Disneyland world record: Man visits almost 3,000 days in a row
A man who practically lived in the mouse house for eight years is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for a magical feat.
Jeff Reitz, of California, held the world record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland after daily visits to the park over the past eight years, three months and 13 days, totaling 2,995 visits.
Reitz had been visiting the park daily since early 2012. When Disneyland’s recently announced “Leap Day 24-Hour Event,” where people could visit the park for 24 hours every February 29, he and his friends jokingly said they would continue the streak since they were out of work and wanted to make the time they had a positive experience.
“It helped us get out and create a positive mindset, log all the steps taken and always network because you never knew who you were going to meet,” Reitz said in an interview with Guinness World Records.
The now 50-year-old’s visit on that leap day turned out to be his 60th consecutive visit, reaching his 183rd trip on July 1. It was then that he began to receive attention from new outlets intrigued by his story.
Through the daily outings, Reitz befriended the staff and began to become a celebrity to other visitors who had heard of his story and seen his Instagram videos documenting each visit.
He broke the record and had plans to make his 3,000th consecutive visit, but his streak came to a halt in March 2020 when the park closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While he has yet to make his return to the park, Reitz says he plans to head back soon to celebrate his achievement in the place where it all began.
“I haven’t set a return date yet, but now I think it would be really fun to return with my Guinness World Records title certificate to shoot where I earned it – at Disneyland,” he said.