Have you ever been Disney-ed out?

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Have you ever been Disney-ed out?

I know we're all pretty serious Disney lovers here, but I was curious if you've ever left WDW and thought, "you know, I don't need to go back for a while." Back before we started working on the site, we had a long trip, almost 2 weeks, and at the end I was like "I'm ready to go home." I was ready to come back pretty quickly, but when we left I was kind of ready to be home. Now that we're always trying to gather as much content as possible while we're there I always wish we could stay longer. Are you ever ready to leave when you go?

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I always wish my trips could be longer, maybe because we manage to cram in such a variety of experiences rather than just Disney there's no time to get bored with anything. Returning to a Disney park, even after only a few days in another park or on an excursion feels like coming home again.

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After working there for the summer I definitely felt ready to leave. But I think that was more missing people back home rather than being sick of Disney. I've never felt ready to go after just a day trip or 2 week holiday though.

Only 8 months to go!!

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Can't say that I've ever felt that - but I've never been able to go for more than 5-6 days at a time. I've felt like I need a REST at the end, but that doesn't mean I'm Disney-ed out - just wish I had more time to take things more leisurely!

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I usually go for 7 days, I'm tired, but always shed a tear when I leave.

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I am never Disneyed out but my husband is starting to get there. We go at least once a year if it were up to me it would be like 2-3 times lol.

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Hi,

I thought I was Disney'd out after my 12-day/11-night stay in All Star Music, December 3-14, 2003. Of course I went the next year, December 8-15, 2004 at POFQ. I remember dates well because I may as well, because I neither eat them nor go out on them (my last actual date was January 4, 2009, so I'm working on three years without one).

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Pegosaurus wrote:
After working there for the summer I definitely felt ready to leave. But I think that was more missing people back home rather than being sick of Disney. I've never felt ready to go after just a day trip or 2 week holiday though.

Only 8 months to go!!

How quickly after you were done working there were you ready to go back?

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My perspective is a little different, as a local and more of a daytripper. But I have to say...maybe. I love the convenience of our passes, but I think that they cause us to take the parks for granted. My daughter has had a pass since she was old enough to require a ticket, and she's 6 now. She's never known a life WITHOUT Disney. I think we may take a little break from passes until my son is a little older to give us some space and appreciation. I say that, but we'll see.

A lot of my friends do Sea World passes instead - the whole, "buy a day, come back for a year." But it's just...not....Disney.

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The closest we came to Disney-ed out was the first time we stayed for 2 weeks. But it was more "tired out" than Disney-ed out. That was the the same trip we decided it would be brilliant to get up early and jog around Caribbean Beach before heading to the parks for the entire day, AND before we factored in the much-needed mid-day nap or pool trip. I was exhausted by day 10 and was ready to leave.

But now that we figured out a smarter approach, I could stay for weeks on end and never get tired of it.

I have a close friend who got married at Disney years ago, then moved to FL and got annual passes. After several years, and a gazillion visits with their kids, he says they are really tired of it. I always fear going too much that I might get tired of it, but at the same time can't imagine getting to that point.

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Me? No. I can stay for two weeks and still feel like I need to do more.

Dave..however..no matter how long the trip..2 weeks or 2 days..when he drives away he's done. I really can't talk to him about Disney for a good month or else I'll just get that glossed over look when he pretends like he's listening to me but he's really thinking about football.

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katrina1122 wrote:
I usually go for 7 days, I'm tired, but always shed a tear when I leave.

Same with me! I always miss it as soon as we drive out of the driveway!

Mousefan0909 wrote:
I am never Disneyed out but my husband is starting to get there. We go at least once a year if it were up to me it would be like 2-3 times lol.

I know the feeling!

LeCellierBuff1963 wrote:
(my last actual date was January 4, 2009, so I'm working on three years without one).

Don't forget that Ms. Right (when she comes along) has to love traveling as much as you do!

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I have a close friend who got married at Disney years ago, then moved to FL and got annual passes. After several years, and a gazillion visits with their kids, he says they are really tired of it. I always fear going too much that I might get tired of it, but at the same time can't imagine getting to that point.

I think it would be totally different if it was an "everyday" kind of thing. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it. Going a few times per year (or less) makes it really special, I think.

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Pegosaurus wrote:
After working there for the summer I definitely felt ready to leave. But I think that was more missing people back home rather than being sick of Disney. I've never felt ready to go after just a day trip or 2 week holiday though.

Only 8 months to go!!

How quickly after you were done working there were you ready to go back?

Well, it was only a couple of weeks until I was watching a video of "wishes" on youtube and sobbing with nostalgia, so not long biggrin

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Me? No. I can stay for two weeks and still feel like I need to do more.

Dave..however..no matter how long the trip..2 weeks or 2 days..when he drives away he's done. I really can't talk to him about Disney for a good month or else I'll just get that glossed over look when he pretends like he's listening to me but he's really thinking about football.

hahahaha, I definitely know that look!

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Me? No. I can stay for two weeks and still feel like I need to do more.

Dave..however..no matter how long the trip..2 weeks or 2 days..when he drives away he's done. I really can't talk to him about Disney for a good month or else I'll just get that glossed over look when he pretends like he's listening to me but he's really thinking about football.

hahahaha, I definitely know that look!

I mean it normLly happens once a day ANYWAY but when I bring up Disney right after a trip it happens more often.

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Pegosaurus wrote:
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Me? No. I can stay for two weeks and still feel like I need to do more.

Dave..however..no matter how long the trip..2 weeks or 2 days..when he drives away he's done. I really can't talk to him about Disney for a good month or else I'll just get that glossed over look when he pretends like he's listening to me but he's really thinking about football.

hahahaha, I definitely know that look!

I mean it normLly happens once a day ANYWAY but when I bring up Disney right after a trip it happens more often.

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Disney-ed out? No way, if it wasn't for work and our little 4 legged guy at home, waiting for us, we would go more often. Now tired at the end of the end of vacation, yes! But that don't mean we're Disney-ed out. All I would have to do is ask Scrappy, "do you want to stay another day or two, and she would have me on the phone calling the front desk to book the room again in a second" And this would be her -
yay clapping yay clapping stars yeah banana

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mrhub wrote:
All I would have to do is ask Scrappy, "do you want to stay another day or two, and she would have me on the phone calling the front desk to book the room again in a second" And this would be her -
yay clapping yay clapping stars yeah banana

Mrs T would be exactly the same.

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You've heard it here first! I think we're actually going to give up the passes for a time when they expire in February. I think it's time to take a break, and when DS1 is a little older, we'll resume. I'm trying to look on the bright side: there are tons of places to eat and experiences to have that we never get to because we're always so fixated on the parks. So I'm looking forward this year to trying lots of restaurants that are new to us. I've made a good start! - Jiko the other nite - AMAZING! - with a side trip to the Mara to finally track down and experience the fabled zebra domes. Everything was fantastic...plus I got to see AKL for the first time.

HaHa, maybe I'll join Joe in providing non-park trip reports and dining updates Smile

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What's you have a Jiko, Lizzy?

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We started with the flank steak flatbread, which was topped with arugula, and had the most amazing spice mix on the bread itself. I had a salad that was supposed to have apples, hard sheep's milk cheese, pomegranate seeds, and pistachios and pepitas, but they forgot the nuts. My friend had the butternut squash soup, which was delicious, and I couldn't quite detect exactly what seasoning it was that set it apart (she joked it was all the butter.) I had the shortrib, which our server said had recently been reinterpreted. It was served with baby vegetables, truffled mashed potatoes, and a tamarind-cabernet sauce. Excellent, tender, and comforting. The veggies were cooked perfectly - not mushy, but not crunchy - and they were perfectly heavily handed with the truffle seasoning (butter or oil, probably.) I also had a glass of Chocolate Block, a red blend....sadly, I can't tell you exactly what was in it. But it was big and jammy, and stood up to all of the elements of the meal well, and didn't clash with the cab sauce on the shortrib. For dessert, we had a cheesecake that came with a rectangle of toffee - good, but not really a standout. I should have gone for the amarula creme brulee, which probably would have been far more interesting - provided the creme brulee was cooked correctly.

All in all, a delicious meal and good service and nice atmosphere (well, except for the screaming child sitting just below us...but it is, after all, WDW.) My friend had the filet and mac and cheese. The filet was cooked perfectly to medium rare and was also delicious. Unfortunately, when I tasted it, I also tasted the mac and cheese at the same time, instead of separately, so I really didn't taste the pasta at all.

I think the standout for me was, hands down, the amazing wine list (all South African) and the flatbread. I'm ready to go back just for snacks and drinks and have that all over again in the lounge!

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I thought the shortrib was gone. I guess reinterpreted means "Brought it back, but the chef had to make it differently," you know...cause that's what chefs do...

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That is what chefs do - sometimes fortunately, but the prevailing opinion here is that this chef makes unnecessary changes. I did understand the shortrib was different - was it boneless before? It is now. Not sure about the sauces.

Also gone was the pistachio creme brulee - very unfortunate. I hear it was wonderful, and pistachio happens to be one of my very favorite things EVER. But everything was still delish. And I canNOT stop thinking of that flat bread and wine. Must...get...back...soon!

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Lizzy_B wrote:
You've heard it here first! I think we're actually going to give up the passes for a time when they expire in February. I think it's time to take a break, and when DS1 is a little older, we'll resume.

Lizzy - this is big news! I'll be really interested in hearing how you think it goes, and if you suffer from withdrawal or if the break is a good way to re-invigorate the magic (not that it needs it, but it might make it fresher when you go back).

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I wouldn't mind trying a trip without parks, but I've never been without the option to go in the parks. I think it would confuse me.

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Brad wrote:
I wouldn't mind trying a trip without parks, but I've never been without the option to go in the parks. I think it would confuse me.

So true..I think since we travel there it would be WEIRD to go and not go to the parks.

Lizzy, do you think you'll still do special events like MNSSHP or the Christmas Party?

Jiko sounds amazing..we stayed at AKL on our honeymoon and we kept saying the entire week "why did we not make an ADR there??" our last night we tried to get in but they were completely packed. We were bummed!

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I think doning a trip and not doing the parks would be much easier for those living close then those of us who live a distance and have to travel. To us, it would not be worth going and not going to the parks!

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All very true statements. DH, who (I think I've mentioned) isnt' quite the Disney fan that I am says he'd happily go to a Disney resort and plop himself in a hammock while I go to the parks. But it would be hard for me to do that.

Still, I'm trying to look at the bright side...all the things this will force me to do that I've never done - all the places we haven't eaten because we're too busy going to the parks.

Bella - I think that's a good point - maybe we WILL try "Very Merry Christmas" this year. We did MNSSHP a few years back. It was fun, but I'm not so sure I'd do it again. (Then again, my experience could have been colored by being 6 months pregnant and it being WICKED humid.)

The only thing I'm really concerned about is not getting to go to the special stuff, like Flower and Garden, but especially Food and Wine. OH - and Candlelight Processional. AND - between now and February I have to stock up on La Cava Margaritas and Wuerther's Caramel! biggrin

(And Jiko was really fantastic. I highly recommend.)

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mrhub wrote:
I think doning a trip and not doing the parks would be much easier for those living close then those of us who live a distance and have to travel. To us, it would not be worth going and not going to the parks!

We don't think of ourselves as that far because we always fly. A mere 3 hours!

I think being without an Annual Pass would be like the time we stayed off property. We were so used to having all the perks of staying on-property it threw us off our game. It would take a little while to get used to.

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Work with me, People! Help me see the BRIGHT side! biggrin Because yesterday, when we ran over to that side of town for lunch at EoS, then stops at Mall at Millennia and Whole Foods on the way back, I must have said to DH about 12x "When we get our new passes...this" and "when we get our new passes...that." It's going to be quite the little celebration, let me tell ya. I'm thinking we'll have them back for all the new Fantasyland stuff (if I don't breakdown and get them before...)

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Work with me, People! Help me see the BRIGHT side! biggrin Because yesterday, when we ran over to that side of town for lunch at EoS, then stops at Mall at Millennia and Whole Foods on the way back, I must have said to DH about 12x "When we get our new passes...this" and "when we get our new passes...that." It's going to be quite the little celebration, let me tell ya. I'm thinking we'll have them back for all the new Fantasyland stuff (if I don't breakdown and get them before...)

I know that feeling! Even though you're taking a break you're still looking forward to the next time. And the new Fantasyland attractions look incredible.

Personally, I can never be Disney-ed out. I live too far away to go often enough for that to happen. On my last trip, I thought I was ready to go home on our last day but once I boarded the Magical Express I lost it. Sobbing tears and melodrama.

I'm ridiculous.