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Tips for Planning Your Disney Vacation

Wanting to take a trip to Disney, but not sure where to begin or when to go? We’ve got answers to your questions!

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1. Best time of year to take a Disney vacation

It all depends on what you are looking for in a Disney Vacation. If you have kids and are wanting to go when it isn’t completely packed, you may need to consider pulling the kids out of school. If you are a single traveler or do not have kids, your travel plans are probably a little more flexible.

“I can remember my parents pulling us out of school for a week in first grade just to take us to Disney World. I will never forget that family vacation!” ~Elizabeth

If you are willing to take your kids out of school, or you are trying to avoid times when it is busiest…then here are the best times to go.

  • The few weeks before Memorial Day  (Everyone will be there the weekend of Memorial Day, so avoid that Friday-Monday if you can.
  • Mid-Late October (GREAT time to go, the weather in Florida is starting to cool off and the Halloween Festivities are amazing!
  • November (except the week of Thanksgiving for obvious reasons)
  • December (up until the week before Christmas) There are also great deals for December trips to Disneyland and many of the resorts have specials going on for the holidays.
  • If you want to go when it is cool, Anytime from late October-March is good, but this time of year is not good for swimming unless your hotel has an indoor pool.
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2. The “not-so pleasant” times to go to Disney World 

  • Disney really is an amazing place all year around, but if you are wanting a more laid back trip, avoid times when school is out. Whether it is for holidays, fall and spring break, or summer vacation. Also, it is really hot in the summer months which could put a damper on your trip.
  • Summer is also a very expensive time to go to Disney World. Since there is more demand for tickets, prices go up.
  • Many rides get “fixed up” from January-mid February. If you are willing to risk rides being closed, or if you are a re-peat visitor, this would be okay, but for a first timer, avoid this time of the year.
  • Avoid hurricane season, the peak of the hurricane season is from mid-August-early-October.

3. How to Plan Your Trip

  • Plan for multiple days at the theme parks. There is a lot to see and trying to cram it all into one day can be exhausting. Four Theme Parks, Two Water Parks, Shopping District as well as any shows you want to see. That is a lot for anyone to tackle in a day. (Especially if you have kids)
  • Plan your shows for when you need a break from walking around the park.
  • Don’t go overboard on your hotel accommodations. Chances are, you will be so busy with the theme parks and other sites around Disney, that you will not be spending a whole lot of time in your hotel.
  • Surprise the kids. If you are planning on going as a family, keep it a secret. Wake them up early and don’t tell them where you are going till you are almost there. If you tell them months in advance, the anticipation may be too much for them, and you.
  • Pack hands free. When going through the park, keep your hands free. If you need a purse or bag, take a draw string one or a back pack that can be carried on your back. (Bottled water, hand sanitizer, snacks, ponchos, hat, camera, and sunscreen are great to have on hand)
  • Get fast passes (they allow you to go to the front of the line at a specified time of day) Be sure to read all the rules about fast passes before going to the park.
  • Most popular rides have about a 90 minute waiting line.
  • Make reservations for restaurants you want to eat at in the park. Unless you are okay with burger stands, it might be nice to at least have a sit down dinner after a long day.

If you have any more questions about vacationing to Walt Disney World, give us a call! Our agents are here to help answer all of you questions. 317-770-2211

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Some of the tips in this blog post were retrieved from yourfirstvisit.net The Best (and worst) Times to Visit Walt Disney World by Dave Shute. Here

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