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Going to Disney World Multiple Times a Year



By Dave Shute

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Welcome to those of you joining me from the Magik Mouse and those of you just hopping aboard!

I am the 4th stop on Magical Blogorail Teal. Enjoy the ride as this month we share our favorite Disney World splurges.

GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD FOUR TO SIX TIMES A YEAR

So since I started working on this site about eight years ago, and launched it around 5 years ago,   I’ve been going to Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.net’s World Headquarters–Northeast Ohio–a lot

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…usually four to six time a year–as you can tell from my disboards signature above.

There’s two reasons for this splurge: because I can…and because I must.

GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD BECAUSE I CAN

Usually one trip a year is with the whole family, and another is associated with a conference in Orlando related to my general business (I’m a strategist), or to a specific client I’m serving.

Family trips are tied to a big event worth seeing, and also worth reporting on the site–for example, in 2012 it was the opening of New Fantasyland, and in 2011 the Magic Kingdom’s 40th anniversary.  But these are mostly just vacations…even though I will drive my family crazy by how scheduled these visits can get: “We have to get to Epcot now to get Fastpasses for the renovated Test-Track!”

Business trips are typically tied to building my skills as a strategist (e.g. the Disney Analytic and Optimization Summit in 2012), or to a specific subject matter I need to learn more about related to a client I’m serving–hence a visit to a Medical Simulation professional society meeting in January of 2013, and a planned visit to a health care IT conference in Orlando in late February 2014. On these trips I arrive early, stay late…or both…and stay in a Disney World hotel or three…

So a couple of visits a year come became they can, as part of our family vacation plans, or my professional development goals…which oddly enough just happen to synchronize with Orlando meetings!  Go figure…

GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD BECAUSE I MUST

The other trips…well, over time, as this site has developed a deep and faithful readership, it’s become pretty clear that people expect pretty quickly news on key changes as they occur at Walt Disney World–reports on new hotels and rides, and on updates and refurbishments.

Keeping up with the hotels is a particular challenge, as there are so many of them, and they are refurbed so often.  Well, it may not seem that often to you, but with 30-ish hotels having, typically, refurbs every 5 years…that’s six hotels a year.

I have stayed in every Disney World owned and operated lodging option, and for those with distinctive room types, all the major room types as well.  I’m not sure anyone else who writes a site like this has done so…This creates a very distinctive body of material for those of you checking out the reviews on where to stay.

But it’s also a lot of time, work, and money!

Luckily you all are kind enough to patronize the sponsors of the site, and find some of the ads on the site of interest too.  These actions by you basically pay for all the visits (and the other expenses of the site as well) and allow me to splurge on making all these trips!

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10 comments

1 Melissa { 08.27.13 at 8:45 am }

Will you adopt my husband and I? 🙂 I know a lot of people probably don’t understand how much work you put into these trips. Thank you for all that you do!

2 Lisa @home is where the mouse is { 08.27.13 at 9:05 am }

You are as devoted to your readers as they are to you! Thanks for what you do to bring your readers the best information.

3 Beth D. { 08.27.13 at 9:12 am }

I can’t wait until I can go several times a year. You clearly bring the best to your readers and are so dedicated to helping them make their trips as magical as possible! Keep splurging – we readers reap the benefits! 🙂

4 Kathy { 08.27.13 at 11:42 am }

I love how part of your splurge is rationalized – “because I must!!” How come when I say that to my husband, he shakes his head?!

5 Heidi { 08.27.13 at 11:51 am }

I love your life, Dave! I envy you.
I’m glad you do what you do – I keep coming back, over and over again!
Thanks!

6 Mary { 08.27.13 at 2:11 pm }

I am only up to 3 per year. But I am getting closer!!

7 Kuleen @ TheDisneyKids.com { 08.27.13 at 2:37 pm }

I’m working my way through all the Disney resorts- Only a few more to go!

8 Dave { 08.28.13 at 7:43 am }

Thanks everybody! I love the “because I must” point…It’s tough but someone has to do it!! 🙂

9 Tom { 08.28.13 at 9:40 am }

Well Dave, we all know “someone” has to make the sacrifice. Thankfully we all have you to act on our behalf :p
Seriously, didn’t consider moving house to Florida and getting and extra discount?

10 Dave { 08.29.13 at 6:57 am }

If I moved to Florida, Tom, I’d have nothing to whine about in February…

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