View Full Version : When (what months) do you usually go on your WDW DVC vacations?

02-23-2003, 07:51 AM
hi everyone. i was thinking about DVC yesterday (number crunching, poring over points charts, imagining planning potential DVC vacations if/when i ever convince myself to buy-in, etc. :p ), and there's something i really wanted to get a better feel for.

it seems like a lot of DVCers tend to avoid vacationing at WDW during general "Peak" times such as:

Traditional "Peak" Vacation Weeks:
February President's Week (public schools vacation)
April public schools vacation week (usually near Easter)
December holidays from week before Christmas through New Years Day
November Thanksgiving week

Summer "Peak" Months:
May Memorial Day week thru Sept Labor Day week

i was curious if this observation is accurate; and if so, i was wondering which "off-peak" times are most popular for DVCers. in order words, i have this theory that the true DVC peak times are different from the general WDW peak times.
so, i tried to come up with a poll that might shed some light on this.
i also thought this companion poll on which DVC points season you normally travel (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=333503) would help complete the picture, so please also click here (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=333503) vote in that poll as well!

anyway, please cast your vote! if you're a new DVC member, just vote for what you think your vacation patterns will be. :)

vote for the first option if you actually tend to travel during "Peak" times.
but, if you tend to travel during "off-peak" times, please ignore the first option and vote for the months you take your DVC vacations most frequently

thanks everyone! i'm really looking forward to seeing the results.

02-23-2003, 09:06 AM
When DS was younger (pre-high school), we always went to WDW Thanksgiving week. Once he started high school we no longer pulled him out of school for a vacation. We wait until June. Annmarie

02-23-2003, 09:39 AM
We love to go the 1st week of Dec - Its not so crowded and all the wonderful holiday special events and decorations. So I voted 1st 2.5wks of dec.

We also now go for one week in the summer and if this March goes well DH and I will make a yearly NO KIDS vacation annually.:D

02-23-2003, 11:11 AM
It all depends on school schedule now. I used to schedule the trips during Oct/Nov.

02-23-2003, 01:56 PM
Our favorite times are the first half of December; last half of April; first half of May; all of October. We try to avoid the school breaks.

02-23-2003, 02:09 PM
disneyberry - how are you? Were you able to rent points for Halloween? I was sorry I couldn't help you out. Nice to see you'er thinking of become a DVC'er!!

I always to during the summer. Right now there's no choice. My son is in Catholic school and they frown on you're taking the kids out.

One day when he no longer wants to accompany us, then I think I'd like to go October.

But until that time; summer it is!

02-23-2003, 02:50 PM
I didn't know where to put my answer. We go late July or Early Aug every year, and also April/May for the Flower Show one year, then the week after Thanksgiving the next year.

02-23-2003, 03:53 PM
Thanks for an interesting poll.

02-23-2003, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by Ms. WDW
disneyberry - how are you? Were you able to rent points for Halloween? I was sorry I couldn't help you out. Nice to see you'er thinking of become a DVC'er!!

yep, miraculously, another member was able to call and get a room w/in 5 days of check-in (after waitlists had expired) for a quickie 2-night stay at BWV. after this second trip to BWV, the more i think about it, the more i want to become a DVC member. i'm still struggling with the financial calculations/justification though!

anyway, i'm happy to see all the votes on this poll already. looks like everybody's favorite "off-peak" time is F&W and early Dec for Xmas decorations!
keep the votes coming, the more votes, the more accurate the poll.

TDC Nala
02-23-2003, 06:44 PM
Can't really vote on this poll, I go to WDW seven or eight times a year. This year I have trips in January, March, May, July, August, October, November and two in December. I'll probably always go on Labor Day weekend, the first half of November, and the first half of December, though.

02-23-2003, 07:15 PM
Hey you left out a slot for Labor Day so I left my vote in September...since September is a low month.

And I wound up voting twice because Food & Wine spans Oct & Nov. Using ranges of timeshare weeks may have been a tad more accurate over using months.

02-23-2003, 07:51 PM
We go at least twice a year. Those two times are February school vacation and the end of August.

02-23-2003, 08:27 PM
I guess I voted in the majority!

We really don't have much choice at this point in our lives but to go during Peak Times since I teach school. We bought enough points to go during Easter Week, a long weekend in June, a few days at Vero in August and a 4 day weekend in mid-December. Lucky for us, we have a friend who also is a DVC member and we can often share a 2 bedroom!

Once I retire (SOON!!!) We will be going in the off season more often and for a longer period of time.

remember the magic
DVC/BCVs 2002

02-23-2003, 09:03 PM
I voted for peak times because we have visited during the summer, Christmas and Easter. We are anxious to be able to travel at other times when school vacation doesn't determine our lives.

02-23-2003, 09:28 PM
I'll go any time except June, July or August. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Although you might be able to twist my arm to make a trip during the summer.

02-23-2003, 09:39 PM
yes, *sigh* i realized after submitting the poll that i should have included Memorial Day and Labor Day in option #1 which is the "i travel during Peak times" choice.
i think only Moderators can modify polls once they're composed already.

because polls are limited to 10 options max, and there isn't more complex bulletin board software to make a more appropriate poll, this is the best i could come up with.

so i figured this poll combined with the DVC point season poll would provide a good general idea of when DIS DVCers tend to vacation at WDW.

i made both polls allow multiple votes, so, if appropriate (you like to travel during F&W which is Oct or Nov) you can choose more than one month.

anyway, thanks to everyone who's voted so far. apparently, a lot of DVCers do still travel during general WDW Peak attendance times!

02-23-2003, 09:57 PM
We go end of Oct or beginning of Nov for F&W fest, early Dec for the Christmas events & May for the water parks and other central Florida attractions.

02-24-2003, 02:51 AM
We use 100% of the points during June and July.

02-24-2003, 08:36 AM
For the past few years, we've (or I have) been going 2-3 times a year. We consistently go in early summer, so I voted for that. I have been going in March and Dec. But this year that will change. No March trip to WDW for me. (I'm going to DL) ;)

02-24-2003, 09:38 AM
We have ressies for June and would go at Christmas this year if I hadn't started a new job.

We plan on going next June also.

02-24-2003, 01:47 PM
We've been once in Sept, May, and Oct. Since our next trip is Sept, I voted there. We plan to do the early October trip and the late September trip in back to back years so we can get two trips out of the AP's.

May was okay, but not good enough to spend the extra points! :)

05-20-2003, 06:11 PM
just a bump in case anyone else is interested in this poll.

05-20-2003, 09:36 PM
We bought into DVC planning to vacation every June and October untill 2042!

05-20-2003, 10:50 PM
When we would like to go is different from when we actually can go....if that makes any sense.

Our two DD teens are so busy during the school year that it's impossible to take them out and not miss a zillion things. We haven't been able to travel over Christmas because my oldest teen dances with a ballet in the Nutcracker and she is committed to performances Thanksgiving to New Year's. But we would really like to be there for New Year's some day when she decides to give the Nutcracker up.

Our trips during the summer months have been accidental. Last August we had to use points which were in "holding" status because of a cancelled post 9/11 trip. We're going this July because we just added on points and we're going to make this our second week of vacation this summer instead of going to the beach somewhere (Cape or Islands).

As they get older I suspect our trips will grow shorter (long weekends instead of 5-10 days. Maybe we'll be able to go in off peak times. Here's hoping!

Disney Doll
05-20-2003, 10:58 PM
January/February or October/November, although we have gone in June and are looking to book July this year.

05-20-2003, 11:09 PM
Our trips have all been in the summer. But for some reason, I really don't think of it as "peak time". The crowds don't seem that bad to me...but I guess that's because we're always there at that time.

But I think a typical day in mid-June is nothing compared to Spring Break or Christmas week....so that's why I'm reluctant to lump those together.

But I know there are only so many choices you can list. And it is interesting from your polls to see how spread out the visits are throughout the year. That tells me that Disney did a pretty good job of setting the point structure to even out occupancy.

05-21-2003, 08:38 AM
Being from New Jersey we usually go over teachers convention. However, our DS will be playing HS football in a few years so we won't be going in November for 4 years. We also go quite often in March. Once DS is in college we can go whenever we want. Our other 2 DS's are through college. yippee!!!!

05-21-2003, 08:59 AM
I voted for our favorite times to visit: January, October, & November.
We would love to try December (maybe in 2004).

05-21-2003, 10:57 AM
If the Christmas season allows for us to work in a trip before or after actual Christmas, we would consider going then. Otherwise, like it will be this year, our backup is to go Veteran's Day week, in which my Catholic-school kids have three days off each year. Parent-teacher conferences are the end of that week, and I just plan to make other arrangements for that and take advantage of only having to pull them out for two days on a non-peak week.

05-21-2003, 02:13 PM
Being that we live an hour and 45 minutes from Disney we like to go in Jan. (first week), March or May, September, and now that we added on points are looking to go for a couple of days in early December (first week).

05-21-2003, 03:35 PM
We love the less crowded times but will go whenever we can.:smooth:

05-22-2003, 01:20 AM
We've done xmas (nice but crowded), october (very nice), and January (low crowds, but chilly!) Now, however, it appears we're consigned to the month of August! Our boys are in school, dd is just starting school next year, and it just isn't feasible to remove them for vacation. The boys are also into sports, and their dad usually coaches. Baseball season runs well into the summer, and averages 2 games per week, plus a practice. My eldest is getting to be quite good in this sport, and was asked to be on the summer all-star team, so kiss July and early Aug goodbye, too! THat leaves: Turkey week (our schools give the whole week off), spring break, xmas, and late August. We tried August in 2002 and were pleasantly surprised -- hot, yes, but crowds were low and the heat made the water parks and pools that much more enjoyable! We plan to do xmas in 2008 (I like to go when xmas lands later in the week... maximize the cheaper pre-xmas Dec days for points savings!)