The WAYSOW Club! (Why Are You So Obsessed with WDW?)

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by MouseEarsForAll, May 4, 2012.

  1. MouseEarsForAll

    MouseEarsForAll Oh snap! I get to hold the trophy?!

    Jun 29, 2011
    I like Disney and all, but that's as far as it goes...However, someone of you are obsessed, as we all know.;) Why are you so obsessed with WDW?
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  3. uscgmouse

    uscgmouse Mouseketeer

    May 19, 2011
    It's MAGIC!!!
  4. OHDisneyMom

    OHDisneyMom Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2012
    It's addicting!
  5. JenSop

    JenSop DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2007
    For me personally, I started going as a young child, and our grandparents took my sister and I on many regular trips growing up. Those trips were SO special to me - some of my best ever memories.

    I still remember my first trip as a little girl. The moment that won me over was watching the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom. (This is before any of the current fireworks shows were in place.) Back then, you could actually stand really close to the castle to watch the fireworks. "When You Wish Upon a Star" was playing through the air, the fireworks were finishing up and there I was - standing next to Cinderella's castle. My little girl self was so overwhelmed with emotion, that I started to cry from the pure joy I was feeling.

    My grandfather and I were very close. He even let me help with the "planning" - I felt so special! For the second trip, he let me have a Disney guide book, and I memorized the maps of both parks (it was just MK and Epcot then.) And each trip after that was like going back to a second home that we all knew and loved so well. My grandfather's been gone for many years now, but every time I go back to WDW, I still think of him and feel that he's there with me.

    That's where my insanely strong connection to WDW is rooted.

    But I have other reasons too. I'm in theatre, and I really appreciate Disney's commitment to creating an immersive theatrical experience in every park, on every ride, in every possible way. No one else does that! When you go to WDW, you are entering another world - a total fantasy. (No pun intended - haha!) So I go to WDW and am in another universe - one of happiness, good memories, thrills, good food, fun times, and more wonderful things than I can list.

    So hopefully that gives a little insight into THIS girl's obsession. But I suspect that everyone's reasons are different. :)
  6. Missymouse18

    Missymouse18 Mousketeer

    Mar 21, 2012
    For me, it is almost something I can't put into words, but for starters: MEMORIES:love:. some of my favorite memories of my DS22 & DS17 are memories we made at WDW or from a Disney movie we saw together. We still laugh at jokes we made five or six years ago in the parks, or still laugh at what this CM did or what that CM said... etc.
    Plus, who doesn't need a little Magic in their life:wizard:??? Life is better with Mickey Mouse!
  7. danceintherain

    danceintherain DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2007
    My obsession was gradually instilled when I was a small child going to Disney. However, it didn't really take root until I was studying abroad in Prague. It became very clear to me that Disney had the capacity to be an all-encompassing vacation with super helpful and enthusiastic people around to help you enjoy yourself. While I enjoyed my time in Europe, traveling there was exhausting. Everything was so far apart and expensive. I found it overwhelming and not at all relaxing.

    I've ran into the same problem now that I'm living in Asia. I keep getting drawn back to Disney. I don't plan on ONLY traveling to Disney in the future, but it is the place where I know how to vacation without having to research every minute detail. I do it anyways, but I have a huge reserve of useless Disney information in my brain, so I CAN plan last minute trips without all the usual worries pertaining to such situations. If things go wrong, I can deal with them more simply AND I know that I'll be able to communicate with the people trying to help me.

    Right now, I'm seriously torn, because Tokyo Disney is soo close, but I'm having a hard time justifying the cost in general AND choosing it over some other places, such as the Great Wall. We're leaving here earlier than I originally anticipated, otherwise I may have been able to fit in both.
  8. BillBrasky

    BillBrasky Mouseketeer

    Jan 5, 2011
    What are rides at theme parks based on? Movies, comics, myths, legends? Yeah, all of those. But think of it... while most theme parks make rides based off of these things... Disney has made rides that have INSPIRED movies, myths, legends, etc. See Pirates of the Caribbean. Nobody is going to make a movie about the whirlygig at the carnival that comes to your town.

    That's magic (aka the genius of men like Walt Disney and Marc Davis). Add two parts nostalgia. Add a few parts history appreciation. I think to be truly obsessed you need to appreciate the history of the parks, the stories of how things came to be, the mysteries of what lays behind the facades. Add in one part great service. It all comes together to make a recipe for obsession.
  9. Sparkly

    Sparkly Starlight, starbright...

    Mar 5, 2012
  10. gojoe

    gojoe DIS Veteran

    May 16, 2007
    OK, so you have over 1500 post. I think I'm obsessed and I don't come close.
    The first step is to admit you have an issue.

    I grew up with Walt every Sunday night. My Mom, Dad and I took our last family vacation to Walt Disney World in 1973. We stayed at the Contemporary. My parents and I had the time of our lives. Shortly after my Dad took ill, passing away a couple years later.

    I never went back until my daughter move to Orlando and started working at Disney. My children were adult, one with a daughter on the way. I enjoyed it and all but it wasn't until I took my granddaughter and stepdaughter did it bring back the magic of my first trip.

    Since then I've been obsessed. We go at least once a year (my daughter and three of my 4 grandchildren live there). I can't put into words how I feel or why I spend my leisure time on these and other sites.
  11. Rommie

    Rommie Earning My Ears

    Apr 28, 2012
    Because when I was 6 or 7 yo (I'm 29 now), I saw a Mickey Mouse Club where they showed the Mickey and Minnie houses at Disney World. I was blew away and from then on I started researching everything I could about Orlando. I asked my parents to take me there, I asked a lot, but my father was never found of Disney stuff, the consumism side of it and blah blah blah. When I was 11, after asking so much, my father made a deal with me: If I could get only B+ grades for a semester, he promised he would take me there. I studied hard, harder than any other point in my life, because I was determined to accomplish the dream of going to Disney World. God knows how hard I was committed to that task. When my grades finally came, I ran as fast as I could to show them to my father, because I just MADE it. My father took the grades, looked at them, and returned saying he wasn't going to take me there. When I asked why he replied "Because I dont want to". That was a moment in life I realized how things get really unmagical. I kept trying everything in reach to get to Disney by my own, calling Trip Companies and asking if they would offer a free single trip if I could gather a group of 15 or 20 travellers (lol I was so silly) but until now it hasn't happened. Going to Disney World will be a dream coming true. I think so much about it it's part of who I am. It's still kind of sad really, that I know more about a place I've never been to than many people who's been there, and it makes me angry that people who don't care can go there while I couldn't. And I didn't ask for anything else other than I Disney World. Sorry for the wall of text. I was going to post my story, sooner or later.
  12. MouseEarsForAll

    MouseEarsForAll Oh snap! I get to hold the trophy?!

    Jun 29, 2011
    I'm not obsessed! LOL, I just talk a lot!:)
  13. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    As a child, anytime my mother would tell me about Heaven, it sounded as though she was describing Disney World. It was this wonderful place where there was no pain or sorrow - only complete and total joy. To a six-year-old, that sounded like Disney. I always had such wonderful times on my family vacations there.

    When I was a junior in college, I applied and was accepted into the College Program. I thought it would be great. I would get to help make the magic instead of just experiencing it. I would make wonderful friends who loved Disney just as much as I did and I would get to go to the parks for free all of the time. Well, while all of this was 100% true, I also grew up more in that semester than I did in all my other college semesters combined. I took away some of the most amazing memories and there is not a single area in any of those parks that doesn't tell a story or bring back something wonderful to my mind. I'm a completely different person while there. There is no such thing as stress, just pure joy and magic.
  14. KristiKat

    KristiKat DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2011
    It brings back so many great memories for me and I feel like a kid again. As others have said it's MAGIC.
  15. MomiTo2SwtGuys

    MomiTo2SwtGuys DIS Veteran

    May 30, 2008
    When I step on property I can feel the MAGIC. I love all the memories I have made with my family there.

    Disney is the only vacation that I have ever taken and not thought about work, bills, pets at home, etc........ while I am gone.::yes::
  16. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    It's truly a happy place for my entire family. My dd has been going since she was 5...celebrated her 6th birthday on that first trip. She is now 18 and heading there, with two best friends, for her graduation gift. First time on her own...same with the other girls.
    We have tried various other vacations...the mountains, Cape Cod, dh gets nudgy. He doesn't vacation well at all. He is good for about 2 days and then goes back to 'work mode'...he would leave us and go back to the office. But, at WDW, he can stay in our villa, do some work for a few hours everyday, and then meet us later on. And he can get some work done in the evening before heading out for dinner. So it's a win/win for us.
    We were there in April 2011 for our last big family trip. Then, dh and I went in Oct with another couple from church. And in early Dec, dd and I went together for our last mother/daughter trip before she heads off to college. With tuition to be paid now, it will be awhile before I get to go back. And that makes me sad. But, we no longer have to wait for school to be out in order to go as a family or even as a trip for dh and myself.

    Yes, it's an 'amusement park' in all reality. But, it's truly magical. It's our home away from happy place. There is always something to do. We can hang at the resort and just relax. We can head off to a really nice dinner. Or we can just head to the parks and enjoy the attractions. A win/win.
  17. CatelynnMarie

    CatelynnMarie Mouseketeer

    Aug 6, 2011
    For me, I feel like it's home. I never really felt like I belonged anywhere. I've always been considered the outcast or the freak. When I'm in Disney, I just feel accepted/ happy. As cliche as it is, creating memories with my family/ friends, sharing the happiness I get from being there, and seeing other people have a good time means everything. Plus I just think everything on property is fabulous. It is the place to go when you want to live between fantasy and reality.
  18. mesaboy2

    mesaboy2 DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2009
    It's the ideal place to be a kid with my kid.
  19. laughinplace2

    laughinplace2 Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2010
    Disney is where I feel truly happy. When I am there, it's like the real world just DISAPPEARS. When I'm home, just picturing myself on Main Street, or seeing a picture of my favorite ride, gives me butterflies and can relieve even my greatest stress. There's just something about WDW that melts away every one of my worries.
  20. PoohsFan1

    PoohsFan1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2007
    I grew up with Disney in our house. My parents always bought the different movies that I would watch over and over again, I would also sit and watch the old Disney channel shows every morning (loved watching those old Disney cartoons), we had a lot of toys and such that were Disney themed and my parents finally took us all to Disney World when I was 9 years old and then we went back 2 years later (both times staying at the Poly) and after that second time my parents bought a timeshare condo right outside of Disney, so every other year we would go. Fast forward to when I got married, I was fortunate to find a guy who grew up with Disney too and we both have been obsessed with taking our DDs since they were 4 and 2. Like others have said, it is the magic and the legendary Disney service that keeps bringing us back.
  21. ForAandA

    ForAandA Tiggerlicious

    Sep 21, 2008
    My story is a bit different. I never grew up with Disney in my home. It was actually the opposite. My Godmother took me when I was 4. Though I was so young, I vividly remember most of our trip. In very hard times growing up, I would remember that trip.

    As I became older, Disney was almost a status symbol for me. I would love the feeling of going "home", but I loved the feeling that I could afford to go whenever I wanted just as much. Might sound like a silly reason, but it worked for me ;).

    Nowadays I love to share my love of Disney with anyone and everyone. I am the family planner for Grand Gatherings, and have helped many friends plan as well. I love helping people, and it feeds my addiction in between trips ;).

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