Published: September 25, 2012 at 11:32 AMEnjoying Disneyland right now. Midway Mania had a 5 minute wait. Weather is mid 80s and it is perfect. Septemberon the West Coast and January on the east. My favorite schedule.
Published: September 25, 2012 at 12:54 PMI live in central Florida and I would absolutely agree. Especially in early fall, you can hit your favorite attractions with little to no wait time, and have the opportunity to check out some special holiday events!
Published: September 25, 2012 at 11:07 PMThis is absolutely the way to go at year round parks. In Southern California, I've been to most of the parks at various times of the year, and here's when I'd say are the best times to visit:
Disneyland Resort: Weekdays in Jaunuary, May, September, and early December (excluding holidays)
Knott's Berry Farm: Any weekday between Labor Day and Memorial Day, except during holiday periods
Legoland California: Any weekday when school is in session (check operating calendar...not open all weekdays in off season)
Universal Studios Hollywood: Any day between Labor Day and Memorial Day, except Saturdays and holidays
SeaWorld San Diego: Any day between Labor Day and Memorial Day
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Any Sunday during weekend-only operation (except holidays)
Yes, attractions will be closed, but unless you've never been to the park or you're going for one specific attraction, the low crowds make up for missing one or two rides (I'd delay a visit if three or more major attractions will be closed). However, at the seasonal parks or parks I've never visited before, I'd much rather visit in the middle of the season during daily operation and hope for low crowds. If it's crowded, I'll just buy the skip the line pass offered at that particular park (almost all major parks now offer some form of this).
Published: September 26, 2012 at 12:46 AMOff season is great. Did my last WDW trip during Sept 2007.
Oh, and yeah rides go down for refurbishments. Just want to gloat about the current Indy closure. Please read the comments on this post from two years ago.
Published: September 26, 2012 at 9:26 AMHopefully EE can close for refurb so Disco Yeti goes away.
Published: September 26, 2012 at 9:54 AMAbsolutely agree! Weekdays are the way to go if you can. Crowds are definitely the lowest you'll see all year, especially with kids back in school right now.
Published: September 29, 2012 at 6:08 AMworking 10 months at the Walt Disney World Resort (5 months Pirates and another 5 at Expedition Everest). The only things I really saw in refurb that were huge was Typhoon Lagoon starting October 30th going under and Blizzard Beach coming out of refurb for the holidays. Splash Mountain was the biggest attraction to go into refurb during the holidays I think that was December through February. Other than that it was very good.