Sharing Disney ... Or Not

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Sharing Disney ... Or Not

We all have things at Disney that we love more than anything else, our favorite things to share with the ones we love and even sometimes with total strangers. What is your favorite thing to share at Disney? WHo do you enjoy sharing it with most?

Do you have anything at WDW that you don't like to share? Something special that you selfishly like to do alone or a food that you're not willing to offer a bite of?

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We like to get fastpasses and pass them on to strangers as we exit the park. We did that with TSM ones last fall (we had planned to stay later, but got tired and decided to head back to the hotel) - the look on the faces of the couple we gave them to was priceless.

Peter and I share meals, treats, etc. all the time, but he knows he'd better not touch my Dole Whip! There's no way I'm sharing that! laugh

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The best time I've ever had at the Magic Kingdom was the time I went alone. Nobody I travel with loves MK as much as I do. When I was there alone, I circled the park two or three times each visit doing all my favorite things several times. When I'm there with hubby and/or friends, once around the park is all they want to do - and no way I can get them on it's a small world more than once. So I think I would like to keep MK all to myself.

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I loved sharing WDW with my niece and nephew. Being there for the first time they walked on Main Street or met one of their favorite characters was priceless! I also love sharing my knowledge with first timers. My sister in-law is taking her kids for the first time in October and I've been helping her figure it all out.

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I also don't share my Dole Whip!!! Well, I guess I shared it with my little 2 year old nephew once, but he was cute. And not tall enough to see over the counter to order his own, so he gets a pass....

I'm kind of looking forward to not sharing my Disney vacation this year! I'm going by myself for at least one Disney trip. As much as I love being with friends and family at Disney, there's something to be said about doing what you want when you want and not feeling guilty!

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JMUDukz wrote:
As much as I love being with friends and family at Disney, there's something to be said about doing what you want when you want and not feeling guilty!

I completely agree!

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We are keeping our whole trip secret until right before we leave. There are a couple of friends and family members who go all the time and we just don't want them deciding they should go too. We are selfish..lol..we want our anniversary trip to be just for the two of us. date

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AmyRenee....so funny, I almost had a "friend" invite herself along on my June DVC trip this past weekend. Not. Sorry. Don't mean to be a scrooge, but my Disney time is precious, and reserved for those that can hang with (and properly adore) the Mouse. mickey

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crazycatperson wrote:
The best time I've ever had at the Magic Kingdom was the time I went alone. Nobody I travel with loves MK as much as I do. When I was there alone, I circled the park two or three times each visit doing all my favorite things several times. When I'm there with hubby and/or friends, once around the park is all they want to do - and no way I can get them on it's a small world more than once. So I think I would like to keep MK all to myself.

Mk is my favorite as well. I'd be perfectly happy just sitting on a bench all day in that park mickey

I don't mind sharing Disney as long as its with people who appreciate it. Although I do enjoy the time in the parks with just me and my hubby. As for food, I don't mind sharing as long as it's on the bigger side biggrin

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I also like visiting parks alone. I LOVE to go early to DS or MK, get coffee and then snag a bench to people watch for a while. Of course i've grabbed some pastries to take back to the room. My early trip means that Kim sleeps in, and is delighted with the breakfast treat!

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JMUDukz wrote:
there's something to be said about doing what you want when you want and not feeling guilty!

100% agree with this post for sure. The reason we go to Disney or any other holiday is to do what We want when WE want to do it. Not having to worry about what others are feeling up to or want to do. Sorry, we're just selfish that way on holidays.

I love my family and friends. But the whole point of a holiday (to me) is to get away from everything and just cut loose, doing whatever and whenever you want to do it. Especially at Disney. If we want to ride Mission Space or [insert ride here] 15 times in a row.....I don't want to have to worry about someone not wanting to do it or not doing it with us.

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I like sharing. When NHShorty and I started dating, among other things, we talked about our WDW/Disney experiences sort of to see what each of us liked. What I found was that her WDW/Disney experiences were very different from mine and visa versa . This is great because when we are at WDW together now, we each share our WDW/Disney and have "a blended" experience that includes new things for each of us.

Additionally, I'd like to hit WDW with some of the folks from this forum. As an example, we met up the MrHub and Scrappy for a very short time at the confectionery store on Main Street in the MK. In all of my trips, I had never been in there. Not only did we meet two great people, there was the amazingly great smell (which I at first thought was MrHub's cologne). If MrHub and Scrappy had not shared WDW with us, I would probably have never experienced the confectionery store.

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Granted.... I havent been to Disney alone, but honestly. I dont want to. Its just such an amazing place to just spend it alone. I want to share the magic with as many people as possible. Thats why im so thankful we get to go on an extra trip this year and take the kids, since Jess and I have our week to ourselves at the end of the year. So now the kids get two trips in this year. And its great to be able to share that with them.

Ive also had even more of a blast meeting people on here in Disney and sharing our experiences together. If it wasnt for Scrappy and Hubs... I doubt I would had been able to get Jess on a roller coaster. Now she wants to ride them all. So I love sharing Disney with others. Nothing wrong with hoarding it... dont get me wrong. But like my buddy Bill above me... I love sharing.

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BuffaloBill wrote:
there was the amazingly great smell (which I at first thought was MrHub's cologne).

MrHub smells like the confectionery!? Sweet!!
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The one time I went to WDW alone was not by choice - hubby had a business obligation that prevented his coming along. Most of that trip would've been nicer if he had been with me. It's just the Magic Kingdom that I enjoyed touring solo, since it's my favorite park and his least favorite. On our last trip (together), I solved this problem by heading for MK first thing in the morning and hitting it's a small world and other favorites while he slept in.

But having done WDW solo once, I would not hesitate to do it again.

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Kristen K. wrote:
BuffaloBill wrote:
there was the amazingly great smell (which I at first thought was MrHub's cologne).

MrHub smells like the confectionery!? Sweet!!
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Wow, and all these years I've just been rubbing sugary treats and cupcakes all over my body...I want some of that, mrhub!!

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Wow, sharing the world, Disney world, our alternate reality. That very special place "where dreams come true". That place " where the children in all of us live" . The place where the "Magic" lives! That's a very special place to us. A very special thing for us to do!

I first shared it with scrappy after we were married, not for our honeymoon ( didn't want her to think I was weird or anything, I was was too cool, Ha!!!!) She was hooked then and could let my inner child out freely.

We then shared it with our kids for several years after that. They liked it and we had a great time every trip. We have lots of good memories from those times together. But they grew out of it, lost interest, life happened for them, they are boy's and girls got in the way, then college and girls, so that's when scrappy and I discovered Disney World for Grownups! Not our forum, the real thing.

In 2003 We planned a trip with our then best friends. We stayed at our first Disney Resort, All Star Movie Resort. No kids, it was great and we had a ball.

We had some major life changes between 2001 & 2005, including me starting a new job after working with my father for 30 years, my father selling our farm that was in our family for over 100 years, but it all worked out for the best and we got a new house out of the deal and a lot more time to go to Disney. Scrappy and I started going every year then, by ourselves though.

I think the real meaning of "sharing Disney " really changed though when we discovered this forum and the wonderful group of people on it. Everyone has there own little thing they love and share about WDW and its great to hear it from all points of view. Some people are so passionate at times explaining detail about things, you can almost see and smell what they are talking about. To me, sharing something of Disney is to share the "Magic".

Sharing all things Disney is a joy to us and when people share something with us, it's even that much better. I will never forget the first meet up we had in WDW, it was 2009 with Brad ( our infamous leader) and his wife at our first Food & Wine Festival. They shared time out of their busy schedule to meet with strangers they had only talked to over the Internet just because of their passion for Disney. They are wonderful people and it really made me connect with WDWForGrowups. From then on I think scrappy and I were really hooked.

We share the magic anytime & anyway we can, from a fastpass to a wishes cruise, to giving someone a good tip on where to eat, if we can make one person's trip that much more enjoyable, that's all that counts.

Right now our son and his family are sharing their vacation with us. They are down there right now. This is their first family trip planned by them, and we are loving getting texts and pictures from them from the world

Sorry for the long winded post!

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Lovely post Mr Hub mickey

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Miss Mikki wrote:
Lovely post Mr Hub mickey

I agree!