For many years, the received wisdom in Disney Vacation Club circles has been that early to mid December is a hugely popular time of the year for Members to visit Walt Disney World. It’s easy to see why, with lower crowds than during the Christmas holiday season itself, but you still get to experience all the decorations, and the additional events that are put on by Disney.
However, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of comments from Members on the Owning the Magic forum on the PassPorter message boards about people who were trying for waitlists for their October stay.
That set me thinking-what is it that makes Members so keen to visit during Walt Disney World during October? Firstly, let’s look at the economics, as that’s a huge issue in these tough times. The whole of October comes under the Choice Season for all the Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World. That’s the second cheapest of the five seasons to visit, so there’s your first motivating factor.
Secondly, I’m sure the weather has something to do with it. Whenever we’ve visited in October, we’ve found the weather to be much more reliable than it is in, say, December. It’s usually reasonably hot, but not unbearably so, as it gets during the summer months. We’d certainly happily visit again in October, as we’ve found the weather to be pretty much perfect during our previous visits at that time of year.
No doubt crowds also have something to do with October visits as well. While they’re not as low as perhaps January or September, October is a pretty quiet time of year to visit, provided you avoid Columbus Day, which always sees a spike in visitor numbers, as any holiday weekend does throughout the year.
Another draw in October has to be the Food and Wine Festival, which certainly tends to bring out the locals over Friday nights, and at the weekend. That’s one of the reasons why, if you want to stay at the Beach Club Villas or the BoardWalk Villas, and you don’t own points at either resort, you might find it tough to get a space in either at the seven month mark. Having stayed at our beloved Beach Club Villas before, and enjoyed the Food and Wine Festival, I can vouch for their popularity. There’s something very enjoyable about just being able to wander back to your home, after a pleasant evening out, enjoying snacks, and samples of wine, or perhaps beer.
Something else taking place in October that’s hugely popular, and perhaps with a different audience than the Food and Wine Festival draws, is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We love this party, especially the parade with the headless horseman at its helm, and the wonderous HalloWishes, with fireworks exploding everywhere you look. And where else can you find all seven dwarves out, meeting and greeting guests? That’s almost enough of a draw on its own, at least in our house, with its own fan of Grumpy!
I guess when you look at all the factors, it’s easy enough to understand why October draws a large number of Disney Vacation Club Members to enjoy their happy place. I’m hoping we’ll be heading back in October 2013 to enjoy everything I’ve just highlighted. What about you? Are you a fan of October visits, or is there a better time of year to visit Walt Disney World and enjoy your membership?