Monday, January 30, 2012

A Dad’s View of Disney, the DVC, and the Most Magical Place on Earth

In hopes of making my job easier and my blog more versatile, I've found a couple of new additions!  Today, I'd like you all to welcome my old college friend, Brandon!  Brandon and I haven't actually seen each other since 2004, but we became friends both sharing the same major - music.  And, Brandon also sung bass with my neighbor's barbershop quartet!  Which is why I made him share this perfect picture.  Enjoy learning about Brandon and his relationship with Walt Disney World!

Brandon's in the middle!

**Let me begin by saying I am not much of a writer, but I am a college friend of Jenn’s (Geaux Tigers!) and told her I would contribute to her blog from time to time…

I have always been a Disney person. When I say a Disney person, I mean someone who believes in the ideas that Walt Disney stood for: creativity, imagination, fun, wonder, hard work, and determination. When I was young, my parents took me to WDW every other year or so. I loved it as a kid because I could truly be, see, or do anything. I had no idea what went into the process to make WDW what it is - I just enjoyed it.o I REVELED in it! 

As I got older, I realized what Disney stood for as a man, and why his theme parks and movies are second to none. My father is an engineer and would marvel at the different things the Imagineers could create; I am pretty sure my mom still has my first Disney hat.

One of the reasons I knew my wife was so perfect for me was because of how much she loved WDW. I took her there while we were engaged, and that was when we made our first big purchase together: a Membership to the Disney Vacation Club. Overall, this has been one of the best investments I have ever made.  We both work hard - she works graveyard and stays home with our child while I generally work 12 hour days. Needless to say, vacations are very important to us. 

Since Jenn doesn't know much about DVC, I thought I would help explain it!  The use of the DVC membership is easy and we have already stayed in so many GREAT places. The points are valuable around the world and just about anyone will trade. We traded the minimum amount of points (160) and got a 2 story, 2 bedroom suite in Scotland for our honeymoon.  Awesome.

But the most important reason for all of this is being able to have the leniency to stay where and when we want, and be able to bring loved ones with us. I have seen several friends and family see Disney World for the first time because I was able to give them a place to stay, on Disney property, in a great room. As a father, it is very important to me to be able to provide my family with the wonder of Disney. 

Our daughter was born 3 months premature and had to stay in the hospital to grow.   Even then, people were always bringing her Disney gifts.  After my wife's favorite Disney character, we named her Alice and she has already been to WDW twice, each time enjoying the magic and recognizing her favorite Disney friends. 

The DVC has provided us with endless vacationing opportunities, but more importantly, with the ability to give the gift of the Disney Experience to my loved ones for many years to come. I see my little girl’s eyes light up when she sees Mickey, the castle, and the fireworks. My family can eat great food, stay in a great place, enjoy great amenities  all while having Disney customer service to help with whatever may come up!  No wonder one of Alice’s first words was “Mickey”!

I am looking forward to sharing our experiences with you and thanks for reading!



  1. Great it! We are Dvc members also. We love to see our kids reaction to Disney. We went while pregnant with our daughter an her first trip was 18 months. She was so amazed by the castle. Our daughter is now 4 an our 2 boys love it as much as their sis. Disney is my happy place!

  2. Great first post, Brandon! I'll be watching for your future ones :)

    I never thought about being able to trade your DVC points - interesting. We always debate about DVC ... maybe someday!

  3. Love the post and would have never know you weren't a writer. My husband and I also bought #Disney Vacation Club when we were dating. (technically we purchased about a month before getting engaged) Like you one of our favorite things is to bring friends and family with us to share the magic. Welcome!