Born on the 20th of July 

Today is my eldest daughter’s 18th birthday! It’s a special day for me and my family for obvious reasons, but it’s also a day that signifies the beginning of something much deeper: Our passion for Disney Parks!

It seems balloons are appropriate today!

See…my wife and I had a love and passion for Disney movies, songs, and legacy that was an early bond of our relationship. For years we would collect Disney animated movies on VHS, to others we would say, “they’re for a future child”, but in reality we personally wore those tapes out!

What Disney didn’t tell us was that the lifespan of these magnetic tapes are about 100 viewings or 10 years (whichever comes first)

Fast forward to when we graduated college, and we started to be financially stable. We began planning our first trip to WDW. As we still do to this day, we really enjoyed the planning part of the trip…and this was back in the day when most of the information was in the form of “books” from “stores”. We had a dramatic life affirmation and accelerated our goal for a child…then our daughter entered our lives. 

The significance of this miracle timed with the summer we were also planning on going to WDW for the first time…so that dream had to be put on pause. Eventually, that desire became amplified with our new child and we succumbed to those desires in 2000!

Carrying toddlers at WDW should be an Olympic endurance sport

So this day is a nice reminder for us…eventually we visited WDW again, and again, and again…often two or three times a year! This passion has even led to getting Annual  Passes, buying Disney Vacation Club (Disney’s “timeshare”), going to Disneyland, and becoming Charter members of the D23 fan club…heck, we even started doing runDisney events (and I’m absolutely NOT a runner).  Who knows what the future brings for us…but we know for certain that Disney will be a big part of it!

Recent trip to Disneyland: We’ve conquered Disney in the US, now we need to go International! #ThanksShanghai 

You are going to Disney Again???

I am the father of four, an 8th grade social studies teacher, and the president of my wife’s fan club.  I am also a self-confessed Disney ADDICT!!  I am not ashamed of this; on the contrary I flaunt it with pride.  I talk Disney every chance I get, and I listen to Disney podcasts on my commute every day. I have an “Ohana” tattoo wrapped around my wrist and happen to be wearing a Disney Vacation Club shirt as I type.

Showing off the ink with Experiment 626 himself.
Showing off the ink with Experiment 626 himself.

Many people question why…some people smile and nod, but very few truly understand.   I am asked the same question all the time, “You are going to Disney Again???”   I simply smile and say, “yes, yes I am.”

My "I'm going to Disney World" face.
My “I’m going to Disney World” face.

If they need further explanation I simply say, “do you ask a person who goes to the Jersey Shore every summer, you’re going again???” The answer 9 times out of 10 is no.  Now I got them, so I ask them this:  “Would you like to go to a place where you can be a kid once again? A place where all your worries from the real world seem to melt away, and no matter how many times you go you always find a different experience or something different to do?

Dave was on to something when he said the The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was one of the best attractions on property.
Dave was on to something when he said  The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was one of the best attractions on property.

A place where you can visit other countries all at once, you can go back in time or into the future, dine at world class restaurants or simply have a snack by the pool?”   Disney is a place where you can be immersed in different ideas and cultures by simply staying at one of the many unique resorts on property, a place where someone drives you to wherever you want to go, and everywhere people are smiling, happy and kind to you.

 

Disney has everything, even the Kitchen Sink!
Disney has everything, even the Kitchen Sink!

So I state again “yes, yes I am going back to Disney World again,” and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

On top of that the official coffee of Walt Disney Word and The Mickey Dude's Podcast, Joffrey's Coffee, flows in abundance throughout the Disney property. #Winning
On top of that the official coffee of Walt Disney Word and The Mickey Dude’s Podcast, Joffrey’s Coffee, flows in abundance throughout the Disney property. #Winning