I’m planning a “budget” trip to WDW next year. My date choices are determined by school dates (though as a tutor I have more flexibility than teachers) and by flight prices. My preferred airline (Virgin) is currently having a “sale”.
I’m looking at six nights at ASMo. I’m taking the very low risk that all the rooms will be refurbished by next summer. Per my other thread, I can only find preferred rooms. But they’re slightly cheaper than Pop and I will have stayed there twice already, so it will be fun to try somewhere else. Pop has the Skyliner — but in the summer? Hmm.
I’ve narrowed it down to three options:
Mid to end of June
Overlapping 4th July
End of August / beginning of September.
All three are neutral in terms of Disney pricing. The first two will allow me to use my UOR AP. The first two are neutral as to flight cost; no pricing is available for flights for the third.
Option 1 will be less crowded than Option 2. But, this being my 6th trip, will it be fun to enjoy all the 4th July hullabaloo?
Option 3 will have MNSSHP and lower crowds. And the later I leave it, the more chance new things will be open. But it’s at the end of my summer vacation time and I’ll be impatiently waiting all summer to go. With Option 1, my lessons finish and I’m on a flight the following week! Woohoo! Also Option 3 is deeper into hurricane season. But Option 3 gives me longer to pay. The flight has to be paid for when it is booked, and Disney has to be paid for six weeks before arrival.
Down here, everyone I know in the industry is asking off that Monday and Tuesday after. I would go b4 but i can see kicking it off with the 4th and then enjoying the 4th of July high the rest of the trip😁
DH and I went labor day weekend last year from Wednesday thru Monday. Very low crowds. Hot but no worse than our October trips. you can do Halloween part then but I think you’ve already done it. If I’d find out when Julia is going back and plan accordingly @mousematt. Ha! That way you have your J-Uber, homemade marcons, and Club 33 access.
So last night I bit the bullet and made a decision.
I went for . . . Option 1.
I felt very happy about the choice when I went to bed.
This morning I felt a teensy bit regretful when I scrolled through my twitter feed and saw awesome pictures of the new fireworks at MNSSHP. Well, awesome fireworks and awesome projections, awesomely working together.
But I still think I made the right call. Crowd level predictions for June are certainly much less than for July. And I think that’s more important than more exciting July 4th fireworks — which last fifteen minutes, compared with days of crowded parks.
June gives me “free” UOR access with my AP, which August doesn’t. And the weather and weather-risks are more positive in June than in August.
And I am genuinely trying to stick to a relatively low budget. I know the flight price I booked was low because it was about £400 (about a third!) cheaper than what I paid for my flights this year. There was no guarantee I’d get such a good price for August. And if I wait until those come out (in October) the June cheap flights will be long gone.
Finally, I’m excited to be trying a new hotel. The ASMo rooms are identical to the ones at Pop. Although Pop has the Skyliner, it may well be grim in the summer. I’ve heard the AS busses are good — and air-conditioned.
So I’m back to having two trips booked: December and June.