About


This site was founded 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. 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 or have a blog devoted to the subject. Additionally, 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. We think that despite all that junk, 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.” We are real people trying to offer real advice.

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 (and robot walrus) shining at the end of every day!

About Us

We make the trek to Walt Disney World and Disneyland multiple times per year, and have also visited Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort. (Next stop, Shanghai Disneyland!) While experiencing attractions matters to us, we approach trips from a more laid back perspective since we’ve been so many times. We 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. In contrast to our relaxed touring style during the day, we stay up until ridiculous hours at night so Tom can photograph the parks and resorts. Tom usually gets right back up for sunrise and more photos. Yes, a bit crazy and obsessive about Disney photography, indeed.

By the way, all photos on this blog are by me (Tom). 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).

Prior to meeting one another, we traveled separately to Walt Disney World, taking yearly trips as children beginning in the mid-1980s. In 2007 during our Christmas trip, we got engaged on the beach of Disney’s Polynesian Resort during the Christmas Wishes fireworks. In 2010, we honeymooned and did our first stay as Disney Vacation Club members at the BoardWalk Villas and Old Key West Resort. Since 2006, we have dined at nearly every counter service and table service restaurant at Walt Disney World, and have stayed in nearly every Disney-owned hotel.

You can read about our various travels in our Disney trip reports. Good bedtime reading material that’ll put you right to sleep!

When not traveling, we reside in a mundane flyover state, where we 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.

We are both 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 Us page. If you’re interested in advertising or partnering with us, please visit our marketing page.

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32 Responses to “About”

  1. Keri Dowsett says:

    Please sign me up to the newsletter, thank you

  2. Amanda Z. says:

    Awesome site! I thoroughly enjoyed reading many of your posts tonight. We are preparing to our first family of 3 adventure to Disney World this November, and you provided us with some helpful information to employ on our trip.
    Also, I have always love the 50′s Primetime Cafe, and can’t wait to take our 3 year old there.
    Keep up the great writing and love your photography as well.
    -Amanda Z.

  3. Ashton says:

    WOW! I honestly can say that this is the most interesting blog I’ve ever read. Love that it’s coming from a young couple’s point of view, which is what I’m looking for. Also, the photography is awesome and it really makes me want to buy a nicer camera before my next trip so my pictures wont be so non-creative! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your stories!

  4. Caryn M says:

    Loooove your site & pictures. This site is one of my favorites to visit & get my “Disney fix” until my next visit. Thank you!!!

    Caryn M
    Rosedale, Indiana

  5. Tom Bricker says:

    Hopefully, I can do the name justice as I am at WDW for the weekend.

  6. Hi Tom & Sarah! I stumbled across your blog while my fiance and I started planning our October 2013 Disney World honeymoon. I was so happy to see that you and Sarah are Valpo grads! Us too! (class of 2011). Small world. We love Disney so much and your blog has been so helpful in our planning (especially choosing restaurants). We can’t wait for October!

  7. Rod Wheaton says:

    Hi Tom,

    Love the blog! I stumbled across it while researching an article I’m writing for Celebrations Magazine. I’m a Disney Geek, too, and proud of it! I loved hearing you did your honeymoon at WDW, we did ours there too (but it was 22 years ago) and stayed at the (then) brand new Dolphin…I read about your excitement at going to Disneyland for the first time ( I think you said 2010?) and totally related. I went for the first time in ’02, and as many times as I’ve been to WDW it was still cool to walk where Walt started it all. Anyway, I know I’m rambling here, but I wanted to say I’m glad I found your blog and look forward to reading more in the future!

    Rod Wheaton
    WDWmousenger.com

    PS–if you go for any running events, I know several bloggers going for the Wine and Dine half. It would be cool to do some kind of blogger meet-up!

  8. Jamie Tatham says:

    Hi guys,

    I am so happy I found your site, I absolutely love reading your trip reports and looking at all your wonderful pcitures. My partner and I are heading to Disney World in November this year (2013) for our first trip. We live in Australia and it will be the first time for both of us travelling to the US :)

    We were both very excited and booked our trip in May, then would you beleive, not even two weeks later we found out we are expecting our first child. I will be seven and a half months when we get there and although our trip will not be what we originally thought it would be we are still looking forward to it so much :)

    I was wondering if you had any good suggestions for things to do as I won’t be able to go on to many of the rides?

    Thanks for all the information :)

  9. Andy Nixon says:

    Hey Tom and Sarah,

    We can honestly say that your site is ‘the’ goto site for everything WDW…. The hours you put into your site, the quality of the edititorial, the PHOTO’s!!, the enthusiasm are second to … None! I’m sure that Disney couldn’t do much better than to pay you to publish your blog and photos directly, however your enthusiasm, honesty (and integrity) shine through in your posts…. So I guess this is a thanks, and a request to please keep it up for those of us who are over the pond and can’t visit as often as you can!)

    (Btw did you ever visit “The Chapel” when you were near Edgware Road in London? :-) ..)

  10. Hannah says:

    when you two have kids to take to Disney- it will be a whole new world!!!

  11. Charleigh Clark says:

    Hey there Tom & Sarah!
    My husband and I are going to WDW this December for our honeymoon. This might be an odd question, any tips on how to be an adult, couple, in Disney without kids & still have fun? Its an odd question to ask and phrase. Sorry if I sound like a dummy.

  12. Shelby says:

    This has become my favorite website!! My husband and I didn’t get a honeymoon when we were first married, and are finally taking one this November to WDW!! I am an avid Disney fan, always have been. I’m going wondering the same thing as the above comment, do you have any tips for an adults only/honeymoon trip? (We will be staying offsite.) Keep the greatness coming, I have become engrossed in your site!!

  13. Dani says:

    I absolutely adore reading your blog. My fiance and I are going to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon next October and I’m not sure how I will cram in all the things we want to do in just 2 weeks. Keep up the great work!!!

  14. Hi guys, just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed checking out your blog the last couple weeks. You have so much great information here and have already given me a bunch of great ideas for our next family trip.
    We have gone to WDW every Fall since 2007 and have been lucky enough to experience either the Hallowe’en party or the Christmas party each year. We are a running family as well, and we are doing our first Disney run next weekend (Tower of Terror) and it will also be our first trip without the kids…very exciting stuff :) We will be heading back in November for a surprise trip with the kids as well and are planning on doing your Christmas Resort Tour the day of the Party…what a great idea!
    We even get to head back to WDW in January as we’re going to be doing the WDW Marathon weekend…my wife Michelle and our friend Rhoda are going to run the Half Marathon while I’m getting Goofy and doing the Half and the Full Marathon the following day.
    Thanks again for a great site…I’ll be checking in often for new tips and ideas, as well as to follow you guys on your adventures.
    Cheers to your great big beautiful tomorrows!

  15. Jaimee says:

    You guys rock! My husband and I are also huge lovers of everything Disney and of course Disneytouristblog. We don’t get to visit as often as you as we are some 6520+ miles away, so we kinda live vicariously through you :) Keep up the super awesome awesome work! Jaimee and Ben from New Zealand.

  16. Ryan Spruce says:

    I just found your site & as a fellow Disney Dork I cannot believe I hadn’t found it sooner! I absolutely love it. You have a regular reader, & new imaginary BFF. :)

  17. Pam Carver says:

    Really enjoy your blog and tips! I have a question about extra magic hours. We’re staying on Disney property for a week, but may try to stay longer and may have to stay offsite the rest of the time. If we have 10+ day tickets for the park, do you think we can still use EMH after leaving Disney property. Last year when we stayed on Disney property, we had to show our Disney passes before being permitted on rides during EMH. So, for this trip, if we have a few more days to spend after leaving Disney property, do you still think we can show our passes during EMH? I sure hope my question makes sense! Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated!

  18. Kimberley says:

    Hi Tom and Sarah. Just wanted to say how much I love your site. I keep coming back to it as a reference when making Disney decisions, as I adore the writing style, honesty and humour the site provides. Of course, the fantastic photos speak for themselves.

    My friend and I are in the process of organising a holiday this coming September (which is gigantic for us as we are travellng from Australia). We are tremendously excited, as when we went to Disney World in 2012, we made a promise to ensure we would get back there again. This time we are doing Disneyland, Universal and Disney World in the one trip over two and a half weeks (and on my oart, doing as much Diasy duck spotting as possible!) Since there is so much to think about with the planning, I will be on this site very regularly.

    Thank you so much for bringing the online Disney magic to us!

    • Kimberley says:

      Whoops – I meant Daisy Duck spotting! The merchandise for her is even rarer.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the kind words–that sounds like some cross-country trip. Have fun and good luck with the Daisy Duck merchandise. I can’t say I’ve seen much, but I’m never really looking. (Although I do know one of our friends got a Daisy Duck cape from Tokyo Disneyland!)

  19. Amber Dana says:

    Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago when we decided to plan our long awaited first trip to WDW (this October) and I started researching. I’ve been here every day since! Your posts are so informative and fun to read–THANK YOU for sharing your wealth of Disney information! It is incredibly helpful for a first-time planner like me. (PS: Your photos are gorgeous!)

  20. Gabby says:

    i love your website and cannot help but read every post you share on facebook, and thanks to you we are probably going to visit WDW for the fourth time in 6 years (we honeymooned there as well and it was our first trip tp WDW.)
    I’m just curious, as I read your comments on each post, why are there so many lousy jokes about kids?

  21. Chloe says:

    I am traveling to Disney at the end of February (one month from today) with my two grandson’s 6 and 3. I am getting overwhelmed with all there is to see and do and don’t want to miss a thing, I know that is a little (a lot) unrealistic. We just want to get the best experience. Also, what are the best times and places to see parades? Thank you for your thoughts. Chloe

  22. Laura says:

    GREAT website Tom & Sarah!!! I am a Florida Resident and I WISH I could go to WDW as much as the two of you do. I try to go at least once or twice every year. This year, we have a week long trip planned in June. Trying out POFQ for the 1st time (have stayed at POP, POR, CBR & ASMu in the past) and I am beyond excited! I have already booked a 2nd trip for the year this Labor Day weekend to hit up BOTH water parks. We are staying at AoA for the 1st time as well, VERY happy to check it out FINALLY. I love reading all the reviews, suggestions and comments from you and your readers. Keep up the good work and let me know if you ever need me to make a quick trip down to the “World” during a special event for some insight, lol!!!!!!!

  23. Dommac says:

    Tom, you are a cutie, I love this site and thank you both for the great info. Planning a vacation is sooo fun!

  24. YORCH C. says:

    hello tom and sarah! as a disney crazy fan i just want to say that I absolutely love your blog,(since a year ago) I have to go on it, maybe twice a day in case I missed something the first time..i know.. stalker would be the proper english word!..( i’m from mexico, “Yorch” is how “George” sounds in spanish,my name is Jorge).. I was once a cast member and I agree 99% of the time about what you’re saying.. and for the things i haven’t experience yet, I can tell you that i trust you 99% of the time , 99% of your reviews.. the other 1% I leave it to my imagination… my fiancee is a disney fan too .. i have to make her that way :) …well my dear friend.. thanks for making people forget about the sadness , hunger, war and lack of love that is happening nowadays in our crazy planet.. and also for making me dream about our next visits to this magical place…

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You agree with us 99% of the time??? We don’t even agree with each other that much! ;) Seriously though, thank you got the very kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the blog!

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