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So last night I decided to plan my next WDW trip. The idea was to “mop up” those things that I didn’t do last August and that I won’t be doing this June. The “excuse” for the trip was that it’ll be my 50th birthday.
I came up with quite a good plan — I mapped out which parks I’d do on which days, which ADRs I’d get and so on.
But then I worked out how much it would cost.
I don’t really want to repeat past trips. One of the things that would be new about this third trip would be that I’d stay on property the whole time. The clear winner for me is YC — and six nights would set me back £2,400 or so. Add in ADRs — I have expensive taste in Disney dining — and my flight (I hate flying and prefer to fly business class if possible), and you’re looking at five grand. Which is pretty much what my first two trips have/will cost.
And then I looked at the schedule. Is this trip worth five grand?
And I’m a little sad to say that I didn’t think that it was. Because the ADRs were mostly B-list places that I want to go to more out of curiosity than anything else: Tusker House, Garden Grill, and so on. (By contrast, my upcoming trip is more about Jiko, HBD, Tiffins . . . and, of course, V&A.)
Now, I could of course do a much cheaper trip: stay off property and fly premium economy. But then it would be a substantial downgrade from the trip I did last year and the one I’m about to embark on. It would be difficult not to compare.
So I think my trip in June has to be it for now. Not forever. But for now. I’m going to have to look elsewhere. In three/four/five years time there’ll be much that’ll be new. I’ll have a bigger sense of excitement that I’m not just mopping up my B-list items. And the huge cost may seem more justified.
Even as I write this I feel a little sad. As a single person with no friends WDW holidays have great appeal — there’s so much to do and it’s a safe, friendly environment. But maybe it’s time to go back to Paris and see how DLP has changed in the decade since I last went.
And Singapore is still calling my name. And it has a Universal Studios . . .