/ Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Editor’s Note: Please join me in welcoming Kendall Foreman as a blog writer for WDW Radio.  Kendall will be addressing a topic so many of us face as Disney enthusiasts: how to convince the “Disney Doubters” about the joy of Walt Disney World!  Welcome, Kendall!

by Kendall Foreman

“Kendall, it’s your turn.”

In response, I stood up and walked to the center of a circle of enthusiastic, waiting classmates.  While I had always been a bit timid in large groups, that day I felt confident and excited to share what I had brought for show and tell.  As soon as I reached the designated spot for sharing, I very proudly held up my prized possession: my pink Minnie Mouse ears.  As I held them, I told of my family’s recent, first trip to Walt Disney World.  Though some had already been there, it seemed that my fellow students were captivated and eager to listen to the tale of our adventure.  Perhaps that is because at some point most, if not all of us, had dared to hope that we would be lucky enough to go or return to the most magical place on earth.

With each subsequent vacation, my eagerness to share the details about all the new and exciting things I had experienced with my family grew.  However, as I got older, the enthusiasm of those listening diminished.  They wondered why I still found enjoyment in traveling to a place they believed to be for children.  In time, some even went so far as to tell me that I had not grown up or that my tastes and interests had not matured.  With age, they had become skeptics.  They were convinced that Walt Disney World had nothing to offer them.  I, however, knew then—just as I know now—it has much, much more.  Over the years, my family and I had discovered the most amazing and unique quality of Walt Disney World—its ability to appeal to all ages, palates, and preferences.  I am convinced that something Walt Disney once said of his beloved Disneyland also applies to Disney World, “Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone.”  Walt Disney World was designed, and continues to be expanded upon, by Imagineers intent upon maintaining and ever-increasing its broad appeal to anyone and everyone.  Furthermore, I believe that those who have lost or never found their desire to visit Disney World are merely unaware of all the possibilities that await them.  With this blog, I intend to shed light on the many opportunities that await the Disney Skeptic.

Each month, I will feature a reason people frequently give for questioning whether or not Walt Disney World is for them.  Some have told me, “I prefer places with more culture.”  Others have said, “I like the great outdoors.”  Many have shared, “I want a romantic getaway.”  Utilizing this blog, I plan to address these and other issues skeptics raise when assuming Walt Disney World lacks what they seek.  By making use of four specific categories, I will endeavor to direct doubters to activities and locations that will entice, interest, and excite these individuals.  The categories are as follows:

  1. Included with Admission (e.g. attractions, shows, shops, displays, etc.)
  2. Where to Stay
  3. What to Eat
  4. Something Extra (additional cost activities)

Readers, I am asking you to direct your skeptical friends to my posts so they can see there is “More to the World” than just kiddie rides, hot dogs and endlessly long lines.  In next week’s post I will be featuring “More to the World for a Culture Lover”.

If you have been confronted by a skeptic’s assumptions, excuses and or misgivings, I invite you—Disney loyalists—to leave topic recommendations in the comments section below.

Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband.  As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7)  Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)



8 thoughts on “More to the World for a Disney Skeptic”

  1. KJay says:

    Excellent topic for a column! I look forward to reading more.

  2. Nancy says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to read more! Thanks for sharing, Kendall!

  3. James Malin says:

    Welcome, lets be honest here. Walt Disney World has so much to offer that you don’t even need to step foot inside of a Themepark. I have recently booked to stay at Port Orleans Riverside and I’m highly impressed by all the recreational activities on offer. And not all of these things are instantly aimed at the kids. Then you have the opportunity to enjoy the dining, tours and so much else which are not on the priority list of most families. Looking forward to your suggestions. And people should take note that Food & Wine is certainly marketed towards the grown up audience.

  4. Fran Cassano says:

    Welcome, Kendall!!! Love this topic. Wish you were around while we planned our Disney Wedding, LOL. Looking forward to more.

    : ) Fran

  5. What a great blog idea! We can all relate! I can’t wait to read more! Welcome to our blog family!

  6. Kendall, I could not agree with you more. I am a 66 year old Peter Pan. If that means never growing up than so be it. As a DVC member I travel to WDW 3 times a year from New Hampshire. My wife and I find new things to do on every trip. In March I am taking a 63 year old life long friend with me for the second time. He has been converted. Enough said.
    George J McNeil

  7. Daniel says:

    This sounds like a great series! I can’t wait to share it with my non-Disney friends.

  8. Kathy Kelly says:

    Hi Kendall! Welcome to the WDW Radio Family!