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keith
16-02-2014, 04:29 PM
I guess if you asked me that question ten years ago I'd say, well every day? (looking at you as if you were mad) but now, with staying off site and so on, it feels like we're rarely at Disney and when we do go, it's only for a specific thing like a restaurant booking or to see the fireworks. I can't remember the last time we stayed a whole day at a park!

How about you?

Britchick
16-02-2014, 04:39 PM
we don't tend to do whole days in the park and i do need days off getting up early to go. We tend to go more at the beginning of the holiday and get there for rope drop then we calm down a bit and visit only for a couple of hours or like you for a reservation or fireworks. It will be interesting to see what difference being off site makes if any next time. We don't tend to use the buses when Jon is with us any way as sometimes it's quicker to take the car.

Johnie
16-02-2014, 05:00 PM
We tend to go every day.

Mags
16-02-2014, 05:07 PM
If we are there for 16 - 17 days every day we will visit except the two we put aside for shopping.

Mags

Beccaberry
16-02-2014, 05:14 PM
I guess if you asked me that question ten years ago I'd say, well every day? (looking at you as if you were mad)

I guess, in many ways, I'm still like that today. This past trip, when we stayed at Beach Club, we REALLY thought there would be days when we did nothing but enjoy the resorts. And , for the most part, we did. But each time, we would find ourselves saying, "OOOH, why don't we pop over to the World Showcase for lunch!" Or, "Hey, it's almost 9:00pm, wanna wander over for the fireworks?" So, even on the days when we didn't "go" to the parks, we still went to the parks.

I think it might be different if we were in a villa, maybe. Or not. :D

Tony G
16-02-2014, 05:52 PM
On trips with the family, usually every other day as an average.

When I'm on my own, usually far less - I tend to just visit the parks that have changed since my last visit.

Don't worry, Becca, if you find a villa near enough to the parks, you'll still find yourself 'popping' there and back for short visits/respites.

Beccaberry
16-02-2014, 06:35 PM
Don't worry, Becca, if you find a villa near enough to the parks, you'll still find yourself 'popping' there and back for short visits/respites.

We've stayed in a condo (offsite) a couple of times, and you're right, we still found ourselves visiting the parks each day. I think, too, part of the difference is that my trips (being in the U.S.) usually consist of 5-7 days vs. most U.K. visitors who typically stay longer. I think if I were there for 2 weeks, I absolutely *would* spend days elsewhere.

Tony G
16-02-2014, 07:10 PM
Of course, that's a good point. For us, half the allure of Florida is the American experience itself, which you, being American, just call life.

Beccaberry
16-02-2014, 07:33 PM
Of course, that's a good point. For us, half the allure of Florida is the American experience itself, which you, being American, just call life.

Yes exactly. Likewise, I can't IMAGINE visiting the UK and only visiting a single attraction!

lisaw
16-02-2014, 08:23 PM
Apart from the odd day trip out we spend at least part of every day at the parks, that's what I go for!

Wendy
16-02-2014, 09:52 PM
I don't go nearly as much as I used to, we never go for full days anyway, so I guess we just pop in when we feel like it or if there is something I want to see or do.

BUTTERHEAD1
17-02-2014, 02:48 AM
Our summer trips are on average about 9-10 nights long and during that time we may take 1 or 2 days to kick back and have some pool time. I really don't like taking days off.

Slowhand
17-02-2014, 09:14 PM
Nowadays we tend to spend most of the time at our villa or seeing other parts of Florida.
We do however set aside a few days to stay on -site to get our Disney "fix" and then to just come and go to the parks if we feel like it at the time. It has become a tradition though to dine at the YSH on our first and last nights .
We seldom spend a whole day in the parks and also we adopt the rule of "If the wait time for any ride is over 20 minutes" then forget it !

BUTTERHEAD1
18-02-2014, 03:01 AM
We usually get down to Florida a few days before we start our Disney portion of the trip. We use that time to relax and rest before our Disney marathon begins.

Isafari
18-02-2014, 07:55 AM
If our trip was three weeks long then we would have one day out of the parks each week for pool/shopping. A two week trip sees us at the parks every day.
We usually spend the full day at the parks too but less than half of those days may be Disney. We also love the Universal parks, BG, SW and there are plenty of other attractions we like and visit.

keith
18-02-2014, 09:34 AM
Im starting to feel like a total amateur! we'll probably only be in the parks a few evenings a week

Wendy
18-02-2014, 12:23 PM
Im starting to feel like a total amateur! we'll probably only be in the parks a few evenings a week

There's nothing wrong with that, we're getting the same way. I've actually considered not buying a pass for Disney in the past. It's Chris that's insisted buying because he says that once I am there I will want to go to Epcot :lol: I guess he has a point as tickets over here are cheaper than you buy when you get there.

So, how many of you are shocked that Chris is the one who wants to buy tickets :lol:

Beccaberry
18-02-2014, 01:13 PM
So, how many of you are shocked that Chris is the one who wants to buy tickets :lol:

He and Jon are becoming quite the closet Disneyphiles :)

MystikPiglit
18-02-2014, 01:35 PM
We go every day, unless we've been to US. Even then, we still go to MK or DTD at night. :)

Wendy
18-02-2014, 01:45 PM
He and Jon are becoming quite the closet Disneyphiles :)

Chris was adamant for years, that he only went because I wanted to go. I thought I was being selfish and so I gave him the choice of where we went one year and he said "Florida" as it's like a second home now :lol: He always said he wasn't bothered one way or another about Disney, but he likes to go and even suggests when so long as he can have days off and go to other places other than the parks.

The only thing he says is he doesn't want to go to Hollywood Studios unless I need photos for the site. Also he will only go to Animal Kingdom once on a trip as he finds it too congested and he worries about me getting knocked.

catrancher
18-02-2014, 03:07 PM
We used to go, stay onsite, and spend each and every day in the park. However, the operative words there are "used to".

In 2003 we "discovered" Disney Cruise Lines. Since then, our vacation of choice has been DCL rather than a week at the parks. We still enjoy the parks when we go. But we don't go anywhere as often as we used to. In fact, I think the last time we actually stayed onsite was 2009.

The cruises provide us our necessary Disney fix in a much more relaxed atmosphere. :tan:

Tom ( :macwave:... now, let's see. Where did I leave my deck chair? :sail:)

Slowhand
18-02-2014, 03:41 PM
.... and he said "Florida" as it's like a second home now :lol: He always said he wasn't bothered one way or another about Disney, but he likes to go and even suggests when so long as he can have days off and go to other places other than the parks.

How about getting Chris cruisin` then ? :1a: [Or is that a step too far? ;)]

Wendy
18-02-2014, 04:02 PM
How about getting Chris cruisin` then ? :1a: [Or is that a step too far? ;)]

I'm getting there, very slowly :lol: I will wear him down at some point :D

I was going to try this year and say I really wanted to do a few days for a late birthday present as I am 50 this year. Unfortunately we aren't able to go this year so that plan has gone out of the window.

uscwest
18-02-2014, 05:06 PM
We generally tend to hit a park for at least some portion of the day. This last trip, in December, however, we took several days off to just check out resorts and do some shopping.

Watchinherskip
18-02-2014, 05:16 PM
If we are there for 16 - 17 days every day we will visit except the two we put aside for shopping.

Mags

Wow, that always amazes me! I think I would be over the moon with even 7 days there! Most we ever do is a 5 day hopper. It always amazes me the difference in vacations between the UK and the US.

So the answer for us is...everyday. Have to make the most of it.

Mags
18-02-2014, 06:40 PM
Wow, that always amazes me! I think I would be over the moon with even 7 days there! Most we ever do is a 5 day hopper. It always amazes me the difference in vacations between the UK and the US.

So the answer for us is...everyday. Have to make the most of it.

Since we go every three years, we have to make the most of it as it takes a lot of money to pay for a Florida holiday. We go to Universal once and IoA twice. We also visit Seaworld twice and Busch once. We have two days for shopping and then the rest of the time is spent in Disney parks and water parks. It really isn't too difficult. Honestly. :)

Mags

Shamrock
28-03-2014, 12:28 PM
The last time I went to WDW was in 2010 with a friend and I went into the parks all 7 days of my vacation.

DisneyFreak
28-03-2014, 12:31 PM
If we are staying onsite (like we will be in December) for a seven night stay, we will probably get a 5 or 6 day length of stay pass. We like to have 1 or 2 days away from the parks to do other things or relax a bit.