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hlbtimes2
04-03-2007, 12:29 PM
Word has started to spread here at work that I'm going back to Disneyland. Of course that comes with the common questions of "why are you going back already?". Uh, its been a YEAR. "What is so good there that you have to go back?". Ummm, unless you been there, you wouldnt really understand! :confused3 Then the questions turn to "dont you know there are other places you can go on vacation" Yes, we know. We like Disney. We know exactly what we are getting for our money!

One guy in particular is always commenting on how nice it must be to have money to go there all the time. His kids (teens) have never been. Today I finally asked him how much money he spend in a year on bowling. Him, his wife and all 3 kids bowl. They bowl almost every weekend, plus on weekly leagues. They bowl a LOT. They spend a LOT. I know that its at least $10 per week, per kid to bowl in the league. That doesnt include the compitition and special things they particpate in. I pointed out to him that this trip is only $1800 for 6 days. That is air, hotel and park hoppers. That quickly shut him up! He spends more then that in a year on bowling! :rotfl2:

I broke it down. Its less then $40 per month, per person in our family. Less then $10 per week. Looks like a bargin when you break it down like that! Who can' t afford that? :rotfl2: Gotta love that way of thinking, don't ya? :lmao:

RMH
04-03-2007, 12:36 PM
Plus Disneyland is better for your posture than bowling every week AND you don't have to change your shoes. One of the best reasons for going back to Disneyland is to experience it through your kids again and again. As they get older they will want to do other things (like bowling) that won't be nearly as much fun and won't make their eyes light up. So you have to do Disneyland as often as possible, right?

dizzyami
04-03-2007, 12:44 PM
:rotfl2:

I know exactly what you mean!!! I told the people at work that I was going to take a week off in June to go to Disneyland - and I just got this blank look - and then the quick justification of oh, you are going then instead of October. They were quite surprised when I explained that NO - I was going in June and October!!! :cool1:

minmate
04-03-2007, 12:48 PM
I go to Disneyland/WDW because we want to -- that's why!!! It doesn't bother me in the least to hear the, "Again?" kind of questions... it just makes me think.. "Yay for me... yay for my family. We're so lucky!!!!"

PlazaPavGal92
04-03-2007, 12:51 PM
The only reason we go to Disneyland so often is because we live 30 minutes from the park and we are AP holders. I had someone comment to me that I spend so much on 5 APs, gas, food, merch when I go to DL each week, while they go to Hawaii every year (they have a great deal too) and the cost of my trips to DL each week actually is about the same as their annual trip to Hawaii. IMO, you didn't have to rub it in his face and insenuate that he spends too much on bowling. Because as I see it my weekly trips to DL is equal to his family bowling. Some people just don't see DL or anything Disney as a family destination and that's ok.

hlbtimes2
04-03-2007, 12:59 PM
[QUOTE=PlazaPavGal92;17905383] IMO, you didn't have to rub it in his face and insenuate that he spends too much on bowling. Because as I see it my weekly trips to DL is equal to his family bowling. [QUOTE]

I didnt rub it in his face or insinuate anything. I simply was pointing out that we all choose to spend our "recreation" money in different ways. I choose to spend mine on trips to Disney. He chooses to spend his weekly on bowling. He is always saying he can't afford to take his kids there. Its not that he cant afford it, its that he chooses not to. Just as I choose not to afford to take my kids bowling every week!

PlazaPavGal92
04-03-2007, 01:14 PM
Well, I understand where he's coming from. Trips are expensive and you really can't compare something they do weekly to something you do for 6 days.

got2travel
04-03-2007, 01:20 PM
I didnt rub it in his face or insinuate anything. I simply was pointing out that we all choose to spend our "recreation" money in different ways. I choose to spend mine on trips to Disney. He chooses to spend his weekly on bowling. He is always saying he can't afford to take his kids there. Its not that he cant afford it, its that he chooses not to. Just as I choose not to afford to take my kids bowling every week!


I'm the same way. But when people ask why again, or how can I go again, I explain it just the way you did in this post. I tell them that I don't go out to eat, I don't go to the movies, I don't rent movies. I choose to use my extra money on trips and most often my trips end up being DL or WDW. This summer I'm actually giving up my DL APs so that I can do a big blow out Disney trip (DL Paris then a 2 week Disney cruise:banana: ).

Dukland
04-03-2007, 01:20 PM
We went two summers in a row, and I've already been talking about plans to go again (not until 2008, though) My mom actually said, "You're going to get tired of Disneyland, if you go too much."
:rotfl2: :lmao: :laughing: :lmao: :rotfl2:

JenDisneylandlver
04-03-2007, 01:30 PM
My husband hears that a lot at work too. "Don't you go anywhere else for vacation?" Um no we actually don't. LOL Then of course all the "Again?" comments.

The green eyed monster at work I think. ;)

dizzyami
04-03-2007, 01:42 PM
I didnt rub it in his face or insinuate anything. I simply was pointing out that we all choose to spend our "recreation" money in different ways. I choose to spend mine on trips to Disney. He chooses to spend his weekly on bowling. He is always saying he can't afford to take his kids there. Its not that he cant afford it, its that he chooses not to. Just as I choose not to afford to take my kids bowling every week!

Exactly - it is all about trade offs and what is important to you and your family!!! We rarely go out and try to minimize our weekly spending so that we can go to Disney as a family a couple of times a year. :cool1:

3for Me
04-03-2007, 01:50 PM
hlbtimes2 - I LOVE YOUR MATH!!!!! YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!!:thumbsup2

JenDisneylandlver
04-03-2007, 01:52 PM
Exactly - it is all about trade offs and what is important to you and your family!!! We rarely go out and try to minimize our weekly spending so that we can go to Disney as a family a couple of times a year. :cool1:

Yup exactly. Not everyone can do it all. Weekly things and then big vacation trips, great if you can afford it all, but a lot can't. Families have to pick and choose what they want to spend their money on. Besides that's what he got for making comments about the way someone ELSE spends their own money. I doubt hlbtimes2 would have mentioned what he spends on bowling every week if he wasn't making all those comments about their vacation plans.

I have a friend who is similar. She spends tons of money every month getting her hair done and nails done. Over $100 a month. Then gets season passes for Great America and Marine World (they live in N. California). Which is fine but then she gets an attitude with me when I mention were going to DL again. Even if she cut out the hair and nail spending for a year they could go (it's just 3 of them). All about choices!

FlyingBelle
04-03-2007, 02:19 PM
I know this is the Disneyland thread, but I just couldn't resist the title.

I work for an airline and I get all kinds of groans when I tell people I'm headed for WDW... again!

Why should we keep going to the same place all the time when we have access to go anywhere in the world?

We LOVE it... just like we go to the same restaurants all the time. Doesn't mean that occaisionally we'll try something new - but if we're going to spend our hard earned money on a vacation - why not go somewhere where you KNOW you'll enjoy every minute of it!

hlbtimes2
04-03-2007, 02:23 PM
Well, I understand where he's coming from. Trips are expensive and you really can't compare something they do weekly to something you do for 6 days.

Why not?

VWCat
04-03-2007, 02:33 PM
my inlaws have NEVER been on vacation,I tell them they should go to DL..they just make up excuses that they are too poor..( I feel bad for my motherinlaw and sis in law)it really depends on where your priorities are: they smoke,and smoke the pot,and eat out all the time,if they cut down on those, even just the ciggarettes they would be able to sock the money away eventually. Don't let life pass you by with excuses....I was poor for over ten years and finally we have cash again,well my man does anyways:rolleyes1

I'd go again to DL for our next trip but haven't convinced the man yet,the time will come:woohoo: :rolleyes1 :yay: :love: Disneyland will mesmorize you:love: again and again:banana: :rotfl: :yay:

moppety
04-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Why not?

Exactly! Money spent on recreation is money spent on recreation. If you choose to do it in one or two big lumps, or nickel and dime it out weekly, it's still gone in the end. It's all about personal choices.

My mom just asked me when my husband and I were going to take a "grown-up" vacation. I told her how lucky I am to be married to a person who shares the same love I have for Disney!

sharoncity
04-03-2007, 03:02 PM
Why not?

hahaha.... my thoughts exactly. I take my kids to the movies occassionally or ice skating. But when they look back at their childhood, I think they are more likely to remember a couple of awesome trips than weekly bowling trips. JMHO.

We go camping for our recreation for the most part so that every few years we can afford a "big" trip (one that includes airfare! :sad2: ) I asked my kids (DD 14 and DS 9) - "do you want to go to a Caribbean island or to Disney?" They wanted Disney again, so that is where we will go. DH and I will get back to an island someday, but apparently not until the kids are grown and gone! ;)

Hambletfamily
04-03-2007, 03:38 PM
We know what you mean. When we are planning our trips we get excited and tell people hoping they will want to join. To no avail - When people ask why or how we can afford to go to DL - We tell them we love it and we plan... We also usually purchase a package through a travel agent, like DL or AAA so we can make payments on it. $200 down and the balance 30 days before you go is a great way to have a vacation with out the up front money. There are 3 adults and 1 teen - and the last vacation was 4 adults and 1 teen. BTW - we usually do other parks when we are in CA - We also go everyother year - For about 9 days. All I can say is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN... and Be A Disser!:dance3:

Amy&Dan
04-03-2007, 04:35 PM
Linda, I get the same thing too! And I used your same method with a friend of mine who bowls. And no I wasn't rubbing it in her face (as you weren't) when I compared what she spends bowling with what we spend on our Disney trips. It helped her to see that no, we aren't millionaires or spendaholics we just spend our entertainment money differently than they do. If bowling makes them happy go for it. Going to DL and WDW makes me happy. These same friends also bought a beautiful pool table that cost about what our Disney cruise did. Yes, they will have that pool table forever but I will have my memories of my kids cruising with family members (dh's family came with on that trip). Its all about what makes you happy! My theory is that in the end we all spend about the same money each year, we just spend it differently. I get that and always have, I would love it if all my friends would do the same and stop calling me and my husband Minnie and Mickey!

Oh and one other thing, our friends make fun of us, in a good natured way, but guess whose brain they pick when they go to Disney? Sometimes I feel like a freebie Disney travel specialist as I guide them through the restaurants, hotels, rides and fastpass 101. And when they get there they love me for it and realize my addiction is their gain!

Oh and I also have to add that as a little girl I would always watch the Wonderful World of Disney. I loved it when Tink used her wand to set off those fireworks over the castle. My dad would always say, someday we'll go there. He died when I was just seven and we never did get to go with him. But thankfully, I have outlived my dad and taken my kids on many Disney trips. I feel like I am just sort of doing what he would have done had he not been taken so young. I think he's looking down happy I got to go!

Leofoenget
04-03-2007, 05:06 PM
I get a lot of the "AGAINS???????" too but for US it's cheaper to go there than to not go anywhere. We drive, stay across the street, book our rooms WAY EARLY, make sure that our room has free breakfast of some kind, buy "stuff" outside the park as much as possible. AP's for the family. I can't afford to go fancy places, I am a SAHM. Plus if you go by the seasons, Halloween, Christmas, Spring, it is a different place each time. MY sister gives me a hard time "Go to the BEACH or something" I'm in the SF bay area, I GO TO THE BEACH ALL THE TIME WHEN I AM AVOIDING THE SUMMER CROWDS!!

Have fun, and ENJOY THE PARK!!

hlbtimes2
04-03-2007, 05:21 PM
My boss caught part of the conversation. He laughed and said "well, you guys do realize that Linda really lives at Disneyland and just visits us here, dont you?" I swear I dont spend THAT much time there.

PlazaPavGal92
04-03-2007, 06:01 PM
Why not?

Ok fine...to answer your very question of "why not"....maybe his 52 weeks of bowling with his family is actually more important than spending all their recreation money for 6 days. I mean, there are some people who don't see it as necessary and really don't care for anything Disney and would rather spend the money doing something on a weekly basis.

Why do you feel compelled to defend your vacation anyway? Personally, when someone asked me why I was going on the same trip twice in 3 years, I knew it was a jealousy question and I didn't want to rub it in. I just responded "because my family likes it". I don't break down someone else's family finances to their face. But that's how I interpretted it. I mean you said it yourself...after you compared his bowling to your grad disney trip...he got quiet. That's rubbing it in.

rosiep
04-03-2007, 06:02 PM
Oh and I also have to add that as a little girl I would always watch the Wonderful World of Disney. I loved it when Tink used her wand to set off those fireworks over the castle. My dad would always say, someday we'll go there. He died when I was just seven and we never did get to go with him. But thankfully, I have outlived my dad and taken my kids on many Disney trips. I feel like I am just sort of doing what he would have done had he not been taken so young. I think he's looking down happy I got to go!


Thanks for sharing that. I, too, used to watch the WWOD. I thought it was soooo beautiful. I came from a chaotic home life and always imagined Disneyland to be such a magical place. Now that I'm an adult (with an amazing life, I might add) I feel eternally grateful for having the opportunity to be able to visit the place of my childhood dreams.

Hooray for us!!!!

dohgusgus
04-03-2007, 06:05 PM
It's simple. really.

We (DISers) go to Disney again and again because we KNOW we will always have a great time. We aren't going to a different country (except UK people) or faraway destination that has a totally different culture (although it sometimes feels that way:rotfl: ). We know Disney's standards and they come through 99.99997% of the time.

For me personally, why risk using x amount of $ and not having anything memorable to show for it (pictures and memories are worth so much more than souvenirs!).

I choose Disney because it is like going home, seeing those distant relatives that you love SO much and the cares of this world are set aside for a week or maybe just a day, but a WHOLE day nonetheless.

auntyjenn
04-03-2007, 06:24 PM
I have the opposite problem. We took some family members and some friends on a trip to WDW and now they won't leave us alone and want to go back again and again! :jumping1:

(We're going to DL in September with just adults, then taking all the family again in 2008).

disneegrl4eva
04-03-2007, 06:25 PM
Why do you feel compelled to defend your vacation anyway?

why are you giving her a hard time??? im not sure why it matters to you??? this forum is very friendly and maybe you've had experiences with other forums that are argumentative and such but we arent like that so please refrain from being....oh heck dont be mean!!!

Alex2kMommy
04-03-2007, 06:34 PM
I have wanted to go to Disneyland ever since I was a little girl watching the WWOD, too!

When DH and I married, we said we would take our child when s/he turned 5yo. Our first trip was last fall, and actually our oldest son was 6 and the youngest son 2.

We had so much fun; it was everything I'd dreamed of and more. :love:

We started planning another trip for fall 2007. I've also gotten the "Again?!" and "Gee, you guys must be loaded!" comments. Most people say it in a joking way, but some are a bit snide. I have no problem telling them this was our first vacation in 4 years, and we had an incredible time. I also point out that we saved and limited our other spending in order to make this trip.

Nobody needs to be jealous, but if someone is thinking the trip is just out of their reach, I'll be happy to inform them otherwise. And the first information I point them to is the DISBOARDS. :thumbsup2

Amy&Dan
04-03-2007, 06:55 PM
Why do you feel compelled to defend your vacation anyway? Personally, when someone asked me why I was going on the same trip twice in 3 years, I knew it was a jealousy question and I didn't want to rub it in. I just responded "because my family likes it". I don't break down someone else's family finances to their face. But that's how I interpretted it. I mean you said it yourself...after you compared his bowling to your grad disney trip...he got quiet. That's rubbing it in.


Why do you feel compelled to keep missing the point of this thread and giving this OP a hard time? She did not rub it in, she defended her position after this person questioned her about why she goes to DL. Would you not do the same if someone basically questioined your judgement and spending habits? This is a friendly board and a fun thread, lets keep it that way if at all possible! Oh and I think he got "quiet" because he knew she had made a good point and that he was the one that had been wrong, not because she had been mean and saddened him into being quiet.

Amy&Dan
04-03-2007, 06:59 PM
Thanks for sharing that. I, too, used to watch the WWOD. I thought it was soooo beautiful. I came from a chaotic home life and always imagined Disneyland to be such a magical place. Now that I'm an adult (with an amazing life, I might add) I feel eternally grateful for having the opportunity to be able to visit the place of my childhood dreams.

Hooray for us!!!!

Thank you :) , and thanks for sharing your story too! I can still see myself, all dressed in my pj's with my Cindy Brady pig tails and bangs watching that show! It sounds like I am not the only one that was taking notes and making future Disney plans! And I am so thankful that Disneyland lived up to my childhood dreams and expectations, that just makes it all worth it to me!

disneegrl4eva
04-03-2007, 07:00 PM
Why do you feel compelled to keep missing the point of this thread and giving this OP a hard time? She did not rub it in, she defended her position after this person questioned her about why she goes to DL. Would you not do the same if someone basically questioined your judgement and spending habits? This is a friendly board and a fun thread, lets keep it that way if at all possible!

ya thats what i said but you just said it nicer:rolleyes1

Amy&Dan
04-03-2007, 07:08 PM
ya thats what i said :rolleyes1

Yeah I know (great minds think alike I guess)! I responded before I read through all the replies!

disneegrl4eva
04-03-2007, 07:34 PM
Yeah I know (great minds think alike I guess)! I responded before I read through all the replies!

dont they though;) :hug:

AZMickeyfans
04-03-2007, 10:57 PM
Linda, I completely know how you feel.

We get looks and comments from people because we visit DLR so much. I think it's all in individual priorities as to how you spend your families extra money. It's all relative. For us DLR is very important. I met Dh working at WDW so anything Disney is very special. We don't go out to eat often, wear designer clothes, have a big house but we do spend money going to Disneyland. For us it's the perfect getaway and we try to go a few times a year. We are within driving distance and stay across the street so we don't spend much on hotels or airfare.

We keep thinking the memories we make with our kids are priceless. I dont remember all the nights out on the town or the fancy cars my parents had but I have wonderful memories from vacations especially Disney that I wanted to give my kids.

rentayenta
04-03-2007, 11:58 PM
Linda, I can so commiserate! We get the Disneyland again look all the time. Some even talk behind our backs about. :rotfl2: Can you imagine? Why does anyone care where we choose to vacation?


The funny thing is that we have taken the kids to lots of other places and we still end up at Disneyland. It really is family friendly with something for everyone. :cheer2:

princess@heart
04-04-2007, 09:07 AM
You know... I wonder if people who live near Disney parks and have APs get weird comments about going often?

Live live fairly close to Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA here in Williamsburg, VA. We buy "season passports" to both (owned by Anheuser Busch) and go every chance we get. BG is open end of March through Halloween, and WC is open Mother's Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. To us, amusement parks and water parks are how we like to spend our free time. Then, when we go on vacation, we choose Disney parks because we love Disney and we love theme parks. Nobody ever questions us going to Busch Gardens or Water Country almost every weekend, but when we say we are going on a Disney vacation, they don't understand why we go more than once. :confused:

BTW, where was I when WWOD was on? I was born in 1977 and I never remember seeing it, yet people my age talk about it. :confused3

Jestocost
04-04-2007, 10:17 AM
Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.

Alex2kMommy
04-04-2007, 10:33 AM
Amber, I had to look it up, because I thought the show ended in the 70s. It turns out it ran (off and on) through 2005! It's been on ABC, NBC, CBS and the Disney Channel, and still runs occasionally on ABC, its original broadcast station. Who knew??? :confused3

Here's a Wikipedia link to more detailed info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_anthology_series

hlbtimes2
04-04-2007, 11:18 AM
Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.

Really, you are putting way to much thought into my post. I wasnt defending in the defensive way you are reading it. I simply pointed out to someone, that I have worked with for 9 years, that I enjoy what my family does. Just as he enjoys what his family does. It's all about where our families choose to spend money and time. Disney is the hobby we enjoy, just like his bowling hobby. The post was light hearted and joking. I'm sorry you missed that. :confused3 Many other people could relate and find the humor in it. :thumbsup2

But, since you seem to want to debate it: What do you say if someone questions how you spend your time and money? Walk away without having a conversation? Tell them they are right?

As to "what did it accomplish"? Well, I may have planted a seed that disney vacations are not that expensive if you plan. In the 9 years we have worked together he has NEVER taken his family on a vacation. Maybe my friendly debate will get him to take his kids before they all leave for college.

princess@heart
04-04-2007, 11:34 AM
Amber, I had to look it up, because I thought the show ended in the 70s. It turns out it ran (off and on) through 2005! It's been on ABC, NBC, CBS and the Disney Channel, and still runs occasionally on ABC, its original broadcast station. Who knew??? :confused3

Here's a Wikipedia link to more detailed info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_anthology_series

Thanks for the link. :thumbsup2 I realize now that I have seen the current opening for WWOD before, but it usually preceded a Disney animated movie. I was hoping for the original series reruns with Walt himself, and not just showing Disney movies.

Does anyone own WWOD on DVD? I'd really like to know how I can buy the episodes about Disneyland.

Disnee
04-04-2007, 11:42 AM
We got back from a trip just a couple of months ago, and plans were already in the works to go back ON THE WAY HOME :thumbsup2 Yeah, people don't get us, but then I figure that unless they've been to DL and felt the magic they won't be able to understand.

For us, with our child's age, DL is the one place where we can ALL go, and ALL have a wonderful time. We don't have to "dumb it down" for DS's sake, going on some god-awful kiddie holiday where DH and I live in fear of losing precious brain cells. DS isn't bored silly trying to be amused by more adult pursuits - it's a win-win all around :cloud9: Not to say we couldn't all enjoy ourselves on a beach somewhere, but I can only do that kind of holiday for a day or two before I'm bored. DL is truly our family happy place, and as long as we're happy with it - and the ones paying for it - I don't let other people's comments bug me. The time will come when we start to vacation in other ways/places....but for now DL fits the bill perfectly.

princess@heart
04-04-2007, 11:54 AM
Not to say we couldn't all enjoy ourselves on a beach somewhere, but I can only do that kind of holiday for a day or two before I'm bored.

I totally agree. Aside from the fact that we live at a beach... LOL... I'd get bored with nothing to do at a resort with just a pool, a beach, and a few restaurants.

And to add to that, I'm very fair-skinned, and I have a family history of skin cancer. Even just for a day at a water park, I slather on tons of sunscreen, keep my shoulders covered, and try to lay in the shade if taking a break. Then I try to stay out of the sun for the next few days. I've gotten burnt too many times to really enjoy the beach.

labagit
04-04-2007, 12:08 PM
I totally agree. Aside from the fact that we live at a beach... LOL... I'd get bored with nothing to do at a resort with just a pool, a beach, and a few restaurants.

And to add to that, I'm very fair-skinned, and I have a family history of skin cancer. Even just for a day at a water park, I slather on tons of sunscreen, keep my shoulders covered, and try to lay in the shade if taking a break. Then I try to stay out of the sun for the next few days. I've gotten burnt too many times to really enjoy the beach.
Ahh, but there is so much more to a "beach vacation" than lying on the beach...Snorkeling with incredible fish and beautifully colored coral, hiking through rainforests, viewing waterfalls, listening to the waves as you lie in bed at night, watching the sunrise or sunset over the horizon of the ocean, experiencing a different culture if your beach vacation takes you to a different country....

I've been on numerous "beach vacations", and I've probably never spent longer than just an hour on the beach, and it wasn't spent lying around. They are what I could return to time and time again, yet I want to have different experiences as well. So this is where I differ...I can understand the people that don't "get it" that some want to spend all their vacations at Disney, because I thrive on diversity. Even though I have my favorites, I would never want to go to the same place again and again. I don't worry about not having a better vacation; I know it will just be a different vacation.

All that said, it's no one else's business how you spend your family time and money. If it works for you, that's fabulous. There've been a few who have felt that questions come from jealousy, though, and I think they just come from different perspectives. It's easy to fall into the mindset that how we do things is the best. That's when a friendly discussion like the OP had with his coworker can educate and remind that we all make choices and the important thing at the end of the day is to be happy with our own.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 12:22 PM
Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.


Wow if this thread turned into a debate it was because a couple of people turned it into one. And it wasn't the OP who did that on this thread or in the original lighthearted conversation she had with a friend. Honestly, this is a DISNEY board. We all come here because we all like Disney probably a bit more than the average person. We come here to trade little stories and tidbits about our trips, the planning we do, right down to what snack we can't wait to eat and what ride we ride first and if we cry during Remember and why that hotel in our sig is our favorite place to stay. I have seen numerous threads on this topic, particularly on the WDW side and I can never remember a single time before this one, when it got turned around into something more serious than just a "hey, aren't we all Disney addicts and look how everybody wonders about our sanity" Ha ha, hee hee. Its just a commentary on something sort of funny. Not a debate meant to spark up any indignation. And perfectly fun and appropriate for a board named DIS!

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the link. :thumbsup2 I realize now that I have seen the current opening for WWOD before, but it usually preceded a Disney animated movie. I was hoping for the original series reruns with Walt himself, and not just showing Disney movies.

Does anyone own WWOD on DVD? I'd really like to know how I can buy the episodes about Disneyland.

Amber, I bought the set of the original epsiodes ABC ran when Disneyland was being built and first opened. These were 4 (2 disc set) old black and white episodes that helped advertise and finance Disneyland. I think Walt got some financial backing to build his park from ABC and the tradeoff was that he would do these episodes. I got this set (it came in sort of a silver, metallic case) and its called "Walt Disney Treasures, Disneyland USA". I got mine from the Disney movie club thing I used to belong to but I have also seen them at my local Disney store.

The Wonderful World of Disney I used to watch as a kid was always on Sunday nights at 6:00 I think. It was usually a Disney movie or show and it always kicked off with this little footage of Tink using her wand to ignite the fireworks over the castle. This would have been back in the late 60's and early 70's. Before your time! But I know it continued to run for many years.

hlbtimes2
04-04-2007, 12:56 PM
Thanks Amy! Very well said.

Jestocost
04-04-2007, 01:06 PM
Wow if this thread turned into a debate it was because a couple of people turned it into one. And it wasn't the OP who did that on this thread or in the original lighthearted conversation she had with a friend. Honestly, this is a DISNEY board. We all come here because we all like Disney probably a bit more than the average person. We come here to trade little stories and tidbits about our trips, the planning we do, right down to what snack we can't wait to eat and what ride we ride first and if we cry during Remember and why that hotel in our sig is our favorite place to stay. I have seen numerous threads on this topic, particularly on the WDW side and I can never remember a single time before this one, when it got turned around into something more serious than just a "hey, aren't we all Disney addicts and look how everybody wonders about our sanity" Ha ha, hee hee. Its just a commentary on something sort of funny. Not a debate meant to spark up any indignation. And perfectly fun and appropriate for a board named DIS!

I wasn't referring to the debate in this thread or criticizing the OP. Just adding my "tidbit" about how I react in these situations. No indignation on my part.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 01:32 PM
I wasn't referring to the debate in this thread or criticizing the OP. Just adding my "tidbit" about how I react in these situations. No indignation on my part.

You said:

Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.

This reply suggested to me you were indignant at that thought. The term "wasting" implies being a bit critical since you say you would not do that. That might be your tidbit and you might not mean it to be critical but in the end its hard to tell on a message board. I don't know your tone only your language. And thats how I came to my conclusion.

Jestocost
04-04-2007, 01:36 PM
You said:

Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.

This reply suggested to me you were indignant at that thought. The term "wasting" implies being a bit critical since you say you would not do that. That might be your tidbit and you might not mean it to be critical but in the end its hard to tell on a message board. I don't know your tone only your language. And thats how I came to my conclusion.

Imagine the conclusion I came to based on your response then.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 01:41 PM
delted not worth it!

Alex2kMommy
04-04-2007, 02:48 PM
Honestly? I wouldn't waste one bit of energy "defending" my vacation choices. What in heaven's name does holding such a debate accomplish even if you "win?" Absolutely nothing.
If I may offer a bit more on this subject, please bear with me.

When I first read this post, I honestly wasn't sure what kind of tone it was meant to convey. Giving Jestocost the benefit of the doubt, I asked myself, "Why would I defend or debate my vacation choice? What would I expect to gain by doing so?"

Firstly, some people make comments like that thinking DL is a been there, done that kind of place, and for some perhaps it is. Some people (as another poster said) like variety in their vacations, and would not consider going back to the same place when there are other places to explore. Some people might be jealous, I suppose, though that jealousy is silly when you really look at it. Some people might think that they seriously could never afford to take such a vacation, and wouldn't even look into what it would take. My parents were the latter.

When someone asks why we're going back again, I assume it's an honest question, whether it's said seriously, jokingly, or snidely. We say because we had such an incredible, magical vacation, and can't wait to experience that again!

I understand people liking variety in their vacations, I also would enjoy that, but we are somewhat limited by DH's vacation choices (he likes familiarity), and finances, and the fact that we have two very small boys. If someone honestly thinks that they could never afford DL, I will be happy to put the cost in relative terms for the person. I used to have a latte every single day. I used to eat out for lunch every week day. We used to eat out for dinner 2 to 3 times a week, and we're not even talking nice dinners! I was shocked at how much money I was eating up every year for those habits!

What do I expect to gain? Perhaps educating someone else can be considered a gain. They don't have to agree with my choice, or even really get it. If the question was asked snidely, perhaps my answer that we had a fantastic time will satisfy them and shut them up. I'd consider no more snide comments a plus!

Right now I'm helping two (separate) friends plan trips to DL. One is a young single girl who is going to DL for the first time, with a girlfriend and the friend's kids. The other is a single mom with two boys, who has also never been. The reason they chose to go is because they asked me why we want to go back, and I answered honestly.

And I'm having almost as much fun helping plan their trips as I am our own! Another gain! :)

MATTERHORN
04-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Alex2kmommy, couldn't have said it better myself. You nailed it right on the head. I can only hope that others can have as magical a time with their family there as I do with mine!

Andrea

Tink33
04-04-2007, 05:56 PM
You know... I wonder if people who live near Disney parks and have APs get weird comments about going often?



:rolleyes1 Although I am not going as much due to a new job and people are asking what is wrong with me. ;)

XTinabell
04-04-2007, 06:10 PM
I'm going to jump on here and defend jestocost. I've been reading this thread for a couple of days now shaking my head at how such a simple topic can turn into a heated debate. Jestocost wasn't the original person who tried to start a fight check out page 1 if you need to remember who it was. It's okay for people to disagree on the dl pages - some people defend their vacation choices other's don't it's pointless to jump into a war and the way I saw it Jestocost was just pointing out he/she doesn't defend their vacation choices. I don't believe it was a personal attack. There is a right way to disagree that was how Jestocost did it and there is an impolite way and that was how the person on page one did it.That's all I"m going to say and now I'm going to slip back out and help people with their disney planning, play nice everyone :)

JenDisneylandlver
04-04-2007, 06:31 PM
I defend my vacation choices because I find it rude that someone is questioning my going there, with my own hard earned money. I guess the question of this thread should be, "Why question someone's vacation choice? What do you get out of saying "AGAIN?" to them? It's simply not nice, and should be expected for that person to question you right back. Nothing worse to me then a person who can dish it, but can't take it. If you don't want someone questioning your weekly bowling trips, then don't question their yearly Disney trips. Simple as that!

If someone goes to Hawaii every year, I think that they must really love it there. Good for them! I'd wish them a good time, tell them to bring in some pictures afterwards. Instead of being rude by saying "Why there AGAIN?" When truely it isn't my business of why anyway. JMHO

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 08:56 PM
I think there probably was misunderstanding on several of our parts with this thread. And that happens, its really hard to sometimes not jump to a conclusion on a message board. Its not like a conversation when you can tell what a person means by more than just their words. Most of the time I think many of us are sort of slipping in and out of threads while we are doing other things and we read them quickly and respond quickly, maybe too quickly! In the end, people will all feel very different and very personal about their decisions on how to spend their money and their time. And react accordingly. I still have thought this was a very fun thread and its interesting to see that many of us regular visitors to DL and WDW get some of the same responses from friends and family.

Jestocost
04-04-2007, 09:32 PM
I think there probably was misunderstanding on several of our parts with this thread. And that happens, its really hard to sometimes not jump to a conclusion on a message board. Its not like a conversation when you can tell what a person means by more than just their words. Most of the time I think many of us are sort of slipping in and out of threads while we are doing other things and we read them quickly and respond quickly, maybe too quickly! In the end, people will all feel very different and very personal about their decisions on how to spend their money and their time. And react accordingly. I still have thought this was a very fun thread and its interesting to see that many of us regular visitors to DL and WDW get some of the same responses from friends and family.

FWIW, I agree completely. I never meant to be negative or anything, just wanted to add how I deal with such things. I'm an inveterate smart aleck with a heart of gold, however; a combination that doesn't always translate well in one-off posts.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 09:48 PM
FWIW, I agree completely. I never meant to be negative or anything, just wanted to add how I deal with such things. I'm an inveterate smart aleck with a heart of gold, however; a combination that doesn't always translate well in one-off posts.

See, I told you we were both nice people! And I was right wasn't I? And FWIW, I too am a bit of smart aleck! Hey, I do have a question, are you a guy or gal? (I always like to get a mental picture of my dis friends, hard to do when I don't know the gender!)

Jestocost
04-04-2007, 10:11 PM
See, I told you we were both nice people! And I was right wasn't I? And FWIW, I too am a bit of smart aleck! Hey, I do have a question, are you a guy or gal? (I always like to get a mental picture of my dis friends, hard to do when I don't know the gender!)

I'm a guy and have been for my entire life.

disneegrl4eva
04-04-2007, 10:16 PM
I'm a guy and have been for my entire life.

:lmao: good one......you know personally, I dont take offense at somebody saying something about me going to disneyland all the time...I just laugh :rotfl: i think its funny

XTinabell
04-04-2007, 10:41 PM
:lmao: good one......you know personally, I dont take offense at somebody saying something about me going to disneyland all the time...I just laugh :rotfl: i think its funny

I agree, I get a kick of watching my family's reactions when I tell them I'm going to Disneyland again. It's an awesome place to be and makes me feel like a kid again and I never want that feeling to go away.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 10:55 PM
I'm a guy and have been for my entire life.

Well thats good to know!

disneymom8589
04-05-2007, 11:57 AM
Our family loves Disney vacations! We have so many wonderful memories of our trips. :cloud9: Planning the next trip is ALMOST as much fun as the vacation itself! And yes, we get comments from family and friends about "DL again?" :)

wvnative
04-05-2007, 05:30 PM
My DD's friends are jealous that she gets to go again already(last Oct and this May). She loves the park and it's a great way for us to spend time together without her spending every waking moment talking/texting on her cell.

I get the "AGAIN's" here at work. It's not too bad though. They seem to accept my response and often ask for planning tips.

We go because my DD is 16. My ex was a stick in the mud and didn't like to go anywhere. My family never could afford a trip to DL when I was a kid. I was 26 (gasp) the first I walked through the gates at DL. We spent one day at WDW when I was 12. That would have been a great trip except for having to spend the whole day with a cousin I don't care much for. I'm still thankful for the memories though. Anyway, DD loves to go to DL and as long as I can save up the money to go, it builds memories for her while she's still interested in hanging out with her mom. Plus, we just love it.

princess@heart
04-05-2007, 05:45 PM
My family never could afford a trip to DL when I was a kid. I was 26 (gasp) the first I walked through the gates at DL. We spent one day at WDW when I was 12. That would have been a great trip except for having to spend the whole day with a cousin I don't care much for. I'm still thankful for the memories though.


Sounds like me. My mom chose not to take family vacations when I lived at home, but she remarried when I went to college and took my brother and sister to WDW! :mad:

I got to go for a half-day to MK with my grandparents when they moved to Florida. I was 17 at the time. I didn't get to go again until I was 28! :eek:

I will be spending my 30th birthday for not only my first visit to DL, but my first time going West of the Eastern Standard Time line. I've been as far East as Moscow, but I've never really gone West.

ploeb
04-09-2007, 04:04 PM
[QUOTE=PlazaPavGal92;17905383] IMO, you didn't have to rub it in his face and insenuate that he spends too much on bowling. Because as I see it my weekly trips to DL is equal to his family bowling. [QUOTE]

I didnt rub it in his face or insinuate anything. I simply was pointing out that we all choose to spend our "recreation" money in different ways. I choose to spend mine on trips to Disney. He chooses to spend his weekly on bowling. He is always saying he can't afford to take his kids there. Its not that he cant afford it, its that he chooses not to. Just as I choose not to afford to take my kids bowling every week!

:3dglasses Heythere, we havent heard from you in awhile, or maybe its me who has not logged on!:rotfl: Anyhow, glad to hear you are not folding under pressure. JK!! Im possibly going in June my self, but may end up switching to July because all the hotels are sold out already, so there maybe some convention or something,plus, my hubby and I are going to Maui in May:hug: . So money wise it may work out better

pindecisive
04-09-2007, 07:43 PM
Oh I love going to Disneyland.
I havent delt with the people who ask "why" yet because my best friends are usually the ones who go 3-5 times a year.

Truthfully when you break the money down, a 2-3 day trip costs under 500 a person which includes flight, Park Hopper and hotel.

I spent about that to visit my friend in Arizona for three days.

Andrew812
04-09-2007, 08:46 PM
Well I have to admit, my first trip t DisneyLand was on my honeymoon back in 1989. that was my first vaction, I was 27 at the time and have worked since I was 12. we could have gone to some where tropical but I wanted to go to DisneyLand.
When it really gets down to where you spend your vacation who cares where you go aslong as you are going to where you would love to go, who cares what anyone elses thinks, at least that is my way of thinking

NVDisMom
04-10-2007, 06:53 PM
When I was growing up we lived less than 10 miles from Dl and went maybe three times. If I had known we were so close....grrr. Now I get the chance to show Disney to my girls. We couldn't do it when they were really little and actually I am okay with that. It made the first time when they were six and eight incredibly special for all of us. So much so we did it three times in a year and have decided to make it an annual thing from here on out. I can honestly see us still doing it when they are in college.

One of my friends keeps telling us we should try somewhere different. I'm sure the time will come when we do, but I don't see the reason right now. Like another poster said...why not go somewhere you KNOW you will have fun at? We all agree Disney is the place for us. WDW is the plan for '08. Mom is going with us in Dec '07. Honestly I'm getting the feeling she is tired of her daughters asking why they don't get to go. So she is criticizing for selfish reasons.
My hubby's boss just laughs everytime he tells him where we're going when he requests the days off. He lives in Huntington Beach and doesn't have kids. We don't expect him to get it.

PeterPansPixie
04-10-2007, 07:24 PM
We are going to DL in the fall without our kids. :eek: Our friends don't understand why we would go to DL when we don't "have" to (i.e. no kids on this vacation). These are the same friends who go to Las Vegas every year. Why would you go to Vegas every year? :confused3

I absolutely love Disneyland because it reminds me of my childhood. I have memories of going there with my parents (both of whom would never go there now). And now I have memories of our family trip with our kids.

DL isn't for everyone. It is for those of us who never want to grow up and never want our children and grandchildren to grow up.