I was completely enthralled by the immersive environments, the attention to detail, and year after year I would collect the maps and study them profusely. I would realize much later how much I learned about the essentials of story from experiencing the parks. there was a logic, or what I would later come to understand as an "act structure" that would frame the experiences. The experiential quality of the attractions would set the bar for me as a story teller, and establish why I prefer live theatre over other mediums. Because immersion to me became that final element that made any story heightened. the moment when the story could reach out and grab you, or swallow you whole.
Most Attractions in a single visit - 21 (this particular day was a DL Only Day...)
In this year had two park-hopper days where I hit 19 total... (Personal best 23 attractions in a single day)
Most CA Adventure attractions in a single day- 11
Fewest visits in a single month - 2
Favorite time to visit - July (tourists leave the park earlier and fewer Annual passholders leaves the last two hours of the night empty! You can basically walk on most attractions!)
Thats my year in review! Clearly it would seem Star tours is my favorite (I mean c'mon... its Star Wars! Duh!) although Big Thunder may have beaten out Star tours had it not been down for renovation most of the year. And Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain trail closely behind (Makes sense, all four are Tony Baxter driven E Tickets rides!)
Other Notable moments...
On 9/29 I completed what I like to call a Straight Flush in Tomorrowland, thats where I do EVERYTHING that tomorrowland has to offer (10 attractions) Its actually tricker than it sounds particularly considering I ussually come to the parks later in the day. It also means forcing myself to do the Autopia as an adult.
Other Straight Flushes I have yet to conquer:
ALL of FantasyLand, (15 attractions, many of them Dark rides, with Mr Toad, and peter Pan often at a minimum of 45 Minute wait this is a very difficult challenge, plus I just cant motivate myself to ride Dumbo, or the teacups solo)
ALL of Westland s (Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country) 10 Attractions, I came close on 6/7th! If only Davy Crockett Canoes were open at night!
MOUNTAIN CLIMBER-EVERY Mountain ride (Big thunder, Splash, Materhorn, Space, Radiator Springs, and Grizzly River (Managed to get all the Disneyland Mountains once but not the California Adventure mountains for the complete set.
E TICKET EXPERT - Its exactly what you think, ALL 12 E Ticket Coaster type rides, Indy, Splash, Big thunder, Materhorn (Left and Right) Space Mountain, Star Tours, Radiator Springs, California Screamin, Twighlight Zone, Goofy Sky School, grizzly River (I'm torn because technically Haunted Mansion and pirates I think were also E tickets. And I'm not sure where Soarin would fall...
RIVER MASTER - (10 Boats!) Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, Canoes, Splash Mountain, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Its a Small World, Storybook land, Submarines, Grizzly River
So yeah.... welcome to my crazy!
If you have other ideas for challenges leave it in the comments!