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Old 10-02-2012, 08:02 PM   #406
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DH and I have no kids (but 3 fur babies <3) and scrimp and save to get to WDW as often as we can. We live about 600 miles away from all of my family, and 2,000 from all of his - and they get grumpy when we tell them we are saving for Disney and can't spare the extra to go visit them. (to drive around everywhere to see people who can't make an effort to come see us ever, but get mad that we don't make an effort to see them... really? :P ) and then we get the "What is there for you to do there, its not like you have kids!" I applaud the people who go there with kids - it looks like some serious hard work!!
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #407
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #408
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We heard from a number of people when we took our then-15-month-old DS to WDW. "He's not going to remember it!" "That's way too young!" Etc.

ONE: He might not, but WE will. It was a trip to survive the fact that we all survived the past year, which included caring for an infant with a disability and a heart defect, making it through that heart surgery and the recovery, etc, and adjusting to our new normal. We needed that trip.

TWO: He might not, but that doesn't mean he won't enjoy it. He had a blast. The photos of a beaming 1-year-old make me smile everytime I see them.

THREE: I scrapbooked the whole thing. My now-8-year-old DS loves to look at it and show his brother. Especially now that we're planning to go back.

I can't think of a thing I regret less.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #409
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Saturday at epcot i over heard a woman saying that in the land pavilion there is a dinosaur ride. She continued this elaborate story to include a cast member giving her extra fastpasses for this ride because she loved it so much.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 PM   #410
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We heard from a number of people when we took our then-15-month-old DS to WDW. "He's not going to remember it!" "That's way too young!" Etc.

ONE: He might not, but WE will. It was a trip to survive the fact that we all survived the past year, which included caring for an infant with a disability and a heart defect, making it through that heart surgery and the recovery, etc, and adjusting to our new normal. We needed that trip.

TWO: He might not, but that doesn't mean he won't enjoy it. He had a blast. The photos of a beaming 1-year-old make me smile everytime I see them.

THREE: I scrapbooked the whole thing. My now-8-year-old DS loves to look at it and show his brother. Especially now that we're planning to go back.

I can't think of a thing I regret less.

What a great story! I still remember family trips to parks such as Disney as a very small child, and they are wonderful memories! You will be surprised what we can remember even at such a young age!
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #411
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Have to add my then 6 yr old DS's story.

On the way to the grandparents in 1998, we stopped in Ocala at the Disney center there where you can purchase tickets. (Our plan was to go for a few days after the grandparent visit.) We had been in the car awhile so we spent a good bit of time... looking at the pictures, watching the promo videos of the parks, window shopping the "stuff", picking up a few freebie things - stickers and candy. Once the tickets were purchased we headed back to the car. As we settled back in for the rest of the drive, DS pipes up: "THAT WAS FUN!"

Me: What was fun?

DS: DISNEY!

Me: (trying NOT to laugh) Honey, that wasn't Disney. That's just where we bought the tickets we are going to use in a few days. There's WAY more than that!

DH: (quietly to me) Shoot, if I thought that's all that would have made him happy I wouldn't have bought the tickets! (He was kidding!)

It is one of our favorite Disney memories.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #412
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I've had relatives and friends ask me about Disney World which is great I love talking about it. I'll explain to them how to use FP's, mark maps for them and go over them, give them ideas on how to save money on food and how to make ADR's, how to get around to the parks and other stuff you can do like mini golf, DQ, movies at DTD etc. So far my relatives that have gone using my DVC staying at the BWV(three different families) two have came back and said they got bored? When you ask them what they did the didn't go to any fireworks, didn't go to a water park, no mini golf, DTD and one of the families didn't even go to DHS and they were staying right next to it a the BW? The third family listened and had a great time.

One friend I worked with that I gave all the info to came back and gave me a gift to thank me he and his wife had a great time. He said they took the maps and tips I wrote down for them to the park everyday and had a great time and all the info I gave them made there trip great. They're already planning another trip. I've also had close friends not tell me they were going, so they asked me nothing and came back missing a lot of thing and they know I've been going to WDW for years.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #413
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What a great story! I still remember family trips to parks such as Disney as a very small child, and they are wonderful memories! You will be surprised what we can remember even at such a young age!
I still remember eating a PB&J on New Year's Eve...when I was two. I am very surprised at what I can still remember.

If I had gone to Disney when I was two, that would've been awesome to remember!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:49 PM   #414
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I was at a birthday party over the summer and listened to a dad talk for a long time about their Disney vacation. I chuckled quietly to myself while he was explaining how much they all loved riding The Rolling Stones coaster. It was their favorite ride. They rode it many, many times. I kept my head down, but I really wanted to ask how they rode it that many times and never noticed that it was Aerosmith instead of The Rolling Stones.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:02 AM   #415
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When I was planning my honeymoon, I got a few of the 'you can use the same tickets for WDW and Universal' comments from my coworkers. I gently corrected them.
My memory could be playing tricks on me, but at one time wasn't there a third party ticket called the Orlando Flex Pass or something that was good at different parks (Disney, USF, SW, BG)?

edit: I just looked it up. It includes most everything EXCEPT Disney.

Universal Studios Florida®, Islands of Adventure®, Sea World of Orlando®, Sea World Aquatica®, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, and Wet 'n Wild® Orlando.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:56 AM   #416
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I just got into a conversation yesterday with someone who is going to disney for the first time. Others chimed in:
1. It's really just like a big shopping mall. You can go once, but that's about it.
2. (from someone who has never been there) I guess we should try it once, but we like to do things and relax on our vacation. It's just a park.
I didn't try to change their minds.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #417
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My memory could be playing tricks on me, but at one time wasn't there a third party ticket called the Orlando Flex Pass or something that was good at different parks (Disney, USF, SW, BG)?

edit: I just looked it up. It includes most everything EXCEPT Disney.

Universal Studios Florida®, Islands of Adventure®, Sea World of Orlando®, Sea World Aquatica®, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, and Wet 'n Wild® Orlando.
In California you can get a "Flex Pass" ticket for DLR and US and the Disney web site even sells them.

It just shows you how differently they market the two parks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:05 PM   #418
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We heard from a number of people when we took our then-15-month-old DS to WDW. "He's not going to remember it!" "That's way too young!" Etc.
While he may not recall it as an adult, odds are pretty good he will recall it for at least a year.

Another important thign to know about kids that age, their brains are developing rapidly. Stimluation of a brain that age wil have payoffs throughout their life. Lots of research to support the importance of giving infants lots of stimulation/education, and great nutrition! Payoffs are likely lifelong.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:42 PM   #419
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At the food & wine festival this weekend at the ocean spray cranberry bog I heard someone say "the only cranberry I am interested in better have vodka in it".
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #420
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"Going again? Aren't there other places to vacation?"

Me: "Sure! However, they are too far away, too expensive and don't let me act like a 3 year old on a sugar rush."

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