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Many visitors to Florida can only go in the school holidays and when this happens it is best to plan well ahead.
Flights from Europe are often cheaper when booked long in advance and some villas offer discounted rentals for early bookings. If you have plans to dine at a Disney restaurant it is also wise to book as soon as they starting taking reservations. This is often 180 days prior to the date you require.
However if you can choose your dates and you are going in the quieter months you may well be able to wait for bargain flight prices.
Spring is usually a great time to go. The weather will be warm and then gradually gets hotter. It is not a particularly rainy time and normally the parks are not too crowded. However American Spring Break, which appears to fall at different times in different States, happens during March/very early April and then everywhere in Orlando gets busy. Easter is also a very busy time and if you can the Parks are best avoided for a few days over the Easter weekend. However on the plus side the Parks do stay open very late at night over Easter.
Summer can be an excellent time to visit with the Parks open long hours. You must be prepared for the heat and the fact that it becomes very hot as well as humid. Often during August in particular you get heavy afternoon thunderstorms. However, after one of these is our favourite time to go to a Water Park as the crowds have left, the air is less stifling and they are open quite late.
Autumn/Fall this is parents favourite time of year and they are lucky they can go then, as they are not restricted to school holidays. It is still quite warm and we have been to a Mickey’s Scary Halloween party at Magic Kingdom at the end of October and still been walking around in tee shirt and shorts at midnight. There are usually less crowds around in autumn but Thanksgiving weekend can be very busy.
Winter can bring mixed weather but be very nice. The American holiday season, starting slightly before Thanksgiving until early New Year, is a great time to go with much entertainment. . If you visit in December, you also have the benefit of the holiday attractions and decorations. However the weather can be unpredictable tee shirts and shorts one-day coats and mittens the next. I laughed one Christmas when we were told to put blankets around our outdoor trees and some people did. However I was not laughing a week later when our tree had died from frost and the others had survived!
Christmas is so magical, although if you are planning to go to go to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day go very early as they often close their gates once they have a capacity crowd. Be sure to take the children to the “Snowing Nightly” at Celebration, which is just off the 192 heading towards the 27.
You will not find many queues in January and February but Park Hours tend to be shorter and some of the major attractions could be scheduled for rehab.
Whenever you choose to go I am sure you will have a fantastic time.
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Page added on: 13 November 2007
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