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Why do you go to Disney?

I’ve never understood it… I’ve been to Disney World and Disneyland once each, both when I was under the age of 13, and enjoyed it, but I don’t understand why adults choose to spend their vacations at Disney, when, for the less than a week at Disney, you could spend a week on the Mediterranean or in South America or Thailand or Scandinavia or, or, or…

So, I know a lot of people love Disney… can someone explain it to me?  I welcome your comments with open ears and an open mind…

About the author Sam Hotchkiss

Sam currently leads development on the widely used Jetpack plugin at Automattic, he's started and run multiple successful companies, and enjoys taking photos when he gets the chance. When they're not traveling, Sam and his wife, Becky, live in beautiful New Mexico, where he passes the time by talking about himself in third person.

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  1. My wife and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon and loved it. I grew up loving Disney and it was always her dream to go there so it was an easy choice. 🙂 I’d been to Disneyland Paris when it first opened, and we both went a few months before our wedding. Since then we’ve returned to Disneyland Paris on a regular basis with our kids – at one point every every year for four years! – and as our two youngest grow up I’m sure we’ll be returning soon. Kids aside we would still visit one of the parks by ourselves as we’re suckers for all things Disney. Now they own Marvel and Lucasfilm I’ve got even more reasons to visit!

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  2. chrissiepollock April 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    We went to Disney World with our kids a few years ago, and my husband and I are actually considering going for our 25th anniversary next year (without kids). I get your valid point on world travel, though, and we are also discussing other locations, but are not completely sold yet. For us, Disney is magic because it is SUCH an escape from reality. I remember the shock of seeing the news on a tv in the airport on the way home. I had forgotten a real world existed.

    Keep in mind that my previous job was in writing, specializing in children’s media. The music and characters are exactly what I love. We also love rides. The gardens are exquisite, and you can have shows, parades, fireworks, etc everywhere you go. We love the science behind the place and if we go back, plan to do the tour that takes us behind the scenes.

    Each ride was like a walk through a museum. We went with the kids in Sept and didn’t have to wait on many lines. Often we went back after the ride to stroll through and look at artifacts. And the food. Ah, the food. We got the free dining plan (only had to pay tips). Each day we spent several hours dining on cuisine from around the world.

    You can get many of these benefits by going on cruises, but my husband is quite against cruises, so this is our option.

    We went to Disneyland a few years ago. It was fun, but did not come close to holding the magic of Disney World IMHO. I’m okay with not going back there.

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