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Old 10-02-2010, 05:00 PM   #151
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Our lives have been a roller coaster for the past 2 years and taking 12 days to reconnect with my hubby, sons, and my older son's fiancée is the best Christmas present I can give us all.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:10 PM   #152
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Of course, the way I look at it, is when you go to WDW, you also get to go to China, Britain, Japan, Germany, Mexico, France, and depending on what resort you stay at you can even throw in the Caribbean, New Orleans, and the list goes on!!!

Thankfully though, my fellow Disers, we have each other to understand us!
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:26 PM   #153
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: So, we got back from WDW last Sunday and by Monday, DH and I were already planning our February 2011 trip. And somebody pinch me ... DH told me tonight at dinner to do research about a WDW Resort (We've stayed at a condo in Kissimmee the last 2 years)!! But I digress.

This week, we've been telling various family members and friends about our recent WDW trip. Somewhere in the course of the conversation we will casually add, "We're going back next year." We're usually met with stunned silence and then the old "You're going back to Disney again? Why? You've already been."

The first few times, it was easy to explain: "Well, all of us love it there (DD and DS, too), we only really get one vacation a year and this is where we want to go ..." After the fourth or fifth time of explaining, I was starting to get irritated.

My biggest irritation is that the majority of the people who were giving us the third degree about going to Disney yet again, are the same people who choose to vacation in the same spot every year: Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, the Jersey Shore, etc. A family member pushed me to the brink this morning and I finally asked, "Well, why do you go back to such and such every year?" She explained that such and such is beautiful, she's the happiest when she's there, she's relaxed ... Well, that's EXACTLY how my family feels about Disney! After that, the family member changed the subject. Well, if that's what it took ...

How do you handle the "You're going to Disney again?" people? DH thinks we should just stop telling people that we're going.

UPDATE: Since I made this post, we have booked a late November/early December trip! We haven't told a soul ... yet.

Like the "yes we are" as we are going for our 57th time in 28 more days. and OP is so right when the ones who ask go to the same place each year for their "own" reasons and we do not question that. Vacation is to rest the mind and --sorta-- the body so to each their own. My favorite is when they ask How in the world do you afford to go to WDW two or three times a year? and to that I do respond we do not drink attend every concert that is in town nor go out to eat 5 out of 7 nites a week IF they have not walked away by this point I throw in nor do we live at the River Boat Casinos.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:36 PM   #154
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I got a little "sneaky" about next year's trip.

History of plan: First we planned our usual WDW trip. DS11 tells G'ma and gets the "Why are you going there? There are other places to go. Such as go up to Ill. to visit (very distant) relatives". Ugh!! I'll add: this is the only place DH ever got to go to as a kid, and still the only place his parents goes to.

Then, the plans changed. DH finally agreed to gone on DCL. (His idea, I promise.). So, DS11 tells G'ma we are going on a Cruise. She is OK w/that.

Then, the plans change again.....WDW has Free Dining at end of May. So, we are going to WDW first, then the DCL.

The "sneaky" part.....I'm not telling DS11 or G'ma we are going to WDW. I'm not going to lie, I'm just not saying.

Rant: I get so tired of G'ma giving DS11 a hard time about our choice of vacation. She never says anything to me. I really wish she would confront me instead of DS11 with her not liking our vacation choices.

Thanks for letting me vent. I'm so glad I have people that understand me.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:38 AM   #155
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I got a little "sneaky" about next year's trip.

History of plan: First we planned our usual WDW trip. DS11 tells G'ma and gets the "Why are you going there? There are other places to go. Such as go up to Ill. to visit (very distant) relatives". Ugh!! I'll add: this is the only place DH ever got to go to as a kid, and still the only place his parents goes to.

Then, the plans changed. DH finally agreed to gone on DCL. (His idea, I promise.). So, DS11 tells G'ma we are going on a Cruise. She is OK w/that.

Then, the plans change again.....WDW has Free Dining at end of May. So, we are going to WDW first, then the DCL.

The "sneaky" part.....I'm not telling DS11 or G'ma we are going to WDW. I'm not going to lie, I'm just not saying.

Rant: I get so tired of G'ma giving DS11 a hard time about our choice of vacation. She never says anything to me. I really wish she would confront me instead of DS11 with her not liking our vacation choices.

Thanks for letting me vent. I'm so glad I have people that understand me.
Have you ever asked her to join you on one of your trips? If she is able to make the trip (even with a scooter [even better for you all!]) I'd bet my next vacation to WDW that she would get caught up in the Magic and stop asking the silly question.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:00 PM   #156
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I'm going 3 times next year and I have yet to encounter that question but when it arises im going to say "its my money and I need WDW NOW!!" (refering to that money commercial where people are screaming "its my money and I need it now")
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:22 AM   #157
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We went for DH and the kid's 1st trip to WDW in March 2009. Went the week of DS's 3rd birthday to take advantage of no park ticket needed for him. We also took advantage of the buy 4 get 3 free with a $300 gift card promotion which we used to buy food in the park.

Went again this past April and made the decision before booking to go ahead and get AP's since Easter is late April 2011 and it would save us some money over buying 9 day park hoppers tickets twice. I worked the numbers and bought tickets from Undercover tourist at a discounted rate and then we upgraded to the AP's which came out to about $120 savings. We used disney reward dollars to cover the the cost of the upgrade. Took our camper and stayed at Fort Wilderness.

I am now just starting to tell people (due to the fact it is a total surprise to the kids) that we are going back on the 22nd and getting both postive and negative responses.

For the negative ones, I am getting great enjoyment out of telling them how much out of pocket it is costing us for this trip

Arriving in at MCO Oct 22nd 9pm Leaving MCO Sunday Oct 31st at 605pm thus 9 days at Disney.
Flight for 4 people $714.08 minus DH flight credit = $376.38
Rental car for length of trip (not dealing with bus and stroller) = $274.53
Room POP Century $775.69 (AP discount)- $775.69 disney rewards = $0
MNSSHP tickets October 26 $200.02 (AP discount) -$200.02 disney rewards = $0
Park Tickets = $0 (already paid for)
Food estimate = $400 (we are snackers instead of eaters while on vacation and taking advantage of frig swap)
Souvenirs = $100 (each kid get to pick one thing and I pack glow sticks, light up whirlys, and made 9 days worth of matching shirts for our last trip, and make up an autograph book)
airport parking = $80
Costumes for MNSSHP = $20 (DD costume was bday present, DH and my outfits we had, purchased outfit for DS)
Dog sitter $200

So roughly $1500 or $167 per day. Less than what most of my friends spent on just the hotel room portion of thier beach vacation.

sorry but can't help but when they stand in total shock
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:13 AM   #158
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This thread made me happy because now I know I am not alone! We just got back from our 6th trip and we already have next year booked. I hear "you are going again" so many times it drives me nuts! Often from the same people. I usually tell people that it is a simple trip for our family of 6 that we all enjoy. And we will do other things when the kids get older (they are only young once!) Some of the annoying ones I started asking "do you go on vacation every year?" That usually shuts them up because they don't.

I love it when friends go for the first time and come home and tell us they get it!
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We're only on our second family trip (our first was 11/2009) and we've gotten comments from people we told. My mother said - and I quote - "When I suggested Disney last year, I meant that every parent needs to pay their dues. I didn't mean to pay your dues every year. What about going to Puerto Rico?" Yeah, because Puerto Rico is a MUCH better idea with three LOs. DH and I plan to go to WDW every year or two from now on, so I'm guessing we'll be getting lots more comments. Eh, we'll pick Disney over the beach any day.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:21 AM   #160
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I truly believe that any criticism or insults are all based on JEALOUSY!!!!

Honestly, when most people say this to me, it's because they ask about how we can financially do it. By no means are we rich or even well off, so I just tell people that we are poor budgeters and we are spending all of our money now. Then i say that our kids will have no inheritance, will have to be in debt because they'll pay for their own college, and DH and I will be living in the gutter when we retire! But we'll have great family memories! That usually shuts them up.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #161
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OK...let's wake up this old thread!
We're dealing with the same issues some of y'all have mentioned, but it's the "in-laws" that I'm dreading informing, ( and a few of our customers). They REALLY don't get it! Not EVeN close. My dear bride has about made herself ill over the situation and I've been "voted" as the winner to tell them the news. I think it was easier telling them about each of their future grandchildren's pending arrival dates!
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OK...let's wake up this old thread!
We're dealing with the same issues some of y'all have mentioned, but it's the "in-laws" that I'm dreading informing, ( and a few of our customers). They REALLY don't get it! Not EVeN close. My dear bride has about made herself ill over the situation and I've been "voted" as the winner to tell them the news. I think it was easier telling them about each of their future grandchildren's pending arrival dates!
OK... Maybe I'm missing something here. Why do you have to tell them where you are going? Who's business is it where you go? Letting them know you will be on vacation is good but where (if it is going to be such a pain) is not necessary in my book. If they don't get it they will never get it. No matter how much convincing you try to do they won't understand. Believe me I have tried. We just pack and go and have a great time without all of them nay sayers.
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I know how you feel. I always have to explain to people why we love to go to Disney World. My Mother always starts a argument even though she has never been. I started to not tell them about my trips!
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:22 PM   #164
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With the launch of Disney Dream this January we have discovered the Wonderful World of Disney Cruises!

Guess what?!?!?

Now they are bugging us about going on a cruise every year in addition to WDW!!!!! AARRRRGGGGG!!!!!!
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Not to mention is it really the bane of someone's life that you want to continue going to Disney. Some people act like they're personally offended. It's nuts. But we can all take solace in the fact that we are not alone in our Disneymania.
I get this all the time from co-workers and some family members, they look at you and say "you know there are other places to go", those people do not get the magic and fun of Disney. We are a Disney Family and can not wait to go back for our 6th time! There is so much to do and you can make it affordable. My DDs and I can not wait to go back.
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