There’s one in every family, the guy (or woman) who doesn’t like Disney. Maybe you’re even married to “that guy.” My advice is don’t fight it. Not everyone gets the magic of Disney. Some people hate the heat, the crowds, and the expense. Some people are just, well I’ll just say it: They’re grumpy. Here’s some ideas for going with the flow when Grumpy is tagging along on your trip:
1. Don’t do character meals. Seriously, do I even need to mention this? This is a Disney phobes nightmare that encompasses everything they hate about Disney World. No one wants pictures of Grumpy with a constipated look on his face, staring down Piglet because he dared to give him a hug. On second thought, that is kind of funny, but not funny enough to pay $40 for and to hear him complain about it for the rest of the trip. Leave Grumpy back in the room. He can watch Stacy. Everyone likes Stacy.
2. Don’t talk about your touring plans to Grumpy before the trip. The less Grumpy knows about it the better.
3. Don’t schedule elaborate magical moments. I see this happening a lot and it can be great if both people like the same things. Many people, for example, might appreciate a professional photo session on the beach at the Poly. Grumpy would rather have a root canal. And for goodness sake, cancel that $300 Mickey gift basket you’re having delivered to the room. Grumpy doesn’t want roses and an autographed picture of Mickey. He wants hot wings and a football game, all of which he can get at the ESPN Zone. So go there and humor him. It’s his vacation too.
4. Encourage Grumpy to spend some time by the pool or go golfing or try the zillion other activities that don’t take place in the parks.
5. Finally, and this is the most important, don’t take things personally. People you love don’t have to like the same things you do. Carve out quality time each day to spend together, whether it’s a few hours each morning in the parks or a nice dinner at the end of the day. This doesn’t mean you have to give Grumpy a complete pass: He did, after all, agree to go on this vacation and good manners and common decency require that he not act like a jerk. But understand where Grumpy is coming from. Chances are if both of you talk about your expectations without getting emotional before you leave, you’ll find a way to meet in the middle.
And of course, if all else fails, leave Grumpy at home back in the mines and go have fun without him.