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Old 05-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #16
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For me, I feel like it's home. I never really felt like I belonged anywhere. I've always been considered the outcast or the freak. When I'm in Disney, I just feel accepted/ happy. As cliche as it is, creating memories with my family/ friends, sharing the happiness I get from being there, and seeing other people have a good time means everything. Plus I just think everything on property is fabulous. It is the place to go when you want to live between fantasy and reality.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #17
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It's the ideal place to be a kid with my kid.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:39 AM   #18
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Disney is where I feel truly happy. When I am there, it's like the real world just DISAPPEARS. When I'm home, just picturing myself on Main Street, or seeing a picture of my favorite ride, gives me butterflies and can relieve even my greatest stress. There's just something about WDW that melts away every one of my worries.

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March 1987 with my parents, 1988 with my mom and Aunt, Summer 1994 with Aunt, Grandma and cousin, July 2000 with dad and siblings, August 2007 with my sister, May 2008 with my best friend-Pirate & Princess Party , April 2010 with my mom, Halloween 2010
, August 2011, January 2012-First Disney Cruise!, May 2012-Star Wars Weekend! Christmas 2012 June 2013, first solo trip, August 2013-First trip to Disneyland/D23 Expo!April 2014, Easter WeekJune 2014, 2nd trip to Disneyland!!! October 2014 First RunDisney Event, WDW
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #19
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I grew up with Disney in our house. My parents always bought the different movies that I would watch over and over again, I would also sit and watch the old Disney channel shows every morning (loved watching those old Disney cartoons), we had a lot of toys and such that were Disney themed and my parents finally took us all to Disney World when I was 9 years old and then we went back 2 years later (both times staying at the Poly) and after that second time my parents bought a timeshare condo right outside of Disney, so every other year we would go. Fast forward to when I got married, I was fortunate to find a guy who grew up with Disney too and we both have been obsessed with taking our DDs since they were 4 and 2. Like others have said, it is the magic and the legendary Disney service that keeps bringing us back.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:09 AM   #20
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My story is a bit different. I never grew up with Disney in my home. It was actually the opposite. My Godmother took me when I was 4. Though I was so young, I vividly remember most of our trip. In very hard times growing up, I would remember that trip.

As I became older, Disney was almost a status symbol for me. I would love the feeling of going "home", but I loved the feeling that I could afford to go whenever I wanted just as much. Might sound like a silly reason, but it worked for me .

Nowadays I love to share my love of Disney with anyone and everyone. I am the family planner for Grand Gatherings, and have helped many friends plan as well. I love helping people, and it feeds my addiction in between trips .
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:09 AM   #21
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All the great memories!

Disney World holds so many first for me, and what could be more awesome! It's where my parents took my sister and I on our first real family vacation. It's where my friends and I went on our Senior Trip (my first trip without parents). It was where my husband and I went on our honeymoon. And now it will be my 5 year old triplets first big vacation!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #22
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Its the epitome of Magic, Dreams and Happiness! I love anything and everything Disney! From movies, purses, clothes, jewlery and of course the happiest place on earth!!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:22 AM   #23
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Because when I was a kid, my family would take two weeks and travel to different places in the country. We went all up and down the East Coast, into Canada, and even once all the way to Nebraska. We camped and saw so much. Then in 1977, our trip was to Disney World. By that time, I was 15 years old, my sister 17 and as a family, we had visited so many things and stayed at so many campgrounds. Disney World and Fort Wilderness blew all of us away. My father isn't a man of many words or emotions but I can still clearly remember him standing on our site at Fort Wilderness and saying "this is the nicest campground I've even been in."

On our very first day, my parents insisted we would go over to Magic Kingdom (the only thing open) for the day but would come back to the trailer for dinner because it was cheaper than eating in the park. That never happen. We got to the Magic Kingdom around 1:00 PM and came back at 2:00 AM! We were having so much fun and my dad even bought extra tickets! (This was when you had to buy the tickets). Every single thing we had done as a routine went flying out the window during the week we were at Disney World.

That was in June of 1977. That Labor Day, we did our normal Hersheypark "end of summer" thing and my dad said "Disney World is so much better. This is like eating a hamburger instead of a steak."
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:34 AM   #24
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I think i'm obsessed because it's my "happy place." By that i mean, it's the only place i've ever went to that nothing bad has ever happened. I had a pretty rough childhood, and luckily would always be able to escape to disney with my aunt and uncle, my best friend and her parents.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:34 PM   #25
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I'm not quite obsessed......just obsessed!

we have been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travelling. Our trips to Disney are our favorite yet. My friends keep asking us why we love it so much....and all we can say is....there's just magic in the air! It's not just the rides, the shows, it's a cummulative something I cannot define.

We took a cruise this year and thought we would fall in love, but we really didn't. It was fun, but we have no craving to do it again.

We went for our first family trip in 2010, promptly booked for 2011, have another long trip planned for this summer, and next spring we're off to Disneyland! I'm trying to plan another trip next year so I can justify an AP lol!

That said, I have a feeling in another year or two we will likely want to do other stuff and we'll move on. We tend to get obsessive in phases. But we'll be back again!!
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:51 PM   #26
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For me, it is a place where I am able to relax and completely immerse myself in the magic. During normal day to day life I am constantly thinking about what i have to do and just stressed very often.

WDW is the only place I completely let it all go and just don't think about any of it; work, taking care of the house, paying the bills,the dogs, my family, my health, my exercise routine, etc ...I think that is why my DH likes WDW so much... I don't bother him with a honey do list

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Old 05-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #27
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Not trying to sound like everyone else but, Disney truly is my happy place. Not just Disney World, but the movies, characters, music, resorts, etc.
Now that I'm a mom I can't wait to introduce Disney to my son and hope that he loves it just as much as we do.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:03 PM   #28
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I grew up waiting for "Disney World" to be completed. I grew up on the Mickey Mouse Club (original version with Annette) I grew up with the Wonderful World of Disney Show on it's original channel, ABC.. & when moving to NBC the peacock I grew up Mickey Mouse...
So for me, it brings back my early childhood.. something that nothing else can bring back...
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:03 PM   #29
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I'm a late-comer to the WDW Addicts club.

My 1st ever trip was back in 2007 when I was 42 years old. For years my wife's friends kept telling us, "ohhh you gotta go !!" I'd say, "yeah, yeah, whatever - get a life".

We just back from our 6th trip in the past 5 years. Mind you, I'm exhausted when I get home and keep saying, "This is it for sure, no Disney next time". That lasts about 2-3 weeks and then I'm thinking we should go back again real soon.

The appeal to me is that, as a Dad, and a type-A personality, a Disney trip takes all the stress out of a vacation. We always have good weather, we have lots of choices of food, we have as much or as little as we want to do, I don't have to stress about driving, etc.

We just got back 8 weeks ago from celebrating my daughters pre-graduation from HS. In 2 weeks is my 20th wedding anniversary. I'd love to surprise my wife with a quick 4-5 day trip, but the airfare costs and no special offers at present have me snapping back into reality.

I guess I'll have to be content with trying to give out advise to the WDW newbies and live vicariuously though their enthusiasm for the time being.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #30
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Wiping away a few tears here, some happy, some sad, after reading all of these stories.

I'll echo everyone here who says "because it's Magical." I'd always wanted to go as a kid, but we never had money, and never ever took a family vacation. Then last year at age 40 I brought my husband and sons (then 6 and 9) to Disney. Instantly I felt like a little part of of me that had been missing all of those years suddenly reappeared. My older son is a little bit prickly -- and at Disney he was a 9 year old again rather than a curmudgeonly grump. The joy of seeing that smile was worth every penny we spent on the trip, and a smile I remember when I scrimp and save so we can go back again next year.
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