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Old 02-07-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Are the Christmas decorations worth it?

Planning a trip for 2013. Fairly flexible on when we can go. In a perfect world, all things being equal, I'd like to go the first week of December to see all the Christmas decorations and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I think I'd also appreciate the cooler temps (hoping it's not too cold though - kids will still want to swim).

HOWEVER, I just found some AMAZING roundtrip direct flights ($169/person taxes in) for September. Having been twice in September already though, I was looking forward to switching it up.

Other reasons to go again in September, crowds likely will be less and the chance of free dining or other discounts is likely higher. We'll be going with a friend and her kids who have never been before. She would ideally like to go in December as well but, being a single mom, she is also feeling the appeal of the cheaper pricing that September offers.

In your personal opinion, do the Christmas decorations and cooler weather of December outweigh the benefits of going in September?
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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While I'll agree that that's an amazing airfare, for me September is just too hot and I've found from having gone in December that I really like it when it's cool enough for sweatshirts and jeans (although December can certainly be warm enough for shorts and T-shirts). And I love the Christmas decorations, as well as the other holiday attractions. And while crowds aren't going to be as low as September, it's not going to be anywhere near as bad as say summer or the end of December.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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First week of Dec is great time to go for low crowds, christmas decor, Osborne lights etc.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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In your personal opinion, do the Christmas decorations and cooler weather of December outweigh the benefits of going in September?
Yes, absolutely - without a doubt!
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:10 PM   #5
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Yes! It is worth it to see not only the Parks decorated but the resorts too! We were able to see the Gingerbread decor at the Deluxe Resorts and it was amazing. My DH even remarked that it was worth it to ride the boat to BC and YC to see their decorations and he was disappointed that BWI had already removed their display before Jan. 1st. Oh well, we'll just have to return again!
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Another vote for December. The Christmas decorations are are worth it.

Plus, September is still really hot and humid.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:33 AM   #7
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It is worth at least once to see them. The weather can be very iffy, we have had in a week's time, nice weather and downright freezing cold and wet to the point we simply gave up and went back to the hotel we were so miserable.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:43 AM   #8
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Another vote for Christmas decorations - the magical place becomes even more so!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #9
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I personally would say yes! We started going in December in 2001 and have been hooked ever since. Disney at Christmas is very magical to me and we try to go the first week in December every year. The crowds are not bad at all and with a loose touring plan you can do everything with little to no wait.

I love the Osborne Lights, the pictures and videos don't do it justice to standing there in person. I also love the Candlelight Processional in Epcot. The castle dreamlights at MK are fabulous as well : ) I also love all the small things, the Christmas Characters at AK, the Resort Decorations, the Main Street decor and Park Christmas Trees. Epcot does some nice toparies as well.

I managed to snag some great airfare for our trip this past year in June ($200 a person round trip which is unheard of from where I live). We also ended up with a 20% resort discount. They did do free dining that week this past year too.

If you haven't been at Christmas before I would definitely say try it!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:56 AM   #10
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I am having similar issues! Only we are having to choose the full week before Thanksgiving or the first week in October. The super low crowd levels and Value rates for October are a huge draw for us. but November we would be there for my daughter's 10th birthday. We are so completely torn!
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #11
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We are considering second week of December trip. Never been for holiday season and would love to see it all decorated!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:36 AM   #12
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Planning a trip for 2013. Fairly flexible on when we can go. In a perfect world, all things being equal, I'd like to go the first week of December to see all the Christmas decorations and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I think I'd also appreciate the cooler temps (hoping it's not too cold though - kids will still want to swim).

HOWEVER, I just found some AMAZING roundtrip direct flights ($169/person taxes in) for September. Having been twice in September already though, I was looking forward to switching it up.

Other reasons to go again in September, crowds likely will be less and the chance of free dining or other discounts is likely higher. We'll be going with a friend and her kids who have never been before. She would ideally like to go in December as well but, being a single mom, she is also feeling the appeal of the cheaper pricing that September offers.

In your personal opinion, do the Christmas decorations and cooler weather of December outweigh the benefits of going in September?
Wouldn't you be able to find similar flights deals for the beginning of December? I would think that is still the offseason and you could get some decent fares.

If I had a choice, I would go in December. The crowds at the beginning of December are still low and you get all of the added plusses of the holidays. Just be prepared to pack last minute as you will need to check the weather to see if it will be warm or colder.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:40 AM   #13
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Wow! That was an overwhelming majority. December it is!

Thanks everyone!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:36 AM   #14
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Wow! That was an overwhelming majority. December it is!

Thanks everyone!!
Another vote for December even after you have made up your mind September is HOTT (two Ts for extra emphasis) and likely to rain every day for at least a bit in the afternoon. The first week in December is my favorite time to go because of the cooler, mostly-dry weather, the decorations and the relatively low crowds. It used to be a ghost town in early December but not anymore - the secret is out. Rides won't be a walk-on, but the crowds will be significantly less than busy times.

If you are a music nut (and if your kids will enjoy it), I also recommend seeing the Candlelight Processional during your December trip. The music is fantastic! Have fun!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #15
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Last year we went in mid-September, and then at the spur of the moment, we went for the first week of December. I loved both trips. I would definitely agree that since you have been in September, I would go for the Christmas decorations. The Osborne Lights were absolutely amazing. We went to MVMCP and had a blast. It was so much fun. The weather was cool - a bit chilly for swimming in the evenings, and that is the only thing I really missed about the September trip. On the other hand, it was nice walking around the parks without being hot /rained on!
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