Have you ever encountered a friend, relative, or coworker who uttered that dreaded word–again?–upon hearing of your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World? Fear not–you are not alone. There are hundreds–nay, thousands–of people who make a trip to Walt Disney world every year. Or, like yours truly, more than once per year. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, I’d argue that there are many good things about being a repeat Disney visitor.
Visits are More Relaxed
The obvious benefit of returning to Disney frequently is that no matter what, your pace will eventually slow. I spent at least an hour of my last trip to Hollywood Studios simply standing on the Streets of America. I chatted with friends and we took one photo. This is hard for the me-of-my-first-Disney-trip to imagine, as I spent every hour of that trip running from attraction to attraction, trying to do it all in my limited time (if only I’d known then how many times I was to return within the next year!)
If a Disney trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, chances are you won’t get to experience the relaxing side of WDW. An afternoon the resort pool. A morning spent sleeping in and then lingering over breakfast. A time-consuming–yet entirely worthwhile–specialty tour. Will you have an amazing time on your first visit? Absolutely. But you’ll have as much fun on your second, third, or fifteenth. And you won’t be as exhausted when you come home.
You Can Explore a Variety of Experiences
Quite simply, there are too many different kinds of experiences to be had in WDW to cover them all in one trip. Just taking into account basic things like lodging and food, you run into a whole slew of different categories of experience. Heck, I spent more than 30 days in WDW in 2011, and I’ve yet to attend one single character meal. I’ve stayed in a Deluxe resort, a DVC resort, a moderate resort, and off site–but I’ve yet to experience a value (and Pop Century is near the top of my list). To visit only one time gives you only one experience. And it is possible to plan a return trip that is entirely different from your first…or second, or third.
Smaller Details can be Appreciated
I’m willing to bet that most people who visit my favorite counter service restaurant–Restaurantosaurus–have an experience much like this: arrive, get immediately in line, order food, find table, consume food quickly, exit. And sure–that works if all you want is lunch. But Disney has so much more to offer at every turn, particularly if you take the time to slow down and appreciate the small details.
Listen to the music playing as you munch that burger. Explore the artifacts that line the walls, supposedly left behind by members of the mischievous ‘student body’ of the Dino Institute. A return visit to WDW can often be as magical as your first–because the magic is in the details.
WDW is Always Changing
My mom is going to get to see the first phase of the new Fantasyland expansion before I will. This makes me happy for her–but sad for me! Of course, I fully intend to visit sometime soon after the entire thing opens in 2013. But what better excuse for a return visit than a whole new Fantasyland? I can’t think of one.
Even better, there are some events that occur every year that change the parks entirely. I’ve visited for Epcot’s Flower and Garden Fest, but I’ve yet to make it to the Food and Wine Fest that occurs each fall. Will I be there next year? Probably not. But sometime soon, I shall eat my way around the World Showcase like never before.
So there you have it–plenty of good reasons to return to WDW again and again. Feel free to share this with those doubting friends, relatives, and coworkers. Of course, the best reason is the most simple–because it makes you happy. And that’s really all that matters.
Have you visited WDW again and again? What is your reason for doing so? And what keeps you coming back? Have any second-, third-, or fifteenth-visit discoveries to share with us? Comment below!