May 192010

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket

Do you have a Disney dilemma? Are you wondering about a certain attraction? Are you curious about a resort or a cruise? Give us a little whistle and we’ll help you sort out how to handle it. Questions should be sent to If your dilemma is trip-related, please include when you will be traveling.

Q. We are two very senior ladies, very spry and young at heart, who will be visiting Mickey in the first week of December. Do you know when special rates and/or discounts will be announced for that time of year? Should we make reservations now to be assured a room of our choice? Can an adjustment in room price be made when discounts appear? (Submitted by Peggy)

A. Hi Peggy! What a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World! It’s true that in the past, discounts and specials have been released for that time of year, but with the Mouse, you just never know when he ‘s going to release those gems. Right now, the current discounts run through October 2, so it could be another couple of months before we see discounts for that early December timeframe (or we could be surprised by something much sooner).

You absolutely can apply discounts to existing reservations. We tend to agree that you should book your room or package now. Then, if/when a discount is released that you can use, you can apply it to your existing reservation. If you don ‘t want to have to worry about looking for discounts, we recommend booking your trip with a travel agent (and we happen to be partial to those at Magic for Less Travel.) A Disney-specialized travel agent can do the discount-searching for you, and even apply the discount without you needing to ask! We think that’s sweet.

Q. My wife and I (and kids) have been to the World about eight times now but have never gone in the summer. That is about to change. We are planning on going this June. How hot does it get that time of year? Can we expect it to be crowded? Is there anything special going on in the summer at Disney? (Submitted by Scott)

A. Well, Scott, we aren’t going to lie– June in Orlando is hot. Perhaps not as hot as August though, so maybe that is a slight consolation? We recommend lots and lots of water. Also, plan to hit some air-conditioned attractions in the heat of the afternoon. You may want to budget time to do a load of laundry or two while you are there, as well (or pack multiple shirts for each day of your visit). You can check out historical temperatures here:

Crowds will be moderate in the beginning of June, and will likely start to increase as you get later into June, when more schools let out for the year and people start their vacations. Early June shouldn’t be as crowded later in the summer. Again, we hope that’s some consolation!

As for special events, you’ve picked a great summer to visit WDW, as the Florida Disney parks are celebrating “Summer Nightastic!” from June 6 through August 14. With this, the Main Street Electrical Parade will return to the Magic Kingdom as the nighttime parade, and there will be a new “Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Spectacular” show as well–don ‘t miss that! Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have a Rock n’ Glow Dance Party, near the Sorcerer’s Hat. This evening event, with a DJ plus live rock music (and an occasional character sighting), will take place every night but Mondays and Wednesdays. There is also the “Sounds Like Summer” tribute-band concert series at Epcot which starts June 12, and runs through July 31.

In addition, you will be visiting during Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios, so if you have any Star Wars fans in your group, be sure to check that out. Finally, while not a special event, this would be a perfect time to hit a water park if you have never done that before. Have a fantastic trip, and keep cool!

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