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Old 01-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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For those of us that keep going back to WDW

What exactly is it that keeps bringing us back? Why do we all love it so much. Is it different for everyone? For me, everything is so perfect at Disney. It's an escape from reality for me. It brings me back to feeling like a child. It's hard to explain, to put into words, but it just feels magical. I can't get enough of it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I just love it! All of it's so magical, it truly is walking into another world that's completely and totally different from any other "real life" one, it's a complete escape complete with royalty, pirates, journeying around the entire world and into space.

There's nothing that beats walking down Main Street and seeing the castle for the first time (or any time) of the trip
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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What exactly is it that keeps bringing us back? Why do we all love it so much. Is it different for everyone? For me, everything is so perfect at Disney. It's an escape from reality for me. It brings me back to feeling like a child. It's hard to explain, to put into words, but it just feels magical. I can't get enough of it.

My thoughts and words exactly. It's even become more of an obsession since we stayed on property. I can't get enough!! I think there is an inner child in all of us that makes us want to return to the simpler times when we could just play without worrying about schedules, budgets, work, etc. i do just that at Disney!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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Lack of imagination? Seriously, that is what my DH would say. More than once when the subject has come up (next vacation planning) DH has asked if I can't come up with anything different/better. I like WDW because I know we will have an enjoyable week. We've been often enough that we pretty much know what we're going to get out of that vacation. Fortunately for DH, we usually do 3-4 other vacations between Disney visits.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #5
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My thoughts and words exactly. It's even become more of an obsession since we stayed on property. I can't get enough!!
I loved it before staying on property but then the first time we did stay on property, I was completely hooked. The experience is entirely different. Nothing better than total immersion in the magic 24/7.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Everyone's reasons are likely to be different!

I never went to Disney as a child -- always wanted to, but never had the opportunity.

My hubby went to college in Florida so he went several times over those 4 years.

Enter the early 90s and we're starting to have children -- my husband also started his own business and, being self-employed and just starting out, he never had vacation time or any money to take a vacation with, even if we had the time!

It wasn't until his business was running smoothly (within the last 10 years or so) that he's now able to take a true week-long *vacation*. We did the beach vacation for several years and that was fun and enjoyable but I kept wanting to go to Disney!

I finally talked him into a first family trip 2 years ago and I was bitten hard by the Disney bug! So we went in 2011, and in 2012, and we're going in May of this year, and I'm already planning a trip for 2014, and 2015!

I guess what really hooked us was our youngest daughter's reaction. She has special needs and she just lights up when she's at Disney! And, believe me, we've taken her other places -- to the beach, to museums, to the aquarium, to movies & plays -- NOTHING makes her as happy as Disney does!

And no one is as accommodating as Disney when it comes to special needs children! We can't tell you how many amusement parks we've visited with her where we hear, "Oh she's too old to ride this", or "no, you can't ride it with her." We can ride everything together at Disney.

It's just a truly magical, happy place.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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For us, it is an easy vacation. We can drive there in 7 hours and it is a vacation that makes everyone happy. My kids are now 10 and 5 and we aren't quite ready to do National Parks (not sure I will ever be ready for that!) or Wash DC or that type of vacation. We do like cruising, but honestly it is an easy fun week and we like it. Last night we mentioned the possibility of doing a DIsney cruise for a week before Christmas and doing like 3 park days before it, or a week at Disney in the fall and we can do water parks too, and they both said no cruise, a week at Disney. My 10 yr old has been 5 times now and my 5 yr old 3 times.

So, for the next couple of years, this is what we will do! (We do do some shorter beach trips here and there too!)
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #8
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I love everyone's responses so far. Keep them coming.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #9
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Some of my happiest memories of my childhood and adulthood are from Disney. Every time I go, I can't help but reminisce about family vacations, trips with friends and all the laughter in between. There is no place like it, and no other theme park can match what Disney has become. I can't wait to keep coming back for years to come!
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Everyone's reasons are likely to be different!

I never went to Disney as a child -- always wanted to, but never had the opportunity.

My hubby went to college in Florida so he went several times over those 4 years.

Enter the early 90s and we're starting to have children -- my husband also started his own business and, being self-employed and just starting out, he never had vacation time or any money to take a vacation with, even if we had the time!

It wasn't until his business was running smoothly (within the last 10 years or so) that he's now able to take a true week-long *vacation*. We did the beach vacation for several years and that was fun and enjoyable but I kept wanting to go to Disney!

I finally talked him into a first family trip 2 years ago and I was bitten hard by the Disney bug! So we went in 2011, and in 2012, and we're going in May of this year, and I'm already planning a trip for 2014, and 2015!

I guess what really hooked us was our youngest daughter's reaction. She has special needs and she just lights up when she's at Disney! And, believe me, we've taken her other places -- to the beach, to museums, to the aquarium, to movies & plays -- NOTHING makes her as happy as Disney does!
And no one is as accommodating as Disney when it comes to special needs children! We can't tell you how many amusement parks we've visited with her where we hear, "Oh she's too old to ride this", or "no, you can't ride it with her." We can ride everything together at Disney.

It's just a truly magical, happy place.
This!

WDW is my favorite vacation spot in the world! When my husband retires, I want to live in Orlando and work at MK!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:48 PM   #11
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I know they don't do everything right, but they do ALOT right. They figure out how to move people efficiently, entertain people of all ages, cultures and experiences, they know how to make me forget about all the regular stressors of life and just enjoy time with my family!

There is so much there to do, that each time you return, you can enjoy your favorites but still do, see, or experience something new every time. Even though we go regularly, it's never the same vacation twice.

And then there is that intangible "magic" that we only seem to find at Disney.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:04 PM   #12
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That's a great question. I never went as a child but I loved the disney characters when I was little. DH took me on our 2nd anniversary and I knew when we had kids I wanted to go back. Well DD is 22 and we have been almost once every year. I guess we love it because its magical, DD was an only child so it was a place we could do everything together, it's a place where we park and they do the driving for me, a place where they make you feel special and they are glad you came, and it's a place where you can escape from reality. Now as DD is in college and we don't see her as much its a place where she still loves to go and we get to spend the entire vacation together!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:04 PM   #13
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For me, it's not what BRINGS me back to WDW, it's what PUSHES me back.

The stress and challenges of running a business sometime beg for a bit of escapism.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #14
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The thread about the magical things that have happened to people at Disney. No where else do things like those described in that thread happen. That and I love the fact that I cry EVERY time on our first walk down Main Street each trip!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:11 PM   #15
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We love it!! I watched an interview about Walt and he said he wanted to build a place where he could take his daughters and feel safe. That's us, we feel so safe at WDW. We feel like Walt set a standard of morality that we want our family surrounded by and we just have not found that other places. We love the kindness of the majority of the CM's. We are not well off by any means, (I work a second job to pay for our yearly Disney trip), but when we are there we feel like millionaires.

We love that......
* We can surround our selves with so many cultures, so many guests from all over the world. We want this for our kids
* Our kids are 16 and 20 and when other people talk to them about memories of their childhood, they always bring Disney up and never mention any of the other places we have traveled to.
* We LOVE that is like an all exclusive resort (room,tix,food)
* I have motion sickness real bad yet I can enjoy almost everything at WDW, at Kings Island for example I can't ride anything, seriously.
* I like the busses, my husband gets lost in the mall, less stress for all of us and we can split up or move about the resort seperatly easlily.
* My husband LOVES it, everywhere else we go he is just not happy or not excited about the trip
* Once your tickets are bought MYW, hopper, WP option then we are good to go from sun up to sun down so to say with so many choices. Other travel destinations our budget for the day is usually spent in an hour and then there we are telling the kids, we have spent enough today.
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