• On Jun 13, 2016
    Sara from otago 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.

    I am thinking of changing our plans for an April visit to a January visit. It seems like everything might be a little less expensive and the crowds may be a bit smaller. I am wondering if it might be easier to get reservations for character dining etc?

    Hey, Sara!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am so glad you asked this question because Character Dining experiences are one of my favorite combinations: Disney and food!

    You are absolutely correct about January crowds and availability. The last three weeks in January are typically slower because families are returning from their holiday vacations. This is a perfect time to maximize your time riding attractions and visiting Mickey and the gang. April is also wonderful but more crowded. You may make dining reservation 180 days in advance and I strongly recommend it for Character Dining. If you change your mind or another opportunity presents, you may cancel your reservation at most restaurants up to 24 hours in advance.

    Food and Resort hotel costs may be reduced but it is not a guarantee. Your best bet is to book your Magic Your Way Vacation Package as soon as possible. Room rates are least expensive the further out you go.

    Please note that January is when certain seasonal restaurants and some attractions undergo refurbishment and maintenance. Disney Parks take advantage of the low crowds to make sure the Kingdom is up to royal standards.

    Disney Dad Tip: Please monitor the special offers page over the next few months. This page is packed full of discounts and will tell you when special rates are available. Many times you may be able to upgrade your hotel for little difference. If you have booked a vacation package and a better offer is presented you should be able to switch provided there is availability.

    Sara, enjoy making many unforgettable Magical Memories!

    ~Jason ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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