Countdown to Magic is a website dedicated to helping visitors become knowledgeable and fully prepared to plan their Disney World vacation. Through this website, my goal is to help you not only save time and money at Disney World, but have an amazing experience that you’ll remember forever.

About the Author

My name is Michael, and I love me some Disney World. And so I figured, why not start a site that helps people headed to Disney World better plan for their trip?

No, I’m not trying to create an army of indoctrinated Disney fans (although that would make one preeeeeetty amazing scene to see in person), but I do care about helping you better understand the ins and outs of touring Disney World to get the most out of your trip.

And who knows, maybe you’ll become a lifelong fan of the Mouse like me.

As for me, I’ve been going to Disney World for as long as I can remember. It started with me, my mom, and my dad making nearly annual trips together, but when my parents got divorced in the 90s, my mother and I kept the tradition going.

And as an only child, it sort of became “our thing.”

In fact, here’s a picture of my mom and I at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride. I wish the image was dated, but based on my youthful exuberance and a slew of clearly well earned booty, I’m guessing this is around 1991 or 1992.

Yes. This is long, long, looooooong before they inserted Johnny Depp into the ride.

I can’t really count all the times I’ve been to Disney World, but it’s been numerous. I’ve even been lucky enough to visit Disneyland and have also been on the Disney Dream cruise ship (I still drink tea out of the Disney Dream inaugural mug I purchased in the ship’s gift shop!)

Point is—I’m real deep in this Disney-thang.

No, I may not have been to Disney World 100 times. No, I don’t live in Florida, own an annual pass, and go bi-monthly. But I’ve gone enough times over the years to appreciate the parks, witnessed the good (and the bad) of Disney World’s massive growth, and have developed an appreciation for the magic that happens once your ticket is punched and you enter The Happiest Place on Earth.

Okay fine, that’s technically Disneyland, but I think you catch my drift.

Ultimately, I want this site to be a place where complex systems and strategies and planning can be easy to digest and comprehend. Where understanding how best to plan your trip doesn’t become a chore, but something you look forward to doing.

Because at least for me, planning the trip is half the fun, as the anticipation of the experiencing the magic is almost just as good as your actual in-park experience.

Photos on the Site

Whenever I go to Disney World, I usually take a camera and a camcorder.

Yeah….I’m that guy.

So with that said, some of the photos that you see on the site are taken by me. Other images, however, aren’t, and are pictures I’ve been granted permission to use by some amazing, first class photographers.

Photos taken by others will be credited appropriately on this site.  If there’s no photo credit given to an image, then that’s a photo snapped by yours truly.

Thank You

Finally, if you’ve made it all the way down here, well, thank you very much. Because that was a lot to read.

More importantly, I appreciate you visiting this website and taking the time to learn more about me. Feel free to send me a message if you have a question, or just want to say hello, and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

And lastly, free to sign up to the Countdown to Magic Facebook page, my Twitter, or even my Google+.

Thanks again for visiting Countdown to Magic, and I hope to see you again reeeeaaaaallll soon!


If you enjoyed reading my About page, please consider bookmarking this site.  Also, here are a few pages on this site that will help you get started when it comes to planning your WDW vacation:

  1. Walt Disney World Restaurants and Dining Options
  2. Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Options
  3. Walt Disney World Park Attraction Options