Leana and I are on the same page about most things (except for Hyatt vs. IHG). However, we could not be more different in how we feel about Disney World. Hear us out.
Nancy: What I Love about Disney World
Even the ride queues are entertaining. Unlike standard amusement park metal maze lines, the lines for most rides in Disney World are part of the theme of the ride. The queue area for the Dumbo ride is half the fun!
You can feel like you’re in a different world. The theming is so great at both the parks and the resort hotels, you can hardly tell you’re still at Disney World. When I walk the quiet path around the lake at Caribbean Beach Resort, I feel like I’m in the Caribbean. Inside an art gallery in Epcot, I feel like I’m in Morocco.
It brings feelings of nostalgia. I’ve been going to Disney World since I was a baby. I vividly remember when I visited in 2nd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade and as an adult. When I go on a ride with my kids, I remember going on the same ride with my parents. Priceless.
Disney World is constantly changing, and no visit is ever the same as last time. Unless you’re a local who visits Disney World every week, chances are you will experience something new on every trip. Disney is constantly adding and changing rides and shows. On our next trip, we will get to see the new Pandora, The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. And of course a few years later, we will have to go back to see the new Star Wars Land. Darn you, Disney, for creating reasons for us to keep coming back!
Leana: What I Hate about Disney World
Let me start by saying that every family should visit Disney World at least once. It is impressive and your kids will go crazy for it, guaranteed. That being said, if you are a family on a budget, you have to understand that it’s CRAZY EXPENSIVE. Let me repeat it again: CRAZY EXPENSIVE. There is just no way around it. Are you OK with paying $5 for an ice cream cone inside the parks?
Sure, you can use travel rebates or bonuses, but it’s not like you can’t utilize them elsewhere. Heck, even a Disney gift card from Disney Visa can be resold (though admittedly, at a loss). At least consider a short (non-Disney) cruise from Cape Canaveral or a trip to the beach with your sign-up bonus windfall.
The point is, the park admission, the overpriced food and on-property hotels, those things will quickly add up. So, yes, you should go, but count the costs before you do. I live in Florida and have access to discounted multi-park ticket options. In fact, I thought about taking my kids to Disney this year.
But nope, we have too many things planned already, so Mickey will have to wait. We might take my parents to Epcot if they come to visit us at the end of 2018. Till then, we are opting for an annual pass to Legoland. Cheaper and just as good.
OK, maybe it’s like comparing apples to oranges, but still…
Another thing I hate about Disney is how crowded the parks are, especially Magic Kingdom. I know you can get a Fast Pass, but since we don’t stay on-property (too expensive), the most popular rides are already reserved by the time we enter the park.
Magic Kingdom is just not designed for the type of crowds it gets on a daily basis. If you go around holidays or during spring break, you will be competing with thousands of people for a handful of decent rides. Good luck. You are gonna need it. Bwahahaha! 🙂
Readers, where do you stand on Disney World? Love it, hate it, or tolerate it?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.