“I don’t know why you go every year. What’s the point? Isn’t Disney World better?”
“You have no idea what you are missing. Walt actually walked through Disneyland. The quaint, touristy feel of Disneyland can’t be recreated at Disney World. There’s Toon Town and Mr. Toad, it’s a small world is partially outside, then there’s the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Indiana Jones and Radiator Springs. How can there be so much that you don’t know? You don’t know…”
I don’t even how many times we’ve been to Disney World together. My husband Kyle just does not understand the point of my annual pilgrimage to Disneyland. Aside from activities surrounding Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend, he is quite the skeptic. Yes, he is a fan of Disney Parks, in fact, he too is a WDW Fan Zone writer. His tune changed when I found a super cheap plane ticket to Los Angeles. I sent him a text message with the ticket price. Before I could put my phone down, his reply asked why I hadn’t purchased it already. I asked him later if his excitement was because we hadn’t been away together, sans children, in quite some time, or if he was excited to go to Disneyland. He didn’t give me a direct answer, but a wife always knows. I think he is excited to go to Disneyland for the first time.
There are not very many times when I have the pleasure of taking a newbie to the parks, but it is one of the best feelings ever. You look at things differently when you are there with someone who hasn’t been to there before. It will be great to see what comparisons and contrasts he makes between Florida and California. Will he like the idea of riding ART to and from the parks? What will he think about staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel vs. an on property Disney resort? I am certain the queue waits will be filled with questions, comparisons and ‘what ifs’, amid a few winks, hugs, and flirts. This is going to be the best trip ever.
Right now, he thinks that he will be enjoying runDisney events, and getting to take pictures with Marvel characters that aren’t seen at Disney World. (He takes soooo many pictures!) He’s hoping to ride Mission: BREAKOUT! a million times, ride Soarin’ and check out Indiana Jones. Unfortunately for me, he isn’t a foodie, so the promise of a corn dog or dinner at Plaza Inn won’t lure him away from the action. He isn’t participating in any of the races, so he’ll be up late catching all of the night shows while I sleep. He says that he will wait with me at the start lines and cheer me on at each finish. That may be the most exciting part of the trip.
I have a few surprises in store for him. I’d tell you, but I’m afraid he might read this post and spoil the fun. Check back after our trip for details. I bet he’ll post something about the trip, too. There will be opportunities that weekend to convert my Disney World die hard to a Disneyland fan. I just hope that this doesn’t mean he has to go with me EVERY year.