Ultimate Disney Fan Visits All 12 Parks in 12 Days. Here’s How Much It Cost Him

Nathan Firesheets Magic Kingdom
Credit: Nathan Firesheets Twitter

On March 19, Disney superfan Nathan Firesheets completed a task that many of us only dream of. Nathan visited all 12 Disney theme parks. What’s more, he did it in just 12 days! Nathan’s trip began at Disneyland Paris. He then went to Shanghai Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. From there traveled to Disneyland Resort and ended his incredible trip at Walt Disney World Resort. Nathan wrapped up his global trip at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on the Tomorrowland attraction Astro Orbiter.

Nathan Firesheets Astro Orbiter Magic Kingdom

Credit: Nathan Firesheets Twitter

Nathan’s goal was to travel to all 12 Disney theme parks and ride every operational attraction in just 12 days. And he did it. While you may be thinking, “Wow! That’s so incredible! I would love to do that too!”, your next thought is most likely, “Gee, I wonder how much a trip like that would cost?” Well, Nathan has broken it down, and you better start saving now if you want to follow in his footsteps.

Nathan Firesheets EPCOT

Credit: Nathan Firesheets Twitter

According to Nathan, the necessities for the trip set him back about $12,000. That includes airline costs, tickets, hotel stays, food, and more.

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

Now, Nathan admits that the trip can definitely be done cheaper than he did it. Nathan said that he booked some of the hotel rooms and flights last minute, which caused them to be a little more expensive. In addition to that, he did the trip during Spring Break season, so things were priced a little higher than normal. He also had flight cancelations and had to pay more in order to get out on a certain day, which increased his total expenditure as well.

nathan firesheets with mickey mouse ice cream bar

Credit: Nathan Firesheets / @A_Coaster_Story Twitter

If you want to live your own Global Disney Ride Challenge, there are several things that you can do to make the trip cost less than what Nathan spent. First, PLAN PLAN PLAN. If you travel at a “slow” time of year, you can most likely save on things like airfare and hotel. Nathan also elected to stay on Disney property as he traveled, but staying off-property can sometimes be a cheaper option. Nathan also used Genie+ and paid for Lightning Lane when he could. Guests can save by not paying for those, but they were key to him completing his challenge in time.

Nathan Firesheets Rides all Disney attractions

Credit: Nathan Firesheets Twitter

Nathan’s story was followed by a lot of people who loved to live their Disney dream vicariously through him. This included some Disney Cast Members. When Nathan was about to wrap up his Disney Global Ride Challenge, amazing Disney Cast Members surprised him with a Mickey pretzel, a celebratory button, a Mickey Bar, and a loud round of applause.

Way to go, Nathan!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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