2017 Year in Review
2017 was a great year for me. Here’s a recap:
In January, I participated in the runDisney Event. It was the Star Wars Rebel Challenge. I did a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. My friends Heather, Jon and my cousin Natalie participated in the 10K event. My friends Catalina and Deane Simpson did the Rebel Challenge along with me. We got 3 medals for finishing both races.
In April, I traveled to Florida for the first time in my life. I went with my Cast Member friend Amos. We did one day at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. We then spent a couple days at The Star Wars Celebration. It was awesome. Seeing the panels with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. I also got a photo with one of my favorite Actresses: Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was in a couple of Star Wars Rebel episodes.
We then spent a few days at the Disney World Resort. My friends Krystle got us an upgrade to a Cars themed Suite at the Art of Animation Resort. I loved all the parks but especially Epcot. I fell in love with Test Track. They even recognized me from my Racers Adventure. I got on the ride 25 times. At the end of the night, after my last ride, they gave me the ride photo. Emerson, Rachel, Jessi, and Lindsay became instant friends of mine.
In May, I reached the 9000 ride mark at Racers. I knew after that, it would be tough to get the next 1000 rides to hit 10,000.
On June 15th, Cars Land has its 5th Birthday. I got photos with my friends.
In July, I attended the D23 Convention. It was the 5th one and I’ve been to them all. Always great to see all things, Disney.
September brought the Disneyland runDisney event. I once again took on the Half Marathon. I started out with my friend Angela but see unfortunately got pulled from the race. I got some help from my friend Carlene. She gave me some ice about 2 kilometers from the finish. It was what I needed on a very hot and humid day.
In October, my friends from Test Track came to Racers from Florida. Emerson, Rachel and Lindsay got to join me for my 9800 ride. It was great to see them again.
On November 13th, I finally reached the 10,000th ride on Racers. The local ABC news station even came out to do an interview. And I did a couple online interviews with Now This and Cal State Fullerton. Also, a local radio interview on the Tim Conway Jr. radio show a few weeks later. I also got to hang out with Carlene’s family from Oregon. We got to go on Racers and Guardians together. Sandra and Steve Bekius and their 2 nephews. And the Steinke ladies also came down from Oregon and Washington to visit. We got on Guardians and Indiana Jones.
In December I got to hang out with another of my favorite families from Oregon. The Crees wanted to ride with me on lap 10,101. We were able to do just that. We even had matching shirts for the day. They treated me as one of their family.
And I finished up the year by passing out cookies to my Cast Member friends on Christmas Day. I even got on Guardians 12 times and got all of the 6 different song combinations. I got on Racers 9 times to bring my yearly total to 1750 and overall total to 10,140.
I don’t know if I can top this year but I’ll sure try. It’s going to start great because I’m going back to Florida in January.
Here are my up to date Racers statistics:
Rides by year:
2017: 1750 which equals 10140.
I came 775 days to Racers to average 13.08 rides per day.
Rides by month:
June : 856
Rides by colors:
Red: 1526: 839 – 687
Silver: 1433: 771 – 662
Teal: 1352: 671 – 681
Yellow: 1116: 613 – 503
Blue: 1096: 570 – 526
Cranberry: 1102: 562 – 540
Purple: 1085: 574 – 511
Green: 1058: 540 – 518
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! statistics:
Total rides 145
“I Want You Back”: 31
“Born To Be Wild”: 26
“Give Up The Funk”: 24
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”: 22
“Free Ride”: 20
“Burning Love”: 18
“Monsters After Dark”: 3
And no song: 1
By shaft after 41 rides:
Lower Bravo: 23
Upper Bravo: 18
Lower Alpha: 18
Upper Charlie: 16
Lower Charlie: 15
Upper Alpha: 14
Other Major Ride Totals starting in 2001:
Buzz Lightyear Astro-Blasters: 579
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 290
Disneyland Train: 184
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 100
Disneyland Monorail System: 76
Soarin’ Around the World: 60
Haunted Mansion: 42
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: 35
Star Tours: 34
Pirates of the Caribbean: 30
Space Mountain: 28
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: 25
Jungle Cruise: 24
Grizzly River Run: 20
Splash Mountain: 20
Matterhorn Bobsleds: 19
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!: 15
Indiana Jones Adventure: 12
Now the photos for the year:
The 10,000 Car
Natalie, Heather, Jon, Catalina, and Deane after 10K
After Half Marathon
Universal: Islands of Adventure
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas talking about Carrie Fisher
The Magic Kingdom with Amos
Emerson and Rachel on far right after my 25th Ride
Katie, Heather, Sandra, Glenn, and Carlene
Sandra, Heather, Carlene, Katie, and Glenn
Alessa and Karla
Ken, Sandra, and Chet at D23 Convention
Berit at D23
Crossing finish line Disneyland Half Marathon with ice cup from Carlene
Half Marathon Medal
9800 ride with Rachel, Emerson, and Lindsay
Rachel, Lindsay, and Emerson
10,000 car with Meli, Heather, Catalina, Rosanna and Carlene
ABC News interview
Sandra, Carlene, and Willem
Guardians with Willem, Sandra, and Carlene
Hannah, Lindsay, Michelle, and Nicole
On Guardians with the Ladies
10,101 with The Crees
Katherine, Marybeth, Carlene, Tara, Mark and Mary on Guardians
With Darth Vader
Tara, Mary, Carlene, Marybeth, Katherine, and Mark
Christmas at Guardians
Christmas at Racers
Cidney, Karla, and Cameron
Got all 6 different songs on Guardians in one day