I am sure many of you are wondering, "What
is Disneygeek.com?" Well that's what this page is intended
to try and explain, while giving you a little insight into
the people that make this page work, and why we decided to
A brief history
Disneygeek.com started out as Jason's Disney Facts and Opinions
and first popped up on the World Wide Web way back in 1994 at the
dawn of creation (Internet time). The site has slowly evolved and
expanded over the years. Our biggest change came in 2000 when we
became disneygeek.com. In May of 2002 we expanded and now encompass
both disneygeek.net and disneygeek.com.
Our goal with this site is to try to provide you with an interesting
and unique experience. If you do a search for Disney on the internet
thousands of sites show up. We try to provide comments, opinions,
and thoughts about Disney mostly from a guests perspective.
You will find information on various Disney related experiences
we have. Ranging from lectures to visits to the parks. We are also
always looking for more contributors and as we get writings we share
those, whether they are trip reports, Cast Member Experiences, guest
columnists, or just someone sending in a random fact or opinion.
Important Dates in the Sites History:
Site launched as Jason's Disney Facts & Opinons in Fall 1994
October 2000 became Disneygeek.com (registered 9/27/00)
August 2001 launched e-mail newsletter
May 2002 added Disneygeek.net (5/29/02)
September 2011 - Started contributing guest columns to AllEars.net
So what is
a disneygeek? (Defined by the Geek's Brother)
Chances are if you are actually reading this, you are a Disneygeek,
or you have the potential to be a Disneygeek! This is not a derogatory
term by any stretch of the imagination. How it started was my brother
has always had a sort of fascination with Disney. Be it the Disney
theme parks, their sports teams, the movies (read: animated features),
whatever, he loved them, almost to the point of obsession in my
eyes. With the advent of the Internet, and watching him spend hours
reading newsgroups and looking at hundreds of thousands of web pages
dedicated to Disney, I realized that he was not alone with his "fascination".
So basically a Disneygeek is a person that takes the like, as in
I like Disney, to that next plateau.
Who is the
disneygeek? (Again from the Geek's Brother)
Well as I mentioned briefly, he is my brother, a man that goes
to Disneyland and spent over an hour taking pictures of construction of DCA
before he even goes into the park, a person who's favorite attraction
is the line board so that he can know where to avoid the lines.
This is a person who started watching hockey simply because Disney owned a team. He's that guy you
see while watching the fireworks show at Disneyland, humming
along and pointing to where the fireworks are about to go off.
Seeing the show 50 times will allow you such skills. It's pretty
scary if you ask me, but that's what makes him the Geek!
Spending my early years in the midwest meant that my first Disney Experience was Walt Disney World. I had two trips to Orlando under my belt before my family moved to California. For our first Christmas in Los Angeles, in 1985, we headed to Disneyland and spent a night at the Disneyland Hotel. As you can see with the list below over the years I have stayed at most of the Walt Disney World Resorts and experienced many of their vacation packages too.
The Geek has been to WDW(Nights) - 29 trips totally 208 nights:
1994 - Port Orleans(6-Food-Fun) / Beach Club(4-Admiral) / Swan(1)
1996 - All Star Music(1) / Yacht Club(7-Deluxe Magic) / All
1998 - December - Coronado Springs (1) / Yacht Club(7 - Deluxe Magic) / All Star (1)
2000 - March - All Star Movie (7 - Food-Fun)
2000 - December - Yacht Club (8 - Deluxe Magic)
2002 - May - All Star Sports(5) - Bought Premium AP
2002 - December - Animal Kingdom Lodge(2) / Yacht Club (6 -
2003 - March - Animal Kingdom Lodge (5)
2004 - May - Pop Century(3) / Beach Club (7 - Concierge, Junior
Suite) - Bought Park AP
2004 - September/October - Pop Century(7)
2005 - May - Radisson Parkway(1) / Pop Century(6)
2006 - April/May - Pop Century(7) - Bought Park AP
2006 - December - Pop Century(8)
2007 - March - Port Orleans, Riverside(8)
2007 - December - Port Orleans, French Quarter (7) - Bought Park AP
2008 - April - Contemporary Resort (7)
2008 - December - Port Orleans, Riverside (3), Coronado Springs (5)
2009 - May - Contemporary Resort (7 - Platinum Package)
2009 - December - Port Orleans, Riverside(7 - Disney Dining Plan)
2010 - May - Port Orleans, Riverside (7 - Disney Dining Plan - upgraded to Premiere Pass)
2010 - December - Pop Century (7 - Disney Dining Plan(5) - Preimere Pass)
2011 - May - Pop Century (7 - renewed Premiere Pass)
2011 - December - Pop Century (1 + 4 on Disney Dream + 5 back at Pop Century - Premiere Pass)
2012 - April - Pop Century (8 - Premiere Pass)
2012 - September/October - Port Orleans Riverside (8 - Premiere Pass & Disney Dining Plan)
2013 - April - Pop Century (6 - Premiere Pass)
2013 - Still planning my trips!
The Geek has been to Disneyland (Between 2000 and 2012 392 trips):
12/21/1985: First Disneyland Visit (1 day Magic Kingdom Club ticket and stayed at the Disneyland Hotel)
1986 - 1996: Usually 1 or 2 trips a year
1994 - 1999 - Annual Passes, not sure on number of trips, usually
the Deluxe AP
2000: Deluxe Annual Pass - 34 Trips
2001: Premium Annual Pass - 31 Trips
2002: Premium Annual Pass - 29 Trips
2003: Premium Annual Pass - 25 Trips
2004: Premium Annual Pass - 18 Trips
2005: Premium Annual Pass - 20 Trips
2006: Premium Annual Pass - 25 Trips
2007: Premium Annual Pass - 27 Trips
2008: Premium Annual Pass - 26 Trips
2009: Premium Annual Pass - 41 Trips
2010: Premiere Pass - 40 trips (13 Trips on the Premium Annual pass before upgrading)
2011: Premiere Pass - 34 trips
2012: Premiere Pass - 42 trips (14 Trips through May then renewing at a Premium Pass, upgraded to Premiere in October)
2013: Premiere Pass - ....
Who is the
I am the geeks brother. Periodically throughout the site you
will notice I throw my two cents in. Basically the geek needed
a design guy and I worked cheap (free) so I fit the bill. Honestly
though, I too have a certain fascination with Disney. You have
to like Disney to spend the hours I have working on this site, but
my fascination is not to the degree of the Geek. No, I bring a
different perspective to the table. I am the type of guy that goes
to see "Great moments with Mr. Lincoln" to catch a 20-minute air-conditioned
nap in the middle of the day. I go to Disney World not for the
parks necessarily, but to go fishing with my dad, and it's the only
time the geek will go golfing with us (he likes to hit the ball
in the Mickey shaped sand trap)!!! Anyways, I bring the non-geek
perspective, trying to balance it all out. I am more the average
Disney fan as opposed to the Geek.
Cameras I currently use: The primary Camera I use right now is the Canon 7D which I started using in November 2010. This is a digital SLR camera and I have three primary lenses. A 10-22mm wide angle, 28-135mm and a 70-300mm telephoto. To go along with this is approximately 10GB of Compact Flash space and 2 Batteries for the camera. (I used the Canon EOS-50D from November 2008-2010. and used a Canon 20D from December 2005 - November 2008 as my primary and now these two are my backup cameras)
I also have an Olympus 720 camera for bad weather and water attractions since it is waterproof and shock resistant.
From 2003-2005 we used a Sony Cybershot
DSC -V1 (5 Megapixel), the geeks brother used a Sony Cybershot DSC-U30
(2 megapixel). All Images Prior to 2003 were taken with a Sony DSC-S75 Cybershot(3.3
Megapixels) for most of the pictures, on occasion we use a Sony
Mavica FD75. For the video footage its a standard Sony 8mm Handycam
(forget the model number) that we capture from. We also have used
a Sony DSC-70 Cybershot(3.3 Megapixels).
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Who Else is
Involved with the creation of this site
It takes a lot of people and time to make a great website. Here
at the geek we would like to have as many people involved as possible
to make this a living website. We also want to thank all of those
who help us out. Here is a brief list of some of our content contributors.
If you would like to contribute and be added to our list please
us, we are always looking for help.
The Geek's Brother - I would really like to thank
my brother for his help in designing and creating this website.
He has that artistic touch to make the site work.
The Geek's Artist - I would like to extend a thank
you to Ed, our artist. Almost all of the drawing graphics you see
on this site he created.
Lazygeek - Well periodically you will see comments from
the Lazy geek. While that name would fit me, its not me, rather
it's a friend of the geeks. Call him the geek's Disney buddy.
He's the guy that tags along with the Geek on his Disneyland adventures,
searching for new places to catch a nap. Secretly however, the
guy is almost as crazy as the Geek. He has to be, why else would
he spend so much time with him.
TV Listings - We would like to thank Paul Schnebelen for
his listings. This regular feature here on the geek give a fairly
complete listing of all the shows that are about, take place in,
or mention Disney themeparks.
State of the Mouse Columns - Matt contributes
these regular columns that consist of extremely detailed trip reports
from the Disneyland Resort. Here is a little background information
given to us by Matt: "I've never lived farther that 45 minutes
from Disneyland at any point in my life. I was actually born at
Anaheim General, not too far from the park. Been going to the park
on and off since 1982 and my hope is someday to see my own children
run into Mickey's arms. "
Mountain Geek- Was a Cast Member in the 1990s and
has agreed to write for the site periodically (approx once per month)
relating his experiences at the park. He is like many at the park
that grew up in the area and went to work at the park because of
how much he enjoyed going their to visit. Becoming a CM changed
some of his views and taught him quite a bit about the park.
Steve (Main Street Magic) Simmons - Lifetime Disney
nut. Born and raised in southern California. First visited Disneyland
sometime in 1957 (I know because I broke my first Brownie camera
while walking into Frontierland). Became a Cast Member back in 1969
(yes, that was back where there really were E Coupons!). Started
off in Janitorial working at Carnation Gardens (the bandstand where
the Disneyland band used to play). Moved into Merchandise and worked
both Merlin's and Main Street Magic shops. Left Disney to work for
Uncle Sam (U.S. Air Force). I'm now residing in Atlanta, GA and
frequent Walt Disney World more often than Disneyland.