When we like to visit WDW
We have visited in:
January ~ April ~ September ~ October ~ December
now… what is our FAVORITE time of year to be there? well. that depends on what we’re wanting to do. we’ve been several times and every trip has been different– even if we stay at a resort we’ve already been to and eat at the same restaurants.
our kids are getting older, so the times to travel are becoming more limited. THEY are easier to travel with for sure, but they have their own schedules now with school and sports commitments, so it makes it a little less flexible than it used to be.
Mid to late September is really our favorite time to be there. It’s still warm if you want to make a long trip and visit the beach. you could definitely still visit the water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. the crowds are a bit less, although the last time we were there in September we decided the secret was out, because it felt more crowded than times before; of course, Disney was offering the free dining plan. rates are lower than the peak summer months– even for the DVC Members.
October is really great too. It’s a bit cooler and sometimes even a light jacket is needed in the evenings. nevertheless, it typically still feels warm during the day, but not blazing heat. the weather does seem to be pretty perfect in the fall. again, rates are lower, plus we love to catch Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which runs late September through October. if you’re getting a base ticket (no park hopper option), use your Halloween Party ticket for your day’s entrance to Magic Kingdom. I believe you can start entering around 4pm, so you could visit Downtown Disney for the day or hang out at your resort’s pool and then go into the park for the fun late afternoon, early evening. It’s not gonna save you a lot, but those pennies add up (especially when you’re buying for six– as we do). also, October is Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. it’s a big hit and lots of guests like to return specifically at this time of year for that– in other words, more people means more competition for dining reservations. keep that in mind.
we had it on our list to make it to WDW during the Christmas festivities. we visited early December and really loved it. everything is decorated so beautifully. we enjoyed the special fireworks show in Magic Kingdom, did the Candlelight Processional in Epcot, which I highly recommend, we were impressed by The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and we couldn’t help but reach our hands in the air toward the “snowflakes” which magically appeared during the different festivities. as happy as I am that we visited during Christmas time, I can’t say it was my favorite time of year to go. the weather went from both ends of the spectrum. we packed pants and t-shirts with jackets and some heavy coats too. we arrived and it was nice, as in REALLY WARM! we called home and asked Brandon’s mom to Fed-Ex us some summer clothes and swimsuits (that was a cheaper option than buying it for all six of us). Then the weather turned off cold. we have pictures in jackets, coats, ponchos and then out at the pool in swimsuits! extreme opposites. it was just a lot to pack, on top of already packing a lot when traveling with a baby. other than that, it was a fantastic experience and we are so glad we did it at least once!
what do we think about January??? about April??? more to come…