I'm new to AllEars, but I'm not new to the Disney experience. My love of The Mouse began, like so many others', with childhood family vacations to Walt Disney World. In 1979, I stayed at the Contemporary; rode the monorail to the only Disney World theme park, the Magic Kingdom; swam at River Country; and visited Discovery Island. I still miss The Skyway cable cars and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. At the same time, I'm excited to see the Fantasyland Expansion begin its rollout this year.
Some of you may recognize me as the former A Mom and The Mouse, my name when I blogged about all aspects of The Walt Disney Co. for the Orlando Sentinel. I also was a member of the newspaper's Theme Park Rangers blog team and the Visitor Guide editor for years before TheDailyDisney.com launched. I have been a journalist for almost 20 years.
As an Orlando local, I visit the Disney parks often with my husband and two elementary-school-age children. We have been fortunate to experience two Disney cruises onboard the Wonder and the Dream in the last couple years. After those experiences, my nine-year-old son announced he plans to be a Disney Cruise Line captain one day. My seven-year-old daughter alternates between wanting to be a mermaid like Ariel, her favorite Disney princess, and a dolphin trainer.
During my time covering Disney, one of the most amazing things I have discovered is how welcoming, passionate and knowledgeable members of the fan community are. I have had a wonderful time getting to know so many people and hope to meet even more in my new role at AllEars. I will be blogging on a regular basis at AllEars, writing feature articles for the weekly newsletter and also working behind the scenes.
Please come and say hello on Twitter @Kristin_B_Ford and at @AllEarsNet!
The previous post in this blog was Disney Fun With Your Pets.
The next post in this blog is Disney World to enforce return times for FastPasses in March.