Saturday, April 16, 2016

Day 1202: How to Become a Disney Fan

I've been a Disney fan for life, but not everyone has. I'm not kidding though, I've literally pretty much insisted that Disney World is my home since I started to talk, and there's nothing I love more than riding Spaceship Earth. Literally. Nothing.

But if you're not like me and maybe you've never been to a Disney park and haven't seen some of the most popular Disney movies, how do you actually become a Disney fan? I'm not going to lie, it's a pretty awesome community of people to join, as we're definitely some of the most fun and most magical folks around, but you'll also need to know what you're talking about...and what we're talking about for that same matter. Like, do you know what an ADR is? Or a Fastpass? Do you know how many individual strands of hair Rapunzel has on her head?

So, if you want to become a Disney fan, there's really only one thing you can do: jump head first into the fandom and embrace all the magic.

If you're at home, I'd definitely start with some of the classic Disney movies. You have to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at some point, and when you get a bit bored during the movie, look up some of the early history of the Walt Disney Company and learn about the man Walt Disney himself! From there you could just go straight through the 50+ animated Disney movies that make up much of the fandom, but if you want to skip around that's good too. Some other must watch films include Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tangled, Frozen, Dumbo, Bambi, and probably Lilo & Stitch, and don't forget about the Pixar movies too!

After you have a handle on some of the movies that we all fawn over, it's time to book your first trip to the parks! You may want to find a travel agent to help you the first time, but once you get the hang of things, you'll be fine! Be sure to brush up on some of the Disney Parks lingo, and make sure you head on some of the most classic and popular attractions: Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, The Teacups, The Carrousel, Carousel of Progress, Spaceship Earth, Test Track, The American Adventures, The Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, Expedition Everest, It's Tough to be a Bug, Indiana Jones, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and so on and so forth. Really you can't mess this one up.

And then, honestly, you just keep repeating all of this! Head to the Disney Parks more often! Check out some videos on YouTube from Disney YouTubers (like myself), follow Disney fans on social media, watch more Disney movies, and just keep moving forward. You'll get the hang of it eventually.

Have a magical day!