Taking the plunge and planning our FIRST Disney Trip! Feeling very overwhelmed and not sure where to start. I am a teacher which complicates when we can go. Our daughters birthday is January 11th and we were thinking it would be super cool to be at Disney on her birthday, but I am worried that does not give me enough time to plan all of those special details and not sure how the weather is in January.
Our other option would be the second week of June right after school gets out. We are from TX so the heat is no big deal for us 🙂 How much water stuff is at Disney? Will we miss out by going in a winter month?
The Beach Club is a great place to stay anytime – Photo by Brett Svenson)
Dad’s Perfect Timing Answer
Congratulations – a family’s first Disney trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I’m here to help you have the most magical time possible, so believe me when I tell you not to worry about when you can go to Walt Disney World – any time that you’re able to go, is the best time to go! That being said, you might find the pros and cons of January and June to make your decision for you.
January is a lovely time to visit Orlando – the crowds and prices are low, and the weather sunny but cool – perfect for touring the parks. Since it’s your daughter’s birthday, you can plan a special celebration for her with her favorite characters – she’ll never forget that! There’s not a lot of planning time left, but there’s enough – especially if you let the pros at Touringplans.com and Destinations to Travel help you plan!
In June, it’s warmer but the heat’s not too bad yet. It’s a little more expensive and crowded than January, but it’s still a dream compared to July! The big advantage to booking June at this point is that you can book your Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days out, if that’s something that’s really important to you. But honestly, even if you go in January you should be able to get your hands on most reservations (probably not Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table – but they might be impossible to get in June too!).
In terms of the “water stuff” at Disney, you shouldn’t miss out on much by going in January. The only water rides are Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids, Maelstrom, and the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station – all of which are open year round.
Pools are heated and open all year, and even the waterparks are open 12 months a year (they each take one month off for refurbishment – Typhoon Lagoon will be closed Nov 27 – Dec 22, and Blizzard Beach will be closed Dec 22 – sometime in January). You might miss Blizzard Beach, but that’s it! It will be chilly, but thousands of families still swim in the winter in Florida!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Erin, if it were up to me, I’d plan my first visit to Walt Disney World in January – the weather is cool, the crowds are low, and it’s the perfect way to kick off the new year. Plus, you can celebrate your daughter’s birthday in the Magic Kingdom, and there’s no memory more magical than that!