DisneyTouristBlog.com was founded in mid-2011 by Sarah and Tom Bricker for one purpose and one purpose only: to surpass Google as king of the internet. Sadly, this day has not come (yet), but it has been a good ride, nonetheless!
In addition to that goal, we formed this site as a place to assemble our thoughts, photos, and opinions about Disney. We place a premium on high-quality photos, and engaging & entertaining narratives describing our experiences. Our goal is to avoid being lofty, self-important, or overly-serious–while still looking at the parks with a logical, objective, and critical eye. We’re happy to refer to ourselves as “tourists”–a term that has become somewhat pejorative amongst the Disney fan community–because touring the Disney theme parks and resorts is exactly what we love to do.
Our true goal with DisneyTouristBlog, above all else, is to present a fun website that can provide information and entertainment to like-minded Disney fans and tourists similar to ourselves. While we take seriously being objective and critical, it is important to note that this blog is for fun, and we are undoubtedly biased towards Disney (if we weren’t, we wouldn’t visit the Disney parks so regularly), and The Walt Disney Company is a client of Tom’s for freelance photography. You should weigh the opinions presented here accordingly. Read more about the various bribes, kickbacks, hush money, potential conflicts of interest, and blood diamonds we receive on our marketing disclosure page.
Since we first opened the doors on DisneyTouristBlog, we have been honored and humbled at the response to our website. We’ve seen a strong surge in readership, growing from 1 reader (my mom–even I didn’t read this garbage!) back in mid-2011 to over 11 readers today (our dog and cat count, right?). We’ve also seen a precipitous increase in hate mail, and the undeniable highlight of the site’s history is when we were attacked by robot walruses. That last part hasn’t actually happened yet, but we fully expect it to occur in the year 2055. Here’s where most websites would feature some reader testimonial quotes showcasing how great we are. Unfortunately, we could only find two such quotes that weren’t laced with vulgarity:
“Wow, this site rules.” -Tom
“Cool site, dude.” -Sarah
As you can plainly see, our “fans” love us.
As for the future of DisneyTouristBlog.com? Well, there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day!
Sarah and Tom Bricker make the trek to Walt Disney World and Disneyland multiple times per year. The Brickers approach Disney trips from a different perspective than most guests; while experiencing attractions matters, their trips are more laid back and focused on enjoying the art of the Disney theme parks, fine dining, and the exceptional ambiance that makes Disney theme parks so much more than just simple amusement parks or kiddie parks. In contrast to their relaxed touring style during the day, they stay up until ridiculous hours at night to photograph the Disney theme parks and resorts. Sarah focuses on iPhoneography while Tom focuses on traditional DSLR photography, and their love of Disney photography borders on obsessive.
The Brickers have been to Walt Disney World countless times together since 2006. Prior to meeting one another, Sarah and Tom traveled separately to Walt Disney World, taking yearly trips as children beginning in the mid-1980s. In 2007 during their Christmas trip Tom proposed to Sarah on the beach of Disney’s Polynesian Resort during the Christmas Wishes fireworks. In 2010, they married and headed to Walt Disney World again for their honeymoon and their first stay as Disney Vacation Club members at the BoardWalk Villas and Old Key West Resort. Since 2006, Sarah and Tom have dined at nearly every counter service and table service restaurant at Walt Disney World, and have stayed in nearly every Disney-owned hotel.
In 2010, the Brickers traveled to Disneyland for the first time together and instantly fell in love with Walt Disney’s Original Magic Kingdom. They have since made Disneyland a frequent vacation destination, and began attending the international parks by visiting Disneyland Paris in 2012 and Tokyo Disney Resort in 2013.
You can read about their various travels in their popular Disney trip reports.
When not traveling, Tom and Sarah reside in the mundane Midwest, where both work regular day jobs. Most importantly, they are parents to a miniature dachshund named Walter, and a warrior-cat named Yossarian The Cat. Yossarian The Cat is the most brilliant cat to ever grace the face of the earth, and his dashing good looks frequently melt the hearts of lady-cats the world over. Walter is…uh…a regular dog.
Both Sarah and Tom are available for interviews, to talk Disney, or for entertainment at your next office party or child’s birthday (you provide the clown costumes). If you’re interested in contacting us, please visit our contact page. You can also email Tom Bricker at [email protected] or Sarah at [email protected]. If you’re interested in advertising or partnering with us, please visit our marketing page.