Many of you have heard me mention that my family is planning a large vacation next year with about 15 of our relatives. My parents are using their DVC points to cover the cost of accommodations for everyone for four nights and then everyone is on their own.
Our original plan was to go during what is our April school vacation up here(April 18 - April 23 or 24), not really thinking about the impact of Easter crowds. Easter falls on the Sunday at the END of our vacation. I had thought that by going the week before Easter, we would avoid the Easter rush but I now see that the two weeks around Easter are nearly as crowded.
Our only other alternatives are to wait another year and go during April vacation in 2012 or go during February vacation in 2011. I had hoped to be able to convince everyone to go in February but after the really crazy cold temps WDW has seen this winter and all the major snowstorms that crippled air traffic for a bit, I am not sure if the rest of my fam will go for it.
Each option has its plusses and minuses, but I know it will take more convincing to switch everyone’s mind to February. My question is what would all of you do and should I really spend a lot of time trying to change people’s minds?
PROs - Warmer weather, less chance of weather affecting our air travel, Flower and Garden Festival, longer park hours
CONs - Higher air fare, larger crowds, more DVC points needed, less discounts for additional rooms for extra days
PROs - Smaller crowds, less expensive air fare, less DVC points needed
CONs - Cooler temperatures, shorter park hours, possible weather issues with air travel