According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Jeff Reitz, a 50-year-old from Huntington Beach, recently set a world record during a Disney Parks visit. Since 2012, Annual Passholder Reitz has visited this Disney Park every day in a row for 2,995 days!
There’s nothing quite like a visit to a Disney theme park, which has so much to offer Guests, whether that’s through new attractions, food, character interactions, or live entertainment. Of course, many Disney fans dream about visiting Disneyland or the Walt Disney World Resort daily, but that’s precisely what this Southern California resident did.
As Reitz describes it, he was out of work and at liberty to continue visiting the Disneyland Resort with friends, all of which thought it was an amusing idea to try and visit 366 days straight during the 2012 leap year. In fact, he utilized his Annual Pass to break the world record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland, a feat which took him eight years, three months, and 13 days!
Moreover, Jeff’s 60th visit was the 24-hour Leap Day event itself, where a reporter became interested in his pattern of visitation. By July and Day 183, the Orange County Register and the Associated Press both picked up Jeff’s story, leading to worldwide media outlets of all kinds contacting Reitz for interviews.
Jeff told Guinness that his daily Disneyland crusade created a positive environment at a time when he was out of work, allowing him to meet new people and monitor his daily exercise as he romped around the Parks. Furthermore, Jeff created an Instagram account, @disney366_, to catalog his daily adventures, including anything from riding attractions to focusing on one specific area of the Resort or even just strolling the avenues to take pictures and enjoy the ambiance.
Apparently, Jeff’s two favorite attractions are the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, a staple of any visit. Additionally, Disneyland presented Jeff with a gift basket and Honorary Citizenship at the end of the first Leap Year, a complimentary dinner service by the end of the second year, and a gift backpack in 2017 after Reitz reached the 2000 days mark.
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced Disneyland to undergo an extended hiatus, broke the streak before Jeff could reach his goal of 3,000 consecutive visits, but the world record holder affirms he plans to return soon to enjoy the Disney100 anniversary celebration, 100 Years of Wonder, this year. What’s more, Jeff would like to take photos with his certificate, signifying he holds the world record for most consecutive visits by Guinness while on a visit to Disneyland Park.
Everyone at DisneyDiningwishes Jeff good luck as he works to break his previous streak!