First of all, this is a fan site! That means, I am a HUGE fan of Disney, no I am not obsessed, but I do love Disney. I want to see Disney prosper and continue to grow and be around for my children’s children to be able to love and know some day. I am all for the longevity of Disney as a whole. Being born in the late 60’s, Disney has been a part of my life from day 1. I have fond memories of, “The Wonderful World Of Disney” coming on every Sunday. I would come running from what ever room I was in when I heard the theme music start.
Growing up in California, you would think I would have gone to Disneyland often as a youth, but I didn’t start really going often until the winter or 2000. I went a total of 4 times all the years before then and that was not nearly enough. 2000 is the year I met my wife, who had two small children from a previous marriage and we thought it would be fun to surprise the kids one December morning by taking them to Disneyland for 5 days. I showed up at their house about the time the kids would normally leave for school with tickets to Disneyland in my hands. They went nuts and we all had a fantastic time at the park.
The following year we did it again. After that year I did the math and figured by the time we pay for a 5 or 7 day park hopper ticket for each of us, the hotel, food and gas for the trip, that we would be much better off if we just got annual passes. The rest, as they say, is history. Now we go anywhere from 8 to 12 times a year! I would go more if I could, but we live 4 hours away, so it makes for a long drive just for a quick weekend. Don’t get me wrong, we still do that now and then when we just have to have our “fix” of Disneyland.
I digress, sorry about that, back to what this site is about!
This site is a place for other fans of Disney to meet, discuss ideas, exchange tips, share their photos and get news and information about the parks, the Disney company and Disney Pictures. We have set up areas for each park, and in those areas you can find a list of the attractions, dining, entertainment and shopping. You will also find a place for rumors; this can be very useful after a trip to a park as you might have heard something and you would like to know if its true or not. Just post what you have heard here and others can check them out. For example, a few trips ago I heard some people in line for Splash Mountain talking about Big Thunder Mountain being closed forever after that tragic accident that happened this past summer. Well I posted that and was quickly informed by a cast member that visits the site how wrong that was. I was very glad to hear that rumor was false and this is the whole purpose of this section.
You will also find, under the parks section, the operating hours of each park, the entertainment times, the parade times and other special events. You can check and see what ride is closed for maintenance and when it is expected to re-open. Of course any news that has to do with that park will also be spotlighted here.
We have a movie section that is just a basic list of some films from Disney Pictures, both past and future releases and it even allows you to rate them and leave comments about them to help others find a movie they will enjoy.
Next, you will find a photo section. This is for posting your photos of the parks you have taken on your trips. The more photos, the better! I don’t know about you, but I never get sick of seeing photos from the parks, it’s the next best thing to being there. My wife was having a fantastic time taking photos of the rides for the site when we were there at Christmas. In fact I better thank her for the great ones she got of Peter Pans Flight, Show White and Winnie the Pooh! She did a great job and will be in charge of getting more photos of rides the next time we go.
After the photos you will find the columns. This is where you will find some great articles written by the visitors of Mickey News. There is a wide array of columns and articles here from my ramblings, to cast member stories, trip reports, tips for the next time you go to the parks and suggestions for planning your next trip. This section has been a lot of fun and will continue to grow.
The news section is exactly that. You will find news stories that we have written as well as some we have found on the net that relate to Disney. We try and have that updated every day and will do our best to keep it informative for everyone.
History is a very abridged history of Walt Disney and the Disney Company. It will grow as the company ages and there are new tidbits to put in there.
The Disney Friends section is just a list of other Disney related web sites that we have found interesting and fun. We wanted a place to share them with you and this is the spot. If you find a link that is dead, or doesn’t go to where it is supposed to go, please let us know as soon as possible so we can take care of it. I have heard rumors from other webmasters that have had problems with sites being Disney and family oriented one day turning to porn the next, and we don’t want that on this site!
The Interact section will be expanding with time as well. Right now it contains a forum style discussion board for you to talk about Disney things. There is a general topic for everything Disney and then some more specific areas from Parks, Movies and even Cast Members. Feel free to ask your questions or leave your comments. I think this could be the most fun part of the site if people start to use it. Lets get this section going people.
You can also register for our Almost-Daily Newsletter and give us a little information about you in the Register section. The newsletter will have some of the headlines from our site as well as from other noted sources on the internet that we feel are important. We will also let you know about things going on at Mickey News here. We hope you enjoy them and find something informative in them.
Another fun section we have is the Character of the Month! I just love this one. Each month we will pick a new character from Disney and give you a little history of that character and maybe share something you didn’t know about the character. If you have a suggestion for one, please send it in and we will get that character up one of these months.
That about covers what this site is about now for what the site isn’t about!
It isn’t about Destroying the Magic of Disney!
It isn’t about taking all the secrets and sharing them with the world!
It isn’t about trying to get rich on Disney’s coat tails.
It isn’t about selling the secrets or the other treasured items that Disney has given to the cast members.
It isn’t about some evil plot to ruin the image or the public’s perception of Disney, or any current or past board members.
Lastly, why do we have ads and sponsors? Simple, to help cover the costs of this site. There is a hosting charge, and there have been numerous costs involved in creating the site, let alone the coupes amount of time that I have put into its development. It would be nice to have a site that will at least support itself as I am not expecting it to support me!
I am sure there are more things that the site isn’t but those are the biggest that I have heard and wanted to make sure people understood what this site was up for and to hopefully clear up a few misconceptions.
I want this site to grow and for everyone who visits it to have a great time and enjoy the magic that only Disney has been able to provide for the last 8 decades.
Please feel free to [contact] me with any questions, suggestions, criticisms and compliments; I love to hear from the people that share my love of Disney.