Biggest Disney Fan?

Annual Passes for 26 Years
Annual Passes for 26 Years

Who’s the biggest Disney fan you know?

Maybe it’s yourself.  Maybe a neighbor.  Or a colleague, friend or family member.

For me, it’s me. My younger sister is right up there too.  Maybe it was growing up in small town America watching Walt Disney on Sunday nights in our living room.

Or maybe it was listening to the Disney vinyl albums – the Disney Classic stories, brought to life through the stereo speakers and our own vivid imaginations.

There were no VHS Disney movies.  There were no Disney DVD’s.  No Blue Ray. Only albums and imagination. And Walt Disney, the man, on Sunday nights.

Here are several Orlando Sentinel Links to recent breaking Disney News:

  1. 3D Model Shows Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom
  2. Pictures of new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World
  3. Compare Current with Future Fantasyland
  4. Pictures of Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown Fair

Walt Disney inspires people every single day.  Some people, like my sister and me, are even inspired daily.

Thought you might enjoy these.  On a scale of 1-10, with ten the biggest, how big of a Disney fan are you?

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I don’t know where I fit on the scale, but it is high. high, high, high. Sorry for the corny reference to the Mickey Mouse theme song.

    I grew up like you – watching the Wonderful World of Disney and dreaming of getting there one day. Interestingly, we never were able to go to Disney World as a kid, but we had all the vinyl records too and really had dreams of getting there one day. It wasn’t until a couple of years after my first child was born that we were able to go 9 years ago. And then I realized something – the place makes me feel like a kid again! We went back last year now that my younger son is old enough to really appreciate it, and we are “hooked” again. I wanted to make sure my boys got to experience the excitement of a child while being a child!

    I haven’t got to have 26 years of annual passes, but I am drawn nonetheless! You are in a special situation to see people’s fantasies come true every day you are there! That’s cool!


  2. 100. Watched Walt at Nana & Grandpa’a on Sunday nights in the 60’s. Fan level: 5. First visit to a park was in 1986. Went from a 5 to a 10 on the spot. Hired on 12/9/1990. Went from an 8 to a 100 during Traditions.

    I know what Walt would say about the Fantasyland expansion: “What took you so long?”

  3. Mike and Bob, thanks. In our entire lives, have we ever heard any one say Walt Disney was a phony? A jerk? Stupid?

    This must be what attracted us, and still attracts us, to his imagine as an American original.

  4. Yeah, ummmm…yeah. I’m way up there. Mike took my “off-the-scale” joke. =)
    Considering that my dream as a child was to live at WDW & the fact that that dream hasn’t changed says a lot.
    I’m incredibly excited for the Fantasyland expansion. I had always hoped for something ever since the Little Mermaid ride was first scrapped. I’m definitely a dark-ride junky.
    My only wish is to live closer to the magic…

  5. Craig, one of the things I love about Disney is how they continue to invest in quality, even in a down economy.

    Disney does a masterful job, I think, at keeping the audience (us) connected to their brand.

    Just this afternoon, our son had me watch him play on Club Penguin.

    Carpe PM, jeff 🙂

  6. Donna, from what I can tell, you’re not a five. More like a five, and a ten, so a 15.

    There is plenty of opportunity to live near Disney. Keep dreaming and working hard. It’ll happen.

    A dream is a wish your heart makes. 🙂

  7. Compared to some I would be a 5, in others’ opinion I would be a 10. Without doing a comparison, there is not a day that Disney does not come into my life in some way. In a strange way Disney is my “happy place”. Nothing but magical memories. Like Craig I wish I lived closer to the magic. Still dreaming that I will some day.

  8. The problem when one nut writes 5 blogs a day is sometimes one comments on a blog then discovers the next blog asks the question he answered. I love Disney, Walt captivated my youth, Roy inspired my early work years. I think i learned more about excellence, quality of product and the importance of your workers at the Majic Kingdom College program then I did in any class room. Thank God some wacko from Sig Ep decided to give it a try and then convinced others to folow.

  9. Mike, I resemble that remark.
    To think that that crazy nut was simply taking his own advice, so he could become a better writer. So much for a 100-day challenge to write a lot.
    Never did the math until you mentioned it. Seems there were quite a few of you who did the Disney College Program thing after jungle jeff found the path to palm tree and sunshine.
    Mike C, you always brighten the day when your comments appear. Peace and blessings to you and your Family.

  10. I need a higher ranking. I don’t think 10 is high enough for me.

    Then again, I laugh when people say they are giving 110%. That’s not possible. They just need to redefine what giving 100% means.

    So, I’m a 10!

  11. David, nice to see you visiting the archives. Is this prompted from Twitter?

    I love the WordPress Plugin Tweet Old Posts.

    David, you are definitely a 10!

  12. Yes, it was from the Twitter feed.

    Already planned one trip for 2011. Trying to work out details for a DI trip also. I’m thinking of starting a website and ask for donations . . . “” 🙂

  13. Well, it’s an idea. I’m feeling a little bit like General MacArthur . . .

    “There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.”

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