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Old 09-11-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Question Which month is the best (budget-wise) to visit Disney?

I'm doing a little long-term planning to figure out when to take a vacation in 2010, and I'm wondering which month of the year are Disney-area hotels/packages/flights the cheapest?
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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September is usually a good month. Value season,free dining has been the norm for a few years,not guarenteed, but great if you can get it and the crowds are on the low side. We usually go in september every year or My secondchoice would be december, about 2 weeks before christmas. Same deal, and this year they have free dining, so it makes it a lot easier to budget.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:19 PM   #3
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I agree with madformickey, September is a great choice for value season. Plus, you can't beat the low crowds.

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Old 09-11-2009, 07:34 PM   #4
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September is great for Free Dining but you're going to pay rack rate for the room under that deal. For families of 4, staying in a value room this is still an awesome deal. For couples staying in a deluxe resort, not so much.

Last January, the 4/3 package offer (pay for 4 nights - get 3 free) was a better deal for 2 adults or families staying in deluxe resorts. The deal also included a $200 GC that could be used for meals if your stay involved select dates. But families of 2A/2C staying in a value resort would not find this to be as good a deal as the Free Dining. Or if you can't stay for 7 nights, this deal falls very flat.

So it really depends on what Disney decides to offer and how well it fits your situation.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:19 PM   #5
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If you want to go budget and not stay in a deluxe September is the best. Free Dining is the best savings. We have always had great luck getting good priced airline tickets in September.
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For Southwest Airlines we've always found January to be very cheap to fly. You can't go the day after New Year's because many snowbirds are flying out and it's still a little high.

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We have found January to be the best month for us. It's value season, flights are cheap, crowds are low, and most importantly.... it doesn't snow in WDW
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I just wanted to say I agree with the posters that said September. We've been to WDW twice in September and gotten great deals both times. The crowds were low too which was great. The only negative thing I would say about September is it can be very hot, humid and rainy (it's peak hurricane season).

I would still go in September if we could but we go in October instead because DD is in school but has a Fall Break in October.
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September, January and early December are all great value wise. Free dining has been a good deal. With the new free dining deal - not so much. If you stay in a value resort you only get the free counter service plan. I think I would come out ahead if I used an AP or FL resident discount in that case. It may be different if I had kids included. If I had to pick a favorite I would say early December - because we love the Christmas festivities!
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We are going for the first time in Sept as we have heard how wonderfully low the crowds are in Sept. I have also heard that January and early December are also good
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