by Chris Fox
My friends and I had been planning this trip to Disney for months. Some had never been, and hadn’t been since they were really young so we decided to make use of my sister-in-law’s military discounts to make the trip to Disney more affordable for us.
Then, the other day, she dropped what can only be described as “The Biggest Bomb Ever.” She was backing out of the trip – which basically means no one would be going because nobody could really afford it without her discounts.
What follows were my reactions to being told the news as my world was crashing around me:
1) Denial – “She’s joking right? She can’t be serious. She better not be serious. This is not a joking matter. This is Disney. She can’t back out of Disney. Nobody backs out of going to Disney. You decide to go – then you go. No, we’re going.”
2) Anger – “How dare she back out! What is this nonsense about not wanting to miss class? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s Disney World for crying out loud!
3) Bargaining – “Come on. We’ll go to Epcot, that’s like learning. And Animal Kingdom – you can learn there too. How important is your college career really? What’s a lower GPA compared to missing Disney?
4) Depression – “I don’t know what I’ll do if we don’t go. I won’t get any Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom cards. I won’t get to ride the new Dumbo. I’m going to drown my sorrows with Disney music – but it can’t be park music, it’s too depressing right now.
5) Acceptance – …Bump that! I’m not accepting not going to Disney! We’ll reschedule. We’ll sell kidneys. We will make this happen. I’ll get down to Disney if I have to hitchhike like a ghost (“Excuse me, sir, I see that there’s room for one more in your car”).
Has this ever happened to you? How did you react?
Chris grew up watching Disney movies and going to Disney World and he can’t wait to start doing those same things with his, now, one year old daughter. He loves finding new ways to enjoy trips to Disney and sharing them here.