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Are you a Disney lover?

CreeklandCreekland 6603 replies92 threads Senior Member
The Las Vegas question had me wondering how this destination fares with CC. Do you love it, hate it, or somewhere in between?

We're in between. We've gone a fair number of times over the years (maybe 10?) and we enjoy it, but we certainly don't love it. My kids outgrew it quickly once we started traveling to other places and wondered why anyone would choose it over other places especially for a similar cost. They were in the 10-14 age range at the time. They'll go and be happy if it's on the agenda from someone else's choice, but they won't pick it as a destination on their own.

When we do go, we're resort people with the Polynesian being our favorite. We're not terribly fond of the latest "update" of the place though.
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  • ClassicMom98ClassicMom98 437 replies1 threads Member
    edited May 2019
    We are amusement park junkies, but Disney is too $$$ for us to do often. We saved for 10 years to go. But part of that was that when we did go, I didn’t want to worry about costs and being cheap. We had a lot of fun and stayed at the wilderness lodge. My kids were 9&6 at the time.

    But while Disney was fun, I do prefer the roller coasters over anything else, and Disney doesn’t have a lot of the big rides. And it hit me recently that I may have ridden my last coaster for the last time. I don’t see us getting to a park as a family this summer and once S16 gets a real job, it might be even tougher. My H gets nauseous on rides now, so he wouldn’t want to go with just me. And by the time grandkids come along and get old enough, I might be too old! This is bumming me out. :(
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  • VaBluebirdVaBluebird 3490 replies246 threads Senior Member
    I've been a couple of times but only one family time when the boys were almost 7, almost 10 and almost 14. I thought it was great fun. Even better, we got to see a Space Shuttle launch while we were down there. But no, I'm not a super fan. Like a guy I worked with. They went at least twice a year forever. I mean, they never went anywhere else. And there is sooooooooooooo much else to see!
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  • TiggerDadTiggerDad 2105 replies74 threads Senior Member
    One visit to Disneyland was enough, as you know from our Las Vegas thread. We discovered from early on that, instead of places that cost money to visit and enjoy, my kids loved being outdoors in nature. We went camping at every chance during school breaks. Simple activities like hiking and soaking in hot springs were where we derived greatest pleasures from. Enjoying activities in nature hardly costs, yet such immersion has rejuvenating and nurturing powers. As my kids got older and their school years increasingly intense and stressful, these outdoors activities became a sustaining source of energy and vitality and healing. Nature is cheap yet abundant in resources.
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  • emilybeeemilybee 14369 replies36 threads Senior Member
    I went to Disneyland on a cross country trip the year after I had aged out of camp and parents needed something for me to do while they moved to another state. Didn’t care for it at 13 and felt the same way when I took my S, when he was 5 to DisneyWorld. We just aren’t fans of places like Disney or amusement parks in general.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30273 replies59 threads Senior Member
    I love DW. Want to go back with little kids.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 9849 replies110 threads Senior Member
    Another destination that I don't ever want to do again. Too crowded, too expensive.
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  • conmamaconmama 4926 replies347 threads Senior Member
    We LOVED it! Just like LV. As a matter of fact, the first time there with the kids (8 and 11), I rank as one of my favorite vacations ever. The sheer joy of the kids, enjoying it all together....it was just a magical trip. We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which was pretty cool. Neither DH and I had been. We were both surprised at how much we enjoyed it. We are early birds and always did the EMH, then back to the hotel in the afternoon.
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  • TiggerDadTiggerDad 2105 replies74 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    And the McDonalds inside Disneyland ONLY sold french fries. What kind of McDonalds is that?!? That was around 2004. The following days we purchased Gimbap (Korean sushi rolls) from a nearby market before getting inside Disneyland. There were lots of envious gazes as we were enjoying our lunch in miserably hot summer midday.... :smiley:
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24568 replies19 threads Senior Member
    My daughter loves it. She did the college internship as a college sophomore, and went back this spring after graduating, expecting to stay 6 months. Her boyfriend hated it and so she quit after 6 weeks. Even she found it very expensive and the guests are no longer the happiest people on earth. When you are paying $150 a day for tickets, you get grumpy if you are waiting in line all day.

    If you can go on a Tuesday in September, it's great. A Saturday in March? Not so great.
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  • yourmommayourmomma 1323 replies1 threads Senior Member
    Disney is great. They do it up right. Sure it's expensive but you can't fret about the cost and ruin your time there. First time we went with the kid, his favorite part was the busses. Go figure. Could have done that at at home. :)
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 41507 replies2253 threads Super Moderator
    We went when our kids were 8, 11, and 14. We enjoyed it, but wow, was it expensive. I hope to go one more time, with grandkids (if I ever have any!).
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  • abasketabasket 21053 replies909 threads Senior Member
    Not Disney people. Not amusement park people. Two of my three really didn't like rides at all. The third only came to like them as he was an older teen.

    One year we thought about doing Disney because I felt like "well, we should do it once". One stop at AAA to price things out and that was enough to say forget it. I don't think our kids regret not going at all.

    We have Cedar Point an hour away (I know, it's not the same, but the ride concept) - I took them once when they were younger and that was enough for them.

    I did always think however that every American family should have the opportunity to be able to afford Disney once if they wanted to go. My idea was that the government or something should make one trip there affordable. Clearly no one thought my idea was a good one. ;)

    I have two friends that are Disney nuts. They both go a few times a year - and we are in Ohio. It's an obsession that I totally can't understand! One of them has no grandchildren but still tries to go as often as possible and in fact bought a year pass this year.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 4191 replies140 threads Senior Member
    I went to Disneyland for the first time my freshman year when I did a college Rose Bowl trip. I’ve been to Disneyworld several times, including Epcot the year it opened. It probably been 20 years now; I sort of would like to go back to Disneyland since we live so close but Dh isn’t interested and it’s soooo expensive.

    You can date yourself by describing something special as an E ride.

    My two favorite stories...

    -When we went back to DW in the 80’s, we had one day left of a multi day pass from about eight years earlier. It was still accepted. Saved a lot of money!

    -When DS was about 7, we planned a trip to DW. MIL asked, “Tell me, Marilyn, what is DS going to do in Disneyworld?” She was really confused why we would consider such an odd thing. I didn’t know how to answer - um, have fun? Turns out her one experience in DW was the International part of Epcot - shops and restaurants. That was her entire idea of DW. Mind you, this is the same MIL who once asked, “Tell me, Marilyn, why do you want to go to the Gulf coast of Florida?” Apparently anything other than North Miami Beach was odd.
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  • cbl1cbl1 Forum Champion Virginia Tech 910 replies13 threads Forum Champion
    Disney World - almost annually
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  • collage1collage1 2023 replies75 threads Senior Member
    Definitely one of many high points when the kids were little. I grew up in LA and went to DL a couple times or more/year growing up so my idea of Disney is going off season and not on a weekend if at all possible. We took the kids to DW a couple of times and had a blast. Really loved the water parks too. We even went on a Disney Cruise one time when the kids were little and the younger two loved the kids club so much they didn't want to leave. So gave dh and me some time to ourselves. With the kids grown, it just doesn't fit in our lives anymore.

    Funny, when I was younger, I always said my idea of retirement would be to travel the country and go on all the roller coasters I could find. Now that they intermittently make me dizzy or give me a headache, I have abandoned that idea.
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  • eyemamomeyemamom 5428 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I took the kids once when the kids were younger and that was enough. My kids far preferred Universal. The neurologists told my son to never go on a roller coaster again. I seriously and literally hate roller coasters. My husband and daughter want to go to cedar park and have me be the human coat rack. No thanks.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    In between, went a few times when kids were ~8-14. They are VERY good at separating you from your money. But I also found it quite relaxing, especially if you stay on site - it was a lot less work than doing all the planning, driving, parking, cooking, etc. But feel no particular need to go again. I have a friend (MD specialist who makes a lot more than I do) who takes EVERY vacation at a Disney resort or cruise. She likes what is familiar and can afford it. 🤷‍♀️ I loathe what they do with characters they acquire rights to (that is NOT Winnie the Pooh).
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  • dentmom4dentmom4 1499 replies4 threads Senior Member
    I love Disney World. Probably been 20+ times. We used to go annually, kids grown, now go every other year. Also did the cruise once.

    I’ve been to Disneyland twice, once in my 20s and again 30 years later. Done for my life, it just doesn't compare to the World.
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