Disneyholism, like any other addiction, progresses through several stages. Here is a typical example:
- A healthy person visits a Disney theme park (children not required)
- Upon returning home, the person is heard to rave about the visit, and mention how it would be fun to go again.
- As the time approaches to plan the next vacation, said person reasons that since he or she had so much fun last year, a repeat performance is in order.
- Person comes back from vacation and says they can’t wait to go again. There’s this business trip to Orlando coming up, and why not extend it by a few days to visit “The World” (note the beginning of language abnormalities)
- While on the extended business trip, our patient purchases an Annual Pass to the parks, and takes a tour of the Disney Vacation Club (“I’m just curious”)
- It’s all downhill from there…
Symptoms of my type of Disneyholism include frequent visits to a Disney theme park and/or frequent cruises on DCL (Disney Cruise Line). When not visiting the parks or cruising DCL, Disneyholics like me develop twitches and engage in obsessive planning of their next Disney vacation.
Language abnormalities are common among Disneyholics. A typical conversation may include the following exchange:
“When do you go next?”
“Week after my birthday. We’re staying at POR with the free DDP, and doing the PPP the night of the 3rd.”
“You’re going on M:S first thing again?”
“Always! Except this time I don’t think I’ll need an FP. I’m pretty upset, though, because BTMRR is down for refurbishment.”
Amazingly enough, this dialog makes perfect sense to a Disneyholics, since their brain structures have been modified to understand and accept this new language.
For the uninitiated, a quick glossary:
POR = Port Orleans, one of the moderate Disney Resorts
DDP = Disney Dining Plan. More on the DDP in an upcoming post.
PPP = Pirates and Princesses Party. An AWESOME event!
M:S = Mission:Space, an EPCOT ride. Originally one of Disney's more spectacular miscalculations, it now features a version suitable for almost everyone. M:S was built in collaboration with NASA, by the way.
BTMRR = Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a pretty tame roller coaster, except for people like me, who can't take any flavor of roller coasters because of the sideways motion. I don't do roller coasters. But I digress...
Closed for refurbishment = Closed for maintenance. When attractions at Disney parks close for maintenance, they usually close from several days to several months.