One Disney fan recently took his love for Disney Parks and the rides in those parks to a whole new level, but like a lot of big challenges, this one cost him a small fortune.
Nathan Firesheets has an affinity for rides at Disney Parks around the world, and after achieving several goals he set for himself related to his love of the parks, Firesheets decided to put them all together in one massive challenge–what he named the Disney Global Ride Challenge.
Over the years, he’d had great success in rising to the occasion on several challenges. In November 2018, he rode 50 rides at Disneyland in one Saturday–and then woke up on Sunday morning and did the same thing all over again. In 2019, he did it again–100 rides in two days, but this time, with no FastPass+ selections. 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 the resort–everything at Magic Kingdom Park, everything at EPCOT, everything at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and everything at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in just 36 hours. He also completed a “coast-to-coast” challenge, during which he rode every ride at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in two consecutive days.
But his most recent challenge served to be his most ambitious as well, and he did it–visiting all 12 Disney theme parks around the globe and riding every single operational ride within those theme parks. But it wasn’t without costs–both physical and financial.
Firesheets endured plane rides that totaled more than 20,000 miles in all, which no doubt left the Disney superfan with at least a bout or two of jetlag. But proving his love for Disney also gave this fan a lag in his wallet–to the tune of more than $12,000.
For those of you wanting a cost breakdown, the total out-of-pocket expenditure for the challenge itself was right around $12k:
$4750 for Flights
$3750 for Hotels
$1100 for Park Tickets
$825 for Local Transport (Taxi/Uber/Etc.)
$750 for Food/Drink
$675 for Line Skips
$65 for Wifi
— Nathan Firesheets (@A_Coaster_Story) March 24, 2023
Firesheets says his expenditures related to the challenge itself included $4,750 for airfare, $3,750 for hotel stays, $1,100 for park tickets (admission at each park), $825 for local transportation, including taxi fares, Uber fees, etc., $750 for food and drinks during the challenge, $675 for “line skips,” like Genie+ and Lightning Lane, and $65 for wi-fi.
“I paid more for the flights [and] hotels because I was booking on such short notice originally,” Firesheets shared via Twitter, “and then I had one flight segment get canceled that I had to rebook for more money and needed to make a same-day change in LA. Plus, I booked right on top of spring break, so prices were high.”
Firesheets says that he didn’t include all of his expenditures.
“I did exclude the extra time I spent on the front and back ends of the challenge for extra vacation from the cost analysis,” he explained, “as well as my souvenir spending and extra line skips I bought for additional re-rides. That all adds another $2,000.”
Perhaps he should have been recognized not only for riding so many rides during his challenge but also for spending so many dollars as well.