I’m going to Disney World! (In seven years)

by Debt Destroyer on February 7, 2009

Disneyworld castle

Millions of us just watched the Superbowl and its tradition to have a player yell at the camera and say that he’s going to Disney World (This year Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes got to go).

We here at the DD household have also caught Disney fever. You won’t be seeing us scream into cameras or anything like that.  But we are very excited none-the-less.  In fact, we just added it to our Wish List.

Yep, well be there sometime in…2016.

Well, we figured there’s no rush.

I’ve been there a couple of times in my life.  First with my family and then later with my High School Marching Band.  Both trips were a blast!  But my wife has never been there, actually she hasn’t been too many places. So I figure it’s time that she gets out & about.

But how cruel would it be to go to Disney World without the kids?

My kids are of course big fans of the movies.  We’ve recently checked out The Lion King from the library and now the only game my daughter & I play is called “Lion King” (We act out scenes from the movie with a stuffed Simba).

So we figured we better wait until they get older so they too can enjoy the trip.  The way we figure it in 2016 our kids will 11,9, & 6.  The six year old is a mythical child who doesn’t even exist, but I’m picking up some subtle hints that they’ll be joining us sooner rather than later.  Such as:

“Lets have another kid.”

“When we have 3 kids next year…”

“Lets shoot for a February birthday this time.”

You can make fun of most husbands for not being very observant, but I’m a sharp one.

Now, I can only imagine what it will cost for a family of five to go to anywhere in seven years, much less Disney World.   But this timeframe will give us plenty of time to save up and study up for the best deals.

If any of you out there are planning a trip sooner than me, be sure to check out Mousesavers. It looks like it’s full of great ways to save money on a Disney Trip.

I hope to be able to take lots of family vacations.  We’ll start out with smaller ones like trips to the Black Hills and Wisconsin Dells.  Then after the Disney Trip we’ll mix in Wash DC, NYC & Hawaii. When the kids are gone, the Mrs & I would like to travel outside the country (Europe & Asia).

Hey if you’re gonna dream, dream big right?

So trusty readers, do you have any travel plans that you’re saving up for? They can be short term or long term?  It’ll be fun to see where everybody is going.

Until next time,


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

celticbuffy February 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

I’m hoping to be able to get to Montana this summer to visit a cousin, go with the kids and my parents to Kansas City, but I’d be happy with just managing a quick trip to the city of A. in the northern part of our state to see my niece and nephew! (Yes, I’d like to see their parents too!).
Long term, we have Disneyworld, Las Vegas, NYC, Washington DC, New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto, Mexico, and I won’t even get started on all of the countries I want to make it to.


The Weakonomist February 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I was very disappointed the first time I went to Disney World. This is mostly because I thought there were more rides. But the sheconomist loves it and I’ve since been back with her.

We are getting married this year so I am saving for our honeymoon. We’re lookin at Jamaica.


Bobbi February 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

I would like to take my mom to see relatives in Eugene OR and head up to Seattle sometime this year. I have been to Portland and just loved it. The people are so nice and the scenery is out of this world, very special for this Florida girl! I am saving to go to Greece for a big trip in May 2010.


Kristy @ Master Your Card February 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I’ve never been to Disneyworld either, but the thing is, I don’t really have a desire to go. I’m sure it would be a blast and all, but while I like theme parks, I’m just not as into them as I used to be. That said, I am currently saving up for the Harry Potter theme park they are building out there. I am one of the biggest Harry Potter nerds you’ll ever meet – though I didn’t dress up for any of the book events, I’m not that bad. Still, I go to the movies at midnight, stood in line for 5 hours for the last book, read them constantly, bought the Harry Potter wand, bought a book on how to play Quidditch…you get the point.

The park doesn’t actually open until 2010, so I’ve got some time to save for that. Ultimately, though, my plan is to have $5k in my travel fund at all times for things just like this. We’ll see if I can make it happen this year.


Cathy February 9, 2009 at 3:45 am

Haha, I’m a Harry Potter fan too. The theme park sounds great. Well, I have a year and a couple of months (more or less) to save up for it!


Ed February 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

Once you’ve been to Disney World, every other theme park is ruined. In 2006, we went to DW then a few months later to Hershey Park in PA. That was a downer.

My wife rarely stops talking about DW.


The Happy Rock February 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

@Ed – I don’t know. I went to DW once when I was 12 and was completely underwhelmed. I had gobs more fun at local parks like Knoebel’s Grove, Dorney Park, King’s Dominion etc. By the way, I am not a big fan of Hershey Park. I may have been to old, but I never was branded Disney as a child.

No one in the family now has any desire to go. I doubt that our 3 year old would even know what or who Disney and their characters are.

Knoebel’s Grove is a great family park that is reasonable close by in mid state Pennsylvania.


Debt Destroyer February 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

@celticbuffy – Come on Up! But it will probably be easier to have a lake meet-up.

@ The Weakonomist – Jamaica sounds fun. But be careful I’ve heard some horror stories too.

@ Bobbi – Portland is a nice area. I had an uncle who used to live outside Eugene. My Dad & I visited him once, it was a fun trip.

@ Kristie – So you’re not into them parks but you can’t wait for the Harry Potter theme park to open 😉

@ Cathy – Go Harry Go!

@ Ed – One summer in my youth I went to Valley Fair, 6 Flags, Opry Land, & Disney World. I liked Disney the best, but not for the rides. I like the whole experience.

For example I haven’t been to DW since the early 90s, back then I really liked the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I think I liked the story telling aspect of it. If I was looking for a thrill ride, I would’ve been bummed.

@ The Happy Rock – That is interesting that your kids have avoided Disney influence so far. Winnie the Pooh came into our home from day one and it snowballed from there.


Paul Riley October 7, 2009 at 8:41 am

Hi there, found your article very interesting, my family and I have recently returned from a fortnight in Orlando visiting Disney.

We had decided that now would be the ideal time as our two existing kids are 7 and 9 and so would be the right age to enjoy it, not too old, yet not too young.

As it turns out child number three is now on the way so ironically it will probably be a couple of years before we could think about returning to Disney World.

Most important thing to remember is that Disney is particularly exciting with kids who still enjoy the magic, don’t leave it until they are teenagers otherwise you will miss the magic in their faces.

I am in the process of blogging our experiences so if you want to have a read please visit my website.

Love the blog.



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