View Full Version : How old is too old for a Disney vacation?

02-06-2004, 04:41 PM
Hi, I posted here b4 (Clueless in CT) & got so many good responses!! I am interested in buying in to DVC but am in the early planning stages & want to make sure it is the right decision for me! Our family consists of myself, dh & 2 dd's (3 1/2 & 4 months). I know we will do Disney a lot while the kids are younger but does there come an age where they get bored with WDW? Do they rebel as teenagers & feel they have seen it all & do not want to go? What do you do then? I don't want to buy a 50 year timeshare only to find out we only use it for 10 years. So anyone with kids, please respond & give me the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth!!! (I guess when they are old enough we can just off them on the grandparents & dh & I can enjoy a WDW trip!!!!) ;)

02-06-2004, 04:46 PM
DD (17) thought that she was Disneyed out last year, during her senior year of high school. She had much more important things to do than spend ANOTHER ::gasp:: vacation at WDW. We told her fine, made alternate arrangements for her, and proceeded to have a FABULOUS time at WDW w/ ds (8). It was fun to do just the things he wanted to do, and have the same parent/child experiences we'd had with dd when we took her to WDW by herself.

Surprise, surprise... guess what she wanted to do "one last time" before she graduated and headed to college last fall???

I think they sometimes get to a stage where they become jaded, and "too cool" for WDW, but I don't think they ever outgrow it. She's now looking into the College Program...

02-06-2004, 04:52 PM
We joined when the kids were 21 and 17. My son who was 17 never stopped wanting to go. The idea is to let them take a friend with them. It works evertime. No, really it has always been a family/friend vacation place for us. We love to take others and enjoy the good times together. My children are now 30 and 26 and still love to go to WDW. You can never run out of thing to do there. I suppose some children wouldn't want to go every year but mine always enjoy their time there. We have also traded off to other locations which helps when they need something new to do.

02-06-2004, 04:59 PM
Our girls are both in college. One loves Disney and the other is much happier at the beach. The parents (us) are both Disney fans. I doubt if it has anything to do with age -- only personal preferences.

02-06-2004, 05:02 PM
IMO - too old is when you are underground! :)

02-06-2004, 05:08 PM
We just returned for Disney over NYE and our 25 y/o son and girl friend, our 23y/o son, our 19 y/o daughter and son in law, and our 18 y/o son all went. Also Grandma/pa plus 2 other friends went. The best thing about DVC is the kids keep wanting to go back. And if they want to visit Disney on their own, they can use my points for that too, all no charge!

02-06-2004, 05:24 PM
We didn't buy in '96 when our sons, 21 and 18 said "You can buy into it, but don't expect us to come." Since then, we've had lots of trips there with other adults in the family as well as weekend trips ourselves, AND a wonderful all-age inclusive family trip in '01. So, last year we bought, and we're planning another family trip, mom's 85th birthday, that's her choice, she wants to spend it at WDW! She came with us to MNSCHP last Halloween.

If you're a family that likes to go to Disney, it will work.


02-06-2004, 05:33 PM
Our dds are 10, 10, and 7. We bought when the youngest was 1. I've lost count of the number of trips we've taken, and they are still excited about our upcoming trip in March, as are we. We're taking our 23 year old au pair with us for her third trip this year - and she can't wait either.

There is so much to do in the Orlando area besides Disney. We went to Sea World for the first time last August, and the girls want to go again this March.

Our neighbors own at Vistana and go every June. Their oldest is a teen-ager and she still wants to go.

02-06-2004, 05:39 PM
When my daughter was 13 or 14 she gave us an "Why did you make me come to this place" attitude. She is now 27 with her own DD7. Now the attitude is all soppy, sad eyes, I wish I was going with you!!! We bought at SSR at age 50 this past October. And we did it for us!!! We have made it known that DD, DSIL & DGD are very welcome to come with us from time to time, but in the end it will be theirs. One promise she had to make...When DH & I are 90 and still want to go with them (my dad is 80 and goes on Rockin' Roller Coaster, see where I'm coming from) they have to go with us and turn us loose in the parks, even if we both need those little battery carts!!!


::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo

02-06-2004, 05:40 PM
And then the day will come when the kids want to use your points - gasp! - without you!!!!
My 21 yo DD took 3 friends last summer and they had a blast!
This summer my 18 yo DD is taking her friends.
My 19 yo DS loves Disney, but doesn't trust his friends to behave!!

02-06-2004, 05:46 PM
I can see this happenning with my daughetrs in the future when they're preteens/teens. They're close in age so I'm sure we'll just get a 2 bedroom and let them go off on the parks soem on their own and they'll ahve their own space in the room, too. I imagine we'll let them bring friends every once in awhile in those parent painful days.

I think most kids go through that I'm too cool to hang out with my parenst phase. I ahte to admit it, but I can vaguely remember thsoe days for myself! LOL Now, my Mom is my best friend.

I also think Universal will be a big hit when they get that age, too. We're not even fooling with Universal until they get that age anyway. We might evn have to rent points and use the money to stay onsite at Universal to get the fast pass perk. Wow, Universal is smart! Wish, Dvc woudl offer soemthing like that to us! Wow...woudln't that be cool?!?

Maistre Gracey
02-06-2004, 06:14 PM
I think kids enjoy Disney when they are younger, and I think adults also enjoy it (I know we do!). I do think there is a few years in between that they may lose interest. Of course I am not an expert on that, as we don't have kids.... Yet! :cool:


02-06-2004, 07:16 PM
I just had to chime in. I have 3 sons, 20, 17 and 14. We've been to WDW almost every year for the past 15.

My oldest DS is in college, but joined us in WDW last year for our annual Spring Break trip. I think it's the one vacation with the family he can't resist. He initially thought he didn't want to go. The week before we were leaving, he sheepishly came to me and asked if he could still go. I was lucky to find airline tickets. He came a little later and left a couple days early but it was nice to be together as a family at our favorite place on earth!

We've off to DL this year for a change of pace (and also to visit family in San Diego). But WDW is so much a part of our lives, it's a family tradition. In this part of the country (Minnesota) lots of people have cabins on a lake. We have Disney!

We finally bought DVC a couple of years ago. We probably should have done it sooner but wanted to keep staying at BC our favorite WDW hotel. My DH and I are looking forward to many more years of WDW vacations both with and without kids!


02-06-2004, 07:33 PM
I'll be to old when I'm pushing up daisies - and not until!

02-06-2004, 07:58 PM
We bought when the oldest was 2 year and the baby was 4 months. Every year it has been differnet, we so the same things but in differnt ways and enjoy each year for it's uniquiness.. we look back on the years we went with double stroller, bothkids in diapers , one year being afarid of teh characters, the next when they can't stop hugging them ... it was such fun.. and now the boys are 10 and 12 and we do things differently. I don't think that they or us willl ever be to old. BTW we keep talking about when they are older, that we will go by ourselves and have fun..

NOPE never too old IMHO

02-06-2004, 08:02 PM
It is all relative to the person. Some are too old for Disney at 10, others never.

I would discuss this with your children. There is absolutely no way anyone can definite predict your future.

The more important question is Would you get tired of going if your children did not want to go?

You can trade out to other locations all over the world if you want to.

02-06-2004, 08:03 PM
The last couple of times we went, DS (now 19) acted like he was bored most of the time and even made comments about it being his last trip until he brought his own kids. We're going next weekend without him (DD has a 4-day weekend off school, he doesn't) and now he's MAD at us for going without him!

02-06-2004, 08:04 PM
I would agreee with others - it is individual - you can't predict what your children will want to do when older.

So buy for yourself! What do you want to be doing when they are 14, 15, 16? Do YOU still want to be going to Disney?

02-06-2004, 08:16 PM
Wow, you guys are all great. I love hearing from so many different people with different experiences. I know I will NEVER tire of WDW so I guess that is as good a reason as any to buy into DVC. My 3 1/2 yr old is SOOOOO in to princesses & changes clothes a zillion times a day into princess costumes so I know she 's gonna love it for a while! Then I still have the baby who will probably follow in big sis's footsteps & want to play princess all the time too! Plus the idea of letting them bring friends in the future is a good one! Now to convince DH! I think he secretly likes WDW as much as I do but won't admit it. Hey, it is close to lots of golf courses that that can be the attraction for him!! Plus I just can't wait to see dd's face on her 1st trip to MK & Cinderella's castle! Thinking about a trip in Nov to check out DVC. Trying to rent a place for a week to get the feel of the whole DVC experience! I am really starting to get obsessed here!!!! But from the sounds of the posts I am not the only one!!!

02-06-2004, 09:25 PM

Simba's Mom
02-06-2004, 09:26 PM
Our sons went through some years when they were "too cool" to go to WDW. So what did we do? DH and I went without them-they really didn't want to go anywhere with Mom and Dad, and they were old enough to leave home (16-20 or so). Then last year DS #1 graduated from college, and what did he want? A week at OKW in Mom and Dad's new condo-and lots of golf there with Dad (I think DH paid him to request that!) Just this evening, I asked my younger DS, a college student, if he might be willing to go with me next year (I've come to realize that once they're out of school, you hardly see them), and he jumped at the opportunity. A vacation just with Mom?! I never thought I'd see the day! So yes, they may go through a stage when they think they're too old for Disney-but somehow they grow out of it!

Dopey Sharon
02-06-2004, 10:54 PM
To those who have older kids who go....do you still pay for them? At what age do you make them pay for their air fare and park passes?

02-06-2004, 10:57 PM
The first trip to WDW with DS was when he was 8 years old and since then there have been several trips. Our last trip that he joined us was 2 years ago and he was 23. I thought he may not want to be with us the whole time and allowed him to choose what ever he wanted and hoped he would at least join us for dinner each evening. Surprise, surprise, he spend all of each day of vacation with us and I loved every minute of it! It was probably the most time spent together since he has lived on his own!! I missed him like crazy after the trip. He had a blast and is very much looking forward to our trip coming up in October. It will be his first time staying at the Boardwalk so lots of new stuff for him to experience!!His ex-girlfriend begged him to come along!!!

02-06-2004, 11:17 PM
I've already decided that if my kids (now 13 & 11) decide they are sick of Disney, that's fine they can stay home, "I'm going to Walt Disney World!" We have a great time now but there's some things, like World Showcase at EPCOT, that they won't do with me. If me and my bride end up going alone I know we'll have plenty of fun and relaxation without them.

Don't worry about the 50 years thing... When we bought in I explained to the kids - "This way we can bring our GRANDCHILDREN to Disney too!" They seemed to like that idea!

02-07-2004, 01:07 AM
If you get enough points to take accomodations large enough for the kids to bring an occasional friend, they'll never outgrow Disney. Even in college, they'll consider it a great escape after exams. Later they'll honeymoon at DVC, and eventually bring their own kids.
I plan to motor around on a scooter when I can no longer walk the distance. After that, the kids can push me around. Heck, I'm thinking of leaving word in my will that they won't get a penny unless they take my coffin to WDW a couple of times.

02-07-2004, 05:46 AM
ErinInCT - I can sooooo relate to the golf fan - listen to this -

My DH is not the Disney fan - I am - and we originally bought thinking that he might go once in while and I could easily stay by myself onsite.

Well, check out the next two trips below and guess who loves going now!!! He and his buddy golf - offsite during the high season and Disney courses during the low - my girlfriend and I hit the parks! And then we have dinner or play mini golf or whatever with the boys. And every once in while we actually get them into a park - like this trip we are all signed up to do the Segway tour and will spend the day at Epcot. My DH loves his "Disney" vacations and talks about them all the time to friends.

And then I go with DD and her two kids other trips. Works out great! Oh, did I mention he manages a golf course in season here in Maine. huh. That could have something to do with it.....

Sister Scoop Disney
02-07-2004, 07:02 AM
i worried about the same thing at first, but dh and i love going so much, we still went for it. we figure that we'll "raise our kids disney"(none yet) and if they don't like it, or don't like, we'll just have to go without them sometimes! we can't imagine not going back! my dh went for the first time ever in 2001, and we've been back 3 times since...he's hooked :) :Pinkbounc
and i think our kids will be hooked too! :bounce:

02-07-2004, 07:35 AM
I do not believe ( or hope ) that there is ever an age that I do not want to go on a Disney vacation. It's my chance to be an even bigger kid then I usually am. Too old to vacation at WDW....NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

02-07-2004, 07:41 AM
Old is the age of your heart..not your body.
My husband and I have visited WDW each year since 71, sometimes twice a year. We only stayed on park property.
The regret was not buying OKW...when it was new and the price was "right" @ about $8,000. + free tickets to the parks back then.
So...our hurried lives and both of us working, making decent $$, made us ignore the "timeshare" and pay for the hotel rooms.
Charlie passed away. So...there I was in Jan, 2003, retired and planning a Disney trip....for myself. I found the current prices @ WDW, especially the PV, which we loved, outrageously expensive!! ( Remember we paid $ 42.00/per night back in 71). Yea...I know I'm starting to sound like my mother!
I went to WDW, used my Marriott points and ff miles and stayed on hotel row.
There's nothing like staying "on property"!
So....I went to the DVC, took the tour and purchased 200 pts. @ the BC., which I will be using this May.
My plan is to use it, bring the cousins & kids, and, when I'm 97 (in 40 yrs), I'll worry about renewing it !!
Carol ::MickeyMo

02-07-2004, 07:46 AM
I'm with Rocket Riter. Hubby and I have joked that we plan on doing disney with matching granny and grandpa motor scooters when we're old!

But our kiddos are still 4 and 1 and we've got years and years of family trips with little ones still ahead.

Of course the beauty of DVC is that you don't HAVE to use your points there. We've made some really wonderful trades to other places including Kauai, Hawaii. Places, I KNOW we wouldn't have been able to afford lodging at otherwise. If your "teens" get into that I don't want to go to Disney- go someplace else! So far, we've found that Disney points have a lot of pull in getting the destinations you want elsewhere. We're doing WDW in May, but I think the Big Island is calling me, DD too!! Just the other day she said, 'Mama- I miss Hawaii. I need to go back there.'
Couldn't have said it better myself!

02-07-2004, 07:54 AM
We have a 33 yr. old son and a 30 yr. old daughter with families of their own that still love going to Disney with us and on their own. They also love the DVC and are planning on also getting it. We also enjoy going alone, just hubby and I. Your never too old to enjoy a Magical vacation.


02-07-2004, 08:02 AM
My kids got a little funny about it at ages 16 and 17 but then they would change their minds and want to go last minute, wrecking my plans for a 'quiet' trip! Now they want to use my points for their own getaways. Sheesh and they don't even want to take me..................

I am planning my retirement around my DVC points - 6-8 weeks in winter at Hilton Head and Vero and WDW!

Minnie Mare
02-07-2004, 08:16 AM
I am just now testing out the "I don't want to go" waters. I planned a trip alone with my soon to be 15 year old DD and 12 year old DS. MY DD informed me that she does not want to go and would rather stay home. I begged her to come but she did not budge an inch. DH cannot get time off so he will be home and I have my parents coming to stay with my DD as well, as DH works nights. I was heartbroken but I felt it best to allow her to stay home rather than have her come with an "attitude". I shall see how this all pans out. I do believe that this is just a phase and she will miss the "Magic", but right now she's just "too cool".

02-07-2004, 08:40 AM
am planning my retirement around my DVC points - 6-8 weeks in winter at Hilton Head and Vero and WDW!

This is exactly what we are planning to do! I am a teacher and I am looking forward to booking trips during the slower seasons. We love the HH resort and plan to spend a large part of January there.

02-07-2004, 08:59 AM
We joined Dvc when the kids were grown. It was my thing as even DH just doesn't get it ...... oh well his problem. We have ds 25 and 27 who were to cool for disney. Last year we took a family trip and now they want my points to go on their own. Also have a DD 31 who likes to go but just not as often as I do.:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

02-07-2004, 09:58 AM
this past January, we went for 5 days for the Marathon. The DS, age 15 years, 4 months, was particularly unimpressed with the idea of going, with wanting to be with family, and expressed his opinions by waffling about the trip all the way up to 2 days before we left. He then announced he didn't want to go. I announced if he didn't go, he owed me $218 for his plane ticket. He decided to go.

He had a great time. He always enjoys going to Japan and China, and riding roller coasters. However, he has respectfully requested that we not take him out of school for the next two years, as it really interferes with high school. OK, I can honor that.

so, we're going during Thanksgiving week (need more points)
and then maybe Winter Break (need more points), or possibly Christmas week in 2005 (need more points)

. . .do you notice a pattern here?? LOL

02-07-2004, 10:11 AM
We went to WDW for the first time in 1997. We did DL 1-2 times a year before that.

Our kids are 13, 9, and 6. The 13 year old DS has expressed disinterest in going to WDW again. The two other are still excited to go. <a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_20.gif' border=0></a>

Now, we have added a special thing for DS this trip. His cousins are coming and we have granted them to separate from the boring parents with a cell <a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/19/19_2_14.gif' border=0></a>and go on their own. DS know WDW and how to get around the parks and they can go on their merry way when we get to a park. We are also letting them go into DQ by themselves while we go to Epcot for the day on our trip. He is very excited to go, now.

I guess he just lost interest cuz he had to do everything we wanted to do and had to stick around us all the time on the past trips.

We will see how these teens do this Thanksgiving. <a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/1/1_4_6.gif' border=0></a> There are rules set up with this separation and one time not following the rules, well, they have to partner back up with parents again!<a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_9_9.gif' border=0></a>

02-07-2004, 12:02 PM
We started going when DS was 7 years old and got a trip about every other year. bought into DVC when he was 16. I keep thinking he won't want to go along (he's now 21), but when I offer him an "out" he just looks at me like I'm crazy!

As they get older it's a different trip each time - different things become attractive. I think it also helps that we don't expect him to hang with us every second. We have a few family activities planned - usually a meal followed by fireworks, and they rest of the time we do our own thing. We've also let him bring a friend, and that makes it a lot more fun for him.

We also do at least one trip a year without DS, usually to the Food & Wine Fest.