How soon is too soon (to return to Disney)?

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How soon is too soon (to return to Disney)?

So we just got back from our Disneymoon and I've been on a pretty major post-Disney downer for the last couple of days. (BTW, for those waiting for the trip report, we spent last night sorting through 965 photos, lol, and I'm going to start it tonight when DH gets home from work).

We're both dying to go back to Disney, but we're trying to work out when next to go, and how long to wait before going back. DH suggested going back in 2015, but that seems like an awfully long time to me. As we're flying from the UK, the flights are expensive and so we have our budget to consider. I said we should go back next year, but DH was concerned we couldn't afford it. I thought we COULD afford it if we go in off season and get a good deal, and DH is coming around to my way of thinking now!

If we go back 2015 we'd have time to save for a Moderate or Deluxe resort, but DH thinks we can only afford Value if we return next year. I think we'd be fools to book Value when Moderate is discounted with free dining right now, but there is the concern that we wouldn't have enough time to save for it, especially as we need to go visit my sister in Spain in Spring.

So I need to know, how soon (for you) is too soon to return to Disney? Is every couple of years enough or do you go more frequently? And when is the cheapest time to book/visit? Tips for saving on flights/accommodation?

I'm not sure if I'm needing enabled here or discouraged. Do you think it's worthwhile going back and staying Value, or trying to save more and going with Moderate? I would LOVE to stay in Coronado Springs but DH seems to think we should go with the cheapest resort available.

The trouble is that I only work part-time right now and am having trouble getting full-time work, otherwise we'd have more cash available.

Hit me with your thoughts/advice. Better yet, help me convince DH that we can afford to go back asap and stay in a nice resort!

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lolastardust wrote:
So I need to know, how soon (for you) is too soon to return to Disney? Is every couple of years enough or do you go more frequently? And when is the cheapest time to book/visit? Tips for saving on flights/accommodation?

I'm not sure if I'm needing enabled here or discouraged. Do you think it's worthwhile going back and staying Value, or trying to save more and going with Moderate? I would LOVE to stay in Coronado Springs but DH seems to think we should go with the cheapest resort available.

In my perfect world I would be able to visit Disney about every 3-4 months. That is *so* not happening with my budget like it is right now.

The most important thing about planning for your next trip and how often to go is that it needs to meet your personal budgetary constraints. If you can afford to go every year and you want to, by all means do it! If your budget is better when you go every two years, that's okay too.

I, personally, am not a value resort gal. However I firmly believe that value Disney is better than no Disney! Why don't you and your husband compromise - book the trip a few months later than you would like to, but stay at a nicer hotel.

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We try for once a year for two weeks at a time (we have done twice in a year in the past) of course being a DVC member makes that much more do-able for us.

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If I lived closer, I'd go ALL the time and I know that b/c hubs and I routinely drive 3 hours several times a summer to get any kind of amusement park fix.

But Disney is expensive, for sure. We were lucky enough to do DL on a whim last year (one day only), and we are really looking forward to our week-long trip this year. After that ?????

I think you have to do it within your budget and if you can do one of the payment plans and pay it off before you go, that's so much better. Then you can truly relax & have fun.

Would it be possible for you to think about DVC? We're going to look at it this year. I'm thinking if we can pay it off in two years, our lodging would pretty much be taken care of for at least one trip a year and we'd only have to worry about transportation & food (much of which we could bring in ourselves since we'd have some type of kitchen).
Just a thought.

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My husband and I are annual pass holders. For us, it is NEVER too soon to return to Disney. We try to go at least once every 4-6 weeks from September-May(we don't do the summer ever!) The only way we are able to go so often is because we don't stay at a Disney resort. Believe me I would love to stay at the Boardwalk and it's my dream to stay at the Grand Floridian, but if we did that, we could never afford to visit as often as we do.

I use great discount hotel & coupon sites and I find the best price at a 4 star+ hotel in the Disney area. I am a hotel snob so I won't stay anywhere that isn't at least a 4 star or a very nice 3 1/2 star. There are many in the area that are very close to Disney and most of them provide free transportation to and from the parks. It is time consuming to find the best deal, but we average $70-$80/night at these nice hotels. I know that it is probably way more fun to stay on the Disney property, but we have saved $1000's through the years by staying at very nice, close hotels off property.
You could probably return much sooner if you decided to stay off property but for some people staying at a Disney resort is a "must do" part of their vacation.

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I've had a look at prices and there seem to be some good deals we can get for 2014. I'm considering doing Pop Century late 2014/early 2015. We really liked the look of Pop when we visited and I figure it might be a slightly more grown-up option than AoA but still with the same benefits. We both feel that a Value resort is suited to our lifestyle at Disney, because we barely spend any time in our room and don't have any children.

I think I will maybe do a nicer resort for my 30th birthday in three years time, but for the timebeing, sticking with Value seems like the best deal. We are having a holiday in Europe in Spring so I'm trying to work out if it would be reasonable to do Disney in Autumn/Winter. I have looked at DVC and it does seem worthwhile but is probably not within our budget at this stage, and maybe something to consider in a few years time.

Thanks for the tips all. I will chat to DH tonight and see what his thoughts are about when is best to return and whether it is worth waiting till 2015. silly

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Also Disney usually has a bunch of offers for the fall. September is when most of the offers happen. So like the free dining and the room only offer are usually offered starting in September and going through towards the end of the year.

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It is never too soon to go back to Walt Disney World.

But then reality kicks in. Go as soon as your budget permits. If it were me, I'd stay Value if it meant I could get there sooner.

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crazycatperson wrote:
It is never too soon to go back to Walt Disney World.

But then reality kicks in. Go as soon as your budget permits. If it were me, I'd stay Value if it meant I could get there sooner.

Our thinking exactly! I think it would be worthwhile going back and staying Value in, say, November, for the sake of budget, rather than splashing out on a more expensive resort. The more I think about it, the more I think I don't care where I stay as long as I get to go!

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lolastardust wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
It is never too soon to go back to Walt Disney World.

But then reality kicks in. Go as soon as your budget permits. If it were me, I'd stay Value if it meant I could get there sooner.

Our thinking exactly! I think it would be worthwhile going back and staying Value in, say, November, for the sake of budget, rather than splashing out on a more expensive resort. The more I think about it, the more I think I don't care where I stay as long as I get to go!

Yup! She's addicted!

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lolastardust wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
It is never too soon to go back to Walt Disney World.

But then reality kicks in. Go as soon as your budget permits. If it were me, I'd stay Value if it meant I could get there sooner.

Our thinking exactly! I think it would be worthwhile going back and staying Value in, say, November, for the sake of budget, rather than splashing out on a more expensive resort. The more I think about it, the more I think I don't care where I stay as long as I get to go!

Yup! She's addicted!

Oh God, I have a problem. Save me from myself.

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mrhub wrote:
lolastardust wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
It is never too soon to go back to Walt Disney World.

But then reality kicks in. Go as soon as your budget permits. If it were me, I'd stay Value if it meant I could get there sooner.

Our thinking exactly! I think it would be worthwhile going back and staying Value in, say, November, for the sake of budget, rather than splashing out on a more expensive resort. The more I think about it, the more I think I don't care where I stay as long as I get to go!

Yup! She's addicted!

Oh God, I have a problem. Save me from myself.

But why? This is such a good addiction to have. I mean, think about all the BAD things you could be addicted to. I see no need for an intervention in this case!!

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Um... tomorrow? Dang it, I am no help when it comes to these kind of things.

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Ok, Lolastardust, I would book a moderate resort (and maybe flights too?) directly from Disney before 22nd October so you get the free dining, $100 gift card and 14 day ticket for the price of 7, which is offered in the UK right now. You would probably save the difference between the value and the moderate by having the free meals and discounted park tickets. Also you only pay a small deposit and the balance is not due until 8 weeks before you go. I think (someone help me out here) that Disney will allow you to transfer your deposit to a later booking if you did need to postpone? Not sure you would still get the special offer though.

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As wise person said, "Soon is not soon enough."

As I often say on my way to work, "If I continue in this direction, I could be in WDW in 23 hours... Sigh"

As NHShorty often says, "We could catch the SouthWest non-stop and be there in 3 hours. Let's go!"

This is why we keep our annual passes locked away. It would be way too easy.

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It never to soon!

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We stay at pop and love it. Never having stayed in another category we don't feel we are missing anything but only time will tell. Cgetting to visit for the third year in a row is worth it to us.

That's great to hear! Laughing out loud

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BuffaloBill wrote:
As wise person said, "Soon is not soon enough."

As I often say on my way to work, "If I continue in this direction, I could be in WDW in 23 hours... Sigh"

As NHShorty often says, "We could catch the SouthWest non-stop and be there in 3 hours. Let's go!"

This is why we keep our annual passes locked away. It would be way too easy.

And that is one good thing about living on the Left Coast. WDW is an EPIC undertaking . . . Although we did get three trips in in two years. silly

Actually, it is a lot of fun to spread the trips out so that there are new and exciting things to buy, (is a bummer if the t-shirts are just like from last time!!) Oh - and you get to see new things and try new menus. I mean, don't we all go for the food?

Hi Bill!!!

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Id like to be able to go twice a year for at least one week. I feel if I go more than that id get burned out. Now... that doesnt mean if I was handed a chance to go all the time. Id jump on it and love every minute of it!

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We plan on every two years because that's what comfortably fits our budget. If we could go once a year, heck even once every couple of months, we definitely would. But once every two years is what works for us right now. We stayed moderate last trip and are planning on values our next two trips. As much as we'd love to stay deluxe, we're young and have plenty of future Disney trips ahead of us so it will happen eventually. Right now I'd rather value Disney then no Disney!

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Allie wrote:
We plan on every two years because that's what comfortably fits our budget. If we could go once a year, heck even once every couple of months, we definitely would. But once every two years is what works for us right now. We stayed moderate last trip and are planning on values our next two trips. As much as we'd love to stay deluxe, we're young and have plenty of future Disney trips ahead of us so it will happen eventually. Right now I'd rather value Disney then no Disney!

Yeah, this seems reasonable. I think we're talking about waiting till 2015 to return, and doing holidays in Europe next year. x

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I could every year to Disney, as I did as a child. We could go every year, but DH does not want Disney to be our only vacation destination. He says there are tons of places in Europe and on the West coast we want to explore. Our next trip to the world will probably not happen for at least two years. If it happened sooner, I would be grateful and surprised!

We did, however, visit Disney in May 2012, May 2013, and vacation on the Disney Fantasy as well, so it's not like I never get to visit.

I really want to visit DL too, at least once!

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I go almost every day. I don't think anything is too soon lol