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Old 09-06-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Ever had to decide between a Disney and Non-Disney vacation?

We were thinking about going on a kid free vacation to the South (Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah) next May. I've always wanted to see that part of the country. I was really excited about it.

But then I started thinking... our kids will only be this young once and for now we should probably keep vacationing as a family. And when kids are as young as mine (7 and almost 3) Disneyland is the easiest and BEST vacation choice for us. They just light up at Disneyland and we all have the best time!

I can visit the South another time, but right now my go to vacation spot is Disneyland. See you in May, Mickey!!! We chose Disneyland!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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I always have a hard time choosing between a trip to Disney or a non disney vacation and we don't have children. I just think Disney always does everything great from food to entertainment. We're doing our first trip to Disneyland for our anniversary next May. I'm so excited!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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Our friends think we are crazy for always going to DL. I agree with you, they are only young once! I would love to travel more places, but at their ages right now, they much prefer DL and we do too! We will have time to do other things when they are older (although I hope they never get "too cool" for DL) =) Have a great time!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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We go to Disney a LOT and eventhough we occasionally take non-disney trips because we live in CA and can buy an AP on the payment plan we usually still go at least once a year.

We did a trip to that area this past summer. We actually started in St. Louis and then drove across to Virginia and did Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach etc and then drove down the coast and went to the outer banks, Myrtle Beach etc and ended in Charleston. We LOVED Charleston and spent 3 days there. We had planned to go to Savannah but didn't have enough time.

If you were thinking about taking your kids not sure if they would enjoy it. Mine are 12 and 13 and they liked it but if you are thinking about an adult trip you would love it. If it is a matter of only being able to do 1 trip a year then that is a tough decision.

Both are awesome but you will LOVE the south! Good luck on your decision!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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We are in a similar situation with kids 3 and 6. We did go to Mexico for a wedding without kids and it was a blast, but we also realized that we don't need to travel far to have time to ourselves (seriously, a camping trip would have sufficed). I encourage going on a kid free trip, but don't go so far if you don't have too. Take the family to Disney AND go somewhere yourselves a little more low key.

We enjoyed the quiet, the relaxation and the ability to explore without worrying about our kids or strollers...and honestly could have done that anywhere.

My suggestion is to do both, you get less guilt and can enjoy both.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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We are in a similar situation with kids 3 and 6. We did go to Mexico for a wedding without kids and it was a blast, but we also realized that we don't need to travel far to have time to ourselves (seriously, a camping trip would have sufficed). I encourage going on a kid free trip, but don't go so far if you don't have too. Take the family to Disney AND go somewhere yourselves a little more low key.

We enjoyed the quiet, the relaxation and the ability to explore without worrying about our kids or strollers...and honestly could have done that anywhere.

My suggestion is to do both, you get less guilt and can enjoy both.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #7
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We try to balance it. We love, love, love Disneyland and have been lucky enough to still do an annual trip (if not more) since my oldest was 2.5. However, I think it is important for my kids to experience more and they love traveling anywhere. We've taken them to Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Mexico, San Diego, Whistler, Idaho, Las Vegas (yes, shame on us, lol) to name a few and they have LOVED all of them. This summer we did a road trip to Six Flags MM and Universal. I'll admit it was hard to be in SoCal and not go to Disneyland, but our kids had so much fun. Our favorite place though is still Disneyland. If it came down to not being able to do both, I would have a very hard time giving up DL, especially with the ages of our children.

I do like the idea of doing both of your trips, even if they are scaled back. DH & I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend last summer and it was so nice to recharge and sleep in and not worry about naptime, strollers, potty trips, meltdowns, etc.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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2014 will be our 3rd ( and probably final ) trip to Disneyland for quite some time. We wrestled with the decision to go again next year as we will have been to Disney 3 times in 4 ½ years but we weighed the pros and cons of other destinations and for now, with DD10 it’s just the best option. We could do Mexico or Hawaii but it’s our thought that if the weather is horrible at those locations you are kinda screwed activity-wise where as at Disney even if the weather is horrible you can still do the rides and be easily entertained.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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We try to balance it. We love, love, love Disneyland and have been lucky enough to still do an annual trip (if not more) since my oldest was 2.5. However, I think it is important for my kids to experience more and they love traveling anywhere. We've taken them to Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Mexico, San Diego, Whistler, Idaho, Las Vegas (yes, shame on us, lol) to name a few and they have LOVED all of them. This summer we did a road trip to Six Flags MM and Universal. I'll admit it was hard to be in SoCal and not go to Disneyland, but our kids had so much fun. Our favorite place though is still Disneyland. If it came down to not being able to do both, I would have a very hard time giving up DL, especially with the ages of our children.

I do like the idea of doing both of your trips, even if they are scaled back. DH & I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend last summer and it was so nice to recharge and sleep in and not worry about naptime, strollers, potty trips, meltdowns, etc.
^^^^this is exactly how we do vacations^^^^^
We even have taken DD to Vegas too and South Beach when she was 1yo. LOL We try to do solo mini trips as well to recharge and reconnect as a couple. :-)
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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Coming from Canada - a trip to DLR is not a small expense. This Feb/March will be our 3rd trip inside of three years, with our kids who will be 11 and 10 this go around.

After that though we have all decided we are going to take a few years off from Disney and do some more traditional winter vacations - then maybe return when they are in their teens.

I agree at enjoying Disney when the kids are younger - but Disney vacations are pretty high energy and a lot of walking so I can also see why some people pick a more laid back holiday - but with small kids, it's high energy regardless I guess.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #11
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I have been in this situation before, and it is hard! I just like to think how lucky I am to be able to have that as a conflict!

For our honeymoon last September, my DH and I had always planned WDW, since we've never been. It lost out to DLR, and then eventually we decided we wanted to just try something different so we went to Hawaii. We had a BLAST and that's now in our rotation for trips. We are glad we stepped out of our shell and tried something different! We've been DLR regulars together since October 2006. Other than that, I don't know when we'll get anywhere else. Maybe when our future children are older.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #12
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We were thinking about going on a kid free vacation to the South (Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah) next May. I've always wanted to see that part of the country. I was really excited about it.

But then I started thinking... our kids will only be this young once and for now we should probably keep vacationing as a family. And when kids are as young as mine (7 and almost 3) Disneyland is the easiest and BEST vacation choice for us. They just light up at Disneyland and we all have the best time!

I can visit the South another time, but right now my go to vacation spot is Disneyland. See you in May, Mickey!!! We chose Disneyland!!
Those locations in the south are beautiful. Especially Savannah if you like old architecture. And the food in Charleston and Savannah is fantastic. Hilton Head was kind of boring imho. I'm not much into golf and that seems to be what that town is all about. One day take a trip down to the low country. You will never forget it.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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My DH and I were going to travel from Australia to Europe next year, however I got a big attack of the guilts and instead put to him that we take my DD and his DD to DL instead. Both trips are extremely costly, but right now I feel better spending the money on a family trip, especially as his DD hasn't been to DL before. At 15, I think it's our last chance for her to really enjoy the trip before she is 'too cool'. We can go to Europe another time!! Our concession this trip is to spend 3 nights in Vegas!
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:20 PM   #14
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Well my only caveat is I don't do disneyland without a Las Vegas stop.They go together like peas and carrots.The worst trip I ever had was a flyover of LV on the way back.We usually rent a car and either drive on way back or fly there and car to Anaheim.All my kids are grown but we went even when they were little.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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Well, for my son's October break we decided instead of Disney we would do a San Diego/Legoland trip instead (my son is getting close to age where Legoland won't interest him). However, it occurred to me that given the location we could drive up one evening and catch Mikey's Halloween Party, so even on our non-Disney trip we are still squeezing in 8 hours of Disney
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