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Would you marry someone who doesn't like theme parks?

Give your thoughts.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted September 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM
Not me. No way! There isn't anything better than a family enjoying a theme park together.


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From Brian Emery
Posted September 8, 2010 at 10:52 AM
Heck yea…
You marry for many reasons…. Or don’t marry for many reasons, but not liking a Theme park is not one of those reasons…

Nothing better than a family at a theme park? I would have to disagree.. There are many things much better but I cannot mention them here..

From James Rao
Posted September 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM
No. A visit to a good theme park is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

And if my wife ever stops liking them, let this be a warning to her: I WILL leave.

From Derek Morse
Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM
Well, I got married this past June, and while my wife isn't as nuts about theme parks as I am, she is more than happy to come along for the ride to spend time with me. I live in Jacksonville, FL so I generally like to visit Disney or Universal a few times a year (may even buy the seasonal pass this year). So, while she isn't crazy about theme parks, she know's its something I enjoy and she enjoys the time we get to spend together when we visit them.

From duncan henny
Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM
yes i'm getting married in two days on friday my fiance loves theme parks but won't do rollercoasters maybe, hopefully one day though but at least she doesn't mind waiting in the shops till i ride spending money lol....

From Joshua Counsil
Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM
As long as she loves traveling, theme parks aren't a must. I'm equally attracted to museums, sports, monuments, fine dining, cool cities, hiking, gambling, shopping, camping, theater, comedy, and, of course, bars. If I want to spend time at a park, I'll gladly do it alone or make it up to her by experiencing something she wants.

From Andy Milio
Posted September 8, 2010 at 1:01 PM
I will probably try to find someone who likes theme parks, if I can

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted September 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM
Derek, good point. Partners can enjoy anything when they spend time together.

From Nick Markham
Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM
It would be difficult for me, but I would. I am not going to marry someone based off of theme parks, that is just a hobby... for now...

From Charles Reichley
Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM
My wife does theme parks with the rest of us, at least the new ones and the more themed ones, and then stays home while we hit others.

However, we were talking about what we would do on vacation after the kids were gone, and she said "well, not visiting theme parks".

So I have some work to do.

From Terri Pierce
Posted September 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM
NO! Absolutely NO!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM
When my husband and I first married, he really didn't want to do any theme parks. He gets motion sickness very easily. After I convinced him that he had to go to Disney World at least once in his lifetime, he became a theme park junky, and even makes sure to bring all kinds of medicine with him so that he can ride every thrill ride that comes across his path. He is the one now who wants to go as much as we can.

So, for those who are in love with someone who is not big on theme parks, make a special trip for the two of you and you may be surprised at how quickly he or she will come to love them as much as you do.

From Pyra Dong
Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM
HAHA... I actually signed up for an eHarmony profile and one of my preferences in my "significant other" is HAS TO LIKE THEME PARKS!!!!

Ahem... so... that was also a hint hint. (cough)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 10, 2010 at 1:16 AM
Pyra, Terri...I'm available! :)

Pyra, I did the same thing on a different "match" site!

To answer the question, at my age I'm doubting I'll get married...the theme park thing might not be a complete deal-breaker, but it sure would go a loooooong way..

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted September 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM
No, I wouldn't. My husband, thank God loves amusement parks as much as I do. Now my mom loves them and my dad hates them. She ends up going with my husband and me by herself. Its kinda sad, sometimes she ends up riding something alone or with a stranger. Oh well, she makes the most of it and has a good time. Its funny, my in-laws HATE theme parks. I am sooo lucky with my husband.

From Bradley Keith
Posted September 10, 2010 at 2:59 PM
Probabuly not. But if so, they'd better get to it soon because I'll spend a lot of time without them because I could never stop going to theme parks. My sister really hates them.

From parker reave
Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM
I did.

We lasted a little over 2 years. One of the reasons we split was because she didn't like going to theme parks. Crazy?

From Terri Pierce
Posted September 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM
Sorry Pyra. I'm taken, not married, but taken. BF and I just got back from a weekend vacation to Islands of Adventure for my birthday next week!=) Plus, at college age I have a feeling I'm a little under you.

From Donna McKay
Posted September 13, 2010 at 5:41 AM
I've been with my partner for a little over a year. So far he's shown no interest in visiting Disney world. I even spent 2 weeks in Orlando this summer with a friend, leaving him at home as I love the parks so much! Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can persuade him to at least give it a go??? He's perfect in every other way but I certainly can't go on holiday with my friend forever, and really really want him to try the magic...I'm sure he'd love it if I could just get him there!

From Nick Markham
Posted September 13, 2010 at 6:22 AM
Tell him about the other attractions other than theme parks. There is a shopping district (downtown Disney) with great food, shopping, and Cirque du Solei, golf courses, etc.

There is so much to do, and I am sure you could even get him to visit a park or two which he might end up liking.

But mention the other attractions.

From Donna McKay
Posted September 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM
I'd thought I might offer him a compromise- 1 week in Orlando (I'll need to pick my favourite parks only) and then a week elsewhere in the state soaking up the sun on the beach. Hopefully he'll be hooked on the old disney magic in that first week and won't want to leave :)

From Ted Heumann
Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Sometimes your significant other not liking theme parks can be a plus.
I have 3 kids (2, 4 and 7) and sometimes we like to go to theme parks that the younger ones can't go to or won't have fun at. So the wife watches the little ones and me and the older ones go.
Plus sometimes you just need to have things that don't involve your significant other. He or she doesn't have to do EVERYTHING with you.

From Mark Hollamon
Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM
I am afraid that would be a deal breaker! She wouldn't have to like every type of ride, but theme park life is so important to me that I wouldn't develop a relationship with somebody that doesn't get into that atmosphere. I'm lucky I have my roller coaster lovin lady! WOOHOO!

From Beth Olliges
Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:53 PM
Several years ago, I visited my brother in Tokyo with my now-ex-boyfriend. I wanted to experience Tokyo Disneyland, but he was so against the idea that I finally gave in and we didn't go. Thankfully, my boyfriend now loves theme parks as much as I do! We've taken many wonderful theme park trips together, and he can't even fathom how my previous bf turned down the chance to go to TD! I think this one's definitely a keeper! ;-)

(P.S. The brother I visited in Tokyo takes a trip to Orlando every year with his buddies... to play GOLF! Seriously! How can anyone go to Orlando and not go to a theme park?!? It just boggles my mind...)

From Raymond Sydowski
Posted September 14, 2010 at 9:41 PM
It would only be a deal breaker if they insisted I didn't go to theme parks.

I think everyone in a relationship is allowed their hobbies, and that barring any actual harm, people should be allowed to pursue their interests in a reasonable manner. Going once a year on a trip to a local theme park with the guys or girls without the SO, that's fine.

But if someone didn't enjoy WDW... I don't know that we'd have anything in common with each other. WDW has fine dining, family fun, medium thrills, great service, luxury spas, and major thrills and real beaches within driving distance. You'd have to be a real dead fish not to find *something* to like there.

From Michael Owen
Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:51 AM
I really wouldn't care if someone I was going to marry didn't like theme parks.

Three words: Single rider lines.

From James Leslie
Posted September 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM
I did, and we have had no problems.

From southie chick
Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM
"at my age I'm doubting I'll get married..." be careful what you wish for Mike Gallagher! I was in your same "situation" ....... 'till a friend of mine "fixed me up" with someone I'd known for almost 20 years! Got married at 41 to a great guy who's parents bought a house about an hour away from Disney so the "grandkids" could visit ...... and guess who goes every year instead! :)

From Sarah Meeks
Posted September 23, 2010 at 1:28 PM
Absolutely not!!!!! I'm not marrying a guy unless he absolutely love theme parks. If he does, he's in luck, because I can get anyone exclusive ride time (ERT) at any theme park.

From Nick Markham
Posted September 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM
^Really? How do you get ERT at any park? through TPR?

From Samantha McCrae
Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:51 AM
Well....I would need him to be able to go on rides and enjoy going to theme parks so....no, i don't think i could lol

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted September 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM
It wouldn't bother me, as long as I could still go with friends that do like to go from time to time. . . and Disney is different, because there's so much more to do, in addition to the thrill rides.

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