It’s Thanksgiving time and we all have a lot to be thankful for. That includes some things that are very specific to us Disney fans. In case you need a reminder, here’s a quick list.

We should all be thankful for:

Charles Mintz stealing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Otherwise, no Mickey Mouse.

The destruction of some of our favorite attractions – the ones that made room for even greater experiences. (For example, goodbye Adventure to Inner Space; hello Star Tours)

Disney World serving as an extinct attractions museum. (PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, Country Bear Jamboree, etc.)

Increases in annual pass prices that may be crazy, but at least they’re not yet insane. (If they were insane, would we all still be buying them?)

DCA finally being worth the price of admission.

Pointing with two fingers. It makes us all look so internationally sensitive.

The existence of the Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, and Hong Kong parks. (And someday, I may get to be thankful for getting to visit them)



Everything that Michael Eisner did to reinvigorate the company.

Michael Eisner eventually leaving the company for “other pursuits.”

The inside of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride turning out better than the outside looks.

Dole whip, Dole whip, Dole whip (repeat ad infinitum).

A seemingly unending supply of unplumbed intellectual property available for D23 cosplay.

Annual pass blockout dates that allow the rest of us to actually breath while visiting the parks.

Long lines that give us a chance to meet people, check out the latest fashions, and marvel at just how many tattoos there are in the world.

And I’m personally thankful to Dusty and the MiceChat staff who allow me to keep doing whatever this is they let me keep doing.

Is there anything you’d like to add to the list?