I’d wager that visit to all of the Disney Parks around the world is on most Disney fans bucket lists. It’s certainly on mine. How cool would it experience the magic happening in all 12 parks?!? For one Disney fan, that dream became a reality! Abc’s Good Morning America surprised Patrice Jenkins, a teacher from Illinois with the trip of a lifetime doing just that!
The trip, which GMA’s Ginger Zee accompanied Jenkins on, took just 7 days and spanned 4 countries on 3 continents. Whew! And we thought going to Four Parks in One Day was a feat! Every day the location was a surprise and GMA shared highlights of the journey on their morning program.
Fittingly, the trip began with the original! The pair flew to California where they experienced the classic attractions that started it all! In California Adventure Park the pair rode the park’s latest attraction: the Incredicoaster. It’s the park’s fastest ride, and it was Jenkins’ first time on an upside-down roller coaster!
Then they were whisked to Paris, where the City of Lights was as enchanting as ever! While there Jenkins and Zee explored Sleeping Beauty’s castle, which was inspired by both the fairy tale and a real French castle: Mont Saint Michel. The duo also checked out the famous Ratatouille ride, where families shrink down to the size of a mouse, and the park’s Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, which is the fastest of all the Space Mountains. With no time to rest on such an adventure, the pair headed from the park directly to the airport.
The next stop for the team was Hong Kong where they had just a few hours to see all the sights before the Park closed. They decided to split up in order to experience as much as possible. While Jenkins hit up the Grizzly Gulch and met up with some of Hong Kong Disneyland’s original characters, Cookie and Duffy, Zee checked out the Iron Man Experience and the We Love Mickey! celebration.
The next day saw the team in Shanghai where the two welcomed guests into the Park from the balcony of Storybook Castle, the centerpiece of the park. What a dream! Then they were treated to a truly unique experience when they were joined by Mickey Mouse for a lesson with a Tia Chi master! Finally, they caught a show at Walt Disneys Grand Theater- Beauty and the Beast in Mandarin!
In the home stretch now, the next day they were off to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea for an adventure in one of the most unique Disney Parks in the world! The pair visited the parks Seven Ports, taking in iconic and unique attractions in each. They also sampled some if the popcorn the Park has become famous for. The treat is “so popular here the lines can stretch city blocks, ” according to Zee, and featured a rotating list of 25 different popcorn flavors. The day they visited there are 10 of those flavors for sale including strawberry, garlic shrimp, soy sauce and butter.
Finally, the trips grand finale was the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to attend in the world in celebration of Mickey’s 90th birthday! The surprise didn’t end there though! Jenkins husband met her at Walt Disney World with packed bags- the two are headed to a Disney Cruise courtesy of GMA!
We love this story, and have to admit we are a bit envious! What a dream come true for Patricia Jenkins who says she loves Disney so much, she and her husband actually got married there! We know this is an experience she will truly never forget! How many parks have you been to? Let us know in the comments!
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