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    • Joe Flowers
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    WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    This was a challenge I had always wanted to try; going to two Disney parks in one day.
    In this case though, I wanted to do both parks on either side of the USA. As an added challenge, I also wanted to see how many rides I could get in, but my goal was to go on rides that existed in some form at WDW Magic Kingdom and also at Disneyland.

    This all happened back on May 30th and I'm finally getting around to posting this. I know it's a few months late.

    My wife and I arrived to WDW Magic Kingdom before park opening, riding the monorail from the Ticket and Transportation center.




    Here we are at the very front of the rope drop.


    A quick photo in front of Cinderella's castle and the WDW Partners statue and I was off on my mission.


    Ride #1 - I started the day with Space Mountain, a thrilling, high-speed, turbulent, roller-coaster type ride in the dark (according to the safety video).


    Ride #2 - A quick exit from Space Mountain and I was right by the Astro Orbiter. I'm flying high over the Magic Kingdom. Check out the view of Cinderella Castle in the background.


    Ride #3 - Heading out to the flight deck and reporting for duty. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.


    Ride #4 - Spinning and spinning on the Mad Tea Party


    Ride #5 - One of my wife's favorites, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    I should mention at this point that she is really helping me get all these rides done. While I'm off having fun riding rides, she's busy grabbing fast passes and food. We've only got 3 hours total in this park before we have to leave for the airport, so there's not really much time.


    Ride #6 - Snow White's Scary Adventures


    It's very scary.


    Ride #7 - Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Hey look, it's Cinderella's Castle in the background!


    Ride #8 - The Haunted Mansion. I love the extended queue they've got here now.


    Ride #9 - Over to the Pirates of the Caribbean. I love the theming in the queue here at WDW.


    Ride #10 - The wildest ride in the wilderness, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.




    Ride #11 - Peter Pan's Flight. Why this ride always has a huge line is beyond me. It's fun, but not 60 minute wait fun.




    Ride #12 - The song that gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day. it's a small world


    Ride #13 - And for the last ride of the day at the Magic Kingdom, the Swiss Family Treehouse.


    A quick drive to the airport and an easy 6 hour flight from Orlando to Los Angeles. Luckily when we connected in Texas, we stayed on the same plane. It was probably the quickest stop I could have hoped for.


    Once we landed in Los Angeles, I dropped my wife off at home and was on my way to Disneyland.


    Made it! Let's see how many rides I can get in!


    It's a little more crowded here at Disneyland. Here's me in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Disneyland Partners statue.


    Ride #14 - Tarzan's Treehouse (it used to be the Swiss Family Treehouse, right?)


    Ride #15 - Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.


    Ride #16 - The Haunted Mansion. It looks quite a bit different than the WDW counterpart.


    Ride #17 - Snow White's Scary Adventures


    Ride #18 - King Arthur's Carrousel. Hey look, it's Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.


    Ride #19 - The Mad Tea Party. I was starting to run out of steam at this point, but I was on a mission! Lucky for me I had some Cotton Candy from WDW to give me a sugar buzz.


    Ride #20 - Soaring over Disneyland now in the Astro Orbitor. And look, there's Sleeping Beauty Castle.


    Ride #21 - There was a short wait and I felt like adding a Disneyland classic to my day. It just so happened that while I was riding the Matterhorn, the fireworks started up. What a great way to experience the ride! Zooming in and out of the mountain and having fireworks going off over your head!


    After the Matterhorn and walking through Fantasyland to Frontierland the fireworks were still going off. It made me laugh to see Dumbo flying over the castle on my left while there were 16 similar flying elephants on the Dumbo ride on my right.
    Ride #22 - Just as the fireworks were ending, I hopped on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.


    Ride #23 - The front of the park was nuts as people were exiting, so I headed back to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh




    Ride #24 - Much better lines now that people have started leaving. Peter Pan's Flight




    Ride #25 - Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. I like this one better than the WDW version since you can actually pick up the gun!






    Ride #26 - it's a small world, this time with Disney characters scattered throughout.


    Ride #27 - The very last ride of the night and the same ride that started the day at Disney World. Space Mountain.


    Mission accomplished! What an exciting day, though you can probably guess, I was just a little tired.


    I figured I'd end the day the same as I started it at WDW, riding the monorail (can I count that as another ride?) out to Downtown Disney and walking to the car.


    And the final count? One day, both coasts, two parks and 27 rides completed.


    WDW Magic Kingdom
    Disneyland
    1. Space Mountain
    14.
    Space Mountain
    2. Astro Orbiter
    15. Astro Orbitor
    3. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    16. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
    4. Mad Tea Party
    17. Mad Tea Party
    5. Winnie the Pooh
    18. Winnie the Pooh
    6. Snow White's Scary Adventures
    19. Snow White's Scary Adventures
    7. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel 20. King Arthur Carrousel
    8. The Haunted Mansion
    21. The Haunted Mansion
    9. Pirates of the Caribbean
    22. Pirates of the Caribbean
    10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    23. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    11. Peter Pan's Flight
    24. Peter Pan's Flight
    12. it's a small world
    25. it's a small world
    13. Swiss Family Treehouse
    26. Tarzan's Treehouse







    Bonus Ride


    27. Matterhorn


    So... what should I do next?
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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    That's pretty awesome. I wonder how much less you would have accomplished if you started at Disneyland and went to Walt Disney World. That time change is a killer!

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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    Quote Originally Posted by mre200200 View Post

    So... what should I do next?
    Resolve not to take flash pictures on the attractions?

    Quite an accomplishment nevertheless. Congratulations.
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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    wow. quite the trip.
    I got tired just reading it all

    What was the start time?
    End time?

    6 hour flight (plus travel to and from airports) doesn't help with getting it all done either, I would guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WDWFigment View Post
    That's pretty awesome. I wonder how much less you would have accomplished if you started at Disneyland and went to Walt Disney World. That time change is a killer!
    Best he did start at WDW. Got 3 hours back
    Even thought 6 hour flight, only really lost 3 hours (basically a long lunch break)

    Doing Disneyland first he would have lost 9 hours (6 hour flight and 3 hours time difference)
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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    That's really very cool! And you've got the "stick arm out" method of self-photography down pat!

    Can you give us more details on times: what time was your flight, what time did you get to DLR, etc.? Looks like you flew Southwest? How many stops and only 6 hours of flying? Not bad!

    Now I want to do it, thanks! lol

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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    Weird. I also visited the Magic Kingdom and then Disneyland at night all in one day.

    We were there for a 2 weeks vacation in Walt Disney World. On the last day of our trip, we checked in our luggage at 6:30am at our hotel. We then hop onto the bus to go to Magic Kingdom for one of their early entrance for hotels guest. We played until about 12 or 1 pm.

    We then left the Magic Kingdom to head back to our hotel to take the Magical Transportation express to the airport. I believed the plane left at 4 something with one stop in Denver. We got to John Wayne Airport at around 9. Since we have annual pass, we stopped by Disneyland on our way home for just 2 rides.
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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    How did you NOT succumb to jet lag :P That's a pretty amazing story. Were the lines not long either?

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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    The monorail absolutely counts =D

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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    now that a carzy chagllage what ocmeshment you just did contatez
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    Re: WDW Magic Kingdom and Disneyland - Both Coasts - all in one day!

    Quote Originally Posted by WDWFigment View Post
    That's pretty awesome. I wonder how much less you would have accomplished if you started at Disneyland and went to Walt Disney World. That time change is a killer!
    Yeah, that would be quite a bit different. Maybe just to say I'd done it.
    Huge fan of your photography btw and I love reading your trip reports on your blog.

    Quote Originally Posted by nathan detroit View Post
    Resolve not to take flash pictures on the attractions?
    Yes, though I didn't think these particular rides had a "No Flash" rule. I tried to take them at a bend or somewhere where there wasn't anyone else who would be blinded. Anyhow.

    Quote Originally Posted by DLFreak71 View Post
    wow. quite the trip.
    I got tired just reading it all

    What was the start time?
    End time?

    6 hour flight (plus travel to and from airports) doesn't help with getting it all done either, I would guess.
    I think we left the hotel that morning around 8am EST (stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge). Jumped on the monorail and got to the park by 8:30am. We left the park around 12 to return the rental car and catch our 2:05pm flight. Looking at my email, I see we actually landed in Phoenix at 3:45pm local time and left at 4:45pm (not Texas, hazy memory I suppose). We landed at LAX at 6pm, took the shuttle to grab the car from the parking lot. I dropped my wife off at home and made it to the front gate by 7:30pm according to the clock on the railroad station. The park was open until 12, but I finished Space Mountain around 11:30pm and still had to drive home and go to work the next day. It was a very long day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojave View Post
    That's really very cool! And you've got the "stick arm out" method of self-photography down pat!

    Can you give us more details on times: what time was your flight, what time did you get to DLR, etc.? Looks like you flew Southwest? How many stops and only 6 hours of flying? Not bad!

    Now I want to do it, thanks! lol
    I've had years of practice on that "arm out" photography. That smile was frozen on my face for each photo.
    You're right about Southwest. See above for the flight times. It was just the one stop in Phoenix. Total time flight time turned out to be 6 hours 55 minutes including an hour stop in Phoenix.

    Quote Originally Posted by niklj View Post
    How did you NOT succumb to jet lag :P That's a pretty amazing story. Were the lines not long either?
    The lines weren't all that bad. It really helped to get to the Magic Kingdom as soon as it opened to knock out quite a few without much of a line. It was also a big help to have my wife grabbing Fastpasses while I was somewhere else.
    Once I got to Disneyland it wasn't too bad at all. Lines were pretty short which was great for me!

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