Finding the Disney Love

August 30, 2013

Disneyland Dreaming

Since we are currently at the beginning of our first Disneyland trip I thought I would share a post I wrote for another series a while ago. Drew and I agree on a lot of things, but spending lots of time at the Disney Parks wasn’t one of them for a very long time.

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

I have always been a Disney fan. I went with my family as a child, watched Disney movies with my sister until we wore them out, and even asked for a Disney trip for my high school graduation. My husband Drew, not so much. He went a couple of times as a kid too but his love for all things Disney didn’t develop until after we were married.

Our first trip together was in 2001. I hadn’t been to Walt Disney World in four years so I was dying to get back. I convinced him that he we should go so we set off on our first trip together. While we had fun it wasn’t the best Disney vacation. We stayed off property and didn’t have a great plan. Needless to say as much as I wanted for Drew to love it like I did, it just didn’t happen.

In 2004 we were engaged and started planning our wedding for October of 2005. I suggested Disney for our Honeymoon but Drew said he wanted to do something relaxing and running all over the parks just didn’t fit the bill. So we decided on a cruise. It was an amazing Honeymoon and we had lots of fun but there is still a part of me that regrets not being at Walt Disney World during that special time. I knew that if I ever got the chance to get him back there I needed to somehow get him to see the magic like I did.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

I finally got that chance in 2010. One of his friends decided to get married in Orlando. While the wedding wasn’t at Disney they were planning on visiting the parks with the wedding guests in the days that followed. I got to work on planning what I hoped to be an amazing trip. I researched the restaurants, what parks to visit on which day, and found so many blogs and websites to help that I knew this time would be different. And it was. While we were there during spring break, we managed the crowds with ease, saw everything we wanted, and had so much fun. And that trip is when it happened. He finally started to see Walt Disney World they way I had hoped he would.

On the third night of our trip we left Hollywood Studios to head back to the Magic Kingdom to take advantage of the evening extra magic hours. We got there as the parade was about to begin so instead of fighting the crowd we hopped on the train and rode over to the Toon Town station. On the way we decided to grab dinner before hitting the attractions. That is when it happened. In the middle of Fantasyland as we were rushing to Columbia Harbour House before it closed, I saw it. That unmistakable Disney spark in his eye. It was the most magical moment I’ve ever experienced at Disney.


I have to say that after thinking it over, I am really glad things happened they way they did. I learned more about Disney in the process and got the inspiration to start my blog on that trip in 2010. I’m also glad that I got to the one to show him how magical Disney can be. It has given me some of the best memories of my life and now I get to share that with him.

We are now Annual Passholders and as you read this we are spending our second day together in Disneyland. If you have been following the blog you know that we are both really, really excited about this trip. So if you have a partner in crime like mine that just didn’t get it, be patient. Maybe one day when you least expect it they’ll come around. Those moments can’t be planned but when they finally start to see Disney like you do, it will be a dream come true.

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    Dan Heaton
    September 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve seen a similar thing with my wife. We went in 2005 and she had fun because it was her first adult trip, but in 2008 it didn’t seem as exciting for her. We went again with our daughter in 2011, and it’s been different since then. It was her idea to go back the next year, and now she’s the one talking about going in 2014. I can tell it’s more about the kids too. She’s just getting more comfortable with the idea of going there. It’s been great!

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    August 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    While I may never understand how someone can NOT love Disney, I LOVE hearing about the Disney magic converts 😛 What a great story!

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