I love to travel. Like most people, I have a wish list of places that I want to see and things that I want to do. The top items on my wish list are all related to Disney. I’d love to cruise on every ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. I want to visit every Disney Park on the planet. I want to relax in Hawaii at Aulani. Unless I win the lottery (which I don’t even play) the chances of these things all happening are pretty low. Still, it’s fun to dream.
I’ve had people ask me why I want to keep taking vacations that revolve around Disney. The answer is both simple and complicated. With Disney, I know what to expect. I will receive superior customer service. If there is a problem, my complaint will be taken seriously. There will be friendly people who will go out of their way to make sure that we have a great experience. The food is wonderful, the experience is even better. Disney allows me to be a kid again.
A few months ago my family and I went to the Bahamas. It was a trip that was sponsored by my husband’s work. We had a really nice time. There were some great employees at the resort. We also had to deal with lousy housekeeping. The vegetarian options were lacking protein, and vegan was even worse. There also wasn’t all that much to do. We hit the beach and went shopping. The resort was all inclusive, including alcohol. We don’t drink, so we mostly stayed away from the lobby once the sun went down. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great vacation, but it wasn’t Disney.
It’s easy to think that I might go a little overboard when it comes to Disney since I live in the Orlando area. I also realize that I’ve been able to enjoy some extras because of my work as a Senior Writer with Disney Dining. But that hasn’t always been the case. There was a time before we lived here when my family and I would scrimp and save in order to be able to afford a trip to Walt Disney World. Currently we’re in the beginning stages of planning another Disney cruise. We’re not rich by any means. I’m willing to make sacrifices elsewhere, in order to be able to make memories with Disney. I do understand.
One of the reasons why Disney is always going to be my top pick is because of the overall experience. I can get in line to meet characters, and no one looks at me like I’m too old. I have never had any Cast Member say anything negative to me about my being vegetarian, in fact they will usually go out of their way for me. If I want to ride a “kids’ ride” such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, no one thinks twice about it. Some of the best small talk conversations that I’ve ever had have been with Cast Members. I know there are some bad apples in the bunch, but I’ve also encountered some truly remarkable people who work for Disney.
I’m not saying that every vacation that I take for the rest of my life will be Disney related. But there is nothing wrong with the ones that are. If you return to Walt Disney World over and over again, or if you like to experience different Disney related travel across the globe, that’s fantastic. Life is about experiences, and Disney makes sure that we have the experiences of a lifetime. (I know that sentence is corny, but it sounded good as I was typing it…)