That's a very interesting topic you have chosen. I guess I have always been drawn to the Disney brands (movies, memorabelia, etc) and I guess it started with a research paper I did in 5th Grade on Walt Disney. Then in the summer between 5th grade and 6th grade, we made our 1st trip to a Disney Park: The Magic Kingdom in Florida. I can't remember much about riding the rides and such, but I remember it being a very happy experience. My only disappointment was we only got to go one day and we didn't get to visit Epcot, which was fairly new at that time.
Growing up in the midwest, most of our theme park trips were to Worlds of Fun or Silver Dollar City, which I always thought were fine. My first experience with Disneyland was when I was a travel agent, back in 1995. I fell in love with the park and really wanted to go back, but that didn't happen until I met and married my husband, who happens to be a native of San Diego. The summer after our wedding we began our trips to Disney as a family (traveling with my husbands 3 kids, parents, brother & sister-in-laws and 15 grandchildren). We attend every 1-2 years, and we now have a 9 year, who loves the park as much as we do.
One of the biggest things I love about the park is how clean it is. I have gone back to Worlds of Fun once since I've been married and noticed there was trash on the ground everywhere, bathrooms were dirty, gum on the ground etc. I know I will not see stuff like that at Disney. I also love that the majority of the cast members are nice and happy to be there. I love buying themed things at the parks: lanyards with pins, t-shirts, cups, shot glasses, etc. Also the food is so good. My husband & son have gluten allergies and love that Disney has some really great gluten-free options, plus an entire list of the foods they carry that are gluten free.
All of these things are wonderful, but the best thing of all, is the feeling of happiness I feel when I walk into a Disney Park. It's like all the worry and stress of the world melt away, even for just a little while. My son & I decided that our dream job is to be ride testers for Disneyland!
In conclusion, we love Disney because they do things right!