Updated March 1, 2019
In October of 2017, I eagerly boarded a train to experience my first ever International Disney Park — Disneyland Paris. A park which I would later refer to as my ‘gateway park.’ It opened me up to a Willy-Wonka-golden-ticket-sized quest to conquer all of the Disney Theme Parks in the World. As of February 2019, in my lifetime I have visited 11 out of the 12 Disney Theme Parks worldwide — with only Hong Kong Disneyland remaining.
In fact, in the short 13 months from October of 2017 to November of 2018, I visited 10 out of the 12 Disney Theme Parks worldwide.
I only skipped two of the Disney parks during the October of 2017 — November of 2018 time period due to extensive construction. The construction of Toy Story Land, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World Florida) made a day-visit counterintuitive as I am often in Florida. This is especially true as my last visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios was still fairly recently in February of 2016.
In the case of Hong Kong Disneyland, their extensive castle renovation and the ongoing construction of Frozen Land and Marvel Land (particularly ‘Ant-man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!’) made an intercontinental trek appear to be more worthwhile in 2021.
My Disney Theme Park Check List:
✓ Florida: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios.
|First Visit: August 1994
✓ California: Disneyland, California Adventure | First Visit: September 2012
✓ Paris: Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park |First Visit: October 2017
✓ Shanghai: Shanghai Disneyland |First Visit: April 2018
✓ Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland |First Visit: April 2018
X Hong Kong: Hong Kong Disneyland