Five Reasons Why You Should Wait to Go to Walt Disney World

Is it just us, or is there a lot going on at Walt Disney World right now? From the latest Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge announcements to reports of new holiday fireworks shows (read all about the new Jack Skellington-hosted fireworks show here!) and from the lastest park-exclusive merchandise to  dining news and more, Disney’s got us chomping at the bit to visit the Parks this fall and winter!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

If you haven’t booked a 2019 trip to Disney World yet, you may have frantically begun calculating the cost of a last-minute vacation. There’s got to be some cheap flights to Orlando this time of year, right? But as strong as the temptation may be, it might be wise to slow your roll and wait a bit before heading back to Disney– if you can muster the willpower!

Here are a few reasons you may want to resist the pressure and wait to plan your next Disney World vacation!

The Parks may be busier than usual this year!

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party :these events are some of Disney World’s heavy hitters, and they’re all taking place over the next few months!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

And with this being the first year Galaxy’s Edge is open during the holidays, anticipate the crowds at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties to be potentially bigger than they have been in years! Don’t worry, we won’t call you a party pooper if you decide to sit out Disney World’s Halloween and Christmas celebrations this year!

You might want to skip fall in Magic Kingdom this year!

Hollywood Studios and Epcot are getting MAJOR upgrades!

There’s a TON of construction happening in and around the Disney Parks right now in anticipation of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary coming in 2021. Most notably, Hollywood Studios and Epcot are undergoing some huge renovations

Concept Art for Epcot’s redesigned entrance!

Click here to see how Epcot’s entrance is getting a whole new look!

While we love the vintage charm and feelings of nostalgia these older Parks evoke in us, we can’t wait to see the revitalized main entrances of these iconic Disney parks! Not to mention, Mickey’s Runaway Railway debuting in 2020 at Hollywood Studios and Ratatouille and the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot in the next couple of years!

Artist Rendering of France Pavilion with new Ratatouille attraction

Off-season = shorter park hours and lots of refurbs!

Okay, so maybe you think a January 2020 trip to Disney World is a good compromise. After all, holiday crowds will have dwindled down, kids will be back in school, Star Wars mania may have simmered just a tad. You can wait until January, right? But keep in mind that January is typically when Disney World shortens its Park hours, and many attractions go down (for weeks at a time) for scheduled maintenance.

Nothing kills a Peter Pan vibe like construction walls!

While you may not have to jockey as much for your place in line, you’ll have less time to park hop and also much cooler Florida weather to contend with! 

Prices have increased a LOT this year!

We saw some pretty hefty price hikes this year throughout Walt Disney World. Park admission and Annual Pass prices went up considerably, as did many food and beverage items. With all that inflation, you’d expect a bunch of new stuff happening in the Parks to make up for the additional costs, but there’s really not a whole lot that’s happening yet.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar? You’ll pay more than in the past!

Unless you’re a diehard Star Wars fan who must see Galaxy’s Edge in its first few months, it might be prudent to save your money now and use it later when you can get more bang for your buck in 2020 or 2021. Speaking of which…

New stuff is on the horizon!

That’s right, folks: we are on the cusp of a new era at Disney World. There’s a ton of new rides, attractions, restaurants, and entertainment in store for Park guests over the next few years.

Magic Kingdom’s Tron Attraction Concept Art ©Disney

We’re talking a space-themed restaurant at Epcot, Roundup Rodeo BBQ coming soon to Toy Story Land, Magic Kingdom’s Tron coaster, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and the Disney Skyliner just to name a few! Who even knows what other announcements the future holds as Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary approaches in 2021?!

Riviera Resort Skyliner Station

Find out more about D23, the Disney fan event where big announcements for the Parks’ futures often happen — including possible insights for Disney World’s 50th!

So unless you’re a several-times-a-year traveler to the House of Mouse, you may just want to keep hanging in there (as long as you can!) before you book your next Disney trip, and your patience may be rewarded! Alas, as much as we too want to spend all our money and every waking moment at the Disney Parks, we know the benefits of waiting– and now you do, too! Of course, if you can’t stand the thought of delaying your Disney vacay, we don’t blame ya! 

Will you wait before you plan your next Disney World trip? Which future attractions and offerings have you ready for 2020 and 2021? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Replies to “Five Reasons Why You Should Wait to Go to Walt Disney World”

  1. i was just saying to someone that i would not want to plan a trip in 2020. all sorts of things are going to be closed for refurbishment and tons of construction gearing up for 2021

  2. Reasons to wait, seems like bad advice. If you have the time and money and desire GO. Something new is always coming soon, using this articles logic you should never go as something new is always comming soon. Early 50 square miles of Resorts , Parks, Golf, Shopping, Eating, Swimming, you will find plenty to do.

  3. Seriously, why do you ask to leave a comment when you rarely post them? I like reading other Disney fans perspectives and opinions.

    1. Agreed. Seems like no comments are being allowed whether positive or negative. I have always enjoyed reading other’s perspectives, and about their experiences. Hope it’s just a glitch!