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Old 02-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #121
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Unfortunately you are not the only one who hears it! I hear it all the time, "Don't you guys want to try something different?" "You're going AGAIN?" "Aren't you too old for Disney"? You just have to brush it off and laugh! Just think, that will be one less person in the parks! lol
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:35 AM   #122
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Funny thing for us is this - neither my wife nor I were big "Disney" kids. I mean, yeah, we might have had one or two Disney movies, and I did have a Pooh my mom actually made for me when I was little, but it wasn't like we were wrapped in Disney theming throughout our childhood, and we didn't have stacks of Disney art and animation on the walls.

We had a mutual friend who WAS "that person." And they went to Disney every chance they could get, on an extremely modest income, which they leveraged with friends, families, and someone who had a timeshare. And she went again the next year. We couldn't figure out a) how she afforded it, or b) why she went so frequently, not from a "she SHOULDN'T" be doing it, just more from a curiosity standpoint. We realized, of course, the particulars were none of our business. We just didn't "get" going to WDW that often.....

...until we went.

We went in 2001 when the kids were little on a teacher discount to the Swan, and loved it. Only mistake we made was not going back for too long.

We're going back this summer for what we suspect may be our last trip for a long while with the kids getting older. We've made my mom a Disney nut, too. It isn't any *one* thing, its more like "everything."

So now we "get it."

Can't wait for the summer
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:37 AM   #123
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I think the only time we ever uttered the words "we're never going back" is the day before last when our feet are crying out for mercy from all the walking.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:54 AM   #124
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To keep ours $2000 and under- we stay at values (since we're theme park commandos and barely use the resort except for bathing and sleeping), try to go when there's spring and fall room discounts and don't usually do hoppers. We do only one TS meal a trip, and pay for it with reward points from the Disney Visa card. We drive most trips, but when we fly we use ME and don't rent a car. We try not to go overboard with souvenirs, (though that took a hit last time because we bought pins for the first time.)
It doesn't have to be that expensive if you do your research and plan. If you don't- well, you've got no one but yourself to blame when you paid $10,000 and had a miserable time.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:09 AM   #125
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Complainers. What she should've done is focus on the positives. You have to be a smart planner to have a good time in Disney. Some people don't understand. I start my planning as soon as we get back to plan another vacation. If you don't plan if well you're not going to have a good time.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #126
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It doesn't have to be that expensive if you do your research and plan. If you don't- well, you've got no one but yourself to blame when you paid $10,000 and had a miserable time.
Agreed.

That was like touring with my parents this last Jan/Feb. I consider myself a Disney expert, they are just people who like Disney. They do things totally different then me... It was such a shock.

I was floored when I traveled with them and they got in a 40 minute line for HM. I said there had to be other things that we could do, and my father said "I don't know what you expect... At some point you're going to have to get in line if you want to do a ride."

I was totally floored. I really was. Personally, I've always felt that if I'm getting in a standby line that's over 20 minutes, I've screwed up somewhere. I can't REMEMBER the last time I did that. But for them, it was nothing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:49 AM   #127
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This happens to us all the time I hate it the looks and remarks we got when we said we are doing Disney for our 10th anniv. Without the kids you would of thought we grew 2 heads. I agree that Disney holds a stigma more then anywhere else if we went to the beach for 2000 for only 4 days every year that would be OK. The dis is were I feel like I'm not crazy haha
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #128
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It really does come down to this: Disney is not for everyone. If on your vacation you like to sleep in, be totally spontaneous (read: no planning ahead), and lounge around a beach or pool all day, then you should consider going somewhere else. That's not a criticism - that's just how some people roll and that is totally fine. We have had some vacations so laid back that dressing up for dinner means wearing the "good" flip flops.

When we go to Disney, however, that is a totally different experience. There are so many things to do and so much to see that you can't just show up and fly by the seat of your pants. That essentially guarantees an awful time. You could buy a nice hi-def tv or a decent used car for the price of some Disney vacations. I'm sure anyone buying a car or a tv would do at least some research and comparison shopping first to make sure they were getting the best value. For some reason, though, people just can't be bothered to put that same amount of forethought into their Disney vacation. I can't figure that out.

Thanks to proper planning, utilizing EMH and vigiliance with the FP system, each time we have gone to WDW we generally waited no longer than 20 - 30 minutes for any ride. The only exceptions were when a ride broke down while we were in line and when Fast Passes ran out for Toy Story Mania. During EMH, we were able to just walk on most rides - MULTIPLE times.

I advise anyone who is going to WDW for the first time to buy a good travel guide and learn as much as they can ahead of time and know what to expect. The unofficial one should practically be read cover to cover. Also signing up for various Disney newsletters and checking out sites like this one are great ways to get tips and information about The World. Some people just don't like the idea of having to do "homework" about their vacation.

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Old 02-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #129
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I feel your pain. Been going to DW for 23 years -- no lines, affordable, amazing stays, budget, see everything -- and I learned awhile ago that giving advice, ESPECIALLY when they ask, never pans out. They love hearing it. They take notes. Than they go, forget everything (or choose not listen), and come back and complain!! Every. Single. Time. Ugh!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #130
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:16 PM   #131
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, "Don't you guys want to try something different?":
We get this to.. When DH and I were 1st married, he said this to me..
So we went to Canada.... And we spent $1700 over budget! :-( $4500 in total.. .

We had an OK time, but it just wasn't disney.. Even DH said, where is the magic?

7 years later.. We can not wait to be treated like royalty!
We don't have to drive anywhere! ( this is a big selling point)
Every CM as a smile!
Coffee is drinkable!
Rooms are clean...
And every where we go people call our DD princess..
But if you ask DH, he says.." That means I'm the king!"

These are our fav. Little things about disney, you don't find other places..
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:56 PM   #132
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I would gladly take any advice/help you Dis fans have to offer. My head is swimming with all of this and I have only been doing it for about 3 weeks.

We don't have a lot to spend, but we are a family of 6 (2 adults; 4 children)....

Trying to do this with the least expense, take in as much as possible, and treat our children to a wonderful time.

I have already found ideas of autograph books (home made) and Epcot passports (again home made)...

But man, the options of where to stay, how to stay, etc...my head is spinning.

When: We are looking around the end of August to Mid September.

My husband is a big eater, My oldest (9) is also a huge eater; my next oldest (7) is very picky and will have to work around his eating issues some; the other 3 of us are normal eaters.

Transportation - We think we will probably drive, 6 airfare tickets might be extremely more and the drive will be used to see things and do other things....

Length of Stay -- look at around a week....
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #133
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I would gladly take any advice/help you Dis fans have to offer. My head is swimming with all of this and I have only been doing it for about 3 weeks.

We don't have a lot to spend, but we are a family of 6 (2 adults; 4 children)....

Trying to do this with the least expense, take in as much as possible, and treat our children to a wonderful time.

I have already found ideas of autograph books (home made) and Epcot passports (again home made)...

But man, the options of where to stay, how to stay, etc...my head is spinning.

When: We are looking around the end of August to Mid September.

My husband is a big eater, My oldest (9) is also a huge eater; my next oldest (7) is very picky and will have to work around his eating issues some; the other 3 of us are normal eaters.

Transportation - We think we will probably drive, 6 airfare tickets might be extremely more and the drive will be used to see things and do other things....

Length of Stay -- look at around a week....
You'll get lots of advice on various aspects of your trip, but driving with 6 is a good start! Your next big money saver will be to use one of the public discount codes. In late August/Sept, you might get 40% off plus free dining.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:14 PM   #134
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You'll get lots of advice on various aspects of your trip, but driving with 6 is a good start! Your next big money saver will be to use one of the public discount codes. In late August/Sept, you might get 40% off plus free dining.
PP's trip is difficult because it's a family of 6. She might have to look off-property for affordable accommodations. If she is looking at 2 value rooms or a value suite (ASMusic), or a FW cabin, those discounts are in the area of 15-25%. Also, if there is a FD offer, the room rate charged is full rate. You can't get a room discount plus FD at the same time. Wish it worked that way. It's either/or. With her number of children, FD might work out better.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:32 PM   #135
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Thanks:

So far, I have looked at doing 7d/6n at POP with DDP and it was close to $5,000, with park hopper tickets.

I have not done the full price of booking 2 Value Studios at AKV, except that through a DVC rental, it would be about $1,500 for room only.

Are the family suits in POP full kitchen or just micro, sink and mini fridge? What about the value studios at AKV?

Our other option is that my husband would qualify for the Shades of Green in September and January (Veteran, but not Disabled or retired).

We are wanting to stay on site, if possible, because of the youngest two napping in the afternoon and using the afternoon to explore the pools vs in the park.

We are used to doing Cedar Point, we usually get there during passholder hour early (so like 9-10 am) and then leave around 2; then go back about 6-7 (after dinner) till park close...each day we are there for a full day...
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