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Old 08-10-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Need help to plan a trip over 2 years away

Hi All,
I know this is super early but am a planner. I know shocker. LOL So here is my dilemma. I am planning our next trip to Disney for either November or December 2017. I know far way but it helps me to get through this long wait. It will be just 4 adults (all of us are in our mid to late 60's) I have been to Disney often so I know about walking and doing downtime especially now that we are older. So that isn't my dilemma.

I will be doing all the plans and for myself and my husband (who sad to say doesn't love Disney like me but wants to go on this trip...another shocker) but for the other couple who is going they have never been to Disney to see it all decorated for the holidays. It wasn't until 2 years ago when I planned our October trip so that they could see Disney for Halloween. I know am off topic...sorry.

The only think I know for sure is that we will be staying at POFQ. So that is the easy part. I would love to go when there is free dining offered but looking at this years schedule I don't see that as an option unless we go early November which would be fine except not everything is done for the holidays meaning no Candlelight Processional and am not sure if all the resorts are done at that time. And as the other couple has never been I want to get the most out of it for them and of course for me and husband. And for me I have to do the meal plan as I can't help myself because without it I will be eating chicken for every dinner (as I did this past June). And am not really a fan of chicken!

So with all that said if it was up to you all would you go in the beginning of November or right after Thanksgiving or the first full week in December?

All thoughts will be much appreciated as I truly want to make this trip very magical and I want to make sure we see everything that Disney has to offer during the holidays.

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I can't think that far ahead. Are you sure there's nothing else in the interem that you could be planning instead...if you need to be planning something? A birthday party, a weekend away, etc?

However, if you need to have a plan for something that far away.....I'd go for the first week in December. I think you're more likely to find discounts (though POFQ rarely has them....so I'd be thinking of a different resort).
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Go after Thanksgiving if the main intent is enjoying holiday decorations.

We've been twice the week before Thanksgiving and not all the resorts were decorated yet. Most but nowhere near all were up by then which I've heard is usually the earliest that the majority are in place.

Last year, we were told the GF's decorations wouldn't be in place until the Friday after Thanksgiving! WL's were up Monday of that week, the day we left, and CM's said that was really early for its.
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I can't think that far ahead. Are you sure there's nothing else in the interem that you could be planning instead...if you need to be planning something? A birthday party, a weekend away, etc?

However, if you need to have a plan for something that far away.....I'd go for the first week in December. I think you're more likely to find discounts (though POFQ rarely has them....so I'd be thinking of a different resort). My only qualm with this is if you have kids in school at that time....that that far in advance you don't know what kinds of things they'll be involved in that might make planning a real challenge.
Thanks but we don't have to worry about kids in school as we are 4 adults. And yes I know that for discounts we may have to move but the only move I will be willing to make is to POR. And yes I have tried to distract me from thinking about that 2017 trip by planning our Costa Rica trip next May and still my mind keeps wondering back to Disney.
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Go after Thanksgiving if the main intent is enjoying holiday decorations.

We've been twice the week before Thanksgiving and not all the resorts were decorated yet. Most but nowhere near all were up by then which I've heard is usually the earliest that the majority are in place.

Last year, we were told the GF's decorations wouldn't be in place until the Friday after Thanksgiving! WL's were up Monday of that week, the day we left, and CM's said that was really early for its.
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Thanks as that is what I would be afraid of if we went in November so I guess that just confirmed November is not an option. As I truly want everything to be decorated. Again thanks.
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Thanks as that is what I would be afraid of if we went in November so I guess that just confirmed November is not an option. As I truly want everything to be decorated. Again thanks.
Yep, definitely early December then.

I know the excitement of wanting to see everything decorated. I was soooooo disappointed not to get to see the GF's decorations last year.

Sure hope your plans fall into place for all of you to experience Disney Christmas magic.
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Thanks but we don't have to worry about kids in school as we are 4 adults. And yes I know that for discounts we may have to move but the only move I will be willing to make is to POR. And yes I have tried to distract me from thinking about that 2017 trip by planning our Costa Rica trip next May and still my mind keeps wondering back to Disney.
I edited the kids part out when I realized you were posting in the adults only part. Too late, you'd already replied.
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Btw, be sure to drop by YC. We must have spent nearly a half hour looking at the holiday electric train layout in the lobby. It had the usual village folk going about their miniature lives with tiny Disney characters, too! Just gorgeous and definitely on my must-see list again this year.
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Btw, be sure to drop by YC. We must have spent nearly a half hour looking at the holiday electric train layout in the lobby. It had the usual village folk going about their miniature lives with tiny Disney characters, too! Just gorgeous and definitely on my must-see list again this year.
Wow thanks for that info I have put this info in my folder marked Disney 2017. And I always have a non park day so this will be great.
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When we went for the Christmas season, it was the the week after Thanksgiving, which was the last few days of November and the first few days of December. The timing was perfect, as it was lower crowds but all the decorations were up...except for the Christmas tree at MK. They don't put it up until after the taping of the Christmas parade. On our last day it was finally up.

We really enjoyed visiting the resorts to see the beautiful decorations. For some, we had dinner reservations there, and others we just visited to browse around. The Grand Floridian is a must do, in my opinion, to see the life size gingerbread house. Some of the deluxe resorts have a PP photographer (or at least they did a few years ago) set up in front of their Christmas tree. We got some nice PP photos at AKL and GF.
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Here's a link to a list of the gingerbread and other special holiday displays there were last year at WDW. I bet most if not quite all these are done every year.
Over-the-Top Gingerbread Creations Wow Walt Disney World Resort Guests « Disney Parks Blog

I completely forgot to suggest the CR's new Frozen ice castle with gingerbread shingles. It really was spectacular.

But, the GF's gingerbread house is definitely not to be missed. There's a counter in the back of it where you can buy gingerbread goodies.
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Here's a link to a list of the gingerbread and other special holiday displays there were last year at WDW. I bet most if not quite all these are done every year.
Over-the-Top Gingerbread Creations Wow Walt Disney World Resort Guests « Disney Parks Blog

I completely forgot to suggest the CR's new Frozen ice castle with gingerbread shingles. It really was spectacular.

But, the GF's gingerbread house is definitely not to be missed. There's a counter in the back of it where you can buy gingerbread goodies.
Awesome and thanks i just printed that out and put it in my disney 2017 folder. Again thanks so much....it looks awesome.
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Early December has another advantage besides the holiday decorations: cooler temps.

Late October/early November can still be quite hot (though the humidity is lower than summer), but early December is the transition period. It's a little unpredictable - I've had weeks in early Dec where it was 50 degrees with an arctic wind one day and 78 with baking sunshine the very next - but overall it's more comfortable, drier, and has less chance of a rain front moving through than early November.

You will need to be aware that the Pop Warner football and cheerleading championship are held at WDW in early December. For the most part, you won't see the kids in the parks, as they practice all day and have games in the later afternoon/evening, but you might encounter them here and there in the parks and DTD. You won't see them at POFQ, since they're required to stay in the official resort of the event, which is typically ASSP with some overflow in ASMU.

And consider taking a day or two to head up to Universal to see the Harry Potter stuff, the decorations, and the Grinchmas performances. Early December typically has very low crowds at Uni, so the lines to do the HP attractions will be far more manageable.
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I want to thank everyone for the input and for now I have made the decision to go the after Thanksgiving as I truly want everything decorated.
So thank you all as when I can really plan the trip come December 2016 and sure you all will be hearing from me.
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