Disney Fan Interview: Chatting With an Annual Passholder

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Family with Evil Queen at Disney World

In the last installment of this series, we met Dawn Landry, a Disney Vacation Club member. Today, we will meet Alisa Sullivan, an Annual Pass holder, and learn about her experiences and why she is a Disney fan.

Alisa has been an Annual Pass holder since October 2018. She usually visits throughout the year during school holidays, with her husband and sons. Her first trip was when she was eight years old when EPCOT opened.

Why did you become an Annual Pass holder?

Alisa: We knew that we were going for Food and Wine Festival, and then we knew we were going back for a long stay for Christmas and New Year’s. We knew if we were going more than 10 times in a calendar year, that it benefited us.

What is your favorite memory or experience at WDW?

Alisa: When my youngest son, Ethan, he was probably 16 months or 18 months old, and he was in love with Minnie Mouse. We were in the World of Disney, and so it was all the stuffed animals in the back, but it was all Minnie Mouse. 

He climbed and got out of the stroller, and he just threw himself by the whole pile of the Minnie Mouses. He was just laying there with his Mickey Mouse hat ears on around all the Minnie Mouse plushes.

What is your favorite day-time show to watch?

Alisa: Beauty and the Beast because I don’t have girls, and I like seeing the little girls dance.

Alisa Sullivan and Family at Magic Kingdom

The Sullivan family gathers for a photo in front of Cinderella Castle. Photo by Alisa Sullivan

What is your WDW vacation tradition?

Alisa: We always have to take a picture in front of the castle, so that’s certainly a thing. We always have to ride Splash Mountain. There are certain rides we just have to go on.

What makes you a Disney fan?

Alisa: I always watched the movies when I was a kid. I just think it’s the magic. It’s the emotion you get when you walk down Main Street U.S.A. It’s just nothing else matters. Like when people really say, “It’s my happy place.” It is. It’s no other cares in the world. For as much as it’s changed, and we’ve seen it change all over those years, you just can’t take the magic away.

What makes you go back?

Alisa: Is it an addiction? I don’t know. I don’t know what makes me go back. I just really think I love it. It’s just that feeling. I think it’s an addiction.

If you enjoyed my interview with Alisa, keep an eye out for the next post in this series where we will talk to a WDW regular guest. Also, check out the last installment of the series where we talked to Dawn, a DVC member.

About the Author

Erica Landreneau

Erica is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine. When she isn’t planning her next trip to WDW or watching the beloved Animated Classics, she can be found working at her local library. Wouldn’t Belle and The Beast be proud?