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Chic
06-04-2009, 01:38 PM
Although I've only been a DVC member since 2007, I've been visiting Disneyland since 1968 and Disney World since 1971. My family currently visits a Disney park 6 or 7 times a year. We live in North Carolina so we help keep the airlines in business! Here is my question: Are there any DVC members here who joined and simply got burned out on Disney and no longer had the desire to visit? I'm 45 years old and plan to use every year of my SSR contract. If I can't walk in the years to come, I'll rent the electric scooter and enjoy the magic! :lmao:

bobbiwoz
06-04-2009, 01:53 PM
Our family had grown in the 6 years we've been members. I'm 62 and love taking our DGC and extended family and I'm doing it while I can enjoy it. Here's hoping I last! DMom came when she was 85, we had a great party for her, and she came 3 times when she was 86 (once we had a party for DAunt who was 80 that year), but her days of enjoying WDW are behind her. It's not just physical, she walks better than I do, she's failing mentally, so all I can say, is enjoy it while you can! Our DAunt who's now 83 won't be coming any more either, she couldn't cope with it, yet at 80 she was great!

I'll be 95 in 2042 when most of our points expire, I have no idea what life will be like then!

Bobbi:goodvibes

Chic
06-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Bobbi-I will be 90 when my SSR contract expires and I'm already stressing about what to do if I don't receive a 15 year extension offer! :rotfl2:

disneynutz
06-04-2009, 02:29 PM
I think the greatest factor are the changes that the DVC and Disney continue to make. When the magic goes away, why bother going to Disney. Over the last several years Disney continues to make changes that the regulars notice. Cut backs on almost everything, food, Cast Members, maintenance, merchandise, transportation and shows. One would hope that this is a temporary thing, but it doesn't look like it. :sad2:

Chic
06-04-2009, 02:44 PM
Everything goes through cycles and I believe Disney is doing some restructuring to survive this economical situation. I remember when Disneyland took a negative turn several years ago but Matt Ouimet came in and fixed the problems which resulted in record breaking attendance and profits at the resort. In time, I believe the "magic" will return to its full force and be stronger than ever.

JasonDVC
06-04-2009, 03:02 PM
Everything goes through cycles and I believe Disney is doing some restructuring to survive this economical situation. I remember when Disneyland took a negative turn several years ago but Matt Ouimet came in and fixed the problems which resulted in record breaking attendance and profits at the resort. In time, I believe the "magic" will return to its full force and be stronger than ever.

That's the spirit!!!

rigsby25
06-04-2009, 03:08 PM
Actually - we did kind of WDW out. We've been spending time in Vero Beach and we're very happy there. This fall we are going back to WDW to experience AKV Kidani. We haven't been there since last April. I hope there is something new there for us. For a while there, between soarin' and expedition everest, it seemed like a good idea to go frequently. But not so lately.

Dreamfinder2
06-04-2009, 03:10 PM
Although I've only been a DVC member since 2007, I've been visiting Disneyland since 1968 and Disney World since 1971. My family currently visits a Disney park 6 or 7 times a year. We live in North Carolina so we help keep the airlines in business! Here is my question: Are there any DVC members here who joined and simply got burned out on Disney and no longer had the desire to visit? I'm 45 years old and plan to use every year of my SSR contract. If I can't walk in the years to come, I'll rent the electric scooter and enjoy the magic! :lmao:

I'm sorry - can you enlighten me on this term you use, "Disney burnout?" ;)

If anything, my passion for WDW gets worse with each passing year. Even if I never stepped foot inside a park, I could go to WDW, stay in a DVC property, and have a terrific time.

Just like humans and families, Disney has good days and bad days - even, perhaps, good years and bad years. I'd just say right now things at WDW are reflecting the state of things, specifically the economy, as a whole. I don't believe we're stuck in the doldrums forever. For the life of me, I read other folks' posts about how awful things are, and just remind myself that so much of it is subjective. To me, your Disney experience is made up in large part of the attitude of your mind and heart. You get out of a Disney vacation what you take into it, methinks.

Still, honest evaluation and helpful critiques are good things.

I have to work really hard to be a cynic; I guess that's a flaw I need to work on ... sometimes I feel so out of place, being an optimist and all.

TMB1203
06-04-2009, 03:19 PM
I'm sorry - can you enlighten me on this term you use, "Disney burnout?" ;)

:lmao:
I agree!

ldo
06-04-2009, 03:19 PM
I wondered about this for my kids and did not want to ever hear "we're going to WDW-DVC again-big deal..." So, we try to stay at a different DVC resort each time--I love that you can call up at 7 months and try something new with little hassle. Each DVC resort feels like a totally different trip. Plus, there is so much to do--rent boats, horseback riding, water parks, etc. We have been going 2-3X year for the past 5+ years and are loving it! Our Easter trip was so busy, we only went into the parks for 1 day. have fun. Elaine

littlestar
06-04-2009, 03:30 PM
We kind of get that way every once in a while. When we do, we own other timeshares so we mix up our trips. That helps a lot.

We may skip renewing our Disney annual passes next year. I think we are going to do a trip to Williamsburg, VA, and Hilton Head, SC, instead and stay at Marriott Vacation Club and only do one Orlando DVC trip next year to let us take a break from Disney.

La2kw
06-04-2009, 06:14 PM
My kids are sick of Disneyland and WDW, but that doesn't stop DW and I. We just leave them at home now that they are both college age.

twinklebug
06-04-2009, 08:11 PM
I can say for sure that I won't get burned out - to me the magic is in the people who make the experience come together. Whether we visit park or just enjoy the resort we're at - I'm happy.

Both my boys love Disney and I can't see that ever changing.

My daughter (15), however, hates disney. :rolleyes: I think it has to do with the fact that anything I take a liking to she feels she is obligated to detest. :headache:

culli
06-04-2009, 08:45 PM
I'm sorry - can you enlighten me on this term you use, "Disney burnout?" ;)

If anything, my passion for WDW gets worse with each passing year. Even if I never stepped foot inside a park, I could go to WDW, stay in a DVC property, and have a terrific time.

Just like humans and families, Disney has good days and bad days - even, perhaps, good years and bad years. I'd just say right now things at WDW are reflecting the state of things, specifically the economy, as a whole. I don't believe we're stuck in the doldrums forever. For the life of me, I read other folks' posts about how awful things are, and just remind myself that so much of it is subjective. To me, your Disney experience is made up in large part of the attitude of your mind and heart. You get out of a Disney vacation what you take into it, methinks.

Still, honest evaluation and helpful critiques are good things.

I have to work really hard to be a cynic; I guess that's a flaw I need to work on ... sometimes I feel so out of place, being an optimist and all.


TOTALLY AGREE.......Semper FI!

edk35
06-04-2009, 08:47 PM
I hope I never get burned out. I was worried about my 15 year old. After our Jan. trip he claimed for 3 or so months that he really didn't want to go back in July...................HOWEVER he is BACK ON BOARD NOW. WOOOHOOOO. I think there is so much that WDW offers that as we continue going ...our trips will change. We already enjoy less park time and more resort time. We are starting a nice summer tradition now and we have some great friends who are also DVC members and we are enjoying planning trips together and DVC offers so much more than just going to WDW too. I am already kinda looking ahead to a Disney Land trip in the next couple of years. I feel like WE ARE JUST BEGINNING SOME WONDERFUL VACATIONS THROUGH OUR DVC MEMBERSHIP. :cool1: I am looking forward to visiting other place besides WDW in the future. Our membership will allow for us to do that.

lizziepooh
06-04-2009, 10:06 PM
DH and I would definitely burnout if we were doing 6 or 7 trips per year like the OP. We have averaged one or two trips per year since joining in 2002. We have reached the point where we are considering not renewing our annual passes when we go in January and just do a no parks vacation. Maybe by January though, we will feel differently and be ready for the parks again.

swanwed6206
06-04-2009, 10:30 PM
I hope we never get to that stage but we did consider it when we made our purchase. The saving grace for me was the other places you can stay with your points. I kind of recognized that staying outside the World on points is not always the best deal in comparison to the DVC resorts, but even if you stay at a 4/5 star hotel for 2 nights twice a year, (probably be somewhere in the $400-500 range per night) it is still less than the maintenance fee. My aunt and uncle are long time owners (15+) and they still love it; they just scaled back on park-commando and check out other stuff.

The thing I do worry about is that our DS14 gets sick of it/takes it for granted. I just feel that there is so much variety there that so long as you switch it up a little each year, a new experience can be had and the magic can be sustained. This year, he met some boys from our area and has already hung out with them since we have been back. He considered this past trip his "best one ever." That really made us feel great, and reinforce that our DVC membership is worth it!

El&Asmom
06-04-2009, 10:37 PM
We have gone 6 times in the last 4 years, which isn't a lot compared to many on this board. We are finding new things on each trip to love. Our kids are young. They are 6, 3.5 and 6months old. As they get older, their interests will change and we will move on to different activities.
We are going again in Jan since I have a conference then. We are thinking about taking a couple of years off and going to HHI for the next 2 summers. If we go back to WDW in a few years, our two oldest will be out of strollers and our youngest will be 3sh so we will be able to do a lot more at the parks. We went last month, and it was a lot of work lugging all the kids around. It was still fun, just a lot of work. We're looking forward to the days when our kids are old enough to walk on their own and we don't have all of their gear to drag around.

That's the nice thing about DVC though, we can mix things up with a beach trip, go to WDW, hang at the hotel, and in a couple of years even go to HI. Even if you don't trade out, their are still a lot of great options.

Deb & Bill
06-04-2009, 10:41 PM
This trip has been different from our past trips. We used to get up early and head to the EMH park to ride for three or four hours and then go back to the resort for a nap and a swim. Then back to another park in the evening.

This trip we have been sleeping in and going to the water parks when they open at 10AM, staying until about 3 and then hitting a park for an hour or two. We've done fewer park hours on this trip.

Like today, we got up about 9 and I had three hours at the SSR Spa while the guys swam at SSR then headed to Disney Quest. They came back to pick me up at 2:00, then I ate at CBR and we headed back to the villa. But then I took them to SSR spa for them to get the Men's Facial (which they both loved by the way - we spent waaaaaayyy tooooo much money at the Spa today). We headed over to Epcot about 7, ate dinner at Nine Dragons (which was way better than in the past) and then did Soarin'. Walked back to the BCV and I'm watching TV and they have gone down to SAB to swim.

Tomorrow, as long as it's not raining, we'll head to TL again in the morning.

arthur06
06-04-2009, 11:58 PM
Depending on what you do, can really add/subtract to the burnout of Disney. There are things there that DW and I really enjoy. TSM is a main attraction to us! No two rides are ever the same and we are very competitive.

I don't see it as going to Disney again. I see it as enjoying the company of my wife and kids with millions of options!

VallCopen
06-05-2009, 01:21 AM
Although we just signed on for DVC we felt that even if we did burn out over the years our children would be wanting to take their kids or we could stay at other Disney Resorts such as HH and Vero and hey who knows what the future brings as far as resorts go??? It would also be neat to send a family who maybe could not afford to go without using our points...So many possibilities that is what is nice about DVC.

SleepyatDVC
06-05-2009, 01:41 AM
Disney Burnout?

Sometimes when we visit WDW 3 times in one year, we say that's enough and that we will skip next year... that feeling lasts about 6 months or so and then the yearning to go back hits me and my kids.

This was my year to skip WDW and the "rebound" trip planning ballooned into a 18 day land and sea trip in August! :rotfl:

Pirate Jack
06-05-2009, 05:59 AM
I get Disney Burnout between day 7 and day 11 depending on how long we stay! I have now learned to keep our trips shorter and just go more freqently!:)

Crystal_27
06-05-2009, 08:01 AM
We have started going regularly to Disney for the past couple years and I absolutely cannot imagine getting burned out. I've always been a bit of a Disney-freak, so we bought DVC so we could have wonderful vacations for me...in addition to DD, of course. That said, DH much prefers cruising to the parks, so a good compromise that we've settled on is to cruise every other year, and go to the parks during the year that we're not cruising. However, now that we own DVC, I can foresee our cruise vacations becoming land/sea vacacations but as long as I keep the land portion less than the cruise portion during our "cruise" years, I'm hoping that DH won't balk. :rolleyes1

However, I will agree with many of you that our park vacations have evolved quite a bit. Now that I know that we'll be back to Disney the next year, there is so much less pressure to try and tour commando-style. We hit the highlights, and go back to our resort to chill out for the afternoon/night. Disney has become an actual vacation instead of a stress causer. :banana:

Chic
06-05-2009, 08:12 AM
I think some factors involved which prevent my family from "burnout" are: staying at different DVC resorts each trip, most trips are only 5 nights so when you have to leave you realize what you missed and will have to do it next trip, and eating at different restaurants which includes trying new locations. Some things never seem to get old like: the Food and Wine Festival, the parade during MNSSHP, the MNSSHP event itself, Le Cellier, Nine Dragons, Jelly Rolls, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spaceship Earth, Test Track, Kiliminjaro's Safari, etc.. I better stop, I'm getting "homesick" even though my next trip is only one week away!!!! :yay:

BEASLYBOO
06-05-2009, 08:45 AM
While my son and I absolutely love Disney, DVC is much more than Disney. As Floridians personally I've been to Disney 50+ times, and with DS12 at least 15 times but our vacations no longer just center around the parks. We're way done with the commando thing and now it's more abouth the resorts and Orlando. I'm tired of Disney food and at this point we only do our favorite rides, I don't even buy AP's anymore.

We go to the resort of choice at the time and have dinner out (Orlando has some wonderful eateries and restaurants). We shop the outlets, go to the movies, whatever, it's become more about family time than the park, parks, parks.

I can't wait to go to HH, currently DS school schedule has not coincided with 7 month ability but there's a trip in the future. Even when DS12 dosen't want to do the resorts I will still go and enjoy myself. So, no to answer your question, I don't suffer from burnout at all, I keep looking forward to the next trip and the trip after that.

By the same token we also vacation outside of the DVC environment! My only limitations as far as traveling is vacation time and money, otherwise I'm set!

Starr W.
06-05-2009, 09:00 AM
We kind of get that way every once in a while. When we do, we own other timeshares so we mix up our trips. That helps a lot.

We may skip renewing our Disney annual passes next year. I think we are going to do a trip to Williamsburg, VA, and Hilton Head, SC, instead and stay at Marriott Vacation Club and only do one Orlando DVC trip next year to let us take a break from Disney.

We're only doing one DVC trip next yr also, the annual Thanksgiving trip. We're doing 2 weeks in HI, then will probably fill in of the 4 day weekends or Spring Break with one of our other TS's.

Getting to the point that the kids would rather go to VB, than WDW..


To the OP, my boys are old than your gang though. They're 8 and soon to be 13.

december14disney
06-05-2009, 09:27 AM
We bought AKV in Dec 2008. Then we REALLY got the "bug". We were once a year before then. In April of this year we used 1/2 our developer points at SSR. Then we randomly booked GREAT AP rate at Coronado for the first SWW 6 days out and went. We are using the other half of our developer points for a week in Sept at SSR. Then I got a pin code yesterday and we booked Dec 3rd-6th at ASMu. We are staying at AKV for the first in Jan 2010 and running the half and then after our Eastern Carib. cruise for our honeymoon in July of 2010 we are returning for a DVC stay for 7 days. (Keep in mind we are open to those deals and don't only stay on points. The ASMu rate was 49 a night!)

Its worse after every trip. Its our passion and we love it. Each trip is different--we are no longer "commando". Its a real get away.

Granted we live in NC so we just drive the 8 hrs and have AP's so our trips are relativly cost effective but---

I just love the Mouse. :thumbsup2

*KeepMovingForward*
06-05-2009, 10:58 AM
I can't imagine we will ever suffer Disney burnout. There are too many variables to make each trip a different experience. Switching up our dining or resort stay, attending parties, going at different times of the year, doing some of the tours and going with friends and family...it really changes up our vacations each time and makes them all unique. I was going to Disneyland for years, then WDW when that opened and haven't gotten sick of either all these years later. My kids inherited the sickness :rotfl: and when the grandbabies come along, I hope to brainwash them Disney style too.

Chic
06-05-2009, 11:38 AM
"Brain Washing Disney Style" is what I've done to my family! First, I put the magical spell on my wife. I'm currently brain washing my 2 year old daughter. She is 28 months old and has been to Disney World 12 times and Disneyland once. When our Disney bus rolls into the bus station at the Magic Kingdom, she yells out "yay" when she sees the top of the castle. Everyone on the bus always gets a big kick out of her response. :)

eliza61
06-05-2009, 11:55 AM
So far so go. I would have to say that I rarely get burned out, it's probably more that I want to visit other places. I know people say you don't get the most out of your points if you trade out but every once in a while we love trading out and visiting other places.

Now with my kids starting college the way we use it will probably change and lately I've been a bit discouraged by little things I see at the world but I've always had great vacations there.

So in answer to your question. haven't gotten burnt out yet, but enjoy taking a break every once in a while

DisneyMim
06-05-2009, 12:11 PM
We are one of the first members, 1991 and have not experienced "burn-out", in fact if anything we love it more every year. Honestly I had my doubts way back because my kids were very young and I figured they would start to not want to go when they became teens and beyond, but it never happened. I really believe it is because we don't experience the same type of vacations that we did when they were little. You all know what I'm talking about, the characters, character dinners, breakfasts, etc. We changed our "style" sort to speak as the kids got older. We haven't been up early in forever (well, I guess I should count last August when my daughter and I did a Keys to the Kingdom Tour and were in MK for the opening, hadn't done that in YEARS!), we have our favorite restaurants and make dinner a major event. We are always the last people in a restaurant. I have found that this is my favorite time with my family, whether it's at Disney, on a cruise, or other type of vacation. We seem to really connect over dinner and in today's busy world with all of us going in different directions all year, it'
s something I treasure very much. We ride what we like, take our time, and laugh at all the commando people running from one thing to another. I'm not saying that this will work for everyone, but I wanted to give another view. Families are all different, some won't continue to enjoy Disney as much as mine and that's ok. I think my kids grew up thinking that Mickey and Minnie were their relatives and they honestly think of Disney as their second home. I also think that because my brother and his family became Disney nuts too (they now own a vacation home near Disney) we are all one big happy family and all of us enjoy spending time together. I look forward to the day when I can take my grandbabies to Disney and do all the character dinners, etc. all over again!! The bottom line is that whatever works for your family is just fine. I think the key is to find something somewhere where every family member can enjoy themselves. In the end it's the time you spend together NOT where you spend it. It can be in your won backyard.

Enjoy The Magic!!

cdmickey
06-06-2009, 04:09 PM
Some of our trips seem to maybe get a little blurred (after 40 plus visits) but it remains the same; the moment we are leaving from our most recent trip, we miss it already (and can't wait to get back).

RLRDA
06-07-2009, 07:59 AM
DH and I would definitely burnout if we were doing 6 or 7 trips per year like the OP. We have averaged one or two trips per year since joining in 2002. We have reached the point where we are considering not renewing our annual passes when we go in January and just do a no parks vacation. Maybe by January though, we will feel differently and be ready for the parks again.

I thought the same thing as well. We go once a year (usually) - last year was rare, we went twice in 2008. I think if it is going to happen, the rate of burnout is proportional to the amount of trips you make per year. The magic's still alive for us! :goodvibes

DVC Mike
06-07-2009, 08:00 AM
We go 4 weeks per year and haven't burned out. In fact, I'm considering buying some more points this week.

corpcomp
06-07-2009, 11:41 AM
Go through about 50 winters in the northeast - that the real definition of Burnout!

We have been going for 12 years ever since my son was 2 and right now he is Googling the disney parks to look at the attractions. I doubt we will ever burnout. Although we do get frustrated with the crowds at times. But if the crowds are too much, we just go back to SAB and cool off (assuming we can find a lounge chair):rotfl: