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!