The Magic behind the ‘Company’ – Getting to know Mike

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Sophie and Donald Duck having so much fun!

In this special series, this week Chip & Company is bringing you special reports on who the people are that make up the Chip & Company writers.  I hope you enjoy hearing about me, Mike, also known as Mickey to his parents (and anyone else that wants to call him that)!

Name? Mike (but you can call me Mickey!)
Where do you live? North Carolina
How long have you been with Chip and Company? 4 months
What topics do you write about? News and Views, top 10 lists
Favorite C&C Writer? I’m not sure why this is, but I relate more to the writing that Ken does.  However, I enjoy reading all of the great writers that Chip & Company has.
Do you have a Blog or Website? My Dreams of Disney
What do you talk about there? Everything pertaining to Walt Disney World
Have a Facebook Page or Twitter? My Dreams of Disney Facebook Fan Page, Twitter account Mickey_MDOD
Favorite Disney Website other than Chip and Company? My Disney Vacation Club member site
What % of your clothes and house is decorated with Disney Gear? 10%
Chip or Dale? Both!  They are a matched set!

About the Parks:

What’s your Favorite Disney Park? Magic Kingdom
How many Times have you been to the Disney Parks? 11 times, coming up on #12!
What’s your First Disney Memory? Entering the park and seeing Main Street U.S.A. for the first time.
What is your favorite Ride, Show, and Event? Ride: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  Show: Beauty and the Beast. Event: Wishes Fireworks
Where is your favorite place to get your grub on? I love Akershus, but I also really enjoy Pinocchio Village Haus
What’s your favorite snack? Popcorn on Main Street with a Diet Coke!
You have the whole park to yourself tell us what park it would be and plan of attack? This time, Epcot, leisurely stroll through World Showcase.
Least Favorite Disney Ride or Attractions? Dinosaur over at Animal Kingdom!
What’s missing from the Parks? Mickey’s Toontown Fair 🙁
Which thing do you wish Disney would bring back? I miss the Skyway.
What do you bring to the park with you?  My camera!
Do you fly, drive or take a Magic Carpet to the Disney Parks? Drive
What’s your most and least favorite Disney character and why? Favorite: Mickey Mouse, Least Favorite: Duffy — just not into him.
Dining Plan, OOP, or Bring Food with you? We have always done the Dining Plan, but this year we are bringing our own food (we will have a full kitchen to use on our next trip).
To ADR or Not to ADR? Definitely ADR!
Events at the park that cost extra good idea or should be included with park admission?  We’ve never done the special events, but that is primarily because of the time of year we visit.  I think that they should be a separate ticket because it keeps the event special, and the crowds may be lighter than if it was part of the ticket? What do you think?  Agree or disagree?
When is your next trip to WDW or DL? June 17-24, 2011, WDW, staying at Bay Lake Towers!

Everything Else Disney:
What is your favorite Disney Movie? Beauty and the Beast or Tangled
Do you do any Disney Collections? I like pin trading, I certainly don’t have a full collection of them yet though!
Have you been on a Disney Cruise or Adventures by Disney? Not yet.
Ever been to DLRP or TDL? Nope, don’t really have any interest either.

Finally what does Disney Mean to you?

My family loves to take vacations to Disney.  My first trip to Disney World was when I was ten years old, so I grew up going to Disney every few years.  Since my daughter was born, we have really ramped up our trips to Disney.  She will be ten on her next birthday, which will occur when we are at Disney for our next trip, and she has been to Disney seven times in her ten years of living.  For us, Disney has it all – beautiful settings, great rides, shows, and events; first class customer service by the best hosts in the world; and all the Disney Magic that you can stand.  When we go to Disney, the cares of our world disappear for a while, and we are able to enjoy ourselves, lose a few years of our age while we are there, and just remember what it is like to be a kid again.  That is why we love to travel to Disney.

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