Why is cheaper in early fall?

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  1. DisneyBliss7

    DisneyBliss7 ''Wish upon a star''

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    Why are the resorts cheaper in early fall vs May? We are booked at AoA for May 2013 but are thinking about going in early Oct in hopes of free dining being offered. The price difference from May to early fall was $337! I thought both these times of year was low crowds...Is it b/c it's still hurricane season?
     
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  3. Maggie'sMom

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    Hurricane season is a big reason. Towards the end of May, schools start letting out so attendance increases.
     
  4. aaarcher86

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    It's lower in fall because less people are traveling in with their kids being in school.

    After Easter the prices start to increase for the Summer and influx of crowds.
     
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  6. DisneyBliss7

    DisneyBliss7 ''Wish upon a star''

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    Is it a bad idea to go this time of year b/c of hurricanes? I don't know the peak of hurricane season...
     
  7. aaarcher86

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    Not really. It's one of the most popular times, so it obviously isn't scaring people. It just means that during this time weather conditions are optimum for hurricanes, not necessarily that you'll get blasted by one.
     
  8. Herfnerd

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    I disagree about the reason being that its Hurricane Season but more that its because kids are back in school.

    While inclimate weather is a possibility, most people seem to forget that Hurricane Season encompasses half the year - from June thru November and peak season is mid September.
     
  9. Fantasmiss

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    Hurricane season IS one of the reasons. Personally I wouldn't go at all between early June and very late October. I've been in WDW when a hurricane was approaching and althought it didn't hit this area it was close enough to cause too much worry and time spent in hotel to watch weather channel. Not worth it. I'd rather go in a low or no hurricane risk time of the year and pay more.

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  10. Herfnerd

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    Not saying Hurricane Season is not a factor but its not as big of one as is kids being back to school/the end of Summer vacation season.
     
  11. disnut8

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    There is no "peak" for hurricane season because hurricanes don't follow a calendar. The human hurricane season is June 1 - November 30 so, like someone else said, half the year. Storms can form at any time and can land anywhere (can anyone say Hurricane Sandy?). Human tornado season lasts 365 days a year. Human rainy season also lasts the same amount of time.

    Sorry to DisneyBliss but the point I'm trying to make is you can't change the weather. Make your plans, go with them and if something happens, well, you have a great story to tell your grandchildren. Lived through many hurricanes (five in one year in Mississippi), tons of tornadoes in Nebraska and a couple of floods.
     
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    We typically travel Nov/March/May/August & for at least the last 4-5 years, May has ALWAYS been our most expensive flight.
     
  13. mickey&minniealways

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    Part of it is that the kids are back in school. It also depends on if you are booking directly with Disney. If staying at a DVC resort it can be difficult to get your desired location as the F&W at Eppcot is very poplular with DVC.
     
  14. davedmaine

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    Don't base your choice on free dining. Keep in mind you may be better off with a room discount instead.
     
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    The op is staying at a value resort so it's doubtful the small room discounts they give out to the values us even going to come close to a free dining discount.
     
  16. ElizabethB

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    Hurricanes and love bugs.
     
  17. Sheaboys

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    We were there when Isacc hit at the end of August. Honestly, we slapped on our rain coats and went out. No big deal. We have been at the end of august a few times and at the end of September early October and the weather was the same, a mid day rain storm, in and out quickly. No big deal. I would never sit in the room watching the news about a possible storm. :confused3

    Love that time of year, low crowds, free dining, cheap flights, etc.
     
  18. Pixiedust34

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    1. Hurricane season
    2. It's the beginning of the school year, typically not a great time for parents to pull their kids out of school.
    3. It's hot, hot, hot and humid, humid, humid. Weather-wise, with the risk of hurricanes and the heat, it's not an ideal time to visit Florida.
     
  19. lisam427

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    we go every year in september right around labor day. in matter of fact every trip we have gone in september. we get free dining and the rooms are cheaper than other times of the year. another benefit is that the parks are not packed at all. the only weather issues we have experienced is a day or two with rain for a few hours at the most. if you can get free dining plus cheaper hotel rates then i say go for it.
     
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    Yes you would if it was the kind of storm that ripped houses apart. At least I hope you would be smart enough to.

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  21. Robbi

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    Hurricane season is from June 1-November 1 and late August through mid Sept is prime hurricane season. No one can predict with any certainty whether a cane will strike FL or not. That's wone reason Disney discounted prices for that time of year. Another reason is kids are back in school and WDW tried to get tourists with better pricing in Sept.
     

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