MouseMingle.com is dedicated to Disney fans around the world. It’s hard enough to meet people who share your common interests, but for many Disney fans it’s even harder to find someone with the same passion for Disney. Now, those people have a place to share their Disney interests, favorite characters and attractions, and photos to help you find your Mickey or Minnie!
When Dave Tavres first came up with the idea for MouseMingle.com in 2011, he was meeting women through online dating sites but they rarely shared his love of Disneyland or Walt Disney’s creations. For some of those women, they questioned his interest because they just didn’t understand. It took several years before he came back to the idea and started building the site. “I want MouseMingle.com to be a place for people find someone who really shares their same passion, not just a list of interests.” Disney fans tend to be more dedicated to their hobbies than non-Disney fans. Many visit the Parks multiple times a month, they travel across the Country to do RunDisney events and they’re often tagged as ‘The Disney person’ at their jobs because of their collections or knowledge of the brand.
In the mid-2000s, Dave was one of the Tour Guides at Disneyland who led the “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour” and later went on to be an engineer on the Disneyland Railroad, operating Walt’s locomotives. “I sincerely believe those are two of the best jobs at any Disney Park in the world. Getting to share the stories about Walt and the building of such an iconic place like Disneyland and later getting to run Walt’s ‘big toys’ were some of the best times of my life. Now, I’d like to make new memories with someone who understands that excitement.” Single at 41, Dave is a self-proclaimed ‘gregarious geek’ who previously worked at Microsoft and is now at Sony, counting his years at Disneyland as a fun ‘break from real life’.
MouseMingle.com is like many online dating sites where users can create and browse profiles, upload photos and rate other user’s pictures all for free. To send and receive private messages or do online chat, users can upgrade to a recurring “Deluxe” membership for $12.55 per month, or a “Premium” membership for $120 per year, which both allow for unlimited messages and chatting. When a user creates their profile, many of the usual dating profile questions on other sites are omitted. Instead, you’ll choose from a list of your favorite Disney songs, characters, and Parks, with open-ended questions like “What’s your best Disney memory?”
For a few of the common dating profile questions, they tend to be ‘themed’. For example, instead of choosing a favorite pet, users are asked if they are a “Cheshire cat person” or if they prefer Pluto. Clearly a site built by Disney fans, for Disney fans.
Dave says it’s hard to know who’s single when you’re at a Park or event like D23 or at Walt Disney’s Barn, or any number of places where Disney fans converge. MouseMingle.com plans to offer fun ways to find others and make a meaningful connection. “In the future we plan on organizing group events to bring members together in more open settings so that they can mingle with other single Disney fans.” He also says plans include organizing events at locations around the world, not just Anaheim and Orlando.
“We’re just starting out and want feedback from members to help make the site better over time. Over the coming year we’ll include other languages and refine profile questions and hopefully add unique features and events for the single Disney fans out there.”
The website opens on December 1, 2015.
Don’t forget, Chip and Co has it’s very own singles Facebook page. Quite a few couples have met in that group and are on their way to marriage, including our very own Chip!
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