How Big A Disney Fanatic Are You.?

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How Big A Disney Fanatic Are You.?

Wow!... eek I'm super jealous when I read some of my British friends on here go on multiple trips to WDW in one year..I can understand if living in the states, especially within striking distance of the magic, go several times. But living 3000 miles away,plus the expense of a two week vacation,and more so if staying onsite, especially if your resort is a deluxe..The reason I posed this question was yesterday I spoke to a old musician friend who is going for the first time with his wife, daughter, and one grandchild in October, but staying offsite in I Drive..Its costing me almost PS3.500 ( That's almost five thousand dollars) for our package including Disney park tickets, he told me..When I told him my vacation next year was almost double that, he said I was crazy..But I told him it's a two yearly pilgrimage and we save like mad ( doing a cheap vacation the year between our Disney visit ) ..He said I must be a complete fanatical to spend that kinda money.. laugh Maybe I am, but I don't regret it..So now to my main question..( hope it's not too personal) What is your yearly expenditure to Disney, including travel, resorts, tickets, spending money,etc..The complete total ( approx ) for your Mickey fix. mickey

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Sorry but yes, that is getting a little too personal! Especially on an open forum.

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Sorry but yes, that is getting a little too personal! Especially on an open forum.

Ok..Point taken...Wasn't wanting any exact details, ( like bank details ) just curious how much people spend on their love of Disney vacations..Example...My most expensive meal for three people at Disney at this moment is 300 dollars ( including tip ) Over here friends would have me locked up for being insane...

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Without giving away too much details, enough that most people think I am crazy; however, you only live once and Disney is something that I really love. We also stay in the value resorts, eat mostly QS, and live in the US, but it is still a decent amount of money. I save in other parts of my life to be able to enjoy my trips every year.

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I think my family and I are the typical Disney family and to certain point fanatics mickey .

My wife and I went to Disney on our honeymoon (back in the late 70's) and have been going to WDW ever since then. It is rare when we do not have our AP current, and even stranger when we do not visit WDW at least once or twice a year (yes, we live in FL beach )

Our kids have been going to the parks since they were babies, and they can attest that they grew up yeah at the parks.

As soon as we heard of DVC, we bought into it, sight unseen stars . Back then, DVC members staying at a resort had free entry into the Parks (until Dec 1999). That earned me the best father award for many years laugh .

We even purchased one of those family bricks (you know, with your families first name on it, etc.) at the MK in the early 90's! But after a decade it faded and Disney replaced it without letting us know sad

We even traveled on DCL inauguration of the Disney Magic, got the Inauguration pin and all.

So yes, I think we are a typical Disney fanatic family (to certain point), but after reading this forum for a few years, I would probably have to bow out, & give that title to some of our forum esteemed members; true Disney fanatics. Crown

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Removed comment because of the 563 non-members mickey

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The last time I looked at the stats, there were 3 forum members and 564 GUESTS looking at this forum. It's not the 3 members I worry about, it's the 564 guests that I know nothing about that bothers me. All it takes is one to cause problems NOT the other 563 Disney lovers checking out out website because they are curious about DISNEY for Grownups

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I don't disclose such information.

Hey no problems..I'm cool..

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Vettelover wrote:
The last time I looked at the stats, there were 3 forum members and 564 GUESTS looking at this forum. It's not the 3 members I worry about, it's the 564 guests that I know nothing about that bothers me. All it takes is one to cause problems NOT the other 563 Disney lovers checking out out website because they are curious about DISNEY for Grownups

Hmm.Very good point.I never thought about that..I've often noticed very few members that are on line yet hundreds of people looking in..Now you've got me spooked.. gaah In fact some days I come on here and it's only me.. eek

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Ah you've inadvertently hit a hot button there Watchmaker. wink Money is such a funny, uncomfortable topic for many people. I think it's interesting though because I would most certainly rather post about money I spent at WDW than post my picture. It's the reason I don't post trip reports...I won't ever post pictures of myself, my DH or anyone else I ever take there. While I enjoy looking at all of your pictures I think you're all very brave for doing so.

Anywho, I will say that for a 6 day vacation at a moderate resort I won't pay more than $4500 for everything and even that's the very top limit.

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Ah you've inadvertently hit a hot button there Watchmaker. wink Money is such a funny, uncomfortable topic for many people. I think it's interesting though because I would most certainly rather post about money I spent at WDW than post my picture. It's the reason I don't post trip reports...I won't ever post pictures of myself, my DH or anyone else I ever take there. While I enjoy looking at all of your pictures I think you're all very brave for doing so.

Anywho, I will say that for a 6 day vacation at a moderate resort I won't pay more than $4500 for everything and even that's the very top limit.

Understand..At this moment there's 8 guests and 518 looking thro the glass ( so to speak ) In my first job I was told by my boss they are certain things we don't talk about here..Religion..Football ( soccer ) ..Politics..and Money... awesome

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No worries Watchmaker, I think I answered your intended question; "How Big A Disney Fanatic Are You?". mickey

Did I mention that after our kids got out of High School, we visited Orlando/WDW almost every other month? Cool

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I won't be specific but I will give you an idea of what's involved in our yearly visits. Being locals, we do WDW very different from most of the other people on the forum.
Each year consists of:
-2 Fl resident AP-at renewel price.
-35-40 Hotel nights-never on site but always in a 4star or up off site Hotel.
-35-40 days of food-Food doesn't matter at all to us when we are at WDW, so we keep our food cost pretty low. We rarely eat at TS, usually just one CS meal a day in the parks, a snack or two each in the parks and we eat breakfast and usually dinner in our hotel room.
-A few "special treats" each year-MVMCP & MNSSHP tickets, and Minnie's Holiday dinner at Hollywood and Vine are this year's Fall "special treats" for us.

If I include all our incidentals like gas in the car, our Petsitter, etc... Our annual price for our 35-40 days spent at WDW is nowhere near the cost of your vacation next year, not by a very LONG shot.

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How much do we spend on Disney trips? I can safely say more than we can actually afford. But we aren't getting any younger so we're going to do it now and have very happy memories when we're old and broke.

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Emilio wrote:
No worries Watchmaker, I think I answered your intended question; "How Big A Disney Fanatic Are You?". mickey

Did I mention that after our kids got out of High School, we visited Orlando/WDW almost every other month? Cool

Cheers

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The Watchmaker wrote:
So now to my main question..( hope it's not too personal) What is your yearly expenditure to Disney, including travel, resorts, tickets, spending money,etc..The complete total ( approx ) for your Mickey fix. mickey

Yea - I'm not going to answer that. I don't think that you can answer the question of how big a Disney fanatic someone is with a dollar sign.

Let me try to answer it another way. I was raised in Illinois - it's a 24 hour drive from my hometown to Kissimmee. I have been traveling to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or taking a Disney cruise at least once a year (sometimes as many a three times a year) since 1972. With a scant handful of exceptions I have stayed at a Disney hotel. The number of days that I spend, and the number of people traveling with me always changes, so a putting a dollar value on it is not really any sort of gauge.

Disney, is my life, for better or worse. I shop Disney, I buy the products of Disney sponsors because Disney introduced them to me, I see Disney movies, I buy Disney books and music. Disney was the focus of both my careers, first in hospitality management, and now as a writer. My children love Disney. We own DVC. I have STRONG opinions on just about any Park point you can imagine. And for all of that - I am NOT a "superfan." Now, people argue this point with me all the time, but really, I'm not. I have huge holes in my movie and early studios knowledge. What I am in a Parks girl, and that's what makes me light up.

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How much do we spend on Disney trips? I can safely say more than we can actually afford. But we aren't getting any younger so we're going to do it now and have very happy memories when we're old and broke.

I can say the same!

It has for sure been on the up swing the last couple of years but whose hasn't?

I agree with Kristen... I don't think a $$ amount defines it. If the magic is in you then there is no getting around it money or not. When we weren't going as much a few years back, it was movies, toys, tshirts and such (well, that's $ too LOL)

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I would have a hard time coming up with a number anyway. DVC really muddies the waters as far as keeping track of how much you're *really* spending. I know it's a good value because in total last year, we spent about 40% of what it would have cost us on average to take similar trips while paying cash. I can do math well enough to know that a 60% off sale is one worth taking advantage of!!

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Ok, so how much PSPSPSPS's we spend on vacations aside, I'd say we're pretty big Disney fans. We've a huge collection of nik-naks from trips and Disney in general, a massive collection of movies and pictures/photos galore. But another passion is tattoos, so combining the two is awesome. Always gotta show love for Disney!!!!!!!

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I'm roughly 6 foot tall and 200 lbs.

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Haha @ The Colonel's reply...not at him, mind...he's just a little bit of a bigger fan than me - about an inch or so! Tongue

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The Colonel wrote:
I'm roughly 6 foot tall and 200 lbs.

Good one!

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The Colonel wrote:
I'm roughly 6 foot tall and 200 lbs.

Colonel's a bigger fan than me! gaah Sad( I've got to get a pair of those stilts that the thorn walkers use for Festival of Fantasy.

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TinkASL wrote:
Ah you've inadvertently hit a hot button there Watchmaker. wink Money is such a funny, uncomfortable topic for many people. I think it's interesting though because I would most certainly rather post about money I spent at WDW than post my picture. It's the reason I don't post trip reports...I won't ever post pictures of myself, my DH or anyone else I ever take there. While I enjoy looking at all of your pictures I think you're all very brave for doing so.

Anywho, I will say that for a 6 day vacation at a moderate resort I won't pay more than $4500 for everything and even that's the very top limit.

I am kind of in the camp with Tink about TRs these days too. I really looovvvee to read them but have concerns on many levels about posting lots of info especially that includes pics. But pics just of Disney stuff are awesome! mickey

And I agree with Kristen and others - I definitely uber support the Disney brand in almost every way. muchlove and will continue to do so!

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Sitting here in the NICU telling my grandsons that I will take them to WDW some day.....that is a fanatic!!!

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Given how everyone lists their past and future plans and what resort they stay at, you can do the math! If you just want to know what a good price is for a certain resort, ask away! I love talkin money and savings! I'm a big DISNEY RESORTS fan. The movies are good too.

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Hey Mr. Hub,
I was looking at the video you did of me and Jan yesterday and brought back some wonderful memories and some tears. I want to thank you again. I guess you know what kind of fans we were. Good to have made friends like you and Vettelover.
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subvetss wrote:
Hey Mr. Hub,
I was looking at the video you did of me and Jan yesterday and brought back some wonderful memories and some tears. I want to thank you again. I guess you know what kind of fans we were. Good to have made friends like you and Vettelover.
Joe

You're very welcome Subvetss! Glad to see you in here again, we've missed you. I was just looking at that video not to long ago my self and yes, you two were the ultimate fans for sure!!!!!! Friends are for ever!!!!!!!