A Day in the Trip of a Disney World Commando 1

MickeyIf you have never seen a WDW “commando” in action, you will be amazed at what one can accomplish. Maybe this touring style is not for everyone. But it is definitely an exciting way to spend a day at WDW.

0700 Hours: I’ve already been lying awake for five minutes when the blaring tune of the Reveille jolts me up ninety degrees. After a few seconds I realize it’s just the telephone. Upon putting the receiver to my ear, drill instructor Mouse calls out my first orders of the day.

“Up and at ’em, soldier!”

Yes, sir! Here it is, my second day at Disney World, my first full day at the parks. As a voluntary student of the “commando” touring method, I know it’s not necessarily my duty to be out the door by 0715, but a benefit that will make this trip one crammed with all the rides, shows, and experiences I can possibly fit in. Being a theme park commando isn’t about how long you can stand and how fast you can run. It’s about sacrifice, willpower and resourcefulness.

After five minutes in a hot shower that I want to stay in for an hour, it’s a quick time march to get ready for the Extra Magic Hour at the Magic Kingdom. Every commando knows that being at rope drop is a basic training maneuver that really gives you the edge to get out there and enjoy the parks for more time, and taking advantage of time is commando rule number one in maximizing how much you get done on your trip.

0720 Hours: A little dawdling in my All-Star Music resort room got me to the Intermission Food Court a little behind schedule. The All Stars are the luxurious barracks of choice for the select group who are awake in their hotel for twenty minutes a day. First, a proper morning’s nourishment at mess; something nutritious, filling and consumable while in transit: NesQuik. Standard MRE fare, recommended to all commandos.

0730 Hours: I give myself a briefing on the bus to the Magic Kingdom, just going over the basic strategy of focused logistics: hit everything I can once in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland within the bonus hour. Nothing too complicated, just the classic Riley Ricochet, first used in the great Christmas day gridlock of ’95.

0800 Hours: Upon entering location Mike-Kilo, it dawns upon me that it is quiet, oddly quiet, even for a chilly January morning. I take the opportunity to probe the Main Street area, enjoying the shops and atmosphere, but slowly making my way to Space Mountain.

0830 Hours: From an outsider’s perspective, it may not seem out of the ordinary; hopping from Space Mountain to Buzz Lightyear to the Astro-Orbiter in succession. A ten-minute traffic jam on the Indy Speedway puts me on red alert though, seeing as I need to be at official rope drop for Splash Mountain in five minutes! Had I really done only four attractions in an hour?

0900 Hours: Picking up the pace, I hustle straight through a bustling Fantasyland, and just catch the crowd in cadence. From Splash Mountain to Big Thunder to Pooh to Peter Pan, it’s a familiar, pleasant feeling. Picking up a FastPass each moment I could, even if it meant crossing the entire park to get it was no problem. Even though I was staunchly focused on getting through the turnstile, thoroughly relishing in the attraction after I got through the gate was not a problem either.

1200 Hours: I’ve done a lot in four hours, believe it or not, including all of Tomorrowland, the most popular rides in Fantasyland (including Dumbo!), Jungle Cruise, Pirates, both Frontierland mountains, the Haunted Mansion, saw the castle stage show, and had a Dole Whip. The crowds start to pick up, and before considering my options, I am out the park exit and connecting to a bus to Disney-MGM Studios.

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