I want to go to Walt Disney World but my parents say no
by Erika Linn
"I want to go to Walt Disney World but my parents say we can't. How can I convince them to go?"
Hardest question ever
Show them this and they'll change their minds - Photo by Cliff Wang
Erica, this may be the hardest question I've ever been asked. I'm not kidding. Let's dive in.
I don't know your family situation, I don't know if this is going to be possible. I'll give you some ideas. You know, your parents may not have the money, there may be reasons, they may not be able to get off work, there may be reasons why you can't go. But all those things aside, if they're just not Disney fans, then I've got some ideas.
Dealing with reluctant family members
So here we go, here are some things that you can do, and these will work for anyone that's dealing with a reluctant family member about going to Walt Disney World. The first thing to know is some people just aren't cut out for Walt Disney World, some people aren't theme park people, some people aren't Disney people. Some people just aren't cut out for it, and it won't work, and there's no amount of weedling or pressuring or doing anything like that that's going to help.
The first you can do Erica is sit down and throw a fit, cry about it. Every day cry and tell your parents to take you. No, I'm just kidding, that's probably not a good idea, don't do that.
Start with WDW Magazine
What you can do is find ways to show them what you love about Walt Disney World. Start with WDW magazine, if they'll let you, get WDW magazine. Every month there's 100 beautiful pictures of Walt Disney World. Sit with them, go through it, share WDW magazine with them.
Next, get The Best of WDW - Volume 1, our photo book about Walt Disney World. Yeah, I know I'm talking about my products but these things are incredible, these things really are the best Walt Disney World showcases out there, and you've got beautiful pictures and you can show them what you want to do at Walt Disney World.
Another way you can kind of do it is show them what they would like at Walt Disney World. If they're foodies, I know Tatiana, I mentioned her earlier, Tatiana my assistant that's doing all the questions today, her boyfriend was not a Disney fan and she got him to where he would go with her because she started showing him pictures of the food. "Oh yeah, I can eat that. Oh, that looks good," and finally he said "Okay, let's go." So, another way is to focus on what they want.
Talk to them about it, tell them why you want to go, tell them what you want to do when you there. And then the last thing is save your money, save up, when you get old enough just leave the grumpy Gus's at home and go by yourself.
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is it's not easy when you're a Disney fan, a Disney lover and you want to go really, really badly, and your family is reluctant. I know my mother in law, Mrs mom's mom, for years would tease us about going to Walt Disney World. She'd never been, but she says "Oh I can go to Six Flags any time. I can go to a theme park anytime. I don't want to go to Disney World, just another theme park."
Finally, after all the grandkids were born, nobody was going to have any more kids, we planned a family trip. We all got together and we got her to go with us, and the first day we went to the Magic Kingdom. When she first walked down on Main Street she's looking down at Main Street, at Cinderella castle and I mean her knees literally buckled, I had to grab her and hold her up. And tears streaming down her face and she says "I understand, now I understand."
So while people may be reluctant, usually when they first go they'll fall in love. So you may have to work on them, it's tough, depending on your family situation it may not be possible. But those are some ways that you can try to get to convince your family to go Walt Disney World.