Disney World VS Anywhere Else

What will it take for an annual visitor to give up her trip to Disney World? Just think about it, there are so many other wonderful places to see in this country as well as numerous other countries. I can tell you that I have been wondering about that question, especially for the past year or so, and I have yet to find an answer.

In October 1 2009, the Walt Disney Family Museum opened to the public. Inside its door is a treasure-trove of items from the life and achievements of this great man whom I so would have loved to have met. It is rich in history, a gem to those of us who are interested in the true knowledge of who Walt was according to those closest to him. I want to visit this museum so badly I would do anything – anything except give up my annual trip to Disney World.



The problem is that our family can only take one vacation per year. The Walt Disney Family Museum is in San Francisco and our annual trip is in Orlando, so you can understand why it is hard to fit in. My husband and I talked last year about foregoing our annual trip to Disney World this November and traveling to California instead. I even ordered books from the California Visitors Center and started gathering information about where we could go, in addition to the museum.

We hadn’t been at the Port Orleans-Riverside for an hour last November when my husband said, “We can’t go to California…and not come back here next year.” I whole-heartedly agreed.

There are many other places I would love to visit in addition to the museum. Being raised by the beach, I am drawn to beautiful beach destinations. A well-known fact that any Disney World lover knows, though, is that you can visit many places while at Disney World. Sure, I would love a beach destination — how about Jamaica or the South Pacific? All I would need to do is book a reservation at the Polynesian Resort or the Caribbean Beach Resort. If I would rather party in New Orleans, I could choose to stay at one of the Port Orleans Resorts. Another dream of mine is visiting Martha’s Vineyard and other areas of New England. I can get a great taste of these beautiful locations by staying at Disney’s Yacht Club or Beach Club Resorts.

So, what does it take for a Disney nut to give up her trip? I don’t know, but I know one thing; whatever it is, I hope it never happens because I have a feeling it would be something terrible. What is funny is that after our first trip in 2000 we were contacted by the Disney Vacation Club and did not sign up because we were not sure the expense would be worth it to us, not knowing whether or not we would be able to use it. Twelve trips later we are scratching our heads wondering if we would be taking trips nearly for free by now.

By doing a little research, you can get so many extras from your Disney trip. It is not just a theme park, but is truly a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. When the imagineers begin to create resorts following a certain theme, they imagine it down to every last detail – creating as much authenticity as possible. You can visit many different places during your vacation to the most magical place on earth.

As for my wish to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, I made a call to the staff to find out if they might arrange a traveling exhibit at some point, as I really would love to learn all I can about Walt. She told me it is possible that they might try to arrange something of that nature — possibly as soon as 2012. So for now, I will just have to hang in there and wait to see which comes first, a trip to San Francisco or a traveling exhibit to Texas.

When you take your next trip to Disney World, I certainly hope you will enjoy every minute of it — no matter where on Earth you are visiting during your trip.

Brenda (138 Posts)

Brenda is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner with Pixie Vacations, has her own blog, Ideally Disney, and loves writing for Chip and Co. She is also a regular contributor for Disney Food Report. Her articles focus on family experiences, tips, food and Disney vacation planning. Contact her at Brenda@PixieVacations.com.