What if there was a way to predict what elements someone might like about Walt Disney World?
The Myers-Briggs personality test has been around for more than 70 years. Originally conceived as a personality “type” indicator based on Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes, the test is extremely popular for helping people learn a little bit more about themselves. While personality types are not hard science—indeed, studies have only found four particularly common personality “types” recently—variants of the Myers-Briggs tests are still very interesting for introspection and learning about the traits that make up our personalities.
My favorite version of the test can be taken for free over at 16Personalities.com. Their version of the test incorporates elements of the Big Five Personality Traits, a model used more commonly by modern psychologists, and it also focuses more on exploring personality traits rather than trying to box people into locked types. It also takes into account that people’s trait-groupings can change over time. Overall, the test gives you a picture of how you fall into 8 categories:
Introverted (I) or Extroverted (E)
Observant (S) or Intuitive (N)
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Judging (J) or Prospecting (P)
These four letters produce a Myers-Briggs personality “type” based on those common traits, such as ENTJ or ISFP. Each of these trait-groupings can be generally described with an avatar such as “Adventurer” or “Defender”. Honestly, most Disney characters can be divided into the same categories! You can learn more about the types and the test at 16Personalities website.
Could trait-groupings like Myers-Briggs types tell us a little more about how we are likely to enjoy Walt Disney World? We've dipped into this topic before, but here’s our crack at what The Most Magical Place on Earth might look like based on Myers-Briggs type. Take the test and tell us if you agree with the results, or if not, what your answers would be.
1. The Introvert Analysts – Architect (INTJ) and Logician (INTP)
Analysts (who share the NT trait) are an extremely logical group. They are generally rarer to find, making up only .8%-3% of the population. They are efficient, rational puzzle solvers who appreciate a challenge and don’t appreciate nonsense.
Architects (INTJ) are likely to enjoy more intellectual and challenging pursuits at Walt Disney World. They may appreciate attractions with a challenge element like Test Track or Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, or thrills like Avatar: Flight of Passage. All introverts are more likely to enjoy Walt Disney World in the off-season, and Architects may appreciate the crisp quietness of The Contemporary’s Bay Lake Tower or the Swan.
Logicians (INTP) also appreciate both solitude and the opportunity to stretch their minds. They are a creative group who may enjoy the rich setting of the Boulder Ridge Villas or Copper Creek Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, or even Old Key West for its calmness. Like Architects, they appreciate an intellectual challenge, and are likely to enjoy attractions with a video game feel. This group may end up enjoying the upcoming interactive attractions at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
2. The Extrovert Analysts – Commander (ENTJ) and Debater (ENTP)
While Extroverted Analysts share their introverted cousins’ appreciation for the rational and intellectual, they are less likely to be drained by the busy-ness of Walt Disney World. Commanders (ENTJ) are bold personalities who appreciate constant self-improvement. They are likely to take the lead in trip-planning if someone else doesn’t. Their frequent appreciation for environmental concerns may make them appreciate Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and they will certainly enjoy the challenges and intellectual stimulation throughout Epcot. Their deep appreciation for efficiency will likely make ease-of-access far more important to them than aesthetics, meaning Epcot resorts with easy access to the parks like the Yacht and Beach Club will prove very attractive. They may also enjoy The Dolphin for its many optional classes and events.
The Debater (ENTP) is always on a quest for knowledge—yet again, Epcot is likely the winner for this group with Disney’s Animal Kingdom proving a potential second choice if they love nature. Debaters are easily bored and will appreciate the lively atmosphere of resorts like The Dolphin, The Contemporary, or Animal Kingdom Lodge. No long rests in a hammock introspecting for this type! They might deeply enjoy educational attractions like Spaceship Earth (if for nothing else than to pick it apart), The American Adventure, and The Hall of Presidents.