It's the ultimate debate for Walt Disney World die-hards: How many trips should we schedule this year?
Should we do one long, leisurely trip, or several short trips to experience nice spurts of Disney magic year-round?
It's a tough decision, and a multi-faceted debate. So to help you out, we've put together a pro-con list for each of these situations. And be sure to weigh in below with your thoughts!
Several short trips
More doses of the magic. If you're taking 2, 3 or 4 shorter trips to Disney World each year, you're getting your fix in regular doses. You may not feel as pressured to experience it all on each trip. And you won't be as sad when you leave, knowing that you'll be back in a few months.
More event opportunities. If you're taking several shorter trips in a year, you could, for instance, experience the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and special holiday events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party -- all in one year!
Travel cost. It's definitely going to cost more to travel to Disney World several times a year. And gas costs these days...yeesh! And, if you're not a season passholder, then tickets will cost more too, when broken up over several trips.- perhaps spring for the No Expiration option?
Feeling rushed. With several shorter trips, it's possible that you may feel like you didn't get to do everything you wanted. That feeling of being rushed, or that you "skipped" something that is an every-trip ritual for you isn't always the best.
One long trip
Money Savings. Travel costs and ticket costs could be a significant savings when traveling down only once per year.
More planning time. With just one trip per year, you'll likely be able to make your ADRs and make a wishlist of where you'd like to go well ahead of time. You can mark off the days or create a countdown to make things fun as you anticipate your trip.
Time between trips. Just one trip a year leaves many with a case of "Disney homesickness." You may find yourself pining for another trip over the course of the year more than you thought.
Leaving kids and pets. If you have little ones or little furry ones at home, you may not want to leave them at home for a week or more.
With all that said, do you prefer taking one long trip per year, or several shorter trips? Share your thoughts below, and check out the conversation in our forums.