Friday, March 16, 2012

Explaining the Magic

Yesterday, while talking to some of my coworkers, the topic turned to my "odd obsession" with Disney.  One person even asked why my husband hasn't done an intervention.  Sometimes I find it difficult to explain to people about magic and happiness that happens only at my happy place. 
Happy on Dumbo - 1/11
As much as I love discussing Disney - trivia, history, planning, etc..., sometimes it's difficult to convey the experience to people that have either a) never experienced the magic or b) have enjoyed the parks and simply never appreciated the true magic that it has to offer. 
This kind of joy - Animal Kingdom
That's why yesterday I had to ask my readers on the facebook page - what they do in similar situations.  I wanted to share some of the answers with you here and I would love if you add your own comments!  

I asked this question to my readers: "I understand that many people don't get get the Disney thing, but what do you do when they're mocking it?"

Here are some of the answers:

  •  Absolutely nothing...except feel sorry for them for missing out and know that they can't have much magic in their lives if they're being cruel. 
  • I hate when people mock Disney. Most often it's the people that have never been that have the most to say. I always try to educate first - explain why I love it so much. The history, the magic, etc. 
  • I feel sad for them. 
  • Typically I laugh and say, well I'm sorry you don't like it. We love it and my child will enjoy it too. Its fun and you can go off and do what you want, I don't make fun of your boring vacation, don't make fun of my FUN vacation! 
  • I can honestly say that most of the people I talk to get it. They all love Disney and understand my love. The people that don't, well, I really do feel sorry for them. 
  • We get that all the time and I just say each to their own and that its the only place on earth where husband and I feel so happy all day every day and we can fully relax and take in all the pixiedust. 
  • I ignore them because usually it is people who have never been who act "too cool" and I just don't have the patience for it 
  •  I whack them with a frying pan!! Haha, not really. I just don't say much because I dont want to start an argument :) 
  •  if it's another mother that rolls her eyes about how she supposes she will have to take her kids eventually I just want to hug their child!! But to each their own, I suppose! 
  • I think, "shorter lines for me!" 
One of my favorite comments about this is from a Samantha Brown Disney special -
She said she was walking around the Campgrounds and talked to a man who was driving an very  fancy RV.  With the money to afford one of those, you can assume he could have easily afforded to travel somewhere else.  But, why did he come to Walt Disney World?

"It's the only place I'm guaranteed a good time."

And, in the words of Walt Disney:
To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America... with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

This blog post written while listening to Disney radio :)


  1. I usually tell them they just don't understand. When you Drive through that "Walt Disney World" Sign my heart skips a beat, and there's just no way to be unhappy. It's no wonder so many Make A Wish kids want to go there, even if you are sick, it seems to temporarily disappear while at Disney. For Christmas my mom even gave me a picture frame I had been looking at for a long time, it says "I can still remember the magic of our first visit to Walt Disney World. When we got there, we rode a real monorail to the Magic Kingdom, where we first met Mickey and the Gang. I can still recall the smells of popcorn and cotton candy as we walked down Main Street, U.S.A. And there it was as the end of the street - Cinderella Castle". As many time I've I've been to Disney I STILL cry when we round that corner and see the castle in front of me. One of my favorite parts of the whole thing is staying at a Disney Hotel, and getting on the bus in morning, and watching the excitement and the kids just so happy and hyper, and wondering what Magic the day is going to hold. Disney is Pure Magic, My hubby and I spent our Honey Moon in Disney, and neither of us can wait for our little guys first birthday, we already have it planned, that his first birthday will be celebrated at Disney World!

  2. It's amazing that there are people out there that are "anti-Disney". I don't get it. Seems like they had an unhappy childhood or against being happy. I always tell them that I love going to Disneyland because it makes me feel like I'm 8 again. Going back to that innocent youth is priceless.

  3. I love this post and I'm glad I was able to contribute! I try to let comments go from the Disney haters, but I always try to covert them instead of dropping it! You can't make everyone happy, but I always try!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point