The family and I recently took a vacation to Walt Disney World. This was a very different trip for us in several ways. In this and the following series of articles, I will discuss some of the differences in this trip and what works and doesn’t work for my family. Hopefully, some of our experiences will help you when planning your next Disney World vacation.
First, is the fact that we went in July. We had been to Disney once in June and once in July and had sworn off the summer forever. It was too hot and too crowded. So we had moved our trips to either the fall or the spring. The temperature is better and the crowds were smaller, at least at first. We went at Spring break in March of 2017 and got the complete opposite of warm and no crowds. A cold front came through and we had to wear pants and sweatshirts for most of the vacation; not the sunny and warm spring break we had hoped for. It was also ridiculously crowded! The other time we like to travel is the week before Thanksgiving. The temperatures have always been nice and crowd levels are manageable until the week of Thanksgiving.
So why July? Basically, we had time off and couldn’t decide on any other location. We are DVC members and Annual Passholders so lodging and park tickets were taken care of already. This helped the budget for travel, food, and souvenirs increase.
Going into the trip we were expecting temperatures resembling Satan’s backyard and crowds so thick you could not see the sidewalk, but what we got was very surprising. We arrived on Wednesday, July 19th and stayed through Monday the 24th. Temperatures were hot but not unbearable. It rained almost every day, so late afternoon was very mild. And the crowds? Surprisingly small. In fact, this was the least crowded I have ever seen the parks! Monday was the hottest day and Magic Kingdom was slammed. Overall, it was a great experience.
I have a feeling that the lower crowds are due to the tiered pricing Disney has instituted. One day in Magic Kingdom during peak season is $132.06. (The DIS) This may be preventing some from traveling during the times we were there. The weather can’t be controlled and can change from year to year so you just deal with it as you go. Based on in this trip, July is now back in consideration for us to make future visits to Disney.