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 strive to offer posts with high-quality photos, and thoughtful descriptions of our experiences. Our goal is to avoid being self-important or overly-serious, while still looking at the parks with objective and critical eyes. 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 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!
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 Tom.)
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.