I am sure if you are a fan of all things Disney, you have been asked “that” question. Why are you going to Walt Disney World again? I know I got that question quite a bit when I lived up North. It got worse when I said I was moving to Orlando to be closer to the parks. So what was it about Disney that made you become a Disney fan?
I became a big Disney fan later than most people. In fact, for years I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland! Finally after several sad events in our family, my sister insisted on a family vacation at Walt Disney World. I did not want to go at all but went because it was family. I truly thought they must put something in the water for everyone to have such a wonderful time. It took a few days and I slowly warmed up to the parks. I realized that WDW is not your typical theme park. It was a place to truly escape from the world. We stayed at Caribbean Beach and I think the beautiful landscaping there got me thinking about moving to Florida. My family has created some wonderful priceless memories in the years since we started going to WDW. Now I get to watch my grandchildren grow their love of all things Disney.
I decided to ask my friends on Facebook what got them hooked on Disney. I am surrounded now by people who get my passion for the parks. I was surprised at some of the responses I got.
Stephen M. said, “I used to sit and watch World of Disney and various Disney movies with my Grandmother when I was very young.” Many people said watching the movies made them lifelong Disney fans.
John S. said, “I watched the Original Mickey Mouse Club and was in love with Annette and love to see all the happy people at WDW.”
I can remember watching the Wonderful World of Color when I was younger but it didn’t work its magic on me. In the last few years I have started to watch the Disney Movies like Snow White, Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, etc. I didn’t watch them because they are classic movies but I wanted to see the details that the Disney company used when they built the attractions in the theme parks. Once I watched the movies I appreciated all the details in the attractions. That is what hooked me when I first started coming to WDW was the attention to detail.
Julie P. mentioned, ” The feeling that when I enter the Disney bubble that nothing else matters. At least for that week I’m there.”
Richard P. said ” Growing up in the UK in the 70s a visit to Disney World was a dream, and I’m lucky enough to have been able to visit with my own family. Well worth every penny saved to make it come true. I know that many of my friends live a budget lifestyle all year so they can afford to visit Walt Disney World often. They are always looking for ways to save money by booking with a discount, or money saving tips.”
For me and many others the memories they were able to make with family and friends is what brings them back to the theme parks time and time again. I get to see some of these Disney fans more often than I get to see far away family.
I have been able to visit Walt Disney World for all the major holidays and seasons. For me it truly is a magical place no matter the season. I would rather sweat in the heat than slog through slush and snow up North. What made you become a Disney fan? See you in the parks!
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