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rutgers1
08-19-2011, 10:51 PM
Ever since we joined DVC a few years back, we have started every year with the same refrain: "We'll take this year off, bank our points, and go for a really long trip next year." An optional statement might be "We'll take this year off, bank our points, and get a 1BR next year." Either way, the plan is always to take a year off.

It hasn't happened......which brings me to the following question: "If you are in the groove of going every year, what other trip could make you feel ok about missing a year?"

This is a really hard one for me. My wife and I feel like we need a dose of Disney each year. We need that feeling of being on the property and not having a care in the world (food everywhere, transportation right there, loads of entertainment, cleanliness, and cheery people). I can work like a dog for the rest of the year if I know that I have that break from reality on the horizon.

Yet our kids need to see some more of the world, or at least the country. We have a cruise (Carnival) planned for February. My wife says that we should get in the car during the summer (our normal Disney time) and see another part of the country. If I am going to do that, I need to have a Disney-like experience --- something relaxing, nothing really to "worry" about, clean, etc.

In hindsight, I think a perfect non Disney World year would still have a short Disney Cruise involved (ok, sort of a cheat, lol). Once I get that fix, I think I can stomach a trip to Wisconsin (where the wife wants to go). Not that there is anything wrong with Wisconsin, but I just get the impression that I will return with the feeling that I need a vacation from my vacation.

Golden Rose
08-19-2011, 11:41 PM
We've struggled with taking our planned occasional years off, too, but it looks like we're actually going to do it next year. We've been in the habit of doing two WDW trips a year, and next year it looks like we're not going to do any. We're looking at doing two cruises instead. We've already got a 1 week Disney cruise booked (out of Galveston, near us), and we're looking at booking a second, longer cruise on another line. We also considered a trip to Hawaii in place of the longer cruise, but the thought of flying that distance with a 1 year old stresses me out enough that we're leaning toward the cruise.

Our DS loves WDW, but he certainly doesn't consider it a special treat, the way most of his friends do He's gone two or three times a year for as long as he can remember, so he thinks of it as, well, as another home.

For us, it is important that we find something we can all enjoy together. We like a certain degree of comfort; nice rooms, good food, interesting activities. That is one reason cruises work well for us, or resorts in good locations. Those are really the only vacations I'm willing to consider with two young children.

kristenrice
08-19-2011, 11:46 PM
We took a year off from "Disney" (meaning WDW) and used our points at HHI. Ok, it's still "Disney", but it is SOOOOOO different than WDW. Even my anti-Disney husband loved it! So much, in fact, that he was OK with us buying an add-on there:cool1:.

For now, the plan is to do WDW 2 years in a row (probably early June followed by first week of April) so we can use AP's/TIW. Then, in the "off" year, we'll do HHI in April or maybe the summer.

GoofItUp
08-20-2011, 12:04 AM
I'm getting an "itch" to try Europe or South America. (Really I want to try everywhere, but with 2 small kids, I feel like one or both of those is attainable.) We are going to WDW in Mar & June of next year, so I think I'll be ready to put my vacation time and dollars somewhere else. Plus, I'll seriously be out of points!

SmilingGrump
08-20-2011, 12:10 AM
Look for an all inclusive in the Caribbean (personally, I avoid Mexico because of the greater potential for violence, but there's great places there too). For we Canadians, Cuba has some truly amazing all inclusives. Belize is also a great place, some of the friendliest people around and less "touristy" then most of the Caribbean.

I'd also suggest Europe, but I'm not sure what your budget is ... and the temptation to hit Paris Disney might be too great and break your "No Disney" rule :lmao:

France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, etc are all great places and you can get by with English at all of them. They can be a bit pricey though.

Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia*, etc) have some of the best hotels I've seen for CHEAP but it's harder to get around them if you don't speak the language (though that can be a fun experience too!). There's plenty of tour companies that can take you around to see the sights (just make sure that they hit the Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow, it's AMAZING and they even have the 7 Dwarves!)

I'd suggest sitting down with your family and talking about everyone's vacation goals. Is it shopping? Sitting by a pool? Hitting another (non-Disney) amusement park? Visiting relatives? Spending quality time together? Spending quality time apart? Cruising? Have them rank their goals, then decide on something that best suits a combined list.

Hope this helps a little. Good luck!


* As a note, the central square of Bratislava looks like it leapt off a Disney movie and it's the cleanest (and poorest) country I've ever been to.

tiggerrr
08-20-2011, 01:38 AM
We are going to do it in 2013. We're taking six weeks in Europe and that will mostly burn our travel budget and vacation time for the year. So, we are taking two trips next year ending with Food and Wine Fest next October and then at least 18 months off.

Although as the PP said, it will be very hard to resist a day trip to Disneyland Paris while we tour France.

mikeweider1
08-20-2011, 02:46 AM
The east coast... D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC & Boston...

Take our kids up the coast and show em' that there is more to life than Disney.

(Which as we all know isn't true but I want the kids to at least hear me say it once :lmao:)

Donut23
08-20-2011, 04:45 AM
The east coast... D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC & Boston...

Take our kids up the coast and show em' that there is more to life than Disney.

(Which as we all know isn't true but I want the kids to at least hear me say it once :lmao:)


GREAT Ideas! Keep heading north of Boston and visit Maine! There are some pretty fantabulous National Parks everyone should see, at least once. I guarantee if you go once, you WILL go back.....Acadia in Maine is a lovely choice but head west and be sure to bring extra photo media. I cannot tell you how many photographs of mountains we have.

We were THRILLED this Spring to see so many families when we visited Gettysburg National Battlefield. The new visitors center and cyclorama brings it all to life and there were children everywhere.

Alice-in-wonder
08-20-2011, 07:59 AM
Or...how about a Disney Cruise out of NYC? We plan to visit NYC a day before our cruise there. Then we have the 2 night getaway cruise to look forward to! The best of both worlds.:)

BabsBunny
08-20-2011, 08:20 AM
We just got back, and although we had a great time, I think we are all a little Disney'ed out right now. I also spent three nights at SSR in May with my sister and our family did the three night on the Dream in February with a one night stay at AKV before and a one night stay at BLT after.

My 15 year old asked us what European city we are doing next. (We've taken the boys to London and Munich.) It makes me happy that he appreciates some culture. :) The older son starts college next week, so I don't know if and when he will be joining us on our vacations. So maybe a trip to Ireland or Italy in April?

Friends have also asked if we wanted to do an all-inclusive in the spring, so options are open. We'll probably get back to WDW for a long weekending during F&WF October of 2012.

My5Mouseketeers
08-20-2011, 08:34 AM
We have gotten into a "every other year" disney schedule and I love it! On the "off" years we have taken the kids to Yellowstone, Washington DC, Niagra Falls, Mystic CT, rented a beach house (even though we live 10 miles from the beach). I think it's great for the kids to see the country.

moredisneyplease
08-20-2011, 08:41 AM
a European trip/European cruise!! but i'm sure i'd still find a way to sneak over to WDW at some point. i just cant seem to stay away even when we do have other trips planned.

crisi
08-20-2011, 09:41 AM
We have gotten into a "every other year" disney schedule and I love it! On the "off" years we have taken the kids to Yellowstone, Washington DC, Niagra Falls, Mystic CT, rented a beach house (even though we live 10 miles from the beach). I think it's great for the kids to see the country.

Yep. The opportunity to do other things when we aren't doing Disney is great. We just got back from DC.

We've done

San Francisco to Monterrey - wonderful. The aquairium is great and I love SF
An ABD trip to Germany - very cool - and still some Disney
Disney Cruise - I've done two and wouldn't go again, but for Disney fans this can be fun
Hawaii - if this weren't so expensive and so far, it would be a perfect vacation
Mexico All Inclusive - Once my son hit the teen years this became his perfect vacation - all you can eat, endless pop, an ocean to swim in.
Camping - Not my favorite, but the kids can say they've done it.

leanne2255
08-20-2011, 10:04 AM
My year off from WDW will be to Aulani next year. Really love Hawaii and with DVC it makes it a bit more affordable.

bobbiwoz
08-20-2011, 10:21 AM
When we raised our boys we only went to WDW every third year, and looking back, I think the best vacation that was a " reason" to miss WDW was the year our oldest flew to Space Camp with a neighbor. I began driving south with our other son, and DH stayed at home to work that week and we all would begin our family vacation the next week in Alabama. Younger son and I spent time at National park sites like Woodrow Wilson's birthplace, the Smokies, Atlanta before getting to Huntsville. After the graduation from Space camp ceremony our family headed north through Nashville, Mammoth Cave NP, and then through various beautiful state parks in West Virginia on our way home to PA.

It was one of our best family vacations. In turn each of our sons has thanked us for showing them all of the historic places that we had through their childhoods, and for encouraging a sense of travel to try new things. My mantra was always "there's more to Florida than Disney."

jekjones1558
08-20-2011, 10:29 AM
OP, if you are considering driving trips then don't rule out Wisconsin. We are from Minnesota and drive to Door County, WI 2 or 3 times in the summer/fall. It is relaxing and beautiful.
Other posters have recommended great spots for family vacations. Another driving vacation we enjoy is Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. If your family has not visited Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper, that is spectacular and certainly to be considered.
For a non-driving vacation, I am with crisi---Hawaii is idyllic. It is probably the only U.S. destination that would get me to consider giving up Disney for a year.

Mickey'sApprentice
08-20-2011, 10:46 AM
When we raised our boys we only went to WDW every third year, and looking back, I think the best vacation that was a " reason" to miss WDW was the year our oldest flew to Space Camp with a neighbor. I began driving south with our other son, and DH stayed at home to work that week and we all would begin our family vacation the next week in Alabama. Younger son and I spent time at National park sites like Woodrow Wilson's birthplace, the Smokies, Atlanta before getting to Huntsville. After the graduation from Space camp ceremony our family headed north through Nashville, Mammoth Cave NP, and then through various beautiful state parks in West Virginia on our way home to PA.

It was one of our best family vacations. In turn each of our sons has thanked us for showing them all of the historic places that we had through their childhoods, and for encouraging a sense of travel to try new things. My mantra was always "there's more to Florida than Disney."

Bobbi: I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Alabama! I grew up about 70 miles from Huntsville. I've also been to a lot of those places. Was the Wilson place the one in Staunton, Va. I've been there as well as Atlanta and Nashville of course, as well as Mammoth Cave.

I wish you would have seen more of Alabama. Our state is full of diverse landscapes from green hills and mountains, rivers and lakes to white sandy beaches.

Donut23
08-20-2011, 10:48 AM
OP, if you are considering driving trips then don't rule out Wisconsin. We are from Minnesota and drive to Door County, WI 2 or 3 times in the summer/fall. It is relaxing and beautiful.
Other posters have recommended great spots for family vacations. Another driving vacation we enjoy is Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. If your family has not visited Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper, that is spectacular and certainly to be considered.
For a non-driving vacation, I am with crisi---Hawaii is idyllic. It is probably the only U.S. destination that would get me to consider giving up Disney for a year.


Oh boy......Wisconsin and Minnesota were once part of my sales territory and I would spend a few weeks there each summer. I'm a water rat but always enjoyed my travels to these two states because they are so beautiful. Really beautiful. The green farms, barns, color coordinated "black and whites" (cows).

In addition.......best and most clean rest areas!!!!!!!!! I'm sure they planned the placement by giving a 45 year old woman 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then let her drive. Well, that was me and whenever I had to find a place to stop......moments later there would be a sign for a rest area! I have laughed about that for years.

TinkandGoofy'sMom
08-20-2011, 11:12 AM
My "off" year will be 2013, so I can go to Aulani for my 40th birthday in 2014!
At least that is the plan for now. I also really want to go to Hilton Head Island, so we'll see what happens. I will be at WDW 4 times between Oct 2011 and Oct 2012 (to take advantage of the AP), so I'll be ready for a break by then. I am so glad we joined DVC!!!

bobbiwoz
08-20-2011, 01:14 PM
Bobbi: I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Alabama! I grew up about 70 miles from Huntsville. I've also been to a lot of those places. Was the Wilson place the one in Staunton, Va. I've been there as well as Atlanta and Nashville of course, as well as Mammoth Cave.

I wish you would have seen more of Alabama. Our state is full of diverse landscapes from green hills and mountains, rivers and lakes to white sandy beaches.

That's right, Woodrow Wilson figured in NJ's history as well, and we were all born in NJ, it was a stop I just had to make. I remember that stop in Staunton, it was our first night's stop, I was thrilled to begin that journey!

I agree with you that Alabama has wonderful sights! Our DDiL, a Louisiana gal, has visited Gulf shores with her girlfriends many times and told us how much they love it. We took a Carnival Cruise out of Mobile during your azalea blooming tome, and it was awesome!

Tiger926
08-20-2011, 01:49 PM
It will be next summer as we are going on a cruise. We are going to stay at WDW for 3 days to do waterparks, and 3 days at Vero followed by 7 day DCL.

We bought DVC because we thought we'd go to WDW every year, as we had been doing. But, we have realized over the past year, that we do need some breaks from the parks. Our kids feel otherwise, but they are attached to mommy and daddy, so wherever we are, they are too!

We are looking at now cruising or another vacation every 3rd year, this way, we can go to parks 2 years in a row, in order to maximize AP.

We have cruised before, so we know we'll like it, and it will give us a nice break from the actual parks, but we'll still get some Disney magic along the way!

Want to take kids to Hawaii, as we loved it for our honeymoon, but it's just too expensive (airfare is killer!). After our cruise next summer, we'll look at where our next non-Disney park adventure will be!

Tiger :)

eliza61
08-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Ever since we joined DVC a few years back, we have started every year with the same refrain: "We'll take this year off, bank our points, and go for a really long trip next year." An optional statement might be "We'll take this year off, bank our points, and get a 1BR next year." Either way, the plan is always to take a year off.

It hasn't happened......which brings me to the following question: "If you are in the groove of going every year, what other trip could make you feel ok about missing a year?"

This is a really hard one for me. My wife and I feel like we need a dose of Disney each year. We need that feeling of being on the property and not having a care in the world (food everywhere, transportation right there, loads of entertainment, cleanliness, and cheery people). I can work like a dog for the rest of the year if I know that I have that break from reality on the horizon.

Yet our kids need to see some more of the world, or at least the country. We have a cruise (Carnival) planned for February. My wife says that we should get in the car during the summer (our normal Disney time) and see another part of the country. If I am going to do that, I need to have a Disney-like experience --- something relaxing, nothing really to "worry" about, clean, etc.

In hindsight, I think a perfect non Disney World year would still have a short Disney Cruise involved (ok, sort of a cheat, lol). Once I get that fix, I think I can stomach a trip to Wisconsin (where the wife wants to go). Not that there is anything wrong with Wisconsin, but I just get the impression that I will return with the feeling that I need a vacation from my vacation.

I think one of the big misconceptions with disneyphiles is that if you leave disney property some how magically vacations become hard. Honestly don't understand how this came about.
Here are some of the places we've been that are just as easy breezy.

1) Atlantis, pradise island. private car picked us up and dropped us off. Has a deluxe room with balcony for a bit less than a disney deluxe. room came with a dvd, playstation combo for hte kids. Non stop kid activities, swim with the dolphins, boating, parasailing. I could go on. tons of restaurants. Kids had their own key with charging priveleges.

2) Cruises. Once you get on the ship. you don't have to think about any thing.

3) All inclusives. We are doing one next year to Yosemite. staying at an all inclusive dude ranch. No driving, no paying for meals

taaren
08-20-2011, 02:51 PM
We're bad at taking years off - in fact we're supposed to take off next year from DL to go see WDW yet I just booked a weekend in a studio at VGC next summer to take a quick peek at Carsland since we already have our AP's it seemed a waste not to use them at least one more time ... :rolleyes1
However, whenever I think about taking a year off from Disney I think about trips I've done in the past that were great that I want to do again: went horseback riding for a week in Provence in 2009, did a cooking class also in the French countryside a few years before that (the latter was in conjunction with a sampling of Europe since I had a lot of free time that year). Both were food/hotel/activities included so it was really nice and relaxing. Because the flight is so far for us we combined trips though, and did a week at Disney followed by a week out of the country. All inclusives are the way to go if you like the ease of Disney ... I think our next non-Disney trip is going to be horseback riding in Vermont in the fall to see the fall colors. Still won't take a year off Disney because its our time with a special set of friends, but if it wasn't for them, we'd consider it ... :laughing:

Sandisw
08-20-2011, 03:47 PM
We were just talking about this on my trip. There is no place right now that I would rather go than Disney. If I had to choose between going elsewhere and Disney, Disney would win.

Now, I started this summer off with a trip to the Outerbanks and loved it there so told DH that our new plan will be the beach to start off summer and Disney to end it. Since he will probably never go in the summer because of the heat any longer--although, when I told him that doing MK in the wee hours of the morning is wonderful, he gave it a second pause--I plan to make it a girls trip and then go with him for a long weekend, either during F & W or early December.

honeymo78
08-20-2011, 04:27 PM
We haven't taken a year off yet. Next year was supposed to be just a Disney Cruise in Sept but we still would have points to bank and I'm not sure what we'd do with all those points for 2013, so we're doing a trip in May. We're leaning toward Hawaii in 2013 but even that would only use half our points so a Disney trip might be in order and we'd still have points to bank. Maybe that means trying to get both sides of the family to go in 2014 and get a grand villa to use a big chunk of our points

hakepb
08-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Around the world cruise on QE2 :)



Well, realistically, Hawaii trip and/ or an Alaskan cruise would be worth a year+ off from WDW.
I would love to do the Keystone trip I saw a trip report for earlier this summer. But most anything in the states could be in addition to WDW trips.(Or at least during the period between AP's.)

A recent weekend in Chicago reminded me that WDW is both easier, nicer(cleaner) and cheaper (talk about more $ every time you turn around admission, parking, food.. :o ) than other vacation spots.

DenLo
08-20-2011, 04:50 PM
A cruise anywhere is a pretty easy way to travel for a family. We taken several transatlantic cruises that end in Europe and traveled there afterwards. That meant only one long flight home. You can fly to Europe and cruise back too. And if you can't take the time for a land trip to Alaska, consider a cruising the inside passage. You can get some good prices with other cruise lines versus Disney.

If the budget is tight, travel to a national park and spend some time with nature. Every family should try camping at least once. Or if you prefer, the larger national parks have hotels or cabins you can book if you plan ahead. Travel to the Washington D.C. area and see all of the sights there.

nickspace
08-20-2011, 05:55 PM
It all depends on who you are traveling with. We have 3 children and having all the Disney amenities is so nice. We also own at HHI and love it there. It is a nice secure resort with enough to do and nice places to visit on the island. We did Outer Banks this summer and it was nice but we like HHI so much better. We are doing a cruise this winter and I am sure that will keep the children happy.

When it is my wife and I we are more adventurous because we don't have to worry about complaining children. We like to explore cities and all that but our children don't enjoy that right now so it is better not to make that one of our vacations. We have done a short trip to Chicago with the kids and that was fine but they can only take so much of shopping and that sort of thing.

My wife and I did Rome/Florence a few years back but that trip would have been more difficult with the kids.

One more important thing is how much time so you have for vacations. The more time you have the more adventurous you can be with a trip. If a trip does not work out you don't have to feel too badly because you can always take another trip. For now I only have 4 weeks a year so all my time off is precious and I am not willing to risk my time on a bad vacation. Saying that Disney is a good and consistent product that I know my family will enjoy.

JimMIA
08-20-2011, 06:48 PM
Our big trip in 2012 is going to be non-Disney, but we're not quite sure where yet. It's going to be 90% a family trip, so the venue is really not as important as everyone being together. Whereever we go, the trip will be centered around one or more National Parks.

Right now, we have reservations for all 11 of us at our Wyndham home resort of Smoky Mountains, near Dollywood and Gatlinburg, TN. Great Smokeys NP is one of our all-time favorites, and I have friends who work there. So if that turns out to be our final destination, it will be great.

When our "window" opens up, I'm going to try to get lodging near Yellowstone, and if that pans out, we'll fly to Jackson, WY and do Jackson, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. We'll see how that goes.

Another possible fallback is Northern AZ hitting Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other sights in N AZ, southern UT, and possibly a little bit of CO. But if we get to that fallback, I think my adult daughters are going to want to go back to the Smokeys...which will be fine with me.

For the last 6 years or so, we've done at least one WDW trip a year, and we never get tired of it, because each year DD9 is one year older and sees the place with new eyes all over again. But we've also done other trips.

Last October, we went to Washington DC for 4 nights, and then over to Shenandoah NP for two days, then back to DC, and then home. Great trip, and DD9 really LOVED the Smithsonians and the monuments.

A couple of years ago, we did about a 10 day, part work - part play trip to CA, hitting San Diego, LA, Yosemite, San Francisco, and then back home. SFO and Yosemite are two of my favorite places on earth, so that was a great one.

There are so many great places to visit in the US and Canada!

Lost in Neverland
08-20-2011, 07:04 PM
We are actually doing it 2012.Our kids have gotten to the point where they think WDW is a given and we will always go. This time my DH and I have decided that it is time after around 10 years of doing at least 2 trips to WDW a year that we are going on a cruise. We have rented our points for next year and used that money to pay for a 7 day non-Disney cruise. As great as Disney is my kids need to understand that there are other places in the world. I really want them to also see that everyone is not as luckey as we are in the USA and we should cherish the fact we live here. We are hoping now that my kids are teens we can do "something else" every other year. Even with all this being said I am starting to have regrets that we are not going "home " next year.:confused3

mrsR123
08-20-2011, 07:21 PM
We did three trips in as many years just before joining in 2004. Since then, we have gone mostly every other year. Those "other " trips have included a big one out west to Mt Rushmore, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone, a couple of spring trips to Dauphin Island or Fort Morgan, Hilton Head, summers to Hershey/Gettysburg, Washington D.C., and Colonial Williamsburg/busch Gardens/ house on the Virginia peninsula.

We like trips that include history and/or museums and time outdoors. We're really itching to do Yellowstone again.

Go do something! You won't likely be sorry and WDW will be there when you get back.;)

mecllap
08-20-2011, 08:17 PM
My DVC plan is pretty much to go every other year or three -- when there's something changed. Altho, I just got back a couple of weeks ago and already would like to go back during cooler weather. Talk about needing a vacation from my vacation! But, for that, I'm going to Grand Cayman over the holidays -- love it there. It is a truly relaxing vacation. The first time we went, my then-6 yo grandson said he liked it better than DisneyWorld -- but we came to an agreement that we like them both (and wanted a combination -- I think that's what led to the DVC purchase). It only takes a half day or less on GC to start saying, "This is the Life." But if you're not water/beach/snorkeling (and hammock) people, that might not be your choice.

I enjoy going lots of different places, but Disney does hold a special place in my heart --my first trip was to Disneyland when I was 12 in 1957, with my favorite aunt and uncle -- have loved the imagination and creativity and beauty ever since (the food, not so much -- way over-priced with questionable quality).

I would encourage going some other places in between, knowing that you will have something new and special to look forward to on your next Disney visit. (If you have a great time, that's wonderful, and if something goes wrong, you can continue to appreciate the benefits offered by WDW/DL).

arthur06
08-20-2011, 08:49 PM
We love our WDW trips, but we just can't see doing only those.

We have done in the past 5 years...

WDW - Multiple times
DCL - Bahamas
Black Hills/Rushmore
Washington DC
New England and Martha's Vineyard
San Antonio
DL and Anaheim

We have a weekend booked at Wisconsin Dells in January.

We are trying to decide between Rushmore and Yellowstone for next summer.

We have AP's right now and will have 3 trips on them. We won't renew them for next year and take our trips to other places for a year or so...

rutgers1
08-20-2011, 09:38 PM
It would be interesting to create a little list of vacation destinations (and resorts) that people here feel compares to a Disney vacation. Considering we all share one major vacation destination in common, there is a pretty good chance that we would enjoy the recommendations for other places.

Tiger926
08-20-2011, 10:00 PM
It would be interesting to create a little list of vacation destinations (and resorts) that people here feel compares to a Disney vacation. Considering we all share one major vacation destination in common, there is a pretty good chance that we would enjoy the recommendations for other places.

:thumbsup2 What a great suggestion!

Would love that, Tiger :)

discorsner
08-20-2011, 11:07 PM
We've been on a WDW kick and we love DCL too....

With that said there are other places that I really want to get back to or new places to try but it's hard to give up the Disney trips once you have the bug.

Places I really want to go back to:
Rental house in Outer Banks!
Oceanlakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach
NYC (love it but it's pricey)
Washington DC (have never taken the kids yet)
Grand Canyon (again, last time was before kids)
Vegas (had a great adults only trip at Bellagio and I loved it!)
Boston (whale watching was awesome)

New places we keep meaning to get to:
All of California (been to DL but that's it)
Anything out west
All inclusive resorts (all of our Caribbean experience has been on cruises)
Philly/Gettysburg/Williamsburg
Hawaii
Europe

Even with endless options our favorites are WDW, cruises, and beach house rentals. Since we don't have a pool at home renting a nice vacation home at somewhere like the Outer Banks and having our own pool is really nice. Split it with grandparents and a sibling or two and it's even better.

Nothing beats Disney though!

Lost in Neverland
08-21-2011, 02:46 PM
Even with endless options our favorites are WDW, cruises, and beach house rentals. Since we don't have a pool at home renting a nice vacation home at somewhere like the Outer Banks and having our own pool is really nice. Split it with grandparents and a sibling or two and it's even better.

Nothing beats Disney though!

You sound like us. We love the NC Outer Banks for the seculsion. There is nothing like a beach house and just sitting on the porch wastching the dolphins swim by.

jimmytammy
08-21-2011, 02:50 PM
Aulani and Grand Californian:thumbsup2
Never been to Hawaii or DisneyLand

mikeweider1
08-22-2011, 01:23 AM
Many people have said a Disney Cruise as their alternative but doesn't that count as Disney again? It's like saying you aren't going to Virginia beach again but instead head to the outer banks... "not that there's anything wrong with that!" but does that really count as an alternative to Disney? ;)

dumbo_buddy
08-22-2011, 06:11 AM
We have been going to WDW a lot since we got married 5 years ago and more often now with owning DVC and having a kid. We are planning two Disney trips a year but every other year we may do a non Disney trip. We did 2 weeks in Maui in May. Next year will be only Disney trips but then the following year one of our trips will be replaced by a trip to Ireland to see family. We haven't taken DS age 2 there yet and we have another on the way. So Ireland will be a good non Disney choice for us since it's to see family.

Two years ago when I was pg with my son we skipped the January WDW trip and went to Rome. We trynto do other things but always know we are going back to Disney!

Wedgeh
08-22-2011, 06:59 AM
One of DWs conditions for buying DVC is that we wouldn't go to WDW every year and the plan was to make it more like 1/2. So far we haven't kept to that, but this will be our first year without making the Florida pilgrimmage. We looked in Europe for something that would provide an all-inclusive experience (ideally adults only) and didn't find anything that quite fit the bill so we're off to Mexico in 3 weeks time. I would have preferred to avoid a transatlantic flight, but I'm sure it will be fabulous when we're there.

I might be missing the mouse a bit, but don't tell DW! :littleangel:

Edit - Great thread by the way. mecllap my wife would adore your car!

Tiger926
08-22-2011, 09:08 AM
Many people have said a Disney Cruise as their alternative but doesn't that count as Disney again? It's like saying you aren't going to Virginia beach again but instead head to the outer banks... "not that there's anything wrong with that!" but does that really count as an alternative to Disney? ;)

For us it does. It may be Disney themed, but it's totally different than staying at the resorts and being in the parks. There is a cultural aspect to it, that you won't get at the parks (even at Epcot!), and there is the beach/ocean breeze aspect to it!

Tiger :)

crisi
08-22-2011, 11:38 AM
For us it does. It may be Disney themed, but it's totally different than staying at the resorts and being in the parks. There is a cultural aspect to it, that you won't get at the parks (even at Epcot!), and there is the beach/ocean breeze aspect to it!

Tiger :)

I think its completely different than the parks too. About the only thing in common as vacations go is the branding and the ability to get character autographs.

Different yet again is the Disney ABD trips - a light amount of "Disney" in a tour bus vacation package.

Tiger926
08-22-2011, 12:25 PM
I think its completely different than the parks too. About the only thing in common as vacations go is the branding and the ability to get character autographs.

Different yet again is the Disney ABD trips - a light amount of "Disney" in a tour bus vacation package.

We were looking at those too, but they do seem costly, over similar packages, but we haven't actually sat down to research.

I remember you and I discussing other vacations besides Disney in previous threads, as I was troubled last year with how much money we had spent on DVC and those associated costs, so we felt we had to go to Disney every year (we've been doing 2x a year, but have since stopped that), and didn't really want to spend anymore vacation money on other trips, but we really wanted to show the kids other places besides Disney.

Disney is a second home for all of us, and the we all take it so for granted, so now, we are anxious to visit other places!

We have since knocked down our food budget to basically nothing, by cooking in our villa (hubby has just been diagnosed with Crohn's, so this is actually going to work out well), going to Disney only 1x per year instead of 2x, and skipping Disney every third year, which will allow us to save on AP costs.

Just by doing these 3 things, we have increased our vacation dramatically, and are putting those funds towards new vacations. We have actually upped the vacation budget too a little to include more weekend getaways, as well as to add to the different vacations we will be taking. For a frugal gal, this was a big step, but it has been great for us as we've already gone on a few weekend getaways, and are greatly looking forward to our cruise next summer! Want to take the kids to Chicago for March Break too!

Tiger :)

DVCconvert
08-22-2011, 12:30 PM
"If you are in the groove of going every year, what other trip could make you feel ok about missing a year?"



Easy....a 100+ day world cruise!