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fterie4u
10-31-2008, 12:45 PM
My dh and I were about to book our next trip to WDW for next October, however, we started talking about visiting at a different time of year since we ALWAYS go in the fall. :confused3

What time of year do you prefer to visit the World and why?

Thanks! :lovestruc

Darsa
10-31-2008, 01:44 PM
We went once in December :eek: was that ever busy! And once in early March. March was not very busy at all, but the weather was really not that great =/ I don't know if we were just unlucky but lotsa rain at that time.

Hope this helps :)

dnoyes
10-31-2008, 02:06 PM
September - December is the only time we go for two reasons.

1) The business I'm in only allows me time off late in the year.

2) It's cold where we live in the winter months so we like to warm up in Florida.

mickeyluv'r
10-31-2008, 02:07 PM
There are pros and cons to visiting at most times of the year. My real favorite is spring, but it is almost the most expensive time of year and tends to be quite crowded. Summer to me is the worst time of year: hot, crowded, and not especially inexpesive, plus there are those pesky storms.

Fall is nice; good weather, low crowds, and reasonable room rates.

Winter has low crowds, but the temps are too cold for me. I want to be able to swim for one thing. The parks just aren't (much) fun in a parka.

Christmas week is not a time I'd want to be at WDW. Too cold, too crowded, and I just don't want to mix Mickey and Christmas too much. Christmas is fun already. Going shortly before Christmas can be fun...but you run a risk even as early as October of getting cool nights.

mel&me
10-31-2008, 02:14 PM
We go in the fall every year also. Anywhere from end of September to end of October (Halloween and F&W fest). It just goes with work schedule. We have been to Disney a couple times other than our normal and Christmas is the best. If I was going a different time I would choose just after thanksgiving anywhere from Nov 30 thru Dec 14 . Christmas decorations up and the crowds are down. too crowed during the holidays.

mel&me
10-31-2008, 02:19 PM
..snip..
Winter has low crowds, but the temps are too cold for me. I want to be able to swim for one thing. The parks just aren't (much) fun in a parka.


We are in a cold area. to us Florida it is warm in December. I would be the person you see in shorts and a tee shirt when everyone has jackets on.

The Hendies
10-31-2008, 02:30 PM
We have always had good luck with early October. Watch for Free Dining from late August to end of September. Not that I've been there, but I here just after New Year is a quiet time of year, as quiet as Disney can be, anyway!

KatMark
10-31-2008, 03:00 PM
We have fallen in love with the first two weeks of September (although next year it will be closer to the end of September) with the free dining. We don't mind the heat/humidity (when you come from Chicago you take all the heat you can because we have really long winters) and the crowds have never been a problem at that time of year for us. We hope to one trip soon go in December but that won't happen until our youngest son stops wrestling in college. We've done July (too crowded), October (a little too cool for me--I am a flower as my DH likes to say...if it's not 80 I'm cold) and we've done April (not bad...but more crowded that September).

fterie4u
10-31-2008, 03:37 PM
and I just don't want to mix Mickey and Christmas too much. Christmas is fun already. Going shortly before Christmas can be fun...but you run a risk even as early as October of getting cool nights.


That is my sentiment exactly! My husband keeps asking if I would rather go at Christmas time, however, I am really happy with going early October to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival and MNSSHP!

disneyismyname
10-31-2008, 04:00 PM
I enjoy going in Nov. :goodvibes
Not too hot...its perfect!

colonialtinker
10-31-2008, 04:05 PM
I like Jan. or Feb. Cold here and fairly warm there.
We've gone 3 times in Feb., all 3 trips it has snowed the night before we were leaving. When I was making plans for 09, my boss said I'll approve Jan. but not Feb. :rotfl: Like I can control the weather.

angelegod
10-31-2008, 06:28 PM
That is my sentiment exactly! My husband keeps asking if I would rather go at Christmas time, however, I am really happy with going early October to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival and MNSSHP!

what is the scarest thing at the hallowen party the resson I asked is becuase I got so scared when I went to univerlal that I thought I was scared for life and havent done a hallowen event in orlando seens

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mel&me
10-31-2008, 07:08 PM
what is the scarest thing at the hallowen party the resson I asked is becuase I got so scared when I went to univerlal that I thought I was scared for life and havent done a hallowen event in orlando seens

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There is not really anything scary at Disney Halloween party.
MNSSHP -- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Universal is a whole different story.

ToddyLu
10-31-2008, 08:03 PM
:cool1: I agree with previous poster. MNSSHP is great with minimal haunts--excellent for kids. No one to jump out at you or grab you in a crowd. Love it!! I had to take the advertisement for Universal Horror Night off my Dis page--it really creeped me out.:eek:

angelegod
10-31-2008, 10:03 PM
thank you for your help I might go one of these years



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Metro West
11-01-2008, 07:32 AM
I enjoy going in Nov. :goodvibes
Not too hot...its perfect! :thumbsup2

DisneyHolidayFan
11-01-2008, 06:35 PM
After having visited WDW in June for a few years, we tried the week after Thanksgiving in 1999 and from then on, we are hooked on that time of year. We absolutely love the holiday decorations, low crowds, and beautiful weather. I can't imagine not going then!! :santa:

webprinter
11-01-2008, 08:05 PM
I prefer the week after Thanksgiving as it is a little warmer than Dec, the crowds are down and the Christmas activities are in full swing. Debby

angelegod
11-01-2008, 09:02 PM
I prefer the week after Thanksgiving as it is a little warmer than Dec, the crowds are down and the Christmas activities are in full swing. Debby

I am finding all sorts of ideas on when to go

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PrincessBetsy
11-01-2008, 09:08 PM
My favorite times are Spring (usually around Easter) and December (we usually stay for Christmas day). Even though the parks are usually crowded during Christmas, it is very beautiful and I think it makes Christmas day even more magical. It is really exciting to wait for the Magic Kingdom to open at 7 in the morning on Christmas day. Spring is also nice to visit, although it can be crowded at times. The weather can also be unpredicable, but usually it is nice. I find that even though the parks can be crowded during these times, as long as you get up and go to the parks early, the wait times for rides are extremely short.

*KeepMovingForward*
11-01-2008, 09:23 PM
Our favorite time is October, although we enjoy any visit between September and May. June and July are just too hot and crowded for us.

angelegod
11-03-2008, 10:03 AM
Our favorite time is October, although we enjoy any visit between September and May. June and July are just too hot and crowded for us.

Finaly someone that sees my logic about avoding the parks may-june although I go to disney quest and lunch although I went to epcot the day after my b-day witch is in june and it was not all that bad weather wise but that is becuse most attractions are indors

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fterie4u
11-03-2008, 11:56 AM
Thank you so much for all of the great suggestions!

I think it is now a toss up, do we go in October for Food & Wine Festival and MNSSHP or do we go in early December for the Christmas decorations and festivities???:confused3

*Seanaci*
11-03-2008, 03:42 PM
We much prefer December...as Christmas is our favourite holiday.

H20DogsNDisney
11-03-2008, 04:57 PM
We like to go in the summer that way the whole family can come!However, when I do decide to go on my solo trip i would like to go in May or September. but have a feeling it will be in June as well.

Leleluvsdis
11-03-2008, 09:48 PM
I like the beginning of March. We went last year the first full week of march and it was wonderful. They weather was perfect. T-shirts during the day, long sleeves or light jacket at night. The summer is okay, but VERY hot and crowded.

thunderbird1
11-03-2008, 10:07 PM
I've been nearly every time of the year except spring, and though there are things I love about every season, I'd have to say fall is my favorite time to go. I may be a "maverick," but I LOVE the hot weather because it means all we need are t-shirts and shorts. No carrying around sweaters or jackets all day or having to go back to the room to change into long pants. I also love the value we get from free dining (no other discount comes close to it for our family size/choice of resorts), as well as the F&WF (great place to use those snack credits) and the MNSSHP (trick or treating, anyone?). But here are some of my pros/cons for other times of year:

Summer: Love the long park hours and warm weather, but not the crowds and higher prices.

Winter (except Christmas week): Love the low crowds, low prices and holiday decorations, but not the short park hours and "unseasonably cold" weather we always seem to get (jeans, jackets and no swimming pools are not my ideal Disney vacation).

Christmas week: Love the decorations and long park hours (some parks open until 3 am!), but not the high prices, aforementioned cold weather and crowds, crowds, crowds!

SydneyFalco
11-04-2008, 08:40 AM
Summer--avoid the heat!

Fall--avoid the storms!

Winter--avoid the pool!

Spring--avoid the bill!

onehotdisneymama
11-04-2008, 09:01 AM
The Christmas season for us is the best.:santa: We enjoy the decorations, the music, all the little extras that are around. We usually stay 1 or 2 weeks before Christmas Day. The crowds seem a little less. We avoid Spring because of the Spring Breakers. But look at it this way, Any time in Disney is magical. :wizard: Enjoy.

sticker231
11-04-2008, 10:02 AM
We have been going in October for the last few years. I can't go in November or December, due to work. I love October because of F&W and its my birthday month. The crowds are pretty light and the weather is still nice. We try to sneek another trip in during the earlier part of the year depending on what flight deals we can get.

kimbo0569
11-04-2008, 10:51 AM
I've been at various times of the year and I think this past trip, (except for the threat of hurricanes that was driving me crazy until about a week before we left) we were there from September 19 - 24 and we only used FP twice and basically walked on or into everything with little or no wait (same for SeaWorld). I didn't think the heat was overbearing...yes it was warm but not disgusting like in August.

parrotheadlois
11-04-2008, 11:03 AM
Late October or November - the weather is beautiful!!! I wish I could go at Christmas time, I'd love to see the decorations.

OnePrincess
11-04-2008, 12:54 PM
We've the first time we went we left the day after Thanksgiving and stayed into the first week of December. The second trip we were there at the end of September. I really liked both times but after Thanksgiving is our favorite so I guess that's why we're going back then next year.

Figaro972
11-04-2008, 05:55 PM
We have gone different times of the year with the exception of summer and our favorite so far is December, the decorations are amazing.

bob6sims
11-04-2008, 06:01 PM
Given the chance I would go early October :santa:

WDW at Christmas time is just magical :grouphug:

princessfionasmom
11-05-2008, 01:28 PM
I love early May but this year we are trying Dec so that may become our favorite. With all the deals in Sept and Oct, we may try that time frame in a couple of years but so far May has been the best for us.

TewEpcot
11-05-2008, 01:46 PM
I prefer mid-October (F&WF).

Close second is mid-December (holiday decs). Not going this December though... :sad2:

BarbieGal457
11-05-2008, 01:55 PM
I prefer to go between late May-early July for my birthday celebration, which is June 2nd. However, January has also jumped up my list since I first visited then last January. I'm now going back this January!!

coltfan
11-05-2008, 01:55 PM
Since you have been in Autumn, I recommend in the Spring to attend the Flower and Garden Festival or mid December for Christmas festivities. Flower & Garden Festival runs for several months so perhaps in April or May after Spring breaks and Easter to avoid extremely busy times.

We have attended in the summer for general park touring, late May for Flower and Garden Festival and the 3rd week of December for Christmas events. I think it is nice to visit at different times to experience the special events. They are each so different. I really liked Epcot's holiday events since they seemed to get me into the spirit of the season.

connie1042
11-05-2008, 07:06 PM
We have been several (20), times. I have been in March, April, May, June August Sept. Oct. and Dec. I think our favorite time to be in the parks is Sept. because of the no line factor. The most festive time is Dec. We are going to do that one in a couple of years again, but not so much for the rides as for the decorations and shows. I am going next year in July, for the 4. Now I know that is crazy, but friends from Scotland want to see what the 4th of July is like. Do I plan on riding alot, no, but it will be exciting. So it depends on what you want out of the trip. For me any time at Disney is great!!!

katscradle
11-05-2008, 07:35 PM
I perfer to go right after the American Thanksgiving.
Everything is decorated for x-mas.
My favorite time of year.
However it is not as crowded as the x-mas break is.:)

fterie4u
11-06-2008, 09:36 AM
Thank you again for all of your suggestions, I really appreciate it! They have been very helpful! We think we are going to go at the beginning of October to enjoy the F&W Festival and MNSSHP. However, we would like to go in early December to see the decorations and things also.

If we went in December I would miss the warm weather, and swimming (my daughter loves the water!) and of course the F&W Festival. so, I think we are leaning towards October, even though we have been there at that time before. I think we will either go in December this trip or the next trip. I just feel like there is so much going on in December anyway, preparing for Christmas, Christmas parties, etc. I do agree that any time in Disney is wonderful and we are just happy and fortunate to be there!!!:lovestruc

freesone
11-06-2008, 12:33 PM
We like September. The crowds are low, there is usually a promotion for that time of year(free dining the last 3 years), and the weather is good(being from Boston, it's like we stepped right back into mid-summer).:)

Disney Dreamin
11-06-2008, 12:50 PM
We have been in May, June, Aug and Sept. May was very mild weather and fair crowds. Sept is my favorite, still a bit hot but no lines. We walked onto every ride only used FP 3x. We are going in Dec this year as a surprise trip for the kids, but I have had growing concerns over the crowds. I am sure we will love the decorations but I have a feeling we'll stick with Sept as a favorite time to go.