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Old 10-10-2012, 05:16 AM   #16
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Thanks. We aren't interested in the overseas parks. They don't have good ratings. My brother went to the one in Japan and didn't care for it. If we go overseas it will be to visit relatives. I just returned from a 2 year (unaccompanied) tour in Korea and already tasked to deploy again in the near future. :-( Yea, I am the mom and I am always gone because of the military. LOL. Two more years until retirement! My husband retired in 2005. I did mention taking the whole family back to Korea to visit Grandpa and see the sights as my younger two were born there during my first tour there where I was command sponsored for 3.5 years. My dad and Korean step-mom still live there. I have done everything there is to do in that country but the little ones are just now old enough to go to the DMZ and travel to see the country they were born in.

All of the kids enjoyed the ski resort in NC, but my older boys say they would rather go to Colorado or Utah. Yea.. that is out of our budget. I have been checking out Crystal Mountain in Michigan because we have my father-in-law who is less than 3 hours away in Detroit. He has stage 4 cancer so if we go it would be to visit him and then go skiing for a couple days. **Did I mention I hate cold weather?** I put up with it for the kids.

Other vacations we keep tossing around is my second son and I went to Washington DC on his high school band trip. The two other boys keep saying they want to go to DC. My husband is Mexican and we have tossed around the idea of going to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. We would love to go to the Balloon Festival in New Mexico but it's hard to make that particular time-frame. I found a closer balloon festival at Callaway Gardens but we were not able to make it this year. The "boys" want to go hike the Appalachian trail. The youngest was too young to go last time. I am not a hiker. The last time they went with the scouts, my girlfriend (her hubby and son went with scouts) and I took the girls and younger kids to the Nick Hotel! LOL.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:23 AM   #17
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Also, we have had universal and busch gardens season passes before. My daughter is a competitive cheerleader and we stay in Orlando about 4 times a year for competitions. So I guess it's just to "normal" for them? Several years ago after returning from a deployment I treated myself with a trip to Discovery Cove. I loved it! The boys thought it was "okay" but nothing great. LOL. I left the two little ones with the nanny because at the time they were just toddlers and it is expensive to take toddlers into the park to do nothing but play in the sand and splash at the water's edge. I was planning on taking DD there for her birthday last year, but my husband said it was more my idea than hers and what if she was scared in the dophin pool. So I backed out. Twice now within the pass month my daughter has asked to go to Discovery Cove! So yippeee! A little bit of fun that *I* like! She does like seaworld. We go to Seaworld about once a year with the military free entrance. Yep, I know it seems like we practically live in Orlando, not Tampa... because we are there so often. I guess that is why the kids just find it so-so. Well, I am off to work! I am also a work-a-holic in addition to a disney fan!
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Your kids may be like me. I'm a 'been there, done that, move on' kind of person when it comes to travel. With a few exceptions, once I've been somewhere I rarely want to go back for a second visit. For me, visiting the same place year after year would be torture.
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Maybe given your kid's ages, and the number of times you've visited your kids are burnt out. My kids still love WDW, even the teen, but for us it's a big once a year trip. I can see them becoming bored with it if we were frequent visitors, as there really aren't that many "big" rides.

We live about 45 minutes from Six Flags. My kids like going there, but to them it's nothing special because we had season passes and went often. For them WDW is a big trip, with a plane ride and a hotel and restaurant dinners. ...and no chores!

I guess familiarity does breed contempt.

We take a vacation to an all-inclusive every year. Although we go without kids, we have discussed how much the older 2 would enjoy it. There is a little something for everyone. We are also looking into cruises. My kids would love DCL, but with 4 it isn't in our budget, either.
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