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stwyatt
12-07-2000, 09:43 AM
this was our first time to wdw(mom,dad,and 5yr. old son). we did all the parks, all the rides, all the shows and here's our impression:

wdw--after all the hype, all the visits to the dis, and after all of our imaginations ran wild, we were disappointed in the parks. we felt that state of the art rides like they have at IOA were non existant at wdw with the exception of tot and aerosmiths rrrc. for an example--the spiderman ride at IOA was out of this world and when you compare body tours, star tours, alien encounter, with it, the wdw rides are outdated and it was a letdown for us because we went to IOA first(thinking we were saving the best for last) with a 5yr old epcot was a waste with the exception of test trac. ak just did not have enough stuff--its a beautiful zoo with not enough animals and not enough rides.(safari was very good)
magic kingdom--this was very good because we felt it was perfectly suited to our 5yr old. with the exception of alien encounter he rode everything. but if we come back in 5 yrs. i'm afraid he will think the rides are just not that thrilling. jungle cruise and pirates are a perfect example of how the wdw are outdated--we just couldn't believe how bad they were compared to new rides--for us they were a joke!
mgm was the best that wdw had to offer in our opinion but how do you compare star tours to spiderman? to be fair tower of terror and the coaster were top notch

to close, i certainly did not mean to be so negative of wdw--we enjoyed our trip--just not like we thought we would. and this is our opinion--many of you have different opinions(in fact most of you do) so maybe we're off base. but this conflicting trip report might serve as a reminder to not get unrealistic expectation

Jcricket Fan
12-07-2000, 10:01 AM
We all are different and can see the same things in different ways! Your thoughts & opinions are as important as those that rave about WDW. Sometimes life in reality doesn't live up to what we anticipated in our minds. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Colleen :)

Gina
12-07-2000, 10:19 AM
I can only speak for myself, but I think that most people don't go to WDW for the rides -- we go for the incredible attention to detail, the magic in the air, the way it makes your heart feel just to stand there on Main Street. If I just wanted to ride kick-a** rides, I could stay here in Houston and go to Six Flags. :) And I guess all kids are different, too, because Epcot is my 4 year old's favorite park. Mine too. :)

Sorry you had a disappointing time! :(

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k9disney
12-07-2000, 10:51 AM
It's not about the rides for me - it's about the magic. But I know many people who would prefer the thrill rides to the details and they think I'm nuts for loving WDW like I do and they're entitled to their opinion.
But I'd take the feeling that I have when I walk down Main Street over the feeling that I have on a 4 minute ride anyday! IMHO... :)

princess angel
12-07-2000, 12:33 PM
I have to say to that we don't go to wdw for the rides, dh and I go to wdw for the sheer Magic of the place. Just being in disney world is enough for me, everywhere we turn there's something else that's beautiful, or delicious, or just simply magical!!! :) :) :)

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nutz4dzny
12-08-2000, 12:53 AM
Please don't take this wrong, but some peope just don't "feel" the magic. And that's okay too! That is why there are so many different flavors of ice-cream! We disliked IOA so much we will never go back. There is no magic and just rides plopped up with no magic. Just look at Tower of Terror! They built a huge Hotel albeit a facade, instead of just putting up an elevator that drops you. The ride revolves around a show with a theme and a story line. The CM's are all in character and the queues are just as interesting as the ride itself. But I agree, if you don't FEEL the magic, you will be disappointed. At least you can go back to IOA and Universal and enjoy.

Big Dude
12-08-2000, 03:39 AM
WDW isn't for everyone. I, and my children, love thrill rides. Every year we get season passes to a place called Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom (about 20 minutes from my house) where thay have tons of rides and water attractions. By the end of the season (September) all of us are all "thrill ride" exhausted. That's when we are off to WDW. The kids know that the "attractions" they are going on are not like the other theme park and we can concentrate on the "different" kinds of rides. Don't get me wrong, RNR and TOT are absoutely awesome, but we don't have to do them 8 times a day. Once is enough then off to Backlot tour or Beauty and the Beast. I have to agree with some of the others on a point. In Magic Kingdom, just being on Main Street gives me a special feeling but when I look at my wife and children and see the expresion's on their faces when they turn the corner and see Cindy's Castle, well, that is where the "magic" is found for me. No thrill ride can ever be worth so much as that feeling.

Adam aka Big Dude

disny4fun
12-08-2000, 04:45 AM
This was me and my family's first visit ever to Disney World. We just got home last week and it was one of the best experiances of my life! I know that the trill ride are not there, but it's the whole picture. The Jungle Cruise and Pirates are classics in the world of disney and I hope they never get replaced. I agree that if you are looking for the thrill rides you need to seek another avenue. Disney is for the magic of the "family" experiance together. The small details, the cleanliness, the scents, the cast members all add to the total picture! I am sorry you were disappointed. For me, I cannot wait to return! :)

Kallison
12-08-2000, 05:42 AM
I remember riding Haunted Mansion, POC, Jungle Cruise and seeing Swiss Family Treehouse with my parents when I was a little girl. I said to my husband "I hope these rides are here for us to take our grandkids on some day". Some of the lines are better than the rides for me, like Tower of Terror for example. I love walking through the waiting area.

hoosll
12-08-2000, 06:14 AM
I believe for mnay of us there is a family connection back to Walt ... I can remember him "showing" us the plans for WDW on TV, just like he had shared disneyland and his vision with us earlier. When I go to the world I want to experience those rides I knew as a child - Dumbo, teacups (the missing 20,000 Leagues)... it is my connection with my childhood.

I can understand that many folks have been weaned on roller coasters not magic.

You have a couple of important lessons for other first timers:
1. WDW is not about thrill rides
2. Save IOA and Universal for later in your trip after you have absorbed some of Walt's vision
3. Most children under 8 do not appreciate Epcot, it is definitely for older children and adults
4. Consider your experience with amusement parks and then understand that WDW is a total immersion experience unlike any park I have ever been to.

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TeresaNJ
12-08-2000, 06:38 AM
I'm so sorry your first trip to WDW was not up to your expectations. For me, going to Disney is like coming home. The feeling it gives me in my heart is undescribable. We've been going now for 16 years, since my boys were 4 & 5, and they are now 20 & 21, along with my 15 year old daughter, and they still love it. Whenever someone is in the dumps, or the stresses of life are getting to them, they say, "I wish we were in Disney right now". It has absolutely nothing to do with thrill or action rides. It has to do with the beauty of Epcot during the garden festival, the magic of the Magic Kingdom at night when the lights are twinklilng and the castle is changing colors, the nostalgia of MGM, seeing the reproduction cars, walking down NY street, watching the wonderful stage shows. The TOT and RR are added bonuses, they are not just thrill rides, they tell a story, which is what Disney is about, telling a story to transport you to another time and place. Animal Kingdom, I thought, was so beautiful in it's landscaping that it took my breath away. So if you go to Disney to ride thrill rides, then you will definitely be disappointed. There is absolutely nothing wrong with loving thrill rides, you just won't be satisfied at Disney. Maybe someday you'll try it again when you just want to be immersed in magic and atmosphere

RustManFan
12-08-2000, 09:29 AM
My family doesn't enjoy thrill rides. We go to WDW for the atmosphere, the landscaping, the magic, the memories and the type of rides they do have there. some people are interested in rides like Universal has .... others wouldn't go near the place!! Splash Mountain, BTM and Test Track are wild enough for me, thank you.

To each his own....I always say!

quietjohn2k
12-08-2000, 06:00 PM
Candid responses like yours help round out the influences on a first time visitor like myself. I never even thought much about visiting US & IOA until recently, and we have 8 days. Our 13 year old does not want to "waste" time with character meals or Candlelight Procession - he just wants to get on line time & time again - or so he thinks for now.

So for now we will get 5 day hopper and 2 day Universal and hope for enough warmth for a water park too.

This place does a superb job of providing info, thanks.

DisneyMim
12-08-2000, 07:01 PM
Just had to jump in here too. I'm always sorry to hear someone who doesn't have a good time at Disney, but it does happen. Disney is not for everyone, just like other places. For my famiy Disney is our second home and it has nothing to do with thrill rides. Like everyone else said it is about the magic, the attention to details, etc, etc, etc. We have a Six Flags within a couple of hours drive and don't like it. We have been to Busch Gardens in Tampa and don't like that place either. Different strokes for different folks. Isn't it wonderful that there are so many choices? It sounds like you expected something different than what you got. I have to agree with the post about FEELING the magic. Some of us "get it" and other never will.

LisaRay
12-08-2000, 07:06 PM
As others have said its the Magic! The feeling you get when you see the castle and walk down Main street. We like it because there is something for everyone old, young, fearless,and fearful.

We just can't seem to go on a family vacation anywhere else and not get bored. There is plenty to keep all of us busy for weeks. But mostly its that feeling you get spending time with your loved ones in the happiest place on earth.
We do have relatives who have gone and just don't get it. So they spend there money on vacations to Vegas. I say hey, makes it less crowded for the rest of us.LOL
;)

baileybrad
12-08-2000, 08:16 PM
I have a few questions...Where did you stay while visiting the parks? Did you do anything besides go to the parks? Did you try any of the character meals? Are you fans of the Walt Disney movies? Did your child have any interaction with the characters? Some of the answers to these questions may explain why you did not enjoy a fuller experience visiting WDW. That being said, however, we all do not enjoy the same things. I have friends who will never understand our attraction to Disney. And trust me I keep the giant money sucking machine that is Disney in proper perspective; I just continue to receive more enjoyment for my bucks. Please hope to hear your responses to my questions. And I hope you realize that nobody should feel apologitic just because Disney didn't "wow" them. As I said different ......folks.

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12-09-2000, 10:33 AM
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MiJo
12-09-2000, 03:23 PM
I'm also sorry to hear that WDW did not live up to your expectations, especially your 5-year old's. Perhaps he didn't enjoy it because his parents didn't. My DW and I just returned from our 2nd trip without our grown kids (3rd altogether) and I'm sure we will be returning again in the not too distant future. This trip, we also stayed at the Portofino Bay Hotel for 2 nights and visited IOA/USF for the first time. We did enjoy many things at those parks: MIB, the water rides, Jurassic Park, Animal Actors and others. I even managed to ride The Hulk coaster, against my better judgement (we aren't coaster people but we do love RNR, BTMRR and SM). I really enjoyed the New York City street set. But, I can honestly say, we just did not feel the ambiance at either of those parks that we feel at WDW. WDW really does have a sense of "Magic" about it. Just watching the faces of the young children of other families is part of the fun of being there. I didn't see that at IOA/USF; seeing Popeye is just not the same as seeing Mickey, Goofy or Cinderella. We don't consider Disney's rides outdated, we consider them "classics". Disney did it first and best; their attention to detail is incredible (just take a good look around the next time you are in the Haunted Mansion). Except for MIB, we probably have no need to return to IOA/USF. I am not saying they are not good parks; they are, especially for thrill seekers. They just don't have the same appeal for us. Someone else mentioned the difference between Dr. Doom and the ToT. That is the Disney Difference: the Disney Attention to Detail. I suggest you go again and take a good look around: maybe you will see the difference.

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rickc77
12-09-2000, 03:36 PM
I wish that I could add something to everyone else's comments, but I must agree with all of the post in front of me.

Disney just effects some of us differently then others.

At least you gave it a good try.

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MouseLover
12-09-2000, 06:15 PM
We go to WDW for the "Magic" and "details." To me, there's nothing like gazing at the castle. Details like the presidents blinking as they whisper to one another, right down to the hair on the legs of some of the animatronic people make WDW amazing to me. I enjoy the rides too. No, they are not (for the most part) "thrill" rides. We can do thrill rides anytime at Six Flags. We also sometimes visit Busch Gardens during our Florida visits, and intend to go to IOA on our next trip. We do love the thrill coasters and are looking forward to Hulk & Dueling Dragons. But there's still nothing like the "magic"... to us. To each his own! At least there are plenty of parks & activities to choose from in Florida.

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stwyatt
12-10-2000, 05:23 PM
this is a response specifically to baileybrad's questions. we stayed at the dolphin the entire wdw stay. we thought it was really nice. we did ch dinner's at wl(pooh), ltt(goofy and gang), and the villain's dinner at gf. we didn't go to any of the water parks, but we went to dd(not dq however).we really enjoyed the ch meals, the absolute magnitude of the whole place. we also are fans of disney movies--especially anything pooh and tigger. after reading all the responses to my post i guess i need to reiterate that we really enjoyed our trip at wdw--just not to the extent that we thought--and i can truly say that we will be back when our son is a little older and can appreciate more things at epcot,ak,etc. thanks to all for all the kind response

LvsTnk
12-11-2000, 05:51 AM
I think your trip report was very important and brought up some excellent points. I have a 13yr old who loves WDW for what it is and the memories it holds for us, some things you have to do because that's what we do when we go to the world. We also have Six Flags season passes (we are theme park junkies LOL) and my three children enjoy that place for what it is, but there is a definite difference, and it is good to know that.

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Robinrs
12-11-2000, 03:26 PM
I must admit I had the same exact experience that stwyatt did when I first went to Disney.

I, too, am a thrill ride person and went to IOA first, so Disney seemed a bit washed out to me.

AT FIRST.

I went back May of the next year and took my time. I began to GET it. No magic yet, but I think I got what everyone was talking about...

In September of the same year I came back yet again. This time I GOT IT! It took time but now the thrill of Disney is much more than the thrill rides.

I'm sort of confused about all the discussion of Six Flags, though, since stwyatt NEVER mentioned it, the third poster did. Six Flags and Disney are as different as night and day. I'm a thrill person and they couldn't come close to anything in Orlando.

So, stwyatt, give Disney another try. Maybe, after awhile, you might GET it... ;)

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BrerMom
12-12-2000, 04:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> wdw--after all the hype, all the visits to the dis, and after all of our imaginations ran wild, we were disappointed in the parks. [/quote]

I suspect you have a lot in common with many visitors. When we have so much information about what magical things happen to other families, we are disappointed when those same things don't happen to ours. This board stresses posting the positives, but it's important to hear not-so-postive experiences, too, to keep everything in perspective. I could have easily lost the magic on our last trip, but thankfully we had a baby and two children who did see the magic to slow us down.

I agree, give it another try. Try a slow approach and let your child lead you to the magic. Go during a slow time of the year if you can.

Goofy347
12-12-2000, 05:14 PM
I felt the "magic" this year, but I must say it is definitely related to the crowds. MGM used to be my favorite. But this year during Thanksgiving it was so crowded during early entry that I got disappointed and left. Epcot will always be exciting. We could go there everyday! But Magic Kingdom really surprised me this year. We went on E-night and would not have even gone if they didn't have it when we were there. It was so exciting to see the Christmas decorations, and see the Castle lite up at night. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad were a blast at night. And so was Haunted Mansion! We were so surprised at how much fun we had - and my kids are older and expect a lot too! I can say in all honesty though that if it had been really crowded I might not have felt the same way!

Tink
12-12-2000, 09:11 PM
I too just need to say my piece. When I
was thirteen it was my family's first "real" vaction and we went to the MK. I was in awe and said I'm coming back here. It wasn't until I was 21, had a job and pay for my own trip back that I finally made it back. 8 long years I waited and saved for the magic. I've been many times and still feel like it's not enough. The attention to detail is amazing. When a six year old can find Gus and Jac in the castle and be thrilled because "they're Cinderalla's friends" This makes me very happy. WDW is not for everyone, that was my family's one and only trip to WDW. I guess I was the only one sprinkled with pixie dust! In a way it's like the new movie everyone is talking about, you hear all about it, can't wait to see it and when you do you're disappointed in the outcome of the film. What was all the fuss about?
Hope you try again someday, not for the thrill of the ride but the thrill of just being there.
tink

[This message was edited by tink&pan on 12-13-00 at 01:17 AM.]

Dave Cousins
12-13-2000, 04:38 AM
This is a very "personal" topic, when I say personal I mean that everyone is different. My Fiancee and I are visiting WDW (staying onsite)for 3 weeks next May for our Honeymoon and we are REALLY looking forward to it. We both love Disney and its films and we both love the magic of Disney, however, in my honest opinion I prefer IOA to any of the Disney themeparks. I guess for me it is because the atmosphere, the themeing, the music, the way each land is unique and seperated, plus I love the twinkle music as you walk over each bridge which fades the music in and out...its awesome. I totally "GET" IOA and appreciate it for what it is trying to do. And its the same principle to "Getting" the Disney Magic feeling, some people do get it and others don't.

This doesn't mean I will enjoy my stay in Disney any less, in fact it will enhance it. Thats the beauty with Orlando, it has everything you need for your holiday...after all, thats why we visit!! :)

Dave

Tink13
12-14-2000, 04:19 AM
Just my 2 cents worth: I first went to Disney the year it opened , and have been EVERY YEAR since.(Living 3 hours away helps) After our DS turned 3, we have had his Birthday there EVERY YEAR----he will be 19 in Jan. While over the years things have changed-(some of my favs. are gone). Disney is like a HOME coming everytime we go. A lot of my friends do not GET the way I feel about Disney. They do not understand how we can go 3-4 times a year and STILL like it (haha). Well I could live right on MAINSTREET USA. (and I am sure I would have lots of roommates). Our son is grown now, but I still get a THRILL when we first enter the MK, and see his face STILL light up--(when he doesnt know I am looking of course). We always talk about going to visit other places while we are there......then never make it HUMMMM...... And Pirates----outdated? THAT IS A CLASSIC that should never change,,,,,, we sing the song for for days after...I really hope you have the chance to visit again and maybe the MAGIC will be there then- A DAY WITHOUT DISNEY-UN--TINK--ABLE-

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fostrmom2mny
12-14-2000, 08:46 PM
I love you for who you are and for how I feel when I am with you. Obviously a love peom, but really how I feel about WDW. I can allow myself to be taken back in time to a simpler place, where I have few responsibilities and I feel set free when I am there. My kids aren't embarassed that mom acts like a teenager, even though she's 40 :) I agree that the Magic that I feel when I'm there hasn't anything to do with thrilling rides. I just can't get my DH to understand that. He has no desire to go to WDW with the family next Dec. 2001 :( He doesn't like amuzement parkd because he doesn't like to ride rides. He just doesn't seem to understand that there is so much more to WDW than riding thrilling rides.
Sorry you were disappionted or actually maybe you expected so much more. My first trip I really didn't have a clue to the WDW magic. It was justr a place that I had always dreamed of going to. Gerri

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Slightly Goofy
12-24-2000, 02:49 AM
I am the opposite. I love Disney because they have so many rides that are not 'thrilling' except in details. I have no sense of balance and a merry go round can cause me pain. I fear that the trend is going toward 'thrill' rides at Disney. I have found a couple of rides that have had a bit of a drop added to them to my (unpleasant) surprise. It took me a couple of trips to get over the , get my money's worth, and enjoy my surroundings and do what I feel like instead of what I feel like I MUST do. If I consider how many rides/shows I do versus the cost of the ticket it could be daunting but instead I focus on the fun of the place and realize that my ticket buys the cleanliness, friendliness and overwhelming courtesy and efficiency. Ah, if my real life could be so wonderful!

Linda

Nadine and Fred
12-25-2000, 06:11 AM
...and I can understand how the "thrill rider" in you would find "the World" not to your liking. As the mother of a 20 year old , I am close (but not TOO close) to the time that I will take grandchildren to "the magic". I am afraid that Disney will pander to those who, like you, do not find Disney exciting enough!!! Please... for the sake of all the little ones who have not yet experienced the wonder of seeing that castle for the first time or who have not yet been hugged by Chip or who have not sang "Its a small world.".. over and over and over again.... DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE!!!

Nadine and Fred

LuvTheMouse
12-25-2000, 02:21 PM
I just love it when everyone speaks of the "magic" of WDW and DL. I still get shivers when I think about the first time I saw "Fantasmic" at DL ("Some imagination, huh?"). I realize it's not for everyone though (good thing too, it's already way to crowded). Maybe someday I will try IOA, but until I do, I will be most happy at the wholesome, happy atmosphere that only Walt Disney's theme parks can offer.

vernon
12-26-2000, 07:01 AM
I'd like to say thanks for posting your honest feelings, it is difficult to go " against the flow" and brave to speak up.

I think that posts like this ( honest but not disparaging of WDW) help to give others realistic expectations of a first trip.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Disney offers attention to detail like no one else, much of "the magic" is taking the time to notice. AK is my favourite park because it has taken that facet to new hights, IMHO even amongst diehard WDW fans there are many that don't take sufficient time to appreciate AK fully. But IMHO Disney does lack a little in the "thrill" department. Hulk,Dueling Dragons and Kracken are all head and shoulders above any WDW "thrill ride", but RNR and TOT at MGM prove Disney can mix thrill and themeing pretty well when they so chose.

Thanks again for putting a little "realism" back on the agenda. IMHO too high expectations invariably lead to disapointment.

All Aboard
12-27-2000, 01:41 PM
I have not read every response completely, so I apologize if this has been mentioned.

Aside from the fact that folks who seek big thrills will likely be disappointed, there is another factor.

I think that this kind of first-time disappointment must happen more often than we know. Particularly to folks who frequent this board before their first trip.

They read countless posts about how everyting is so wonderful from folks like me that eat, drink, and sleep the place (literally... about 50 days a year.)

What happens is first-timers get a pre-impression of the place that cannot possibly be lived up to by WDW (except in some instances.) They really enjoy their trip, but feel that WDW wasn't quite what we have been selling it to be.

Some do come home feeling that it is, however. And those folks are hooked for life

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babus
12-31-2000, 03:21 PM
I agree with you. If you like rides there are other places. I hate rides and I found Disney to be wonderful, so their rides must be tame compared to others. I loved Pirates of the Carribean. Lots of artwork and detail. I go for the enjoyment of seeing what others have imagined and created. I am 44 yrs old and interested in the history of Disney also.

MCSDJ
01-06-2001, 12:09 PM
Are You JOKING?

Disney was made for Kids! If you think your child will grow out of it, you might be mistaken. I visited disney world for the first time when I was seven with a broken arm. I couldnt go on some rides because I couldn't get my cast wet. I felt terribly sad that I couldnt go on anything at Tyhoon Lagoon, which was like a water park dream come true for me! Listen to me man, I've been almost everywhere a kid could go. Both Busch Gardens, Disney World, Disneyland..I've even been to Maui twice, Cancun, and recently Grand Caymans all top of the line hotels and resorts, and may I tell you, no where on earth can you ever get the feeling of your childhood other than disney world!
Sorry if I kind of went off, but I thought I had expensive taste, obviously your kids have it worse...

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nutz4dzny
01-06-2001, 12:28 PM
Although I already posted a response earlier, something has happened since....I took my whole family, 16 of us to WDW for 13 days this Christmas. And guess what??? My brother and his 2 girls ages 12 and 10 disliked it! They wanted to know where the THRILL rides where??? I told them they should go to IOA, they did visit Universal July 1999. They hated the shows, totally Missed the MAGIC of the whole place. I felt very bad since I really wanted them to enjoy it as much as I do. But oh well....like my mom said, less people for us to invite next time! BTW everyone else loved it! So I had to chuckle when I though of this Post. Imagine, part of my family not liking Disney. Go figure.

MBGlasmann
01-11-2001, 07:45 PM
When we first took our son (7 at the time) last year he was expecting thrill rides and started off disappointed. We had to work the "magic" into him then he had a blast. Granted Peter Pan and Snow White aren't his favorite rides but he likes them ok. One of the things he LOVES about disney is not hearing "you're not quite tall enough". He's now 52" or so and that missing it by an inch or two at other parks for the best rides and it drives him NUTS. He also feels the "magic" these days and points out everything more than I do anymore, even the "babyfied" (sp?) stuff.

That's not to say I don't still enjoy the thrill rides. I grew up with Cedar Point, Geauga Lake and Kings Island (the Beast was my first BIG coaster as a kid!) in my "backyard" (grew up in Canton, OH) so I really expect a LOT from my thrill rides. We also went to WDW a few times and I enjoyed it as a kid as much as now.

Disney isn't everyones favorite and that's understandable. It's like the resort preference, different people are attracted to different things.

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DarPa
01-11-2001, 11:21 PM
I am sorry to hear about your trip! Last year was my 1st trip and I was in awe! Our only disappointment was we didn't manage to see everything!We are planning to try to cover more on our trip this June. I too grew up with Disney and was even more excited than my kids! They all knew ahead of time the 1st thing for mom was to ride the tea cups!!LOL I even rode dumbo!! To me it was a dream come true to actually get on these rides after seeing them on TV every Sun. night while I was growing up! Tinkerbell too!! I agree if you don't feel the magic and are more into thrill rides WDW is not for you! Regardless family vacations are about being with and spending time with your family so I hope you have a wonderful time on your next vacation wherever that may be!!

Pumbaa_
01-12-2001, 07:32 PM
When I was a kid, we would spend Sundays at my grandmother's and we would watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and the Wonderful World of Disney. The Castle! I still remember watching the show and wishing I could go. Well, I finally got there in '98 at the age of 33. (I was a late bloomer!) I will be going back for my 5th trip in 18 days.

On my first trip, I had to go to MK first, to see the castle. Well, what a sight. I just stood in the middle of Main Street staring. My DH, not as much of a fanatic as myself, kept trying to get me to move out of the way!

Needless to say, I discovered the magic. While my DH has only gone on two of the trips, my snowbird parents are happy to meet for a few days in the land of magic.

Glad to see your second post, that the trip was good, but a little anti-climatic. That is so easy to happen when it gets built up into THE BEST TRIP EVER.

AS January 2001
DL September 2000
AS February 2000
ASM February 1999
DL September 1998