Are you planning a vacation in Orlando with family or friends? In order to get the maximum quality at minimum cost from your long impending Orlando vacation, one should note following factors listed below. Like every other place on Earth, Orlando’s travel calendar is divided into high, low and shoulder season. Make no mistake; a low season in Orlando is not exactly low as compared to other places. It actually means ‘slow’ season. The prices of the theme park attractions and the dining are fairly constant during all the seasons, but yes, the reservation have to be made early during high seasons.
Here Are The 5 Factors Deciding When To Visit Orlando:
High, Low and Shoulder Season in Orlando
Although Orlando is popular vacation destination for all 365 days in a year, the high season includes the months of March, April and covers mid June to mid August and mid December to mid January. The low season includes months of May, September, November to early December and January. The months of February, last week of May to first half of June, last two weeks of August and month of October are the shoulder season. High season in Orlando is synonymous with higher travel costs, stiff competitions for hotel room and dinner reservations and worst of all, long serpentine queues for rides in the all Theme Parks.
Temperature in Orlando
The sub tropical climate in Orlando permits the average temperatures to range between 48 degrees Fahrenheit in January to humid and steamy 92 degree Fahrenheit in August. On top of it, the rain showers are all the more frequent. Expect sudden and heavy thunderstorms in an otherwise humid and steamy June to September months. A day out in the theme parks in months of June to September can give a feeling of a sauna.
Hurricane Season in Orlando
Visitors, normally forget to factor the Atlantic Hurricane season, from June to September, with September being the worst, while planning for Orlando vacation. One can expect an encounter Hurricane or Tropical Thunderstorm in September, which may cause park closures. Do not panic, as this is a rare phenomenon and has happened in 2004, when hurricanes Charlie, Francis and Jeanne pounded Orlando one after another causing park closures. Hence, keep a close watch on the Hurricane advisory telecasts.
Crowding in Orlando
Orlando being the “Theme Park” capital of the world, March to April Spring School breaks and period from Thanksgiving to New Year is the busiest time. Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends are a close second. Theme Parks get crowded and the wait times for rides get longer and can go to two hours. In addition, one can expect crowding during the Mardi Gras at Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Marathon. Early admission at Disney World for Disney resort guests can be a boon or bane, depending on where one is staying. Christmas week closely followed by Spring break are most expensive time to visit as hotel rates for resorts are at their peak. However, the hotels catering primarily to business travelers are relatively cheaper in summer.
During the low season, especially in January, Disney closes one of its resorts on a rotational basis for routine maintenance and cleaning. The low seasons are opportunities for Theme Parks to close some of the rides for maintenance. So keep a close vigil for maintenance routines at respective web sites, so that you are not deprived of the thrills on your must visit rides.