So this is one I can completely understand, because I said it repeatedly to members of my own family who take the same beach trip EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR. “We want to see different places,” we would say when they invited us to go along. “We want to travel the world and experience new things.” Well, here we are after five years in a row of vacationing in Disney, and we are hearing the same thing from others. “How do you go to Disney EVERY…YEAR? Doesn’t it get boring or repetitive?” And the short answer is…NO. No, it doesn’t.
Our experience has been unique and new on every trip we have taken over the past 5 years. Obviously, we have hit the same parks and all of our favorite rides on each visit, but we have also discovered new attractions and activities each year. Here are three reasons Disney will never get boring:
- The easiest way to keep a vacation from feeling repetitive is to vary your resort choices. On our trips we have stayed at various All-Star resorts, Port Orleans French Quarter, and most recently, Coronado Springs. The different resorts offer unique theming, dining options, recreational activities, and accommodations. At the French Quarter, we enjoyed the ferry boat transports to Downtown Disney and the quaint New Orleans theming. At Coronado Springs, the kids loved the pool area with the longest water slide of any Disney World resort. Both resorts offered very different experiences.
- Beyond the resorts, Disney World is so vast it is virtually impossible to experience and enjoy everything in a single trip. On our first three family vacations, we went non-stop in the parks every day from rope drop to close, and still there are attractions and shows that we have yet to see. Even with FastPasses and Advanced Dining Reservations, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. So every time we go back to the parks, there are still new experiences waiting. Despite our best efforts, we have yet to make it over to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Magic Kingdom. And it isn’t always a matter of time. It is surprising how often we will stumble on to an experience that we never even knew existed. In a previous article, I wrote about some new character spots that we found on our most recent trip. It wasn’t until our last couple of visits that we even felt comfortable not going to a park every day for fear of missing out on something. Those non-park days, however, open up an entirely new array of options from the myriad of resort activities to Downtown Disney to Orlando area attractions.
- The other aspect that keeps Disney feeling fresh and new is kids. We see a lot of posts asking, “When is the best time to start taking kids to Disney World?” In my opinion the answer is always NOW. Your trips and experiences are going to change based on whether you are traveling with an infant or teenagers, but there is always a unique memory worth making with kids of all ages. Our youngest son celebrated his 2nd birthday at Chef Mickey’s. Every year since, the kids have grown and are able to experience new rides. Their interests have moved from Disney Junior to Big Hero Six and Star Wars, which changes the shows and attractions we go to and the characters we want to meet. Their excitement has yet to diminish with repeated trips and as long as they are having the time of their lives in Disney World, we will continue to make every effort to get them there.
With the seemingly endless accommodation, recreation, dining, and park options available, no two Disney World trips have to be the same. And with new construction, expansions, and updates, Disney continues to change, ensuring new experiences for even the most seasoned Disney guest. So what do you do to keep your Disney trips exciting and new? Are there attractions that you still haven’t made it to after years of visiting? And what changes are making you the most excited about your next Disney vacation?