Katie Z. (NDW#70) (13 Posts)

Katie grew up on all things Disney. When she met her future husband she knew that converting him into a disney fan was a must! After a few WDW vacations, Disney history lessons, and lots of Disney peer pressure, she finally had her prince charming loving all things Disney as well. After getting engaged in 2008 on a carriage ride through Fort Wilderness, Katie threw out the idea of getting married in the place where they shared their happiest memories. Two years of planning, and a whole bunch of Disney magic later, they had the most amazing Disney wedding on October 2nd, 2010. Now living at home in New England, Katie keeps the Disney romance alive in her home and is constantly planning romantic vacations to the world. She has her own personal blog www.makingmyfairytale.blogspot.com and is thoroughly excited to start writing for the Disney Driven Life.

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Most Neurotic Disney People know someone they needed to convert to the “disney side” to keep them as a vital part of their every day lives. This person, for me, was my husband. I have almost gotten him completely converted, although I wouldn’t call him neurotic….yet.  So far he loves resort hopping, the intricate detail that goes into the queues, the history behind every attraction, the land, and Food and Wine…. especially food and wine! All that being said there are a few things that I just can’t get him to do… He seems to find a problem with two grown adults with no children waiting in line to see a character or dancing along with the parades…???… Anyway I wanted to write about why I am my husbands biggest fan (and enabler) and how amazing he was on our first Disney cruise.

When booking this cruise as our second honeymoon I did tons of research and read all about pirate night. I knew we not only had to attend this event, but we needed to participate! I was able to borrow a fantastic pirate costume from a friend of mine. When I started packing my husband saw this enormous pirate hat and asked me what exactly I was packing. I explained the whole situation and told him that I would be heading to the local party store and grab some pirate gear for him before we left… He was not having it. I tried tirelessly to show him pictures of dressed up cruisers, and play youtube videos of the party but he was not amused. He said if we were a family with kids he would reluctantly agree to it but there was NO WAY he was dressing up for pirate night. I was totally bummed out but not discouraged! I am a neurotic Disney wife and as such I will continue on my merry pirate way with or without my captain!

Pirate night arrived in full force on our cruise. I was so excited I could hardly wait to see all of the pirate characters (especially Jack) and go to the pirate dinner, and watch the pirate party on deck 9! Knowing that my husband wasn’t going to dress up I did guilt him into waiting in line for over half an hour to see captain Jack. This took some careful planning and a beer from the bar to get him in line. Jack was super fun and we had a great time taking pictures with him. It was almost time for the pirate dinner so we ran back to the room so I could change into my pirate costume. When I emerged as a pirate princess I was pleasantly surprised to see that my awesome husband was wearing a black and white, skull and cross bone bandana! He said that he saw how much it would mean to me to go to the pirate party as pirates so he ran to the store the night before we left and found the only pirate looking bandana that they had. He knew it wasn’t a full pirate costume but at least it was something!

I couldn’t have been happier to see that he was not only getting into the spirit of pirate night, but also that he saw it was something I wanted to do, and joined in even though it wasn’t exactly his idea of a good time. I may not have converted him fully, but thats ok. I think I am neurotic enough for the both of us!


Contributed by: Katie Zwicker (NDW#70) Katie is the DDL Weddings and Honeymoon Blogger. She is also the creator of Making My Fairy Tale.

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