Do you go when Disney World it is crowded? Personal and just curious
My husband and I are "older" and all of our children are grown and we are grandparents. We love going to Disney World and go as often as we can, and like you, whenever we have the money. Here is the question, "do you go whenever you can...even when Disney World is crowded?" If you do, what kinds of things bring the most enjoyment to you?"
I am a teacher and must go when I'm off and don't mind the crowds too much because we enjoy just looking and walking and shows and parades and fireworks and plant, etc...
Do you have a suggestion for some other things we would enjoy focusing on while we are there that would enhance our enjoyment of the parks? Details to notice? Also, where is your favorite place to stay, and why?
So far, we enjoy behind EPCOT the best but it's soooo expensive except when we can get a room at teacher cost at the Dolphin which is rare because the rooms are limited. I thought you might have another suggestion.
Grandmommy and Granddaddy
p.s. Love this site!
Dad's Long Winded (and very appropriate) Answer
Grandmommy and Granddaddy,
Thank you for checking Dad out. (Get your minds out of the gutters boys and girls.) I'm glad you like the site."Do you go whenever you can...even when Disney World is crowded?"
Yes, our last trip we arrived on New Years Day which is the third busiest day of the year. Why? Because it was the only time all of us could get away. Our kids are just getting to the age where they are finishing school, so we also were tied to the school calendar.
One of our favorite times to go is the day school gets out for Christmas break when it's around the 18th or 19th. This gives us a couple of days before the crowds get unmanageable.
Another option would be that last week of May or the second week of June. Crowds would still be fairly light and temperatures won't be too bad.
Still, Christmas at Disney World is Dad's favorite time of year. Which leads me into question number 2."If you do, what kinds of things bring the most enjoyment to you?"
Christmas being our favorite time, we love all of the Christmas decorations. It's fun to walk around the parks and see all the ways Disney can turn Mickey into a decoration. The colors, the sights, the sounds it's all unbelievable. No one does Christmas like Disney.
The thing we get the most enjoyment out of when we visit Walt Disney World is spending time with our kids. We haven't had a trip without them for a very long time. We will soon. (Sorry kids.) Do you have a suggestion for some other things we would enjoy focusing on while we are there that would enhance our enjoyment of the parks? Details to notice?
If you get to go to Disney World during Christmas, make sure to see all of the shows in the parks. That's sounds easy, but I'm talking about the smaller shows like each of the countries telling of their Santa story. Make sure you check out the Christmas trees at each park. The decorations on the trees are amazing. We also like to see how the different Resorts decorate for Christmas especially the Ginger Bread Houses.
During the rest of the year Dad likes to point out "hidden" Mickey's. Hidden Mickey's started out as a joke by Disney's Imagineers when Epcot opened. Originally Mickey wasn't invited to Epcot, so the Imagineers found ways to hide the Mickey shape in Epcot. This game continued as the other parks were developed. It even spread to the Magic Kingdom. It's fun to see who can find the most.Also, where is your favorite place to stay, and why?
Our favorite place to stay is the Polynesian Resort. We love it. Yes, it's a little expensive (more than just a little). If we had unlimited money, we'd stay there every time.
We love the relaxed feel of the Polynesian. It's so beautiful with the foliage and the water. The beach just makes the island feel come to life. It's also the most convenient to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot which are the parks we spend the most time in.
Our favorite budget resort is the Pop Century. Yes, it's not the Polynesian but it's comfortable, colorful and fun.
We really like the food court for breakfast.
If you really want to save money, you could stay offsite. Yes, I know that's sacrilege. There are some hotels and resorts around Disney World that run great specials year round.
Dad's Bottom Line
Going to Disney World when it is crowded can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. Disney pulls out all the stops to make crowds comfortable and keep them entertained. There are more shows, more extras, and even some good deals.
Have a good time. Look for Dad.