Everyone loves Disney right? Wrong! I have traveled with someone who is a complete Disney downer. Sorry Dad, but its true. You are no fun at theme parks. Disney is not the ideal vacation for everyone, and my father is a good example of that. He doesn’t enjoy rides, crowds annoy him, he doesn’t like to eat out, and he gets hot and tired walking around and waiting in lines with us. He’d rather be at his house, working in his garden or cruising in his boat, relaxing and fishing. There is nothing wrong with that at all, we just don’t ask him to come to Disney with us anymore.
Some people say Disney is just for kids, and that’s not true at all. Many adults take solo trips, have their honeymoon there, or even get married at a Disney World resort. Some parents do muscle through a trip just for their kids, but others, including yours truly, delight in every minute of the magic and can’t get enough.
We have the people who go once and never want to return, or think a trip to a massive theme park is a nightmare and will never book a trip at all. Some folks have a different idea of the ideal vacation. Maybe it’s a nice relaxing trip to a tropical island, or to experience nature and wildlife in the natural elements hiking or camping. Maybe it’s visiting places rich in history, or travel to other countries. Personally I think, well I can do all of those things right at Disney World. You can visit a few countries before lunch over in Epcot. Visit Animal Kingdom and take a ride on a Safari where you can experience a giraffe come right up to the vehicle you are riding in. You can even set up a tent over at Fort Wilderness Campground. However, I do understand that is not exactly what some people are looking for.
The big thing that turns people away are CROWDS, and I totally understand that. Without all the planning that goes into my trips, we could easily be stuck in lines all day. We specifically plan for lower crowd times, there is no “low crowd” time in Disney anymore, and I have my fast passes in place with a daily schedule that helps to avoid the massive crowds. Some people just can’t be bothered with this, and show up and hope for the best. These are the people who may end up not enjoying their trip and never returning. Then you have the people who would never book a trip in the first place because they do not want to spend a vacation standing in lines and dealing with the many many people that visit Disney every day.
The other group you have is people who just don’t enjoy theme parks and rides. While you and I know that there is sooooo much more to Disney than rides, some people don’t realize you can go to the parks, never step foot on a ride, and still have a fabulous time. There are amazing shows and parades to enjoy, snacks, drinks and restaurant experiences that will blow your mind, and nightly fireworks shows that can’t be beat. If you like to shop, there is plenty of that too.
Disney is not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. I enjoy every second of my trips. With a little planning and understanding of what Disney World has to offer, other people might get even more out of their trips. A Disney trip is one of the trips that requires almost as much planning as the time spent in the park. That is not the kind of vacation everyone is looking for. While you can wing it and enjoy your trip, I don’t recommend approaching it that way. You might end up in the category of people who go once and never return and miss out on so much that Disney has to offer.