When we think of trips to Walt Disney World, we often think of one or two week long expeditions to the Orlando area. We are on vacation for the long haul, determined to see everything and anything WDW has to offer. And when it is all over, we return home, most likely not coming back to the World for another year or two. For some, this is the only way they are able to take vacations. With children in school, and parents with their own work schedules, it can be difficult to coordinate everyone for more than one vacation a year – and so, that vacation has to be longer during a time when everyone has off. However, for those with more flexibility in their schedules, the one long trip per year method of travel is not the only way to experience Walt Disney World. You will find that shorter trips two or three times a year can be an even better way to experience what the World has to offer.
There are many advantages to travelling to the World in shorter trips several times a year. The first is the ability to avoid busier times of year. Most likely, families that go for longer vacations are stuck going when every other family in the country decides to go to Walt Disney World as well (Christmas, Easter/Spring, Summer, and Thanksgiving). While you are still able to get things accomplished because you have more days to work with, the trade off is that you have to deal crowds, heat, and humidity. The advantage of planning shorter trips is that you have the ability to travel on dates where there will be fewer people in the parks. While you may be at the World for periods of time, choosing these less crowded dates enable you to do more things in less amounts of time. And yes, while the parks have grown in popularity over the last few years, and there are less differences between the “off-season” and the “busy season” (even in this economy), many people would agree that they would rather enjoy the parks with the fewest amount of people as possible.
Travelling multiple times of year also allows guests to experience Walt Disney World all year long. If you are a Disney-phile like me, there is something to be said for being able to parcel out trips to Disney. Sure, going for one or two weeks a year is great. However, the problem is that people can often not afford go much more than that. Once the trip is over, it might be a year (or *gasp* more than a year) before they can go back again. Being able to look forward to multiple trips a year, albeit only for a few days each, can be a lot more comforting than having to wait a year or more for your next Disney fix. Moreover, there are events all year round on property. If you only go during the summer you won't have the opportunity to experience things such as Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Flower and Garden Festival, and ESPN the Weekend are just some of the events to look forward to all year round. If you tend to find yourslef at WDW only one particular time of the year, you'll be missing quite a bit.
In my opinion, several shorter trips a year also allows to do and see a lot more. This means you can focus on different things on different trips. The biggest problem I had with long trips was the monotony. When I went to the Walt Disney World for a week and a half long trip, I stayed at one resort the entire time. After a while, I got into the habit of hitting the same attractions at the same parks, at the same time of day. It almost became a job, of sorts (an awesome job, but a job nonetheless). At some point I would always get so tired of touring, I found reasons to go back to the room early – and then not come back to the parks at all. I spent good money watching Sports Center in my room. It’s the proverbial “too much of a good thing” situation.
You won’t get into a monotonous touring rhythm ith shorter trips, because you won’t want to waste your few precious days in Orlando. Moreover, with more frequent trips, you have the chance to stay at different resorts and have new experiences. While some won’t want to waste the money staying at a moderate or deluxe resort for such a short stay, if you decide that you want to spend one of your trips lounging around a deluxe resort, you wont be out as much money (since you’re only there for a few days) if you stayed there for a “long haul” trip.
As you can tell, I truly endorse the shorter trips several times a year method of Disney vacationing. There are major advantages and the costs are well worth it. So if you enjoy Walt Disney World and have the flexibility to travel several times a year – I definitely suggest that you examine the way you travel to the World, you might find that you have been missing out on a lot.
Until next time!