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Vote of the week: What's your best chance at gold in the Theme Park Olympics?

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Published: August 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

So, who's watching the Olympics this week?

London

Watching the games is fun, sure, but how much of a thrill would it be to compete? Okay, none of us are ever going to make it to the "real" Olympic Games (unless we've got some really distinguished lurkers around hereā€¦), but many of us have shown a thing or two in a different arena.

How would you do in a theme park Olympics? How many of you have "gone for the gold" in the following events?

Rope drop sprint - Rewarding pure speed, the winner in this event is the first to make it to the park's most popular ride, the one that will packed with a multi-hour queue later in the day.

Stroller dodging - Rewarding lateral agility, the winner in this event must swerve, dodge and otherwise avoid shin-splitting strollers in a dash across the park to make a reservation deadline.

Personal space blockout - Rewarding both strategy and quickness, the winners in this event preserve their families' personal space in the scrum of a crowded theater load and unload.

Souvenir bag carry - Rewarding both strength and endurance, the winner in this event totes the heaviest load of souvenirs from the park's bag check to the last row of the parking lot without stopping.

Infrared point-and-shoot - Rewarding eyesight and reflexes, the winner in this event achieves the highest cumulative score in all the shoot-'em-up rides and arcade games in the park.


Tell us your favorite theme park golden moment, in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From James Trexen on August 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The only thing I'm champ at is Stomach Hold down- Intense meals followed by intense rides without so much as a gag.
From Kelly Muggleton on August 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Defintely personal space (I got gold medal in shopping carrying a long time!)
Whenever I go anywhere crowded I use my 'Disney elbows'. When I see people who just try follow the crowd and shuffle along I say, 'they clearly don't holiday at Disney World' :-))

Ps - love the pic of my hometown! The Olympic Park is right where I grew up. London has a great atmosphere right now.

From Jack Curley on August 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I went with infrared point and shoot on behalf of my girlfriend. I took her to WDW in Dec 2010, and she maxed out the score on Buzz Lightyear when we were about halfway through the ride.

My best event would probably be stroller dodging, but that's not nearly as impressive.

From Jonathan Bonner on August 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM
Riding Mission Space drunk after a day of drinking around the world at Epcot's food & wine festival was probably my biggest theme park achievement of 2011.
From Mike Gallagher on August 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM
You forgot an important event that actually SOUNDS like it could be a real Olympic event:

POWER RIDING.

I medaled on:

Wood..El Toro, 90 rides on Easter Sunday two or three years ago

Steel...Steel Force, 73 rides at Coasting For Kids this past June

Those were the Golds..my Silver and Bronze collection is quite extensive as well ;)

I would not medal in any of the listed events, so I did not vote.

From 82.132.210.138 on August 3, 2012 at 3:48 AM
Are theses all inspired by your DLP visit ....

I was most certainly the champion personal space blocker by the end of our trip

The host nation (of DLP) were left in my wake with a well trained backpack and elbows

Joking aside it was a disgrace older children 12+ were pushing past my 4yr old and trying to push her over to get to charactors and there parents stood back smoking.

From Samantha McCrae on August 3, 2012 at 4:35 AM
My medal would be in negotiating crowds, so I picked Stroller Dodging as its the closest. Seriously, i'm small and quick - I work my way through the crowds like a ninja! Usually when I wanna get somewhere fast and begin to get frustrated at everyone in my way. I'm off like a bolt, weaving in and out of tight knit groups of people. I'm pretty proud of my skills :)
From Matt Babiak on August 3, 2012 at 5:17 AM
I had to go rope drop sprint. July, I went to Hersheypark for 4 days, and I NEVER was any later than the 14th person to Fahrenheit. One of the ride operators knew me by my face on the last day(I didn't even know that ride operators were always at the same ride at the same time every day).
From Mike Gallagher on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 AM
Matt said: "(I didn't even know that ride operators were always at the same ride at the same time every day). "

Thay aren't necessarily. I got friendly with some staff on El Toro during some of my marathons, and would often see them on other rides. They're usually trained on at least three or four different rides, to maximize coverage in case of absences.

From Brian Bauer on August 3, 2012 at 6:59 AM
I picked Stroller Dodging. I constantly see peoples complaints about being struck by strollers and ECVs but guess what? I've NEVER been hit and as far as I know, I've NEVER come close. I must just be a natural.
From Dominick D on August 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM
Stroller dodging.
From Ben Horner on August 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM
I won the rope drop a few years back when we were at Walt Disney Studios in Paris. We managed to leg it all the way to the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster for the first ride of the day. Even despite the fact that my trousers kept falling down so I practically walked!

This combined with the fact we were on the last ride of the day on Space Mountain: Mission 2 the night before made it quite a satisfying couple of days.

From Andy Milito on August 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM
Infrared point-and-shoot got my vote.
From 70.193.128.82 on August 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM
On a sidenote : Screamscape reports first day of construction for Pandora: the world of avatar
From Randall Peek on August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM
I can navigate through even the largest of crowds, weaving and sidestepping like nobody's business. I attended the 25th, 30th, 35th, and 40th birthdays of Disneyland, all of which were incredibly packed. Just last year I was in WDW's Magic Kingdom for its 40th, and the crowd there was only a minor inconvenience. My best advice is to go it alone. If you are traveling with a group, this isn't your Olympic sport. There is no team medal here...
From Anthony Murphy on August 4, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Great poll!

I would say stroller dodging or, better, people dodging. I think we should have a contest who can get from the front gate to Cinderella's castle the fastest! It takes skill on that course!

From Brian L on August 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Stroller Dodging. I may be a large man, but my football (namely foot drills on the offensive line) experience gave me quick feet to dodge anything coming my way.
From Amanda Jenkins on August 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM
I'm with Anthony. I have developed my skill of dodging and meandering through people without breaking my pace to get to rides. I have definitely gone for the gold during peak seasons at theme parks.

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