Who We Are

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We are a Disney Family! Our family was originally my wife Rachel, my son Wyatt, and me. Lately, since the beginning of 2018, we have two add-ons. They are my cousin’s son and daughter, Conner and Elle. Pictured above from left to right are Conner, me, Rachel, Wyatt, and Rachel’s sister Ruth. Elle was not with us during our 2018 trip. I’ll find a picture of her and add it. We currently live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

My history of Disneyland before I was married consists of one visit in the late 1980’s. I was about 10 years old. I don’t have a ton of memories about it other than I know it was so much fun and I loved it. When I got married, Rachel, who had gone almost yearly with her family growing up, wanted me to go. I hesitated because, in my mind, Disneyland was great for kids and not for adults. She wouldn’t have that and said, “We NEED to go!!”. My reply was, let’s wait until we have kids to take. “We REALLY NEED to go!!”

I finally relented and that was it. Blew. My. Mind! I had never had so much fun. I was hooked.

I need to step back to fill in kind of a big plot-hole here…

When we were planning our wedding, we decided that it would be amazing to spend our short honeymoon at Walt Disney World, in Florida. We budgeted and planned for a total of three days and told our family and friends we’d be gone a full week. The plan was to come home secretly and have some alone time. Our wedding day was September 8th, 2001. We were in Florida, ready to head to Magic Kingdom on September 11th… We heard all the commotion in the hotel, turned on the TV and were completely floored by these horrific events in New York City. But, we came and paid to go to Disney, so we went. We didn’t even make it through the front gate before they closed the park and started ushering us all out. We were able to go back the next day, but I remember so little about the park itself. I remember it was raining a bit. I remember after hearing all flights were grounded that we called the airline at every phone booth we could find. I remember that our short, three day honeymoon was extended to nearly the full week we had told everyone it would be. All in all, an experience that wasn’t entirely positive about Disney Parks.

Since those events, we tried to visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World every year. One year, we all had Annual Passes and went so many times in that period.

Wyatt has been “indoctrinated” into the world of Disney Parks since birth. He truly loves the Magic that only Disney can provide. He loves the food, the attractions, and the great family time we have together.

Here’s a picture with Elle (far left):

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While others may contribute to this blog, Rachel, Wyatt, and I will be the regular writers and we hope to delight, entertain and most importantly, educate you on how To Disney.

The Adventure Begins

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Hello! We’re husband and wife, Tim and Rachel. Our plans for this blog are to teach you how To Disney. That way, when you go To Disney, you’ll have an amazing and memorable time.

We’ll cover every topic we can think of. We’ve gone to Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World at least one time every year since we’ve been married, in 2001. *That’s a story for its own article! Along the way, we’ve picked up a lot of great info and developed a very strong and fun strategy for visiting Disneyland Resort.

On the outset, we will say that our focus on our Disney trips are mainly the attractions and the food. We’re not huge Parade or Event people. But we’ll get into all that in greater detail. From saving the money (yes, Disneyland is EXPENSIVE!) to knowing how to best spend it at the Parks.

Tune in (old people speak for Set a Bookmark) and let’s begin our “…grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdom…”

To all who come to this happy place; welcome. – Walt Disney, 1955