About a month and a half ago, my wife and I took off for a long deserved vacation- and we skipped Disney parks entirely. We opted for San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and a tour of where we used to live.
What a smart choice it was! We watched whales jumping in the Pacific Ocean, ate some great meals, did a wine tasting, and just acted like two young marrieds for a whole week. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful or the people we met nicer. It was just so relaxing without having to plan everything in advance- something the folks at Disney haven't realized is a goal for lots of vacationeers!
We enjoyed it so much that I decided we would delay our next Disney trip for at least a year in order to go to Europe or somewhere else instead. There's a great big beautiful world beyond Disney. Go see it!
(Photograph copyright Mark Taft.)