Five years ago today, I got an approval email from Apple after MouseWait had been in review for over THIRTY days! I put my family in the car and headed for Disneyland hoping to figure out how to keep the wait times updated. I had no idea if the app would work, or if anyone would use it. But, by the grace of God, the Press Enterprise did a front page weekend story on MouseWait. The next morning my mom called me and said KCAL 9 and other news stations were covering the launch. I couldn't believe it. Over the next few months we worked hard to improve the app and the response from Disneyland fans was phenomenal. At the end of 2009, I launched an experiment that I dubbed "The Lounge" which was received well by early MouseWaiters. Then, something happened that I never could've imagined--people in the Lounge started to plan meetups in the Park.
Over the years I've had the privilege of meeting so many kind people from all over the world. To this day I am still amazed at the generosity and the sincerity of the amazing people in our community (last weekend's Birthday Bash was another great example of the wonderful people who make up this community). I've always loved hearing about the friendships that have started through MouseWait, people who've met the love of their lives, and especially the way people come together for those in need.
Five years, and MILLIONS of downloads later, I can't express how pleased I am with what the MouseWait community has become. It's a safe, welcoming, friendly, generous, supportive place for Disney fans to hang out--it has become everything that I knew it could be. Online communities ebb and flow. Usually, over time, online groups turn negative. MouseWait has shattered that mold--we are at an all time high--we have a community of people who live their lives with the true Disney spirit that Walt instilled into the Park back in 1955.
Thank you to everyone who plays a part in MouseWait's success. I sincerely thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart.
Take a walk down memory lane with this video that was produced back in 2011, then post your MW memories!