What are the beliefs that hold you back from planning a Disney destination vacation? I may be able to fact check them for you. As a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations, I spend a lot of my time promoting myself, my business, and, of course, my love of all things Disney. One way I do this is by setting up a booth at local craft fairs, vendor shows, etc. I absolutely LOVE doing this because I get to meet new people in my own area and discover a love of Disney in lots of folks that I already knew. But, at each and every show, I hear many of the same things in regard to Disney World and why someone WOULDN’T go. Now, if you truly aren’t a “Disney person”–don’t like magical fun, or whatever–then so be it. It seems a sad way to live if you ask me, but I can accept that. But if your reasons don’t, in reality, hold water, then I want to be the one to help dispel those thoughts and open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. I seem to have the same 2 pop up over and over again, so those are the 2 will focus on. Let’s hop right to it, shall we?
Myth #1: I don’t have any kids, so I won’t be going to Disney World. A variation on this is that their kids are grown, hence, they apparently don’t believe they can still go to WDW (or Disneyland or on a Disney Cruise!). This one always surprises me since my boys are 16 and 21 and are still as excited about our Disney trips as they were when they were little! Heck, maybe even more. And my parents continue to take yearly trips on their own and love every second of it. Here are just a few quotes from some other ADULTS who do not have small children (all have adult children or no children at all) have to say about why they love visiting Disney parks:
“What keeps us going back is checking out new things, immersing ourselves in the wonderment and magic of it all, and dining!!!”
“The outside world disappears for just a little while. The food, the fun and the magic.”
“I actually, enjoy it as much with my adult children as when they were small. The attractions that were important to us back then, are not as important now. We can take our time and browse through all of the countries in EPCOT. We enjoy taking our time to “smell the roses” (at the Flower and Garden show, of course)! Meals are not as rushed. We can savor all of the flavor!”
I also think a very important thing to remember is that WDW and DL are NOT just Fantasyland! Lots of folks only think of the castle and Fantasyland when they think of a Disney park. That is only a very small part of all that is Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. At Disney World, you actually have 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, plus the Disney Springs (AKA Downtown Disney) area. And trust me, there are plenty of grown-up things to do and lots of ways to get back in touch with your inner child and really feel the magic that is Disney in all of these parks. In Disneyland, there are 2 theme parks as well as the Downtown Disney area. Again, there is so much to see and do (and taste!). If you’re telling yourself Disney is for kids, then remember–there’s a kid in you, too. Let loose, sit back, and enjoy the magical ride that is Disney!
Myth #2: I can’t afford to go to Disney World or Disneyland. Now hold on there! There is a big difference between CAN’T and WON’T. Can’t means you truly cannot afford it (i.e. you have other unknown circumstances that truly prevent you from taking ANY vacation, let alone Disney). Ok, I totally understand that. But if it’s a case of won’t, then we need to talk.
First and foremost, remember that Disney resorts come in different ‘flavors.’ if you will. Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa. That means there is a Disney resort for every budget. Value resorts give you all the fun, whimsy, and magic of Disney at a budget friendly price. Moderate resorts offer more amenities, but still a pretty budget friendly price. Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts are going to give you a more upscale stay with even more amenities and such, but are also a higher price point. But all are great options! And remember, you don’t have to pay for it all up front. Think ahead when considering and plan enough in advance that you can make payments. Yes, you heard me right! You can pay your $200 deposit, then make payments all the way until 30 days prior to travel when your balance in full is due! So, if you’re like me, you plan a year in advance and pay it little by little so, when it’s time to go, everything’s paid in cash and I don’t get those ugly credit card bills when I get home.
Another great idea is to get a credit card with a great rewards program for airline miles and use it to buy groceries, etc. and pay it off every month. This way you can earn FREE airfare just by doing things you would already do anyway! And on a final note, do you like to eat out? Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it all adds up. At $10 a day, 5 days a week, that’s $50. Multiply that times 52 and that’s $2600! WOW!!! So just by cutting out a few seemingly small expenditures and putting that money into a vacation savings account, you can make BIG headway towards your vacation dreams!
I hope I’ve helped dispel a couple of the Disney myths that you or someone you know has believed that stopped from a magical adventure. So what’s the next step? That’s easy! Contact an OLP Travel Pixie and start looking at the magical Disney vacation options out there! Our concierge-style, pixie dusted service is FREE to you! Yep, this is another great way to make the dream happen. Let us help you by ensuring all the details are covered and any available/applicable discounts are applied. We do the leg work and pixie dusting, and you get to enjoy your amazing vacation! It doesn’t get any better than that, right?