Thursday, December 31, 2015

Introducing Us

So - this is us...

Michael and Jessica Gandy
(and Navidad Donald)

We've been married for about 5 years and while we've always had an affection for Disney, we recently amped it up a little when we started participating in RunDisney races and became Disneyland annual pass holders because of our frequent visits.  So far, we've participated in both the Star Wars and Avengers races in 2015, and are planning the Star Wars, Tinkerbell, and (maybe) Disneyland 1/2 Marathon for 2016.

We live in Las Vegas, so Disneyland is a nice weekend getaway for us.  We are both high school teachers, so we have predictable schedules, weekends off, and the ability to get away pretty regularly.  We started by going occasionally, but have started visiting much more frequently when we realized what a fantastic time we could have.

 I mean, where else can a couple of grown-ups spend the day taking photos in giant cartoon cars and seem totally normal?

Of course, we love to ride all of the rides.  Mike's favorites are Space Mountain and California Screamin', while I will always be partial to some of the more nostalgic rides like It's a Small World and the Splash Mountain.  But don't get me wrong, I love them all.

The real fun started when we realized how much Disneyland there was and despite our numerous visits, how much we had yet to experience.  On our last visit, we wandered into Pixie Hollow for the first time and were blown away.  Not that it was amazing in and of itself, but that it existed.  Also, it's very weird.  :)

While Disneyland is our "home" park, we visited Disney World in the summer of 2013 and Disneyland Paris in the summer of 2014. We are currently planning to return to Disney World this March (2016) and hopefully will have the opportunity to visit Disney Paris again soon, along with all of the Asian parks - Disney Tokyo, Hong Kong Disney, and the soon-to-open Shanghai Disney.

So then, why Duckberg?  Why not just Disney?  I'll let Mike explain more fully on his own, but it comes down to his love of everything Uncle Scrooge, and Duck in general.  In some ways, that (and the Star Wars race) is what kicked this whole thing off.  At the end of the day, we have such an amazing time & that's what really matters, right?