By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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2018 Planning Tools for Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

WALT DISNEY WORLD IN 2018

Over the past few days, I’ve published draft versions of the key planning tools for selecting when to go to Walt Disney World in 2018:

Prices can vary by 50% over the year, crowds by even more, and the best weeks to visit–for first timers, or for others–are also affected by weather, special events, and ride closures.disney-world-in-2018-from-yourfirstvisit-netSo these forecasts are key tools for you to use in planning your 2018 Disney World vacation.

For more on when to go to Disney World, see this.

2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS

My draft calendar of Disney World price seasons in 2018 shows forecast changes in Disney World resort hotel prices over the dates of 2018.

It’s based on recent practices by Disney World.  Disney changes its practices commonly–the most recent trend has been to increase prices in the final third of the year compared to past practices by changing lower priced seasons to higher priced seasons.

I’ll update this material when Disney releases its final 2018 price seasons calendar, most likely in the summer of 2017.

2018 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR

My draft 2018 Disney World crowd calendar indicates lower, moderate, and higher crowd weeks to visit.

It’s based on recent trends–especially lower summer crowds and higher crowds in the first half of October–and the impacts of moving holidays, particularly Easter, and the actual day of Christmas in 2018 (which effects the start of an enormous number of school breaks).

The early Easter and Tuesday Christmas make the broad patterns of Disney crowds fairly straightforward to predict for 2018, but I will update this crowd calendar as needed  in the summer of 2017 after a deeper set of 2017/2018 school year calendars is out, and once the patterns of 2016-2017 have revealed themselves more.

2018 DISNEY WORLD WEEK RANKINGS

My draft week rankings for 2018 are based on the above price seasons and crowd forecast, and also are influenced by weather, seasonal events, and ride closures.

These 2018 Disney World week rankings will be revised as needed in the summer of 2017 after the 2018 crowd calendar and price seasons are revised.

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21 comments

1 Ninette Sacco { 11.23.16 at 6:04 am }

We are 4 adults coming to Disney the first 2 weeks of September 2018 from the UK as it is my 60th Birthday. We have been before in 2008 and 2015. I usually book a package as soon as they are released, as usually the price seems cheaper the further in advance you book. However I have seen that Disney did offer basic Disney Dining at the Value resorts this year and I wondered if I should wait to see if they are doing this again for 2018 or if by the time they release this offer (if they do) the package prices have gone up anyway wiping out any gain. We will be staying again at Pop Century Resort in 2 rooms. I am always open to any suggestions. Thank you very much for your time. Ninette

2 Dave { 11.24.16 at 8:17 am }

Ninette, I don’t track UK deals, as they aren’t that visible to me. Check out the site/forum http://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/ a UK_foucsed DIsney site and ask your question there. (Tell them that Dave from yourfirstvisit.net sent you!)

3 Ken { 01.23.17 at 10:49 pm }

Do you have an idea of when tickets for 2018 will go on sale?

4 Dave { 01.24.17 at 6:39 am }

Ken, Disney tickets (other than one day tickets) are undated. You can buy them now and use in 2018. If you do so, you’ll also avoid price rises between now and then, one of which should be happening quite soon.

5 Ed { 03.06.17 at 11:11 am }

Do you have any idea when Disney rooms will become available for January 2018?

6 Dave { 03.07.17 at 8:58 am }

Ed,they are available now. See this.

7 Suzanne { 03.09.17 at 5:49 am }

Hiya Dave, We are looking at either April or late October/November and there doesn’t seem too much difference in crowds/prices in the weeks we are looking at. I was just wondering if you know whether there is much difference in weather/temperature between April and late October/beginning of November? Many thanks for your help! This site has been an amazing help!

8 Dave { 03.11.17 at 8:12 am }

Hi Suzanne, so glad to help. See this and its links for weather info.

9 Natalee { 04.07.17 at 2:37 pm }

Hi! We are planning a trip for October 21-27, 2018 and I have a question about the Halloween party and events. How much do tickets usually run for those? Also, while we are there my husband and I will be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary and I’d love to book a really nice dinner or experience for that night. Also thinking about maybe a family photo shoot. Any suggestions? Thank you!

10 Dave { 04.08.17 at 8:55 am }

Natalee, plan prices for the party to be >$80/person. There’s all kinds of spots for a celebratory dinner–look at the lower right side of the table on this page.

Probably more helpful will be the reviews in our book, and this language from it:

“For couples looking for the most romantic atmosphere and the best
food, we suggest:

California Grill: Located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary
Resort, California Grill offers breathtaking views of Magic Kingdom
during the evening fireworks, in addition to a great menu
focused on fresh ingredients, sushi, and contemporary cocktails.

Artist Point: Nestled inside Wilderness Lodge, this romantic
rendezvous is themed to the restaurants found in the great
National Park lodges of the west. Buffalo, salmon, and a terrific
mushroom soup and berry cobbler are menu mainstays.

Victoria & Albert’s: For a truly special occasion; astonishing
dining.”

11 Stephanie { 04.12.17 at 8:12 pm }

Hi! I am just starting to research a trip to Disney world for 1st timers! I was thinking September or October for 1 week for 5 of us. We are flying from Washington state and wanted to know what is the best month that is budget friendly? Also what’s. The best way to book? A package, agent, or separate?

12 Stephanie { 04.12.17 at 8:13 pm }

2018!

13 Dave { 04.14.17 at 1:05 pm }

Stephanie, see this for my advice on dates for first-timers.

Many first-timers use travel agents, as there’s a lot of decisions to be made and things to be booked. On the other hand many families enjoy doing the research and the booking themselves.

If use a travel agent, I recommend Kelly B at 980-429-4499 or email me at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com –tell her I sent you!

14 Kate { 04.18.17 at 2:34 pm }

Just booked to go 16th aug 2018 for two weeks from U.K (picked due to lower crowds otherwise would have been 23rd July or easter) but I see on your guide it’s peak hurricane season- now I’m concerned??? How is this likely to affect our trip and how should I plan for this?

15 Dave { 04.19.17 at 8:28 am }

Kate, the chance of a hurricane affecting your trip is small, but not insignificant. See this. Make sure you have travel insurance, and note Disney’s hurricane policy (s). I’d also invest in a portable weather radio like this one.

16 Alex { 04.27.17 at 10:17 am }

Since they are doing construction at Hollywood Studios, should I plan a whole day there or is it now a half day park?

17 Dave { 04.28.17 at 12:12 pm }

Alex, the construction shut down only a few either low-popularity or low-capacity rices, and it remains a full day park if you want to see everything else.

18 Karen { 05.12.17 at 3:11 pm }

Hi Dave,

I love your site.I mostly have visited Disney for a couple of daysand have stayed with family. However, I am trying to get together a ladies trip with some friends and wanted to know what resort you would recommend for us? Right now, I would say we have between 6-8 interested so far.

Any advice for planning a group trip like this for February? We plan to go Feb 4-10 with 5 days in the parks.

Thanks!

19 Dave { 05.13.17 at 9:39 am }

Karen, it’s hard to advise without an idea of your nightly budget, and whether you want a bunch of separate rooms, or a space that will hold most or all of you. Guide me, please!

20 Ed { 05.29.17 at 11:32 pm }

We are looking to take or triplets for their graduation gift in 2018. Any ideas on best place to stay etc? Is it better to get more than 1 room or maybe a suite?

21 Dave { 05.30.17 at 2:32 pm }

Ed, it depends a lot on your budget and the number of separate beds and sleeping spots you’d want… See this for a start.

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