How short of a getaway is too short?

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How short of a getaway is too short?

My husband and I will celebrate out 15th Wedding Anniversary this year and I would love to get away with him and do something really special. However, since he's in school and will have classes Thursday and Monday, we really only have two nights that we can get away (Friday/Saturday).

My thought is that we could fly out early Friday morning, stay someplace cheap (Pop?) do a monorail crawl & fireworks Friday night, Epcot or Animal Kingdom on Saturday, then Gospel Brunch or Raglan Road Brunch and some Downtown Disney shopping on Sunday morning before flying back on Sunday night. We'd have about a total of 66 hours, 16 of which would be taken up my travel time.

Is it crazy to think that this is possible? Is it just way too short of time to enjoy ourselves?

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For me that would be to much travel time and money spent for a weekend. Even though I would rather be in Disney, I think I would look around locally and see what kind of weekend getaway I could find. Or perhaps, book it for a time other than our actual anniversary when we could do a longer stay.

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For me that would be to much travel time and money spent for a weekend. Even though I would rather be in Disney, I think I would look around locally and see what kind of weekend getaway I could find.

My husband is concerned about the length of the travel time, he thinks we should stay within maybe two hours. If we did Disney, two of our 3 days would be half taken up with the travel time. I would love to not have to spend $600 on airfare. Hrmmmm... I ran an estimate through disney.com and it looks like that plan would cost about $1600.

Maybe we should just go to Chicago.

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I'd be willing to do a long weekend at WDW, but given the time and expense of travelling for those of us who aren't a two to four hours' drive away, I think a three-day weekend is too short. Four or five days seems more doable.

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Ya know (yep, playing devil's advocate here), when I was in grad school for my principal license, I had already booked a two week trip to NC and Mexico before the semester even started. No WAY was I going to miss my family trip. So I talked to my professors, explained that I had already planned it and paid for it (not compleeeetely true) and worked it out to be gone for two days of class - which is UNHEARD of in the program.

So, I'm just saying he could probably miss a day (or two) with a little pre-planning. I just had to have all my work finished early. Then you could leave Wednesday night after work/school and start WDW early Thursday AM and come home Sunday PM. That's allllmost four full days in the world.

Just sayin'. angelwings Tongue

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I flew from Manchester In the UK to New York with my dad for a weekend! We arrived Friday evening and departed Sunday evening. We saw two Broadway Shows, had two table service meals, visited Little Italy, Chinatown, Greenwich village, Central Park, 5th Ave, Macy's, Bloomingdales, two museums, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building. Sometimes when you have less time you see more. I lived in New York for a month after that and saw less! So I would do it.

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I'm truly sorry to be a Debbie Downer but I would check with his instructors before arranging to miss any classes. I wouldn't be surprised to find that there is a certain number of hours of classroom and/or clinical instruction that is mandated at a state level for certification. Miss too many classes or clinicals and you are seriously SOL. On the other hand, if he can eek out missing Thursday and Monday, I say go for it. Four days at Disney is a pretty nice little chunk, especially with only two people.

If he can't work it out, Chicago is still an awesome city for a getaway. I live here and I still think that! Have you been to the new wing of the Art Institute yet? That's a whole day (or more) all by itself.

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The shortest time for me would be a week but that's cause of the cost and 9-10 hour flights Wink

Could you go at a time near your anniversary and squeeze and extra day or 2 in?

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Okay, I think Geordon and I have made a decision, and sadly, it doesn't include Disney. There just isn't enough ti,e for it to be worthwhile. Instead we're going to head to a spa that's about 2.5 hours away from us in Wisconsin.

Here's the link if anyone is interested.
http://www.americanclubresort.com/index.html

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I agree with the others, I don't think I'd want to do Disney unless I could be there for a more extended chunk of time (at least 5-6 days, but preferably a week!) because of the travel costs. For weekend/anniversary-type trips, I like to do things more local, within a few hours: I think we're going to go to Hocking Hills, Ohio, which is a beautiful area only about an hour south of us, for our anniversary and stay in a cottage for the weekend.

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We did a 3 nighter while I was pregnant with my first daughter so my Husband could take some classes at a convention in Orlando one day. We left North GA early Thursday Morning, it's about an 8 or 9 hour drive, but I was 29 weeks prego and had to keep stopping. Got to WDW in enough time to head to DTD for dinner. I had the next day to solo for most of the day, I did MK and a great nice cool Monorail ride around. Then dinner and EMH at MK until 2am! I was dying. Then, we had the whole next day together and we did EPCOT. Left early on Sunday to head home.

It was WAY too short, but I would rather have a short trip to WDW than none at all! I would TOTALLY do it again! I say go for it! Some of the best memories can be made and most fun can be had on those short trips. Just make it a total wing it trip so that you don't have expectations that you might not be able to meet.

I would SOOOOO do it! I am all excited for it now! I want a short trip too! HOW FUN!

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PS We also did a 3-day weekend for the Girl Scout 100th celebration in Epcot Memorial day weekend 2012. Great memories too.

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stars Hi Katiebugsmom! Welcome to the forums! stars
I have a Katiebug too! Of course she's 14 now, so not a little bug these days.

Sadly, I found out last week the the whole concept of making this trip has been de-funded. I'm absolutely heartbroken that we won't be able to get away for our 15th anniversary. My fingers are crossed for a nice dinner out at this point.

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Awww...mine is eight....sorry about the defund...I understand. My next trip will be two years from date of last trip....also celebrating our 15th.

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I don't think the time is too short, but I would want to save the airfare money for a longer trip. Smile Have fun at the spa!