Welcome to the DIS Dad's Club (DDC) thread! "Home of Man Laws and Cheese Balls" The new DDC thread is here: DDC XXI - Passing Time Until Our Next Trip This thread is for all of the DIS Dad's out there! The club was originally created by one dad (The Disney Fanatic) back in November 2007 who was curious to find out how many other dads on the DIS who are just as Fanatical about Disney World! Since that time we have gone through 19 forum threads with more than 85,000 posts, created a group on Facebook (Facebook group), and have our own web site - disdads.com. We thank The Disney Fanatic most of all for being so inquisitive in the first place! What is the criteria for joining this club? I am glad you asked. If you are a Dad and ANY of the following criteria describes you, you qualify to become a member of the DIS Dad's Club. The DIS Dad's Club Criteria: Your passion for Disney equals that of a 7 year old kid. You have a wife that thinks you are a big kid. You watch the Free WDW DVDs every week. You get more excited than your kids when a trip to WDW is planned (or the excitement at least equals that of your kids). When you say your prayers you ask for God to inspire the Imagineers to come up with fresh new ideas. When planning family reunions, class reunions, and job conventions you always plan them at Disney World. You nick-named your son and daughter Mickey and Minnie. You planned your next Disney trip the day after returning from Disney World. You debate with your kids about who would win a light saber battle between Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader. Your eyes start to water with tears of joy when you see your kids having a great time at WDW (and you secretly try to dry your eyes). Your portfolio includes stock in Disney. You have friends and family that do not understand why you vacation in WDW every year (or at least talk about doing it). You have Disney songs on your MP3 player. You have Disney Ringtones for your cell phone. You have everything Disney for wallpapers and screensavers. You have Disney Fonts and Icons as well. You bought the Disney bedding for your room. You have Disney knicknacks all over your "man cave/dude room/office." You drink your coffee from one of your multiple Disney mugs. You have Disney Luggage. You have a Disney Computer Bag. You have an Animated Mickey Watch. You have a Goofy Hitch Receiver Cover on your truck. You have Goofy PJs and slippers, Mickey PJs and bathrobe and a lot of other Disney clothing. You have Disney Character ties to wear (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, etc.). You have a Disney background on your laptop with a count down calender on it. All of your family photos seem to be taken at WDW. You have a dog named CinderBella-Arial (or belle for short) that your kids helped you name. You constantly watch disney movies. You have a disney CD in your car or truck right now. You have trivia contests in the car with your wife like "name all the attractions at Epcot going counter-clockwise." When you and your wife are reading the DISboards she asks you "what is ToT, RnRR, EE and BTMRR, and you know the answers. You can name the exact day and year each park opened but when asked by your wife when her birthday is you draw a blank (Just a joke ladies... You wives know we DIS Dads love ya). You sold your Disney stock so you could buy into the DVC. You wear a matching Disney shirt with your kids to the parks. You have a lot of Mr. Incredible collectibles that will one day be valued right up there with your mouse certificates. You listen a WDW podcast or park music (ie, the old Illuminations pre show) while working out in the gym. Your boss quits asking where you are going on vacation - he already knows. You DO call DVC your second home. You have a Disney vanity plate on your auto (ex. MGK KGDM) You name your pet with a Disney Name (ex. Your dogs name is KONA, your favorite restaurant). You put the sound from the Disney Cruise line "Magic" horns on your truck. You don't want to fix the musty smell in your damp basement because it reminds you of the Pirates of the Caribbean cave. You swore that when you had kids that they'd get to experience the world. Little did you know that once you experienced "THE WORLD" you would be hooked! Your kids get a kick out of a grown man (YOU) becoming a kid as soon as the Disney subject comes up. When you walk into the Disney Store the employees shout your name like Norm in Cheers! You did your best to "brainwash" your kids early so they wouldn't have any problem ever wanting to go on a Disney Vacation. You only feel fulfilled when you know you have another trip on the horizon. You can't decide if you want to go on a Disney Cruise, to Walt Disney World, or to Disneyland for your next vacation (if you can afford it the Disney Resorts over seas are in the equation as well). Your office is like a shrine to Disney and it gets bigger and bigger every year. You use your kids as an excuse for all the people who ask why you're going back to WDW again. "It's for the kids!" Although the people who know you best know not to believe that. You have a special savings account that you started when your daughter was born so that she will have a Disney Wedding. Simply put...there is no place you would rather go on vacation than at WDW, Disneyland, on a Disney Cruise, or at any of the Disney resorts over seas. Your motorhome has Disney stuff on and in it. You can recite the entire script from the Haunted Mansion. Your mom gave you your first Mickey on the day you were born, and then you gave your son his first Mickey the day he was born. You're just waiting for Fantasia to get released so you can complete your collection of Disney Animated videos (The real classics, not the sequels). Your personal slogan is..."Life is short, spend your time with DISNEY." You teach and not a class passes by where you don't use a Disney Story as an example. You've been to Walt Disney World too many times to count. It almost feels like you grew up there. You know you are a DIS Dad's Club member when your mother in law says you have a "Disney problem." You're "The REAL Christopher Robin!" It is on your birth certificate. While watching a show that you recorded on the TiVO, you forwarded through the commercials but stopped and watched the WDW commercials. Even the ones that you have seen hundreds of times. Every weekend you have "Disney Movie Night" with your family. You own a Mickey waffle iron. You own the "Classic Disney" CD collection and listen to it every night at dinner with your family. Every Sunday night you and your family play the game "Disney Scene It". Your kids insist on going to Disney every vacation. When you ask if they're getting tired of it yet, they look at you like you've grown a second head. You have Mickey, Donald, and Goofy sleepwear. Your wife wakes you up in the middle of the night because you've been talking about Disney in your sleep again. Every month you rotate the metal license plates on your cars (Disney Cruise line, Animal Kingdom, MGM , Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Donald official fan club). You promise to fund a big DIS Dad's Club Meet and Greet at WDW when you hit the Power Ball. You love Disney SO much you have tatoos of Disney Characters. When it comes to Disney World you just can't get enough!!! No matter how many times you go! You know all the words to Wishes, Magic, Music and Mayhem, Happy HalloWishes, and Holiday Wishes. You listen to the Happy HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes music no matter what time of the year it is. It is easier to list all of the criteria here that do not apply to you than it is to list the ones that do. You have Disney character golf club covers. You have helped plan many Disney vacations for fellow employees in your department. Now you are getting phone calls from other departments asking, "Hey are you the guy I need to talk to about planning my Disney Vacation?" You keep your Mickey Mouse umbrella in the car/truck and proudly use it while walking in to your office during a rainstorm. Your passion for Disney is strong but you would rather get soaked before using your wife's/daughter's Tinker Bell umbrella. Your Christmas tree has all Disney ornaments on it. You have a DVC decal on your minivan. Most of your passwords consist of some sort of Disney theme. You own a Mickey Mouse toaster. You have your own personal tour guide to WDW because you married an ex-CM!!! YOU were a CM yourself! The cake topper on your wedding cake was Mickey & Minnie. The music playing as you were announced at the reception hall as husband and wife was BAROQUE HOEDOWN...better known as the theme from THE MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE. After changing out of your tuxedo at the end of your wedding's reception, you wore a Disney tie as you headed off to begin your honeymoon - which was ultimately at WDW (it was Goofy, BTW) You have a Mickey waffle iron and kitchen towels that you and your wife received as wedding gifts. You have a Mickey telephone (one of those old stand up kind from the 80's, like the large one reproduced at POP). You proposed to your wife in the front seat of the Rockin' Roller Coaster just before take off and she was crazy enough to say yes. You had a Mickey wedding cake knife at your wedding. Your ring bearer carried your rings on a little Mickey & Minnie wedding pillow. Amendment: #81 does not apply to you. You WOULD use your wife's/daughter's Tinkerbell umbrella! You have a standing deal with your wife that you can visit Disney every year as long as you take the kids. You hooked up the laptop to your TV so that you could watch Youtube videos of WDW. You've gone to disney for so many vacations that your kids think the word "vacation" is just a short way to say, "Trip to Disneyworld." You have more disney podcasts than music on your iPod. You only know one phrase in spanish - "please stand clear of the doors..." You can identify Disney restaurants by their signature food (Tonga Toast, etc.) You have at least one "souvenir" (child) from your trip. You have antenna toppers on all your vehicles, even at work(looks really cool on construction, aircraft support vehicles and aircraft). You know the roads at and around WDW better then your own neighborhood. Your wife can't tell the Disney princesses apart, but you can. You have so many Disney shirts you have to decide which ones to take and which ones to leave home when you leave for vacation. You put Mickey and Minnie Jibbitz onto your daughter's Crocs. You named your dog Epcot You have a Mickey lamp on your desk. You have actually had Disney cookies shipped to you. You have created the following for Disney trips: Mousekeeping envelopes, Window decorations, Autograph book, Epcot Passport, T-shirts for the family, etc.. You are a Disney Dad that has been to Disney almost every year of your adult life. Your wife tells your kids that they are the luckiest kids in the world to have a dad that loves disney. When you bought a new mini-van...instead of kicking the tires and looking under the hood...you checked out all the stow-n-go features and was planning on where to put our luggage for your next trip to WDW. You listen to the soundtrack for Wishes and Spectromagic on your MP3 player at work. Sometimes you feel like you are more excited about being able to take your Family to WDW... than they are about going...and they get pretty excited. You have endured or are willing to endure the hazing process to become a DIS Dad's Club Member which involves...... Walking until your legs and feet ache, crowded queues with hundreds of strangers, standing in the hot Florida sun until your skin burns, and finally emptying your wallet of any savings. You play the "please stand clear of the doors" monorail spiel as you pressed the auto-close button for the kid's sliding door in the minivan. You struggle to keep the minivan from pulling towards the south while on the outerbelt You know you're a DIS Dad when you stream Radio Disney on your Blackberry and pipe it through the minivan speakers while taking your kid(s) to school. You own a silicone Mickey that forms pancakes like a Mickey head. Your trip itinerary includes hunting down Tiana to exchange a Who Dat!, or a "Hows ya mom n 'em?". You buy championship gear for your whole family after your team wins a Super Bowl/World Series/NBA Finals/Stanley Cup/BCS/CWS/Final Four with the intention of "going to Disney World" to rep your team. You find and download on iTunes backround music from your favorite resort. You walk into any air conditioned space on a Hot Summer day and quietly murmur "ahhhhh, gift shop" under your breath! You DVR every special on any channel which has to do with WDW, DCL or Disneyland and then put it on when you or your DW have had a rough day. You own a Mickey Mouse Panini/Sandwich Maker (which makes great grilled cheese sandwiches, by the way). You look at a kitten right before a trip to WDW and name him Tigger He truly is a one of a kind cat. And has truly lived UP to his name!! More than 50% of your t-shirts are Disney related. Made spouse get a job at disney store, so you could get a discount on future trips and pre vacation mechandise You've held an AP at WDW or DL for multiple years You have the ultimate AP - a PREMIER PASS, good at both WDW and DL You've been to WDW more than 15 times in your life You've been to WDW more than 30 times in your life You've been to WDW more than 50 times in your life You have Mickey shaped egg forms, ice cube trays, or any other Mickey cookware in your kitchen You buy into DVC before ever stepping foot in WDW! Our club's mascot is Goofy (lets face it we all are a bit and he was the ultimate Disney Dad!). Our creed: If you meet any of the above qualifications, just reply to this thread and you are a member! We'd like to know more about you when you join... as much as you are comfortable with sharing... first name, next Disney trip (if one is planned), etc. Come on in! Here's a welcome message from one of our own members (DisneyFed): Come join us on Facebook HERE Official Souvenir (Bacon Mickey vinylmation): "Give me your spare tires, your pork your puddled gasses yearning to break free the detailed spreadsheets of a disney dork Send these, the disdads leftovers to me I am the chime before the monorail door" If you have a new criteria which you feel should be added to the list above, send a Private Message (PM) to Emma's Dad. DDC Plaque courtesy of Kitchensinkguy and his wife Deb. Thanks!!! The two of you are AWESOME!!!!!!