Thanks to the ever-growing social media networks I’m privileged to have so many “Disney Friends” online from all over the world. I follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and I’m always so jealous of their ability to visit the parks so often. It got me thinking – what’s the problem with being a Disney addict who lives in Canada?
1. I can’t just decide to go for the weekend when they announce something ‘new’ at the parks that I’m dying to see.
Sure I could catch a flight and be there in 3 hours – but my budget won’t allow for how often I want to do that.
2. Flights are not cheap.
I have a couple of options for flights – I can fly from Toronto and pay to park my car at the airport (maybe $100 for the week) or I can drive to Buffalo and get cheaper flights – but then I have over an hour drive home at the end of my trip. I feel like I’ve won the lottery if I find flights for $350 from Toronto – tack on baggage fees and parking at the airport and I’m laughing that it’s under $500.
3. Shopping at the Disney Store online costs us a fortune.
First it’s in US Dollars, then you add shipping and duty – even when they have sales it can become so expensive if you have a lot in your cart! In case you didn’t know – we don’t qualify for the ‘free shipping’ promos they have.
4. We don’t have Disney Visa!
I ask almost EVERY time I’m there when they’re going to launch this for Canadians. Yes, there are perks and discounts that I would love, but if I’m telling the truth, I just want a Visa card with a castle or Darth Vader on it!
5. We don’t get the Target Discount Cards
I have seen so many people in the US buying Disney gift cards when they have a sale at a 5% discount – essentially saving 5% when they pay off their vacation using the cards. They don’t sell these in Canada; I would have to drive across the border to buy them.
6. Cool stuff that reminds us of the park isn’t available to ship to Canada or costs us an arm and a leg to ship it.
There are candles & scent machines that we love – they make our homes smell like Disney. We have found a way around “do not ship to Canada” (though it adds to the price), but Shipllama works well and I now have a machine that makes my house smell like Bay Lake Tower.
7. The dollar is killing us.
At the current rate of around $1.30 for one US Dollar – it costs us 30% more to shop, eat, stay and buy tickets for our favorite place. We monitor the dollar and have US Dollar bank accounts so we can try and buy some when the price is better, but it hasn’t been ‘good’ in a while.
So for those of you who live close to the magic – I am jealous! There are many wonderful things about being a Canadian, but being a Canadian Disney addict definitely has its challenges. Are these challenges enough to deter us from visiting so often? Not a chance, we will always find a way to make it work! So the next time you meet a Canadian Disney addict in the parks you’ll know that we are a dedicated bunch who will do anything to get to Disney!