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This Couple Went to Disneyland Every Single Day in 2012
How many times did you go to Disneyland in 2012? How many times have you been to Disneyland in your life? Chances are, if you aren't a current or former "castmember" at the beloved Anaheim theme park, you still haven't been as many times as one Orange County couple who made it to Disneyland every single day in 2012.
Tonya Mickesh of Lake Forest and her boyfriend, Jeff Reitz of Huntington Beach, went through the turnstile at the front gate of Disneyland for the 366th time on December 31, according to the OC Register. (366? Yep, remember, 2012 was a leap year!)
The couple, who met while on a diving excursion a few years ago, hatched the plan to hang out with Mickey Mouse and friends daily because initially both were unemployed. Though each ultimately got a full time job last year, they kept going--though sometimes their conflicting schedules meant the duo made their daily visit apart.
Together their favorite ride is Space Mountain, but individually Mickesh loves Pirates of the Caribbean while Reitz enjoys the Matterhorn the most. Their least favorite ride is Splash Mountain, because it's no fun walking around in wet pants, they say. Oh, and naturally, as expert guests, they've got a preferred restroom: "The one behind Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. 'Because it has hot water,' said Mickesh."
The couple really made their annual passes pay off. At $649 each, the passes include parking, and with 366 visits, that worked out to be a daily cost of just $1.77.
It seems the couple did not get bored of visiting Disneyland, but rather saw it as a chance to get some exercise (they tracked steps with pedometers), relax, eat, see friends, and take photos (he uploaded an estimated 2,000 Disneyland pics to his Instagram account, says Reitz).
On their last visit, they were named "Honorary Citizens" of Disneyland. They then returned the two following days, making that 368 consecutive days at the theme park. In 2013, however, they don't anticipate making it to Disneyland all that often.
Here's video of their 366th visit: