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View Poll Results: As a Family Vacation, when would YOU want to go to WDW?
Autumn (MNSSHP/Food & Wine) 55 64.71%
Winter (MVMCP/Osborne Lights/Processional) 30 35.29%
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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Arrow Disney in Autumn or Winter? Need your opinions please!

My family has decided to go to Disney World next year as a family vacation This pleases me.

BUT my mother really can't decide between Autumn (MNSSHP/Food & Wine) or Winter (MVMCP/Osborne Lights/Processional). DH and I have been during Autumn, late October. So we know those experiences but we've never been during the winterish time.


Family: Mom/Dad + Me (26)/ DH (27) + Sister (16/17) [ages are how old we will be by Autumn/Winter of next year]

Expertise: Mom, Dad & Sis have NEVER been to WDW. DH & I = 3 times

When: If we went in the Autumn, my mother said she'd like to be there during Halloween, so most likely Oct. 30th - Nov. 6th. If we went in Winter, it would be early December, probably 4th - 11th (nothing later than the 15th as return date).

Where: We plan on renting DVC points for a 2 bedroom Villa at the Beach Club.

Important facts:
- Swimming is a big factor for my family.
- We also enjoy food and fun! We are not the type to go to a club and drink/dance the night away ... though, my mother loves to dance.
- Major rides WILL be hit.
- We will have the normal Disney Dining Plan

In your opinion ...

1} How do the two parties compare? I understand they are at extra cost
2} Would we be able to swim during both seasons?
3} Weather Wise; which season do you prefer?
4} Activity/Event Wise; which season do you prefer?
5} Pros/Cons for each season?
6} Pros/Cons for each Holiday time? (such as events/activities)
7} Would you recommend Park Hopper tickets? Why or why not?
8} Which season would YOU go?

Thank you ahead of time for you opinions. These will really help ^_^

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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1} How do the two parties compare? I understand they are at extra cost I prefer the Halloween Party, but I would attend both. We're doing MVMCP next week.
2} Would we be able to swim during both seasons? Hit or miss, this would definitely be better in the fall
3} Weather Wise; which season do you prefer? Both. Winter sometimes has less rain, but I enjoy either season equally.
4} Activity/Event Wise; which season do you prefer? I'm a Christmas snob so probably December, but I also like Food and Wine.
7} Would you recommend Park Hopper tickets? Why or why not? I prefer parkhoppers for flexibility
8} Which season would YOU go? Agh... I would go December probably, but I love Christmas time. Fall is super nice too though and is my second favorite time to go for sure.

Thank you ahead of time for you opinions. These will really help ^_^

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The swimming and food comments would make me recommend fall for you though.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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The swimming and food comments would make me recommend fall for you though.
Thank you Yeah, I think they'd really like the fall, but Christmastime is a huge holiday in our family ^_^ Which is why we have the dilemma

Thank you so much for your opinions!
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:15 AM   #4
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I picked the fall. It's a little cheaper and less crowded, though it will probably be crowded on Halloween. It may actually be hard for you to get a villa at the BC for F&W. It will be a little warmer if you were planning to swim. I can't speak to the parties as I haven't been. Weather-wise there is more rain in the fall, but you'll be past the worst part of hurricane season in late Oct.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:59 AM   #5
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1} How do the two parties compare? I understand they are at extra cost
2} Would we be able to swim during both seasons?
3} Weather Wise; which season do you prefer?
4} Activity/Event Wise; which season do you prefer?
5} Pros/Cons for each season?
6} Pros/Cons for each Holiday time? (such as events/activities)
7} Would you recommend Park Hopper tickets? Why or why not?
8} Which season would YOU go?

Thank you ahead of time for you opinions. These will really help ^_^

2. Usually the earlier the better for guaranteed swimming, although this year Halloween was freakishly cold and it is very warm there right now.
3. Fall has nicer weather.
4. The Christmas decorations are fantastic. They are usually up by the middle of November.
6. I would go with the cheapest and least crowded choice, whichever that would be. If you want to do plenty of rides, the shortest wait times translate into more ride time.
7. Park Hopper definitely, especially since you are at the BCV. You'll be able to walk into Epcot every night, and you won't have the hassle of taking the buses as often.
8. I'm struggling with the same decision. I love the fall weather but would LOVE to see the Christmas decorations and activities. I would probably go in early December because I don't care that much about swimming.
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Can you check when the F&W Fest ends and the Christmas festivities begin? Maybe your trip can overlap both.
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Having lived a short driving distance from Disney for 5 years plus, we went any time we wanted. That said, I'd choose winter over fall. Fall is fantastic in FL, particularly central FL. However, we saw lower crowds when we went in the winter time -- other than the exact holidays -- and had an easier time getting a room we liked/wanted/could afford when we wanted to stay overnight to enjoy late night activities.
The swimming issue didn't come up for us. We've been there when people were swimming in the pools in December -- the pools that are heated and there was steam coming off of them. :-) Fall would give you more opportunities to swim.
It does seem to rain more in the fall. We were there more than a few times when it rained and rained and rained.
I'm sure you'll enjoy no matter when you go. Both times have good reasons for going.
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Both times are great times of the year to go. We were there this past Oct from the 20-27th. We did our first MNSSHP and loved it. We have done the MVMCP twice in the past and that was fun as well.
We swam with no problems on our Oct trip...it was hot! We have also swam in Nov (the week after Thanksgiving) although it was not quite as warm. If swimming is a big factor I would go in October.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #9
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Wow, thank you all for the replies!

Keep them coming

For me, swimming isn't a huge factor, but for my mother it is lol We went this past october (24 - 30th) and didn't swim at all! We loved the weather ^_^ Though, as we haven't been in the winter time, we wouldn't know what to compare it to

Thankfully, when we went this year, we had almost NO RAIN o.O Perhaps it was a fluke?
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two of our favorite time of year to go. My wife and I alone prefer the food and wine fest and the fall season. With the kids we would choose winter. The holiday decorations are fantastic, make sure you resort hop a little and see the trees etc at boardwalk, Animal kingdom, Wilderness lodge and contemporary if you can. We ended up using an entire day for that, actually. The park hopper is the way to go, takes all the pressure off for the entire trip, you are not keeping track of where dinner will be so if you want to spend the day at animal kingdom but have dinner at epcot you can do that. Swimming is almost the same for both times, we have made it in the pool both times with no problem.

Have a great time!!
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two of our favorite time of year to go. My wife and I alone prefer the food and wine fest and the fall season. With the kids we would choose winter. The holiday decorations are fantastic, make sure you resort hop a little and see the trees etc at boardwalk, Animal kingdom, Wilderness lodge and contemporary if you can. We ended up using an entire day for that, actually. The park hopper is the way to go, takes all the pressure off for the entire trip, you are not keeping track of where dinner will be so if you want to spend the day at animal kingdom but have dinner at epcot you can do that. Swimming is almost the same for both times, we have made it in the pool both times with no problem.

Have a great time!!
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Thank you very much! You have a very good point about the park hopper. We've done with and without park hopper ... but only with DH/I and once with a friend ... never with 5. With so many people with different tastes, you make a very compelling argument ^_^
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I'm a big fan of Autumn at Disney. But a quick point about renting DVC points. You are already way behind the eight ball in terms of renting points for a two-bedroom villa at BCV for Food and Wine, if that is the time you want to go, you need to book ASAP!

If you decide to go in early December, find someone to rent from NOW so when the 11-month window opens, they can make your reservation. Early December has become the busiest time for DVC resorts and many folks who don't book at the start of the 11-month window are left staying at a different resort than the one they wanted.
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I'm a big fan of Autumn at Disney. But a quick point about renting DVC points. You are already way behind the eight ball in terms of renting points for a two-bedroom villa at BCV for Food and Wine, if that is the time you want to go, you need to book ASAP!

If you decide to go in early December, find someone to rent from NOW so when the 11-month window opens, they can make your reservation. Early December has become the busiest time for DVC resorts and many folks who don't book at the start of the 11-month window are left staying at a different resort than the one they wanted.
Thank you for your advice ^_^

Yeah, I know I'm a bit behind for Autumn but it cannot be helped.

If we do end up going that route, I will definitely get on the ball as soon as we decide the season.
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Winter-just because the weather is better. MNSSHP is awesome, but it's too hot.
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