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Old 10-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #16
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Not to get overly philosophical here, but sometimes it helps. I understand the overwhelming feelings of vaction expenses as they relate to unexpected and daily expenses. It can be a real bummer when you think of it all. Right now I'm dealing with paying for 3 vacations in the upcoming year - yikes!.

But, how I look at it is why are we working so hard? Why do we get up early and trudge to our jobs and put up with whatever? Why do I cut coupons and look for sales and think twice about buying certain items? Just so I can pay bills and give money to other people / companies?! There has to be more. Why do all this if once a year or so my family and I can take some time off to enjoy ourselves and do what we want to do and have a week away from all the stress and presssures we face everyday? Many of us work hard and we deserve to splurge on ourselves every so often...

My grandfather died when my dad was 17 (I never met him). My dad told me my grandfather worked hard every day putting in long hours and kept talking about everything he would do when he retires and was waiting until then to truly enjoy himself. Well, unfortunately he never got to retire. That stuck with my dad his entire life and growing up he was responsible and hard working, but always made sure to make the time to enjoy life and do things with his family instead of waiting until the "perfect" time, because very rarely does that perfect time happen.

You sound like a hard-working and very responsible person. You will be fine. Try not to worry so much and enjoy yourself. I think a large portion of the fun of a trip is the planning and anticipating...don't take that away from yourself. It may take some time to play catch up, but things will work out.

Take care and have a great trip!
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:08 AM   #17
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I'm sorry I didn't realize you get to go so soon!

I found a post to a similar thread that might be applicable here: "I know this is going to sound highly corny, but there is also this strange phenomena that has affected me in the past (And a few other people that I've talked to, some on these very boards): The closer you get to a Disney trip, the less excited you become. Maybe it's due to over-planning, over-excitement, lack of sleep, etc. The day before we leave for a Disney trip, I am sometimes numb. I'm not excited, I'm not un-excited, I just ... Am." Fantasmic23

Now let me give advance apologies for what I think will be a very corny paragraph to follow.

For me (and I'm sure I'm not the only one) while I absolutely love the awesomeness of the rides and fireworks and food and shows and... The magic of Disney isn't so much in people in giant suits dancing around on a stage (though that helps) - it's in all the little realizations of how wonderful the world can be: My favorite part is watching small children meet that character they really love (My moment was meeting Cinderella when I was like 5 - I will never forget that and for me it's so special to see a child have that same moment I had so long ago - I really hope that one day I'll have my own child to introduce to Disney). There's also joy in seeing grandparents get to enjoy grandchildren and in listening to other families rave about how much fun that was as they get off a ride. The truth of the matter is that I was just at Disney this past September so I wouldn't be excited about seeing some of the same things over in November but I'm super excited about getting to make the magic for my Mom who hasn't been in a very long time. I don't look forward to Soarin for the fifth time in four years, but I look forward to watching my Mom see Soarin for her first time. Honestly for me, even these message boards are part of the magic.

I read on one message board someone suggested bringing those glow bracelets and having their kids distribute them to nearby strangers waiting for the parade to start. I've considered doing that myself though I'm second guessing because I don't know how a parent would react to their child taking something from an adult with no kids of her own...

I don't know if any of this helps, but I guess what I'm trying (incoherently) to say is perhaps if you can't get excited about the rides and fireworks maybe there's something else over there you can get excited about...

And just to leave you with a final note, this is the magic for me (add www): youtube.com/watch?v=jsCyGPYJorY
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:19 AM   #18
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I bet you'll feel differently there! You'll get there sigh a breath if relief and think" it was worth it!"

Right now your just stuck in a rut and this vacation is very much what you need!!

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #19
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I'm pretty sure your funk will disolve once you're at Disney. We take several small trips (and some not so small) throughout the year. I long for them until just before it's time to go, then I turn sullen from the stress of all the planning, packing, etc. Once we're into the vacation I wonder what the hack I was thinking!

I hope that's the case with you, and that you have a wonderful time.

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Old 10-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #20
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But I think that statistics reveal that 83% of all people think CP is Crystal Palace.
Haha, nice reference. I agree that the initialisms get out of control when several things have the same initials. I've seen CP refer to Candlelight Processional, Crystal Palace, and College Program, sometimes all in the same thread. People talk about riding "SM" and I think, "Space Mountain? Splash Mountain?"

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:27 PM   #21
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I felt like this last trip, it took so much effort to get everything sorted out both financially and practically that the excited anticipation just wasn't there, I began to wonder why I was putting myself through all the stress and (sharp intake of breath) wondered if it was worth it. I am glad to report, as soon as I took my first steps on Main Street USA all the stress went away and the good feelings began. So take a deep breath it'll be fine when you get there, you'll have a fab time.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:46 PM   #22
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I kind of know how you feel, I more stressed about this trip this year.Last year we had a wonderful one planned that was the trip of our dreams,a once in a lifetime for us, but my daughter had a medical emergency and we had to cancel and use the funds for that.So this year she is doing better and I am trying again but I dont have the cash I did last year, it is very underwhelming compaired to what we missed and kind of depressing.But I keep trying to remind myself the kids will still have a blast even if I cant make everything happen that I wanted to and a previous poster to this thread that said "Say the word and I'll go in your place! " just put it all in perspective for me
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #23
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well,it's paid for, so all you really need to do is...NOTHING! just forget about it till y ou have to check in for your flight! seriously,anything but disney plannig,and you'll probably feel so ready to go on that trip soon.... it happened to me when I was planning a DL trip...it took me so long, that I got to the point where I stopped reading boards about the trip....and just decided to use what info I had once I got there.
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