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02-14-2008, 03:56 PM
:confused3 Why don`t they just understand us Die heart Disney Fans? This morning in my morning meeting at work. I told my boss I needed to get with her and give her my days I needed off for vaction. She smiled and said where are you going? 2 of my co workers said before I could WDW :laughing: She said you just got back from there. I said that was Oct. and I needed a fix :eek: I tryed to explain to her about Disney and she said I seen it when I was a kid. I told her there is so much more there now.She told me I need to see the world and I told her I DOOOOOOOOOO in 1 day when I go around the world in the world show case:laughing: My co-workers that spoke up this morning always tell me to say hi to Goofy and Donald.So If any one can help me understand this PLEASE HELP:lmao:

Stacy's a freak
02-14-2008, 04:05 PM
Well I have done a little bit of traveling myself (even abroad), and nothing has made me as happy as those moments when I get on the Monorail and it zips around the corner and reveals Cinderella Castle. Or when I hear the Festival of the Lion King ... or when my stomach raises into my throat on TOT... or.... well, I get it too. We just have to try to NOT feel sorry for those co-workers who don't get it. Poor, misguided people :upsidedow

02-14-2008, 04:05 PM
I get that a lot too so most times at work I lie and say I'm going somewhere else! Then when they ask to see my vacation pictures, I always say, "well something weird keeps happening with my disk, I gotta have my camera checked out." :rotfl: You'd think after all these years they'd get the hint lol!

But seriously, yes I have faced a lot of negativity from people about always going to Disney. Then I put it back on them too, say their family always goes to the Hamptons every summer - I tell them what is the difference you always go to the same place too... but they still don't understand... its a battle... but when you find some comrades in the Disney army, you hang tight and keep going back!!

02-14-2008, 04:18 PM
I know just what you mean, my DH and I are going to WDW this Aug. for our 10 yr. anniversary and my co-workers just can not believe it. I am almost embaressed to tell some of them!!

Although last year when we went as a family a few people asked if we were bringing the kids and I just couldn't believe it....duh, of course we are bringing the kids, why would we go to disney as a couple.

Well we had more fun than the kids and it was a no brainer when we were deciding on a destination!!

So who know, they may come around yet!!!!

02-14-2008, 04:46 PM
My co-workers dont get it either....it gets to the point that every time I mention WDW they want me to put a buck in the jar lol

02-14-2008, 05:00 PM
Since I'm a stay at home mom, I don't get it from co-workers. I get that response from family. I was telling my mom about something funny that I had read on these boards somewhere. She interupted me and said, "Disney is that all you think about." I said well it was better that I was "obsessed" with Disney than a drug addict.:lmao:
We only go every other year. When I told my mother in law about our December 2008 trip she was confused b/c she said that we only go every two years. I reminded her that the last time that we went was in 2006, so it had been two years.
After getting this question from my family for years, I finally came up with the following response when they questioned my going back to Disney. "It's a Disney thing. If you understood, your only question would be "can I go?". That being said, I still haven't gotten the back bone to tell my mother about the Disney trip I already put a downpayment on and bought air fare for. As soon as life settles down a bit I will tell her. I'm just not in the mood for the lecture I know will follow.:scared: However she was at my house today, and asked to get on my DH's computer to check something. When I got back on it after she left, she had opened up a new internet explorer. The one that was opened when she got on was the reservation page for our vacation on the Disney web site. If she saw it she just never said anything about it. Maybe she saw it and is just finally over giving me lectures about it.:confused3 Come to think of it, I bet she did b/c she made a really strange comment at the store. They had flowers on 3 for $10, where you can put small bunches of them together to make your own bouquet. I bought 6 of them. When my mother saw that I had gotten them she said,"Did you win the lottery and I just not know about it." At the time I thought it was really strange that she said that, but now I am thinking it was less about the flowers and more about the Disney trip reservation she saw. ok, I think I'm done rationalizing not telling my mom about the Disney trip. I promise, I'm not crazy:crazy2: :scratchin Well at least not in a certifiably put me in a straight jacket and through me in a paddy room way.
Personally, I think it would make my life much easier if it was a requirement that at every job the person that makes the decision on who gets to take vacation when was a Disney fan. Our original trip had us at WDW the week of Christmas. My DH's new boss said that he couldn't have the week off, so we had to change the trip. He tried to explain that it was for our boys, so they could be at WDW on Christmas day before they stopped believing in the "magic" of Christmas. His boss still wouldn't budge. He works in the IT department of his company. This last Christmas it was so slow the week of Christmas that they spent their days watching movies.

02-14-2008, 06:03 PM
I like the reply of a PP to the question, "Why Disney again?"
"It's a Disney thing, if you don't get it, too bad for you... If you did get it, the only question you'd be asking is 'can I come too?'"

I don't pass judgment on the families I know that take their kids to a resort in Mexico every year or to Wisconsin Dells every summer or to Las Vegas. We have friends that have been going camping the first week in August every year at the same place for years... How is going to Disney every year any different? That's their choice. I'm happy for them that they can afford this. I wish I could do ALL of that AND Disney every year!!! I love traveling and vacationing!!!

In my work and social circles it's really not such an issue. One of my co-workers has DVC and has been to WDW 2x and on a Disney Cruise in the past two years. Another co-worker went to Disney last Spring Break. I went to Disney Land last March for my 10 yr. anniversary... with my family. Most people I know have been to WDW (or DL) this year or within the past two years. One family across the street just got back - another is going down for spring break. One of my dd's classmates goes every September without fail. DD8's BFF is going in October... so around here, it's almost the other kind of peer pressure to not be the one that's NOT been to Disney... I'd say maybe it's just here but this goes for my friends in Massachusetts too.... many of whom have been to WDW in the past two years at least... So the bigger stress for us is "When are we getting back to Disney?"

02-14-2008, 06:23 PM
I was thinking about this on the way home from work after a conversation in the lunch room today. There are three of us at work who are Disney lovers, as we think you should go to Disney often, not just once in a life time. Anyway, one of my coworkers said she just doesn't have the desire to go to Disney, that it's not even a good amusement park, and she'd rather go to Europe or New York or Washington DC. Well here's the thing, she doesn't go to those places either. So obviously it's not just about thinking it's lame for other people to go to Disney often, it's that other people don't plan as many vacations.

Did that make sense?
I'll have to come back later and edit if it didn't. I've got to go pick my dd up from soccer practice.

02-14-2008, 06:29 PM
Just say Thank God you don't like Disney...it's getting too crowded now!:rotfl:

02-14-2008, 06:32 PM
These comments often also come from the same people who when they take a week off work, all they do is sit at home (every time they take vacation).

02-14-2008, 06:41 PM
No one around me understands why I've been to Disney over fifty times, went in December, January and I'm going again on Monday, but the thing is that I really don't care if they get it as long as I have one person to go with me. In January, I was going for my 40th birthday so I told them I was going and if they wanted to go to let me know so I could add them to the reservation. :scared1:

I've explained to them that as long as I'm having fun, it's all good to me!!!!:thumbsup2

02-14-2008, 06:59 PM
My friends just don't understand either. They always ask why I'm going to a little kiddie park. :headache:

I just tell myself that it's sad they'll never 'get' the magic of Disney.

02-14-2008, 07:09 PM
you are all too funny, i thought I was the only one who avoided telling people where I was going on vacation again. We are going in September and I haven't told a sole at work because they will be like, Didn't you just go there last year? People don't understand, I could go every month...

02-15-2008, 08:05 AM
I get the same thing from my co-workers and we only go every May. I understand the feeling, but I am so excited that I am not worried about what others think.

Also my father is/was the same way until we convinced him to join us
for our upcoming trip, now he watched the planning DVD and asks "Did you do this?" "How was this?" etc. He still questions my love and desire for Disney but I think he will understand in May.

02-15-2008, 08:09 AM
My coworker and I were riding up in the elevator today and he mentioned my Disney cup and asked if we were planning on going again this year. I told him that yes, we were going twice - but one trip is Disneyland and the other is Disneyworld, so it's two completely different things. ;) I don't think he bought it.

02-15-2008, 08:09 AM
One of my co-workers said "You're the most Disney person I know". I know she didn't mean it as a compliment, but I certainly took it as one! You're either Disney or you're not and the un-Disney people will just never understand. That's OK. We don't need them to!

02-15-2008, 08:12 AM
I try to go every 2 years also. My husband does not even get it. I just shrug my shoulders and say It makes me soooooooo happy. My friends (who sit on a beach every vacation) say how can you go to the same place all the time.

We are all obssessed - but I our obession makes us happy all that is all that matters

02-15-2008, 08:13 AM
I SOOO wish there were LESS people who liked Disney ;-) Sept. crowds year round would be groovy! :hippie:

Honestly, the only one who I have to worry about is my husband! I have it BAD and he only has it moderately. Let's say, if I could, I'd go 4 times a year, and he'd go once every four years. Our last trip was Dec 06 and I'm planning another one sometime this year. That's our compromise!

For a while I begged and pleaded with my mom to come along. Finally I gave up! She doesn't want to, she doesn't want to! That's cool :hippie:

I don't get why my co-workers like to ski. :confused3 Not my thing.

But yeah, I'm all for LESS people liking disney!

02-15-2008, 08:40 AM
I have one coworker who goes to Disney every year with his wife, they stay at POFQ and have romantic getaways there. He is the one who stands up for me when all the other co-workers tell me I'm crazy for going there over and over. Well, I am getting it from my father too! "Not Disney again, why do you keep going there?" BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY!!!!!! I invited him along but he said no. And I said "then stop hassling me about it" and he did.:confused3

:cool1: less than 6 months!

02-15-2008, 08:52 AM
Ignore it. My in-laws travel quite a bit but they always go to Colorado in the summer, south Florida in January, a cruise in February, Gatlinburg in April, Niagara Falls/Little League World Series in August (whenever the series is played). They very rarely will change locations. About the only time they do is when their annual medical meeting is held. And that's because it's rotated through the major Southern cities.

My mother-in-law doesn't quite "get" the attraction we have to Disney World but she understands. She says our Disney World is her Niagara Falls (she loves the place). So she buys our Disney World annual passes for us every year. I'll put up with an occassional "I guess you are going to Disney World *again*" for that.

02-15-2008, 12:11 PM
I'm trying to convince my DH that we need to go to Disney for our next vacation. He can't understand why I "need" to go back since I've already been there 4 times. He's never been and doesn't see the appeal of going without children. He thinks WDW is all about kids and geared only toward children and families.

My sisters have gone and came back disappointed. When I asked what they thought about this or that, they said they didn't know about that. Some people don't know what Disney has to offer and are so overwhelmed by all they see that they only skim the surface and just don't get it :confused3

I've been dropping little tidbits into conversations to show DH what Disney has for adults. There's just so much and every time is so different!

If a person has never been, how do you explain that the resorts are some of the nicest hotels you'll ever stay in, the food is great, the entertainment is world class. Some people just don't associate those things with Disney :sad2:

02-15-2008, 12:19 PM
Oh boy do I hear ya! One of my friends asked me if I ever go 15 minutes without mentioning WDW, much less thinking about it. Er...no. Why would I want to? Everything Disney makes me happy and I like to think about and talk about what makes me happy!

My mom once said "who in the world would want to go to Disney?" right before we planned our first trip. She has yet to live that down. And guess who we are dragging to the BWV with us in April? Heaven help me, lol.

02-15-2008, 01:21 PM
I had some people at work say sort of the same thing.

I told them that it was good that they didn't go, because I doubted that they would be able to handle a Disney vacation! Too many choices of things to do!

(three of them went the next year!!)

02-15-2008, 05:52 PM
Haha I agree with everyone on here. If ever I try to explain to these people why it is so great, my husband tries to stop me and says "who cares that is one less person in front of us in line!" Which is true!

I have been all over Europe and tanned on the beach in Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico...and it was all wonderful...but then in between I have to return to Disney. It just fills my heart.

My husband's family especially doesn't get it, but we are taking his whole family on their first trip in April. A lot is resting on my shoulders for them to have a good time...if they don't, this might be my nephews' first and last trip! So I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to show them the magic that I see every time I go. Wish me luck!

02-16-2008, 05:42 PM
More from my boss :laughing: I told her we already have our 2009 cruise planed. It will be our 3rd Disney cruise. We did 2 4 day cruises on the Wonder. Before we got off our 2nd 4 day cruise last Oct 07. We made plans to do a 7 day cruise on the Magic . Well back to my boss. She looked at me and said don`t tell me it`s a Disney cruise:lmao: YEPPPER IT IS She just looked at me and shook her head and walked away. I did not get a chance to tell her that we will be at WDW for a couple days before we leave for the cruise :rotfl: I don`t think I will ever lose the magic as long as I have Walt in my heart:love: and the little kid in the back of my head. And I will never forget what Walt said .


03-23-2008, 09:06 PM
I'm fortunate enough that both of my parents and my brother absolutley LOVE :love: the World. We call it the "Disney gene" you either have it or you don't. My friends and the rest of my family don't have the gene. I feel bad for my cousins b/c they will probably never go. We've offered to take them but my aunts "don't think it's a good idea" :rotfl2: whatever that means. We're going in December and will be there on Christmas day for the first time:banana: My grandmother can't believe that we're not gonna be here for Christmas, and when we told her where we were going she got mad and said it was just dumb to miss Christmas with the family to go to WDW. My friends always give me the "you're 19 why are you going to Disney World with your Mom?" like that's so bad. Then they tell me it's just so kiddie and immature:rotfl: I just laugh and respond "I'm sorry you're so mature." and walk off. I've stopped trying to explain what it is about Disney that makes me and everyone else here love it so much. I've just decided to enjoy myself:woohoo: and pity those who don't and probably never will get it:sad2: .

03-24-2008, 08:15 AM
My DW loves disney but not as much as I. So when we travel anywhere else with our kids she always tells me remember its not Disney. She tells me I compare all our other trips to Disney and most places can't compete. I always have a countdown going for our next trip and when i she the castle after coming out of the tunnel I feel like I'm back home. Her family thinks were nuts and always asks when the next trip to Disney. My family is the opposite two of us are DVC owners and the other is always looking to get our points. I say to each there own and it WDW for me.:thumbsup2

03-24-2008, 10:12 AM
I get the same comments from co-workers, friends, and some family. I've heard it all - "Disney again?!" "Don't you want to go somewhere different?" "Disney for your honeymoon? Do you really want to be around all those kids?" "Your kids are too young - they won't remember it."

My DH wasn't a Disney fan at all until I dragged him along with me and my parents when we were dating. He also thought it was just for kids. He absolutely loved it and it was his idea to go on the Disney cruise for our Honeymoon! We went back again before kids and took his parents - they still don't get it. I actually feel sorry for them - his Mom doesn't do anything for "fun" and the only thing his Dad does is fish or hunt.

I grew up in a Disney family and have always loved the magic there. But the last 3 trips have been with our kids. In 2005 DS was 2. In 2006 DS was 2 1/2. Feb 2008 DS was 4 and our youngest DS had his first birthday in the MK. We really heard a lot about taking a 1 year old to WDW! Disney is amazing as a child and as an adult, but to be a parent and see Disney through they eyes of a child - especially a child that is young enough to believe in the magic and not to question anything - that is priceless. I'll never forget my oldest DS's first reaction to the first character he saw (Minnie Mouse) or his face on this last trip while the White Power Ranger was signing his book or my youngest DS jumping up and down and squealing with delight on It's a Small World or his 1st Birthday dinner with the characters at Liberty Tree Tavern, or the way he cried when our turn taking pictures with Mickey on the last day was over and we had to take him away from "the mouse". I could go on forever.

My DH said he would like to go somewhere else next year just because we've already done that and he'd like to do something different. I asked him what he wanted to do- go to a beach? Disney has that. Go fishing? Disney has that. Go snorkeling? Disney has that. Parasailing? Skiing? Waterparks? Horseback riding? Camping? Disney has it all. I think my brother put it best. He has been taking his girls since they were little (now 10 and 12). He said it's the only place he can take them where they have smiles on their faces the entire week. Needless to say, I won with very little argument. We're going back in May of 2009 for 2 weeks! I can't wait!!!

03-24-2008, 10:29 AM
Oh boy do I hear ya! One of my friends asked me if I ever go 15 minutes without mentioning WDW, much less thinking about it. Er...no. Why would I want to? Everything Disney makes me happy and I like to think about and talk about what makes me happy!

Ha, DH says this to me all the time!!! :rotfl: I'm still working on converting him to our side.

DJ Disney Kid
03-24-2008, 10:46 AM
These comments often also come from the same people who when they take a week off work, all they do is sit at home (every time they take vacation).

You hit the nail on the head! I think its a subconscious ( sp? ) jealousy to some extent. I used to be that guy who just took my vacations because I had to use them up within the year, but I'd just sit home and do nothing, or I'd just randomly use days of vacation here and there till they were gone. Oddly enough, after a couple trips to Disneyworld, I remember sitting home one day and thinking "I need to do something with my vacations, Im so sick of wasting them away by sitting at home!" I remember looking into hotels in Miami and California, thinking I could just get a nice room with a beachfront view. I might still be sitting around, but atleast I'd be able to sit out on my balcony and enjoy the view. Then out of nowhere, I started thinking about those two trips I had taken to Disney World a couple years back and decided, "hey, why not go back to Disney?!" So eventually I booked a trip and the rest is history. After that trip, I was hooked. Im not sure why it took me 3 trips to become addicted, but Im glad I did. I think it was finally getting to that comfort level of knowing where everything was and how to "work the system" of WDW. It became much more of a relaxing destination and everything was at the pace I chose. I think it just annoys me when people say "Why not travel the world and see all the different places?" because these same people don't do it either. Its like they are annoyed that you aren't spending your money doing what they want to do, but don't.

03-24-2008, 11:16 AM
i totally understand and dont care if others dont..it floats my boat!
(mollygirl) take your dh during the food and wine -that may convince him that disney isnt just kidfriendly..

One Year Pin
03-24-2008, 11:21 AM
I have a slightly different problem. I live in Florida. I work at Walt Disney World. Most of the people I know work there or love the place.

My question is this...Where do I go on vacation. Since I'm a CM, I can't afford long trips.

Actually we are thinking about a Disney cruise next year. CMs get a HUGE discount.

03-24-2008, 12:49 PM
I have a slightly different problem. I live in Florida. I work at Walt Disney World. Most of the people I know work there or love the place.

My question is this...Where do I go on vacation. Since I'm a CM, I can't afford long trips.

Actually we are thinking about a Disney cruise next year. CMs get a HUGE discount.

Its obvious, you go on the cruise, or to DLR!!!

03-24-2008, 06:00 PM
I asked my boss today if he saw my request for vacation days in July.
He looked at me,...and without skipping a beat he said "Which resort are you staying at and how many days until you leave?":rolleyes:
I guess the Mickey lapel pin, Cinderella ink pin that lights up and resort mug that I drink from each morning has finally made people around me realize that Disney is MY happy place:cloud9: . It is were I want to spend time with my family to make the memories that will last a lifetime. If they don't like that...too bad!
If they don't get it...it's their loss.:confused3

03-24-2008, 09:57 PM
There are people in my family who don't get it either, my own parents included. But, last year when sis and I were going, my Dad mentioned that he would like to go someday(he's never been). So, I booked a trip for September 2008 and he's going with me. I can't wait to "convert" him!:lmao: