Are you a theme park fanatic?

Are you a theme park fanatic?

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From SeaWorld and its killer whales to Disney characters known around the world, theme parks breed a certain kind of fan.

"I treat them like they're my best friend actually," SeaWorld fan Brandy Hughes says of the animal trainers at the park. "So they all pretty much know who I am."

Brandy is a big fan, "a really big fan," she says, "So much to the point that I want to be a trainer;" and she's off to quite the start.

Brandy attends Shamu shows so often, and has for so many years, that she knows every whale by name. "Trua has freckles under his belly. He also has one on one of his eye patches," she explains. "Kayla also has one on the sides of her chin… here where the black and white meet.

"It's weird," Brandy says of casual fans of SeaWorld. "It's kind of odd knowing there's so many people out there that don't know the names of the animals."

Over at Disney World, it's just as much about knowing the names -- the actual names of the people cast as Disney characters. One former Disney princess told us, "It can be startling when a stranger knows your name. I mean, you know they're harmless. But I've never understood the idea of bringing a birthday present to someone you don't really know," she said off-camera, adding, "One guest even flew from Belgium to bring me a gift!"

If you think that is a passion, a love for theme parks, check out the Haunted Mansion! But this Haunted Mansion is not at Disney. This one is in Metro Atlanta.

"I went to out to Disneyland, started measuring the house, and taking notes, and figuring out what they had done," Mark Hurt explains of his life-size replica Haunted Mansion. "And then [I] set upon building this one… I had to go and find the foundry that Walt [Disney] used to actually reproduce the iron for this house."

To capture the true spirit of the famous Disney attraction, Mark even captured one of its spirits -- a spirit from the actual Haunted Mansion you can meet with your visit to the guest bathroom.

Mark's not done with his Disney dreams, leaving this old haunt to construct a new home in Hawaii modeled closely after the Grand Californian resort at, you guessed it, Disneyland!

Whether it's building a theme park palace, like Mark, or playing puppets for orcas, like Brandy, theme park fanatics know no bounds.

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