This site was founded by Tom Bricker (the one on the right, who is not a duck-pilot) 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, I formed this site as a place to assemble my photos, tips, and opinions about Disney. My true goal with DisneyTouristBlog, above all else, is for a fun website that can provide information and entertainment to like-minded Disney fans and tourists. I take seriously being objective and critical, but this blog is for fun, and I am a Disney fan. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t visit the Disney parks so regularly or have a blog devoted to the subject.
While this blog is completely unofficial and unaffiliated with The Walt Disney Company, Disney is a client of mine for freelance photography, so weigh the opinions presented here accordingly. Read more about the various bribes, kickbacks, hush money, potential conflicts of interest, and blood diamonds I receive on our marketing disclosure page.
I think that despite that, this site presents a fairly frank and candid assessment of all things Disney. You will seldom find things described with meaningless fluff words like “magical” here, and this blog most certainly is not “sprinkled with pixie dust.” I am a real person trying to offer real advice based on my actual experiences visiting the Disney theme parks.
Since I first opened the doors on DisneyTouristBlog, I have been honored and humbled at the response to our website. The site has seen a strong surge in readership, growing from 2 readers (my parents!) back in mid-2011 to over 11 readers today (my dog and cat count, right?).
I’ve also seen a precipitous increase in hate mail, and the undeniable highlight of the site’s history is when it was attacked by robot walruses. That last part hasn’t actually happened yet, but I fully expect it to occur in the year 2055. Here’s where most websites would feature some reader testimonial quotes showcasing its greatness. Unfortunately, I could only find two such quotes that weren’t laced with vulgarity:
“Wow, this site rules.” -Tom
“Cool site, dude.” -Thomas
As you can plainly see, our “fans” love the site. Actually, I have been cited by the New York Times, MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, Examiner, and a myriad of other resources far more reputable than this one…oh…and Perez Hilton! 😉
As for the future of DisneyTouristBlog.com? Well, there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow (and robot walrus) shining at the end of every day!
I make the trek to Disneyland a few times per month (it’s within driving distance…I don’t fly that much), Walt Disney World a few times per year, and also regularly Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort. (Next stop, Shanghai Disneyland!) While experiencing attractions matters, I approach trips from a more laid back perspective and try to experience the unheralded gems of Disney.
I enjoy 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.
By the way, all photos on this blog are by me as are all of the blog posts. You will never find a guest post here. I strive for this blog to have a consistent voice (plus, I’m a control freak). If you’re interested in purchasing Disney photo prints for your office or restroom, check out some recommendations and tips I have (and where you can just download my photos for free).