The Ten On Tuesday prompt for Tuesday, January 26, 2016, is 10 Interesting Things About Your Community. I encourage you to define community in the way that works best for you – your town, the nearest big city, your work community – it’s up to you to decide.
For the sake of this prompt, I am going to be discussing the MiceChat.com community. This is a Disney fan group that I am a part of, and for me it’s easier to discuss this than my specific home community.
- It’s made up of people from all over the country – and probably all over the world (though I’ve only personally met American MiceChatters).
- It’s made up of people from all walks of life.
- We have leisure activities in common (ie: going to Disney parks) and so there’s an instant conversation topic when you meet someone new in the community.
- The group organizes some fun events which we enjoy participating in. Our favorite is the annual MiceChat Gumball Rally.
- We’ve had opportunities through the group that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. For instance, the group had arranged for a large party to have lunch at the Big Thunder BBQ as a farewell to that section of the park. We had tried to make individual reservations, but were unable to. Through our connections with our MiceChat community, we got in for a final BBQ lunch. (Note: this is not referring to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster. The ride is not closing. Only the petting zoo / BBQ restaurant / special event area have closed.)
- Sometimes the community organizes group vacations. We have gone on several trips to Walt Disney World and Disney cruises with the group, and have made good friends as a result.
- It’s made up of people of all ages, too. You can find yourself in conversation with young kids on their first Disneyland trip, or with people who remember Disneyland’s opening year.
- If you go on the website forums, you can find all kinds of information about other people’s trips where you can get tips for your own next visit.
- The people who run the group seem to have inside connections within Disney, because they often have very accurate rumors about what’s upcoming for Disney.
- They do also plan events at non-Disney parks. Through this community, we went on our first Haunt experience at Knott’s Berry Farm (re-named for the event as “Knott’s Scary Farm”). It was an amusing experience, and one I wouldn’t have done without having the group support. And I probably won’t go again, even with the support. But I’m glad the community gave me the chance to experience something I otherwise wouldn’t have.
Have a magical day!