Top 10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Spoiled Me

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Walt Disney World is an escape from reality, my own personal Neverland if you will; and ever since my first visit, the real world and other vacations I have taken have failed to measure up! To put it simply, Walt Disney World has spoiled me! How? Read for yourself my top 10 ways and maybe you will find that you’ve been spoiled too!


10. Permission to Behave Like My Kids-Disney World has taught me that skipping, screaming, pointing, and wearing Mouse Ears is perfectly acceptable no matter age you are. Seriously, no one bats an eye if they see a middle-aged businessman wearing a hat and dreadlocks like Captain Jack Sparrow at the Magic Kingdom; but back in the real world, I’ve discovered that such behavior is frowned upon. Weird, right? Yeah, I don’t get it either.

9. Christmas Lights-If you have ever been to WDW around Christmas, you know what I’m talking about here! This is especially true if you have witnessed the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This is seriously one of the best lighting displays ever which has been synchronized to music and features artificial, falling snow! Ever since I saw this awesome holiday display for myself, any other Christmas lights display I’ve seen since simply hasn’t compared.

8. Parades-Can any parade compete with a Disney parade? I don’t think so. Disney parades are full of details and Disney characters and creative technology and much more; and don’t even get me started about the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade, like Spectromagic or Main Street Electrical Parade! So after you see you’re first Disney parade, don’t even bother getting excited for any others. This is exactly why I keep the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade saved on my DVR!

7. Disney Dining Plan-I’m a huge fan of the Disney Dining Plan for two reasons. The first is that I really like to eat; and the second is that I like the feel of all-inclusive vacation. When I have the dining plan, I don’t have to worry about prices or counting cash, I just give them my card and it’s all taken care of! I also like the fact that I can take full advantage of the plan by dining at some of Disney’s best and most expensive restaurants that I normally would never do if I didn’t have the plan! So after a week at WDW using this easy and cost-efficient service, I find myself frustrated by having to count change or getting strange stares when I refer to fast food chains as counter service restaurants!

6. FastPasses+-Why can’t we have FastPasses+ in the real world? Is it too much to ask for my spot to be saved in line while I go do some shopping or grab a snack or something? Can you imagine how much easier Black Friday would be? So yeah, FastPasses+, one of Disney’s best creations, has definitely spoiled me. Waiting? What’s that?

5. Z00s-So before Animal Kingdom, I thought zoos were pretty awesome; but now, not so much. Staring at animals through bars and fencing just isn’t the same as getting to ride in a safari vehicle through an African habitat, you know what I mean? Also, if you ask people at zoos if they saw the Yeti, they won’t get it. Bummer.

4. Hotels-WDW hotel are seriously awesome! I mean, you can pick what type of vacation you want with your hotel choice! For example, are you looking for a seaside getaway, try Yacht and Beach Club? A Hawaiian vacation? Visit the Polynesian! How about an adventurous trip to Africa? Animal Kingdom Lodge has you covered complete with guaranteed views of African wildlife. Why, even if you want to go camping, you can at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground! Plus, what other hotels leave Mickey-shaped towels on your bed or hide Hidden Mickeys in your carpet and bedspreads? Or where else can you wake up to a view of the Magic Kingdom? Exactly. No matter how many Mickey soaps and shampoos you bring to those other hotels, there is simply no comparison.

3. Details-Disney specializes in the details in everything they do, from design to entertainment to service. Everywhere you look, there is something new to see or some extra magic to discover. I think anyone who is been to Disney can agree that detail element is definitely missed in everyday life or at other theme parks and resorts.

2. Fireworks-Okay, this is an area where I have most definitely been spoiled. Disney fireworks are just insane; and there is usually a fireworks display every night at WDW! Then, if you’ve ever seen their holiday firework displays, such as those for the Fourth of July or New Years, you know that they are at a whole other level. But let me warn you, once you’ve seen Disney fireworks, your town’s yearly Fourth of July display will never be the same in your eyes.

1. Theme Parks-So this is an obvious one, but it’s so true! Disney World Theme Parks are clean, offer the best technology, and immerse you in other worlds. Unlike other theme parks, you don’t see the boring wires and buttons and construction from behind the scenes, there is no cardboard or plywood, there is only the worlds you see in your favorite films come to life. So yeah, just try to go to Six Flags after you’ve been to Disney, we bet you will feel the same.

As you can see, I’ve definitely been spoiled by Walt Disney World; but I definitely don’t see this is as a bad thing! I just like to think that I’ve seen and experienced the best of the best; and that’s why I keep going back! I bet you and countless others feel the same way. Do you? Well go ahead and let me know! I always enjoy hearing from you!


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Savannah

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since before she could walk and it is still her favorite vacation destination. Today, she is a history teacher and girls basketball coach in Illinois who spends her spare time writing about Disney on A Glass Slipper Vacation, a site she and her mom created to share their knowledge and passion for Disney.
Top 10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Spoiled Me was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by Savannah



  • Paul Saint

    I have to agree that I have been spoiled by WDW in many ways. Having been raised in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Northeast Texas, I know that going to the theme park in that area was nothing close to what I had experienced at WDW. Now, I live here in the Orlando, FL area and yes, I have my annual pass to WDW. No regrets…not a one!

  • Mindy

    I totally agree with you Jan!! I call Disney world my “happy place” because everyone is so nice and friendly. I love the list of “10 Ways Disney has Spoiled Me” and feel the same way. Wish more places could be like Disney!

  • Jan

    I loved your list and totally agree with you. You did leave out one area….the cast members!!! They are always smiling, always friendly, always helpful! You never feel like you are putting them out by asking them for info, etc. When you go to another theme park, you definitely miss this treatment!!!

  • http://bonniecribbs.com/ Bonnie Cribbs

    Loved this post – though I thought it said Top 100 ways Disney has spoiled me…which would still be a very easy list to come up with! By the way, I love your blog!

  • MP

    Not to long ago I went to Legoland and I could just tell it was lack in quality. The theming was at a bare minimum because there was hardly any, Lego-ed or not; it was just Lego statues, buildings, and trees and bushes.
    Also, you could easily tell majority of the attractions were built catering for the little kids. Some were very slow-paced, some had little theming and decoration, some were only for little kids. It made me appreciate what Walt was trying to do with the Disney parks being parks that the whole family and all ages could enjoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.g.ward.5 Rebecca Giarratano Ward

    Can I tell you the thing I miss most when I get home? The exercise! lol I know it seems silly but I get so much walking in and I dont even realize it – then when I get home I cant motivate myself to even go outside! I always tell my husband we need to move to Celebration so I am close enough to walk the parks everyday lol

  • MaxS

    I was also going to mention the amazing customer service. They are the epitome of the phrase; other companies look to Disney Customer Service as a model worthy of emulating. (Of course, we know that many of them fall short!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.hardison.5 Kathy Hardison

    Stopped at Dollywood last year on our way home from East TN…nice but we compared everything to Disney World! It was like parking your car under an awning when you had been used to a 3 car garage.

  • alisha

    I know exactly what you mean about saving the Disney parades on the DVR…I keep watching ours over and over!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonia.thornburgh Tonia Thornburgh

    One more thing to add… The customer service. I have never been anywhere else where the cast members are HAPPY to bend over backwards to meet every need you might have! And we have stayed at a club level resort (AKL), Carribean Beach Resort, and Pop Century… The cast members always go above and beyond!

  • http://twitter.com/IAMADisneyDork Aaron Slutsky

    I would have to add awesome pools. Heated too.

  • http://twitter.com/Colin999999 Karl Pfeifer

    I love Disneyworld because there is always something fun to do, regardless of the time of day and regardless of the weather. Other resorts roll up the sidewalks at 7 and ALL beach resorts have NOTHING to do if it rains! Disneyworld all the way!