Monday, June 7, 2010
I'm going back this August, so obviously I liked that time of year enough. And I do love late August. If you can get past the unbelievable heat and humidity, it's a great time to go for a multitude of reasons. To me, it's definitely worth it.
First and foremost, it's value season. There is a huge difference in price from August 15th to August 16th, so if you can move your dates around a little to fit it in value season, I would highly suggest it. This is super important for us college students who are pretty much always running low on cash.
Second, there are tons of discounts offered at this time. There is traditionally free dining, which I love, but I know that this offer's not for everyone. The great thing is that it doesn't have to be. Disney generally offers other amazing offers during this time of year because it's a hard time to get people in the parks. Which brings me to point number three...
There aren't a ton of people. Lots of schools go back during the middle of August, but if your school doesn't, it's a great time to go. Crowds are generally low which can make an unbearable heat a little more bearable. It also means less wait time and more ride time.
Since the heat is a lot to handle, I have a few suggestions for making the best of it. First of all, get to the park at rope drop. I can't stress this enough. It stinks to wake up early, but it's worth it for what you get to do. You can ride tons of rides in the morning, before it gets super hot. Then you can leave the park during the hottest part of the day to take a refreshing swim or nap. Then return in the evening, when it starts to cool down. You avoid the times of the highest heat AND the highest crowds. What's better than that? Just be warned that especially during the summer, there tend to be quick but inconvenient downpours in the afternoon. You may want a poncho.
What do you think about visiting Walt Disney World in late August? What's your favorite time to visit? Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!