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Disney Hot Mama
07-15-2004, 02:51 AM
Do you still get excited when you go every year or more often? We are heading to BCV for our first trip as DVC members on Friday. For whatever reason I am excited about seeing our new 'home' as we bought sight unseen. I am not as excited however about the entire trip. We have been several times in the past few years and I am wondering if this is the reason. I am swamped at home with many projects and this might be the reason but my kids don't seem as excited as I hoped they would be. They are DS (8) and DD (6). Maybe they are spolied as they have been here several times too!

I know once I arrive and reveive my first welcome home and see our room things will change but until them I really want to get excited.

jlensmart
07-15-2004, 03:20 AM
Last August was our first trip as DVC members. My other half says it was the best holiday we as a family have had.
Much like yourself we had many projects at home, as we only moved in a few years ago. I am in the miliary here in the UK and our first choice of accomodation, our home resort , of the BCV had to be cancelled initially, due to the conflict last year. But the kind people at Disney managed to arrange accomodation at the Boardwalk. It was fantastic, five minutes walk to Epcot and Fifteen to MGM. What a place to be. We're already planning our next trip, (2006) with the in-laws in tow.
Have a wonderful time...

Merilyn
07-15-2004, 03:33 AM
We love all our trip to WDW and OKW. We starting planning before we even get back home. We go every year and have been since 1994 and before we joined. We still haven't seen and done everything. There is always more to do. We rarely relax because we want to spend as much time on the run as we can. To me vacation is go go go and have lots of fun. That is what we do! We did go to VB this last May and that was nice but only for a few days. Can't stand to much quiet but the ocean was great! Have a great trip "HOME".

Pinnie
07-15-2004, 06:02 AM
Our trips "home" now are a lot more frequent since buying into DVC. As you can see from my timer, we are getting ready to leave for the airport in a little while. We go about 4 - 5 tims a year now, usling LONG weekends instead of weeks at a stretch.

I still DO get excited, but it is in a different way. I no longer feel the urge to DO parks at commado pace. As a matter of fact, I doubt this long weekend trip will even have us IN a park other than maybe EPCOT tonight for Illuminations (love those APs).

Our purpose for this trip is to attend the Drum Corp shows at the Citrus Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights and check out SSR. We combined points with our best friend and that also helps stretch the points and get more bang for the buck!

Have a safe trip and a GREAT time!

pinnie

Cinderelli
07-15-2004, 06:34 AM
My DC are 7, 8, and 10. We bought DVC in 2000, with our first trip in 2001. We discovered (after having a seasonal pass the first year) that we did need a break.

We took a year off and then bought an AP for last year. We wanted to change it up a bit so we went at different times than we had done before (like going for New Year's Eve, etc.). But, we found that after going alot for a year, once again we need a break. On our final visit at Spring Break this year, we barely did the parks. We would go in the AM to the parks, spend the afternoon at the pool, and hang out as a family in the evenings at the villa or on the boardwalk.

I never thought my children would rather play games in Community Hall than go ride Test Track, but it has happened. Not that that's a bad thing, just that we are more relaxed now when we go.

This time, our break will be bigger. We are not going back for 2.5 years this time. We're planning a July 4th trip for 2006 and it will allow us the use of 3 years worth of points. So, once again, we'll buy an AP and plan lots of trips. The new attractions will be open and we'll be all excited again.

For us, we've just found that if we take a break, it's all new and magical again and the bonus is that we can take our time and not spend all day, every day in the park. We can relax and enjoy all the resort options and the other wonderful things about Disney.

Lissa

JimC
07-15-2004, 06:49 AM
We try to get to Disney two to three times each year, sometimes it is more. We enjoy each and every trip. There is no need to "do everything and see everything" on each trip. We have some things planned each trip -- maybe it is Flower/Garden or Food/Wine at Epcot, Halloween party at MK, December for holiday festivities, etc. We enjoy Disney history/trivia and like to find hidden Mickeys, think about the names on the windows on Main Street, take the time to notice the wonderful detail that goes into theming and the like. But often it is just to relax and enjoy being in a separate world :)

We include in Disney trips cruises on DCL, DL, and the non-WDW DVC resorts.

Pa@okw95
07-15-2004, 06:59 AM
The excitement is gone for us. That is one of the reasons we took a year and a half rest from WDW. I am looking forward to being down in Florida in January because of the weather. WDW really has changed too much for me to really like it anymore. They once had what is called family rides, now they have replaced a lot of them with thrill rides. I will still enjoy OKW in January, the parks are no longer an attraction for us.

JimC
07-15-2004, 07:04 AM
Originally posted by Pa@okw95
... WDW really has changed too much for me to really like it anymore. They once had what is called family rides, now they have replaced a lot of them with thrill rides. I will still enjoy OKW in January, the parks are no longer an attraction for us.

I can understand that sentiment. Walt created DL to have a place where the entire family could play together. The introduction of thrill rides I guess has become a necesasry evil in the business. We go to the parks for some rides but now more to enjoy other activities.

mbw12
07-15-2004, 07:05 AM
Fuynny that you brought this up. After our last trip to WDW, on the way home, my husband (who is the bigger Disney Nut than me) looked at me and said "We need a break from WDW.".. to clarify, the kids aged 4 and 6...just did not get along this trip, so I am sure that contributed to some of our less-than-perfect trip.

But you know what.....any trip to WDW is better than being home! So, we just thought that we would try mixing it up, next we will do the 4 night cruise and tag on 3 nights at DVC afterwards.

I do honestly like that we don't go commando anymore......but maybe we need a trip there and not do the parks, or maybe try Universal.

We do "other" vacations also that have nothing to do with WDW or DVC....so maybe that is something that you might want to try, if you already don't? Try mixing it up some!

Bobbi

WDWLVR
07-15-2004, 07:10 AM
I still get excited by every trip.

Since joining DVC we, too, have gone from being more commando in the parks to enjoying them at a more relaxed pace.

We try to do something different every trip - be it a tour, new place to eat, or a new ride. This past May we did the Segway tour and loved it.

Most of all I'm excited to be away from work, away from the day to day things at home, and getting to spend quality time with my DH.

JimC
07-15-2004, 07:10 AM
We do a non-Disney trip each year as well. It is Hawaii this September, and San Diego next year. You are correct, there is much to see and do that is not Disney!

jimmytammy
07-15-2004, 07:37 AM
We, like you bought site unseen at WLV. We had been to WDW 3 trips prior to that in as many years. We realized this was going to be at least an annual trip for us in the coming years so DVC made sense.
Our first trip, I too was concerned about this very same thing. What we found out was DVC offered a whole diffrerent angle to a WDW vacation. We were relaxed which was nice.
Yes, we still are excited about those upcoming trips.

dianeschlicht
07-15-2004, 07:49 AM
While we too bemoan the fact that WDW is becoming less "Family friendly" and more teen oriented, we still think there are plenty of things to draw us there. After twenty some trips, I still get excited to go! We were just discussing last night if we would get bored with two trips so close together at the end of the year. We decided the answer was "no"!

Granny
07-15-2004, 08:09 AM
Originally posted by Disney Hot Mama
I am swamped at home with many projects and this might be the reason but my kids don't seem as excited as I hoped they would be. They are DS (8) and DD (6). Maybe they are spolied as they have been here several times too!

We have been looking forward to our WDW vacation for many months now despite having gone several times in the past few years. But now as we're 48 hours from departing, we too are swamped and feeling like we'll never get things together to leave. So right now, we feel more stress than anticipation.

But we know when we get there, all that will drain out of us, and we will be left with a great vacation and more family memories.

Our vacations have evolved like others and while we definitely visit the parks, we also find time to enjoy other amenities on WDW property and in the Orlando area.

But if a break helps you to "recharge" the Disney batteries, that may be the best for you. :)

puffkin
07-15-2004, 08:25 AM
The excitement is gone for us. That is one of the reasons we took a year and a half rest from WDW. I am looking forward to being down in Florida in January because of the weather. WDW really has changed too much for me to really like it anymore. They once had what is called family rides, now they have replaced a lot of them with thrill rides. I will still enjoy OKW in January, the parks are no longer an attraction for us.

I too believe that this is the direction the amusement industry is heading, however I believe Disney is doing a great job of balancing it. For instance last fall saw Mission Space (thrill) but also Mickey's Philharmagic (family). Of the four new attractions coming in the next year or so, 3 of them are family oriented with only one thrill attraction: MGM stunt show (family), Stitch's Great Escape (family), Soarin' over California (family), and Expedition Everest (thrill). I know this is off topic, just wanted to make an observation.

poohnpiglet3
07-15-2004, 08:41 AM
I guess that's the beauty of being able to bank your points. For us, I look forward to when the kids can ride the thrill rides... I know they'll love them like we do! (And if they don't, that's ok too.)

But I've been to Disney probably 5 times in the past 10 years and I still can't wait to go. There's so much to do that isn't Disney, plus, there's always just getting away to Florida to beat these Michigan winters. Not a bad thing - even with NO Disney in the picture. You could also try taking a Vero Beach or HH vacation every other year if you get tired of Disney on-property resorts. Just an idea.

Sherri :)

dotterson
07-15-2004, 08:46 AM
Hi,

Having DVC has 'forced' us to take an annual vacation. Before we bought, I had to beg for one!

The result of an annual trip is a less commando game plan. Plus, we know what we like and plan accordingly.

We were last at DW for NYE. I figured that many would be too sloshed to go to MK the next day and was right. We went to bed early and did EE. Until 1 PM, we almost had the park to ourselves. Then, we left and enjoyed the Poly. We planned EE twice more and had a blast. Even tho it was a crowded time, we really managed well and took advantage of Fast Pass too.

As for meals, we know which restaurants we like and plan for those too.

Now, we're going on a 4-day cruise (haven't been in 3 years) and another trip to DW for our DD's Spring Break in April. After thoroughly studying these boards and books, we have a nice schedule including one day out of the park entirely.

A good way of making the trips interesting is switching hotels. We started with Poly last time and did our 'second' home BCV. (Our original points are at HH.) In April, we're doing the Poly Conceirge for 2 days and then BCV.

We're looking forward to using the points for other places besides Disney in the future too. HH is nice (only if the weather is good). We went 2 years ago for Spring Break and rained almost the whole time (there's definitely a lot less to do than if it rained at DW.)

Planning these trips gives us something to look forward to. The thrill is STILL there!!!!

d

offtheice
07-15-2004, 08:52 AM
Originally posted by mbw12
Fuynny that you brought this up. After our last trip to WDW, on the way home, my husband (who is the bigger Disney Nut than me) looked at me and said "We need a break from WDW.".. to clarify, the kids aged 4 and 6...just did not get along this trip, so I am sure that contributed to some of our less-than-perfect trip.

But you know what.....any trip to WDW is better than being home! So, we just thought that we would try mixing it up, next we will do the 4 night cruise and tag on 3 nights at DVC afterwards.

I do honestly like that we don't go commando anymore......but maybe we need a trip there and not do the parks, or maybe try Universal.

We do "other" vacations also that have nothing to do with WDW or DVC....so maybe that is something that you might want to try, if you already don't? Try mixing it up some!

Bobbi


I understand what your saying,but this is exactly why I plan on doing disney every 18 months . First money .. Second so every time we go there ,we have something new to do. Third what I plan on doing every time we go down there is add something else then disney.. Like april we will be spending the first 3-5 days at universal.. Other times I plan on adding other things such as kennedy space, bush gardens and so on. I bought in on disney to basically give my family a place to get away from school ,work and so on.

chris1gill
07-15-2004, 09:12 AM
Uh, yes! We all still get really excited. Maybe it's time that you found more non-park things to do... like golf & tennis & boating & Seaworld & Universal... do something different during your trip. If we were to go exclusively to the parks & not do the non-park things it probably wouldn't be as exciting as it is!

bobbiwoz
07-15-2004, 09:27 AM
We're a "close to being" retired couple, and yes, we still get thrilled to think we have a Disney trip coming up. Now, we're just newbies, less than 1 year in DVC, and I've invited or have it on paper to invite many people, just to share the fun. But, we really bought to have a special place to celebrate my mom's 85th birthday, that's coming up this December, and we had to borrow lots of points for that celebration, then we bought Vero points, and I've invited a very special friend and family to join us there for a short trip next May, and then more family for next August, and December. Once the newness wears off, DH and I will go down for a week or longer trip, we have never been to WDW longer than a 5 night stay, and this goes back to 1977. So far, for us in DVC a 4 night stay at Vero in March has been our longest at a DVC resort, and we were alone!

I think we will always go in December, before Christmas just to see the Candlelight Processional. We like MVMCP, MNSSHP, the special tours, and the Flower Festival.

I have to balance my desire to see people and share what we have, with DH's and also my own desire to have trips alone, I think we have enough points for now, and I'll get the right mix soon.

Maybe having empty nests has something to do with it, but I've had a strong desire to be with friends/family from our past, who were good friends, but our and their own children and families prevented us from getting together as much as we would have liked to, as the kids were growing. Seeing these friends and cousins now in a non-stressful place has been like "coming home" back to who we were before, way back then. Our Cape May home serves this function as well.

It isn't just the parks and the rides, it's the place, the atmosphere, and now for us, having a resort that's a "home." I still enjoy seeing Cinderella bend down to talk one-on-one with a child who clearly is thrilled. Yup, I buy into the whole MAGICAL experience.

Bobbi:boat:

PS. Have safe and wonderful trips all you lucky ones with countdowns that are close to 0 days!

helenabear
07-15-2004, 09:56 AM
Yes I do. I admit it is totally different for me now that I got once or twice a year. I am still totally excited to be able to go on my trip, however a lot of the planning stress is totally gone. So I feel happy but so much more relaxed than I used to... that sparkle in my eye never disappears when I have a trip in the works :)

Dreamfinder2
07-15-2004, 11:37 AM
What keeps it fresh for us is the ability to take guests with us who've either never been to Disney or haven't been in ages. Watching them is an exhilirating experience in itself. Of course, I'm content to go anytime with anybody.

Our last trip we took seven guests, and we toured commando-style, just to expose them to some of everything, and I will tell you that by day four of park assaults, we were draggin' and that BW Villa was mighty inviting. But DW noted, as we were leaving the Indy stunt show, "You know, this hasn't been changed in years, and it's getting a little tired." I agreed. So, change is good, especially if it keeps my Favorite Place solvent and full of guests. I'd hate for a family with teenagers to bypass WDW because there was "nothing for them to do."

Disney has added some white-knuckle rides as of late, but even those are pretty benign as compared to some of the gut-churners at IOA. Rock 'n Roller Coaster, while certainly a thrill-ride, is glassy smooth and gentle, in spite of the fact that you're being inverted several times. I'll grant that it helps to have a cast-iron stomach for Mission:Space (we all loved it, btw.) I completely agree with puffkin ... I think Disney's doing a jam-up job of providing a comprehensive entertainment mix. I'll bet when the Matterhorn was new at Disneyland, it was considered a thrill ride by any standards. But if you compare Disney attractions with the coasters, say, at Cedar Point, there's absolutely no comparison.

The carousel for little bitty dudes, R&RC for teen speed junkies, and plenty more for everyone together, yes? If you see an attraction that doesn't appeal to you, walk past it and try something else.

I do miss Horizons, tho.

Sorry. Back OT. Having DVC is different, but for all the right reasons. This Thanksgiving, for example, we're doing Cirque for the first time, gonna shop a lot, and go to Universal for the first time in a couple of years. If the weather's nice, we'll boat all over Bay Lake.

It's all good.

carone0318
07-15-2004, 11:58 AM
we go to WDW once a year and maybe that is what makes the difference. We having the feeling of not having to do everything because we know when we will be back again, it is also far enough off not to grow old or tiring. I think another reason for our excitement is that we have small children and each time we go they are experiencing somthing else. This yr dd might be able to ride RnRC and ds might be able to ride SplMtn and all of the other 40" rides. And to throw another loop on this upcoming trip, we are bringing my ILs, so right there it will be a different vacation for us (well at least me.) We are also going to Sea World this year, which is a first since 1994 - our kids have never been. Dd is big animal lovers, so this should be a great trip for her.

Laurabearz
07-15-2004, 05:15 PM
We all still get excited. So much to do, always something new to try and old favorites to revisit.

I am approaching the 90 day mark for PS's and I am giddy about it. :hyper:

OneMoreTry
07-15-2004, 05:30 PM
I get excited. My 6yo DD does.



For the rest the level of excitement decreases as age increases:

ds9, ds13, dd15 and dw40.

lsutigger2
07-15-2004, 06:36 PM
I still get pretty jazzed about going to WDW. My DH on the other hand, doesn't get as excited. But he's still willing to go along. This year it will be year since we've been to WDW. We did do a cruise in April (Loved it!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: ) so that added a bit of different-ness for us. He has volunteered to work at the Funai Golf Classic this Oct and that again will something new for him - he's a big golfer. We'll probably do several trips this year, as we are planning on buying AP's. Next year it will be a trip to HH, again something new.

That is one of the greatest things about DVC is the flexibility it affords everyone! It can't be beat in my book!

Relax and enjoy!!

ceejay13
07-15-2004, 07:17 PM
I still get a thrill driving through those gates and checking in, even after 15 WDW trips, 10 as DVCers. Actually just driving through the main gates to WDW puts a huge smile on my face. We always find something new to try and always love going back to our old favorites. We, also, love bringing family and friends and enjoying WDW through their eyes. This January we took 10 members of my family. Just the experience of watching my 3 yo great niece seeing the castle for the first time and having breakfast at Cindy's was worth the whole cost of the trip. We bought everyone airfare as well as providing the rooms. In December we are taking 4 close friends for our first GV stay and 5 days of golfing. DVC is hands down the best purchase we've made. We wouldn't have had the experiences or been able to afford them had we not had it.

JimC
07-15-2004, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by puffkin
I too believe that this is the direction the amusement industry is heading, however I believe Disney is doing a great job of balancing it. For instance last fall saw Mission Space (thrill) but also Mickey's Philharmagic (family). Of the four new attractions coming in the next year or so, 3 of them are family oriented with only one thrill attraction: MGM stunt show (family), Stitch's Great Escape (family), Soarin' over California (family), and Expedition Everest (thrill). I know this is off topic, just wanted to make an observation.

Good observation.

msdis
07-15-2004, 08:53 PM
::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes::

Pam&Joe
07-15-2004, 11:41 PM
You bet ya we get excited each and every time. As a child I went twice with my parents to WDW and I was hooked. DD is 6 (Will be 7 on this trip) and she has been to WDW 7 times with our trip starting Friday July 16th as her 8th trip. We’ve gone down for her birthday (July 20th) for the last 3 years. She is a Disney junky just like me. DW is driven crazy 24/7 when a trip approaches by our constant chattering of what we’re are going to do first, which rides are we hitting first and how much pool time we’ll need. This is our 1st trip home to SSR and I hope we share many more trips home with family and friends and I hope to pass our DVC along to our DD when she gets older and married so she to can enjoy with her children the absolute pleasure of Disney World with people you care about and treasure. :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

JimC
07-16-2004, 06:37 AM
Originally posted by Pam&Joe
You bet ya we get excited each and every time. As a child I went twice with my parents to WDW and I was hooked. DD is 6 (Will be 7 on this trip) and she has been to WDW 7 times with our trip starting Friday July 16th as her 8th trip. We’ve gone down for her birthday (July 20th) for the last 3 years. She is a Disney junky just like me. DW is driven crazy 24/7 when a trip approaches by our constant chattering of what we’re are going to do first, which rides are we hitting first and how much pool time we’ll need. This is our 1st trip home to SSR and I hope we share many more trips home with family and friends and I hope to pass our DVC along to our DD when she gets older and married so she to can enjoy with her children the absolute pleasure of Disney World with people you care about and treasure. :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

Welcome to our little community on the DIS! Enjoy your first trip home to SSR :)

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kathyseb
07-17-2004, 08:01 AM
My husband and I both still get very excited. We go to DW three times a year for a total of 4.5 weeks. WE have countdown calendars EVERYWHERE and quiz each other several times a day as to the magic number.
We have annual passes, so from the time we get there (usually around late afternoon) to the last full day there, we are in the parks.
Why?
We love it. We can't get enough. We have not seen it all. It is constantly changing. Not necessarily the rides, but maybe a flower bed or landscaping.
We have gotten into Hidden Mickeys and quite recently trying to figure out the story behind the rides. Yes, some of them, like Peter Pan's Flight, are pretty easy to figure out, but take the Haunted Manison...that is a great deal more complex.
Plus, DW is something we both have a passion for and can share.
As we get off the bus, we are walking so fast we are passing everyone up to rush to the gate. The whole time, our hearts are doing flip flops.
OH Yes, the Magic of Disney.

lenshanem
07-17-2004, 08:21 AM
Burn out. We get it.
A matter of fact, we just got back from a trip last month and I'm waiting for my Mom to come over right now so we can head back down. We should be there later this afternoon. Kids are not excited at all. My oldest at 6 even asked me last night if we could go to Universal this trip! :eek: We were planning on VB, but my younger brother decided he wanted to come which thrilled my Mom to no end so we opted to do WDW instead. At the time it didn't matter much to me cause we have APs.

It comes and goes. We've had good trips and magic is gone trips. Last month we had a FAB trip to BWV. We took things more leisurely and just had a blast. I think the key is to not concentrate so much on the parks. I had planned different meals, tours, etc. It worked. This trip we're going to go to Sea World, too. I think next spring break we'll go to Universal, mix things up a bit.

After we max out our AP (Hubby and I have a ten year anniversary trip planned without the kids and then back again next spring break with all four of us...) we are taking a breather and going to try to get a VB and HH trip, maybe even do the DCL. I think after a breather like that we'll be in withdrawl again.

It is sad to think a 3 and 6 year old don't get excited anymore about seeing the characters, etc. Very spoiled indeed. :teeth:

DisneyMim
07-17-2004, 05:24 PM
Yes we still get very excited about our Disney trips. We took a short trip this past March (non-DVC, stayed at the Poly) and will do our longer trip next month, with a combined stay at Poly concierge and a DVC resort. This is the key for us, we find if we do different resorts somtimes it seem like a totally different vacation. Also we always do a non-Disney vacation every year. We just came back from a wonderful cruise and could have just stayed in Fla and used our points then, but thought it would be better to go a month later. Different vacations. It works for us. I think you have to find what works for you. Maybe taking a break from Disney and doing something else would be a good thing. Yes Disney is fantastic and we are huge fans, but there is a lot more out there.