I was thinking about the medium-term effect of COVID on WDW and had a thought.
The pandemic has forced people like me to look elsewhere for our vacations. What I’ve discovered is that there are other options and some of them are really quite good. And a lot cheaper.
At the same time, the longer I am forced to wait before I can return, the less pull the place has on me. I’ve started to forget whatever it was that made me so obsessed about WDW. And I’m being attracted to other options that I’ve discovered.
Before March 2020 I had become a two-trips-a-year person: one summer trip, one Christmas trip. I had two trips booked and paid for in 2020, for the third year in a row.
Of course both of those were cancelled and I currently have no Orlando trips booked. I’m talking about August 2022, but in part because I have flight vouchers I have to use.
I really enjoyed my trip to DLP last summer and it’s a lot easier and cheaper to get to than WDW. I’ve had some pretty good trips to local parks that are so cheap that cost is barely a consideration. I have a couple of cruises booked and I may discover I love cruises.
Of course I’ll come back to Orlando. But not twice a year. Maybe not even every year. I had more options than I allowed myself to discover.
I wonder how many other people are thinking the same.