Yearning for Disney: Tales of a Disney Trip Planning Addict

Yearning for Disney

It starts quietly, answering the questions of a co-worker looking to take a budget trip to Walt Disney World.  The craving increases as your oldest child stares at a carousel horse spinning in a snow globe and says “Can we go to Disney soon, Mommy?” While attempting to find a new baby photo on your phone to show Grandpa, you instead find yourself staring directly at a shining family photo in the heart of Epcot. The hankering grows, checking the calendar to see when you have your next span of days off.  The yearning for Disney is taking over.

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The heavy rationalization begins surrounding the idea of the trip.  “It would help us get more value out of our Annual Passes.”  Then, “We should probably use our Disney Vacation Club points before they expire”.  Next comes searching the website for the cheapest or most beautiful Walt Disney World resort hotels. Are they too expensive this time of year? Then it’s time to check out their cheaper neighbors off property. Before you know it, the Google searches, blog reading, and forum poring begins to take over.

And so it begins. The excessive strategizing and plotting just one more trip. Are you a Disney trip planning addict?  If so, you LIVE this unnerving feeling!

The good news is that any trip to Disney will soothe my addiction- Disney’s Hilton Head Island or Vero Beach Resort, included. Planning a trip, or knowing that one is on the horizon can pacify it.

The Science of Pleasure & Walt Disney World

     I prefer to call it a hobby. It makes it sound healthier. However, I do have science on my side. Scientific research showed that experiences provided more durable pleasure than material possessions.

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Walt Disney World Psychology 101

Walt Disney World provides a magical experience, from first planning the trip to coming home and reviewing trip photos. Psychology is on our side.  The study proved that experiences like vacations provide long term satisfaction.  The first click on a Disney planning website activates pleasure centers all the way through post-vacation reminiscing at home.

‘Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy’ –Walt Disney

Now that I have my next two trips planned, I’ve soothed the yearning for Disney “Beast”.  When are you headed to Disney next? What’s your favorite part of the yearning for Disney and/or trip planning process?


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I'm married to my High School sweetheart and a Disney loving mom to four children, one with autism. We have the wanderlust. I'm a total birth nerd, midwife, and special needs advocate.