This topic is certain to hit home to those of you have vacationed at Walt Disney World more than once every couple of years. As Disney Vacation Club members our family has had the ability to go to Walt Disney World three times a year. Being teachers we are limited to vacationing during Spring Break, Summer, and Christmas time.
Most of our friends and family know of our love for Disney and do not think anything of it. But we do get the traditional comment, “You’re going to Disney again?” That is usually followed up with, “Why?” We always say that we love it, our kids love it, and it is a safe place to be. People ask us all the time, “Don’t you get sick of it” and “Isn’t it just the same thing?” We used to try to explain to others why we love Disney, how it is different each trip, and that we try to do something unique each time, and that each season offers a different feel to the parks. Now we don’t even bother. It isn’t worth it.
The funny thing is that those who question us are the ones who like to vacation at the beach EVERY YEAR, or head to Gulf Shores etc…We never question them as to why they go there every year. We never say, “Isn’t it boring lying around on a beach all day” or ask “How much fun is that for your kids?” If that is what their family likes to do, then more power to them. It isn’t right for me to question them about what they like, so I am not sure why a Disney vacation isn’t held to the same standard.
I have come to the realization that there are two groups of people who view Disney, those who “get it” and those who “don’t.” The ones who don’t get Disney will never understand our love for the place, no matter what we say. Those who get Disney are the ones that continue to go back again and again. I love the people who want to give Walt Disney World advice and say how boring a place it is when they start off a sentence with, “15 years ago when I was there….”
The truth is Walt Disney World is a fun, safe place for our family. It works for us. I am sure that in a few years when our daughters are both teenagers they may not want to go to Walt Disney World with us. That is fine because right now is what is important. They love it and have had some of the most memorable experiences a child could have by going there. I think this quote says it all about Disney, "For those who get it, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation will do."