Monthly Archives: March 2013

WEEKLY Q&A with YOUR Magical Adventure Planner, Mary Pat Rhodes

When is the best time to visit Disney World?

In my opinion there are no bad times to visit Disney World.  With that said; I will offer you some optimal times to experience the magic.

My favorite time is the 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. The parks and resorts are beautifully decorated in holiday fashion. Disney World’s resort rates drop to value season.  The crowds are low too.  

My second favorite time is the 3 weeks after New Years.  Again the rates drop and the crowds are low.  Everyone is going back to work or school after the holiday break.

Crowds are also low in the months of May and September. The month of May; because the spring breakers have left and the summer people are not here yet. September because the US kids are just getting back to school

If planning a visit with children it will depend on the age of the children, and when you are available to travel. If you have children in school you will have narrower options.  I always try to tell my clients to avoid the hot crowded summer months.  

The best rule of thumb is to look at the blockout dates on the Florida residents seasonal passes. For example, the blockout dates for Seasonal pass holders 2013 are: March 23 – April 5, 2013; June 8 – August 15, 2013, December 19 – December 31, 2013. If Disney doesn’t want them there, then they are expecting major crowds!

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20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

If you have never visited Walt Disney World’s 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, this year you must see it in person to truly appreciate it! Beautiful gardens, stunning topiaries, special events, rocking concerts, souvenirs and workshops as well as unique food offerings from around the world!

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This special event will be going on until May 19th so it’s not too late! Plus, you can still get the Spring Discount promotion for travel between April 2nd-the second week of June!


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MP Rhodes ~ Your Disney Connection

Disney 076My love of all things Disney started in the 1960s. I could hardly wait for Sunday night’s Wonderful World of Disney. Walt would sit on the corner of his desk, telling us all that was being created. It was magical. I dreamed of one day first hand experiencing this magic.

In 1978, I took myself to Walt Disney World in Orlando. As I purchased my E ticket I knew beyond those gates my life would change. It did I was full on hooked. Sadly, the Magic Kingdom Park (the only park) closed early that night due to President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy visiting that evening. I was heartbroken as I didn’t get to experience the fireworks or the Electric Light parade.
In 1998, I gave birth to my daughter. I promised myself I would always take her to Disney World.

Well, I just completed my 101st visit and my daughter, Katie has been there 99 times. We celebrate each birthday, Halloween, Christmas and year end of school in the most magical place on earth.

Let me help you plan the magical vacation of a lifetime. This is a free service. I can help you with hotel reservations, tours, dining, air and park tickets. I am available to share my knowledge of all things Disney with you. Contact me