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22. Pirates of the Caribbean
Although I wanted to save more popular non-Fastpass attractions for the end of the evening when wait times would be lower, we decided that since Pirates had broke down frequently earlier in the week, it was best to get it out of the way while we knew it was still working. We saw a lot of people heading in the left-hand entrance, so we tried our luck with the right-hand side, and ended up walking right on (those who entered on the left-hand side did not appear to be so lucky).
23. Tom Sawyer Island
We then crossed back to Frontierland to grab Fastpasses for Splash Mountain and hop on a raft to Tom Sawyer’s island. Because of the crowd levels, they had 3 rafts going at once, which meant we didn’t have to wait long before being able to board. We then jutted through a cave, across the barrel bridge, and up to Fort Langhorn. I will say, getting stuck behind slow people in the cave seems to be one of the most aggravating steps of the Ultimate Tour. In reality, you might be able to shave only a minute off your time if it were empty – but boy it feels long while you are doing it.
24. Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade
The 12:30pm parade had made it’s way to Frontierland by the time we got off the raft from Tom Sawyer’s Island. As allowed in the Ultimate Tour rules, we viewed the parade while walking against it along the side walkway in Frontierland, enabling us to view it in only a few minutes
24.5 Sorcerer’s Portal 3
We continued working on the portals as we let the parade traffic disperse.
25. Splash Mountain
Our Fastpass time was surprisingly up, so we headed to Splash Mountain. Again, this was one of the busiest days of the year (a crowd level 10 according to Touring Plans), but there were only a few times I really noticed it. This was one – normally, when I Fastpass Splash Mountain, I can walk right on. Instead, we had to wait 7 minutes (not a lot, but more than you want to when you are using Fastpass).
At that point, we were excited for another long stretch of time to sit down, so we headed to the Walt Disney World Railroad.
26. Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland Station
Last time we did the Ultimate Tour, this station wasn’t open. It was nice to get another “attraction” in without having to actually do more.
27. Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street Station
28. Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland Station
After the Railroad, we grabbed Fastpasses for Jungle Cruise then continued upon our tour doing attractions that never get busy – even the day before Easter, evidently. After the Railroad, we attempted to see the last PUSH show in Tomorrowland. We’ve seen him a couple of times, both outside of Mickey’s Star Traders and Buzz, so we weren’t sure where to look. Unfortunately, this resulted in us looking all over for him and couldn’t find him, so we had to retreat back to Adventureland dejected.
29. Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
30. Enchanted Tiki Room
31. Jungle Cruise
The queue for the Jungle Cruise stretched past the entrance; thank goodness for Fastpass.
32. Liberty Square Riverboat
33. Sorcerer’s Portal 4
Unfortunately we saw the ending three times before we completed it. We waited an average of three minutes per portal window, which I hear is pretty good.
34. Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats
At least half of the boats were broken. I wonder why Disney even bothers keeping these attractions open when they are in such a sorry state? I can’t complain too much though because it did count as another attraction for us.
35. Casey’s Corner Pianist
We grabbed hot dogs from Casey’s while we listened to the pianist and waited for the Castle Forecourt Show. This was my first time experiencing the pianist, and it was an enjoyable diversion.
36. Castle Forecourt Show
37. Flag Retreat
38. Town Square Theater – Princesses
As we waited for the Flag Retreat, a cast member pointed out that there was only a five minute wait for the Princess meet-and-greet and was trying to drive some more people to it. We decided to try it out in the 15 minutes between the end of the Flag Retreat and the Street Party – and that cast member was totally correct. Thanks random Main Street cast member!
39. Street Party
This was the first time watching the Street Party from inside the hub (we wanted to sit on the benches). I totally recommend it – there was no one there and the view from inside the party was pretty great.
After the Street Party, we headed to Frontierland, attempting to catch the last Hoedown that was listed on http://www.wdwent.com. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur – if I had known we would have the time to do all these bonus attractions, I would have double checked the times of these types of shows with the Cast Members and their schedules at the start of the day.
40. Hall of Presidents
41. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
42. Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
43. Crystal Glass Blower
This was another diversion that I experienced for the first time that I really enjoyed.
44. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
45. Sonny Eclipse
Sonny offers the side benefit of grabbing something to eat at Cosmic Rays.
46. Club 626 Dance Party
This was the first time I have seen this attraction open. It was…interesting. I’ll leave it at that.
47. Carousel of Progress
48. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
49. Stitch’s Great Escape
50. Mad Tea Party
We completed our goal of finishing Tomorrowland (minus Astro Orbiter) before the Magic, Memories, and You, so we decided to fit in the Mad Tea Party.
51. Magic, Memories, and You Castle Projection Show
This might have been may favorite viewing of the Magic, Memories, and You and Wishes because, for some inexplicable reason, every in the hub decided they wanted to watch the show sitting down. I kid you not. I am in full support of this movement.
53. Winnie the Pooh
At this point, it was time to hit up the remaining attractions that build up longer waits in the middle of the day. We dashed to Pooh figuring that it would take the crowds some time to trickle in after Wishes; based on our five-minute wait, I think we were right.
54. Haunted Mansion
55. it’s a small world
56. Main Street Electrical Parade
We were able to walk through the castle right up to the side of the street and, in a tradition continuing from earlier, able to sit down. We hung out for a few minutes waiting for the Kiss Goodnight, as was forecasted on the WDW Entertainment site (we had never seen it) but it didn’t happen so we continued.
57. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
59. Dumbo The Flying Elephant
60. Astro Orbiter
We became spoiled being able to walk on the six previous attractions. Even after midnight, we had a twenty minute wait for Astro Orbitor. Perhaps the largest change I would have made that day was I would have done Astro Orbitor right at park opening, rather than Adventureland. It would have been worth the extra couple of minutes in Adventureland to not have to deal with a long wait at Astro Orbitor after such a long day.
60.5 Hub – Finish time
After starting at 6:52AM (well, really 5:15AM when we woke up), we finished at 12:25AM the following evening. Declaring success, we stopped to grab some snacks from the snack cart on the Hub. Good thing we did because then we saw…
61. Kiss Goodnight
…which brought us to our goal of 61 attractions (50 core attractions, 11 bonus attractions). We “missed” 4 attractions (Pinocchio, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom in Main Street, and PUSH and the Hoedown if they had occurred, and probably others I simply didn’t pay attention to), but in all, it was a good effort.
Sorry for the long entry and thanks for sticking with us!