My challenge run numbers:
18 hours on my feet, 15 hours of park time, 33 out of 45 rides completed, 12 Fastpasses attained, at least 50 tweets sent, 3 out of 4 parks entered, 2 parks completed (Magic Kingdom 22 rides and Epcot 9 rides), and I personally (thanks to you!) raised almost $3000 for Give Kids The World Village. There were 15 teams running the challenge that day and 2 teams completed all 45 rides. Another 5 teams got close. The rest of us completed anywhere from 22 to 39 rides.
Lessons learned: 1. Fifteen hours by myself, even in a happy place like WDW is lonely. I would never do this again as a solo competitor. 2. The teams that rented cars did much better, but I'm proud of my plan to not only try to do all 45, but to only use Disney transportation as well. I took one monorail, one boat, and several busses. 3. Disney food is much better tasting (and much more expensive), when you sit down to eat at a nice place. I carried cashews, craisins, and granola bars and bought a few things along the way that I could grab quickly: waters, power ade, cheese sticks, and an awful pulled pork burger. 4. One should always wear layers to WDW in December or January: it was surprisingly cold the day of my challenge and I wished for a heavier coat and gloves.
Volunteer Time: The day after the challenge several of us went over to Give Kids The World Village to volunteer. We were tasked with various dining room jobs. I bussed tables and helped families carry their trays through the cafeteria line. It was great to see where the money actually goes.
My original plea: I've met a lot of fun people in the Disney community. Some of them think it's fun to try to ride all the rides in all four parks in one day. Some of them thought it would be even more fun if they turned that feat into a fundraiser. I watched them complete their runs this summer and donated to Give Kids the World in their honor. When they said they were trying again this December, I thought I'd make a run myself. It's a pretty crazy plan: 46 rides, 4 parks, one day. But those of you who know me know that I'd much rather do this sort of marathon than the kind Scott does! If you can help me raise money, see below. Thanks!
Every day, this nonprofit “storybook” resort provides cost-free vacations to children and families battling critical illnesses, and I believe those vacations create happiness and hope when these families need it most.
When a child is diagnosed with a critical illness, their family’s life become full of unexpected and unpredictable challenges, from doctor appointments to hospital stays and medical treatments.
But for one week, children and families have the chance to laugh, play and simply spend time together – both at the Village and at Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and attractions.
Give Kids The World Village becomes a home-away-from-home during their once-in-a-lifetime trip and it doesn’t cost the families a cent.
I’ve joined them in their mission by taking on the Challenge for Hope. I’ll be raising money and racing with my fellow Challengers as we all walk, run, roll or stroll through the Village. But I can’t do it without your help.
Thank you for supporting me and the brave children who visit Give Kids The World.