There is something incredibly comforting about gathering together with a group of people who are the same type of crazy as you are.
As I write this article, I am winding down the weekend of the 2015 Richmond Virginia DIS Meet to raise money for Give Kids The World (GKTW). It has been a fantastic weekend blessed with picture-perfect weather and filled with great times renewing old friendships and forming many, many new ones. Although some may think of these as “local” events, nothing could be farther from the truth. At dinner last night, my table of 8 people represented 5 states: NJ, DE, NC, AL, and GA. There wasn’t a single Virginia resident among us as we all enjoyed a delicious meal together in downtown Richmond.
What brought a group of about 70 mostly strangers together this weekend? DISNEY! And Give Kids The World! Dozens of people who share a love of Disney came together from points near and far to meet, greet, eat, drink, laugh, cry, bid, win, and, most importantly, support a great cause. We were 750 miles from Disney World but the Disney passion we all share was clearly evident as we shared our stories and photos with one another throughout the weekend.
All of this originated with the DIS Unplugged podcast and the DISboards discussion forums. A few years ago, Pete Werner, the head of the crew, put out a challenge to his readers and listeners to raise $1 million for GKTW. But Pete didn’t just want people to mail in checks. He wanted people to get creative. He wanted people to think of new and different and fun ways to raise money. And that’s exactly what people have done. The DIS meets have risen out of this challenge in places like Richmond, Delaware, New Jersey, Nova Scotia, Indianapolis, and more.
Photo From DIS Indy Meet
So what is a DIS Meet exactly? It is typically a weekend event with some type of dinner and fun activity Friday night, a “main event” on Saturday with raffles and auctions for a slew of Disney and some non-Disney prizes, frequently a live recording of an episode of the DIS Unplugged podcast, lunch, and some other treats thrown in. Saturday night will be dinner and some other type of event. In Richmond, we enjoyed a wonderful narrated canal cruise and learned a lot of local history. Sunday generally has a farewell brunch/lunch before everyone heads for home. You can come for some or all of the weekend. Whatever works for you.
Richmond 2015 raised over $3,000 which was fantastic. Although this meet is now history, there are plenty of future opportunities for you to attend an upcoming meet. For more information, go to this thread on the DISBoards. You will see listings of all of the meets being planned and find out how you can participate. Not everyone can get to Disney World regularly (or Disneyland) so these meets are a wonderful way to get your Disney fix in between trips. I promise you will leave your first DIS meet with great memories and a slew of new friends. What more could anyone ask for?