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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005
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    Default How Long Have You Stayed Away!

    After visiting DW for around the 35th time in 24 years, I have vowed to wait until 2016 to return. Have any of you taken the "time out" pledge now or in the past? If in the past, how long did you stay away?? I'm staying away to allow the changes at the parks and DD to take effect so I will be wowed when I do return. I'm sure I'll miss the Magic.
    (40) CB -91,95,08,13 (2)
    Poly-93, 01 Port Orl FQ - 97,98, 09, 10 Riverside 01, 09, 18 Coronado -99,08
    BC - 01,03,05,06,07
    Disneyland 03 AK - 06 Pop-14,18 All Star 14, 18 Movies 17
    Christmas at WL 06,07
    Saratoga Springs - 07,10
    WL - 06, 07,10 Epcot 08
    GF - 11 YC - 12, 16
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  3. #2
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    Mar 2006
    Carousel of Progress, FL
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  4. #3
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    Jul 2001
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    In the past, we've gone 3 years or so before trips mainly because that was all finances would allow. In recent years, we've visited every year, sometimes more than once. However, at this point in time, I have no plans to visit Disney World at any time in 2015 - just have different plans for the year.
    Linda aka: Faline
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  5. #4
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    Mar 2007
    Philadelphia Area
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    We did back to back visits in 2011 and 2012 and at the end of the trip, my husband and I decided that an annual trip was a little too frequent for our family. The last two years we have been moving and dealing with illnesses in our family, so this is the first year that we are seriously considering going back. Kind of nervous about the many construction projects though.
    Engineer by Day... Imagineer in my Dreams!

  6. #5
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    Aug 2013
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    The longest we have stayed away was 5 years. Kids in school, tuition, roof over head, food on the table. You get the picture

    That was years ago. Now we visit every year or two
    First WDW Trip 1984
    30+ Trips since 1984
    Disneyland 4 Visits
    Disneyland Paris 2010
    40th Wedding Anniversary December 2013
    Disney Cruises 2: Magic 2005, Fantasy 2012
    Last Trip October 2017
    Next Trip November 2019

  7. #6
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    Feb 2004
    Lafayette, Louisiana
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    For the past 3-4 years or so I have vowed to "take a year away" from Disney. I was never able to stay away....until last year.

    We did not visit WDW at all in 2014. We did 2 big trips in 2013 and just felt burnt out on Disney! I know, I know, hard to imagine. Our trips for the past several years were something like every 6 to 9 months. At this time the last trip to Disney for us was 1 year and 2 months ago, and we have no current trips booked at this time. The last time we skipped a year in Disney was in 2005 I think.

    Looking at possibly going in early summer with my kids while DH has a military obligation, but haven't booked anything yet. I have to say I hadn't been this excited about a possible trip in a very long time. So I must have needed this break!

    Resorts we've stayed at in 20+ trips: ASMo, ASMu, ASSp, PC, CSR, CBR, POR, POFQ, WL, AKL Jambo, AKL Kidani, Poly, Contemporary, BC, YC, BWV, OKW, SSR, Swan, Shades of Green, Vero Beach, Disneyland Resort

    Next Trip: ???

  8. #7
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    Mar 2008
    Huntsville, Alabama
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    We were going 2 or 3 times each year up until the recession. We cut it down to 1 time per year and skipped 2010 due to budget constraints. We skipped 2014 and don't have any plans for 2015 because of all the changes. I just cannot get myself to deal with all of the pre-scheduling. We used to take quick long weekend trips but it requires way to much planning now to make those happen. We haven't even hardly eaten in sit down restaurants onsite since the started the 180 day ADR's and now you have to do FP's 60 days out.....I hate it.

    We have been going to other destinations more the past 5 years or so and have had some really good trips. One of the best was to Washington DC for 4 days, Busch Gardens and Williamsburg for a couple days and then Virginia Beach to wrap up the trip.

  9. #8
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    Feb 2010
    York, PA
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    My last visit was early December 2013..... My next visit will be late April/early May 2015......

    That is about as long of a gap between visits as I have had since I first started visiting in 2003.

    (NOTE: I just looked at my signature on this and saw a big gap 2011 - 2013.....Divorce proceedings kept me away.)

    Walt Disney World:
    9/03 - CBR
    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18; 10/18 - PC
    5/15 - POR

    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

    Next up: ????

  10. #9
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    Mar 2014
    North East, Ohio
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    4 years for us. Not going this year, but already wishing we were. June 2016 sounds like the next trip.

    August 2004 - POR
    May 2006 - POF (Honeymoon Trip)
    September 2006 - Royal Pacific (Universal Studios)
    April 2007 - POR
    July 2009 - CBR
    June 2013 - CBR
    June 2014 - POF

    June 2016 - POLY
    June 2017 - AKL
    June 2018 - BC

  11. #10
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    Jan 2009
    New Bern North Carolina
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    The last three trips have all been for big celebrations - Hubs and I's 20th anniversary, DD's HS graduation and in June for youngest DS's HS graduation.

    Finances and other events (children getting married, etc) are usually our factors in why our timing seems to be every three or so years.
    6/2015 POP Celebrating Youngest Son's HS graduation and my birthday.
    6/2012 POFQ Celebrating Daughter's HS graduation and my birthday
    01/2009 ASMu 20th anniversary
    12/2004 ASMu
    12/2001 POR
    12/1982 OffSite, 04/1987 OffSite

  12. #11
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    Jan 2014
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    I havent been since december 2012. During that trip, they did a computer change over and their reservations system was unaccessible. Even though our vacation was pre-paid, we were forced to pay out of pocket for a day and a half until the computers came back up. At that point, it took about an hour and a half to work out our reimbursement.

    Shortly thereafter, the whole FP+ thing got rolling, and we have been out ever since. Nevermind that we visited once or twice a year since 1989. I place no trust at all in disney and their computers. They have shown time and time again they bite off more than they can chew.

  13. #12
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    Apr 2008
    Bethel Park, PA
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    Default Staying away

    We stayed away for about six years in the late 1990s to 2003. Since then we have probably been doing to many WDW trips. I just said to the wife since we visited Disney three times in the last 12 months, we have GOT to give it a rest for a while, as tough as it might be.
    * 1997 - Caribbean Beach
    * 2003 - Beach Club
    * 2004 - Downtown Disney
    * 2004 - ASS
    * 2005 - ASS
    * 2006 - Disneyland
    * 2008 - CSR
    * 2009 - CSR
    * 2010 - Beach Club
    * 2012 - CSR - (2)
    * 2013 - POP
    * 2013 - ASM
    * 2014 - Pop (2)
    * 2015 - CSR
    * 2017 - POP
    * 2019 - POP

  14. #13
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    Jul 2004
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    That’s a good one being that my AP's are coming to an end this March. I was thinking about skipping the magic for about a year, so all the changes that are underway can happen, BUT if I do this I will have to put a new down payment for all the tickets and that will be a big expense (family of 5) so I really need to think about this one.. We have been going so much lately that it is getting a little crazy, but I love the flexability of going with AP's ahh if there was any way I could freeze my tickets I would really think about taking a break..

    We go aleast 4 times a year mostly long weekends. It seems everytime I try to not go for a while someone in the family gets the bug
    Been there, done that and going back!!! See ya real soon !!!

  15. #14
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    Oct 2012
    Opelousas, Louisiana
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    For us it was 11 years! Went for our honeymoon in 2002 and didn't go back until Feb. of 2013 for the 1st time with our kids. Then an almost 2 year span from Feb. 2013 to the end of Dec. of 2014. I'm excited though because we just got back a couple of weeks ago and we're going back in June!
    Wife to James
    Mom to Cassidy & Kenzie
    Disney Honeymoon~~Aug. '02 Off Property
    1st Family Trip~~Feb. '13 ASMovies
    Surprise Trip!! Dec. 2014!!! Off Property
    Next trip booked! July 2015! Wyndham Bonnet Creek!!

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