I’ve been a Disney nerd for as long as I can remember. My first trip to Walt Disney World, was in 1994 when I was two years old (that I do not remember. But I’ve seen the home videos enough times to know that even as a toddler I had impeccable taste, since we now have video evidence of me rocking out to Mickey Mania and SpectroMagic.)
As a kid, I remember catching myself getting really caught up with all of the details in the theme parks. This of course totally bored my family at the time who like most guests were all about the rides and shows. But my seven-ish year old self couldn’t help but ask things like, “What are all of the animals on the Tree of Life?” or “What happened to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride?” (my favorite, R.I.P.), or “How authentic are the countries in World Showcase?” I’m sure my family saw this as their own personal overly-smart kid stereotype you see a lot in movies, but I was so hooked on figuring out everything about how the parks were designed from such a young age, and that didn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
I started blogging about Disney parks all the way back in the mid-2000s in high school…on LiveJournal (remember that? or am I old?). I didn’t get to the parks often enough back then, so the posts were essentially an assortment of random ramblings of things I liked about the parks. (I was also in high school, so don’t judge.)
Fast forward to 2012, and I was all set to participate in the Disney College Program…until my school’s financial aid office put a quick end to that by letting me know I’d lose my scholarship if I spent the semester in Florida 👎. Thankfully I was accepted again after I graduated, and I started journaling about the experience beginning with the application process and ending with the drive home, which served as inspiration for some of the posts on here as well as my first book, Brittany Earns Her Ears.
When my DCP was over, I returned home and began work on Red, White, and Disney, and I decided to start focusing this blog more towards general Disney interests. Red, White, and Disney covers the representation (or misrepresentation) of American history in Disney parks, and since writing it I’ve been getting more and more interested in researching the background behind different areas and attractions, so you’ll hopefully be seeing more of that content on here soon! I’m also hoping to write more about Disney movies (especially with Disney+) but mostly this blog is a place to share tips about the DCP and visiting the parks, plus a way for me to nerd out about the history behind Disney parks and attractions.