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Old 05-30-2010, 10:17 PM   #121
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When we took our "Once in a Lifetime" trip in Nov 2008, we caught a lot of slack for it because, we were always crying poverty (we had accumilated a lot of debt in the first 7 years of our marriage), but when I won a settlement from a car accident, I decided to put just enough money aside to take a REAL vacation and treat my little family to a well deserved break. I figured that this would be our one and only trip to Disney so I was going to get as much out of it as I could....
...since that trip, we have gone to WDW 2 more times in 2009 and we are now planning a trip to DL for July 2010. AND we are now debt free.

We still struggle with money and with making our ends meet, but what we've gotten out of our family vacations to Disney have been priceless.

People may wonder if we have our priorities straight, and that's fine, go a head and wonder. I myself have no doubt about what my priorities are.

My mother in particular has a hard time understanding this "childish obsession" as she puts it with Disney, especially since growing up she literally gave us the world and I don't mean Disney World - I mean the world,world. She had my sister and I traveling all over the globe. She hate the idea that I was a world traveler by age 3 and now that I am an adult I waste my money by making Disney as my destination of choice.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:19 PM   #122
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Can't wait for our trip in September. We're keeping it a secret from EVERYONE even the kids! Don't want to hear "Your going again!". I wish I could see their faces when they go on facebook Sept 4th and see a picture of us at the castle smiling!
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:58 AM   #123
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can't wait for our trip in september. We're keeping it a secret from everyone even the kids! Don't want to hear "your going again!". I wish i could see their faces when they go on facebook sept 4th and see a picture of us at the castle smiling!
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Old 05-31-2010, 01:09 PM   #124
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DH and I work at an elementary school where a few of the teacher go to Disney on vacations. So the question we hear a lot is "Do you all see each other there?" The answer to that is i NO.
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:48 PM   #125
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Just last week I got the "raised eyebrow" from a co worker. I think they don't understand how a family can make WDW evolve to fit the preferences of a family's ages; those who haven't gone tend to think of it one dimensionally for small children. DS is now 22 and DD 20, but they love going and staying onsite as much if not more than when they were small kids. we do more of some things, less of others, more experimenting with dining, more tours and behind the scenes, etc. Simply said: we consider ourselves so fortunate to have a family all together on vacation and that brings a positive comment 99.9% of the time
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:38 PM   #126
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Why do I love to go to Disney? Because I feel it is a place I can share some common ground with my growing sons. We love the rides, the fireworks, the movies. My DS 18 isn't too shot up on Disney, but he did enjoy a day at Disneyland with his cousins.

It's your life, your family, YOUR CHOICE.

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:36 PM   #127
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good grief!

I don't understand why people care how many times or when we go to Disney. Disney puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. I plan atleast 6 months out. I have been to Disney at least 15 times in my life and I am only 32 years old! Only my husband and kids should care if we go every year and they enjoy the trips
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:29 PM   #128
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I don't understand why people care how many times or when we go to Disney. Disney puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. I plan atleast 6 months out. I have been to Disney at least 15 times in my life and I am only 32 years old! Only my husband and kids should care if we go every year and they enjoy the trips
I love ALL of you! Seriously. Finally, people who "get" the whole wonderful Disney thing.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:20 PM   #129
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The bottom line is that some people just. don't. get. it.

Forget them, tell them you're so excited. Then move on.

You'll meet them around every corner. I was telling someone the other day that I've been on countless other vacations and always came home like, "yeah, x place was ok." I have never come home with the same "that was AWESOME" feeling I have when I leave WDW, and that's why we return.

The point is, if they're not paying for it, you don't owe them an explanation, and they don't have the right to make you feel stupid or bad. Some people I know go to Vegas twice a year, and I don't get that either, but it's their money and their time off work. I don't understand other people's obsession with questioning some people's choices in vacation venues. Get over it! Sheesh.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #130
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I used to try and explain to them that the cost was the same or less than a week in the mountains or the beach when you factor in everything... but nobody listened, they just assumed we are "rich" (not so) because 1 of our weeks is in Disney... So now I just let them think we spend $5000 for a week every year, i think it a jealousy thing???
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:03 AM   #131
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I don't think it's a "jealous" thing. I have to listen to my parents complain about us "always" going. We went to Disney in 2008 for our honeymoon and Universal this year. As you can see from my ticker we aren't going back for another 5 years. They thought we would do something more "mature". Laying on a beach all day isn't our thing. We have summers off and can go to the beach everyday. We do go to other places but I truly believe that people say ,"you're going again?" because they are grumps who just don't get the levels of fun that are at Disney. They don't understand or care to look past the mouse.
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I truly believe that people say ,"you're going again?" because they are grumps who just don't get the levels of fun that are at Disney. They don't understand or care to look past the mouse.
Exactly! I don't think that it's a jealousy/envy thing, either. I have learned in these past few months that no matter how hard I try to "sell" Disney (Even just talking about it in glowing terms), there are some people who just won't budge. Some people are very interested and enthusiastically ask questions and then there are the GRUMPS. I just change the subject and move on.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:08 PM   #133
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My parents are the biggest culprits of this. Whenever they bring up the "You're going to Disney AGAIN? When are you going to see the rest of the world?" line, I sweetly remind them that there are other places in the world besides Vegas, London, and Jamaica (their preferred vacation spots). Usually shuts them up for a while...
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:28 PM   #134
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I think we'll probably keep our next trip pretty quiet as I'm fully expecting the same responses. We were there June of 09 and are returning in October, but DH and I figure our kids are only this age once, and we're not promised tomorrow or todays income!! Why not make the best of today while we're able to? Who knows if we'll always be able to afford Disney or not.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:59 PM   #135
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When they mention it smile let the sparkle shine in your eyes at just the thought of going and then just nod. They'll see how happy just thinking about going is making you and then you'll just leave them wondering if your a nut or if there missing something.

Who really cares if they think your a nut.......
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