Many of us are Disney fanatics. Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you are one of them. In my case, I became a huge Disney fan at a young age when I started traveling to Walt Disney World with family. My husband, Doug, has the same story. Sometimes, Disney fanatics find each other and become an item. This process can tend to create Disney couples and the question I want to answer today is how Doug and I became one of them!
I have mentioned before that Doug and I both come from Disney families. It’s one of the things that attracted us to eachother when we started dating. I loved being able to spew out my Disney crazy on someone and not be judged negatively for it. In fact, he embraced it. When I found out that his family went to Disney even more than my own, I was double in on our relationship (I’m not an idiot, ladies). All jokes aside, this was the first step in how we became a Disney couple.
A story I must tell is about the moment we figured out that we were at WDW the very same time as 8th graders. It was my first Disney trip roaming the parks without parental supervision, so I remember the trip well. I was there for my middle school chorus competition and our school actually won for the middle school division AND overall (high school included). What we realized was that Doug was there at the same time with HIS chorus for the SAME COMPETITION! I still can’t believe how crazy it is to think we could have walked right past each other or been in line for an attraction at the same time. No pressure ladies, but you just never know where your hubs might be walking around. (Did I just set us back 50 years?)
Next came marriage and a fur baby who stole our hearts. Following that was our first family Disney vacation as a married couple. My first Disney vacay with the McDonalds did NOT disappoint. We rented a home “off resort” as the locals say, and spent an entire week hitting the parks. This is where Doug and I were first able to seriously bond over Disney. We walked around talking about all the things that we remembered used to be there when we were kids and things that were a must-do every time we visited. We were able to create new traditions as a couple and I joined some existing traditions with Doug’s family.
My favorite thing from that first trip was getting my first pair of ears! In Doug’s family, they each got their first pair of Mickey ears (the old school hat with ears), on their first visit to WDW. Doug was technically in the womb on his first trip, but I digress. In all my years going to WDW I had never gotten any ears. I am happy to say that has changed!
Another extremely fond memory of mine was getting to release a Mickey balloon one February to honor my mother. My mom passed away months before our wedding (in 2012), and she loved going to Disney. She was all about spending family time together in the most magical place on earth. We happened to be there on her birthday and decided it would be fun to get a purple Mickey balloon in her honor (purple was her favorite color). We may have been bad environmentalist that day, but it was a very sweet moment and I think I’ve made up for it with all the recycling I do nowadays (LOL). I may or may not be a little recycle crazy now (close the loop, ya’ll).
Our first vacation with Doug’s family quickly turned into us looking at what it would cost to be annual passholders. I talk more about the perks of being APs in another post, but take my word for it, it pays off! After much research, we had determined it was a good fit for us and allowed us to get to the parks together even more. We may not be APs every year, but when we are, we go hard (or hord, if you’re Schmidt from New Girl). It allows us to go multiple times in a year and save a ton of ‘moolah.’ Who doesn’t love to save money? If those people are out there, I haven’t met any of them yet.
Cut to the past few years when Doug and I became a part of the Disney community. You might ask what that means, so I will explain. There’s a whole big world on social media (mainly Instagram & Facebook) of connected fellow “Disnerds,” as I like to call us. Instagram has been a really popular platform for strangers and friends to connect in the name of all things Disney. I, myself met the ZADD Crew and became a part of this crazy ride through Instagram. I essentially started a separate Disney-related IG account and started following a bunch of Disney people. That led to talking more with others and making connections. That led me to submitting a writing sample and being asked to be a part of something much bigger than myself to channel my Disney energy.
Being a part of this blog allowed me to become a part of the ZADD Crew podcast and eventually helped Doug and me launch our very own Disney t-shirt shop. Doug and I launched Lost Princess Printing this past summer and it’s been another incredible outlet for us to bond over Disney and create magic for others. We’ve met so many individuals who have the same mindset when it comes to sharing the magic and it’s opened up, excuse the pun, a whole new world!
There are so many things we have yet to experience, but I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else in the world. Doug is my other half in marriage but being the Mickey to my Minnie, the Jack to my Sally, and the Beast to my Belle has added so much fun to this Disney couple.
Thanks to @mickeys_photographer & @magicalshannonmarie for the use of their amazing photos! Check out @LostPrincessPrinting on Instagram or over at NRGTees.com!