Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Statistically, these resolutions last until around February because, let’s be honest, how fun is it to starve yourself or give up enjoyable but “bad” habits?  The good thing about making Disney New Year’s Resolutions is that they’re fun to keep. Going to the park more? Sign me up. Trying out a new-to-you (but kind of scary) attraction? Yes, please. Here are my Disney resolutions for 2013.

1.  Be there on opening day for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride.  In 2012, I was lucky enough to go on both the media cruise for the new Disney Fantasy and to the media event for the opening of the Fantasyland expansion (and no, I didn’t see the dragon because I was inside Be Our Guest eating free cupcakes and yes IT WAS A CONSPIRACY!). Both were amazing, once in a lifetime events that I am beyond grateful to have been invited to.  Having said all this, it would probably be beyond greedy to expect an invitation to the opening of the Mine Train ride, but I’d like one anyway. Thank you.

Oh, and before you say “But Chris, Disney has said that the ride won’t open until 2014,” I think it’s reasonable to expect that Disney will open Seven Dwarfs before the Christmas holiday season unless something unforeseen happens like a massive hurricane or one of the Dwarfs has an issue with the Union, which has been known to happen in the past.  Let’s just cross our fingers that everything goes smoothly.

2.  Slow down.  A lot of times people ask me about the amazing pools at Disney World and I always wax on and on about how awesome they are because, of course, they are awesome. Sadly, the truth is, my experience is usually limited to rushing by on the way to my room because I’m always on the go when I’m in Disney. My goal for next year is to slow down, even if it means just spending a half-day in the parks or (gasp) sleeping in one morning.  I might even go for a swim.

3.  Take the time to thank good cast members.  No, I’m not talking becoming one of those crazy guests who make goodie bags for cast members and hand them out in the parks.  What I mean is taking the time to send an email to Disney about really good service. Those emails (or comments you leave in City Hall) really do go in cast member’s files and help when it comes to promotions. I’m pretty good about it now, but I’d like to be better. For more information on how you can thank a cast member for their good service, please see this article. 

4.  Try a Mickey Bar or do a thousand other things I haven’t done before (because I’m a creature of habit). Yes, I’ll ride Pirates five times during a two-day trip and never even make it over to Tomorrowland. I’m one of those people.  My goal for 2013 is to try some of the things I’ve missed before, even if it means eating at Flying Fish instead of Yachtsman Steakhouse. Yes, it involves food.  Baby steps, people.

5.  Spend more time at Disneyland.  Okay, Disneyland people, you win: Disney World will always be my favorite park, but Disneyland is beyond fantastic. You’ve got better quick-service food, resorts right at the back door of the parks, Carsland, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Even your Space Mountain is better than ours!  If you added Carousel of Progress I might just have to move.  So my goal this year is to spend more time in Disneyland.  I’m upgrading my Disney World annual pass to a premier pass (all the parks, all the time!) next month and I hope to get in at least two Disneyland trips in 2013.

What are your Disney New Year’s resolutions? I would love to hear them– and who knows, you might just inspire someone else out there!

  • Algernon

    My resolution is to keep complaining about all the bogus changes, hoping maybe somebody will listen. Of course their resolutions are to totally dismatle the old Disneyland and replace it with a more expensive version of Magic Mountain–something they are being quite successful at…

  • My resolution is to see Mystic Manor when it opens.

    • Chris Wood

      It’s going to be amazing. I hope you go!

    • OriginalMousekteer

      I can only dream!

      I sincerely hope it’s as good as we expect. But I fear I won’t see it until/unless we get one in the US.

  • Ravjay12

    Mine is to go to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea!!

  • Ravjay12

    Mine is to go to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea parks!

    • Ravjay12

      Sorry about the double post!!

      • Chris Wood

        No worries! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I would LOVE to go to Tokyo Disneyland. I’m hoping to get to Disneyland Paris first though.

  • eicarr

    My resolution is not to freak out when they’re demolishing the old non-historic Tomorrowland. Everything they put in the Carousel and Magic Eye theaters was a chore to sit though (aside for America Sings and Captain Eo for a while). And the skyway building, starcade, and awkward unused space entering Space Mountain has better use in an alien version of Tomorrowland with Star Wars and Marvel aliens. The Autopia belongs in Cars Land behind Luigis.

    As a resolution during the years of construction I plan to fully enjoy all the new love and care put into the new DCA. I can drown my Peoplemover sorrows with some retro drinks at the Carthey Circle. There I won’t cry over what was lost, but dream of future TL possibilities like Avatar and Tron attractions(tested at other parks first).

    • Chris Wood

      Awesome. Thank you.

  • Oregonmom2

    When we travel to Disneyland in the summer, we stay off-site at a cheap hotel, and do the parks from7am – midnight for 4-5 days. Then, we stay at the Dl hotel for one or two nights, and we don’t go into the parks. We sleep in, enjoy the pool, eat and drink at the restaurants, watch the fireworks from the room, and totally enjoy the hotel atmosphere. We can also wander easily around downtown disney,and then head back to our room. A nice way to end our vacation, and we are rested to head home…to plan our next vacation! It is really worth the money for just a night or two, and we get to really do everything at the hotel,as we aren’t rushing off to the park.

    • Chris Wood

      I like this idea a lot. My only issue with DL is that Disney rooms are so expensive. I priced out 3 nights at Paradise Pier during D23 in August and it was over $1000. For that kind of room, I can get Animal Kingdom Lodge on a passholder discount at WDW. I’m definitely going to check out some off site resorts next time I’m visiting.

  • iamdisneysgirl

    As much as I want to go to the international parks for now I’m just looking forward to WDW. I’m hoping to find a job soon so I can go for Spring Break and if not then next Christmas 2013. I miss WDW so much! Side note: I also want to go back to Universal Studios Orlando/Islands of Adventure! I had so much fun as well!

    • Chris Wood

      I’ll be crossing my fingers for you that 2013 is your year.

      Have you seen Harry Potter yet–I’m not even a fan of the book, but the theming is incredible.

  • disneydempster

    my bucket list – not sure if this one will get crossed off in 2013. Four parks, two continents, one calendar day. I hope to do key attractions in Disneyland Tokyo, Disney Sea then fly the Pacific to finish the day in Anaheim at DL and DCA. Yes it’s possible, insanely expensive as Tokyo doesn’t have park hoppers, but an awesome challenge.

    • Chris Wood

      Would LOVE to try this. I would settle for WDW and DL in one day!

      Thanks for reading.