For some people, seeing that they will have to deal with level 9 or 10 crowds may be enough to deter them from continuing with the idea of a quick jump to Orlando. Even if the level of people is not an impediment, you will at least know what to expect when you get there.
Another indicator of crowd levels is the price of a one-day ticket to Disney World theme park. Fares currently range from about $ 109 to about $ 159 per day ticket, depending on the crowds provided. The higher the price, the more likely you are to fight with crowds.
Will I be able to enter the theme parks? What do I care?
Walt Disney World currently requires a Park Pass reservation. At certain times of the year, park season tickets run out weeks or months in advance. For example, there is currently no park card available for the latter part of December 2021. If you wanted to enter a park at the last minute, you would not be lucky.
Compare that with the Park Pass availability chart for January 2022, which is wide open.
Some guests are delighted to explore the Disney World and Disney Springs resorts, without ever stepping on a theme park, but if a key reason for last minute travel is to explore the parks, then check out the park’s pass schedule. is key.
Where can I stay?
Like parks, resorts fill up during the time of year. Your favorite hotel may not be available at the last minute. Given the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, there is no availability at Disney value stations and only limited availability at other locations.
In addition to availability, price may also be a factor for last minute visitors. Last week’s prices are about twice the price during the slower seasons.
Off-site accommodation is always an option, but the same principles apply.
Do I care where or when I eat?
Walt Disney World dining reservations are currently open 60 days in advance. The most popular sites are often fully occupied in these two months. Last-minute table service seats are usually fairly late in the evening, after 9 p.m.
Fast food is a decent alternative for many people, with some people preferring fast service to table service. If you’re not worried about particular food, you’re generally fine with a last-minute travel situation.
What are my transportation options?
If you live within driving distance of Disney World, transportation to a last minute trip to Disney World is no problem. But if you want to get to the Orlando area, now things get more complicated. Disney’s free Magical Express bus service will end later this year. There are plenty of alternatives, such as taxis, carpools, rental cars, limousine services, and the new Mears Connect service, some of which must be booked in advance and may or may not be available at last. hour at a reasonable price.
What is your personality type?
Are you a person with type A laminated spreadsheets or a fly for the person seat in your pants? You know who you are and you can probably guess how you will feel if not everything is planned and perfect.
What is happening with the pandemic?
The ebb and flow of the pandemic is a factor in favor of last minute travel. Count me among the many who have planned trips many months in advance and have had to change these plans several times due to rising COVID rates.
The beauty of a last minute excursion is that current information about COVID is available.
Are there any other medical issues you should consider?
Do I need special care for a food allergy? Do I need to rent a wheelchair or scooter due to physical limitations? I will need a DAS card for someone in my group. Solving these needs may require a longer planning window than meeting something at the last minute.
Have you ever taken a last minute trip to Walt Disney World? How did it come out?