View Full Version : FL residence, how often do you visit WDW?

08-29-2005, 12:03 AM
To all FL residence...Especially for those who live around the corner (within an hour drive) how often do you visit Disney? Do you just do a day park? Do you go to Epcot and have lunch/dinner there? Did you ever do a take out and then just leave the park? Do you go there to DTD to shop for your everyday needs? Do you book a room for a weekend to swim at their pool and take advantage of EMH? Do you go twice a month? Every weekend? On your days off? During the Holidays? Everyday?

I know I would probably there every weekend and do one or two parks. Then once a month, I would want to stay at a resort, just a quick getaway from the norm.

I am just curious as to what the locals do when they are so close to the Mouse? For those who visit very frequent (every week or every month), are you guys excited everytime you visit WDW and just as much as we are who comes once or twice a year because we live far and we are always anxious as soon as we land at MCO or after a 21 hour drive?

All Aboard
08-29-2005, 12:20 AM
We live 225 miles away, in Miami. We get up to central Florida about a dozen times a year. On average, 9 of those trips are to WDW and 3 are to Universal.

08-29-2005, 01:47 AM
I do a park or two a week; usually I'll go to Epcot or the MK for about half a day when I do go. Remember, when you live near there, you aren't on vacation, so you still have a lot of things to do that get in the way of being able to go to the parks all the time (like work, or things like grocery shopping, cleaning, erronds). Also, I try not to over-do the amount of times I go there because you will find yourself getting tired of it quickly. Honestly, I enjoyed the times when I used to visit it (when I lived 1000 miles away) more than I do now that I live here..I think it was just more special and I appreciated it much more. Now, I guess, because I know I live so close, it just isn't quite as special (don't get me wrong, it's still nice..and I enjoy it, but it just doesn't hold the same value when you live so close).

08-29-2005, 02:49 AM
We live in the Ft Lauderdale area. When ex and I first got married we'd go up for the day often. But now with tolls and the price of gas I like to at least get 2 days out of a trip. We go up about 6 times a year. In 12 days will be the 5 th trip to Disney this year plus we went to USO(in july) for the first time. If I didn't work weekends we'd probably go at least once a month but now we have to wait for DD12 and I to have the same days off.

08-29-2005, 05:44 AM
I live in Tampa (well, currently Kuwait...but you know what I mean) and we go about once a month. It takes about an hour and we normall stay over at least one night during that weekend. Sometimes we go for longer when we have more days off in a row or we take leave.

For me it's just as exciting as it's always been (baring the very first time I ever went!) and I've gone countless times. Up until a few years ago we didn't live in Florida so it was once a year. I'm So happy to go whenever I want and am always SO giddy when I know I'm going. People ask if you get tired of it...but personally...I don't. My mom still loves going too and gets just as excited so... :teeth:

I don't ever just go for lunch or anything like that. I wouldn't be able to drag myself out that quickly!! As far as DTD...they don't really sell day to day things, that I've noticed...so I don't think anyone does that. :teeth: But I do try to stop there for the passholder discount at the World of Disney store when I go, if there's something I want.

08-29-2005, 06:12 AM
We go several times a year and most of the trips are only for a day or part of a day. We always have a great time and we usually discover something new each trip. There are times when we will just go over for meals and wander though a park without getting on any rides.

08-29-2005, 08:15 AM
We usually go to a park or water park at least once a week. If going to a water park, we usually get there at opening, and leave around 3:15 to get home to meet DD's bus... during the summer, we stay all day. If at a park, we pick one park for the day.... usually we only do parks when the weather is cooler and the crowds are less. We only do MK when we have guests with us, or if we are staying at a resort. We spread our time fairly evenly between Disney MGM and DAK. Epcot does seem to get our best attendance, though with the Food and Wine Festival and the Flower and Garden Festival, not to mention Holidays Around the World.

08-29-2005, 08:23 AM
I go to the parks several times a week. We might just pop over for a show, ice cream, etc. Last year in 10 months I went 86 times.

I am still thrilled every time I walk into a park when I can visit at a very relaxed pace. I still haven't seen everything.

08-29-2005, 08:28 AM
We live 3 minutes out the 'back door' of Disney. We visit when friends or family come for vacation, but we also visit a lot for our work and sometimes ride our bikes to Fort Wilderness just to take a break from work. I'd say we're there for a number of days every couple of months, on average.

08-29-2005, 09:05 AM
Fantasia~ Did you move to Florida? I seem to recall that your ID said something about Michigan, but you've made quite a few trips to WDW this summer, so I figure you must have moved closer! :flower:

08-29-2005, 09:17 AM
I visit DTD at least 5 or 6 times a week, but many of those times I am looking for merchandise for my business. While I'm there I usually eat lunch or dinner. We tend to go to Epcot the most. We will often go there on a Friday or Saturday night for dinner. I only visit the other theme parks about once a month. That actually varies by season. I don't go often in the summer. It's too hot and too crowded. I could go more often since I'm only ten minutes from Disney property. Real life tends to get in the way.

08-29-2005, 09:18 AM
to a little south of Sarasota and it takes a couple hours to get up to Disney. Since we moved down in February I have gone in March and May. I have a trip planned for October and trying to get another one in December.

08-29-2005, 09:18 AM
I live in northeast Tampa and it takes us (me and my circle of friends, all in our 20's and early 30's) about 40-45 minutes to get to Disney. I'd say we're there 2-3 times a month, usually for a day trip on a Saturday to a park (or 2 or 3 - Epcot is ALWAYS included - it's home away from home) or hitting Pleasure Island on a Friday night (awesome). Occassionally I'll hit DTD on a weeknight if there's something there I know I want (great place for gifts too), or just want to go there and relax after work. With gas prices though, those weeknight trips don't happen too often.

My annual pass is one of my prized possessions. ;)

08-29-2005, 10:13 AM
We live west of Fort Lauderdale in Margate, Florida and we usually go at least 5 to 6 times a year.

08-29-2005, 10:26 AM
We just moved back to FL...Port St. Lucie. It's about 2 hours from Disney and we're not going to buy an annual pass. I'm hoping to go at least once a month. Even if my hubby doesn't go, I'll maybe take my daughter up for the day. Of course with the gas prices now, it kinda sucks! I know there is tons I've never seen and will love to be able to go in the middle of the week when it's not crowded. In fact I think we're going tomorrow after she gets out of preschool and spend the night and spend Wednesday there too. I can't wait!


08-29-2005, 10:42 AM
We're about 90 minutes away and we try to go every other weekend for a day trip. Every couple of months we'll spend the night. In the summer, we spend lots of Saturdays at Typhoon Lagoon and then hop over to Epcot for dinner or MK for fireworks if it's open really late. This past weekend we went to MK for the day and then to Boma for dinner. It's wonderful to be able to go up any time because you don't feel pressure to hit all the rides or shows. I feel very blessed (and spoiled!) to live so close!

08-29-2005, 10:51 AM
We're about 90 minutes away and we try to go every other weekend for a day trip. Every couple of months we'll spend the night. In the summer, we spend lots of Saturdays at Typhoon Lagoon and then hop over to Epcot for dinner or MK for fireworks if it's open really late. This past weekend we went to MK for the day and then to Boma for dinner. It's wonderful to be able to go up any time because you don't feel pressure to hit all the rides or shows. I feel very blessed (and spoiled!) to live so close!

As do I. It is nice to take the parks at our leisure, and not feel pressured to fit everything in. Sometimes I look at people who are obviously from out of town and they are rushing around trying to soak everything in - sometimes people don't know if they'll ever be back again. I remember that feeling from back in the late 80's - the only time I had every been to WDW before I moved down in the mid 90's. Our family didn't know if we'd ever be back.

It's a really great perk to living so close. I feel blessed as well.

08-29-2005, 11:14 AM
To all FL residence...Especially for those who live around the corner (within an hour drive) how often do you visit Disney? Do you just do a day park? Do you go to Epcot and have lunch/dinner there?

At the very least once a month, usually more. Usually just day trips though, but occasionally overnight. And we have gone to EPCOT just for dinner/lunch/dessert/coffee.

Do you go there to DTD to shop for your everyday needs? Do you book a room for a weekend to swim at their pool and take advantage of EMH?

DTD -- a bit expensive for everyday stuff, but I was there this weekend and bought a couple things. I have never booked a room just for EMH or the pool. I don't see the point.

are you guys excited everytime you visit WDW and just as much as we are who comes once or twice a year because we live far and we are always anxious as soon as we land at MCO or after a 21 hour drive?

YES. I love getting away from everyday stuff and escaping to the World. My friends tease me that I could never move away.

08-29-2005, 12:40 PM
I work at Epcot on the weekends but visit as a guest at least twice a week. :love:

08-29-2005, 01:19 PM
We go for the day about 2 times a month, usually to MK. Sometimes we will go to DTD for an afternoon to eat and shop. I just made a special trip to DTD to decorate my DD's bathroom in Mickey. We go about every 2 months to stay a couple of nights or so. We just got back yesterday from 2 days of RV camping at FW.

08-29-2005, 01:19 PM
I live in south florida and I probably average a trip once every 2-3 weeks.Some of these are one day trips, lately the price of gas isn't cooperating much with these trips. I have Disney seasonal passes and AP's for the other florida parks.During the summer with the heat, rain, humidity and crowds is definitely when I go least.usually during this time a waterpark is a good idea.but from September through may I tend to go pretty often.The time I'll go the most is probably October, I'll make several trips for Epcot's food and wine festival, Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.Then through early december I love going to Disney with all the holiday decorations.

08-29-2005, 03:02 PM
Well, in the summer, hardly at all. It's too hot and crowded for us. But starting next week, when the crowds drop way down we'll get to the parks at least once a month. We generally head over mostly to eat and so the parks part is in conjunction to that. We go over more often during Food and Wine, Christmas season and the Flower and Garden Festival. We do eat at the resorts a fair amount though....we live about 20 minutes away from DTD.

08-29-2005, 04:46 PM
We go to the parks/resorts at least once a week and usually more than once:) Sometimes we go for just a meal but more often we go for the day or 1/2 a day. We went to Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Studios last week. This week we are going to Epcot Tuesday and Wednesday and maybe IOA/Universal Thursday if it does not rain. Next week we may go to Kennedy Space Center (we have AP's there too.) We bought Frequent Fear passes for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal and are going with friends several nights in October. We are going to MNSSHP and several Food and Wine events. We are eating at Whispering Canyon Cafe for Thanksgiving.

Yes, we LOVE living right near the parks. :rotfl: Yes, it is always fun and still a thrill! We are heading to DD in a few minutes to look for the new Imagineering book!

I would say since October of last year (when we moved) we go to WDW 3 times a week on averge. We own our own business right now and work at Disney 2 days a week, so we are pretty flexible.

08-29-2005, 05:38 PM
We live about 1 hour and 45 mins away. We go about once a month or every 6 weeks. I definitely get just as excited as I always have, but then I've almost always lived in Florida.

I'm getting to the point where I could go to WDW and not spend much time in the parks. (We did that in May and we had a great time.) Stay at a hotel, swim in the pool, go to DTD, etc. Our newest thing has been camping at Ft. Wilderness in our pop-up -- riding our bikes around FW, doing the sing a long with Chip and Dale, roasting marshmallows, watching the Disney movie, the water parade, etc. Such a fun time!

One thing we like to do is leave after DS gets out of school on a Friday, check into our hotel (if we're not at FW) and spend the evening at DTD. The shops are fun (and I'm not a big spender at all, but there are little things one can buy that are fun for the kids) plus the Ghiradelli Ice Cream shop is right there -- what's not to love about that? :rotfl: Then the next day we will go to a park and then drive home that evening.

08-29-2005, 06:13 PM
It takes us about an hour to get there (depending on the construction along I-4) and we go there almost every Saturday, for the day. Occasionally we go for a weekend getaway, and enjoy the peaceful feeling of not having to drive back home. Rarely, we go for more than a weekend, usually with guests from out of state.

Jane E.
08-29-2005, 06:37 PM
It takes us about two hours to get to Disney. We go for a few days at a time several times a year. We go more for the special events and concerts than for the rides. This year we went twice to the Flower Festival, once for our anniversary, we're going to the wine festival in the fall & finally in December for Christmas.

08-29-2005, 07:15 PM
We are 2 hours and 15 minutes away, and have been to Disney about 4 times so far this year. We don't go in hot weather (made an exception in May since we were taking a continuing education class for our professional licenses), so generally go about once a month in January, February, March, October, November, and December.

We never do day trips, always spend at least one night (generally 2 or 3 nights). Our little "summer break" from Disney makes it all the more special when we go back! We love WDW and can't wait for the Food and Wine Festival this fall!

We've only been doing this for 2 years (before that, we were jaded Floridians who went to WDW once a decade at the most), and we've not tired of WDW. We had Flroida Residents Seasonal passes for the first year, annual passes this year, and will definitely renew our annual passes when they expire in November.

08-29-2005, 07:17 PM
I'm on the "back exit" too! :wave2: We frequently go over to DTD, matter of fact we stopped there today and ate at RFC and got gas at Hess. Gas is actually cheaper onsite! My bank is there too so I go there at least once a week. On weekends we may go see a movie at AMC or grab dessert during the week. Since school started we haven't been over to the parks as much but I'm onsite quite often with picking up/dropping off the DIS Stroller.
We are planning to hit one of the water parks this weekend.
I still love going over to WDW and sometimes I miss driving through the big sign so I will purposely take the long way to drive through it.

08-29-2005, 07:18 PM
I live in the north Broward area and we go about twice a year. When I was a teenager and live in Winter Haven, we would go about once a month. :goodvibes


09-12-2005, 12:13 AM
I enjoyed reading each responses. It is sooo cool to just pop in and out of WDW. I think it is sooo neat that you guys can do that!

We were in Disneyland last week. The CM said to one of the shopper that she looks familiar to him. The husband responded "of course, she is always in this park everday!" I thought that is really nice that they can do that. I said to myself, if I was only a local, then I would probably do the same thing!

'Canes Fan
09-12-2005, 12:29 AM
we're an hour away and we're there at least monthly. but we also do the seasonal passes because we don't want to be there during the peaks. we also hold AP's for the rest of the parks, so we mix it up. we hit them all at opening and leave before the traffic on I-4 builds. it'll be better when the construction is finally over. we stay on property a couple times a year, usually for MNSSHP and MVMCP, and that's just a value. disney resorts don't mean a lot to us. spending time in the parks with no need for an attack plan is incredible. and yes, DTD is just another mall to us. we'll go after UO or seaworld. but we worked our butts off to get transferred down here. the summer months are beaches, golf and fishing. we take our daughter out of school in the off-times for weekday trips to the parks with zero waits.

it's all good.

09-12-2005, 12:51 AM
Interesting question! Twice this year I've been working on projects in Florida - once 2.5 hours from WDW, once 30 minutes from WDW.

It amazed me to discover a whole new world in Florida which I must sadly admit I never considered. Florida in past always meant WDW to me. I did discover some new things and beautiful areas of the state.

And I did find it interesting that people lived 20 minutes from WDW and didn't go once in a year..... but not everyone is as mouse crazy as we are! Needless to say, I managed to squeeze in some visits to the mouse while I was working on those projects.........

09-12-2005, 02:12 AM
We go every month, more than that if we can manage it. We became FL residents in May, and we started off right with a night at Disney after we closed on our house but before our stuff arrived. We went last weekend, and the weekend before that, and we hope to go this coming Sat IF dh has the day off. We have a 2.5 hr. drive to the mouse.

Since moving to FL in May we've gone to TL, BB, and into the parks 5 or 6 trips of differing lengths.

09-12-2005, 08:03 AM
We moved to Miami last year and have been to WDW twice this year (3 days each time) and have plans to go two more times (F&W festival, MVMCP/anniversary). We got seasonal passes b/c we don't like to go during peak season anyway. We love feeling relaxed at the parks, not feeling like we have to do and see everything each time we go. We've started exploring things we never were able to "fit in" when we were going less than once per year. Like FW's campfire, boat rides, mini golf, etc. We are so far not finding it ANY less magical!!

09-12-2005, 08:21 AM
We live about 3 hours away and we go up at least 4 times a year!! :earsgirl:

09-12-2005, 09:00 AM
I live about 1 1/2hrs away and I go maybe twice a year. I like Disney and all but I have 2 small kids and it is very hard to take them by myself. In fact I would rather not go then have to go alone.

09-12-2005, 09:30 AM
:earsgirl: :earsgirl: We live in the Tampa Bay area and we also have seasonal passes. We moved to Fl 5 years ago the 1st yr we bought AP's. Went once on a hot summer day w/crowds, decided never to go in summer months again.

The norm for us is a wk or more on site (will stay in moderate or deluxe), 2 or 3 times a year for a 3 day weekend (we usually stay in a value hotel) for each of our b'days. We don't use pool because we have a pool at home..DTD is nice diversion from parks all day. :wave:

pirate: :cheer2:

09-12-2005, 10:39 AM
3.5 hours away by car, 4.5 hours away by train, 5 hours by bus, and 1 hour by Airline---which is what I will be doing from now on! :teeth: Flying out in Nov. using ME too!

09-12-2005, 11:49 AM
What a great topic! I’ve always been curious about how other Fl. Residents visit WDW.

Well we live 2 hours south of WDW and DBF and I are AP holders. During the year I’d say we go at least once a month, and spend the night or weekend about every other trip. We don’t go as often during the summer and count down the days till summer is actually over and the heat has subsided some. We spent a few days in the World at the beginning of August b/c DBF’s Dad had come for a visit, but that was a one time deal. It’s just too hot! My hat definitely goes off to all you who visit during the summer! :sunny:

For the past few years we’ve also made a big trip- our ‘vacation”- in the spring for the Flower and Garden Festival and to celebrate our Anniversary, but I’ve finally been convinced to try vacationing somewhere besides WDW. We’ll see how that goes! :rotfl:

Both of our birthdays are in October (mine’s the 2nd his is the 28th) and we always go for my Birthday. For us the first trip back after summer marks the beginning of season for us. We visit the most during October, November and December. I remember last December I stayed in Orlando every weekend of the month and only got stuck offsite once (New Years Eve). :earseek:


Miss Jasmine
09-12-2005, 12:10 PM
I live a little over an hour away. We go twice a month for just day trips and we do mini-vacations (2 or 3 night resort stays) about three times a year.

09-12-2005, 12:14 PM
We make it to Orlando twice a year. As you can see I am from Indiana. I wish we could go more often. We usually spend 10 days both times. Once in the Spring (April) and once in the Fall (October). The Fall trip tends to be a little better since crowds are lighter and the weather is more moderate (not as humid), but just being at WDW is fantastic!

09-12-2005, 12:21 PM
We live in Altamonte Springs (north Orlando), 30-45 minutes away. We tend to go 1-2 times a week on average, whether it's a park, water park, or DTD. I was saying to FH that I think we've been to Epcot ten times more than the other parks put together! We've had our PAPs now since early Dec 2003 and we feel like we've barely scratched the surface. As another poster said, though, Epcot does feel like our home away from home.

We've been doing a little less the past couple months, gearing up for the F+W Fest. From now until the end of the year, there will be only three weekends we won't be at Disney, and those will be because we're going to visit our families for the holidays.

We do most holidays, birthdays, and our anniversaries there now, as well.

09-12-2005, 02:28 PM
For 2 years I lived about 90 minutes away. We did a couple day trips, but more often we'd call on a Thursday and see what resorts were open. Over the time I lived there, we averaged about one weekend visit a month and one longer vacation per year.

Of course living so close means you never have the money or desire to vacation anywhere else! ;)

09-12-2005, 08:30 PM
I try and go 3 times a year, as I work and have trouble getting off on weekends. :confused3 I go in Feb. May and Nov. :goodvibes

09-12-2005, 08:39 PM
I am 45 minutes from Main Gate, and my first year I went up there 35 times. About 1/2 that my 2nd year. I try to go up at least once a month, sometimes more when I need to just stop the world and get off and relax. I have yet to take advantage of the Fla Resident discount at the hotel, but it's nice to know I can just hop up when I want. I use an Annual pass with no blackout and it's alot of fun for the Flower Power Concerts and Eat to the Beat. Luckily I work 4 days and have 3 off so it is easier to get up there. It's really fun when friends and families show up and I can show them around my favorite place to visit.

09-12-2005, 09:01 PM
I'm 3.5 hrs away (Southeast Broward County) and we go about once a month, except during the summer (too hot, humid & crowded). We stay onsite at least 3 times (maybe as much as 5) and the rest of the time we stay at my parents who live 15 min away from the mouse.

We love going to Epcot for lunch or dinner. Sometimes we just visit the parks to walk around and do not do any rides. Our favorite is Epcot but we love AK too (it's so pretty). Again, not something we do in the peak of summer... We visit DTD a lot, specially the AMC theater.

And now we're DVC members. We've been there already 3 times (1 on DVC) and we have scheduled 2 more DVC stays this year.

'Canes Fan
09-12-2005, 09:49 PM
our daughter in 7th grade and she has friends that have never been to WDW after living here all their lives. some have only been to epcot for school field trips, never to any other park. I though that was kind of weird. last year, they went to Busch Gardens as a field trip. thar sure beats the ones I used to go on.

most of her friends have passes for BG, but none ever go to O-Town. they all want to go with us on the weekends.

09-12-2005, 11:10 PM
I work at WDW 5 days a week, and I'm probably in the parks at least 3 or 4 days a week as a guest (either after work, or on my days off).

09-12-2005, 11:22 PM
:confused: :(

09-13-2005, 06:07 AM
We will generally go over about 1-2 times a month. However during the summer, we tend not to go because of the heat and the crowds. We figure we can wait a few months and almost have the parks to ourselves.