/ Sunday, August 14th, 2011

WDW Radio is pleased to introduce Brian Vasil as a new writer for the blog. Brian has been Disney-obsessed since his first visit to WDW in 1971 (he was only 3 months old…and has visited 100+ times since then). He’s been known for leaving hidden Mickeys in the place settings at his wedding, always choosing the “Desert” ending at Horizons, and weeping at the end of “Wishes” (it gets dusty…). He lives in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife Mindy and daughter Brianna. Please join us in welcoming Brian!

Those Who Get It…and those who Marry Them – Surviving the Disney-Addicted Spouse

by Brian Vasil

AKA: “I’m Not Naming Our Child After an Imagineer – A Spouse’s Survival Guide”

AKA: “Our Wedding Song was ‘Hakuna Matata’ – Confessions of a Disney Spouse”

AKA: “The WED in ‘I, thee wed’ Doesn’t Stand for Walter Elias Disney – I Married the Disney Obsessed”

AKA: “I Hope We Never Lose Sight of One Thing… It All Started With a Spouse – A Disney Spouse Survival Guide”

Maybe you’ve been there…

Sitting up late at night with a laptop… secretly planning a trip to Europe for your anniversary…hoping against hope that your spouse won’t come back with the standard “They have all of that at EPCOT” line again.
Making sure that you don’t put a saucer AND a salad plate at the table because you know that your significant other will arrange his place setting into the iconic classic Mickey.
Discovering that your spouse knows more about the history of the Peoplemover than she does about your side of the family.
Dreading when it starts to get cloudy…because your spouse will undoubtedly say “…and it rained…and rained…and rained…”
Hearing your spouse make ADR’s at every opportunity. (Not Advanced Dining Reservations…but Another Disney Reference)
Sound like you?
If so…You’ve married a hardcore Disney fanatic and you feel alone. So very very alone.
Take heart! There are many out there who share your experiences! For the next several weeks here on the blog, join me for a journey through the minds of those who are married to the Disney addicted. We will provide a “survival guide” of sorts through a series of interviews with those who are in the same monorail with you… starting with our own Deanna Mongello!
I understand that a Disney-fanatic writing about spouses of the Disney addicted is like a man describing the intense pain of childbirth… but I promise that I’ll do my best to shed some light on coping (or at least understanding) our need to live with one foot in the real world, and the other on Main Street at all times.



14 thoughts on “Those Who Get It…and those who Marry Them – Surviving the Disney-Addicted Spouse”

  1. Joey H says:

    I very much enjoyed this and look forward to the following posts. I am not married but my plan is to find my wife at WDW so I don’t have to worry about torturing them with my geekiness. Plus I have a lot of WDW memorabilia that will need at least one room in the house. I need someone who will allow that.

  2. Jim O. says:

    Can’t wait to read more! Even though we are a Disney loving house, my wife and kids have to put up with me and my Disney addiction.

  3. Stacie says:

    I’m not married but some of these certainly apply to Friends of the Disney-Addict. How about always getting “that looking” when you enthusiastically try to convince your friends and family that the Carousel of Progress is a non-negogiable MUST SEE on every Disney trip.

    Looking forward to reading more from Brian!

  4. Kelly says:

    I e-mailed this link to my DH immediately! I think he might need a lil support community of his own! πŸ˜‰

  5. Emma G says:

    Looking forward to this series. I knew I’d found my Prince Charming 10 years ago when he fell in love with me and Walt πŸ˜‰

  6. Justin A. says:

    I will have to tell my wife every time there is a new post so she can get me even more cause she wont read these on her own.

  7. chrissy&tayen says:

    i cant wait to hear more πŸ™‚

  8. Jeff says:

    Welcome sounds like a very interesting topic! 😯

  9. Sandy says:

    My poor hubby is married to a serious Disney addict. I admit it… My name is Sandy and I LOVE Disney! It’s been 2 days since our last family trip there and I can’t wait till we go again!
    Looking forward to reading your blog!

  10. Sabrena says:

    How wonderful for an on-line forum where I can connect with others who know my pain. I, too, have a DAS. It’s not that we only live a mere 3 1/2 hours away in North Florida and have to spend every vacation there. It’s the stacks and stacks of books about Walt, Roy, their third half cousin twice removed. It’s the full Tivo Machine with every documentary, travel commentary and/or interview show about anything Disney related. It’s the art on my walls that feature Mickey, Minnie, Pooh, and Tigger. It’s the memberships to DVC, D23, and every on-line Disney website. It is sad that I will never get to enjoy retirement someday. I have accepted the fact that when my daughter leaves for college, I will spend my twilight years standing at an exit gate wearing a great big white glove and waving goodbye to people. My husband is hoping to get his dream assignment as a Cast Member, – the Carousel of Progress.

  11. Katie says:

    As a single woman I can’t relate and I agree with Joey H. I can only hope I’ll meet someone who gets it! and gets that there’s a whole lot more to my personality/interests as well!

  12. Dana says:

    I am currently dating an anti-mouse…but I am finally dragging him to WDW in October (bribing him with food and wine). I have clearly explained to him that our relationship will not work without Disney in our lives and that I must have my yearly fix, or else. Maybe this blog will help him a bit. Keep it coming!

  13. scott quaile says:

    so funny,… it rained and rained and rained, yes but i must always add ” the deluge” proper cadence is important.

  14. Tim says:

    I am married to a DWA (Disney World Addict). She is also a Graduate of Disney Walt Disney World Agent Program,
    a Graduate of Disney Cruise Line Agent Program, and a Graduate of Disney College of Knowledge. She is a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. I NEED a support group. Our doorbell plays “It’s a Small World.” Her car has Mickey ears…her license plate contains the word “Disney.” Wherever we go, we have to find the nearest Disney store. She sees Hidden Mickeys in the yard, when clearly all that is there are three leaf clovers….HELP!