Hi, I’m Molly and I’m a Disney addict. I’ve been an addict since I was 18-months old. The difference between other people and me is that I’m not ashamed. But, really, if you’re going to be addicted something, might as well be Disney. It’s an expensive addiction, but man is it fun.
1. You Are An Annual Passholder
I suppose you don’t have to be a full-blown, need-help addict to be a Passholder, but if you are it means you probably go more than once a year, which makes you serious. People are always stunned if I say I’m going to Disney twice. “Didn’t you just go there?” I try to not to majorly roll my eyes in situations like this. Passholders tend to be a bit crazier with their addictions. With the perks like discounts and special events it’s hard to go wrong. Flaunt that little orange MagicBand slider, baby!
2. You’ve Been to More than Two Disney Resorts
I don’t mean hotels, I mean theme park locations. Not satisfied with just Walt Disney World in Florida, you’ve visited Disneyland in California. Maybe even Disneyland Paris. Hong Kong? Tokyo? How about the newest Shanghai? Mostly you just want bragging rights. Just kidding. Mostly you want to be able to compare the parks, and then brag. You’re definitely an addict if you’re dreaming of another trip right now…
3. You’re a Castaway Club Member on DCL
If you’re a Castaway Club member that means you’ve been on more than one Disney Cruise. Sometimes the Parks just aren’t enough. Chances are if you’re a Castaway Club member you only sail Disney, which means you’re definitely an addict. My family is so spoiled. We’ve been sailing Disney since I was six, and if we ever try a different cruise line we’re disappointed. It sounds snooty, I know. Disney Cruise Line is truly the best and all Disney addicts know it.
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4. You Have a Go-To Routine
Speaking of snooty, you’re a Disney addict if you “always” do something. I have to seriously catch myself when I have conversations with non-addicts. Some of my commonly used phrases are: “Oh we always eat at Kona on our first night,” or “We always take the boat to Epcot.” Lots of guests make comprehensive plans, but only addicts have a set way of doing things.
5. Your Non-Disney Addict Friends are Sick of You
Non-Disney people just don’t understand, do they? The answer to the question “Where are you going on vacation?” is always the same. Non-Disney people also get really sick of it when you constantly update them on Disney things. Turns out not everyone cares about the Cast Member costumes for Galaxy’s Edge, or wants to speculate what the new resort will be like. I have one friend who I have to refer to Hollywood Studios as “Disney World” in order for her to understand me. And I have another who listens to Disney podcasts with me on long car rides. Addict friends rock.
6. You Quote Disney Movies as a Part of Your Daily Vernacular
You don’t have to constantly go to Disney World in order to be a Disney Addict. Sometimes a movie buff does the trick. Disney movies are such a prominent part of our current culture, and so many people watch them regularly. With Disney movies being as catchy and clever as they are, it’s ridiculously easy to pick up quotes. My family uses Disney quotes every day when we talk to each other. Most people think we’re crazy, but addicts speak our language!
7. Disney Music is the Soundtrack to Your Life
My parents wake up to the Animal Kingdom entrance loop every morning. When I call my dad, he hears the Soarin’ soundtrack. I turn on Disney music when I’m doing chores around the house. When we have big family get-togethers, someone will inevitably start singing some Disney song and the whole party will burst into the chorus. Disney music is great for when you’re feeling down, or in love, or excited, or any emotion!
8. You Cook Disney Meals
Disney has released several cookbooks highlighting recipes from restaurants on property and on the Cruise Line. There are also all of the Food and Wine Festival cookbooks. You might be a Disney addict if you have “Food and Wine” nights. Disney addicts are just so desperate for a taste of the Parks that we replicate the meals to feel more at “home.”
9. Your House is Filled with Disney Merch:
You can’t enter a single room of my house without seeing something Disney. It’s really not okay. Even in the bathrooms we have Mickey soap and lotion from the Cruises. We have Park and Cruise blankets on our couch. I have more plushes on my bed than I’d like to admit. My mom has a Dory antenna topper and my dad has Sorcerer Mickey. Let’s not even talk about the mugs. You’re a Disney addict if your house is full of Disney stuff because it makes you happy and reminds you of your favorite place.
10. Disney Makes You Emotional
Does anyone else cry when they see the Castle for the first time in a long time? Or cry at the end of any fireworks show – heck, any show period? Do you tear up at the end of Pixar movies? Or maybe just the memories of a Disney vacation with the people you love is enough to make you well up. All of these are true for me. Disney has a way of tugging at people’s heartstrings. They know all the right moves. The magic of Disney resonates with people: allowing them to dream and love and laugh. It’s a powerful thing. Disney addicts feel this keenly, I know. But somehow, I don’t think any of us mind.