Anyone that knows me knows that I eat, breathe and live Disney. I may not be there as much as I would like, but my heart is there every day! There are not too many days that I don’t have something Disney with me; earrings, bracelet, scarf, pin, picture, screen saver, etc. All someone has to do is say something about Disney, Mickey, Pooh and off I go on a tangent – my eyes sparkling with excitement! I know, one of these days I will grow up, but WHY!?
We have some friends that, GASP – have not been to Walt Disney World! He went once in 1976 and his wife – never! I really didn’t know people like this were around, but alas there are. After a short weekend vacation with them last fall the subject of Walt Disney World came up and they showed interest in going with us in the fall for the Food & Wine Festival. YAY! I could hardly contain my excitement! But I have to corral my enthusiasm somewhat. After all, they are not children (yet!) that automatically get the magic and excitement of seeing Mickey and gang.
Where to start! First thing was the time of year. The first week of November works for all of us – check – that is done! Next is the amount of time. This is where it gets sticky, but we are working thru that now. They can only be gone 2 days + the weekend and for us – maybe 3-4 days + a weekend. In past trips I found a 3 day trip works best for first timers – it is enough to get them excited and whet their appetite for WDW, but not so much that it is overwhelming. Remember – baby steps!
Over the next months, we will need to finalize the number of days, where we will stay and how we will get there. To me, these are the 3 most critical things to figure out. Things like type of passes, what we will do, what we need to pack, how to handle food will be easier and fun at the same time.
To get our friends ready, I have decided that once a week (maybe every 2 weeks) I will send them a text with; “Did you know……………………..”, which will include tidbits of Disney that will help them understand the magic Walt Disney has to offer.
Have you ever taken first-timers to Walt Disney World? Was there something you did to help build the excitement and get them involved in the planning?
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.