the day before), and you can’t send friends who aren’t doing the TP out to get them for you. When Henry, Kelsey, and I did the Disneyland Ultimate Touring Plan back in October, Henry was a good sport and made side trips to pick up FASTPASSes before catching up with us again. He has longer legs than the rest of us, but it did involve a lot of backtracking on his part πŸ™‚ Not sure how Fred & Henry did it this time.

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
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      Yeah, as Kate says, all FASTPASSes were received on the day from the normal FP booths (can’t get any handouts from CMs / guest services). It’s actually not that bad as long as you start early. Get the first FP at 9am for 9:40am, get one at 9:40am for 10:20am, etc, etc.

  • December 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm
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    FYI- i am very impressed- Kudos to the both of you. Me and my brother in law tried a test run and no way did we finish- ran into too many snags

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
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      Thanks Bryan! Interested to hear your plan report if you put it online.

  • December 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm
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    Woot! Great job to both of you! I hope you rested the next day.

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
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      Yeah we were pretty dead! Have brief ideas of hitting Raglin Road late night, but it was closed!

  • December 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm
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    NICE! Great idea concentrating on on the shows so you don’t get stuck in the “doldrums” of trying to get cram in all the shows while you still have 1/2 the plan left. It’s a way better use of fastpasses than the suggested plan too. You guys must have been exhausted! Way to get the Main Street Vehicle in as well. That’s the only one we missed in November. Great work!

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm
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      Thanks! Did you guys do a write-up of your day? If so, please let me know πŸ™‚

  • December 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm
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    Two more pictures for people to enjoy….

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45742010@N06/4205618835/in/pool-2009reunion

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45742010@N06/4206377522/in/pool-2009reunion/

    We had hoped to see the guys off in the morning, but had no intent of trying to keep up with them. But let me tell you, if you need to get through the hub right before fireworks, there’s no folks better to make that happen than Henry and Fred. Somehow people would just part like the Red Sea as they jogged through. It was wonderful!

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm
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      Hey Julia!

      So sorry I didn’t get to this earlier. Thanks for the pictures, and the support! Great seeing you at the beginning of the day, and what a surprise to see you at the end! Hope you guys had a great trip. Look forward to seeing you again!

  • December 30, 2009 at 8:37 am
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    How did you get to Tom Sawyers Island? Raft? That makes 56.
    Did you cross the rickety suspension bridge? 57
    Toms Cave? 58
    Floating barrel bridge? 59

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm
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      Hey Ray,

      59 sounds good to me! It’s all in what you define as a “attraction” I guess!

  • January 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm
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    I am curious…what was the crowd level number predicted for 12/14/2009?

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm
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      Crowd Level was a 5–so not too terrible.

  • January 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm
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    Do we have a 4 park ulimate plan? 5 to 8 major attractions in each park. Guidelines and a goal would be great for this to type of challenge.

  • January 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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    That’s… amazing. I went last summer and I think we only hit maybe 15 attractions in one day… I can’t IMAGINE doing 55!! wow.

  • May 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm
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    How did you decide in what order to acquire FPs? I understand getting them ASAP but am a little unsure what order maximizes their usage. (And did you *really* need them for the Jungle Cruise? Or Stitch? lol)

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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    I thought the rules say 5 minutes for the glass blowing demo. you guys only spent 1! πŸ˜›

    • July 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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      Yeap, we made that rule after deciding that a quick stop there wasn’t enough. And didn’t “count” that attraction in the hall of fame. Nice catch.

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