After about 4 perfectly planned trips planned and cancelled because of covid, we ended up going to FL the beginning of February and stayed with family. While it wasn’t the Disney trip we had been hoping for, we did visit Chef Mickey’s one day and spent one long day at MK from open to close. Both kids are loved the rides and seeing the characters in the cavalcades. We had promised DD8 a Disney trip for her 7th birthday, which would have been over our 10th Anniversary (we were married in Disney). My DS1’s favorite thing is still Mickey & friends. I get the whole argument about how he won’t remember the vacation but seeing him at Chef Mickey’s in February when Mickey walked in the room was the highlight of my year.
We took DD8 on full Disney trips when she was 2 and 3. Then at 4 visited MK for a day and at 5 did a Universal trip. There is a lot of new things we haven’t seen because we haven’t been to AK, HS or Epcot since Oct of 2016 (before Pandora even). My DH has finally agreed to us planning another trip but his criteria is that the temperatures must be below 90° each day (well he would prefer even cooler but come on, it’s FL). The other most important thing would be to go when it is least crowded, which kinda isn’t a thing anymore. I looked at the crowd calendar and there is no magical uncrowded time coming up in the fall/winter. There are so many unknowns right now. While fast passes had their flaws, we could get on whichever rides we wanted with careful planning and same day fast passes with low waits. I don’t want to be split up all day while my oldest waits in long lines to ride the thrill rides DS is too small to get on. Plus toddlers don’t want to wait in super long lines themselves (nor do their parents ).
I admit to being a bit burnt out from planning the cancelled trips bit if I narrow down a time then I can start getting excited about planning again. When do you suggest going (to minimize waits and not be too hot)? I don’t know how much I can trust the crowd calendars right now. The 50th Anniversary scares me with the crowds when combined with the backlog of all the people suddenly wanting to travel now they are vaccinated.
- October/November/December 2021?
- January/February 2022?
- Fall/early winter 2022?
Also, we still have an airline credit for over $550 that we will lose if we don’t use by the end of the year so that is a point in favor of #1. Also my DS will be 2 until next summer so #1 or #2 will be a money saver.
Thanks to anyone willing to help me figure this out!