While this is a challenge that I have yet to accept, mainly because I'm pretty sure you need at least 10 adults (or teenage boys!) to fully tackle it, the latest challenge at Pecos Bill in the Magic Kingdom is becoming very popular! We've been hearing a lot about this "secret" challenge and decided to give it a quick look.
Located between Frontierland and Adventureland, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is a huge favorite for a good, quick service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Their menu is has a great Southwestern/Mexican cuisine feel, and just a few months ago they added a secret menu item: Secret Nachos Rio Grande!
The rules of this challenge are:
1. Must arrive between 3-6pm.
2. Order the "Secret Nachos Rio Grande" with a Cast Member.
3. Eat everything on the plate!
Thats it! But according to the brave souls who have tried it, it is not for the faint at heart!
Are you up for the Secret Nachos Challenge? If so, all you have to do is arrive at Pecos Bill between 3pm-6pm, head to a CM and tell them you would like to try the Secret Nachos Rio Grande. They will then lead you to a special, reserved table. You will also then get the VIP treatment of having the Nachos arrive at your table via a covered wagon! OH and Im not sure if I have mentioned how much this universal glory costs - $90. That seems like a lot for nachos, but when you think that it feeds 8-10 people, you are coming out pretty good!
Have you tried it? If so let us know! And who knows, maybe we'll be taking that challenge on our next trip!
A well known "Challenge" among Disney lovers is to see if you can visit and "enjoy" the four main parks at Walt Disney World in one day. There are many variations on what "enjoy" means ranging from 3 - 5 rides, eating a meal, seeing a character, etc...My husband and I are always up for a Disney challenge and were excited to give this one a go. With the advent of the Magic Express Transportation that allows you to travel directly between parks, bypassing the bag checks and security, we wanted to make sure we still gave ourselves a bit of challenge, so here were our rules:
1. Ride 3 rides in each park
2. Eat a sizable snack/sit down meal in each park
3. Take a picture at the entrance.
Well, here's how we did it:
First thing: PLAN
I am always a huge advocate of being on top of Disney Trip Planning. Whether it is booking your dining at the180 day mark, or your fast passes, or just having an idea of what parks are the best to go to which days, having a plan and sticking to it (with some moderation of flexibility) can alleviate much stress from the crowds and heat and help any family enjoy their trip so much more. Well if you are thinking about doing the challenge, that is even more true! Check out calendars for ride closures, park hours, and estimated crowd levels. Then use that information to craft a plan that takes you to the park that opens first, through the day and ending at the park with the latest operating hours. Give yourself time to enjoy this!
Third: BE THERE EARLY
I cannot stress this enough. I suggest being at your first park, well before rope drop (when the park officially opens), for several reasons. First, you can use that time to get ready. Get your sunscreen on, check the maps and use the bathrooms! Second, the parks can open a few minutes early sometimes even if it is to just move you to a second rope. You are just that much closer to your first ride! Third, the crowd levels are always ridiculously low first thing in the morning. Walk (don't run) quickly and efficiently to your first attraction and you'll be on and off in under 10 minutes!
Finally: Have Fun and Check the App!
Once you've started, just enjoy it. Its crazy, yes, but if its not fun, then its not worth it. Be flexible if a ride's wait time is too long or you get hungry at an unexpected time. But also remember to keep checking that Disney Experience App for wait times and closures.
So how did we do?
First stop was Animal Kingdom and was there for rope drop! Headed straight for Kilamanjaro Safaris, then Mt. Everest, and finally Dinosaur. We grabbed a cinnamon roll from the stand in Africa and boarded the Magical Express. We were at Hollywood Studios by 9:45! From there, we did Aerosmith's Rock n' Roller Coaster, Tower of Tower and Star Tours. We grabbed a light lunch there and made our way to Magic Kingdom! We had plenty of time arriving there at approximately 2:30pm. This is where those Fastpasses kicked in! We were able to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain. For our snack we grabbed a Nutella and Fruit Waffle from Sleepy Hollow and relaxingly headed to Epcot. Since we had plenty of time and could book more Fastpasses, we choose Spaceship Earth, Soarin, and Test Track. To end our eating, we enjoyed some of the booths still out at the World Showcase from the Flower and Garden Festival. We were done by 7pm! If planned well, the challenge is easy!
Have you ever done the 4 park challenge? What are your tips?!?
When your husband and you try to "out" Disney everyone else, you accept even the craziest challenge no matter how harebrained it may be. A lot of people have taken on the 4-park challenge (and we did too!), but you don't hear a lot about the ALL RIDES challenge. Maybe its because my crazy husband invented in while we were standing in line for Starbucks on Main Street.
His idea: What if we rode ALL the RIDES in Magic Kingdom today, including the shows such as Enchanted Tiki Room and Carousel of Progress.
My response: Why Not!
So off we went! First up, Adventureland because those lines can get long! We got (1)Jungle Cruise and (2)Pirates of the Caribbean done fast! And then onto (3)Thunder Mountain.
The next rides to get some long times (4) Haunted Mansion, (5)Goofy's Barnstormer and (6) Dumbo. At point we are feeling pretty good and decide to knock out some smaller Fantasyland Rides: (7) Ariel's Under the Sea, (8) Winnie the Pooh and (9) Mad Hatter's Tea Cups. Thankfully we started to have some fast passes come in handy and took care of (10) Seven Drawfs Mine Train!
At this point, we had about 10 attractions to go and energy was running low! Time for an Advocare Spark! Almost instantly we were pumped and ready to finish this thing out! Unfortunately for us, the attractions we had left to go were pretty scattered through the Magic Kingdom...so off we went! (16)Peter Pan - yes, thank you fast pass! Also, in case you've been counting, we have used all 3 fast passes...thanks to the My Disney Experience App, we were able to make another one for Aladdin's Carpet Ride in an hour! (17) Philharmagic and (18) The Train! Cant forget the Train! (19) Small World and (20) Aladdin. That took care of Fantasyland and almost all of Adventureland. Time to eat...Skipper Canteen!
After the early dinner I couldn't tell if we were rejuvenated or just crazy. Pretty sure our server thought the later...time to do this thing! (21) Tomorrowland Speedway, (22) Liberty Belle, (23) Enchanted Tiki Room, and finally onto (24) Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. At this point we are practically running over small children as time is running low and we're not done yet!
WE ARE SOOOOO CLOSE! (25)Astro orbitor! We arrive in line for what looks like a 30 minute wait and think, oh we are golden. Ride this and then watch the fireworks and then use one last fastpass on Splash Mountain at 9:30pm (the park closes at 10, so we were cutting it close). Its at this point out of the corner of my eye, I see a Country Bear Jamboree Mug. NOOOOOO!!! We had forgotten Country Bear Jamboree and its last show was going to be at 8pm! Current time 7:38 and we're still in line for Astro orbitor. For a moment total depression set in. We had walked/run nearly 10 miles and were going to come up short because we forgot COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE!
By some miracle the Cast Member needed two people and so we were able to jump to the front of the line and get on in record time. Once we landed, we knew it was now or nothing and we booked our tired, weak butts all the way to Frontierland to watch the Country Bear Jamboree. We made it with just minutes to spare!
Once that was done there was nothing to do, but relax, watch the new fireworks show Happily Ever After and then be ready to head to Splash Mountain once it was over.
Once the fireworks concluded, we pushed our way through the exiting crowds to Splash Mountain, used our final fastpass of the day, although it was not actually needed as the crowds were pretty low. And that was it. We had actually accomplished this crazy, exhausting challenge! 13 hours and 12 miles of walking later, we had done it. Please don't ever make me do that again!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!