Tomorrow is the official attempt, but in many ways, WDW47 is already underway. The two members of Team Parkeology are already on site. Supplies have have been packed. The ponchos have been rolled. Alarm clocks have been set. All that remains is to add one more bit of complexity to this insane quest. To take something already impossible and make it just a little bit more impossibler.
When I announced #WDW47 the idea was to put a single man into the field. Like a secret agent moving through throngs of unaware crowds as he attempts to complete a desperate mission. And then we decided to make it even tougher. Through a simple twist of fate, Teevtee was scheduled to vacation here from his home base in Chicago, and we decided it would be even more reckless to pair up. Now on the eve of the big event, we finally decided to meet in person for the first time.
Teevtee and I have known each other for almost 20 years dating back to an old fl.attractions AOL message board. We liked each other’s sense of humor and obsessive Disney knowledge. It kept us on our toes. Now we will be learning how to work together in person while trying to complete an impossible mission in physical conditions for which neither of us is probably adequately prepared. All while trying to share the experience with people on the Internet.
I think we’ll do fine.
The question remains: what will be our final total? I have come to the conclusion that if we had simply altered the rules and granted one freebie (46 of 47) that we would finish, and handily at that. The plan is that solid. Simply ditch a single ride and everything falls into place. But our mission is 47. Every ride accounted for. So while 46 is doable under different rules, our total may fall short of it as we struggle to complete the whole set. We have resolved that even if we fail, we will fail as late as possible. We want to come roaring into those Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours with the goal still a mathematical possibility, even if it is not a practical one.
As I prepare to go dark prior to go-time tomorrow, I want to say thanks for everyone’s encouragement. I hope we can make you proud.
See you at rope drop.