My husband and I like to travel. We pick places that seem cool, and I do a lot of finagling to figure out cheap but interesting places to stay and how to get around and how to speak the local language if necessary and so on, and we go and explore and have a great time. Right now I know we both really want to go to Italy (he's been but I haven't), Ireland (I've been but he hasn't), Spain, and Mendocino, CA.
But I really really want to go to Disney World.
I never got to go. He went as a kid and lived in Florida when he was going to grad school and hates everything about Disney. The commercialism, the fakeness, the hordes of children, the entire state of Florida, etc. He would shoot himself before agreeing to go to Disney for a vacation.
I grew up in a trailer park and my only family vacations were to medieval re-enactments where we slept in a tent in a field for two weeks. I love exploring places off the beaten path and staying in a room in somebody's house in the Mission District or hiking a mile to stay in a treehouse or sleeping on a futon and rice pillow in a ryokan in a village where nobody speaks English. I like eating in kitschy diners and roadside stands and hip downtown bistros. I really do. I would like to be Anthony Bourdain. But I also want to go to Disney.
I want to go where everything is ridonkulously pristine and gleaming and everybody is happy even if they're only contractually obligated to be and everything is uniformly perfect. I want to go to Epcot and see Disneyfied versions of various countries and not sit on my luggage at customs and immigration for two hours to do so. I want to go neatly from the airport to a themed and insanely gaudy hotel where they put a mint and a pair of mouse ears on my pillow, because I will wear the s*** out of those mouse ears.
I want to sit by a pool and have someone bring me pina coladas.
I want to go to Hogwarts (yes, Universal not Disney, but whatever.)
I WANT TO WEAR SPARKLES AND HAVE TEA WITH A PRINCESS.
You're never to old for Disney World! I think you need to explain to him that it's something that you've wanted to do your entire life and it would mean a lot if you could spend a couple days there. He is your husband after all and it's not like you're asking for something absolutely outrageous.
If all else fails, grab a girlfriend, fly down to Flrodia and go on a girlz only Disney World Binge!
I had fun when i went (as an adult; never went as a kid) but got seriously turned off when they started doing fingerprint scans at the entrance. Haven't been back since (though i still wistfully yearn to stay at the grand floridian...)
Gravity works, and the laws of physics are a bitch.
URGH. I used to work for the company that INVENTED the fingerprint scanning machines they use to scan your fingers at the entrance. Talk about removing the magic from the kingdom! My friend writes the miceage blog (http://micechat.com/miceage-wp/) and he still LOVES Disney, though!
You should go. Disney World is one of my favorite places ever. I went twice as a kid and we stayed at Ft. Wilderness campground. Many good memories from that trip...riding the then new Space Mountain..I love rollercoasters.
Went back shortly after we were married (27 years ago) and stayed in a cheap motel off the resort. Still had fun but not as much as staying in the Disney theme hotels.
We went in 2004 last time and stayed at the Wilderness Lodge. They have a bunch of them with different themes and they are all so much fun. Just meals were hysterical as the waiters were like actors and God help You if your cell phone rang at the table. They shout out in the dining area for everyone to shut up with this lady is on the phone.
Anyway, there are several different theme parks you can easily spend a day exploring...the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM/Hollywood studio, Water parks, etc... I still have dreams sometimes of being at Disney World walking around Epcot Center watching fireworks..we were there at 4th of July 27 years ago. It's truly a magical place and even adults love it. I'd go again in a heartbeat if I could afford to!
That's gives me an idea...maybe we'll have to go again.
Take me, take me! Make sure you stay on property for the full experience! There are deals to be had, we always went in August when the prices dropped and it was hot, hot, hot. I don't mind the heat, the parks are open late. We always had a blast!
I always say, Disney is just something you got to do.... at least once. There are so many clever little things around the parks that are just amazing (not just mickey mouse or princesses). I remember I was thoroughly entertained at this place (can't remember which theme park) that they made little water balls to jump up into the air, made an arch, and somehow landed into another hole on the ground. Very interesting. It wasn't even an "attraction". And the ride at Circle of Life at Animal Kingdom, not to mention all the amazing carving? Still give me a goose bump even years later.
The best vacation I ever had was at Disneyworld with my ex, my 2 boys - then 4 and 6, and my parents. Everyone had a ball! I'd go back again in a heartbeat...makes you feel like a kid again and the look of incredulous joy on my boys' faces when they saw Mickey Mouse is one of my most priceless memories!
I've never been and could have written the traveling portion of your post. My family LOVES off the beaten track, and so do I (yes I did travel solo along the Garden Route of South Africa as a woman, felt completely safe, and lived to tell the tale) but Hogwarts is on top of my list right now. Even though I've seen National Parks in Africa, I want to see Animal Kingdom and stay at the hotel there because it looks AMAZING.
In other words, we should both go!!!! I definitely will, as soon as I start saving paychecks.
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Went with exDH and son when son was 5. Then when son was 12. Stayed on the property which was great. Even stayed in a suite as we brought food in - the difference we saved in food helped pay for the room.
But had the most fun without poopy exDH when son and I went looking at colleges when he was 18. You just have to go when no one can hold you back. Yes, grab a girlfriend! Get a COTH trip together! Or somehow convince DH that he must show you the best stuff. Could you promise him something in return?
Any way you do it, make sure you do it the way you want to. Start planning!
PS Best thing? When you go through the gates, you really can leave the mean old world behind...
Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time. Malcolm Forbes
GO! (Okay, I'm a Disney shareholder, I'm biased.) But come on, it's DISNEY WORLD. And now they have Animal Kingdom! REAL ANIMALS! There is nothing wrong with sparkles and princesses! If your DH just will not go, work out a deal where he goes off with his buddies, you go with your friends, and have fun!