10 Of The Worst Things You Could Say To A Walt Disney World Fanatic

10. “How do you pay for all this?”

Asking anyone how they can afford anything is rude, and not really any of their business. If you’ve ever booked a Disney vacation only to have someone ask how you can afford this, then you probably know the feeling of someone asking about something that is not any of their business.


9. “Shows/parades are a waste of time”

Disney is first and foremost an entertainment company. If someone repeatedly tells you that they don’t want to waste their time seeing shows or parades in Disney, then let them go on their way to whatever rides they want, while you enjoy the shows you want to see. There is so much to do in Disney besides rides, and if you’re a Disney fanatic, you’re probably well aware of this and sick of explaining it to people who don’t want to “waste time” on shows.

8. “Why don’t you ever go on vacation somewhere else?”

Because I don’t want to? This is another question that like, the “how do you pay for this?” falls under the “none of your business” category. Why does anyone repeatedly do things he or she likes? I’ve never understood why people feel the need to ask this question to be honest.

7. “Why would you miss holidays to go to Disney?”

Some Disney guests like to visit the parks on holidays, which may cause other people (notably extended family) to question why this would happen. Again, your reasons for why you do things do not need to be anyone else’s business, but if you’ve ever been asked this, you might find yourself explaining things like how Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party fireworks are your favorite, or how the parks are just beautiful during the winter holidays.

6. “Universal/Six Flags/Cedar Point/Etc… has better rides”

This phrase is usually brought up when people discuss thrill rides at Walt Disney World. While other parks may have rides that are more thrilling, Disney’s rides are more elaborately detailed and create immersive experiences unlike other theme parks. The tradeoff might be that the ride is less thrilling, but it is so much more immersive in the story than rides in other parks.

5. “Why do you do (blank) without kids?”

For me, this question often comes up with regards to character meet and greets. “Why do you always meet Mickey if you don’t have kids?” I didn’t know I needed to have children to enjoy meeting characters. In my opinion, this question is often rude, as it usually comes with a belittling attitude. If this happens to you, don’t let it get to you. There is nothing wrong with acting like a kid while you’re vacationing in Disney World.


4. “You’re seeing that movie… again?”

This is another phrase that like the previous point on this list often comes with a belittling attitude. Every time this phrase has been said to me, it’s come from a person who has seen another kind of movie multiple times, which implies that because I’m seeing a Disney movie more than once this is somehow less acceptable than wanting to see an action or comedy movie multiple times.

3. “You’re obsessed…”

I never really understand why people say this to Disney fans. Realistically, everyone is obsessed with something, and I’m not sure what stating the obvious is really supposed to do here. And I don’t know anyone who has an unhealthy obsession with Disney. There are far worse things one could be obsessed with, so I honestly never know what someone is trying to get at by saying this, and I definitely don’t know how I’m supposed to respond.

2. “Don’t you get tired of it?”

Do you ever get tired of whatever thing you like a lot? I feel like this is one of those questions where the person asking it almost wants you to be defensive, and sort of “win a fight” so to speak. This isn’t really an argument that someone can win though. I like something, so I do this thing that I like often, and that’s the end of it. If that bothers other people then they really need to rethink their priorities.

1. “Disney is just for kids”

This is the one thing you can say to a Disney fan that will drive them absolutely crazy. To some people, if you’re not a kid, or if you don’t have kids, there is no reason for you to care about anything Disney related. I’ll never understand this one. There was a time in my life, where I actually gave in to some of these critics and thought, maybe I am the weird one here, liking something that’s meant for children, but that simply isn’t true. After having worked in Walt Disney World, I’ve seen so many childless adults having a great time, and this has served as proof that I’m not some weirdo doing something that’s meant for kids, but that Disney really is “for the young, and the young at heart.”

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."