Five Wacky Events for Memorial Day and Beyond

Racing Through Disney

For some people, nothing says summer like an amusement park. At the end of this month, 250 people are expected to gather in Disneyland in California to try and ride every single attraction in the park in a day.

That's a lot of teacups, roller coasters and animatronic characters.

The event, dubbed Gumball Rally, costs $24.99 per person. That's not including the separate theme park admission. The competition is sponsored by, a Web site devoted to Disney news and rumors. (Disney is the parent company of ABC News.)

There will be some judges scattered throughout the park, but for the most part it's on the honor system. To prove that team members actually went on the ride, organizers will quiz participants. For example, someone at the start of the day could be asked "How many left turns are there in Space Mountain?"

Or, "We might ask what color is the scarf on the pirate captain's neck," said Todd Regan, organizer of the event and owner of MiceChat.

Disney at its Best

There are roughly 50 attractions at Disneyland and 50 more at Disney's California Adventure. Participants get points for each ride completed. More points are awarded to those rides that take longer or have big lines. This is the third race at Disneyland.

Prizes include medals for the first, second and third place winners, a gumball machine with "Gumball Rally" engraved in glass and other Disney items. Registration closes Saturday.

But don't expect to push your way through the crowds or cut lines. There are rules here, people.

Participants have to be "the model park guest." That means no running, no cheating, no cutting in lines and no disrupting anyone else in the park that day. Everybody on the team must be on every ride.

And just like any good marathon or race, there is a carb-loading, pre-rally pasta party.

"We are Disney fans and you can only go to a theme park so many times before it maybe loses a little bit of its charm. It was just a different way for us to experience the parks," Regan said. "What we found was after that first event, people who had been going to Disneyland their whole lives came up to us -- some of them near tears -- saying how much fun they had."

Racing Cardboard Boats

Nothing says seaworthy like a boat built out of cardboard. Well, maybe not. But next month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 50 teams plan to race boats built out of nothing but cardboard and maybe some glue and tape.

Teams race along a 200-yard course on Robbins Lake at Ellis Park, according to Ann Virden of the Freedom Festival, a summer-long event aimed at bringing people to town. The goal is to complete three legs of the race.

"If they are not disqualified by sinking their first time around, they can move on to the next heat," Virden said.

Similar regattas are being held this year in Illinois, Washington, New York, Michigan and elsewhere.

But this race isn't just about speed. Just like the Olympics, there are plenty of points for style.

Sailing Taken to a New Level

There is an award for the most spectacular or prettiest-looking boat, one for the best use of corrugated cardboard, one for the best-dressed team and one for team spirit. And finally, there is the Titanic Award, given to the ship -- if we can call it that -- with the "most spectacular sinking."

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