A lot of people travel to Walt Disney World with the intention of it being a “once in a lifetime” trip. For many, who have possibly spent years saving for this dream holiday, this may be the case.However, there are many who fall in love with their Disney Holiday so much that the return a number of times after their first trip! However, after 6 return trips (and a 7th coming up!), I have started to notice that going back to Walt Disney World can dramatically change how your holiday there. Here is what I have noticed about how our Disney World holidays have changed over the past 10 years
You Get more Done
I’ve noticed that have the advantage of knowing your way around means that we tend to move around the Parks and Resorts a lot more quickly than those who are having to stop and consult a map. This has seen a huge change to our holidays as it has meant that we seem to be able to get a lot more done than a lot of visitors who are here for the first time. Knowing certain facts such as what rides develop the longest queues, and therefore which attractions to hit first, or Fastpass+ allows return visitors to be ale to fit more into their day. We also have the advantage of knowing certain hints and tips to maximise a day in the park, such as avoiding peek queues at lunch or shortcuts to avoid crowds. All this experience allows us to be much more time efficient, and subsequently fit more into our Disney day!
You’re more Relaxed
On our first trip, we went thinking that it will be many, many years (if at all!) before we are back at Disney, and therefore stressed about fitting as much in as possible. We crammed as much into our days as possible and hated taking breaks from the Theme Parks as we were afraid of missing something! However, with knowing now that we have been a number of times, and seen and done a lot, we have found that we are now much more relaxed about getting everything done. The knowledge that it’s ok to maybe miss a particular attraction because you did it last time (or you’ll do it next time!) means you’re less likely to fret over missing something. This change is also a huge advantage for exhaustion levels; on our first trip, I came back feeling like I needed another holiday, like many others do! However, on subsequent trips we’ve taken breaks and paced ourselves better, making for a much more relaxing Disney experience.
You spend less time in the parks
Related to both points above, we’ve found that because we’re more likely to take breaks and yet still get a lot done, we’re spending less time actually in the Theme Parks. We’re much more likely to spend a day at our Resort, play mini-golf or even hire out a boat at Boardwalk as we’re not stressing over the amount of time spent away from the Theme Parks. What we have found, however, is that because we are more time efficient we are able to afford the luxury of spending time away from the Theme Parks as we can get the same amount done in less time. This change in where we spend our days has allowed us the ability to fully explore a lot of the Disney World Resorts and all the wonderful amenities they have to offer
You can be fussier
Walt Disney World is an experience like no other, but it does set a very high expectation for return guests. I have found myself becoming more critical and fussier the more times I return, simply because Walt Disney World has set the bar high in terms of expectations. Sometimes however, this fussiness is not born out of anything other than a (slightly!) unrealistic expectation of what can be achieved (of course your room will be serviced later during busier periods; there are more occupied rooms to be cleaned!). Whilst I find it refreshing to now be able to be constructively critical of the place I love most, it is important for any return guests to find a nice middle line between having rose-tinted glasses (Disney don’t do everything perfectly!) and expecting too much from Walt Disney World staff and services.
You enjoy it more!
Even with spending less time in the Theme Parks, and feeling more outspoken about the negative aspects of Walt Disney World, my return Walt Disney World trips have almost certainly been more and more enjoyable each and every time. Although how we “do” Disney has seen change, how much enjoyment we get out of our trips really hasn’t. I still find watching Illuminations truly magical, and nothing is more exciting than your first glimpse of those purple gates – regardless of whether it is your 1st or 50th visit! You will also come to appreciate certain aspects of Walt Disney World more, such as the intricacies in the theming and the incredible jobs done by Cast Members.
If you have already experienced your first Walt Disney World visit, and are unsure as to whether or not to go back, I would definitely recommend a return trip! There is so much to do and so much constantly changing that each and every trip will feel different. What’s better is that each return trip will still feel just as magical as your first!