I find it surprising that someone could visit Walt Disney World 41 times and not ride the Tea Cups or explore Tom Sawyer Island. Very surprising!
I mentioned in a previous blog that my wife Carol and I "hang out" at Tagrel.com It's our favourite Disney Fan community. A recent discussion thread on the Tagrel forums asked members to complete the question "Am I the only one who's never . . . "
My last two blog entries focused on all the things you can do at Walt Disney World outside the theme parks and I was simply boggled when I read some of the responses to the Tagrel question. There is a huge variety of things to do outside the parks but it really surprises me what some veteran Disney fans have skipped inside the parks! Most of us in the Tagrel community are not what you would call casual Disney fans. We are real diehard fans - we are the folks who put the merely fanatical fans to shame. That's why I find it so hard to imagine!
Consider Mark, who started the thread on Tagrel.com. He has made 19 visits to WDW and he's a Disney Vacation Club owner. Mark has never been to Tom Sawyer Island, never been to Rafiki's Planet Watch, never taken a trail ride at Fort Wilderness and never visited Downtown Disney's West Side.
Susan is also a DVC owner and has enjoyed a whopping 41 Walt Disney World vacations. As I mentioned earlier, Susan has never ridden the Tea Cups or crossed over to Tom Sawyer's Island. She has never played mini golf, never taken a trail ride at Fort Wilderness, never eaten in Cinderella Castle, never been to Raglan Road or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre.
Naturally there are plenty of folks who have never done the thrill rides like The Tower of Terror, Mission Space or any of the roller coasters. That's understandable; some people don't tolerate the motion very well.
Plenty of folks have never had a Turkey Leg; I can understand that. I've tried one but they're not one of my favourite things.
But some of the answers remain astounding. There are avid Disney fans and frequent park visitors who have never had a Mickey Bar . . . yes; you read that correctly . . . they've NEVER HAD A MICKEY BAR!
A friend from New Jersey insists that the Mickey Bar is the fifth basic food group!
Several others have never seen Fantasmic . . .
. . . never had a Dole Whip. (I prefer the Pineapple Float)
Others have never seen Flights of Wonder. It's an attraction we seldom miss; Carol and I consider it one of our "must-do's". How can anyone pass it by?
Of course, Carol and I are really no different; there are still plenty of things we have not done. We have covered the parks quite thoroughly but Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a different story. We have taken our motor home to "The Fort" eleven times and most times we stay for two weeks. In all those weeks at our favourite campground we have never seen a movie at Chip 'n Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long and we've never gone to Mickey's Backyard BBQ.
There are plenty of restaurants we have yet to enjoy and many attractions, both inside and outside the parks, which we haven't seen in a long, long time. Should we sit down, analyze the parks, make a list of things we have not done and then devise a plan so we can mark them all off the list? Or would that take the spontaneity and some of the fun out of our vacations?
Yeah, I think we'll stick with our spontaneous approach!
I guess the main thing that thread on Tagrel.com pointed out to me was the diversity of interests and tastes among Disney fans. We are all very unique individuals and different things appeal to each of us. This is a good thing! It adds variety and colour to our lives.
We are truly fortunate that Walt Disney World offers such a wide array of attractions to choose from; there will always be enough variety there to engage the child in all of us, despite our different tastes!
So, how about you? The question is, "Am I the only one who's never . . . ?"
How would you complete the question?
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The next post in this blog is Mickey's Circus - 2012 Disney Trade Celebration.