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WDW: Should We or Shouldn’t We?

Compared to last year, it’s been pretty quiet in the Disney vacation department for us.

I mean, three trips in one year was a total fluke (honeymoon, business trip, and a long weekend with friends). If it had been any other year, I’m sure we would have just done the long weekend trip with friends and been done with it. As for this year, if you remember, we went on the Disney Cruise from New York City which gave us 12 hours or so to hang around WDW a.k.a. not enough time at all. I cancelled an October trip because we were moving (and really watching our pennies), and now, we are back to square one.

Should we or shouldn’t we go in January?

With James back in school, the lucky duck has a winter break (and it’s also his 30th birthday) and we’ve been going back and forth about taking a few days to hang out in WDW.

But now that we are down to a one salary home, it seems almost impossible.

Because, guess what, Disney trips are expensive.

So we’ve discussed jetting off to a warm place for a few days (Groupon, JetSetter!!), or even heading to Austin to visit some friends.

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This strange feeling keeps popping up though.

guilt.

Does anyone feel this too? Like, how can I NOT go to Disney? I’m sure the average or casual fan doesn’t feel this way. In fact, I know they don’t. When you are surrounding yourself with 40 blogs that post almost 7 times a week about this place you love and people tweeting about yet another vacation, it’s hard to get away from it. It’s hard to not want to go there every second of the day.

(As I listen to background loops at work today.)

Every time we go to plan another vacation, there’s a little voice inside my head that tells me I need to experience new things (which I totally agree with) but then I hear another voice asking me how I can pass up another Disney trip.

There has to be some kind of balance here. When I have limited funds and limited vacation days, I do have to be very choosy about our destinations. As we go through this huge life change in our family (me the breadwinner?!), I would hate to think we have to sacrifice going to a place we, collectively, love so much.

But it might just have to happen.

As of last night, we are still weighing the pros and cons of a January trip to WDW. New Fantasyland is a big draw too. We both want to see it. And I should note, while we did book another Disney Cruise for this summer when we were on our other one, we won’t get much time in WDW, if any at all.

I know, I know… such big problems to have.

I guess what I’m trying to say…. it’s hard to put into perspective what you want and what you can really do. And I think that anyone can relate to that feeling, whether it’s about a trip, a concert, or even that much coveted purse.

After working and going through the sometimes chaotic routine that comes with everyday, you just want a treat. You deserve a treat. But unfortunately, it’s not always possible.

I’m still not sure what our final decision will be. In the past year or so, we’ve sort of thrown all the holidays and special occasions we would normally buy gifts for one another into the “let’s celebrate with a trip” pot. It worked semi-well with our June cruise, and I’m hoping we can keep this going and something with work out.

Oh, the joys of being a grown up.

See? This is why I need Disney in my life. Totally offsets the craziness of reality.

About Estelle Hallick


Estelle is a Disney enthusiast with a soft spot for Muppets, theatre, and small details. She thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park, the BoardWalk feels like home, and nothing is better than watching Illuminations. When she's not writing about Disney, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and her husband, having adventures in Queens, New York. She can also be found geeking out over books at Rather Be Reading Blog.

KatieOctober 23, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I totally understand your dilemma! I absolutely LOVE trips to Disney and up until graduating college went about once a year (if not more by throwing Disneyland into the mix). Now that I’m an adult and have to pay for the trip – man is it expensive! I don’t think you should feel guilty for wanting to take a trip there rather than somewhere else (or not at all). You are supposed to ENJOY vacation and have FUN and if your heart is telling you Disney…I say go for it!

Rich TOctober 23, 2012 - 12:57 pm

I can definitely relate to this! :) Every time I’m about to spend money on a movie ticket or eating out, I think, “This could pay for one-fifth of a night at the Paradise Pier Hotel.”

It’s good to mix vacations between Disney and seeing new locales, but I eventually reach a point where I’m saying, “Okay, I’m going to Disneyland even if I have to drive all night and sleep in the car.” And, yeah, I did that once to see a new ride. :)

JamesOctober 23, 2012 - 1:51 pm

I may be biased, but I’m voting for a big, fat WDW trip in January. You only turn 30 once (until YOU turn 30 and we probably wind up doing the same thing ;-)

David LandonOctober 23, 2012 - 4:48 pm

I think it all comes down to how much money you have and what kind of vacation you want. When we were planning our 10th anniversary getaway last year, my wife and I ran the numbers and calculated that we could afford a brief and crappy Disney trip or a longer, more relaxing trip somewhere else.

We went somewhere else. And had a great time, I must admit.

It all comes down to what you can afford and what you want. Disney World is fun, but it’s also stupidly crowded and quite expensive. If you can afford it without going into debt, and in your mental estimation the fun outweighs the crowds and the expense, then go for it! Otherwise, there’s no harm in going elsewhere. WDW’s not going anywhere, after all.

MelissaOctober 23, 2012 - 5:26 pm

I completely understand your dilemma. We had a long stretch where we had to put off Disney trips and it was never fun to do or even think about. And I totally get the “we should see other places” too part, it is a conversation Andrew and I have often. But your life is your adventure and you should have your adventures where ever you choose. No two adventures are ever the same, even if they are in the same place. :)

CarlyOctober 23, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Austin all the way! Better yet, wait until spring break time and come down for SXSW – free hotel and 2 weeks of all the amazing concerts you can handle. And awesome weather. And James has never been to Austin. No bias here. Just 100% fact. :)

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