This is my story.
My boyfriend and I had been dating for just about a year. He always knew my passion for Disneyland, but never showed any interest in it himself. In fact, he would make fun of me for spending so much money to go there when he saw it as simply an
AMUSEMENT PARK. In his mind, Disneyland was like your generic, run of the mill carnival style park with *ahem* ferris wheels, midway games, and all that...sorry DCA I still love you.
I tried so hard to convince him that it was anything but. He didn't believe me. He agreed to go with me on our first trip, because he likes seeing me happy and I promised him he'd like it. He was such a downer on the way there, wasn't even excited at all. He acted like it was a trip to Marine World -_-
Having gone to Disneyland since before I could walk or talk, I couldn't fathom someone not understanding the magic they were about to experience. But he would just have to wait until he got there, I figured.
At 7 am we headed down I-5 to the Disneyland Resort. He was still pretty sleepy. Pretty soon, we approached the part of the freeway where it suddenly becomes wider, cleaner, and all around awesome. His face looked confused.
"There's a whole exit just for Disneyland?" I could see he was in for a surprise, if he was impressed by the freeway alone.
We pull into the parking lot. He beams the entire time about how organized the parking structure was, as we were led directly into our parking spot by smiling cast members. I laughed at this, because I had never really taken the time to notice.
We board the tram, he still looks skeptical.
As we get dropped off, I can see him quietly observing how big the park is. There's a smile there.
We walk through the gates! Still nothing, really, just taking everything in. I'm of course being a dork and running around main street, giddy to even be there. Pointing out everything to him and giving him a history lesson he didn't care about.
I put the map in his face and ask what he wants to ride first. He enjoys the Indiana Jones movie, so he lights up when he sees that listed and points to that. We head over to Adventureland.
Once there, there is no line as it's off season and early in the morning. We skip through the beautiful queue line but he is already amazed at the detail. No other park besides Disney ones put much of any thought into their queues.
"This is pretty cool"
On the ride? Well, he screamed, he laughed, he cried (no he didn't cry), he smiled a whole lot.
When we got off, not a word until we were out of the exit. He looked back at the ride, as if to say "did I really just experience that? Was that real?"
He grinned the biggest grin and said to me
"Now I get it."
"I get how this is different from Marine World. From a carnival. From anything else. Each ride is a story."
And that's how he was converted. He now knows the magic, and loves to experience it every time we have the pleasure of visiting. We will get to go again on June 14th
and naturally, our first ride is always Indiana Jones.