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Why Now is a Great Time to Book a Trip to Walt Disney World

Why Now is a Great Time to Book a Trip to Walt Disney World

By Thomas Kenzaki

Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Each year millions of people, including lots of Canadians, make the journey to Orlando, Florida to visit the most magical place on earth. Trying to figure out when the right time to visit is a tough decision to make. Here’s why right now might just be the best time ever for Canadians to visit Walt Disney World.

Exclusive Canadian Ticket Offer
Cost always plays a deciding factor when it comes to where to vacation. Right now Disney is offering Canadian residents an exclusive offer on tickets. You’ll save extra when you purchase a 4-day or longer ticket. You won’t find a better deal on tickets than this and it can add up to over $300US in savings for a family of four.

Pay as little as $37.30US per ticket day.

In addition to ticket savings, you can also find resort room discounts at most Walt Disney World resorts through regular offers such as this one. Saving on your tickets and up to 20% on your resort room will add up to significant savings for your family.

Brand New Attractions
If you’re new to Walt Disney World, everything will be brand new to you. If you’re a regular visitor like myself, you’re more drawn to the new stuff and new stuff there is plenty of! The biggest new attraction currently is Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It's a wonderfully themed and picturesque new expansion to the park that just opened up this summer. It offers 2 fantastic new rides, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, a fun new quick service restaurant, and numerous character meet and greets.

Read our guide on everything you need to know about Toy Story Land.

Other recent new attractions include Pandora: World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, which like Toy Story Land, also introduced 2 new rides. Every new land that opens brings incredible theming that you’ve come to love and expect from Disney. You’ll find amazing detail in everything from the ground you walk on to the tallest rock formations.

Also at Animal Kingdom is the new nighttime show, Rivers of Light. While not a fireworks show, you’ll still be in awe at the special music, lights and water projections.

A scene from the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Disney is always adding more attractions and some of the things you have to look forward to include a Guardians of the Galaxy ride and Ratatouille ride at Epcot, a Tron ride at Magic Kingdom, and the massive new land, Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. The latter of which leads into the next section: crowds.

Beat the Big Rush in Late 2019
When Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars in 2012, it was only a matter of time until they opened up a new land at Walt Disney World dedicated to the franchise. They’ve already embraced Star Wars for years at the parks including a ride, character meet and greets, merchandise, and more.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge concept art.

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in the fall of 2019 will bring a few things with it: more visitors and likely fewer discounts. With an approximate opening date now set, many people will hold off on visiting until after it opens so that they can experience the incredible new land.

Look no further than the expiry date of the current Canadian ticket offer for proof of this. If you can forego seeing Star Wars land right away, you’ll not only save money but also deal with smaller crowds, making now a great time to visit Walt Disney World before the inevitable explosion of visitors after its opening.

Fireworks and Dessert Parties
If you love fireworks, Walt Disney World is THE place to be. Not only does Disney put on a massive fireworks show at 3 of their 4 theme parks each and every night, they’re also some of the best firework displays you’ll see anywhere (don’t @ me).

Happily Ever After fireworks at Magic Kingdom.

The Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom is 18 minutes of pure Disney magic. It combines a projection show on Cinderella’s Castle with perfectly timed fireworks and music from classic and modern Disney films. Add in the Illuminations fireworks show at Epcot and Star Wars fireworks at Hollywood Studios and you’ve got an amazing trio of shows that are the perfect ending to a day at the park.

You also now have a tasty VIP way to take in the fireworks (and also the Rivers of Light nighttime show at Animal Kingdom). Disney hosts a Dessert Party for all 4 of these events at an extra cost. You’ll have unlimited access to sweet treats and beverages prior (or in some cases after) to the shows and also receive access to a reserved viewing area. If you’ve never seen a nighttime show at Walt Disney World, you should know that people start camping out the best spots hours before they begin. So while it costs extra, it does save you from having to do that to get a good viewing spot!

Seasonal Special Events
Who doesn’t love celebrating Halloween in September? This might just be my personal favourite time to visit Walt Disney World. There are pumpkins everywhere and twice a week Magic Kingdom closes early and hosts Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

The 'Boo to You' parade at MNSSHP will delight those of all ages.

At MNSSHP the whole family can dress up and trick-or-treat throughout the park. You’ll also enjoy a special nighttime parade (2-shows nightly), Halloween fireworks and special character meet and greets. In my opinion this is the best special event at Magic Kingdom and is well worth the price of admission. My tip for those going is to wait until after the fireworks to trick-or-treat or do the meet and greets for much shorter lines.

Pack an extra bag to bring home all your candy from trick-or-treating!

The end of August also marks the start of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. During this event you’ll be able to eat your way around the World Showcase while purchasing unique dishes from special country-themed booths. You’ll also get to see special performances from various musical artists 3-times daily which is included as part of your regular park admission.

Right after Halloween the theme quickly switches over to Christmas. You can almost smell the pumpkin spice change to eggnog overnight. Christmas time is another great season to visit as the parks are beautifully decorated for the festive season, including thousands of lights strung over Cinderella’s castle.

Mickey and Minnie at the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

Just like during Halloween, Magic Kingdom hosts a special event called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a special ticketed event where you’ll get to enjoy festive food and drinks, entertainment, fireworks and the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Christmas Party are fun ways to make your fall/winter visit extra magical.

Final Thoughts
So you’ve made the decision to visit Mickey and friends? Great! With all of the new attractions adding to the already fantastic lineup of things to do at Walt Disney World, there’s never been a better time to visit. Throw in the exclusive Canadian ticket offer and you’ve also got one of the best deals to go.

If you’ve been considering booking a trip down, you should give some serious thought into going in the next year. With Star Wars land opening up next year it’s only going to get busier which may also mean the end of Canadian exclusive deals (why put out discounts if everyone is already booking their trips).

A great idea would be to visit now and then book a trip back a little while after Star Wars land opens up and crowds return to a more normal level. There’s no shortage of magical experiences to be made with all that Walt Disney World offers today!

39 Comments

    • Been waiting on this (used previous issues at WDW)

      Gutted to see the limited use at DL - had pencilled in our 1st trip to the west coast in 15 years for Aug 2019
      Plans may have to be re-jigged
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    • Perfect! We're going next weekend!!! Except not for 4 days. I wonder if we can use the remaining days sometime later?
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    • cuto wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2018 11:10 am
      Perfect! We're going next weekend!!! Except not for 4 days. I wonder if we can use the remaining days sometime later?
      Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use
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    • cuto wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2018 11:10 am
      I wonder if we can use the remaining days sometime later?
      The tickets will expire within 14 days of first use.
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    • Any discount on Universal tickets?
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    • disque wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2018 1:58 pm
      Any discount on Universal tickets?
      Fingers crossed. Currently they are adding 2 free days to 3 day passes (5 total), am hoping to see either a % discount ala Disney or 2+1 (free day at volcano?). Have a trip booked for late Nov just need tickets.
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    • This is a great deal if the dates work for you, if they don't many other third-party websites sell tickets near this price point. Do not purchase directly from Disney.
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    • tickyboy wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2018 2:52 pm
      Fingers crossed. Currently they are adding 2 free days to 3 day passes (5 total), am hoping to see either a % discount ala Disney or 2+1 (free day at volcano?). Have a trip booked for late Nov just need tickets.


      That promotion ends September 17, I'm not going until Dec
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    • Would also like to know. Or cheapest option for universal tickets
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    • bizzaro23 wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2018 6:31 pm
      This is a great deal if the dates work for you, if they don't many other third-party websites sell tickets near this price point. Do not purchase directly from Disney.
      What other legit sites sell them at 30% off?
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    • greg123 wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2018 7:55 pm
      What other legit sites sell them at 30% off?
      Not 30% off, but loveorlandotickets.ca has the best prices for tickets down south (in my experience). Right now 4 day is $494 CDN - this deal is $412 after conversion (without Forex fee), so buy from Disney. Unless there's something else out there? Undercovertourist is another good site, but usually a little more than loveorlando

      Watch the expiration dates! Usually it's Dec. 31 the year you buy them.
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    • So I have until March 2019 to purchase these tickets right? I am going to Disney world in April 2019 but I don't want to purchase the tickets until 2019
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    • Parknrec wrote:
      Sep 1st, 2018 5:42 pm
      So I have until March 2019 to purchase these tickets right? I am going to Disney world in April 2019 but I don't want to purchase the tickets until 2019
      If you planning on staying on property, you can book now with a small deposit. Pay the balance closer to your trip date
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    • This is a great deal.

      I was lucky enough to get 4 days + 2 days free for ~405USD a few weeks ago. Looks like 6 days is ~ 375USD with this offer.
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    • Book the tickets? I have the hotel booked already at the Disney Swan resort and I should get the 60 day fast passes. So I am planning on getting the tickets just before the 60 day mark which should be in February. So this deal should still be around February since it says expiry date is March?
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    • Parknrec wrote:
      Sep 1st, 2018 5:56 pm
      Book the tickets? I have the hotel booked already at the Disney Swan resort and I should get the 60 day fast passes. So I am planning on getting the tickets just before the 60 day mark which should be in February. So this deal should still be around February since it says expiry date is March?
      As far as I know Disney's never pulled a deal down early so you'll be fine waiting until February to purchase your tickets. The only negative would be if our dollar was worse than it is now and you'd lose on the exchange rate in February (versus right now).
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    • Anyone know best ways to get deals for Discovery Cove?
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    • is there any post (already discussed) or can anyone help me with details - how you plan your visit Disney park.
      How you travel from Canada? Did you book flight or via car trip? if car trip, do you stop by to rest?
      what about stay in Disney park? do we need to book hotel within park or outside?
      if you travel by air, how do you travel locally or within different parks? how to cover Disney park within 4 or 5 days (effective planning within time period).
      is it cheaper buying here or at Costco?

      sorry if the question are silly, i am trying to get details after I purchase tickets and any other details i should know since I will be travelling with my family.

      thank you in advance.
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    • MegaSilver wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2018 11:18 am
      Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use
      Ugh bummer.
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    • patpond wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2018 8:30 pm
      Not 30% off, but loveorlandotickets.ca has the best prices for tickets down south (in my experience). Right now 4 day is $494 CDN - this deal is $412 after conversion (without Forex fee), so buy from Disney. Unless there's something else out there? Undercovertourist is another good site, but usually a little more than loveorlando

      Watch the expiration dates! Usually it's Dec. 31 the year you buy them.
      Woah is this loveorlandotickets.ca legit? I thought Disney sites say to never buy from 3rd party sites? I guess Expedia and other travel sites.

      Edit: NVM, after doing FOREX, a 2 day pass is ~$586CAD direct through Disney vs $620 through loveorlandotickets.ca. Oh wellz.
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    • gskn4u wrote:
      Sep 3rd, 2018 12:36 pm
      is there any post (already discussed) or can anyone help me with details - how you plan your visit Disney park.
      How you travel from Canada? Did you book flight or via car trip? if car trip, do you stop by to rest?
      what about stay in Disney park? do we need to book hotel within park or outside?
      if you travel by air, how do you travel locally or within different parks? how to cover Disney park within 4 or 5 days (effective planning within time period).
      is it cheaper buying here or at Costco?

      sorry if the question are silly, i am trying to get details after I purchase tickets and any other details i should know since I will be travelling with my family.

      thank you in advance.
      https://www.disboards.com/forums/canadi ... -board.19/

      This is a sub forum on one of the largest Disney travel boards - start near and work up to the main forum.

      Good luck!
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    • I would also like to see some Universal discounts. That place is sooo expensive - especially if you pay for VIP (which, really, is essential if you want to avoid hours long lines).

      Last spring break, my family of 4 got one-day tickets with VIP - worked out to almost $1000 CAD for ONE DAY!!!😲
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    • pokee99 wrote:
      Sep 4th, 2018 10:46 pm
      I would also like to see some Universal discounts. That place is sooo expensive - especially if you pay for VIP (which, really, is essential if you want to avoid hours long lines).

      Last spring break, my family of 4 got one-day tickets with VIP - worked out to almost $1000 CAD for ONE DAY!!!😲
      Don't get vip. Get your universal tix at a good site like UC. Book 1 night at a deluxe universal onsite hotel. You will get express for checkin and checkout days. If your party is 4+ people it's a great deal. Of course this is only good if you are doing 2+ days. Make sure you get park 2 park!
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    • cheapbastage wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 7:36 am
      Don't get vip. Get your universal tix at a good site like UC. Book 1 night at a deluxe universal onsite hotel. You will get express for checkin and checkout days. If your party is 4+ people it's a great deal. Of course this is only good if you are doing 2+ days. Make sure you get park 2 park!
      This is very good advice. Not only does the hotel get you the express pass for the two days but it's also on-property, so you can walk to the parks in the morning and back to the hotel at night. You'll be tucked into your plush bed before most people have cleared the parking lot.

      Also, unlike Disney, park2park at Universal is a must. It's the only way to ride the Hogwarts train.
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    • Fanboy wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 10:42 am
      Also, unlike Disney, park2park at Universal is a must. It's the only way to ride the Hogwarts train.
      I actually found 2-park tickets at Universal to be unnecessary but it really depends on what you want to do. Riding the Hogwarts train is cool but after riding it once each way, I don't feel like I need to do it again. I had enough to do at each park to fill a whole day.

      The deluxe hotel stay to get free express passes is a great idea for larger groups.
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    • I'm thinking of taking my daughter to Disney Land to see some of the princesses since we'll be in the area.

      Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a deal on tickets for one day or any advice on the visit? Thanks.
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    • Fanboy wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 10:42 am
      This is very good advice. Not only does the hotel get you the express pass for the two days but it's also on-property, so you can walk to the parks in the morning and back to the hotel at night. You'll be tucked into your plush bed before most people have cleared the parking lot.

      Also, unlike Disney, park2park at Universal is a must. It's the only way to ride the Hogwarts train.
      We're heading down after Thanksgiving this year, so mid-October. Plan is to do the parks on weekdays and avoid the weekends. I already picked up the 4-day DW passes when the 20% promo was run at the start of this year.

      Been looking to get Universal and the UCtourist site seems to be best to get the 3+2 days deal, it's not too much more than the 2+1 day deal. So even though we don't plan on doing 5 full days at Universal, we could head over for an evening as one of the 5 days. I looked into the Express pass options, I don't think we need them for the time we'll be there though. I did look into the hotel options (we already have accommodation for the whole time we're there) to get the express pass but there were only a couple of places available and none were too cheap (USD$300+ I think), yes that includes 2 days of express passes, I also don't see us doing 2 consecutive days at Universal due to the UC crowdplanner suggestions.

      What's the best hotel options for Universal to get Express pass? Also do others agree that mid-week Oct express pass is likely not needed.
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    • Great deal.........we were booking for 5 days at full price, but now have the discounted rate. :)
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    • Never been there, but thinking of taking my 2 yr old there the first week of Jan.
      Is it 3 days a little bit too much? How's the line up?
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    • pswart wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 11:19 am
      I'm thinking of taking my daughter to Disney Land to see some of the princesses since we'll be in the area.

      Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a deal on tickets for one day or any advice on the visit? Thanks.
      Unfortunately there aren't really any savings on 1 or 2 day tickets. 3 days is where the savings really kick in, especially with the extra 25% off currently being offered. There's easily enough to do at Disneyland to spend 3 days there but if you don't have the time then you might just have to bite the bullet and pay the 1 day price if you really want to go.
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 11:45 am
      Unfortunately there aren't really any savings on 1 or 2 day tickets. 3 days is where the savings really kick in, especially with the extra 25% off currently being offered. There's easily enough to do at Disneyland to spend 3 days there but if you don't have the time then you might just have to bite the bullet and pay the 1 day price if you really want to go.
      It'd just be a day trip from where we are staying, so we'd only be there one day. Plus she's only 4 so wouldn't really do any rides, just go see the princesses. Thanks for letting me know!
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    • wait for Starwars land :)

      if not, i would not wait last minute to buy tickets...you can fast pass select and restaurant reservation earlier (if one day trip...dont bother; it will be a little stressful getting the fastpass at the park)
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    • Parknrec wrote:
      Sep 1st, 2018 5:56 pm
      Book the tickets? I have the hotel booked already at the Disney Swan resort and I should get the 60 day fast passes. So I am planning on getting the tickets just before the 60 day mark which should be in February. So this deal should still be around February since it says expiry date is March?
      Last I checked, Swan/Dolphin are not considered Disney properties. They're owned by spg...
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    • cuto wrote:
      Sep 4th, 2018 9:40 pm
      Woah is this loveorlandotickets.ca legit? I thought Disney sites say to never buy from 3rd party sites? I guess Expedia and other travel sites.

      Edit: NVM, after doing FOREX, a 2 day pass is ~$586CAD direct through Disney vs $620 through loveorlandotickets.ca. Oh wellz.
      Totally legit. Been using them for 4 years of travelling to Disney / Universal. It's usually a little bit cheaper than Undercovertourist, and it's already in CDN so no Forex fees
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    • pswart wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 11:55 am
      It'd just be a day trip from where we are staying, so we'd only be there one day. Plus she's only 4 so wouldn't really do any rides, just go see the princesses. Thanks for letting me know!
      Lots of 4 year old princesses doing the rides especially at Magic Kingdom
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 6:21 pm
      This is true but they still get many of the Disney resort benefits including booking FastPass+ at 60 days out.

      https://www.swandolphin.com/leisureinfo/benefits.html
      Damn, I didn't know that. These used to be 10k/12k points a night with fifth night free. Totally would've done that instead of booking the first night at the lake buena vista best western to get the disney benefits and the rest at a marriott. Oh well....
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    • cnbobby wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2018 11:40 am
      Never been there, but thinking of taking my 2 yr old there the first week of Jan.
      Is it 3 days a little bit too much? How's the line up?
      The week of the 1-6 should be very busy due to Christmas break. The week following will be very quiet, prices drop into "value" season.

      At 2, you're probably going to see more benefits than they are. The best park would be magic kingdom followed (likely) by animal kingdom, Hollywood then Epcot. You could spend a couple days there but the crappy part at 2 years is that they now need a ticket ($$).

      What they might enjoy is riding around on the monorails, character meals (at resorts). Things that don't necessarily need a park ticket for. Lots of things to do outside the parks themselves.

      You could also check out sea world or Legoland when you're in the area and wanting to venture off Disney property.
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