TL;DR: I did every single attraction listed on the map at Disneyland in 13 hours 27 minutes.
I wrote two weeks ago about my plan to speedrun Disneyland. It ended up getting much more attention than I could have anticipated, with hundreds of retweets and an interview with USgamer. While the attention was jarring, it helped force me to actually follow through on this dumb idea. In the end, it was more successful than I could have anticipated.
I managed to finish every attraction before Fantasmic, allowing me to call time at the end of the show. My final time, 13 hours 27 minutes, is the fastest time you could get that day. (Unless you started after park opening, but I’m not convinced that’s possible.) It got a bit dicey towards the end as I jetted between different 20-minute shows, trying to get over to the Rivers of America in time. Thanks to some perfect timing at Path of the Jedi and the Enchanted Tiki Room, I wasted almost no time waiting for these attractions to cycle.
I’ll get to some takeaways at the end but first: the run! I took a selfie at every major step as a way to timestamp and most of these times are pulled from my livetweeting of the run.
I had the chance to talk to Caty McCarthy from USgamer earlier this week about my upcoming speedrun attempt, and she wrote a great piece about it! I was able to talk about some of my thought processes when designing this run, including a change I’m planning on making.
After thinking about it, I’ve decided to change this run to an All Map Attractions run for two big reasons: it’s easier for me to explain and easier for me to reference while I’m in the park. The only thing this changes, however, is swapping out The Dapper Dans for The Laughing Stock Co. at Golden Horseshoe. This is actually a good change for me, though, as it adds more time-dependent things to Frontierland instead of spreading them out over the park. I’ll be publishing an updated route this weekend to account for this and the misses I realized I’d made after posting my previous route. For now, I mostly just wanted to talk about the USgamer piece and the run change.
Also! I might have a second person with me on the run! You’ll hear more about that in the next few days (if it ends up happening!). I’m hoping it does because having a second person to help with food and drinks and photos will be a huge lifesaver.
The blog post that introduced me to the concept of 100%ing Disneyland is “Blackout Bingo – Disneyland in One Day!”, which was written by some other Disney parks nerds. They barely manage to get to everything in one day, but there are some differences in their approach vs. mine.
For DLDQ2018 I’m trying to avoid getting too in my head while planning an optimal path. Sure, I could spend all my time trying to pre-optimize a route based on historical line and FastPass availability data, but that would drive me crazy. Things are going to change day-of, and my best plans would likely be disrupted. Instead, I’ve written a rough route shaped around the showtimes that I need to hit to finish at a reasonable time. Here’s a draft of that route, please feel free to comment or @ me on twitter if you see potential improvements.
Last night, I was joking with my fiancée about the concept of a Disneyland 100% speedrun. Specifically, debating what constitutes 100%. We decided on everything that’s listed in the attractions and entertainment pages on disneyland.com. Turns out, that’s a lot of things. And I’m going to attempt to do all of them in one day.