Tags: Disney Obsessions, Main Street Bakery, Monorail, The Disney Driven Life, Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Anyone who talks to me for more than ten minutes soon realizes that I love Disney World. Anyone who talks to me about Disney World for more than five minutes soon realizes that I know a lot more about Disney World than a normal person. Any person who truly gets to know me figures out that my love for Disney World goes far beyond simply loving going to vacation there. But there is something that even people who know me really well have no idea about when it comes to Disney World.
I’m obsessive in how I like to do things when I’m vacationing in Disney World. This was apparent from my first trip in 1984. I simply had to go on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea before I did anything else. I was driven to it. I forced my entire family to do it. I don’t know why. Over the years, the list of things that I had to do grew and grew. I had to have a Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich from the Main Street Bakery for breakfast at least once per trip. I had to ride on the Monorail. I had to stay in the parks until they closed.
Additionally, I became obsessed with planning my next trip to Disney World. I’d have spreadsheets full of park ticket prices & options, room rates at various resorts, approximate dining costs at different restaurants, etc. Once I was old enough to drive, I even kept track of my car’s gas mileage so I could calculate how much it would cost for gasoline should I decide to drive down to The World.I hid these obsessions for many, many years. I figured out pretty quickly that people who learned about any of this thought I was nuts. Even after discovering other people online who nursed a similar passion for Disney World, I was afraid to bring up the subject of my little obsessions. Then one day I happened upon a website that changed everything.
That website is TheDisneyDrivenLife.com and it was created by a lady calling herself The Neurotic Disney Mom. At first I thought it was just another blog by another big Disney fan. But then I stumbled upon The Sacred Seven, a list of “unspoken commandments for conducting a perfect Disney trip.” As soon as I read #2, “Thou Shalt Ride The Monorail When In Disney,” I knew that this was something different, something special. Finally, I found The Confessional where there were scores of people confessing secret Disney obsessions just like mine! The feeling I had was akin to the feeling I get whenever I get to Disney property — I felt like I had come home!