Episode 35 – Mouse Tale

There are two quotes from Walt Disney which are relevant to this week’s show.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt definitely had a big dream of his own – putting everything he owned on the line to open Disneyland in Anaheim, California in under a year.  It was an ambitious task – one that some people even called impossible.  That’s where quote number two comes in.

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Seattle’s Christopher Wing also had a big dream that some people might say would be impossible.

A long-time fan of the film Around the World in 80 Days, Wing started thinking one day about what it’d be like to circumnavigate the globe himself.  80 days seemed excessive given how fast we can now travel – and a rather long time to be away from work.  But after doing some math, he figured it might be entirely possible to do the trip in 80 hours.

But Wing didn’t want to just stop in airports, he wanted to bring another passion of his along for the journey.  This was his love of Disney theme parks.  Aside from the original Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, three other countries are home to Disney parks – France, Hong Kong and Japan.

After crunching the numbers and figuring out the logistics, Christopher’s mind was set – he was going to visit all five Disney theme park resorts (and 11 theme parks in total), and attempt to do it in under 80 hours.

On this week’s show, Chris talks about his long-time connection to Disney theme parks, why he made the trip, and how he pulled it off!

For more on Christopher’s Disney adventures, visit his website – Mouse Around the World.  Also, be sure to check him out on Twitter (@MouseATW), Instagram and on YouTube.

One of my favourite videos from Chris’ YouTube channel is of the fireworks he saw from his plane as he was arriving back in California at the end of the trip.  They seem like a perfect way to cap off what was a marathon adventure!

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It’s a Small World, After All

Watch the faces of people walking through the gates of a Disney park, and you’ll realize there is a universal trait. Everyone is smiling.  I tend to believe it’s because you know what kind of day you’re in for.

For the young, they’ll see their favourite characters come to life and (if they’re patient) even give them a hug or an autograph. For the young at heart, it’s a chance to relive the simplicity of childhood – where, if for a daythey can worry about nothing.

On Friday, March 4, as I walked through the entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland, a smile spread across my face. But that smile was not for the same reason as so many of the other visitors that day.  I was finally able to cross an item off my bucket list.

Anaheim, Florida, Paris, Tokyo and now, Hong Kong.  I was able to say I had been to every Disney theme park in the world.

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