Are you a Disney fan and looking for a fun challenge? If so, the Parkeology challenge may be for you! The premise is simple – whether you’re at Disneyland or Disney World, you have to take all the rides in one day.
However, depending on your location, this challenge can be very different since Disneyland has half the parks DisneyWorld has. Still, it can be quite exciting, especially if you already know the parks and are looking to up the experience.
Lots of Disney fans took the challenge and had a blast, so if you’re looking to try it, here are a few pointers. These apply to both Disney parks, but if you’re a beginner, we suggest starting with Disneyland.
Have a strategy
Even if you start with Disneyland (which is smaller), there are still a lot of rides in one day, so it’s essential to devise a strategy. Otherwise, it will be almost impossible to complete the challenge.
Start by choosing the date of your visit. If possible, it’s best to visit during the week or when the park is less busy, like in between major holidays or when the kids are in school. If you don’t know when that is, you can use Park Savers to stay up-to-date with all the Disneyland perks and tips.
Once you’ve identified the dates, check which rides will be open during your visit and book everything you can in advance. Also, get tickets that allow you to hop in between parks and look for single-rider lines to avoid wasting precious time waiting for the line to move.
Furthermore, it’s important to decide on the order of the rides. For instance, some rides get pretty busy after 10am once parents and kids start arriving. So you should hit those rides as soon as you enter through the gates (assuming you arrived there at opening hours).
Also, keep in mind that the Parkeology challenge is quite a serious endeavour with official rules that must be respected if you want to be successful.
Stock up on supplies
You should come prepared for a long, long day of fun and adventures. This means wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear, plus having a well-organised stock of snacks and water. If you visit in summer, be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats since both California and Florida get scorching hot.
Also, if you’re doing the challenge, you’ll have to post pictures on Twitter to prove you’re sticking to the schedule. So, it’s a good idea to bring a selfie stick or a tripod to take some amazing shots of yourself and the gang having tons of fun. It’s also a great opportunity to improve your photo skills to make sure you look good when you’re declared a winner.
We talked about strategies and supplies, so it sounds more like a military operation and less like a day of fun in two of the most amazing adventure parks in the US. But all the planning should be done before you arrive at the gates; once you’re there, leave all the worries aside and immerse yourself in the experience.
And, if you’re in California, having fun at Disneyland, why not add another day to your trip? There are lots of interesting day trips you can take while there.
The Parkeology challenge can be a bit extreme, but it gives you a chance to experience the parks from a different perspective. On the other hand, if this is your first time visiting, you should take it slow and enjoy the rides you want without the rush of hitting everything in a day.
At the end of the day, each Disney visit can be an entirely different experience, so make the most of it every time.