The Grand Plan

Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper  – copyright © Karl L. Swartz

You can blame Jules Verne.

When I was young, I had the Illustrated Classics comic-book version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Then, I saw the Disney 1954 film version, and loved it so much, I recorded the audio with a tape recorder (holding the tape recorder up to the TV of course), and I’d listen to it every night as I fell asleep. Sometime later, I saw Mike Todd’s 1965 film version of Around the World in 80 Days, and was similarly transfixed.

The idea of going around the world, retracing that fictional journey, has always appealed to me.  Michael Palin did it in 1989 for a BBC series of the same name.  But, in these modern days of jet aircraft, taking 80 days to circumnavigate the globe seems like much less of a feat than it did back in Jules Verne’s day.  So, I asked myself, could you do it in 80 hours?

Turns out (depending on where you draw your line around Earth), it’s not actually that difficult.  But, then I asked myself… if I were to circle the globe in such a short amount of time, what would I do along the way?  And, it just sort of hit me: see every Disney theme park, of course!

We’ll get into the why and how of that in later posts.  But, setting that as my goal, the path (or should I say, the flight path) forward became much clearer. It makes sense to start at the beginning, where it all began: the first Disney theme park, Disneyland in California.  From there (with a stop at neighboring California Adventure) it’s on to Orlando, Florida where four parks await (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios).  Surprisingly, there are no direct flights from Orlando to Paris, so I have to connect in Newark before landing at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios (Paris).  Then, the longest flight across Europe and Asia to Hong Kong Disneyland.  Things pick up as I try and knock out two countries in one day and jet up to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea before they close.  Then, back to Anaheim, California (via San Francisco) to where I started at Walt Disney’s original “happiest place on Earth”.

Well, that’s the plan in a nutshell.  I’ll get into more details later.  In the meantime, keep following me and feel free to submit questions for me to answer later.  Thanks!

4 thoughts on “The Grand Plan

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Are you planning on visiting the new resort in Hawaii?

    • March 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      I’ve been to Aulani before, but it won’t be a part of this trip since this will be just strictly the theme parks.

  • March 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I think that you’ve put thorough thought about flight delays, traffic in the cities and other delays as well as wait times in each attraction … even though I’ll be cheering you on on this freaking awesome and fun adventure, I’ve to say that I fail to see how this is doable in that particular timeframe :).

    Regardless, give it your best, have lots of fun and enjoy the ride!!!. I think is irrelevant whether you complete it or not, it’s going to be one hell of an adventure haha 😀 !!!!


    • March 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      I have built a little buffer-room into the schedule, but if there is a long flight delay, it could potentially mess up the entire trip. So, we’ll see how it goes. The blog will definitely be as much or more about the journey as about the destinations.

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