I have to say that one thing that I'm terribly excited about is taking my mother-in-law, Diane, for her first trip to Walt Disney World this October.
Diane hasn't been to any Disney park before and I'm not so sure that she knows what to expect. I think that she may be thinking in a world of extremes. That the attractions and environment are either going to be a bit intimidating and thrilling or tame and aimed at children. While certain parts of WDW can be either of these things the overall idea of the park is geared to be family friendly.
Mom, Matt, and myself are trying to help Diane understand what to expect from certain attractions that may appear to be intimidating but really aren't so bad. My mom is pulling hard for Diane to go on Splash Mountain. Mom claims that she is the biggest chicken of them all and that if she can do it and likes it then anyone can. She does say that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was horribly scary and made her feel "a little " sick after. I remember taking her on it back in 2005 and all she said was that it was jerky and loud. We did sit in the back so I can see her thinking that. Still, scariest thing ever? I think not.
I've explained to both my mom and Diane that they can walk through the queue and pre-show of any attraction and then when it comes time to board simply say that you'd like to exit. Mom really wants to see Tower of Terror's pre-show and what the hotel looks like on the inside. I think she thinks that I'm going to trick her into somehow going on it. I would never do that. She'd hate me! Haha!
Mom and I both discussed our hopes that Diane "gets it." Or at the very least... appreciates it. You can't force someone to get it and you can't teach someone to get it. They just have to. It's kind of like the glass slipper fitting properly. You can try cutting off part of your foot to make it work but at the end of the day you have to walk out of the park with a natural smile on your face.
I think Diane will really enjoy the appearance of things. I think World Showcase at Epcot will end up being one of her favorite places. She's a person of few words so she'll probably just stand there taking things in for the most part. The Polynesian Resort is going to blow her away I have no doubt. Diane loves being on the beach. She would do that the whole time if we let her I'm sure.
I have to keep in mind that I'm going with a first timer. That Diane will want to stop and do things and see things that I may usually blow past. It's going to be difficult to get her to trust me when I say that certain things just aren't worth your very precious park time (i.e. Stitch's Great Escape). I'll be moving at a slower pace in general which I think will help me really appreciate even more.
The key to it all is getting Diane to relax and enjoy her vacation. She gets stressed easily. The other day my mom said that Diane told her that she's nervous about being away from home for so long. She also isn't very keen on flying but she'll pop a few anxiety pills and get over it. We've gotta get the woman to let loose! It's Disney World for crying out loud! Everyone is a kid. : )