Is it to late to plan for a May trip?

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Registered: 09-29-2003
Is it to late to plan for a May trip?
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Thu, 03-04-2010 - 3:18pm

We've been going back and forth on this for months and still can't decide.


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 03-05-2010 - 9:26am

We rarely make very advanced Disney plans (more than 4 months out), as it depends upon how business is going, if a work conference pops up, etc. We've planned in just a few weeks before, and it was fine for us.

Having said that....it depends. If you are really set on having a lot of sit-down meals (character meals and such), you will have a hard time with May. Those with meal plans make reservations SO far out, there isn't much left now for May. We are mostly grab-and-go eaters at Disney, but we'll throw a sit down or two in there if possible.

Fall is a wonderful time to go, if you choose it. Food and Wine fest at Epcot, Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party....we love September and October. The weather is nice, too. You can't really go wrong with May OR the fall.

I would suggest staying on property if you can. The Magical Express transport from the airport will be free (factor that in for sure!), and the transportation to the parks is easier. Check these websites for possible discounts or deals when you'd like to travel. There are also great sections on "getting started" that should help you:

www.allears.net
www.mousesavers.com

If you stay in the Downtown Disney area, they have decent park transportation, and it's nice to walk to the downtown area, but you'll still have to pay for transport from the airport. There are some good deals there for certain times though that would have me considering it. Most times though, the value resorts are comparable and more fun for my family.

Best wishes with the planning! There are lots of good helpers here if you need it. :)

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 14.5 years old


Julianne and Leah,

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 1

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Fri, 03-05-2010 - 9:33am

I also meant to say....lots of opportunities for your daughter with the princesses! Something new since your last visit - Bippity Boppity Boutique. It's a salon "princess makeover" experience for little girls. They have a location in Cinderella's castle and one in Downtown Disney.

There are also character meals heavy on the princesses, and the one I read most about is in "Norway" in Epcot. Something you might want to research.

Otherwise, princesses can be found in every park for signatures and pictures. :)

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 15 years old


Julianne and Leah,

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 1

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 03-05-2010 - 7:34pm
In my opinion, fall (Oct/Nov) is the best weather to go.
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Sun, 03-07-2010 - 11:49am

ANY time is a great time to go to Disney. ;)

Honestly, we've been there in May, and while it was slightly warmer than normal the last time we went (in the 90s in early May) from what we were told, it was still really nice.

My husband also did not want to stay off property when we went together for the first time in 2005/2006 over New Year - we planned the trip in less than a month from arrival date, and we stayed on Disney property because most off property locations were SUPER EXPENSIVE. Almost ridiculously expensive, in my opinion. Anyway...DH didn't want to stay on property, didn't want to spend the extra for the park hopper: but I just said, "No, I've done Disney plenty, we're doing it MY way. And you'll like it."

Afterwards, he just said to me, "I couldn't imagine staying off property or doing our trip any other way."

So yeah...stay on property! I think price wise, Disney is VERY competitive. Do you have AAA? If so, give them a call and see what they can do for you. I'd never NOT stay on property. It just makes the entire "experience' way more magical.

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Registered: 05-07-2007
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 8:32am

Just 3 weeks ago we started planning a trip for end of may, but it is a short trip...2 days at park and one at DTD.

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Registered: 09-29-2003
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 8:55am

I do have AAA. Maybe I should go over to the office and see what they say for prices.


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Mon, 03-08-2010 - 8:56am
Where do I find the dining site?


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Mon, 03-08-2010 - 11:01am
The easest way is to type in disney dining reservations on yahoo to take you right to the disney dining page...you can search on restaurants and if it is one you have to make reservation it will let you know at that restaurants description.
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Registered: 08-07-2002
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 7:08pm

We just returned from Disney.

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Registered: 01-19-2009
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 7:34pm
You beat me! I did my taxes at the end of January, found some extra cash, and booked a trip for 3/26. We went last May and the weather was crazy, so we're going back hoping for some sunshine!



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