Hi Dad! What do you think the new offerings will do to crowds in early January 2020? I’m looking to plan a BIG family trip – 13 people, 5 of whom are college students, and a few for whom it will be their first visit.
Unfortunately the days of being able to pull the kids out of school for trips have passed and we must work within their breaks (which are thankfully at least longer than regular school breaks). We are looking at 1/2/20 – 1/11/20. I’m planning on going with 8 days of passes so that we can do each park twice and take breaks away from the parks mid-day. I would love your input and if you have a suggestion of a better time to try we are open to your wisdom!
The Future Looks… Crowded
You’ll get to see Christmas – Photo by Mike Billick
For the foreseeable future after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Disney Skyliner, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and whatever else Disney finishes in 2019, crowds at Disney World will be bigger than normal.
That will be pretty much the norm right through the end of the big 50th birthday celebration (which will probably last into 2021).
For the next four years crowds are going to get bigger and bigger and bigger.
But hey, that’s been happening every year since 2002. So nothing new to see here, move along…
Patterns won’t change much
The good news is I don’t see the patterns changing much. Weeks that are slow now, will be slow (comparatively) in the future. Just not as slow as they are now. Weeks that are busy now, will be busier.
There might be a few exceptions, but I don’t see any big shifts, like the summer shift a couple of years ago.
Seems Like a Good Time to Me
And the Festival of the Arts – Photo by Laurie Sapp
So what does that mean for your early January 2020 trip. I think that time will be a good time to visit. You’ll get to see the Christmas decorations (I love Christmas at WDW), you’ll be there during the Marathon (which is kind of fun to watch), you should be there for the opening of the Festival of the Arts in Epcot, and you’ll see the crowds just disappear and have a few days with light crowds.
I would definitely suggest you get in touch with our partners at Destinations to Travel. They are great with coordinating group travel. They really can help with the all your reservations, (hotels, tickets, dining, FastPass) and will have a lot of ideas for how to make a great trip even better.
It’s a little early, but I’d go ahead and get in touch and get started.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Gina, I don’t think I would change my plans. If everyone is good with that time frame, then go for it. You’ll have a great time.