I'm afraid it's finally happened--I just might be Disneyed-out

Travel60

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Feb 8, 2012
You can also trade out for DCL or RCI. I know people say DCL is not an efficient use of points but it works for us (12 cruises down, one booked for 2020). We have also stayed a lot of VERY NICE places by trading out.
 

mrp4352

DIS Veteran
Joined
Nov 10, 2002
You can also trade out for DCL or RCI. I know people say DCL is not an efficient use of points but it works for us (12 cruises down, one booked for 2020).
For us, we paid cash for 1 & 2 in the room, then used points for the 3rd. We felt it was a better value that way.

Also, we've started doing Disney every other year, but using our points to stay either a little nicer (Poly or AK) or in a bigger room. And I would also agree with the earlier poster - Aulani is a FANTASTIC use of points! Splurge for the 1-bedroom at least - the savings in being able to cook makes up for the points.
 
  • ckb_nc

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Feb 26, 2001
    I can relate - went as a kid. First trip to WDw with the kids was for my DD1 5th birthday who is now 23. But I have found so many ways to do WDW and starting as I get older to appreciated the resorts and less the parks. But we are on a hiatus - went in January for Marathon weekend and have no active plans at all for the first time in several years.
     

    eporter66

    DIS Veteran & DVC Owner at SSR
    Joined
    Nov 3, 2003
    I get it. I do love our Disney trips, but I can see where it might get to feel like the same old thing. We only bought 150 points, so we have changed things up a bit, bank points and don’t go as often.

    But, we also have other interests in Florida. I plan to use it as a base for spring training trips. Also, when our schedules become more flexible (no school calendar to worry about), getting a break from our NY winters. We also golf, and honestly a relaxing vacation in a beautiful 2 bedroom villa, we could easily do Disney without hitting the parks. There is plenty to do.

    I love the HH and VB options, and hope one day to do Hawaii.
     

    Dizney73

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 2, 2007
    I too was beginning to feel a bit that it was the same old same old. My kids are just 13 and 10 and have been to the parks 20+times. I do not want them to tire of Disney EVER!
    Our annual passes ran out last summer and we did not renew but have stayed at WDW twice since and will be returning this Thanksgiving. No annual passes. No park tickets. I have booked different resorts each time and we are so enjoying our time there using the pools, tasting new resort restaurant foods and spending time outside of WDW!
    Last Thanksgiving we enjoyed 5 nights just at the resort! We enjoyed Hoop and shine mini golf and attended the Mickeys Christmas Party. ❤ we had a great time and felt it was just enough park time for our Fishery fix.
    We just did a trip, staying at Beach Club, to Discovery Cove, Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens this summer. We all absolutely loved it! I can't believe what we were missing!
    We go again this Thanksgiving and are squeezing in a 3 night cruise on the Dream.
    We are already planning next summer to Aulani!
    Sometimes a break is just what the heart desires!
    There are so many changes happening right now...we feel like we have lots of Disney fun to look forward to!
     

    bakerworld

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    May 24, 2010
    One of the ways we keep Disney 'new' is we only visit what we are near because I do not like to vacation longer than 5 nights. So if we're at AK-J we visit AK, when at BL we're at MK, etc. We usually miss DS the most so if we stay at AK-J we'll bus it to DS.
     

    purpliequeen

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    Joined
    Dec 30, 2005
    DW and I just returned from our 10-day stay at SSR. The stay was "fine" and SSR staff extended warm hospitality--though the rooms are in serious need of updating and removal of the mustiness that has accumulated over the years. As for the parks, I found the summer crowds to be relatively light everywhere--except MK, which always finds a way to be super busy. Overall, it was a "nice" vacation--but lacking in the number of WOW moments. This, I think, has much more to do with our now extensive familiarity with WDW rather than what WDW has to offer. (And yes we've gone in the summer a lot--so the nuclear heat isn't really the tipping point issue.) I just might--finally-- be Disneyed-out.

    In August 2001, DW and I brought our 3 young children to WDW for what was to be a "once-in-a-lifetime" vacation. Instead, it became an annual trip back "home" to soak in the magic over and over again. Our kids went from toddlers to College Program participants (2) and now even a full-time cast member. So, let me be clear, I/we still love WDW and all that it has meant to our family for the last two decades. We have so many magical memories to treasure!

    But, alas, I must confess that our annual, now sometimes twice-annual treks to WDW, have become just a bit too familiar--even, as yes, we try new things and do them differently as empty nesters. I understand that transitions in the family dynamic are a natural and desirable part of life; and, yes, there are new things to be excited about--especially seeing our daughter work in the world--super cool! It's just that on the whole--I think it's "enough"--at least for now. I say that not as a knock on Disney and with full appreciation for the privilege it is to be sufficiently resourced to have made so many trips there over the years. I've just come to recognize that a break may be in order. Besides, didn't someone once say that "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"

    Check back with me first of year to see if my Disney fever returns...
    We're in the same boat as you. We bought DVC in 2004 so we've been DVC members for 15 (!) years. After a pretty amazing decade of Disney trips, we quickly became Disney-ed out. For many of the same reasons you mentioned. We've since used our DVC points at Concierge Collection Resorts (favorites including Fairmont San Francisco, Keystone Resort in CO, and the Mandarin Oriental in DC, among others) - which I realize isn't a good value. At the same time, we didn't buy into DVC as an investment, but as an opportunity to travel and have really wonderful places to stay while doing so. Disney still has high standards for its resort and hotel Concierge Collection selections so we've never been disappointed. We now go to WDW every 3-4 years - we experienced Toy Story Land and Pandora in Dec 2018 for the first time, which made the trip really memorable. We'll be at Aulani for the first time this winter - really looking forward to it. I've been reading some pretty incredible trip reports of folks traveling to the other Disney parks around the world. It's my dream to one day check out Disney Paris and Tokyo Disney.

    I do agree that perhaps we need to let WDW cool off till the next generation arrives. Or a recession.... a recession would perhaps stall the hyper insane price increases, and allow the crowds to become more manageable. Time will tell....
     

    oswald1

    DVC owner and DIS shareholder. Fanatic since 1976.
    Joined
    Apr 5, 2012
    DW and I just returned from our 10-day stay at SSR. The stay was "fine" and SSR staff extended warm hospitality--though the rooms are in serious need of updating and removal of the mustiness that has accumulated over the years. As for the parks, I found the summer crowds to be relatively light everywhere--except MK, which always finds a way to be super busy. Overall, it was a "nice" vacation--but lacking in the number of WOW moments. This, I think, has much more to do with our now extensive familiarity with WDW rather than what WDW has to offer. (And yes we've gone in the summer a lot--so the nuclear heat isn't really the tipping point issue.) I just might--finally-- be Disneyed-out.

    In August 2001, DW and I brought our 3 young children to WDW for what was to be a "once-in-a-lifetime" vacation. Instead, it became an annual trip back "home" to soak in the magic over and over again. Our kids went from toddlers to College Program participants (2) and now even a full-time cast member. So, let me be clear, I/we still love WDW and all that it has meant to our family for the last two decades. We have so many magical memories to treasure!

    But, alas, I must confess that our annual, now sometimes twice-annual treks to WDW, have become just a bit too familiar--even, as yes, we try new things and do them differently as empty nesters. I understand that transitions in the family dynamic are a natural and desirable part of life; and, yes, there are new things to be excited about--especially seeing our daughter work in the world--super cool! It's just that on the whole--I think it's "enough"--at least for now. I say that not as a knock on Disney and with full appreciation for the privilege it is to be sufficiently resourced to have made so many trips there over the years. I've just come to recognize that a break may be in order. Besides, didn't someone once say that "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"

    Check back with me first of year to see if my Disney fever returns...
    If I could write as well as you, I would have said the exact same thing. You covered all the points perfectly. I agree with you 100%
     

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