Is any time a good time?


I always say that ANY time is a good time to go to Disney. Well, hypothetically it is. If I had unlimited funds it is. If I didn’t mind big crowds it is. If I didn’t have to worry about my children’s school schedule it is. I think you get the idea! I think I’m more willing to bend on timing when Disney offers incentives and offers, rather than when they don’t. Actually, I’ve become pretty spoiled and stubborn about it!

If I’m running numbers on a potential Disney Vacation, sometimes I get sticker shock. Wow, can it be THAT much? What did we do the last time to save money? How can I get that number down? For me personally, the answer has been to wait till Disney offers Free Dining. The past few times we’ve visited WDW, we have gone just as the switch is being made from Summer to Fall. By the time we leave at the end of the week, the Magic Kingdom is filled with Mickey Mouse Pumpkins and Halloween Decorations. The beginning of the week…. not a pumpkin to be seen, hence, getting the shot at two seasons in one trip. Usually, at this time, is when Disney offers Free Dining, which is a HUGE incentive. It saves our family a ridiculous amount of money, and we all enjoy eating all that great food.

Another great thing about this time of year, is that most kids are back in school by then. Our area schools don’t start until after Labor Day, so our vacation doesn’t interfere with any school scheduling. Plus, with other kids being in school, the parks are less crowded, and the wait time is less for attractions. The downside… it sure is HOT at the end of August. Wow.

So, when deciding on a “good” time to travel to Disney, we usually weigh the pros and cons to see what works best. Free Dining, that’s the goal for now. Until I have extra money, don’t care about crowds, have no scheduling conflicts, etc…. then we really need to carefully plan our timing out. I wish I could go to Disney any time, but until then, we wait for those discounts and incentives! What about you?

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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