Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disneyland > Disneyland (California)
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
Casey's Mommie
Nothing makes a Mommy happier than hearing her baby laugh!
 
Casey's Mommie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Marin County, CA
Posts: 503

Ever had to decide between a Disney and Non-Disney vacation?

We were thinking about going on a kid free vacation to the South (Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah) next May. I've always wanted to see that part of the country. I was really excited about it.

But then I started thinking... our kids will only be this young once and for now we should probably keep vacationing as a family. And when kids are as young as mine (7 and almost 3) Disneyland is the easiest and BEST vacation choice for us. They just light up at Disneyland and we all have the best time!

I can visit the South another time, but right now my go to vacation spot is Disneyland. See you in May, Mickey!!! We chose Disneyland!!
__________________
Casey's Mommie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 11:16 AM   #2
jemmi
Mouseketeer
 
jemmi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 177

I always have a hard time choosing between a trip to Disney or a non disney vacation and we don't have children. I just think Disney always does everything great from food to entertainment. We're doing our first trip to Disneyland for our anniversary next May. I'm so excited!!
__________________
jemmi is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 09-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
crystal1313
DIS Veteran
 
crystal1313's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Martinez, CA
Posts: 1,729

Our friends think we are crazy for always going to DL. I agree with you, they are only young once! I would love to travel more places, but at their ages right now, they much prefer DL and we do too! We will have time to do other things when they are older (although I hope they never get "too cool" for DL) =) Have a great time!!
crystal1313 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
kelmac284
I wish I lived near one of the parks so I could go anytime I wanted
He was so enamoured with her...
 
kelmac284's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: CA
Posts: 4,467

We go to Disney a LOT and eventhough we occasionally take non-disney trips because we live in CA and can buy an AP on the payment plan we usually still go at least once a year.

We did a trip to that area this past summer. We actually started in St. Louis and then drove across to Virginia and did Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach etc and then drove down the coast and went to the outer banks, Myrtle Beach etc and ended in Charleston. We LOVED Charleston and spent 3 days there. We had planned to go to Savannah but didn't have enough time.

If you were thinking about taking your kids not sure if they would enjoy it. Mine are 12 and 13 and they liked it but if you are thinking about an adult trip you would love it. If it is a matter of only being able to do 1 trip a year then that is a tough decision.

Both are awesome but you will LOVE the south! Good luck on your decision!
__________________

DL 1st trip 76 last trip 3/14 next trip ??
DW 1st trip 5/02 last trip 11/10 next trip ??
kelmac284 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
tdhickey
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 518

We are in a similar situation with kids 3 and 6. We did go to Mexico for a wedding without kids and it was a blast, but we also realized that we don't need to travel far to have time to ourselves (seriously, a camping trip would have sufficed). I encourage going on a kid free trip, but don't go so far if you don't have too. Take the family to Disney AND go somewhere yourselves a little more low key.

We enjoyed the quiet, the relaxation and the ability to explore without worrying about our kids or strollers...and honestly could have done that anywhere.

My suggestion is to do both, you get less guilt and can enjoy both.
tdhickey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
Casey's Mommie
Nothing makes a Mommy happier than hearing her baby laugh!
 
Casey's Mommie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Marin County, CA
Posts: 503

Quote:
Originally Posted by tdhickey View Post
We are in a similar situation with kids 3 and 6. We did go to Mexico for a wedding without kids and it was a blast, but we also realized that we don't need to travel far to have time to ourselves (seriously, a camping trip would have sufficed). I encourage going on a kid free trip, but don't go so far if you don't have too. Take the family to Disney AND go somewhere yourselves a little more low key.

We enjoyed the quiet, the relaxation and the ability to explore without worrying about our kids or strollers...and honestly could have done that anywhere.

My suggestion is to do both, you get less guilt and can enjoy both.
I like the way you think!!!
__________________
Casey's Mommie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
aidensmom31
Obsessed Disney Fan
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 362

Disney is my go to trip! Friends dont understand why but the memories are irreplacable for me . Since I started taking my son in 2009 we have done one non Disney big trip but otherwise we save our big trips as Disney and do smaller non Disney trips occassionally.
__________________

aidensmom31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #8
Congo Queen
DLand Devotee Since 1966
 
Congo Queen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 381

Yeah the both strategy - that is how I work it. I have worn my husband down over the years to the point where it is a given that we will have an annual family trip to Dland. If our other family trip is an expensive one, then our Dland trip is still on, but it is done on the "austerity plan" where we cut out luxuries like staying on site, bring our own food, no souvenirs etc. But we still go!
Congo Queen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 02:34 PM   #9
kkmcan
Official Mouse Fan
 
kkmcan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Tucson, Az
Posts: 2,036

We struggle with this a lot. We want our kids to experience other places and they have. We've taken them to a ton of places since they were little... But I will always try and sneak in a yearly trip to Disney!

We did a Sea World/Discovery Cove trip in May I Florida. I wanted to skip WDW and do Universal and no one in the family was going for it. They wondered how we could fly all the way across the country and not do Disney. So I relented but told them that more than likely if we did Disney in May, we wouldn't get to go to DL in Oct for our annual Halloween trip. Kids just said ya,ya,ya and now here it is almost Oct and we do have a San Diego trip planned for Oct but no DL. WAH!!! Kids and me are sad. Dh said no way, not this time we just did WDW in May. I know, I kind of agree.

Secondly, we were thinking of taking a trip to Hawaii next year and no matter how I plan it it's going to be around $3500-$4000. With 2 teens, one who has a drivers license but no car and impending college tuition in 2 years I don't feel like that would be a very responsible way to spend that money. So I suggested that we stay closer to home for our vacations for the next couple of years. Guess where we can drive to in 7 hours????? Disneyland!!!! So now I'm on the "We need Annual Passes" bandwagon. We know how to do super cheap DL trips! DH just rolls his eyes. I feel like I might win this one!
__________________
(me) (dh) (dd 17) (ds 14)

Disneyland 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
DCL 4 night Nov. 2006 + WDW Nov. 2006
We got DL AP's!! Trips: 6/08, 10/08, 1/09, 3/09
DL + Trick or Treat Party 10/09
DCL 3 night + WDW Free Dining Dec 16-25 2009 Disneyland 6/2010 Using our GAD Vouchers!
DCL LA 2 day cruise to no where 1/2011
DCL 7 Night Mexican Riviera KSF 3/20/2011
DL AP's Trips:10/2011, 1/2012, 3/2012, 10/2012
WDW, Discovery Cove, Aquatica 05/2013
Aulani Hawaii 03/2014
kkmcan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #10
DisneyJamieCA
DIS Veteran
 
DisneyJamieCA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 2,831

We try to balance it. We love, love, love Disneyland and have been lucky enough to still do an annual trip (if not more) since my oldest was 2.5. However, I think it is important for my kids to experience more and they love traveling anywhere. We've taken them to Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Mexico, San Diego, Whistler, Idaho, Las Vegas (yes, shame on us, lol) to name a few and they have LOVED all of them. This summer we did a road trip to Six Flags MM and Universal. I'll admit it was hard to be in SoCal and not go to Disneyland, but our kids had so much fun. Our favorite place though is still Disneyland. If it came down to not being able to do both, I would have a very hard time giving up DL, especially with the ages of our children.

I do like the idea of doing both of your trips, even if they are scaled back. DH & I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend last summer and it was so nice to recharge and sleep in and not worry about naptime, strollers, potty trips, meltdowns, etc.
__________________
Me , DH , DD(10), DD(8) , DS (5) , DD (3)

Upcoming: Oct 16-19 (DLH); Nov 19-25 (GCH)

DL Onsite - Aug. '06 (GCH), Dec. '06 (GCH), Dec. '07 (GCH), Feb. '12 (DLH) Nov. '12 (GCH), Nov. '13 (DLH), June '14 (PPH)

DL Offsite - Sept. '07, Aug. '08, Aug. '09, Nov. '10, July '11, June '12, Oct. '12

DisneyJamieCA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #11
sweethannah
Rebel Spy, 3 times in a row!
 
sweethannah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Pitt Meadows BC
Posts: 605

2014 will be our 3rd ( and probably final ) trip to Disneyland for quite some time. We wrestled with the decision to go again next year as we will have been to Disney 3 times in 4 ½ years but we weighed the pros and cons of other destinations and for now, with DD10 it’s just the best option. We could do Mexico or Hawaii but it’s our thought that if the weather is horrible at those locations you are kinda screwed activity-wise where as at Disney even if the weather is horrible you can still do the rides and be easily entertained.
sweethannah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #12
Pinup Mommy
Making everyday a Dapper Day!!
 
Pinup Mommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cerritos, Ca. 10 miles from Disneyland
Posts: 814

Quote:
Originally Posted by DisneyJamieCA View Post
We try to balance it. We love, love, love Disneyland and have been lucky enough to still do an annual trip (if not more) since my oldest was 2.5. However, I think it is important for my kids to experience more and they love traveling anywhere. We've taken them to Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, Mexico, San Diego, Whistler, Idaho, Las Vegas (yes, shame on us, lol) to name a few and they have LOVED all of them. This summer we did a road trip to Six Flags MM and Universal. I'll admit it was hard to be in SoCal and not go to Disneyland, but our kids had so much fun. Our favorite place though is still Disneyland. If it came down to not being able to do both, I would have a very hard time giving up DL, especially with the ages of our children.

I do like the idea of doing both of your trips, even if they are scaled back. DH & I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend last summer and it was so nice to recharge and sleep in and not worry about naptime, strollers, potty trips, meltdowns, etc.
^^^^this is exactly how we do vacations^^^^^
We even have taken DD to Vegas too and South Beach when she was 1yo. LOL We try to do solo mini trips as well to recharge and reconnect as a couple. :-)
__________________
Me DH DD (3)

DL local since 1980 ~ WDW 1986 ~ WDW 2000 Disney Contempary ~ WDW 2005 Disney Polynesian ~ AP holder since 2009 ~ DL's MNSSHP 2011&2012 ~ DCL Wonder 2012 Halloween Cruise


Pinup Mommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #13
tarheelalum
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San Diego
Posts: 305

Quote:
Originally Posted by Casey's Mommie View Post
We were thinking about going on a kid free vacation to the South (Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah) next May. I've always wanted to see that part of the country. I was really excited about it.

But then I started thinking... our kids will only be this young once and for now we should probably keep vacationing as a family. And when kids are as young as mine (7 and almost 3) Disneyland is the easiest and BEST vacation choice for us. They just light up at Disneyland and we all have the best time!

I can visit the South another time, but right now my go to vacation spot is Disneyland. See you in May, Mickey!!! We chose Disneyland!!
Those locations in the south are beautiful. Especially Savannah if you like old architecture. And the food in Charleston and Savannah is fantastic. Hilton Head was kind of boring imho. I'm not much into golf and that seems to be what that town is all about. One day take a trip down to the low country. You will never forget it.
tarheelalum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #14
sherilaine
DIS Veteran
 
sherilaine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 1,784

Coming from Canada - a trip to DLR is not a small expense. This Feb/March will be our 3rd trip inside of three years, with our kids who will be 11 and 10 this go around.

After that though we have all decided we are going to take a few years off from Disney and do some more traditional winter vacations - then maybe return when they are in their teens.

I agree at enjoying Disney when the kids are younger - but Disney vacations are pretty high energy and a lot of walking so I can also see why some people pick a more laid back holiday - but with small kids, it's high energy regardless I guess.

Have fun!
__________________
DH and Me DD (12) DS (10) Q
Disneyland - HOJO Kids Suite March 2012, May 2013 and March 2014
May 2013 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3110490
March 2014 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3247388

sherilaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #15
MotoWifey185
Mouseketeer
 
MotoWifey185's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Chandler, AZ
Posts: 349

I have been in this situation before, and it is hard! I just like to think how lucky I am to be able to have that as a conflict!

For our honeymoon last September, my DH and I had always planned WDW, since we've never been. It lost out to DLR, and then eventually we decided we wanted to just try something different so we went to Hawaii. We had a BLAST and that's now in our rotation for trips. We are glad we stepped out of our shell and tried something different! We've been DLR regulars together since October 2006. Other than that, I don't know when we'll get anywhere else. Maybe when our future children are older.
__________________
MotoWifey185 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.