You Might Be a Disney Parks Fan, But You’re No “Firesheets”

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A Disney Parks enthusiast with an appetite for adventure and an apparent immunity to jetlag has achieved a goal that many fans thought would prove to be the impossible feat.

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Nathan Firesheets is a Disney fan–specifically, a Disney Parks rides fan. Over the past few years, he has completed several self-created challenges that involved different Disney Parks and the rides and attractions within those parks. But after successfully completing those challenges, Firesheets needed a new one, so he created the Disney Global Ride Challenge.

The premise was simple–Firesheets set out to ride every operational ride at every single Disney Park around the world. We’re not sure how much time and energy goes into planning such an endeavor, but it has paid off, as Firesheets has become the first person to complete such a feat. It’s the most ambitious challenge he’s ever attempted, but it’s in no way his first.

In 2018, he rode 50 rides at Disneyland on one Saturday–and then woke up the next day and did it all over again. The next year, he completed the same challenge–100 rides in two days, but this time, with no FastPass+ selections. And in another challenge, Firesheets rode all 79 attractions at Disneyland Resort in one day. At the Walt Disney World Resort, he rode 47 rides in one day with and without FastPass+ selections. Then, at Disney World in 2019, Firesheets rode every single ride at every single theme park at the Resort–Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom–in just 36 hours. He even completed a “coast-to-coast” challenge, during which he rode every ride at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in two consecutive days.

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His latest challenge had him jetting around the world in a fevered frenzy, visiting all 12 Disney theme parks around the world–Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom–and riding every single operational ride at each park.

His journey included more than 20,000 miles over a 12-day period, with stops at each Disney theme park, just long enough to enjoy every single ride before setting out for the next theme park on the list. Even to some of the most diehard Disney fans, it seemed like an impossible dream–a wonderful, magical, impossible dream. But for Nathan Firesheets, the prospect of a potentially “impossible” challenge only fueled his determination. And in the end, it paid off for him, as he is now the only Disney fan to have ever ridden every single ride at every single Disney Park on earth in just 12 days.

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Firesheets’ final destination was Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The thrill junkie ended his challenge by boarding a rocket ship at the Astro Orbiter attraction in Tomorrowland via the standby queue. Astro Orbiter was the 25th ride he visited at Magic Kingdom, and the 216th ride he rode overall. He finished his quest at 8:14 p.m. local time. We’re exhausted just thinking about it!

On Monday morning, Firesheets shared an update, saying that he has “finally awoken from the sleep of the dead and returned to EPCOT for some food and fun!”

If ever there were a challenge to prove who’s the biggest Disney fan, it’s this one! And while congratulations are certainly in order, we still have one burning question–after visiting 12 parks in 12 days and riding 216 rides, what’s there to do next? Scale all the “mountains” in the parks?

Hopefully not. After all, what a big dose of irony it would be to read about a Disney fan visiting every park to ride every ride, only to read the next week about the same fan receiving a global ban from Disney’s Parks!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!