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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 7:27 am/pm Quote

I was thinking about family members of mine, they took their families to WDW and came away with the idea they'd never go back.   Do you know anyone who went to any Disney theme park, maybe with the idea "We'll do it once, for our kids' sake" or did it as adult individuals or couples to give it a try, and they came, they saw, they left and left permanently?  Any Disney theme park in the world, not just WDW or DL.  Do these people have anything in common?  Did you or any other online forum or guidebook they relied upon offer trip planning advice and tips, and they accepted those and followed those and still didn't care for the Disney park?

I think of the two family members who took their own families, I'd have to say 1) expense involved and 2) a lack of "whimsy" in what makes them up inside and in the case of the second of the two families 3) didn't like the heat and humidity and being among crowds would be the unifying characteristics.  Dear people, nice people, fine people...it's just that they tried it once and didn't care for it (both went to WDW).  One family likes living on the water, water sports and hunting.  The other lives in the Northeast and prefers quieter vacations.

Some people are Disney theme park or amusement park-type people and others aren't and that's OK.  Just wondering if anyone else ever encountered anyone such as the above.  Thought it might be interesting to talk about here.


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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 7:40 am/pm Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ Sep. 15, 2003 7:27 am/pm)
Some people are Disney theme park or amusement park-type people and others aren't and that's OK.  Just wondering if anyone else ever encountered anyone such as the above.  Thought it might be interesting to talk about here.

My dear BIL is one of *those people  :crazy:  He cannot fathom why anyone would travel that far (we drive 14hrs) to go to an amusement park.  He has never been and probably never will - but then again he doesn't like many things.    I wish Dh and I could take our nieces and nephew, but  :dollar: it's out of the question.  I think the main reason BIL won't go, is if he does and he (heaven forbid) enjoys himself, he wouldn't have anything to complain about. LOL


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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 8:15 am/pm Quote

My cousin feels this way.  She came by where I work today, and I mentioned that I was trying to convince my family to have a reunion there maybe next year or the year after... She said no way!hey had been once (in June may I add) a few years ago and they all have vowed not to go back!  And they didn't even pay for that trip, my aunt did!  The rest of my family loves WDW and I guess we'll go without them!   ;)

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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 8:43 am/pm Quote

I haven't run across anyone who actually went and never went back. However I do know two people with interesting reactions to WDW.

One of these went to WDW and spent all his time doing only three things: the Rock And Roller Coaster, The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror and Star Tours. He had never been to WDW before and didn't check any sources or guides before going, he just up and went and somehow found these three rides and went on just those three. Over and over and over again. He ended up spending the whole six days he was there doing only those three rides! When he told me this I was perplexed. I asked him why he didn't try anything else. He said, "Naaah I wasn't interested." Did he see any parades? "I don't like parades." See any characters? "Some, but big deal. I wasn't interested." Any shows? "Why would I want to see shows? I have a TV at home." To hear him talk you'd think that the park consisted of only those three rides. He wasn't rude about it or anything, he just said to him it was no different than any local amusement park. I still can't figure out his logic. But I do think it was a lack of personal imagination and "whimsy" as Carol put it.

The second hasn't been to any Disney park yet but has been a friend of mine for many years. He's not really "into" Disney, he likes checking out their films and all but he's not head over heels about it or anything. I've asked him recently if he was ever going to take a trip to either DL or WDW. When he replies he calls DL "Dizzyland" and WDW "Dizzyworld". I asked if he hated the idea of the parks. He said no "I might like to go someday just to see what they're like, no big thing." Again I think it might be lack of "whimsy".

Of everybody I've ever met who love the Disney parks I've run into two types. The first type just love the parks for the rides and all, they think Disney parks are great and thinks of the thrills they get on the rides but nothing else, very down to earth. The second type are all like me: they are poetic types. They are very starryeyed people. They love poetry and fairy tales and beautiful music and romantic movies and musicals. They can't get enough of Disney parks because the parks to them are a dream come true. This is probably the "whimsy" Carol is referring to, it's in their nature. I am one of those.


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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 8:46 am/pm Quote

I didn't think anyone could not LOVE WDW!
They don't know what they are missing. There is something for everyone; quiet relaxation, exciting thrills rides, water parks. Where else can you find it all in one resort.
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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 9:37 am/pm Quote

I thought of someone else who went to WDW, a former immediate supervisor of Rich's.  Y'know sometimes at WDW/Orlando there are professional conferences and Rich and I and some of who Rich works with went to the conference that year as well.  The conference was mainly at Swan and Dolphin hotels.  Anyway, this former immediate supervisor was divorced, had a nearly grown daughter (college age) at the time and the idea of stepping foot into any of the theme parks or water parks would make this person gag.  He's 100% adult and doesn't want to be around the kiddies.  But in off hours from participating in the conference he found rental sailboats and this man lives next to the water anyway at home, loves sailing in his off hours from work, so that's what he did.  He rented a sailboat and went out on lakes and bays and had a great time unwinding from the conference, taking in that sort of freedom and solitude and peace that only sailing can do for people.  

People forget it isn't always necessary to enter the parks to have a good time at WDW.

Of the examples I gave family #2 who lives in the Northeast and likes quieter vacations had stayed at the Polynesian, this was in the early '90s.   Their tip to pass along to others:  When they'd return to the resort for that midday swim/nap/siesta resting time, that's when they'd take their baths/showers for the day instead of at bedtime or first thing in the morning.  And the wife of the family had this to say, happened to be for WDW's 25th Anniversary year:  For 25 years old the place is certainly well-preserved (they admired how well maintained it seemed).  That was it.  They have been there, done that and moved on.  

Anyone else know anyone who went to a Disney theme park anywhere in the world and didn't care much for it?


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Posted: Sep. 15, 2003 9:54 am/pm Quote

There was this trip report, I think on Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.disney.parks.  It was written by a couple, no children, who had apparently asked the newsgroup for a lot of help in planning what to do and see at WDW.  The couple returned from the trip and wrote and posted their trip report.  Read this several years ago.  The "gist" version is that this couple tried the first day or two to incorporate every bit of advice and tour planning and noticing the little details that go into the design of WDW.  And after the first day or two the husband of the couple began finding excuses to stay in their resort room to watch sports on cable TV, and a day after or so the wife started joining him there.  They had tried to follow all the tips and recommendations, but they were coming to the conclusion that nothing about WDW was all that great for them and even noticing little details didn't inject anything but "Oh how about that?" into their trip.  So they posted the obligatory trip report, said it was nothing against the newsgroup because through the newsgroup's point of view WDW was fun and filled with little details to be cherished, but for them it just wasn't working out and thanked everyone very very much for their kindnesses in assisting them with trip planning in so friendly a way.  I didn't read any of their threads leading up to the trip, as a late-comer, but from the way things were worded in the trip report the impression was the couple relied heavily on the newsgroup for advice.  One of those "Oh well...." kind of moments, I guess.

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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 12:25 am/pm Quote

That's amazing Carol. I just find it mindblowing that anyone could feel that way about WDW. It's their taste and all but it still amazes me. :o

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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 2:19 am/pm Quote

Wow!  Someone who doesn't like disney world.  Are there really people in the world like that?  Thank God that there are people out there that still know how to have fun and live out their inner child.  As far as sitting in your resort room and watching tv, if I ever did that, I should be on the 5th floor of the hospital, not at Disney.  YEAH DISNEY!!!  See ya in April!!! :rock:

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Posted: Sep. 17, 2003 3:26 am/pm Quote

I moved these messages out of the off-topic area and into the general Disney forum because it is about all Disney theme parks (and people's reaction to them) and is certainly on-topic.
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