He may be late to our NDP party, but better late than never I always say! Read on through NDD Chris’s journey to becoming an NDP. Can you relate to his situation? What makes you an NDP? Have a story to share? Have your own Disney Fan Site or Podcast you want to share with the community? Send it to ndm130 AT thedisneydrivenlife DOT com. We just might feature your story here on Sharing Saturdays.
I’m NDP when it comes to Walt Disney World. There, I said it. If you’re reading this, at least there’s a pretty good chance you’ll understand.
I’ve always known Disney had devoted fans, but I haven’t always been one of them. In my younger days my family took a couple of trips to Walt Disney World and once went to Disneyland, but other than fond memories from my youth, I wouldn’t say Walt Disney World or Disneyland made a huge impression on me, other than instilling a love for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Some people love fishing, golf, visiting the beach – whatever. I’m happy for people who can genuinely enjoy a particular place or activity. There are too many of us who go through the motions even when it comes to having fun.
But even after seeing my oldest daughter’s reaction to seeing the Castle for the first time, I still didn’t get it. After that, we made a couple of trips – great ones, but WDW wasn’t tops on my list of places to visit.
When we got home, I found myself missing Disney World, to the point that I began searching for online radio stations and sites where I could stream or download park music. My iPhone is loaded with resort music. I’m ok when people make fun of me for this.
I started to get into photography a little. And of course I gravitated toward Disney photography. There are many terrific photographers out there – amateur, semi-pro, and professional photographers who’ve captured stunning pictures. One day I hope to capture images that approach their quality. I don’t know when we’re going back, but I’m planning on taking as many pictures as I can without thoroughly annoying my family. And hopefully I’ll have some really good pictures to share. Besides doing a better job at capturing memories, I think I’ll enjoy the atmosphere and time with my family even more than on previous trips.
And we’ll have another child experiencing Walt Disney World for the first time. I can’t wait to see the reactions she’ll have, and how her older siblings will once again experience things for the first time by watching her.
I pass the time listening to resort and park music loops, and audio from the rides. There are great podcasts out there, and of course, great websites like “The Disney Driven Life” where you can experience a bit of the magic even if you’re not there.
So, even though I’m a bit late to the NDP party, I think I’m here to stay.
Just remember, there’s no shame in reliving a great Disney experience through sights, sounds or smells. Go back through your photos, listen to podcasts and music, watch the movies, and take as much soap and shampoo from the resort as you can.
Chris ~ NDD300
Since going to Walt Disney World and Disneyland at a young age, Chris has always enjoyed Disney music, TV shows, movies, and trips to Walt Disney World. But his appreciation of the overall Disney experience has greatly increased over the last few years. While waiting for the next chance to work on his Disney photography skills, Chris passes the time listening to Park/Resort audio, WDW podcasts, and checking out the work of other Disney photographers. To Chris, there are no bad Disney trip photographs or photographers.
Non-Disney pursuits include spending time with his wife and children, watching and listening to baseball broadcasts, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and LSU. Chris is a third generation professional engineer in Louisiana, working mainly on asbestos, lead, mold and demolition projects. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWhitePE and you can check out his Flickr photo stream: chris_white2323.