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WDW Theme Parks Discuss When Does The Vacation Start? in the Vacation Planning forums; I know every single person on this forum have counted down the days (and maybe even hours and minutes) to their next WDW trip. Personally I'm at 90 days. As ...
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    Cool When Does The Vacation Start?

    I know every single person on this forum have counted down the days (and maybe even hours and minutes) to their next WDW trip. Personally I'm at 90 days.

    As I was out on my daily walk getting me feet ready for the trip I got to wondering.

    When exactly does the vacation begin?

    Does it start as soon as you wake up that morning that you leave for WDW? When you walk out of your house? Maybe when you get to the airport? When you board the plane? When the plane takes off? Maybe when it lands? Does the vacation officially begin when you get on the Magical Express?

    If you're driving there maybe it starts when back out of your driveway. Maybe when you cross the Florida state line. Maybe when you reach Orlando.

    How about when you pass through The Gate (don't pretend you don't know what I mean). Does it not start until you get to the resort? Or your room? Or even not until your actually at one of the parks?

    I'd like to know everyone's opinion. When does a WDW vacation officially begin in your eyes?
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    September 2012: All Star Movies 4 days, 3 nights of magic

    March 2013: All Star Movies 3 days, 2 nights of magic

    April 2013: Pop Century 3 days, 2 night of magic

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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    I started another thread on this topic called "What is your 'I have arrived' moment?" You might want to look through it... some pretty nice responses.

    What is your "I have arrived" moment?
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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    For me, it's right after I rent my car and leave the airport. The trees, the heat, the billobards, vacation... ON.
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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    When my kids were small it was when the limo pulled in the driveway at 4 in the morning. Their excitement did it for me.

    At this point, I am fond of the WDW Welcome arch, it makes me smile, I do use DME and Towncars but they don't excite me, it is a necessary evil, just like the airplane is. I adore the warm feeling stepping outside MCO when it is cold in Illinois, but as I age my vacation start is after I am deposited at my resort, check-in and my room is ready.

    Bellhop cart to my room is now my moment.
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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    Ours starts when we leave our driveway. We drive since we are only about 10 hours from the magic! Our 3 kids are so excited and they're steady planning what they are going to ride first when we get there.



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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    I consider the vacation to have started the moment my alarm clock rings that morning
    Visits to Disney:

    February 2009: off-site 1 day trip to Epcot and Magic Kingdom

    February 2010: All Star Movies 7 days, 6 nights of magic

    February 2011: All Star Music 7 days, 6 nights of magic

    September 2012: All Star Movies 4 days, 3 nights of magic

    March 2013: All Star Movies 3 days, 2 nights of magic

    April 2013: Pop Century 3 days, 2 night of magic

    (Upcoming) January 2014 6 days, 5 nights of magic

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    Re: When Does The Vacation Start?

    For us, it starts the night before we leave, getting everything packed up! Then getting up early the next morning and heading out. Of course, for me, since I plan year round I try to keep the state of mind that I am always on a Disney vacation!

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