I figure with all the Disney fans on the forum, we can use a thread to discuss all things Disney--the Disney parks! Disney movies! Disney cruises! Disney collectibles!
Like many kids, I grew up watching Disney movies and tv specials. However, I never knew about that parks until I was about 10 or 12. I remember there was a contest at school and the winner's family would win a trip to Disney World. My classmates were flabbergasted when they heard I didn't know about the parks but my parents had never mentioned them, it had never come up in conversations with friends, and back then I don't remember Disney advertising the parks on tv like they do now.
Disney World opened the same year I was born (1971) so I think that's pretty special! The first time I went there, they were celebrating their 15th year. Obviously, I was 15 at the time. My favorite rides are the Haunted Mansion, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Peter Pan ride. The Enchanted Tiki Room is a must-see every trip, too.
I actually got to work at Disney World! I was taking a summer class at the community college and we had a visitor come to talk to our class one day about the school's internship program. I wasn't interested at first but when they mentioned that there was a Criminology internship at Disney World, I signed up! My dad knew the general counsel at Disney at the time and I got to work with her sister for awhile at the Epcot ID center before going to the Magic Kingdom to work at main operations, writing a weekly security news bulletin. I learned so much about being a good worker through the Disney College Program. I would highly recommend it to any young adults looking to get into the workforce. I enjoyed my job and only wish I could have gotten a full-time job there after my internship ended.
I don't really have a favorite Disney movie although I liked the earlier ones better than the more recent ones. Mostly just because more recent cartoons, not just Disney ones, tend to have more smart-alec characters and they rub me the wrong way.