A Mickey Mouse-mad Brit has fulfilled his dream of visiting all 12 Disney theme parks the world over, and happening each one among their 216 rides.
Ben Wooldridge, 35, has spent 1000’s of kilos on his globe-trotting journey travelling to each Disney park throughout 4 nations and three continents.
His escapades have seen him fly 54,300 miles to Florida, California, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai over the previous six years, as he accomplished his unimaginable feat.
In complete, he has been on 216 rides, visited 12 parks, seen six Disney castles and been to the USA, China, France and Japan. Ben, who works as a publicist, might very presumably be the primary Brit to go on each experience at each Disney park.
‘I undoubtedly can’t choose a favorite park as they’re all so totally different and so distinctive, they’re all so fascinating,’ says Ben. ‘When it comes to my favorite Disney character, it’s extremely predictable however it would at all times be Mickey.
‘He’s the image and mascot for Disney and as Walt Disney stated ‘it began with a mouse.’
He says that Shanghai Disneyland has the most effective rides however his favorite is ‘Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance’ at Walt Disney World.
Ben’s journey with Disney first started when he visited Disneyland Paris as a four-year-old boy in 1992.
Ben, of Leamington Spa, stated: ‘My love of the Disney parks comes from my mum and pa after they took us to the Disneyland Paris when it opened in 1992. The took us to Florida each few years and it was at all times an enormous magical event.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t till 2016, when the Chinese language park opened that he determined to set himself the duty of visiting each single one of many ‘happiest locations on Earth.’
Ben added: ‘As I received older and extra into journey, it was the right match. I needed to finish all of them.
‘It was simply ticking off the listing, it was additionally fascinating to see Disney by a distinct tradition and consuming the model differently.
‘In Shanghai and Hong Kong the expertise is way more about taking photographs. The character meet-and-greet take precedence over the rides. It’s much more particular over there.
‘Additionally within the Asian parks are characters who don’t exist over within the western parks. It’s a distinct Disney tradition and a distinct park tradition. The issues I like essentially the most is the eye to element.
‘The Asian parks I’m essentially the most eager to return to however that’s as a result of I’ve accomplished Florida and Paris lots.’
Ben stated he deliberate his dream Disney journeys alongside holidays with household and associates to make it extra reasonably priced.
He continued: ‘I began with my first Disney expertise 30 years in the past but it surely has primarily been accomplished within the final six years.
‘It’s important to save arduous. They had been all accomplished over separate holidays, and I did them one-by-one.’
Ben added: ‘The bottom line is to plan, there’s a lot to do.
‘I do not know how a lot it price, however unfold through the years, it’s undoubtedly 1000’s, I haven’t ploughed all of my financial savings.
‘I can’t deny that I’ve spent 1000’s on visiting the Disney Parks through the years, however with the appropriate planning and know-how, it doesn’t want to interrupt the financial institution. There’s six fortress parks after which there’s some places with a number of parks in these nations.’
For Ben, Disneyland Shanghai had some spectacular rides.
‘Being the latest of the Disney parks, the rides at Shanghai Disneyland are on the reducing fringe of know-how. Even Disney classics resembling Peter Pan’s Flight are given an additional contact of magic by incorporating new applied sciences.
‘My favorite experience might be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Anaheim and Walt Disney World. The expertise goes far past a experience and the eye to element is thoughts blowing.’
Lastly, Ben notes that the most effective a part of his pastime is sharing it with household and associates.
‘I do like an excellent bucket and checklist, or doing all the things so as like watching all of the Star Wars movies so as,’ he says. ‘It’s like that. It’s simply in my character.
‘I’ve accomplished the parks with numerous household and associates. I deliver them alongside to expertise and share the magic collectively.
‘Crucial factor about going to Disney is sharing and having fun with it with family and friends.’
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