We go to Walt Disney World a lot, by most people's standards. I don't know why. It's a good place to visit. We like it. We got engaged there 25 years ago, in front of Cinderella's castle (hubby still pauses and gets on one knee as we enter the castle each time), just as the fireworks were beginning). So, why January?
We've been all times of the year: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, August, Sept, Nov. This year, I had the bright idea we'd go the week after Christmas. That way, all the kids would be out of school (including college daughter who missed the last trip). Then, things happened. Hubby had to have a couple of surgeries. College daughter's friend couldn't go with us. High school daughter's friend couldn't go. Then I read a website about Disney tips (yes, I still read up on all I can about traveling there!) that color-coded the different times to go: red (super high crowds), yellow (high crowds), green (crowds). Yeah, it's always somewhat busy. Well, the week after Christmas was BLACK. And it came with the warning: DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T TELL YOU NOT TO GO. Then, I found out that prices were jacked up during that time. January became much more appealing. MLK weekend, plus teacher workdays--and we had a week off school where high schooler could go. I'm homeschooling the little one, so that worked. Unfortunately, my college gal couldn't miss class. I was sad.
Best part? MLK week was mostly GREEN. And cheaper. Take heed. Disney is a lot more fun when lines are not an hour long. Many rides that week had five minute or less waits. We also ran into some chilly weather (had to buy sweatshirts for the little one). And I got sick. Like flu sick. Disney is a petri dish. No amount of hand sanitizer and hand washing can eliminate all the germs--especially the airborne ones.
Still, it was an awesome trip. The new Fantasyland is partially open. Much fun--though I wish Gaston's pub had like, BEER. We spent our days park hopping (except the days I was sick--I mostly stayed in bed), and loving being in Florida in January.
here are a few pics (you can see that it isn't too busy. also, I loved that the princesses had on their winter outfits!):
So, if you want to plan a trip to Disney that isn't crowded (make sure you check the calendar--marathon weekend is also in January, and that is crowded), January isn't bad! November, while a little busier, is also good. Early Feb--also good.
I have a new release coming out with Ellora's Cave on February 26, if you want to check it out. It isn't Disney, though I do like to think of it as an adult fairy tale. There's a happily ever after.
It's called Artist's Touch, and you can read about it here: Ellora's Cave
I would love for you to add it to your Goodreads shelf.
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thanks! see you next month!