Speaking of, did you all see the articles flying around the internet earlier this week? Disney is considering demand-pricing for park tickets "in an effort to reduce congestion and raise attendance at slower times." Disney says that they want to see consistent attendance year round which I find interesting because many fans already argue that the "slow" times at Disney are a thing of the past. Disney's already done a pretty good job of filling up the parks during the offseason. I think the internet and availability of information has had a hand in that as well. We've been during the slooooow times and if I had to deal with crowds more intense than that, I wouldn't plan a vacation there. Do they really think they can reduce those crowds between Christmas and New Year? Do they really want to?
FYI for planning, I typically read the (free!) predicted crowd calendars at easyWDW. The logic behind the predictions is detailed out, which I find extremely helpful as I make my plans.
Also, MouseSavers has a TON of information but the link there should bring you to a discussion of Disney seasons.
So back to planning for 2016. I've been looking at Disney resorts and pricing out rooms for the girls' April vacation from school. Last week, Disney announced discounts for the beginning of 2016, through April 13th. We would be going after this special offer ends so it looks like I need to wait a bit to see what's offered for those next few weeks of April. I'm optimistic that the discounts will be greater than the ones out now (deluxe rooms are only at 25% off) due to the fact that the end of April into May is a slower time.
Our resort room situation is a bit different than most - we need two rooms because we have six people. Because I'm a numbers nerd (accountants unite!), I pulled together a chart to analyze different options. And before you ask, I basically insist on staying on Disney property. My main reason is to limit commuting back and forth between the parks and the hotel. I've also been brainwashed.
If we're going to go with a value resort, it has to be Art of Animation. No real line of reasoning here other than it's the newest one. It appears that the Little Mermaid rooms are still in high demand and excluded from the special offers for a room rate discount. However, I wanted to include them in my analysis because without discounts, they are actually the cheapest option in the lot. I picked the Caribbean Beach Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge because we haven't stayed there and I think it's cool to check out new places and those seem like resorts that we would like. Based on the above analysis which applies the current 2016 special offer, I would probably choose to go with the moderate resort. The overall cost for two rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort would be only $100 more than a suite at Art of Animation. Note that the discounts are greater for (selected) moderates than for value resorts.
That being said, many, many stars need to align for this vacation to happen. WORK is a huge what if right now and could blow this whole thing to smithereens. We not only have to think about what I have going on but Rich has a meeting during school vacation week that he can't miss and no, he can't just dial in for it either. So there's that. And then there are the discounts and special offers. Sometimes those standard view rooms go in a blink of an eye. Wilderness Lodge is being renovated right now and I was hoping to see a bigger discount because of that. Not really seeing it. So, yeah, there's a lot up in the air right now.