On September 8, 2010, I started this Disney blog. It’s initial purpose was to document the memories I had of trips I had taken to Walt Disney World, so that I could use this fun medium to keep a historical record of my visits. My introductory post is linked here, for those that wish to read the drivel I was writing back then! Five years is a lot of posts — this is post number 1,655 since that first day — so I hope you enjoy a look at some of my favorites!
As the years have progressed, my journey into the world of Disney Fan Sites has led me on some incredible journeys, and I’ve met some incredible people, some of whom are my friends to this day. On this special 5th Anniversary post, I am taking a little time to introduce to you some of my favorite posts, but these are also some of your favorite posts as well, at least, based on some of the feedback I’ve received over the years. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our look down memory lane, as we explore My Dreams of Disney through the years.
Tanya’s Tips for being selected as First Family at Disney
On April 29, 2013, my friend Tanya, who responded to a post I wrote to see if anyone had an interest in writing for My Dreams of Disney, wrote an incredible post about the time that her family was selected to be the First Family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. It was — and still is — a very popular post, because being the First Family at one of the parks means that you are selected to open the gates for the day, and it’s a fun adventure that your whole family can enjoy. It takes some luck, and it takes some thought out processes to make this happen, so check out Tanya’s post to learn her tips on what it took for them.
The Disney Apps I roll with
On March 30, 2013, I was asked what my favorite Disney Apps were for my phone. In thinking it through, I came up with a list that, while certainly is in need of an update, is still pretty good in my opinion. Have a look at it, and see if any of those apps are on your phone.
The Lands of the Magic Kingdom
One of my first projects on the site, after I documented my early trips, was to start a series of posts about the different lands in the Magic Kingdom. Of course, when I started this, there were 7 lands in the Magic Kingdom — but now, there are only six because of the Fantasyland expansion. However, I still have pages about the missing land, so go check out the page and let me know which one was closed!
Disney Music on #YouTube — Frozen
For me, one of the best things about the hit Disney movie Frozen was the music. It struck such a chord in me that I wrote several posts about it and the impact that it had in my life. All of that culminated in this post, which drew a lot of interest. In case you missed it, go check it out and let me know what you think of it!
Why Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland — or Why Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World
In July 2013, my family made our first trip to Disneyland — and had an incredible time! Out of that trip became an endless debate — which is better, Walt Disney World or Disneyland? To try and answer that question, I wrote two posts — one on why Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World, and another on why Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland. These are certainly polarizing posts, with each of us having our favorites, so check them out and tell us which is your favorite!
Throughout the years, a lot of things have come and gone — and in some ways, the Disney focus on our blog has waned a bit at times. However, throughout all of that, one thing still stands — we love the incredible legacy that Walt Disney built, and my family to this day, loves going to Walt Disney World. I don’t know exactly when our next trip to a Disney park will be, but until that time, we’ll spend some time here on the site sharing with you our favorite aspects of the world of Disney.
Until next time, I wish to thank each and every one of you, my dear readers, for visiting with us, and for choosing us to help you get your Disney Fix.
Mike, 5 years!!! I’m so happy you decided to write about [Your] Dreams of Disney, because it was through the magical pages of your blog that we met and became friends. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I look forward to reading back over your favorite posts and am excited to see what’s ahead.
Thanks, Jodi! Your friendship is one of those that I value and will always value. Thanks for always being there for me — and for my blog too!
I hope I’m counted among the ones you still call “friend.” I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog posts – but the best part was having the opportunity to meet you and your family in person. I hope we get to meet up again someday. CONGRATS on 5 great years!
Of course you are counted amongst the “friend” column! You are one of my closest friends, and meeting and breaking bread with you, Ashley, Gracie, and Ian was a lot of fun for us! I look forward to the next time we can hang out together. Thanks!
Wow, 5 years is an awesome milestone, Mike. I am so proud of you and so happy to call you my friend. Congratulations and keep on posting. Hugs to you and much love.
Thank you Brenda! You are my true Sister, and one of the people that I think of on a daily basis, even if I don’t text or call often enough! Love you my friend, you and Butch both! We need to work out a Disney trip together so we can hang together like we did in 2013 — that was a great trip!
Mary at Capturing Magical Memories
Happy anniversary!!!! We all wane a bit as our lives ebb and flow. I think that is part of what makes this great. You can see how life changes and look back to where you have been and be happy with where you are. We are each on our own road and for now I am enjoying traveling beside you.
Thank you Mary. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better, through the good times and the bad times (i.e. server crash!) and am enjoying traveling the Disney path with you as well!
Mary at Capturing Magical Memories
You had to bring THAT up. What’s funny is that is one of those making lemonade out of lemons events. I made a lot of changes after that and sort of found my true voice. (also learned to back up – back up – back up)