Celebrating 30 Years of Disney Magic and Amusement Park Adventures

Celebrating 30 Years of Disney Magic and Amusement Park Adventures

As I sit down to pen this reflection, it’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since my first visit to Walt Disney World in May of 1994. That initial trip ignited a lifelong passion, transforming a simple curiosity into a full-fledged obsession that has spanned decades. Today, through my blog ImagiNERDing.com and various other platforms, I celebrate not just a personal milestone, but a journey that has been filled with countless adventures, extensive research, and an enduring love for the magical world of Disney and amusement parks around the globe.

The Beginning of a Magical Journey

My very first trip to Walt Disney World was more than just a vacation; it was a transformative experience. The awe and wonder I felt walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and stepping into a world where dreams come true left an indelible mark on me. It was during this visit that my fascination with theme parks was kindled, a fascination that would grow and evolve over the next 30 years. I can still remember the first box of popcorn and that first trip on the Haunted Mansion, which had been a lifelong dream.

Growing up near Kings Island, I was no stranger to the thrills of amusement parks. I remember days at Kings Island riding the Monster, the Bayern Kurve, and the Flying Dutchman. The Enchanted Voyage still stands as my first dark ride and I still remember the playful song and various show scenes (and those terrifying clown teeth at the end). My youth was also marked by frequent visits to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Carowinds, each trip further fueling my love for these themed spaces. These early experiences laid the foundation for a lifelong passion that would eventually lead me to explore and document the rich histories and intricate designs of parks worldwide.

An image borrowed from the internet of the amazing Enchanted Voyage dark ride at Kings Island. I am assuming this is an official postcard print.

Almost Two Decades of ImagiNERDing

Since launching ImagiNERDing.com on May 12, 2007, I have been dedicated to sharing my knowledge, insights, and experiences with fellow enthusiasts. Through countless articles, I have delved into the fascinating histories of Disney and other amusement parks, reviewed numerous books, and provided readers with a deeper understanding of the history of parks and attractions.

I’ve had the fortune of visiting many different parks in the United States, and hope to add Europe and Japan, soon. Visits to Dollywood, Knoebles, Cedar Point, Six Flags Magic Mountain, HersheyPark, Knott’s Berry Farm, and so many others have fueled my desire to learn more about amusement park history to share with you.

My blog has become a trove of information, with an impressive collection of book reviews and histories of amusement parks and theme parks. This body of work reflects not only my dedication but also my desire to preserve and share the rich heritage of these beloved destinations. With over 1,100 books in my personal collection, one of the largest in the world, my research has been thorough and my commitment unwavering.

Just a few of my Disney and amusement park books in my personal library.

Expanding the Horizon: Writing, Co-hosting, and More

Beyond ImagiNERDing, I have had the privilege of contributing to several other projects. Writing for MiceChat allowed me to reach an even broader audience, sharing my insights and stories with Disney fans worldwide. As the co-host of Communicore Weekly, the Greatest Online Show, I enjoyed discussing various aspects of Disney history and trivia, connecting with listeners who share my passion and sense of humor.

The ImagiNERDing YouTube channel has been another exciting venture, providing a visual platform to explore and celebrate the histories of theme parks. Through the channel, I have been able to share  tours, reviews, and historical retrospectives.


One of the highlights of my career has been co-authoring the first-ever encyclopedia dedicated to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. This comprehensive guide stands as a testament to my dedication and deep understanding of Disney’s history and legacy. It is a resource that I am immensely proud of, and one that I hope will inspire future generations of Disney enthusiasts.

Meeting Charles Ridgeway at the local Barnes & Noble in 2007.

Thrill-Seeker at Heart

While my focus has mostly been on Disney, my love for amusement parks extends far beyond the berms of the Magic Kingdom. I have ridden over 180 different rollercoasters across the United States, each ride a new adventure, each park a new story waiting to be told. This thrill-seeking aspect of my journey has allowed me to explore the diverse and dynamic world of amusement parks, adding another layer to my extensive knowledge and experience.

Lifetime of Dedication

Reflecting on the past 30 years, I am filled with a deep sense of pride and nostalgia. From that first magical visit to Walt Disney World to my extensive research and numerous publications, my journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have spent more than half of my life dedicated to the history of Disney and amusement parks, a testament to my unwavering passion and commitment.

Being interviewed for a television special about Walt Disney and his legacy in Central FLorida.

As I look to the future, I remain as passionate as ever about these enchanting worlds. While I may have slowed down a bit since my first blog post in 2007, my enthusiasm for uncovering and sharing the magic of theme parks has not waned. Here’s to many more years of discovery, excitement, and, most importantly, magic.

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey. Whether you are a longtime reader or a new visitor, I am grateful for your support and thrilled to have you along for the ride. Here’s to celebrating 30 years of Disney magic and the countless adventures still to come.

I hope to see you in the parks,



One thought on “Celebrating 30 Years of Disney Magic and Amusement Park Adventures

  1. Thanks for all of episodes. I miss Communicore Weekly, and still stop at the phone booths at the UK Pavilion in hopes that someone will resurrect Impromptu UK Phone Booth Disney Trivia.

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