So in case you are not very familiar with Disney World, here are some facts for you:
- On Disney property there are 4 amusement parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot), two water parks, a shopping district (Downtown Disney), and 34 different resorts, all which total 27,258 acres (42.59 square miles).
- 50,125,000 people visited WDW in 2013
- In the 4 main amusement parks there are 71 different rides and shows
So now that I have decided to tackle my Disney Fermi problem, my next step was figuring out what "doing everything" means to me. I decided that this would mean riding every ride and watching every show (a show being some sort of entertainment that I would watch that was not a moving ride) in all four of the main parks. I decided to exclude watching parades and fireworks because those vary depending on the day and also the time of the year. I also excluded anytime spending shopping. So next I figured out what information I would need to solve this problem, and this is what I decided was important to know:
- Average wait time for each attraction (I used a 10 minute wait for each show)
- Ride length for every ride and the run time for each show
- Average time spent walking from ride to ride
- Time spent getting to the park (I used the Disney bus system because it is provided for free for people who stay at a Disney resort)
- Time getting into the park and leaving the park
- Time spent eating
- Park hours for each of the four parks
Note: I decided that for all of my approximations I would round up my values to account for bathroom breaks, longer than average wait times, crowds etc.
So most all of this information I was able to find online. I even found a website that lists the exact times for each ride and show in WDW. Another cool website I found complied average wait times for every ride depending on the crowd. Information I was not able to find online I just estimated using my experience of my many trips to the parks. So once I collected all of this information I compiled it into one huge spreadsheet and then began to add everything up.
Except it wasn't that easy. I decided that I would figure out how many days it would take to complete each park first and then add all of those days together. Some parks took longer than one day to complete so on those extra days I had to add extra time for eating and travel time. This was the formula I used to calculate the number of days each park would take.
# of Days = [Travel Time + Time Spent Entering Park + Meal Time + Total Average Wait Time + Total Ride Time + Time Spent Walking] / [Park Hours]
Then if the number of days was greater than one I added more travel time, time entering the park, and meal time accordingly.
After all of my calculations I came up with these values for the number of days it would take to do everything in each park:
- Magic Kingdom: 2.462 days
- Hollywood Studios: 1.26 days
- Epcot: 1.65 days
- Animal Kingdom: 1.26 days
These were the expenses I found:
- 4 round trip plane tickets from Grand Rapids to Orlando: $1,836.80
- 8 night stay at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: $1,781.68
- 7 days worth of admission to WDW: $1,358.94
- Cost of food (I used the Disney Dinning Plan estimate): $464.16
So to take your family of four to ride every ride and see every show in WDW it would cost roughly $5,441.58. And this doesn't even include any shopping. So after spending time working on this problem I decided to make myself a Disney checklist, and it is my current goal to finish this checklist. I guess that just means I have an excuse to visit my favorite mouse another time!