A couple from Florida completed an epic feat of riding all 46 attractions at the Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando in a day.
Shane Lindsay, 45, and Kristina Hawkins, 31, completed the Parkeology Challenge on Wednesday which saw them tackle everything from Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom to the Frozen ride at Epcot and finished the challenge in 18 hours. They documented their magical day by taking a selfie at each ride.
But what made their achievement all the more remarkable was the fact they lined up like everybody else for the attractions and didn’t use a single FastPass or MagicBand which can be used to jump the line.
Shane Lindsay 45, and Kristina Hawkins, 31, took 18 hours to ride all 46 rides, but they started with the Main Street Vehicles when their day began on Wednesday just after 8am
The pair completed the challenge without using a single FastPass. They are pictured here on their second ride of the day, the Jungle Cruise, left, and the magic carpet ride, right
The day began at 8am at the Magic Kingdom with the couple riding down Main Street USA in one of the vintage vehicles.
Some 18 hours later, their day ended with the pair still at the Magic Kingdom riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train just before the entire park closed at 2am on Thursday.
The pair covered all four of the Orlando parks consisting of The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The Parkeology Challenge was actually ‘invented’ by Shane along with his friend Ted Tamburo. The objective is to ride all the open rides in a single day and sign-up and register your efforts on the Parkeology website.
Shane and Kristina have completed this marathon stint before, however this is the first time they have managed to complete the task without using the line-jumping aids.
It meant they had to wait in the queue for some time at certain attractions.
Finding Nemo was the 19th ride of the challenge. A Safari at Animal Kingdom was their 27th
Animal Kingdom’s Flight of Passage was the longest wait the couple endured where they had to line up for an hour.
The couple say they wanted to complete the challenge before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens later this year and massive summer crowds pack the parks.
A lot of factors can affect the success of the day. The number of rides that are open can vary as well as when Disney places certain ones under refurbishment.
On any given day, anywhere from 45 to 50 rides could be in operation.
Challengers would normally spend time on their phones looking at wait times for the various rides before trying to score FastPasses to cut the line, but this time the pair wanted to go through the entire day without using a single one.
Living with the Land at Epcot made for a serene boat journey, left, while a roller coaster for ride 41 ensured the couple stayed awake on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Even big kids can enjoy Dumbo, their 37th ride, while fantasy continues with Peter Pan at 43
The longest wait of the day was for Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, pictured left, but the pair say most of the others went by quickly
Most people who complete the challenge finish in at least 17 hours if they used line-jumping passes. Many, if they try, can hit every ride in 18 without them.
‘It seemed like something really crazy to try and do this,’ Shane said. ‘In some ways, it felt not purer, but a little more old school.’
‘My friend Ted and I created this,’ he said to WESH. ‘We were the first to complete it. And since that time, we’ve just had an amazing response from the online Disney community, people excited to try this challenge.’
‘We did believe it was possible, but we knew things had to go right as well,’ Shane said.
A simple carousel was the couple’s 32nd ride, while the always hummable Small World was 42
They did it! 18 hours after their day began at just after 2am their 46th ride ended with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A Florida couple rode every ride at all four Florida Disney parks in one day starting with the Magic Kingdom (pictured)
COULD YOU RIDE ALL 46?
The couple have shared their tips on how to effectively cover all 46 rides in a day (but with FastPasses):
- Plan ahead: ‘You have to strategize wisely,’ Shane says. This includes scheduling FastPasses ahead of time and big rides that otherwise would suck up most of your time.
- Know the times for the rides: ‘They have to be aware of when rides open and close,’ Shane advises.’ The Main Street vehicles only open for a couple hours in the morning. That defines a lot of your plans.’
- Split the parks: It may seem intuitive to tackle each park at once, but going back and forth between parks will actually help you minimize wait times and catch rides only open certain hours.
- Show up early – really early: ‘Disney will often unofficially open parks even earlier than stated times,’ says Ted Tamburo. ‘If you get there really, really early before opening time, there’s a good chance Disney will open the park early and you’ll be able to get on and off those rides before the theme park even opens.’
The couple managed to ride all 46 rides without using FastPass or Magic Bands to jump lines. It took them almost 18 hours in total to ride them all
WALT DISNEY WORLD OFFICIAL RIDE LIST
The Magic Kingdom contains the bulk of the rides at the theme parks with 25 in all
- Main Street Vehicles
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
- Liberty Belle Riverboat
- Haunted Mansion
- It’s a Small World
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Prince Charming Regal
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Mad Tea Party
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
- Carousel of Progress
Epcot’s massive golf ball is perhaps one of the most famous icons of Walt Disney World
- Spaceship Earth
- Mission: SPACE
- Test Track
- Gran Fiesta Tour
- Journey Into Imagination Soarin’
- Living with the LaND
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Frozen Ever After
- Spaceship Earth
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney Hollywood Studios only has 6 rides
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Star Tours
- Toy Story Midway
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The Tree of Life is the focal point for visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Wildlife Express
- Kali River Rapids
- Expedition Everest Dinosaur Primeval Whirl
- TriceraTop Spin
- Flight of Passage
- Na’vi River Journey
- Kilimanjaro Safari