• On Jun 12, 2020
    Maureen from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Mom's Panel! Our family is trying to reschedule our Disneyworld trip that was canceled due to covid. We are able to come in either mid August or mid January. Is one that better in your opinion? Are all of the rides open? I know parades are not.

    Hi Maureen!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Even though we all understand the priority placed on our health and safety, I know how heartbreaking it may have been for you to have those plans cancelled. Under normal circumstances, I would consider the weather - August is HOT but January could be Frozen. One year I visited during the first week of January and the temperatures were literally below freezing. Even if the temperature is bearable for you in January, consider also that the sun sets earlier. When we visit during the winter, we tend to cut our park time shorter and head back to the resort hotel after dinner. 

    Given the current situation, however, there are a few other considerations. Check the operational updates to review the phased reopening plans, details on resort hotels, and the Know Before You Go information. My first concern is whether or not you have existing park tickets, Annual Passes, or an existing resort hotel reservation. New ticket sales and resort hotel reservations are temporarily paused at the moment. Current guidance says, "guests with existing tickets or Annual Passes will be allowed to make reservations in phases before new tickets are sold." Given that August is right around the corner, your timeline might be better if you rescheduled your trip for January.

    As you make your decision, I also suggest that you take a look at the runDisney events calendar since Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is currently scheduled for January 6-10, 2021. When the theme parks reopen, some rides, attractions, dining, and experiences may be modified, limited, or cancelled. Keep that in mind as you make your decision. If you plan for January, we should have a better sense of operations prior to your trip.

    Maureen, I would also consider your transportation plans. Since we normally fly, I must keep in mind airfare costs and flight availability. And, since we like to limit the number of days our girls miss school, we prefer to travel during school break periods.

    Sending some travel planning pixie dust your way trusting that you will make the best decision for your family!

    Magic and memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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