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    Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    So last month we were visiting Disneyland and as usual on our last night my daughter and I were talking about "if only we lived closer we could visit Disneyland any time we wanted." But I always wonder if it would mean as much to us. I enjoy all the planning and the countdown excitement. Then the actual driving spent gabbing with my kids (priceless). So I'd love to hear from anyone who once lived far from Disneyland then moved closer. Do you miss the planning and traveling or do you just love going whenever you have free time and going home for the night? Thank you and I apologize if you all have already discussed.
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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    Well though it's not exactly the same, when I was younger I went very seldom with my family. Usually on birthdays and such, and we live about 45 minutes away. Then once I got old enough to drive and go on my own with friends, I got an AP and went all the time. As a kid, to be honest, I don't remember ever wanting to go. It's kinda like I just forgot about it a month after I went and when the time to go came back up again, I got excited. And now, I always think about Disneyland and I'm always excited to go. But that might not be the case for everyone, but it is for me!

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    It's really a great experience both ways. Knowing you can enjoy it again has a special charm, as does the anticipation of a rare trip.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I live 5 minutes away from DL. I get butterflies in my stomach every time I pass through the turn styles.

    I have an AP and I view DL as sort of a treat that I give myself whenever I can.


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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    My wife and I live the northern CA valley and cant go that often but we often talk about moving closer since there is so much in So Cal, even besides Disneyland.

    We always plan at least 1 trip a year but this year we got APs so now we have to go more often. We just came back on Wednesday and already we want to be back there. I've been dozens of times over the years but i always think of that Disney commercial with the family getting ready to go and the dad is "too excited to sleep!" We love it even though we are about 350 mi away.
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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I've have experienced both. They both have their advantages. When I lived about 10 minutes away, I went to just have fun and relax. I still tried to rush from ride to ride though. I didn't do some of the smaller attractions either. I did most of the E tickets and usually passed on others unless I needed to get out of the heat (I lived there for a summer).

    I've had lots of trips though that were from home and we live around a 24 hour drive away. Those trips are much slower and we make sure we take the time to do as many things as possible. We also pay more attention to all the little details. It's more of a trip to enjoy the magic.
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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I too also just hit up the E-tickets now that I go constantly, especially when I'm only there from maybe 6 - 12 or something. If I'm there all day, it's a different story but I when I go to Disneyland for a few hours, I'm not necessarily Jonesing a Tiki Room visit or a Jungle Cruise.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    Love that no matter what ones situation may be everyone seems to have that same level of excitement. Thanks for sharing your feelings.
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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I used to live 3,000 miles away.
    Now I live 43 miles away, and sometime between this summer and next spring I'll be living 1.5 miles away.

    I really don't miss the distance at all. I can decide wether or not I want to go to DL on a whim. In fact, in December I went to the resort just for a friend's birthday party. I could have never done anything like that when I lived in NY.
    It's great, just knowing it's never too far away.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    There's definitely something special about only visiting rarely. That's how I spent my entire childhood, and the excitement of anticipating the trip for months on end only made the experience more worthwhile. Now that I more frequently - though still not every month or anything - the experience has lost some of its specialness and gained some warm familiarity. It's a tradeoff for me. And although I would give anything to be able to experience both, this way is a lot of fun, too.


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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I live pretty close to Anaheim, CA and although every DL trip is wonderful and exciting, it isn't nearly as exciting as planning a trip to Orlando and WDW. The packing, plane trip, and everything else leading up to the park makes it that more special.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I live 85 miles away....we don't really plan out and count down trips, but we never really did...even when we went once a year. I do recall getting very excited to go when I was a child. Now it's not a big deal...there's no excitement about going. My daughter has been so much she has refused to go at times. One time she said it felt like her second home.....I'm going next weekend, but I'm not excited about going to Disneyland. I am looking forward to seeing people I know and I don't get to see very often.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    We live in Santa Clarita which is about 1 hour and a few minutes drive to Disneyland. It's the best distance from the Park in my opinion. Our drive is usually pleasant and our daughter can get more excited as we near Disneyland. Playing Disney music adds to the day. The drive back can be tough especially if the day was quite trying. But again the Disney music helps as does reflecting on the day's memories.

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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    Living close to Disneyland has its perks


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    Re: Traveling from afar vs. living close to Disneyland

    I grew up going to DL and moved to Florida when I was 17 to work at DW and seriously every year I am sooo excited for my trip to DL. Even though I spent so much time there the magic is still there for me I think I really appreciate it since I dont get to go much where as DW I don't really ever go to the parks.

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