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Old 09-06-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
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don't you get tired of going to the same place?

sigh.. once again, was asked this. at work today, tending bar.

I pointed out that Johnny Fisher (fake name) has a trailer and site up north (to us illinoians, that would be wisconsin, where 50% of Illinoians vacation) and goes there almost every weekend in the summer, and for a few weeks at a time often.

the person asking has a house in Galena,IL, and she and hubby drive west from the Chicago area to their place many times throughout the year.

don't you get tired of going to the same place all the time?


after getting the "hmm, good point". it was pointed out to me that once they get there, they don't have to spend any money. unless they want to go out to eat, etc.

um, nevermind that they have a mortagage on the house, and property taxes! or a payment on the trailer, and a monthly site. fee.

I really don't cae what anyone wants to do with their money, or where they want to vacation, but it amazes me how opinionated people get when they find out you go to disney every year (maybe twice a year!!!)

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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I just smile, but I love meeting people that "get it". I found out that there is no convincing "non -get it people".

Maybe if WI had tollbooths at the borders of our states and charged people, like ten dollars, they would stay home and not clog our highways Fridays and Sundays.

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:08 AM   #3
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I make that same point when asked, that for us it's like our "weekend cabin getaway". We don't go on many rides, just like to be there, visit favorite restaurants, and enjoy the ambiance and "eye candy". It's our happy place!
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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My boyfriend's Mom asked me the same thing Smidgy. I then remind her that she loves her vacation spot, The Smoky Mountains, so much they built a vacation home worth over $750,000 there so who is spending more money going to their happy place? She said she had never thought of it that way and has never asked me again .

I don't think it is anyone's business where we spend out time and our money.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:52 AM   #5
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We have gone to WDW 4 times, albeit for 7-12 days each time. The second time we went, we got the, "Haven't you already been there? Why do you want to go again?" from BIL. The same BIL who has gone skiing every single year for over 25 years.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:51 AM   #6
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I had this same question asked of me just as I got home from DW last month. My response was "I haven't been in 3 years."

Here in jersey people spend a week at the same beach house year after year or the same house in the mountains every year. Why would DW be any different? I can't sit on the beach and do nothing and I live less than 2 miles from the beach.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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My boyfriend's Mom asked me the same thing Smidgy. I then remind her that she loves her vacation spot, The Smoky Mountains, so much they built a vacation home worth over $750,000 there so who is spending more money going to their happy place? She said she had never thought of it that way and has never asked me again .

I don't think it is anyone's business where we spend out time and our money.
wowser!! are you sure? thay is pretty rich for the Smokies....more like South Beach or California
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:15 AM   #8
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Dh hasn't been yet, this will be his first trip at the end of November. His response has been similar... Well once we go we don't have to go again for a while, right? I'm hopping that when we get there, a big jar of pixie dust will land on his head and like me, he'll want to go every year (or at least every other)
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #9
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sigh.. once again, was asked this. at work today, tending bar.

I pointed out that Johnny Fisher (fake name) has a trailer and site up north (to us illinoians, that would be wisconsin, where 50% of Illinoians vacation) and goes there almost every weekend in the summer, and for a few weeks at a time often.

the person asking has a house in Galena,IL, and she and hubby drive west from the Chicago area to their place many times throughout the year.

don't you get tired of going to the same place all the time?


after getting the "hmm, good point". it was pointed out to me that once they get there, they don't have to spend any money. unless they want to go out to eat, etc.

um, nevermind that they have a mortagage on the house, and property taxes! or a payment on the trailer, and a monthly site. fee.

I really don't cae what anyone wants to do with their money, or where they want to vacation, but it amazes me how opinionated people get when they find out you go to disney every year (maybe twice a year!!!)
We go to our lake house Up North (WI Dells area) several times a year. I don't get tired of it at all. It's a time to get away from the hectic life here and just relax.

I do wish it was just a bit closer. 3 1/2 hours without traffic but if it's a holiday weekend, it can easily add 1 1/2 each way.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #10
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We go the same lakeside resort every summer for a week. We see the same people there, the same week, year after year, some have been going there for over 30 years (there is a couple who has gone there for 50 years). August was our 7th year.

We just can't bear to give it up. Every year we think - there are lots of other things we would like to do, places we would like to go. Every year we talk and talk about it, and it comes back to this place. I keep thinking my girls (12 and 13) are going to get bored, but they don't.

Both girls have already decided they are going to get married there and are going to bring their own families there someday.

I can see how Disney would be that kind of place for people (even though it isn't for me).

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Old 09-07-2012, 11:07 AM   #11
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I have been other places plenty. So whenever I face a long drive to get to said place I think - I should have just driven to Disney instead. Yes it is more expensive than Camping but it's my happy place.

Whenever I camp I really enjoy myself but it's apples to oranges for me. I like to swim and go tubing down a river but I rather do it at a resort where I can change the scenery quickly to a ride on POTC.

The problem is that Disney is perfect for my kids and I love it as well. OTOH the louvre is fantastic but my 3 year old would not feel so inclined. I will save those trips for when my kids can appreciate art and culture ( not to mention sit still for over a minute).

My oldest has been to Europe and Africa but he doesn't beg me to take him there. He begs for waterparks and roller coasters.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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My friends ask us that and laugh at us. I think it's because most people have WDW in their minds as a once in a lifetime trip. They don't think of it like their annual beach/skiing trips. The same friend who is the most puzzled by our love of WDW - goes to Fort Lauderdale every year to spend a week hanging out in his dad's condo pretty much doing nothing.

I just find it so affordable compared to other vacations. Funny isn't it? Most people say its $$ and that's why they can't imaine people going often. Heck - I used to say the same thing!

But really...there's not many places I can go with food, lodging, and amusement all thrown in for much less. Last year we did a 10 day trip for $2500. This year we did a 12 day trip for $3500 (incl. tips, etc. Not airfare though). Prices went up and we splurged a little more this year

Our cruise earlier this year which was fun, but not as fun as WDW - was $2500 for 5 days.

Last year's trip to a cottage on a local island was $500 for 4 days and we only ate 1 meal out and didn't spend anything on extra activities.

Camping was just as expensive and our 4 day weekend this summer cost us $500 including non-electrical campsite, canoe rentals, a couple of meals out, etc.

I find WDW good value for money.

That said, we've gone 3 times in the last 3 yrs and we're probably going to take a break for a little bit. DH is slightly "Disneyed out" and TBH, so am I. A break for a year or two is perfect for us. Next year, we plan to do most of our vacationing with our friends.
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I just find it so affordable compared to other vacations. Funny isn't it? Most people say its $$ and that's why they can't imaine people going often. Heck - I used to say the same thing!
Even with Y.E.S. tickets & a cheap off-site cabin, our Disney trip this year was far & away the most expensive vacation I've ever paid for out of my own pocket. It's all relative, I guess
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The problem is that Disney is perfect for my kids and I love it as well. OTOH the louvre is fantastic but my 3 year old would not feel so inclined. I will save those trips for when my kids can appreciate art and culture ( not to mention sit still for over a minute).
That's a big part of it for my family right now too. My youngest is 4 and just not old enough to appreciate many destinations. Even going up north - she's not big enough for horseback riding or hiking or zip lining, she gets bored canoeing, and keeping an eye on her at the beach is a full time job. And places geared toward her age group, like children's museums, Sesame Place, etc. aren't terribly fun for my older kids (14 & 11). At Disney, there is something for everyone. It isn't the only place where that is true but there are more places I'd rather postpone until she's older than places that have something to offer everyone in the family.
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