Vote of the week: Are you more a Disney fan or a theme park fan?
Written by Robert NilesWhen people ask me who reads Theme Park Insider, I usually respond that this is a site for theme park fans who aren't necessarily just Disney fans. And who aren't simply roller coaster fans, either.
Published: April 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM
Fans lining up to visit a theme park that isn't Disney's.
A lot of the millions of people who visit the Disney theme park each year do so because they're Disney fans - they love the company's movies, TV shows and theme parks. But they don't necessarily care about anyone else's theme parks, and many Disney fans never visit them.
At the other end of the fan spectrum, perhaps, are the roller coaster fans - people who value thrill over theme and who travel the country in search of airtime. For them, a trip to a Disney park is a rare occasion, more a favor to other family members who wanted to go than a chance to increase their coaster count.
Theme Park Insider exists, at least in my mind, for those of us in the middle - people who enjoy and value themed attractions but aren't beholden just to Disney. We enjoy Universal, SeaWorld and the best of other companies' parks, as well as Disney. Sure, we enjoy roller coaster rides now and then, just as we go see Disney movies when they look good. But the world's best and most popular theme parks are our focus.
Hey, that's what I think. Today's vote is about what you think. I figure it's time to put my assumption to the test and to ask you, the Theme Park Insider community, where your loyalties lie.
Rather than pushing you toward one extreme or the other, I've given you five choices. Here are the options for this weekend's vote, with explanations for each. Please pick the option that best describes you.
I'm a Disney fan. Period - You care only about the Disney theme parks, and have no interest in reading about, much less visiting, anyone else's parks. You're here today only because this post included the word "Disney." A lot.
I'm mostly a Disney fan, but like other parks, too - You're primarily a Disney fan, but sometimes visit other companies' theme and amusement parks, even though you devote most of your trips to Disney.
I'm equally a Disney fan and a theme park fan - You're a fan both of Disney and of theme parks. You visit the Disney parks, but care just as much about Universal, SeaWorld or other parks, as well, and visit them just as often. But you've got some Disney collectibles at home and consider yourself a fan of all things Disney.
I'm mostly a theme park fan, but like the Disney parks, too - You're primarily a theme park fan. You visit and like to read about Walt Disney World or Disneyland in addition to other parks, but don't especially care for the rest of what Disney offers any more than the stuff from other movie studios or entertainment companies.
I'm a theme park fan who doesn't care about Disney - You're a theme park fan who doesn't care about Disney at all. You visit only other companies' parks and look forward to spring, when we start writing more about those parks instead of all this Disney stuff.
Time to vote.
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