Community Rank: Trekker
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Beavercreek, Ohio
I'm glad you're at peace with your decision. You'd have enjoyed the parks on your own, but with your family's health problems AND the probable time-zone-change misery, it appears you made the right decision.
I will mention one thing about the time zones, though, in case this comes up again and health and money issues dramatically improve: there's no reason you HAVE to live by Pacific Time if you visit! You just sleep late (by your brain's idea of the time), and get to the parks around (your personal) lunchtime. One person in the group has to have their watch on the right time zone in order to know when places open and close, but other than that, you can live in your very own personal time-zone bubble and let everyone else be slave to the clock. This strategy would also help kill the jet-lag problem when you return. I've found the west-to-east jet lag much worse that going the other way, myself.
Anyway...thanks for the update. I'm glad Lennie's recovering from his hospital stay and that you're happy with the decision. It definitely sounds like the right one, given the costs and your family's health issues. Keep looking forward to your next visit to your Happy Place!
Ginger, Mickey, Walt..............................In memory of the world's sweetest kitty
First WDW visit: 1977
Return trips: 1985, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
Disneyland(no kids): 1993, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012