Down time at Disney? Slow Season? Hmm…


I remember for years, we’d plan our Disney vacations in the Fall or early Spring, as those were considered “down times” or less busy seasons at WDW. The wait times were less, the crowds weren’t bad, and you could easily get dining reservations. Oh, and Fall always meant Free Dining deals, another great quality. I’m not sure why, but it seems like the “slow times” are no longer, well… slow.

In the past few weeks, the Parks have been crazy busy. We haven’t even attempted going to any Parks on the weekends because the crowds have been so heavy, and fastpass selection has been minimal. Kids are back in school obviously, so that used to mean less crowds, but not anymore apparently. I wonder why this is? What changed?

We have gotten a lot of feedback in recent weeks about how Disney is already a very expensive vacation, and price increases never go over well with many Disney lovers. You’d never know it though, by crowd attendance, that folks find it too expensive to go. Actually, in the past three years that we’ve lived here, I’ve seen it slow for only two weeks, and that was September 2014. So that brings the question to mind…. are there REALLY any down times at Disney anymore?

Of course Summer is the busiest time for Disney down here in Florida, but other times of the year aren’t far off. With the upcoming expansions at the Studios and recent additions at Animal Kingdom, I can only guess that the crowds will continue to be heavy year around. For people planning their vacations around slower seasons, those times seem fewer and fewer. Disney is costly, sure, but it’s not stopping people from flocking to the parks all year long. So, what about you? Do you plan your vacations based on crowds and seasons? Let us know in the comments!

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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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One thought on “Down time at Disney? Slow Season? Hmm…

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I usually go in the fall when the kids are in school up north since I live in Florida I also notice that the rates are usually low if you plan to stay in one of the Disney resorts

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