Guest Blogger Ryan Kilpatrick started his life long love of Disney when he visited Walt Disney World with his grandparents in 1982, just a week after Epcot opened, and got his picture in Communicore printed in Southern Living magazine. Since then, he’s drafted his wife and kids into the mix! Between Disney trips he started his blog, The Disney Film Project, where he is starting the adventure of watching all the Disney shorts and features in chronological order. You can find him on his blog or on Twitter.
When I wrote my last blog about Disney Weekends, I noticed an unfortunate trend. Everyone seemed to be coming up with reasons why they couldn’t do a Disney trip. “I live too far away,” said one. “It’s too expensive,” said another. “I’m busy on weekends,” was a common refrain. So, I sat down and looked at how to overcome those common objections people have to going down to the World!
“It’s too expensive.”
This is the one I always hear, when people are asking, “Why are you going AGAIN?” No denying, Disney can be an expensive trip. Stay a couple days at the Poly, and you might need a second mortgage. But it doesn’t have to be. Planning ahead can save you a lot of money. Knowing when sales are, looking at off property hotels, grabbing dining discounts, and you can easily take a family of four for under $2,000.
Also, if someone says this to you, ask them what they spent on their last family trip. Most people don’t realize what they’re spending. I’m taking the family on a trip through the Midwest, and that trip of a week is costing me $500 more than my last trip to Disney. A week at a beach house, with travel, meals and accommodations can easily top $2,000 for a family of four. Disney trips aren’t as bad as a lot of people think.
“It’s for kids.”
This is another big one. This was my father’s objection. He would go with us, to see the joy on my children’s faces, but thought there was no reason for he and my Mom to go by themselves. The best way to overcome this objection? Plan an adults only trip for them.
I suggested to my parents that they should go down for Mom’s birthday, which was October 1, during the Food and Wine Festival. They stayed at Pop Century, got the Dining Plan, and I planned all their meals for them. After a week of dining at places like Le Cellier, Yachtsman Steakhouse, ‘Ohana and California Grill, they were very happy. Top it off with Food and Wine strolling, Wishes dessert party, and low crowds. Now, they’re planning a trip with their friends for this October.
“My kids are too young.”
A number of my friends have young children, and they always ask me when their kids will be ready to go to Disney World. My answer? Whenever you’re ready, the kids will be too.
Turn the question around – if you don’t take your young children to Disney, where will you go on vacation? In my house, we investigated several other places to go, but none had as much to do for toddlers and infants as Disney. All of us could enjoy the sights and sounds, and the grown ups were in a place we loved. Trust me, parents of young kids need a vacation, and Disney World is the most accommodating place in the world for babies and toddlers.
Those are three of the common objections I hear. What about you? Are there things your friends tell you are the reasons they can’t go to Disney? What do you say back to them?