WARNING: RANT AHEAD
It’s official. DGF and I have been labeled by a lot of the people we know as “those Disney People”. And not in a good way.
No one understands why we love to go to WDW so much. “Most” think it’s for kids, the better rides are at US (both parks) or BG, and that they would get bored after visiting WDW once every 5 years.
In fact, many people now joke around by saying (imagine a nasally voice) “where are you two going this weekend, Disney”? And usually it’s a gigantic “YES”.
Naturally it’s followed up with funky facial expressions and eye rolling (this has happened to both of us at least 10 – 12 times now in recent months).
Now, DGF has a couple of friends who are both humongous Disney fans like us so they are pretty much the only ones who can relate. But even one’s husband and the others BF, while supportive, don’t “get it”.
Personally I get ribbed really badly by friends and co-workers. They can’t understand why a childless guy would be so “into” the world… and in fact, there are plenty of sexually discriminatory exclamations expressed in a joking manner that are used to describe my enthusiasm with Disney, if you catch my drift. That’s on top of certain mental disorders they claim that I should have because I like Disney “so much”.
And take the two TR’s I did during the Spring of this year. While Mackenzie, my Mom and my little Sis LOVED them, the handful of close friends that I showed them to thought I was off my rocker. They were all like “why would you post that “stuff” to strangers whom you don’t know? And why would anyone care? Are you crazy?” You get the idea…
Now keep in mind, I WORK in the “amusement and entertainment” business where many of my clients own & operate amusement facilities and operations around the US and Canada. So you would THINK people in the biz could relate. And yes, I do have plenty of clients who love the fact that I really LOVE the amusement biz as a whole including Disney. But there have been more than two handfuls of folks (mainly in my company aside from my group of friends) that just don’t “get it”.
Pretty sad huh? :huh:
Look, I had a US/IOA annual pass for 15 years plus (until ’06 when I became VERY bored w/the two parks on top of the fact it was getting a little “ghetto” IMO :whistling) as well as BG AP (dropped in ’08 because of the same reasons). So it’s not like I hate those parks, it’s just that Disney never gets boring. To me. The World has so much to offer that there are STILL things we haven’t done as of yet. How cool is that?! And sure, we’re usually at EPCOT but we don’t discriminate… We have “love” for all of the parks and resorts at the world.
And another thing people don’t seem to understand is that for us, it’s not about the rides. The rides are the frosting & cherry on top of the cake. To me, it’s about the overall “experience”. You know, the theming/decor, the shows, nostalgia, art, music, landscaping, restaurants, events, and oh yeah, the rides. And from a monetary perspective, we save a ton of cash w/an AP from AAA along w/TIW. So thats a big factor as well.
I just hate that we are labeled in a derogatory & discriminating manner on top of being made to feel like a bunch of weirdoes because we like to spend a lot of time at WDW.
Now please don’t get the impression that these people are incessantly “harassing” me/us or being “inappropriate” with their actions, because it’s not an everyday “issue”. Plus, I let it all roll off my shoulders…
But I do think it stinks to high heaven that it has to be an “issue” with people, you know?
No, I do not have a contagious disease or a mental problem. I just love Disney. INCLUDING most of the movies (yes, there have been some total “blanks”. Ever see “A Wrinkle In Time” (my fav book series as a child)? Or “Tarzan”?)
I can’t help that I “grew up Disney” (thanks to my Mom) and that I never grew out of it. We we’re a Disney family then and we still are now. And when I have kids, we will also be a Disney family (on the converse, I have heard from plenty of people (co-workers, ex girlfriends, etc…) that I will be the “coolest” Dad in the world so thats cool I guess).
But I AM starting to feel like a weirdo… Perhaps being a fan of Disney is NOT normal? But what IS normal? :blink:
Oh well, it is what it is…