Two Days Until WDW46

Today we continue on with our series on the best animated film park tie-ins. We have some all-time classics on the list here. Fox and the Hound, Black Cauldron, Oliver and Company. These films not only–

Ah forget it, we can wrap up that series later. We want to keep the momentum building for WDW46, which is now only two days away.

Saturday, November 8, 2014.

It is hard for us to concentrate on anything else. There is so much that needs to be done, not least of which is that we are planning on cramming six months’ worth of cardio training into a single four hour session on Friday before the run. We also are going to eat at Denny’s.

Last year when talking about WDW47, I created a post to address some of the questions we were getting on the fly. I want to do the same for this year’s attempt. You can reference the WDW46 FAQ page for specifics about the parameters of the challenge. I’ll use this post to talk about some of the questions unique to Saturday.

What will the crowds be like?

It’s November, between the Halloween and Thanksgiving crush. Should be a breeze, right?

Uh-oh.

There are approximately 180 million marathoners onsite for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and it also happens to be the last weekend for the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. Not to mention that Christmas celebrations started in earnest just this week.

Granted, most of those people will be getting drunk or running in straight lines, rather than doing something sensible like racing through the theme parks for untold hours, but we anticipate crowds to far exceed what we dealt with during Father’s Day last year.

It could be a nightmare.

Will you guys have shirts like last time?

Yes, we will be wearing shirts. The theme parks require that.

Due to the fluctuation of the ride count within the last month, we do not have custom shirts with the 46 ride vehicles as of this moment. We are exploring options, but as of right now, we are planning to make the run in regular clothes.

Please note however that we do have matching orange hats, which symbolize not only the solidarity of Team Parkeology, but also our love of safety colors.

The Magic Bands are also orange.

Which park are you starting with?

We were coy last year, and will be again this year. But this one’s kind of a no brainer.

Did you know you could reserve FastPasses in advance?

Yes, we kinda knew that. We do indeed have our allotment of three FastPasses already reserved for Saturday. No, we will not reveal what they are. Where’s the mystery in that?

However, we can have a little fun with this. If you happen to be the first one to guess which three FastPasses we are holding, I’ll be happy to give you a free copy of my awesome pirate adventure novel, The Raiders of Castillo del Mar (a whopping $9.49 value!)

I’m generous that way. Just email me at shane@parkeology.com. If you guess correctly, you win. Note that I must receive the email prior to Saturday, so 11:59pm EST November 7 is the cut-off. The winner will be informed after the run. One entry per person, void where prohibited, consult your doctor before running WDW46.

I’ll even give you a hint. We are not holding FastPasses for MuppetVision.

What time will you start tweeting?

Last year our goal was tweet during every ride. We more or less held to that. I would expect roughly the same frequency this time. One of the things we learned was to buy an external battery for the phone (needed to keep tabs on My Disney Experience), and this may allow us to tweet more.

Last year we weren’t sure if anybody would even care, but it sort of gained momentum throughout the day, so we’ll try to tweet more when we can, since people enjoyed it.

I’m sure there will be tweets prior to the park opening, and even the day before, since that’s when we really begin gearing up.

Time permitting, we’ll even try to tweet out some pics, so you can watch our evolution from fresh-faced Wilderness Explorers to befuddled, shambling zombies.

Will you eat/drink/use the bathroom?

Yes, but not all three at the same time.

Last year we were packing protein bars which got us through most of the day, and we did purchase a pretzel while waiting for Universe of Energy. There will be no meals.

Bathroom breaks did occur, but were very infrequent due to severe dehydration. That’s another thing we learned from last year. The trick this year will be to prevent Ted from over-hydrating.

It’s a different environment this time. Last year was in sweltering 90+ degree heat. This time the lows are in the 50s. I might actually freeze to death.

What are you most concerned about?

All of the above. Ride windows, crowds, FastPass+, park hops, nourishment, marathon traffic, age, fireworks fallout brushfires, herds of rhinos…

The stuff that can go wrong is mind-boggling. But we have our plan scripted nearly to the minute, including alternate routes for things we think might become an issue. All that’s left is to execute.

Tomorrow, the team heads to Base Camp. See you there.

 

 

 

Comments (12)

  1. Dang it, forgot to take a wager on your Fastpass selections. I would have been WAY off though! How many did you end up using?

    • We had our original three and I think we grabbed Barnstormer and Jungle Cruise on the fly. Remember the new system severely limits your choices which is part of the reason this is so difficult.

      We would all like Fast Passes for Toy Story, Soarin’ and Mine Train but that is simply impossible.

  2. My wife and I (who just got married on property on Wednesday) will be following you on the tweets and attempting to find you to cheer you on! We love what you guys do and the humor you inject everything you do. Wishing you the best! Godspeed comrades!

  3. I enjoyed the video of the first go-round! We will be in the parks while you are attempting! Hope to see y’all run by and to cheer you on!

  4. Just read the article about you guys in the Orlando Sentinel. Best of luck, gentlemen…your feats of strength in 47 and now 46 help quell my Disney addiction (for about 18 hours, anyway…)

  5. May the force be with you. Remember, if all else fails, shut off your target computer.

  6. You need camelbacks to carry water and they usually have a pocket for snacks, too!
    As for me, I’m one of the 180 million half marathoners… And I plan on getting drunk AND running in straight lines. If I still can run straight! Lol. Good luck and I hope I’ll get to see you on Saturday!

  7. Sending y’all my best wishes for pleasant weather, cooperative animals, boundless energy, and no broken toes. Can’t wait to follow along!

    • Making it through with functional feet will be a major win! Last time I was hobbling for a month or more afterwards.

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