There’s no shortage of specialty dating websites—from the religious, to pet owner-centric, nudists and even the gluten challenged.
And now lovelorn Disney fans have “A Whole New World” where they can mix, mingle and plan their next date with Mickey.
MouseMingle.com launched Tuesday and is the world’s first website dedicated solely to connecting Disney fans, reports Los Angeles Magazine. “Traditional internet dating sites don't understand the passion people have for all things Disney. But we do,” reads the site. It was founded by Dave Tavres, a self-proclaimed “software geek” from Culver City.
Tavres sited the proliferation of different dating sites as a big inspiration for creating Mouse Mingle.
“Niche dating sites are more common these days,” the dating site founder told LA Mag. “There’s a dating site for pot lovers and JDate for Jewish people. The first time I saw Farmers Only I thought it was a Saturday Night Live sketch.”
In addition to identifying the usual qualifiers like race, religion and sexual orientation, Mouse Mingle allows users to add Disney-centric facts to their profiles like favorite Disney movies, favorite Disney songs and even gauges your level of obsession by asking how many times you’ve been to a Disney park in your life. Things get serious in the section where users are asked to identify what kind of annual pass they hold.
Anyone can view user profiles for free but if you’re serious about contacting someone, the site requires a $12.55 monthly membership fee. The “55” nod is a reference to the year Disneyland opened—but of course any true fan would know that.
Tavres used to live in Anaheim, even worked at Disney’s premier California park as an engineer on the Disneyland Railroad. But even then he says he had trouble finding women who loved Disney as much as he did.
“I’m not the guy who hits on women at the park,and there’s no flag that says, 'hey I’m single,'” Tavres said. “I found it hard to find women who were as interested in Disney as I am.”