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Old 05-14-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Wink Plans & schemes: Helping our significant others fall in love with Disney!


Ok people let's get together with our best laid plains of how to get our DBFs/DFs/DHs to fall for Disney so we can go back again and again!

I have encountered a whole ton of you while writing my PTR and reading other PTRs and TRs that I finally decided to start a thread for us to plan/scheme together!!

So let us know what your ideas are, make suggestions, ask questions, whatever! and hopefully we can make some progress with our significant others
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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hey!!! I'm in! I don't have any ideas right now except plan as much as we can to make things go well while we're down there so they'll love it!!! I hope I have some better ideas soon!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:39 PM   #3
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Here are a few.

My DH likes down time so I'm planning on staying at the contemporary where he will not only have his down time but in a nice place.

Drinking around the world.

Taking a side trip to Universal for the big thrill rides.

And my number one idea for making the hubby fall for Disney (Drum roll please) the Driving Experience.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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I'll tell you what worked for me.... camping at FW.

DH wasn't a big WDW parks fan. There's plenty he enjoys, but he doesn't feel the need to scour every inch every year.

That changed when we started bringing our TT to FW. Now he can relax and enjoy something he loves (camping), he doesn't have to worry about leaving our dogs behind (they come with us!) and we can get our park fix at a leisurely pace and still feel like we actually have a vacation!

After the first year camping, he was already planning the following year's trip before we'd checked out. And in '07, about halfway through out 2nd week, he was already plotting how we could swing 3 weeks the following year!


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Old 05-15-2009, 12:35 AM   #5
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Not happening here!

I gave up 2 years ago. Now I just go with my grown kids and granddaughter. He did the Driving Experience the time we went, so that did work. Now we just go without him. So if I see some good ideas on here I will try next year. The rest of us already have resies for July this year.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:58 AM   #6
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I always worry before a trip that he might not have a great time, but once we're there he's the who has to hold the lever on Dumbo, and spin the wheel on the teacups, he also has this thing where he LOVES waving to people while we are on rides I think it's a good sign and when I ask him about it he says "It's Disney, so I'm sharing my happiness with them". Like he does it on every ride, the wort is dumbo where we are just going round past the same people over and over and he's waving like a wierdo! (I do enjoy waving when the train goes past though or if I'm riding the train!)

In short, I think it's pretty hard to have a bad time at Disney. Even if you are a grumpy old man

I also see the magic look on his face as we enter Main Street, and the main thing I think that keeps him coming back is the way he looks at me when I'm crying at the fireworks, or Mickey hugging a child, or the parade, he just enjoys having me so carefree I think.

(Also he's very excited for WDW as he really wants to ride EE!!)
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:55 AM   #7
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I always worry before a trip that he might not have a great time, but once we're there he's the who has to hold the lever on Dumbo, and spin the wheel on the teacups, he also has this thing where he LOVES waving to people while we are on rides I think it's a good sign and when I ask him about it he says "It's Disney, so I'm sharing my happiness with them". Like he does it on every ride, the wort is dumbo where we are just going round past the same people over and over and he's waving like a wierdo! (I do enjoy waving when the train goes past though or if I'm riding the train!)

In short, I think it's pretty hard to have a bad time at Disney. Even if you are a grumpy old man

I also see the magic look on his face as we enter Main Street, and the main thing I think that keeps him coming back is the way he looks at me when I'm crying at the fireworks, or Mickey hugging a child, or the parade, he just enjoys having me so carefree I think.

(Also he's very excited for WDW as he really wants to ride EE!!)
Sounds like YOUR DH doesn't need much convincing. We'll be going without mine for the 2nd time in a row in Nov. I keep hoping seeing DD and me so excited over it will turn him, and I haven't given up hope yet. Maybe next year. But hey, if he's not going to get into the magic with us, I'd rather he stay home. Plus I know he likes having the house to himself for a week!
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:54 AM   #8
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I was extremely nervous the first time I took DBF to Disney...if it makes you feel better, he is now DH and we've been going every year since we got married...He is sitting behind me as I'm writing and wants everyone to know that Disney World is definitely more for the adults then the commercials make it out to be!

Yes things like ESPN Zone, The Driving Experience, and Drinking Around the World are all Manly, but there are other things...

We do silly things like making "creative" bets with each other on the Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story rides.

If it's just the two of you, carriage rides around POR are beautiful.

Order a special Dessert...I did this last year for my husband and he loved it because it was something made just for him!

These are just a few of the things we have done...I also plan on surprising him this year and taking him on the Characters in Flight Balloon.
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:58 AM   #9
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Your ideas won't work. I'll never understand guys who don't like Disney. As a guy myself I think that they are just insecure about looking weak or are incapable of feeling like a kid and that is sad.

For me, in a relationship it is a prerequisite for my GF to like Disney. I don't feel I should have to convince the person I am with to enjoy my favorite place in the world with me.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:07 AM   #10
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Good luck! DH hasn't been back to WDW for 20 years! We just go without him.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:12 AM   #11
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Sounds like YOUR DH doesn't need much convincing. We'll be going without mine for the 2nd time in a row in Nov. I keep hoping seeing DD and me so excited over it will turn him, and I haven't given up hope yet. Maybe next year. But hey, if he's not going to get into the magic with us, I'd rather he stay home. Plus I know he likes having the house to himself for a week!
I know - I realised when I wrote it that it seems he's a huge Disney lover.

Yet everytime it comes to booking a trip he says he doesn't want to go to Disney....

It's convincing him to go that's the struggle - not having fun once we get there!
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I think there's something for everyone at Disney and you just have to find it and show them!

My DH and teenage son's have not been, so I've found things that I thought would interest them: DH-drinking around the world, F&W, dressing up at MNSSHP, I actually got him tipsy and he bought a purple top hat on ebay to wear!

For my teenage boys that are just "too cool", I focused on the more thrilling rides, Jack Skellington stuff (b/c skulls are cool, ya know) and the hot tub we'll have at the house!

Hopefully once we get there, the rest will be WDW magic and they'll be hooked like my dd and I are! If not, we'll be taking some mother/daughter trips in the near future!
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My honey does not like Disney. He feels it is not a vacation that he can relax with-- with all the hurrying and waiting.
He has been twice and thought that he seen it all.

I had a grand daughter in 2005- waiting til 2010 when she turns 5.

Yep- you got it- He is super excited. Nothing like doing Disney through the eyes of a child.

My suggestion-- get grandbabies. I bet that I can get that man to go back within a year after taking her--- (LOL) as long as I bring her.
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Food bribery always helps... I make sure that DH is involved in our ADR planning as much as possible to ensure that we are eating at restuarants where he will get a good meal (steakhouses, mostly). Also, DH is more a fan of cruising than the parks (whereas I'm the opposite) so we alternate park vacations and cruise vacations. Still, I guess I'm very lucky that DH actually likes vacationing at Disney. He's a keeper!
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:09 AM   #15
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Ok people let's get together with our best laid plains of how to get our DBFs/DFs/DHs to fall for Disney so we can go back again and again!

I have encountered a whole ton of you while writing my PTR and reading other PTRs and TRs that I finally decided to start a thread for us to plan/scheme together!!

So let us know what your ideas are, make suggestions, ask questions, whatever! and hopefully we can make some progress with our significant others
great thread!!! Im totally subscribing

I have been married to my DH for 3 years (together for 4) and Ive been slipping the "we need to go to disney world" pitch since day 1!

at first he was very reluctant, he had never been to DL or WDW, and knew very little about them. His view was that it was only for kids and the only reason adults went were if they had kids who begged them to take them there

well, over the past few years I have slowly been changing his mind about it. The best thing was EDUCATING him about how large it is, and how many things you can do besides the "parks" . when i showed him a documentary on the Travel channel and it said "Disney world is 40 square miles" DH was totally shocked! its all been good since then!!!

He has actually said a few times he is "excited" (in the most reserved way possible, of course. LOL) just because its so big, and now he knows how much there is to do.

so there is my psuedo-success story (were going january 2010) on how i converted a die-hard disney world hater, into a future enthusist. my tips are to listen to what your man wants and cater to those needs to ensure they have a good time. for example, my DH *hates* heat, and really is not very patient. So I decided to book our trip durring the slowest time of year, and also when its very mild weather. That way I know I have eliminated his biggest conserns and we can just focus on having fun. he is a big kid at heart, so even though he is still a little skeptical, i know once we get there he will enjoy the experience!
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