Air Force Vet Visits Disneyland 2,000 Days in a Row, Here’s Why

June 23, 2017Jun 23, 2017

Some people are creatures of habit, but Air Force veteran Jeff Reitz really takes the cake. He’s just visited Disneyland in California for the 2,000th consecutive day.

Rain, shine, or holidays, the 44-year-old has not missed a single day of visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth” since he started entering the park daily in 2012, according to the Orange County Register. He certainly seems a glutton for entertainment.

For Reitz, visiting the park daily was his way of keeping his spirits up after he lost his job in 2012, and it was affordable after a friend gave him an annual pass. Daily tickets typically cost between $97 and $124, and an annual pass without blockout dates costs over $1,000, according to the Disneyland website.

Later in 2012, Reitz got a job with the VA, but his daily visits did not end. He simply worked them around his job schedule.

“It’s become a living, breathing thing along the way,” he explained.

Going there every day restricts his ability to travel far from the Anaheim theme park, but Reitz does get to meet people from all around the world, including celebrities. His daily visits also include Disney California Adventure, a second theme park adjacent to Disneyland. His girlfriend sometimes joins him on his visits.

Walking through the parks daily has also been a bit of a weight-loss program for Reitz, according to Fox 11.

He explained that "It's been a positive, it's been a motivator, it's been my workout gym. This past year I've lost about 40 pounds.”

As for how long he’ll keep up his routine now that he’s hit the 2,000-day mark, Reitz says his current annual pass is good until January. After that, he doesn’t know.

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