The problems of touring with a disney fanatic

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The problems of touring with a disney fanatic

So I've posted before about the highs and lows of touring the parks with a first timer, but what about the flip side.... What are the highs and lows of touring with a disney fanatic....... For example.....

High: They know where everything is
Low: they won't stop telling me where everything is

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One of the lows could be that the fanatic might persuade the rookie from doing certain attractions. For example, the rookie wants to do Captain EO but the fanatic talks them out of it because they personally don't like it. Therefore the rookie may not get to experience everything they want because the fanatic doesn't want to do it again.
A high would be the fanatic would know good times to visit the parks and when to do certain attractions.

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High: The fanatic will know which attractions are the best use of FP+
Low: The fanatic may feel pressured to keep a certain pace to do every single thing and their companion may just prefer the pool!

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Pro-The fanatic criss-crosses the park hitting all his favorite attractions and knows how to get more done.

Con- The fanatic doesn't just stop and look around and enjoy the moment and soak up the magic.

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Pro - the fanatic has a wealth of information about touring the parks & Disney history that they're willing to share

Con - the fanatic may not remember or even realize that not everyone wants or feels the need to plan every minute so they can do as much as humanly possible/ride BTMRR five times etc. or that everyone isn't interested interested in the history of Disney so the fanatic sets & keeps a commando pace, making everyone get up at 6am so they can arrive at the park of the day an hour before rope drop etc. & wont shut up about Disney history & trivia when all the newbie wants to do is sleep in, have a nice breakfast at the food court & leisurely wander Downtown Disney shopping & taking breaks when they feel like it without getting lectured on the importance of rope drop, Disney history, how fastpass has changed etc.

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I love yours reveal sounds like a fanatic has ground you down

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Can't think of any cons as my travel partner ( commonly known as my DW ) is just as obsessed as me . yay

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designedbydisney wrote:
I love yours reveal sounds like a fanatic has ground you down

Actually I'm a borderline fanatic & have to remind myself to not get too crazy when I have people traveling with me.

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Pro - Fanatic know all the words to all the songs (including the rides, parades etc) oh and also some dance moves

Con - see above!!!!!

have to give my mam credit for this one she came up with it because as much as she loves Disney just as much as I do I think she would enjoy it much better without the 24 year old next to hear bursting out into song (not even necessarily at the right times eg. singing it's a great big beautiful tomorrow when nowhere near carousel of progress!)

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Well there is no doubt that I am 100% Disney daft...Then my DW sits about 75%.. And my DS probably 50%.. However we all have our own say on various stuff when we are touring the parks...But I wouldn't call any of us professional as we are still learning new stuff on every visit...Sometimes my DW will surprise me with a slice of her knowledge, then my DS will pick up on something that we haven't noticed before in the parks...It all makes it more interesting.. awesome

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The Colonel wrote:

Con- The fanatic doesn't just stop and look around and enjoy the moment and soak up the magic.

This is something I really need to work on. This trip I have told myself I must sit back and relax, take things at a leisurely place and really enjoy our vacation in our favorite place.

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Pro - The person has a boat load of Disney knowledge and knows how to properly plan and not make the rookie mistakes of a first time visitor like arriving to the parks in the afternoon when its crowded and the lines are long, not knowing FP+, ADRs and going during the extremely busy times of year.

Con - Ride selection and in park activities are subjective. What a planner may think is a must-do, another may find lame (i.e. Soarin', Peter Pan's Flight, parades or even character meet and greets.) and vice versa. Restaurants are also subjective. The pro may not understand the preferences of cuisines for the rest of the party or may book a character meal for the "experience" when a person in the party wants nothing to do with characters.

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Mrferret wrote:
Can't think of any cons as my travel partner ( commonly known as my DW ) is just as obsessed as me . yay

nice save! awesome

We have friends that are REALLy Disney Fanatics so when they knew we were taking newbie friends she gave me a check list of tours to do. I thanked her but also pointed out that they don't even know what three parks look like (and we have F&W in there), so maybe for this one we would do the introduction of the parks without killing ourselves.

Maybe next time. Since we only go every two years, I don't thinks riding the same rides is too much because on the average, I do it once in 730 days+.

But I love knowing the details.

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Con - Ride selection and in park activities are subjective. What a planner may think is a must-do, another may find lame (i.e. Soarin', Peter Pan's Flight, parades or even character meet and greets.) and vice versa. Restaurants are also subjective. The pro may not understand the preferences of cuisines for the rest of the party or may book a character meal for the "experience" when a person in the party wants nothing to do with characters.

I can relate to this! My less experienced friend was definitely lukewarm about a lot of the things - actually most things we did - she simply said "that was cute" in response to things like Festival of the Lion King, the Beauty and the Beast show, Haunted Mansion, Carousel of Progress, One Mans Dream, the Muppets etc. I was thinking a stronger adjective than that, but we all have our perspectives!

I do realize that I view the Disney experience differently than she does - I do not "visit" but feel a stronger tie there. I do know that she had fun in her own way.

But I had to hold back from reacting in horror to "cute!"

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my biggest fear is our first timer won't love it and it's like my home.

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One of my problems is that I know a lot of the facts that so many folks over look like the sewage system in Liberty Square.