Can You Conquer the Toughest Disney Challenge? Parkeology Challenge Official Rules

The Parkeology Challenge Objective: Ride All Disney World or Disneyland Rides in One Day

The Parkeology Challenge is the toughest Disney challenge around — a theme park race against the clock. You must ride all the open rides in a single operating day in order to complete the challenge.

  • At Walt Disney World, you must visit all 4 parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • At Disneyland Resort, you must visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

For the most extreme version of the challenge, you must wait for a day with no rides closed for refurbishment and then attempt to ride EVERY SINGLE RIDE in one single normal operating day.

*** IMPORTANT RULES ***

In order to be considered an official attempt, here are the rules you must follow:

  • Register at least 24 hours prior to your attempt.
  • You must use Twitter to tweet a photo of yourself on every ride throughout the day.
    • Twitter apps are free for all mobile platforms
    • Walt Disney World provides free WiFi park-wide. If you choose not to send tweets, we are unable to consider your attempt.
    • Missing an on-ride photo is the same as missing the actual ride and will result in a failure. We must see photos on every ride! Taking and tweeting the photos is part of our Disney challenge.
  • You must tag @Parkeology in every tweet.
  • You must use the hashtag #parkeologychallenge.
  • You must tweet out each ride in the order that you ride them.
    • A sample tweet might be “@Parkeology Ride 1 Space Mountain #parkeologychallenge” and include a photo of the team members on the ride.
  • You must tweet a screenshot from the My Disney Experience / MaxPass app of any FastPass that you intend to use.
    • The screenshot must clearly show:
      • Ride name
      • Return window
      • Names of the team members holding the FastPass
    • Walt Disney World FastPass+ Advance Reservations – If you reserve up to 3 FastPasses prior to the day of your run, you must tweet the screenshots before your run begins.
    • FastPasses acquired via app/kiosk during the run – You must tweet screenshots as soon as acquired, before using the FastPass.
    • If a FastPass is modified to a different ride or return window, the modification must also be tweeted.
    • If a FastPass is not used or canceled, we require a tweet notifying us of that fact.
  • It may not be practical to tweet every ride at the moment it is ridden, but please make sure each ride is accounted for. If there are instances where photos are not practical (such as while riding a dark thrill ride), please snap a picture as you load or unload the ride vehicle. We need evidence that you actually are on or were on the ride. Photos from outside the attraction, within the line, or by the sign are not valid.
  • Some rides like Avatar Flight of Passage may not allow photos while on the ride itself. In this special case, a photo from the final pre-show room is acceptable. Please wear the 3-D glasses or include images in the photo clearly showing that you are at the final pre-show.
  • We also understand that in the pressure of the moment you may forget to send a tweet or the tweet may not have gone out due to technical problems. We are not trying to punish you and there is an element of trust here, but please try your best to tweet photos from every ride in the order you ride them.

The Operating Day

The day begins at the earliest posted opening time (including Extra Magic Hours) for any of the four parks and ends with the latest posted closing time (including Extra Magic Hours).

Park hours will vary. If a park is open past midnight, those late hours are considered to be a continuation of the previous day’s operating day.

We do not allow this Disney challenge during special events, hard-ticket events or marketing events such as:

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Disney After Hours
  • Disney Early Morning Magic
  • The 24-hour ‘Round the Clock Event
  • Special Annual Passholder Events
  • Special access provided to Golden Oaks residents
  • Special AP or DVC restricted events.
  • Any additional hours provided outside of normal park hours and the Extra Magic Hours provided to guests staying at resort hotels.

Official Ride List

We take our list of rides from the official attractions listing on Disney’s website. If it moves, it’s a ride. Shows such as the Country Bear Jamboree or Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln are attractions but are not rides.

You can experience rides in any order, but you must ride them all in 1 day. (see below for rules involving ride closures)

Official Walt Disney World Rides

Magic Kingdom

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Walt Disney World Railroad
  3. Jungle Cruise
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  6. Splash Mountain
  7. Big Thunder Mountain
  8. Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
  9. Liberty Belle Riverboat
  10. Haunted Mansion
  11. It’s a Small World
  12. Peter Pan’s Flight
  13. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  14. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  15. Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  16. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  17. Mad Tea Party
  18. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  19. Barnstormer
  20. Tomorrowland Speedway
  21. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  22. Space Mountain
  23. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  24. AstroOrbiter
  25. Carousel of Progress

Epcot

  1. Spaceship Earth
  2. Mission: SPACE
  3. Test Track
  4. Gran Fiesta Tour
  5. Journey Into Imagination
  6. Soarin’
  7. Living with the Land
  8. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  9. Frozen Ever After

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  1. Toy Story Midway Mania
  2. Star Tours
  3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  5. Slinky Dog Dash
  6. Alien Swirling Saucers

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  1. Kilimanjaro Safari
  2. Wildlife Express
  3. Kali River Rapids
  4. Expedition Everest
  5. Dinosaur
  6. Primeval Whirl
  7. TriceraTop Spin
  8. Flight of Passage
  9. Na’vi River Journey

Official Disneyland Resort Rides

Disneyland Park

  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Astro Orbitor
  3. Autopia
  4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  5. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  6. Casey Jr. Circus Train
  7. Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  8. Disneyland Monorail
  9. Disneyland Railroad
  10. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  11. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  12. Gadget’s Go Coaster
  13. Haunted Mansion
  14. Indiana Jones Adventure
  15. “it’s a small world”
  16. Jungle Cruise
  17. King Arthur Carrousel
  18. Mad Tea Party
  19. Main Street Vehicles
  20. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  21. Mark Twain Riverboat
  22. Matterhorn Bobsleds
  23. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  24. Peter Pan’s Flight
  25. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  26. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  27. Pirates of the Caribbean
  28. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  29. Sailing Ship Columbia
  30. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  31. Space Mountain
  32. Splash Mountain
  33. Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
  34. Storybook Land Canal Boats

Disney California Adventure

  1. Golden Zephyr
  2. Goofy’s Sky School
  3. Grizzly River Run
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
  5. The Incredicoaster
  6. Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  7. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  8. Luigi’s Rollickin Roadsters
  9. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  10. Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  11. Pixar Pal-A-Round
  12. Radiator Springs Racers
  13. Red Car Trolley
  14. Silly Symphony Swings
  15. Soarin’ Around the World
  16. Toy Story Midway Mania!

Excluded Attractions

If it’s not on Disney’s website, it’s not on our list. Also, this challenge is for rides only. It does not include any of the following:

  • Shows such as Enchanted Tiki Room or Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
  • Exhibits such as the Bakery Tour or World Showcase galleries
  • Walk-Through Attractions like the Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Parades, Fireworks, or spectacles like Fantasmic
  • Walt Disney World Transportation such as the Monorail, Ferryboat, etc. – These are outside the park and are transportation methods, not attractions. They are not part of this Disney challenge.
    • Note: At Disneyland, the Monorail is considered an attraction, and therefore must be ridden to complete the Disneyland Resort version of the challenge.
  • Epcot FriendShips – These are technically inside the park, but Disney considers them as transportation. They do not appear in the official Disney list of attractions.

What Constitutes “Riding” a Ride?

Get on the vehicle and ride it until they let you off. You must ride the complete ride unless noted below or in certain on-ride breakdown situations.

We do have to make a judgment call about some rides:

  • Walt Disney World Challenge
    • Walt Disney World Railroad: The ride lets you get on or off at several different stations. For the purposes of this challenge, riding any one of the railroad legs is sufficient.
    • Main Street Vehicles: These come in several varieties — horse cars, omnibus, fire engine, etc. Riding any one vehicle is acceptable.
    • Rides with multiple tracks, such as Space Mountain, Primeval Whirl, Toy Story Mania: Any one track is fine
    • Mission: SPACE: You can choose Orange or Green team.
    • Tom Sawyer Island: Ride the raft to the island and back. There is no need to explore the non-ride portion of the attraction.
    • The Carousel, Main Street Vehicles or any other attraction that you could conceivably jump on, snap a photo, and jump off. You MUST ride the attraction. Jumping on and off only for a photo is cheating.
  • Disneyland Resort Challenge
    • Disneyland Railroad: The ride lets you get on or off at several different stations. For the purposes of this challenge, riding any one of the railroad legs is sufficient.
    • Disneyland Monorail: This ride has multiple stops. You can choose to ride any one leg of the trip.
    • Main Street Vehicles: These come in several varieties — horse cars, omnibus, fire engine, etc. Riding any one vehicle is acceptable.
    • Red Car Trolley: This makes multiple stops. You only need to ride one leg of the journey.
    • Rides with multiple tracks, such as Matterhorn or Toy Story Midway Mania: Any one track is fine
    • Mickey’s Fun Wheel: You can ride either the swinging or the stationary gondolas.
    • Holiday Overlays: We do not count the Holiday overlays to Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, “it’s a small world,” or the Cars Land rides as separate attractions, even though the website lists them as such. Ride whichever version (normal or holiday) happens to be open.
    • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Ride the raft to the island and back. There is no need to explore the non-ride portion of the attraction.
    • King Arthur Carrousel, Main Street Vehicles or any other attraction that you could conceivably jump on, snap a photo, and jump off. You MUST ride the attraction. Jumping on and off only for a photo is cheating.

Are You Allowed to Bypass Lines?

There is really just one rule to the Parkeology Challenge: No cheating.

You can use any touring technique or tool available to the average guest. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Walt Disney World Resort
    • FastPass+
    • Single Rider
    • Extra Magic Hours
    • My Disney Experience app
  • Disneyland Resort
    • FastPass
    • MaxPass
    • Single Rider
    • Extra Magic Hour
    • Magic Mornings

You must follow the stated policy for these programs.

The following techniques are not allowed because they are not available to the average guest:

  • Insider access because of your relationship with Cast Members or the Walt Disney Company that allow you to be backdoored onto rides
  • Going anywhere backstage.
  • Utilizing special “Use Anywhere” paper FastPasses that are sometimes issued by Cast Members as a “Magical Moment” or Guest Recovery.
  • Utilizing “Come Back Later” paper FastPasses that are sometimes issued to guests in line when a ride breaks down. We consider unlucky breakdowns to be part of the game and you must adapt to it (see below)
  • Line jumping / cutting
  • Buying multiple park tickets, such as to gain extra FastPasses
  • Borrowing or accepting someone else’s FastPasses
  • Leveraging the special nature of the challenge for the purposes of gaining an advantage, such as appealing to other guests to let you go ahead of them because “I’m in a race.”
  • Taking advantage of technical glitches or breakdowns in the FastPass+ or MaxPass ride reservation system, that result in you obtaining extra FastPasses outside the normal parameters of the system.
  • Violating park rules or general park etiquette, such as disregarding safety, deceiving Cast Members or other guests, or behaving in a disruptive manner.

The following policy applies in the special case involving ride breakdowns with the FastPass+ or MaxPass system:

If you are holding an unused FastPass for an attraction and the attraction breaks down during your FastPass window, Disney will automatically convert your FastPass to a “Multiple Experiences” FastPass. This FastPass normally allows you to use it on a variety of alternate rides, or use the FastPass for the broken ride at any time after the ride returns to operation.

For the Parkeology Challenge:

  • We do allow you to keep your FastPass to use on the broken ride for which you originally scheduled the FastPass. Since this entitlement is automatically granted to all affected guests, this falls within the boundary of our challenge. We want to minimize an unfortunate incident that disrupted your plans through no fault of your own.
  • We do not allow you to use the FastPass for an alternate ride. This is to prevent an unfair advantage in riding a more valuable ride that you were unable to secure a FastPass for during the regular course of operations.

For example: If you are holding a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain and it breaks down, you may keep the FastPass and ride Big Thunder Mountain with it at a later time in the day. However, you may not use the FastPass for Space Mountain, even though Disney’s system will entitle you to do so.

Outside Assistance

Because of the nature of this Disney challenge, we do not allow any outside assistance from friends or family. This includes:

  • No personal chauffeur between parks. You must utilize public transportation or something similar available to the average guest.
  • Nobody can book FastPasses, monitor wait times, or offer informational assistance on your behalf.
  • Teams are welcome to bring or purchase their own food, but no one else can fetch food or provisions for the team.

Teams must also stick together and cannot split up for competitive advantage. This includes:

  • No splitting up to fetch food
  • No saving spots in line
  • No acting as a “runner” for FastPass kiosks.
  • No “sitting out” a ride. We’re sympathetic that not everyone can handle every ride, but only by riding everything do you get credit.
  • Teams may split up out of necessity for Single Rider lines or common sense things like going to the bathroom.

Even though the following items are technically available to everyone, we consider them outside the spirit of our Disney challenge due to their limited capacity or rare circumstances. The following are NOT allowed:

  • Utilizing hard-ticket events like the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or the Christmas Party. These events limit capacity, which shortens wait times.
  • The Disney After Hours add-on package, which is essentially paying for evening Extra Magic Hour access.
  • Marketing events like the 24-hour ‘Round the Clock operating hours.
  • Utilizing additional Fast Passes purchased as a perk of staying on a “Club Level” at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. This is available to only a select few guests at a high additional charge.
  • AP or DVC events restricted to only those categories of guests
  • Utilizing advanced dining reservations for breakfast in order to enter a park early. This is available to a limited number of guests and would unfairly be a way to gain early access to attractions.
  • Utilizing Club 33 FastPass benefits which are not available to the average guest.

Ride Refurbishments, Seasonal Operation, and Other Scheduled Closures

Disney publishes the refurbishment and operation schedules well in advance. In order to allow challengers to attempt the Parkeology Challenge any day of the year, we have 2 categories of completion:

  • Riding Every Open Ride – Challengers are exempt from riding any ride that is under refurbishment or otherwise not scheduled to operate.
    • Note: This does not apply to unexpected closures (see below)
  • Riding Every Ride – All rides are operating and none are under refurbishment. This category is considered the highest difficulty and is honored as such on our tracking board.

Unexpected Ride Closures

Ride closures can happen and are part of the game. Reasons for ride closures include:

  • Ride break down (“Code 101”)
  • Inclement Weather
  • Unscheduled Maintenance

These closures may be for only a few minutes or may last all day.

If a ride closes unexpectedly, you will have to adapt and hope that you will be able to ride it later. Otherwise you will not get credit for completion. There is also a special case involving breakdowns of FastPass rides (see above).

Are Substitution Rides Allowed?

No. You must ride every ride on the list. There is no credit for duplicates.

What if a Ride Breaks Down While I am on It?

We generally count the ride if you are physically in the ride vehicle when it breaks down.

If you’re in line and it breaks down, we do not count it. You will have to come back and ride later.

Park Hopping

Park hopping takes time but is necessary in order to ride all the rides. Minimize it as much as you can.

At Walt Disney World, we allow any transportation available to the average guest:

  • Monorail
  • Disney bus
  • Disney watercraft
  • Personal vehicle
  • Taxi
  • Ride Sharing Services like Uber and Lyft
  • Minnie Vans
  • Walking

At Disneyland, the only park hopping allowed is on foot or via the Monorail.

Difficulty Levels

The Parkeology Challenge is similar to a marathon. The longer you have to complete it, the less challenging it becomes.

The difficulty levels are based on the operating hours for the date of the attempt.

1717 or fewer hours = Expert Difficulty.
Teams must do everything in their power to limit attraction wait times and park hops, and must be able to maintain a brisk pace throughout.
1818 hours = Advanced Difficulty.
The extra hour provides a small cushion for a moderate pace and helps to offset some of the tight windows for ride closures.
2019 or more hours = Moderate Difficulty.
With this many hours, unplanned ride closures and large crowds are the main limitations. Teams may move slowly between attractions and even take breaks.
 * Note: The official park hours are what dictate the difficulty, not how long it takes to actually complete all the rides.  If the park is open 20 hours and a team completes the Parkeology Challenge in 18 hours, we will still record it as a 20-hour attempt.

This is because days with longer hours have different crowd flows and individual ride operating hours, which affects the final strategy. Completing all the rides in 18 hours during a 20-hour operating day is not the same as completing them on an 18-hour operating day.

Disability Assistance Pass

In order to keep things fair for everyone we have a separate category for challengers who use disability assistance passes. If you have a physical condition that requires the use of the pass, you may use it during the challenge but we will note it as a point of fact.

I Want to Try This!

Of course you do!  But we will warn you that you may not eat, you will be on your feet all day, it may be hot and insanely crowded. It’s the toughest Disney challenge out there.

And it’s a blast!

If you give it a shot, check out our Parkeology Challenge Sign Up page!