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When Exactly Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World?

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Is there anything more exciting than planning a trip to Disney World? How exciting is it to begin choosing the different parks you want to visit and deciding on where you want to stay while on your vacation? With so many different factors to consider, don’t forget to plan your trip during the best time to visit Disney World.

The best Disney vacation is one that’s relaxing, enjoyable, and fun for the entire family! How will you know when to visit Disney World? 

There are a few different factors to consider before selecting your dates. The best time to visit will depend on multiple things, such as your own personal preferences and so much more. 

In the guide below, you’ll discover several things to keep in mind when choosing the right time to visit. Continue reading to get started!

Consider What You Want to Do

The best time to visit Disney might not depend on the weather or crowds. It might depend on what you want to do and see. For example, there are many different parks and events offered by Disney. 

If you want to add the water parks to your ticket option, then you’ll need to visit Disney during the warmer months when the water parks are open. Is there a specific event you want to attend? Disney hosts Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party, and much more.

Be sure to know what all the different events are and when they’re happening if there’s something specific you want to do while there. 

Special Tip: Purchasing tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in late September gives you access to the park later in the day, but you still have enough time to see and do most of the daily activities. These tickets are also cheaper than a regular day ticket, you get to stay later, and the park is usually not as crowded. Another bonus is all the yummy candy you’ll receive while trick-or-treating around the park!

Look for Discounts and Ticket Offers

If you’re a Florida resident, then you’re in luck! Disney World often gives out some amazing deals to Florida residents, which include vacation packages. You may be able to score a great price on tickets and hotel accommodations depending on the offer. 

The cost of DVC (Disney Vacation Club) might also be something worth looking into if you visit Disney on a more frequent basis. You could even end up saving money by buying into DVC. 

Something else to consider is the discount associated with military personnel and AAA members. Be sure to ask Disney what all discounts they offer to see if you qualify for any of them. 

If you find a good ticket offer for a certain event or time of the year, then this might be the perfect time to plan a Disney vacation.

Research the Weather 

When planning your visit, don’t forget to research the weather as well. In Florida, you’ll want to plan around a time when there won’t be too much rain or thunderstorms, but you also want to take the heat into consideration as well. Disney World theme parks can get extremely hot when visiting in the summer. 

The summer will also be more crowded due to children being out of school. Always check the weather before deciding when to plan your trip and factor in what parks you’ll be visiting. If visiting water parks is on your list, then the heat might not play as big of a role in your decision. 

Try to Avoid the Busiest Times

If you can avoid the busiest times of the year, then it’s best to do so. However, this sometimes can’t be avoided if there’s an event you want to attend. For example, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a lovely event that brings holiday cheer into everyone’s heart.

Many visitors love attending this event and seeing all the beautiful decorations. Unfortunately, Christmas time is one of the busiest times of the year for Disney. This must be taken into consideration when planning your visit. 

If you want to visit only to see the decorations, watch the parade, and take part in only the holiday activities, then it might not be too stressful. If you want to go and see the entire park, then you must keep in mind wait times will be higher than normal. 

Summers are also busy times for Disney. The slowest time of the year is in September after Labor Day. All the children are back in school and the parks are not as crowded.

Plan Your Visit by Month

There are a few months throughout the year that offer a wonderful time to go to Disney. Here are some months to consider.

January: By the time January rolls around, most of the Christmas crowds have cleared out. The weather’s nice and the parks are less crowded. 

March: Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival takes place in March. The weather is still nice, but be sure to visit earlier in the month before spring break hits.

May: Moderate crowds when avoiding Memorial Day weekend. May also offers the annual 24-hour party that takes place in Magic Kingdom.

These are a few months to consider when planning your trip to Disney if you want to avoid hot weather and crowded parks.

The Best Time to Visit Disney World Depends on Your Specific Needs

When’s the best time to visit Disney World? This answer will depend on your own specific desires. Is there a certain event you want to attend, a park you want to visit, or a discount you’re waiting for? 

Use all of these factors to then decide on the best time to plan a Disney vacation for your family. For more topics on travel, destinations, guides, and more, be sure to check back here on a frequent basis. 

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Visit the Quieter Side of the Caribbean

 Let’s get away from the crowds and find a vacation spot that is just as beautiful and affordable while we visit the quieter side of the Caribbean.

 

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Summer vacation is around the corner and now is the time to start planning your beach trip. If you are thinking Caribbean then you most likely are looking into Cancun, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, the three most popular destinations. These places are awesome, cheap and beautiful but also the busiest, so maybe a quieter destination ids for you.   Let’s get away from the crowds and find a vacation spot that is just as beautiful and affordable while we visit the quieter side of the Caribbean.

 

Costa Rica

If surf is your goal then Costa Rica is your paradise. Considered the best surfing in the world, with warm waters and consistent breaks all year long, Costa Rica needs to be on your list if you like water activities. Costa Rica straddles both coasts with the Caribbean side being the calmer side with smaller waves and thicker jungles. The Caribbean side is generally cheaper than the Pacific side and much more laid back.

 

Honduras

Honduras isn’t on most people’s lists because the city of San Pedro Sula is currently the murder capital of the world but its well over an hour away from the beaches. This beautiful country sits right on the Caribbean Sea and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches around. Check out Roatan, the largest island off the coast and a major vacation hub. You can fly direct from major US cities like Houston, so no need to worry about the crime riddled central cities.

 

Panama

Nobody thinks of Panama when booking Caribbean vacations but that is their fault. This Central American country boast some of the region’s most secluded private islands and luxurious retreats. Find the above water villas you’ve been searching for with unspoiled marine life just waiting to be explored. Panama has some awesome wildlife and plenty of sanctuaries you can explore and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Panama also has a rich history so you can see some really cool ruins.

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Tourists still under utilize the only actual Caribbean islands on this list, Trinidad and Tobago.   The country isn’t focused on tourism like the other Caribbean nations so they don’t offer as much variety of resorts as the other islands. Trinidad is the business island and Tobago is the pleasure center of the two, so I advise you stay on Tobago. These islands have those authentic laid back vibes you’ve been searching for.

 

Belize

If you want the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the region than look no further than the Barrier reef off the coast of Belize. The largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere is full of marine life and intense coral reefs. Belize also has some radical Mayan ruins you can check out that are located deep in the lush rainforests. There are plenty of guided hikes and activities to keep you entertained and more than enough sandy beaches to relax on. Belize is nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, so it’s easy to get to and affordable.

Try one of these less traveled paths and your vacation will be filled with chill Caribbean vibes.

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Luxurious Private Island Escapes

Steer clear of all the tourists, long lines and other common vacation annoyances and instead party like a rock star on your own private island.

 

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We’ve all dreamt of being marooned on a desert island filled with coconuts and privacy, but we all can’t be Robinson Crusoe. Being trapped on a desert island is actually a nightmare, but what isn’t, is staying on one of these luxury private island resorts. Steer clear of all the tourists, long lines and other common vacation annoyances and instead party like a rock star on your own private island.

 

The Meridian Club

This ultimate all-inclusive resort will show you what luxury is really all about as you bask in the beautiful Caribbean sun in Turks & Caicos. The Meridian Club offers everything a regular all-inclusive would offer but they do it with sophistication and class. You won’t need cash because it’s a cashless experience, in fact you won’t need anything when you cruise around the archipelago. Just be prepared to smile, a lot. You can stay here for as little as $900 per night, which in the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty affordable.

 

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

The Renaissance Aruba isn’t your typical private island resort, because it’s not on a private island at all. Instead, this luxury resort has its own private island you can book and enjoy some truly quiet time. The 40-acre private island has two separate sides, a family and adult side. You can feed flamingos, hang in hammocks, drink tropical beverages or check out the nude beach. You can get a room for around $175 a night, so jump on that.

 

Necker Island

The ultimate in private resorts is Necker Island, owned by billionaire Richard Branson and used by the super elite. This destination has it all and you and 33 of your closest amigos can stay here for only $80,000 a night. Sounds affordable… for a prince. Recently former President Obama recently stayed here and was seen frolicking with Branson in the ocean. What is paradise worth, well apparently it’s around 80k, but not to worry, I’ve found some more affordable options as well.

 

Affordable Islands

Pelican Beach Resort

Actually sitting on top of the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere is the Pelican Beach Resort in Belize. This resort has the best location possible for underwater exploration as it literally rests on a lush coral reef system with some of the best dive spots around.   For under $300 for two guests a night you can stay on this semi-private island with meals included, sounds like a deal to me. Highlights include the guided nighttime snorkeling tours where you’ll get to see the ocean like you’ve never seen before.

 

Nangyuan Island Dive Resort

This group of three tiny islands in the Gulf of Thailand is one of the best spots on Earth for underwater exploration.  These three islands are actually linked by pure white sandbars so all three are accessible by foot. For as little as $100 USD a night you can have your own private little island to call your own. The snorkeling and scuba diving here is incredible with sea caves, whales sharks and sea turtles to keep you entertained and mesmerized. This tropical location has 15 unique dive sites so you won’t get bored and your mind will be overloaded with stimulus.

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Best Shows in Las Vegas

Vegas has all the gambling, shopping and eating you could handle and that doesn’t even include the countless shows you could see, but which are the best?

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Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world for a reason, there are more things to do here than anywhere else in the world. Vegas has all the gambling, shopping and eating you could handle and that doesn’t even include the countless shows you could see, but which are the best?  While rebranding the city as a family destination, Las Vegas still boils down to what hotel has the best casino, restaurants and shows. I chose my favorite shows for you to see in Vegas and why, so check it out and see some shows next time you are there.

 

All Shook Up

The King is alive in All Shook Up at Planet Hollywood in this awesome tribute show. Travis Allen is the master impersonator who perfectly embodies Elvis Presley in his voice, demeanor and stage presence. If you can handle the annoying screams of women lusting after Allen, then this show is great.

 

Blue Man Group

If you haven’t seen this sensory overload of a show then you need to fix that. The Blue Man Group is the ultimate in Vegas shows because it stimulates all the senses. Now at its new home at the Luxor in a specifically designed theater, just for their unique show, the Blue Boys are back and better than ever. Check out their show and scratch it off your list.

 

The Beatles: Love

The music of the Beatles mixed with the absurdity of a Cirque du Soleil show and you have the formula for an awesome evening. Head on over to The Mirage and checkout “Love” even if you aren’t a Beatles fan. It’s a true Vegas style show with tons of glitz and glamour and all your favorite classics from The Beatles.

  

Absinthe

Cruise on over to Caesars Palace and check out Absinthe, the seductive variety show is half Cirque-du-Soleil acrobatics and half brash comedy show with a dash of burlesque mixed in for sexuality. The show is meant to induce a form of hallucinations indicative of an Absinthe trip.   Seeing this show is like drinking the funky green drink, so be prepared for a crazy time at this adult only show.

 

Penn & Teller

What’s a trip to Vegas without some magic? A boring trip is what. You have to see Penn & teller because it’s an awesome show and you deserve to laugh after you lost all your money at blackjack. The kings of comedy magic will split your sides and make you wonder, “How the heck did they do that?”

 

Purple Reign

No trip to Vegas is complete without hitting the outskirt hotels for some real deals and possibly the best cover band in the world. Purple Reign is the Prince tribute show at the Westgate that will make you believe that Prince is still walking the Earth.

 

O

See Cirque du Soleil in a gigantic pool with acrobatics and synchronized swimming, yep, check that off your bucket list. The Bellagio is home to the famous fountains and O, the most impressive Cirque show to date. This show is so over-the-top that it could only happen in Vegas and at the Bellagio. If you want to see a Cirque show, this is the one to see first. Romantic and beautiful, it will pull at your heartstrings and stimulate your brain.

 

Le Reve

Le Reve is the Wynn’s answer to O, and it may even be better. This show strays away from a story and focuses more on the incredible skill of its performers. You won’t believe what you see in this aquatic master class in acrobatics and performance.

 

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