I mentioned in my day 3 of runDisney weekend that I found myself in a very unique position on Saturday after the Tangled 5k.
I had a park hopper pass.
I had this magical fast pass which allowed me to get on a ride right when I walked up with very little waiting.
I had no children with me.
It was too tempting.
As a Disney passholder living just over an hour from Disney, we go a lot. But I don’t get to ride the big kid rides. Only the little kid ones.
Space Mountain? Nope. Splash Mountain? Nyet. The Rock N Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios? Never.
And so I was faced with a decision.
Solo Park Hopping Adventure?
So with the help of my best friend and phone consultant Clairanne, we plotted my magical course through every park to ride every single freaking ride I NEVER GET TO RIDE WITH THE KIDS!
And I made it to all four parks that day.
Here is my journey.
Since we were staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and I had never been to Animal Kingdom before, it only made sense that I start out there. I had my iPod, I had my camera and on the agenda: Expedition to Everest and the Dinosaur ride.
I rode the Dinosaur ride first and it was pretty herky jerky but it was fun! Then I headed over toward Everest and I got on almost right away.
You go up through a mountain, the home of the scaaaaaary yeti, and thennnn……
(Close your eyes if you’ve never been on Everest and scroll down because I’m about to issue a “spoiler alert.”)
No one told me it went backwards.
That freaked me out a little but that.was.awesome. I love roller coasters though and I LOVED THIS ONE!
So then I had worked up a hunger already and when I walked in I had passed a barbeque place and it smelled like heaven.
And so I sought it out again and sat down by myself and tore up a rack of ribs at a speed that would make Koboyashi blush.
Oh.MIGOD. were those good. I’m not a vegetarian, obviously.
The dry rub was amazing and then I poured on some bbq sauce and the meat fell off the bone and well… it was eyes-roll-in-the-back-of-your-head-good.
So I left pretty much with bbq sauce all over my face because you never do feel clean after that, took a few more cool pictures.
I got lost about a hundred times trying to find the exit (even with a map) and then I finally left. I hopped on the bus and headed toward Hollywood Studios for the Rock N Roller Coaster! (Honestly, if I ever go missing, look for me at one of these 4 parks first.)
So there’s really only one seat that rocks a roller coaster and it’s this one:
Lucky me! I didn’t even ask for it, it was fate!
So I sat next to some young chap who was screaming along with me as we rocked the ups and downs with Aerosmith. Gosh I can’t WAIT TILL THE KIDS CAN RIDE THESE WITH ME!
I passed by this one. I’ll ride it if I run the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. But that’s pretty much it. Once in my teens was enough on that one.
I decided that was the only thing I needed to ride here and so I went in, rode the Rock N Roller coaster and then off I went, out toward:
Magic Kingdom! For where else but the other roller coaster I can never ride (because we’re waiting for Winnie the Pooh or the People Mover) SPACE MOUNTAIN!
Which is always like an old comfy shoe, I love it every time.
I grappled with what to ride next that I never get to ride and the one thing that stuck in my mind was Splash Mountain.
Obviously, though, you can get wet on it. And that can be a problem if you’re meeting everyone for dinner at Epcot in a mere few hours…
Ah, the Hell with it! I’m going! It’s now or never! And I LOVE BRER RABBIT!
My dad used to read the book to me when I was a little girl. And really that’s the only reason I ride it.
So I ducked real low when we went down the hill and I didn’t get wet at all, success!
Of course by now my phone was dying again which was a running theme throughout the whole weekend (honestly the batteries need to catch up with the technology here, people, can you all get on that??!!)
And I stopped off and sat on a porch in Frontierland and charged my phone for a while and watched this bird wander around my purse.
When I got to where it was one yellow bar on my phone (and not red, red is not good), I had to make my way out toward Epcot to meet our runDisney group (but not before stopping off for some coffee at the bakery! And perhaps a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face.)
I hopped the monorail and before I knew it I hit park #4: Epcot!
And Via Napoli in Italy.
Which was amazing.
I had the caprese (and some wine).
And a risotto ball. I LOVE RISOTTO BALLS! (There is a joke here somewhere…)
And then I had some pasta which I forgot to take a picture of and then my family came and met me at the lodge.
That, my friends, was my solo-park-hopping adventure. I know that the chances are probably miniscule that you will ever have a day completely to yourself with a park hopper pass and even further with a magical fast pass, but if you do find yourself in that situation, I do hope that you will venture out on a solo-park-hopping adventure like I did.
It was truly a magical experience.
And it will very likely never happen again.
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