Dad’s Nine By Noon Magic Kingdom Challenge – The Introduction
What is Dad's Nine By Noon Magic Kingdom Challenge? Good question.
In December 2010, the New York Times had a story that said that “according to Disney research, the average Magic Kingdom visitor has had time for only nine rides – out of more than 40 – because of lengthy waits and crowded walkways and restaurants”. See the full story here.
Nine by Noon might be a challenge with these crowds - Photo by Andy Sanchez
Nine rides? Just nine rides? I think we could do nine rides on Christmas Day! (Now that would be a challenge.)
While I agree with a lot of the story, I vehemently disagree with the reason people only complete one fourth of the rides in the park. The story says, guests only complete 9 rides because of the long lines and busy restaurants. Bunk. That’s just crazy talk.
In Dad’s experience, the reason most people only see nine rides at the Magic Kingdom in a day is because of poor or no planning. Yes, lines are long and restaurants are busy (if you arrive at noon, if try to go to Cinderella’s Royal Table without an Advanced Dining Reservation, if you try to ride the Mountains without a FASTPASS) but with a little preparation and thought any family should be able to accomplish more than 9 rides.
So, Dad what’s this Nine By Noon Thing?
When I first read the New York Times story, my immediate reaction was, I can do nine rides at the Magic Kingdom by noon. (I think I actually said breakfast, but that’s pushing it a bit.) Yes, nine by noon! Come on Mrs. Mom, we can do this.
What do you think? Can you do it? Have you ever done the Nine By Noon Challenge? If so, tell us how you did it below in the comments.