I think if I were going to star in my own reality TV show, the title would be something like, "Mickey Mouse Maniacs: How far some people are willing to go to visit Walt Disney World as many times as humanly possible".
Wait, don't go... I'm normal I promise!
But daaaaaaaamn people. I really am obsessed with Orlando vacations. I think if it came down to "eat this month" or "book a Disney trip"? It would be a difficult decision for me.
And probably my ultimate decision would be, I can totally subsist on Cup of Soup for a month! IT'S WORTH IT!
I also have a very real tendency to make Disney fanatics of the people around me. For example: my best friend in college had never been to Disney. After much persuading, I convinced her to book a last minute spring break trip with me March of our Junior year. By day two she was completely and totally obsessed with The Mouse. We were up at 6:00 a.m., hitting 3 parks a day and then playing Disney Trivial Pursuit in our room until midnight (don't judge me). We took tons of pictures and then came home and made scrapbooks of our trip.
Five months later my family went to Disney and I brought an extremely excited Jenn along.
That's correct. She went from Disney Novice to Frequent Traveler in just five short months.
Cut to 2008. This year for my birthday in January, Nick took me to Disney for a week. (Best. Boyfriend. Ever.) He'd been to Disney a few times as a kid and liked it, but didn't love it. We had a really, really fantastic time on our trip. Eight months later we planned a ten day trip there with my parents. Less than three months after THAT trip? We just booked another trip for early February.
Annnnnnd we're kind of hoping to go back next September too.
(If you're still here, I'm impressed. And possibly grateful.)
You know quite honestly? I'm kind of ok with being a freak for being so damn into it. Say what you will but it's the one place where every single time I go, I have a fantastic time from start to finish. I've never had a bad Disney trip, and I kind of doubt I ever will. I swear just landing in Orlando energizes me. Driving past the "Welcome to Walt Disney World" puts a smile on my face. (cue sappy music)
I think Disney has a lot of nostalgia for me because I've been going there on family vacations since I was 7 years old. My mom is at least as into it as I am, and for me, as corny as it sounds, going there almost feels like going to a second home for me. Everywhere I turn there are fun family vacation memories, and that's kind of cool.
It's also a great place for making new memories with people you care about. Nick is the perfect person for me to go to Disney with, because he gets there and just wants to act like a big kid and have as much fun as possible. He'll go on every ride, watch every show, hit the pool 3 times a day and then happily shop with me until the stores start to close.
Next trip is 2/06/08... let the countdown begin. :)
Does anyone else want to own up to being a Disney fan? I'm curious. And if you're NOT into it... have you actually ever been?