What is the longest you have been without going to Disney? What did you do to get through the dry period?
Four or five years. And Kingdom Hearts. Lots of Kingdom Hearts. Doing it now, in fact!
Fellow Americans, I hear your tambourines inside my head and that's no lie!
When I went in 2010, it was the first time to WDW in close to 30 years.
I love those games!
I grew up in S.Cal and was a regular at DLR we went to DL multiple times a year each and every year I moved to Ohio in 1997 and my first trip to WDW was in 1998 ( i actually went twice that year) I became a WDW Passholder in 2009 we'd gone every other year from 98-06 with a DL trip in the off year. Then in 2006/7 we did WDW, DL and TokyoDL/DS, in 2008 we did WDW, DL and in the summer of 2009 we went to DLRP. For the past 3 years we've gone to WDW at least twice a year and DL every other year. This past September we cruised DCL for the first time (I'm hooked!) and will incorporate a cruise into our WDW vacations from now on
We've been lucky enough to travel the globe (my bucket list includes seeing all the Disney parks worldwide) I love the adventures we've had however I will ALWAYS schedule a Disney trip each year. I can honestly say there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about Disney. It's been in my blood since birth I wear my Disney Fanatic teeshirt with pride because it's true
Working to pay for my next Disney vacations:
June 2013 quick stay at AKL, then DCL b2b on the Dream Bahamas, June 30th BWI, Oct. 11-20,2013 HKDL and Tokyo DL/DS, June 2014 DCL -Fantasy Western Caribbean, and September 2014 DCL - Magic Southern Caribbean -My Birthday Cruise!!
We went 14 years between trips. Mortgage, university tuition, braces, etc. got in the way for a while. We finally got back in May this year, and had a fabulous adult time - no kids.
I found this group back in February, and lurked for a while before I finally spoke up and joined. I've slowly been working my way through all the photos - that is a great way to keep the Disney withdrawals away. There are so many fabulous shots of all things Disney - many I would never have even noticed without this forum. We are going for a "bonus" trip again in October, so I am reading everyone's posts, looking at all the pictures, and living vicariously through all the trip reports.
Time marches on. Eventually you realize it's doing it across your face.
Our first trip ever was 2005. Prior to that, I figured WDW was just another amusement park, and we had plenty of those closer to home. That first trip educated me.
After that, our next trip was 2007, then 2010. Since we discovered WDW's awesomeness, that three-year stretch is our longest Disney drought. I pass the time by keeping up on WDW news and preplanning the next trip, no matter how far in the future it is.
I haven't been to WDW since 2005. So it'll be 7 years when we go in Dec. That's probably the longest in my lifetime!
But I did sneak a trip to DL in there in 2010. That trip resparked my desire to go to WDW. Before then, it was school school school...try to find a job...try to find a job.
I will agree, the more we go the more we want to go. When our boys were growing up we only went once every 3 or 4 years. When they went off to college we started going every year. Once they were married and out of the house we started going twice a year and we are now up to 3 times a year. So while our longest drought would have been 3 or 4 years it has been a long time since we have had that long between trips.
Well we went in 2003 and then not again until 2009....it wasn't really a drought though because during that time period we weren't really into it....now since 2009 we have went every year and i'm sure if we stopped doing that we would be going through major withdrawl
Well... Jess wasn't too much into it... lol
What got me through it was the thought of being able to go every year. After that 2003 trip, my Dad was getting super serious about getting into DVC. So it was a matter of saving, choosing a home resort, and the perfect time to buy. Finally in 2008 it was time. Had the money, picked out where we wanted, and now we just needed to wait on the right price. Finally got it with some twisting of arms. The person we were worried about not wanting this was Jess actually... lol. But she said yeah... and here we are in 2012... preparing to go for our 4th year in a row. So yeah.... it took us roughly 4 years of no Disney... but now were on our 4th year going every year... so it was a good compromise... lol
Maybe I have just missed something here but how do you wait for the right price? I always thought the price was the price and you either pay it or you dont. I do know they will sometimes offer the older DVC resorts for less but I did not realize you could talk price with them. What exactly did you do to get them to meet your price?
We go ours for $83 a point. Every month they have this online talk show or whatever talking about DVC. At the end they will give out something for listening. Usually its some kind of discount. We waiting till our sales rep was getting a little desperate to sell AKL, and we waited to get the discount we wanted, and then asked if we could split the contract into 3 parts. We have 210 points total, and wanted a 100 point contract, a 60, and a 50... and when we bought... we wanted the full previous year. So in the end... to start out with... we had 420 points to start with.
So the current price of... what is it... 132? Is like.....
This was my 4,000 post....
I haven't been to WDW since 1992...so it's been 20 years.
What did I do to get myself through that time?
(1) got a bachelor's degree
(2) worked, worked, worked all the time...
(3) started working on a masters degree
(4) more work, work, work...
Gah...no WONDER I need a vacation! I haven't had a proper one in 20 years!!!!!
Oh yeah, disneydoc reminded me...I also got a divorce during that time...also, I came out...and had a seemingly endless parade of (now ex) girlfriends. Yeah. I stayed pretty busy in the last 20 years.
So, with the financial situation in my house taking a nose dive I'm headed into a dreaded Disney Drought in the coming years. I've got a trip on the books in October and one next June, but after that I honestly don't know when I'll be able to get back. There are many contributing factors that I hope will clear up in a lovely sort of manner. In the past my longest stretch was about 6 years. I don't think I'll have to wait that long in the future, but you never know.
Our longest was 2.5 years. We went while I was pregnant and then didn't want to come back until my son was 2. I passed the time by lots and lots of reading on message boards!