Thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, but wondering how to have an affordable Disney vacation? Want some basic information but don’t know where to start? For most people planning their first visit to Disney World, it can be an overwhelming and confusing process, with so much information available that it can be hard to even know where to begin. Sifting through that information to figure out how to save money as well can make it even more challenging. As a Disney veteran, I believe that the first, and most important, place to start is: “When are you going to go?”
Holidays and School Vacations Are the Most Expensive
Deciding on the time of year for your visit affects everything else about your Disney vacation, including cost. Certain seasons are just more expensive than others. Yet if you have school-age children, like the majority of families that visit Walt Disney World, then traveling during school vacations is often a necessity. Not surprisingly, summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, and spring/Easter breaks are the busiest times to visit, and accordingly the most expensive. If you simply must travel during those peak times, then you must be prepared for resort accommodations to be more expensive than they would during other non-peak times of the year. And while there are always lots of lodging options in the Orlando area, you may find that your choices may be limited if you are trying to book at the last minute. To have the best chance for an affordable Disney vacation, you really need to plan ahead.
How do You Feel About Crowds?
Crowd levels are important to consider as well, as they can dramatically affect the enjoyment of a Disney World vacation. If you hate crowds, and don’t like standing in line, do not plan a visit during peak times! It is a surefire recipe for a miserable, rather than magical vacation! Off peak times of the year may be more enjoyable for you, and will probably be less expensive as well. And with lower crowd levels, you will see more attractions, and ultimately get more for your money.
Consider the Weather: Can You Take the Heat?
Don’t overlook the weather factor. Most people are well aware of how hot and humid Florida can be in the summer: if you are visiting Disney World during this time of year, be prepared to go early, take mid-day breaks, and relax in the pool in the afternoon. And if you just can’t handle heat and humidity at all, choose another season to go. Winter months, on the other hand, can be very unpredictable: a glorious and sunny day in the 70s one day, and 30s at night the next. Visiting during the winter requires a different kind of pre-planning, with special attention paid to packing wisely before you leave home…or spending more money at Disney buying what you need for the weather!
The Key to an Affordable Disney Vacation is Planning Ahead
The very best way to plan a Disney vacation starts with a realistic appraisal of your family’s schedule, considering what everyone likes, doesn’t like, and can handle, and then scheduling your vacation accordingly. And always try to plan as far in advance as possible so that you will have the best chance to save money on your trip to Walt Disney World.