I can imagine! There is something appealing about going on a "family" vacation knowing that if mom & dad want a few hours alone they have a perfectly safe spot for the kids... and the kids WANT to go there!
“That's the way a lot of things happen... You think one person did something
but he was just the one to put the color on it." – Ken Anderson
Don't have kids. I don't know how crazy family vacations can be (although I did take my uncle with ADD and "world revolves around me" syndrome on my last cruise.... I had to wear a lot of neon yellow at port so he could see me in a crowd. Didn't look touristy at all....). Here's what I can say about the expense versus sanity:
I live in a town of 15,000 people during the summer. In the winter this number is closer to 6,500 to 7,000 people. I live in a small island in the Pacific Northwest. My county has 150,000 people in it. Granted I grew up in Southern California and was a Disneyland dork when I lived there (I would lesson plan at the Golden Horseshoe), but now I live in a smaller community. I read that max occupancy for DLR- the California ones, is something like 117,000 people. Last time I was at Disneyland I had a panic attack because there were too many people...And I'm sorry but people at the parks are rude. So for me going on the cruises is a million times better. I can see the characters, I can have all these great Disney experiences, but there are less people. Even at Max occupancy on the Fantasy with a full crew there's only 5,450 people on the boat. I feel like the cruises handle the chaos better and to me even if it's more money, it's a better use of the money. I could go to the parks and get a hotel and all that, fly down there, rent a car, and because I'm in California I have to see all the relatives I try to avoid... and then the parks are crazy crowded. Disney cruise line I book my air through them, all my shuttles are done through Disney, and it's so much better.