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    What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    I started this same question in the Disneyland forum, and I thought it should be asked here in the Disney World Forum as well.

    Basically, sometimes when I am reading the posts here on MiceChat, I begin to wonder about a person's background. Their park experience. Their Disney World experience, to be specific.

    Things like: When was your first visit? How often do you visit? How long, in days, are your visits on average? How do you feel about Disney World as a whole? What type of tickets do you usually buy? Do you have a favorite park? Do you have a favorite memory. Do you have and park traditions? Have you ever traveled there alone?

    A person is defined by their experiences, I believe. It sometimes comes across loudly in their posts. Then again, sometimes it doesn't, and that's what prompted me to ask the question.

    I will follow up with my own credentials very soon.. I'd love to read yours.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    My first trip to Disney World was back in 1997. It seemed like everyone that I knew had gone there but me. So my husband finally agreed to a trip, and in 1997 we took our four year old grandson to Disney World. It was a wonderful vacation. The castle was a cake because Disney World was celebrating it's 25th birthday, and I was celebrating my 50th. My husband loved the boat that took us across the Seven Seas Lagoon, and still talks about the Electrical Water Pageant. I discovered Spectromagic, and delighted in the sight of Jiminy Cricket my favorite character.

    I always wanted to go back, and I finally did. That happened in 2003, when my grandson was now 10. We splurged and stayed at the Contemporary Hotel which was a dream come true. We did all the fun stuff. Character Meals, Mini Golf, Swimming, and all 4 parks. Many magical moments defined that trip. The three of us, that's me, my grandson, and his mom returned twice after that. 2004, and 2005, Those were equally wonderful vacations.

    I have been on 7 Disney World vacations, and I enjoyed them all. I love staying on property, and closing out the outside world. I had a wish of working my way around to staying in all of the hotels at least once, but I don't think that wish is going to come true. Money is the main reason, although I am returning to Disney World hopefully, in 2013, and staying at a nearby timeshare to save some money.

    I love Magic Kingdom out of all 4 parks. I love the monorail, and Seven Seas Lagoon. I have had Tea at the Grand Floridian, and treated my self to two nights there on my 2006 vacation. My grandson and I took a fishing excursion, and I must say that was a whole lot of fun. Almost as much fun as seeing him dance with Cinderella in the castle.

    Disney World is a magical place filled with wonderful things to do, and one can never go wrong planning a vacation there.

    I always get a parkhopper, have never had an annual pass. I have eaten at so many of the wonderful restaurants there, and I look forward to the New Fantasyland, because Fantasyland is my favorite Land in the MK.

    Disney World was my first introduction to the Disney Parks, and has brought me a lot of enjoyment. I love touring by myself, as well as with friends, and I absolutely love taking lots of pictures.

    I went in 2007 for the Christmas Season, and that was one of my favorite vacations in Disney World. Everyone should experience that at least once in their lives.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    Things like: When was your first visit?
    1980 maybe a few years before. I was young it's hard to remember for sure. But it rivals my early memories from DL.

    How often do you visit?
    It's really change. When I was growing up a trip every 3-5 years. After college a couple times. The last several year a couple times a year.

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    It's probably 6 days.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    I really feel like I'm on vacation when I go and enjoy it. I wish it would change more often with new additions.

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    From ticket books to Premier AP.

    Do you have a favorite park?
    Epcot, by far.

    Do you have a favorite memory.
    When Epcot opened and going on the Universe of Energy, I saw Dinosaurs.

    Do you have and park traditions?
    On some older visits, I drank around the world. A drink from each country's pavillion in Epcot.


    Have you ever traveled there alone?
    Yes. Once I met my Grand Parents at the Orlando Airport. Another time I was out that way so I went to Disneyworld for a couple days.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    Hmmm I find this question a bit confusing. What do you mean by "credentials"? Or are you asking for "tips" for added enjoyment at the Disney parks?
    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    A person is defined by their experiences,
    Hmmm, I think a person is defined more by their character, which would remain central and true to an individual regardless of how many experiences you have in life.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?

    How often do you visit?

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?

    Do you have a favorite park?

    Do you have a favorite memory?

    Do you have and park traditions?

    Have you ever traveled there alone?
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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?

    1996

    How often do you visit?
    Once a week

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    I am a local

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    Mixed feelings, I love what it means to me personally, but I am sad to see what has happened to the resort over the past decade.

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    Premium Annual

    Do you have a favorite park?
    Each park is a favorite for different reasons... but if I had to say which park I love to just walk around in, that would be Animal Kingdom

    Do you have a favorite memory?
    Watching WISHES on my College Program... it made me cry.

    Do you have and park traditions?
    Sadly being a local has gotten rid of my old traditions. It used to be that everyone in my family would buy a glass figurine every time we visited.

    Have you ever traveled there alone
    I did do a trip solo trip back in 2005 which convinced me to move back down.
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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    I was brought to WDW a few months after it opened in '71 (I was only a few months old at the time) and have been coming back again and again ever since. For the past 12 years my wife and I have had annual passes and we are DVC members. I even worked for Disney at the reservations center for a couple of years. That's where my wife and I first met. We live an hour from the parks so we make regular visits per year.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?
    1985 I was 1 year old

    How often do you visit?
    about once a year

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    A couple of days, usually it varies between one day and a week, most of which is spent on property, but not necessarily always in the parks.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    I enjoy my time there, but I think that there's ALOT of room of improvement
    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    one or two day park hoppers

    Do you have a favorite park?
    used to be MGM Studios, now I'm not sure if I have a favorite

    Do you have a favorite memory?
    Seeing my favorite characters for the first time

    Do you have any park traditions?
    Sometimes I do drink around the world, mostly though I just start off with just a nice relaxing day by the pool, and start off jogging around the resort I'm staying at in the morning.

    Have you ever traveled there alone?
    Used to all the time when I was in the College Program
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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?

    1976. When I completed boot camp for the Navy my Mom, sister, and Aunt came down for the ceremony and we all went to Disney before we went home.
    How often do you visit?

    I try to go back every couple years.

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?

    Average is about 7, some visits we stayed 2 weeks

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?

    I love it. I hope they do the big make over like they did at DL when everyone was crying about how bad that park looked.


    What type of tickets do you usually buy?

    Park hoppers


    Do you have a favorite park?

    EPCOT, I love just wandering around the world showcase.


    Do you have a favorite memory?

    On one trip I have the best two. In the mid 90's we went with my kids 6+8 and brought my in-laws. We went to the "Hoop-tee-doo" Review. My mother in law is terrified of stuffed animal heads but she wasn't going to miss seeing the grand kids have a good time. Wouldn't you know, at the end of the big opening sequence they slammed a jug of water down on our table right next to her. I took us a half hour to calm her down, and my father in law couldn't stop laughing.

    Two days later we went to Sea World and at the stingray petting area some teenager was leaning way over to touch a big ray. He slipped and fell head first into the pool, and again I have never seen my father in law laugh so hard! Alas, he is no longer with us, but I'll never forget him laughing himself to tears!

    Do you have and park traditions?

    Always ride the boat to Magic Kingdom the first time over. The view seeing that castle rise up as we get closer still gets me.

    Have you ever traveled there alone?

    No but I almost did. The trip for work got canceled other wise I'd have been just down the street.

    In the last 30 years I've been more than a dozen times. My kids are now 24 +26 and they both came with us again last November when we went. It just never gets old. I forget about everything in the real world and just completely relax. It's the only place I've found that does that so completely.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    Interesting thread concept, Barbaraann. Here's my input -

    When was your first visit?
    Spring of 1979. I was a road musician, and we were playing a one nighter nearby and had a day off. I had been following the development of WDW since the mid-60's, and grew up in SoCal with multiple visits to DL each year. So I was totally excited about my first visit to the East Coast park!

    How often do you visit?
    I'm trying to up the frequency of my visits. For the past few months I've been visiting every other month or so, usually for a long 4 day weekend.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    WDW and DL are my main places to vacaish, to get away from day to day life and enjoy the fantasy for a few days, ride the rides, eat the fine meals, and enjoy the scenery and the people!

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    I'm an annual passholder to both WDW and DL. Now with the big price increases in DL APs, I'm going to buy a Premier Pass this spring.

    Do you have a favorite park?
    Epcot is by far my favorite. Not really for the attractions, although I love them and the entertainment. But there's just something about the vibe of the place that speaks to me. Having a big meal, enjoying some time at the Rose & Crown Pub, and then seeing IllumiNations for the umpteenth time is really special for me!

    Do you have a favorite memory.
    For my 40th birthday I planned on taking my first official scuba dive in the Living Seas. I took diving lessons for weeks, and had my certification in time for my trip. I really loved the dive - the ease of it, the excellent care of the instructors, and actually being on the other side of the glass for the first time! Afterwards, as I was closing the park down, I was in the Centorium watching Pluto playing with some kids. He was grabbing hats, running away with them, etc. I was chatting with his handler, and I mentioned that it had been a terrific 40th birthday. Somehow she got word to Pluto, and the next thing I knew Pluto was pulling me up onto a bench while the handler was explaining that it was my birthday and Pluto wanted everyone to sing Happy Birthday to me. So there I was, with Pluto and about 20 people I'd never met singing to me - just an incredibly cool memory!

    Have you ever traveled there alone?
    I almost always travel alone. Just a single 56 year old park stormer that's almost always happy as a clam!!!

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    Excellent Post Dan.

    I thank everyone who has posted in this thread so far. It is this type of responses that I was looking for.

    A person's history, and experience in the parks makes up their credentials. We are all different, and it is those differences that I find fascinating. I hope more MiceChatters will share.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?
    Back in 1978

    How often do you visit?
    Depends on if I have an AP or not. If I have an AP, then once a month. If no AP, then maybe once or twice a year.

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    Again it depends. Sometimes I just do a day trip since I live less than 100 miles away. Other times I'll stay overnight (off-property) and do a 2 day trip.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    I like it well enough (obviously), but there's always room for improvement.

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    I have an AP right now, but if I don't have an AP, I get the Florida resident 3/4 day play pass that's good for 3/4 visits over a 6 month period.

    Do you have a favorite park?
    Epcot. I could live there.

    Do you have and park traditions?
    Not really.

    Have you ever traveled there alone?
    I almost always go alone. It's easier that way. By myself I can get there when I want, see what I want, when I want. Eat when I want, leave when I want... it's all on MY timetable.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post

    When was your first visit?
    July 1990 to WDW. (I was living in CA at the time. Side note: I went to Disneyland frequently as a kid)

    How often do you visit?
    Since moving to FL in '05, I've gone anywhere from annually, to a few times a year.

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    Usually from 3-7 days.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    I love Disney World. As Disneyland was my former home park, I spent a lot of time initially comparing the resorts. I've kind of eased up on the comparisons, and now focus more on what the parks have to offer. While I do see improvements that are needed or missed opportunities, I have a favorable opinion of WDW. Now that I have a young child, it is even more fun to see it through her eyes.

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    AP or if only going once for the year, AAA FL resident tickets

    Do you have a favorite park?
    EPCOT. I used to kind of dismiss MK as I would make LOTS of comparisons to DL. But I will say, now that I have a toddler, I am REALLY enjoying MK. I have a fabulous visit to WDW last month and spent 3.5 days at MK! Way more than the other parks.

    Do you have a favorite memory?
    Of WDW? I love my memory of the long-gone attracts at EPCOT. So glad I got to visit back in its heyday. Recent memory, seeing the parades etc with our toddler. There are lots of shows and rides we would skip pre-child, and now it was fun to do with her.

    Do you have any park traditions?
    There are restaurants or snacks we just have to enjoy during our visit. I usually want to enjoy at least one character meal. There are certain pictures we take each visit. I always stop in front of the Partners statue and take a few moments to silently thank Walt.

    Have you ever traveled there alone?
    I have visited EPCOT and DHS alone. I enjoyed every moment. I would like to do this again in the future (but it will be harder as our daughter grows up.) If she becomes a Disney nerd like me, she probably won't let me go alone!

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    I am enjoying the responses. I have a real fondness for Disney World, since it was the first Disney Park that I ever visited, and the one that I visited the most with my grandson. I have a trip coming up in April, and despite the fact that I am not staying on property I am really looking forward to getting reaquainted with the parks, and the feelings they made me feel.

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    Re: What are your "Disney World" Credentials?

    When was your first visit?
    1979.

    How often do you visit?
    Used to visit every winter, at least twice. Havent been there since 2005, but im going there in Feb.

    How long, in days, are your visits on average?
    Ive stayed in the Disney area for 3 weeks , and ive snuck in for a 1 day visit. On the ave., 7 days.

    How do you feel about Disney World as a whole?
    WDW is my resting and relaxing oasis. When im there, i do everything, or i do as little as i feel like doing.

    What type of tickets do you usually buy?
    Depends n the length of the stay.

    Do you have a favorite park?
    They all have their good points, but to me, the Magic Kingdom will always be my fav.

    Do you have a favorite memory?
    Has to be the time when i celebrated my first retirement by inviting all my brothers , sisters, and their families down , and had a great time. My first visit is one ill never forget, too.

    Do you have and park traditions?
    Yep, when i first get into the MK, as i walk towards the Castle, i sing to myself, the old clubhouse song....lol

    Have you ever traveled there alone?

    Yes. I used to got to Florida on business, and id sneek away and hit a park. I find that visiting alone, i can take my time and get some great pics. Its also a good time to do the odd stuff that you dont take time to do when with others.

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