Planning Disney Parks Adventures: Timing is Everything!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
those of you joining me from The Disney FAITHful and those of you just hopping
aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail! This month we’re discussing
ways in which we plan our Disney Parks Adventures.
As the saying
goes, timingis everything.This is oh-so-true when
it comes to choosing dates for your Walt Disney World vacation! The time of
year in which you visit greatly affects your Disney experience. To illustrate,
let’s take a look at my family’s Disney vacation history timeline and I’ll
discuss the pros and the cons of each trip.
first Walt Disney World Vacation! Our children were five and seven then; how
easy it was to take them out of school for a week! It was very important to me
that we visit during a low crowd season because of issues related to our son’s autism. The other reason we chose early
September was because it was easy for me to take the week off – my boss
happened to be taking his vacation that same week.
crowds was fantastic but, oh! That Florida HEAT and HUMIDITY just killed me!
Fortunately, the kids were still young enough for a mid-afternoon nap each day;
otherwise I would have completely melted.
were able to pull the kids out of school so that we could experience lighter
crowds. Let me tell you, Disney was ten times more fun in seventy degree temps
than it was at a hundred! (I must have said that at least a hundred times that week.) We were also able to celebrate
my husband’s birthday, which was lots of fun. The only downside to January when compared to September was that park hours
were noticeably shorter. This made it more difficult to manage the afternoon
nap and still have adequate time for the parks in the evening.
By now we
had become Disney Vacation Club members. An early December trip was a great
value point-wise as well as crowd-wise. (It also allowed me to take advantage
of the annual pass I had purchased the previous January!) Walt Disney World
during the holiday season was extra magical and we were able to attend our
first after-hours event, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! The only downside
to the December trip was that it was too cold that week for the kids to swim in
the resort pool. Personally, I thought the pros heavily outweighed that one
time marches on and our children were getting too old to be taken out of school
for an entire week. We had become spoiled! Our challenge now was to pick a
vacation time that would not result in missed school days for the kids.
I know what
you’re thinking -- but after the uncomfortable experience I had with heat and
humidity on that first trip I couldn’t bear the thought of Disney in the
summer! Our solution – Jersey Week!
November, 2006 & 2007
Here in the
Garden State teachers have their annual convention in early November, the same
week as Election Day and Veterans’ Day, so school is closed most of that week.
Well, missing two days of school is better than missing five so that’s the time
we chose for our trips in ’06 and ’07. The crowds were a bit heavier,
especially over Veterans’ Day Weekend (of course -- because half of New Jersey was there!) but the weather was perfect! And to top
that off, we were able to experience Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival! Jersey Week seemed to be the
best compromise for us.
was planned a little differently because at the time we were planning an
extensive renovation of our home. For
financial reasons we knew we would not be able to take another vacation until
the fall of 2009 but by now the thought of two whole years without a Disney
trip was, well, unthinkable! Although
it had been but five short months since our last visit, I threw together a
rather spur-of-the-moment “quickie” five day trip that we took during the week
preceding Easter. Our daughter’s school was closed that week but our son’s spring
break was scheduled for the week after
Easter. Oh well, all I can say is that his teachers were very supportive about
the whole situation!
I had been a
bit apprehensive about going during “spring break,” but honestly, the crowds
seemed no heavier than they had during the two previous Veterans’ Day Weekends.
As a bonus we were able to enjoy Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival!The weather was delightful and the kids made full use
of our resort pool.
After a year
and a half without a trip to Walt Disney World (Gasp!) we spent another Jersey Weekat our Happy Place in 2009.
What a thrill it was to realize that because of the way the dates fell that
year we would actually be able to spend Halloween in Disney! Being able to
attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Partyon October 31st that year was a special, spooky treat!
In 2011 we
made our next, and I fear our last, trip to Walt Disney World during Jersey
Week. That’s because both my daughter and my husband elected to stay home that
week so as not to miss even a single day of school. (My husband is working on a
degree.) While it was a lovely mother-son trip, I did miss the other half of
our family terribly…
trip, therefore, is planned for February of 2013 – Presidents Week, to be exact
– so no one will miss school. Again, I’m apprehensive about doing “something
new” when it comes to timing our vacation – mostly because I expect the crowds
to be thicker than we’ve ever experienced! I really have to plan that trip
carefully. But that’s a post for another day!
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