Walt Disney World’s new ticketing calendar is live, but more importantly, I did math for this story, people. SO MUCH MATH. I did it by hand! I did it in excel! I did it by double-checking my figures with someone who knows math and was told I did all the math wrong so I had to redo it and then checked it three times!
Anyway, the big takeaway here — besides me yelling BUT I TOOK AP STATISTICS about thirty-seven times — is that Disney ticketing is wildly different than it was just a few weeks ago. Generally speaking, prices rose substantially since last year. Some ticket prices went down, which is a weird unexpected miracle, but many did increase. Even more significant is that this demand pricing model fluctuates not by when you travel, but when you arrive. It’s a bit tricky, and if you’re a WDW expert, it’ll throw your next vacation plans for a loop.
I dove deep into the calendar and the numbers (math!!!) to suss out the very best times to visit Walt Disney World in 2019 — and some unexpected hacks to keep more cash in your pocket. Or, in Lake Buena Vista terms, helped send some extra funds ~linked to your Figment-themed Magic Band~.
Scurry over to Travel + Leisure to read all the insider info you need to know, as well as when the cheapest times to visit Walt Disney World are — and a helpful hack I discovered that could save! you! money!
These Are The Best And Worst Times To Go To Disney World in 2019 on Travel + Leisure by Carlye Wisel
If you’re wondering “where should I make a reservation for at Epcot?” or “should I really sit down for character breakfast at Magic Kingdom instead of racing to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train”, well, I have a career’s worth of stories for you. But, if you’re wondering what I *personally* do when I’m in Disney World, look no further.Take it from me, a tired reporter who seeks out specific indulgences and air-conditioned respite to get through a hectic week. Sometimes I’ll visit Disney World like a real vacationer and luxuriate in my time, but more often than not it’s a series of 16-hour days of research and rabid note-taking, so I only tend to sit down for one proper meal a day.
If you’re with littles that have a full-stop obsession with princesses, by all means, ignore me and go to Cinderella’s Royal Table. The list below is just the top layer of what I’d recommend to a friend, or a friend with kids, or a friend who doesn’t consider chicken breast nuggets to be one of the four main food groups.
Toy Story Land has only been open for five months, but like dressing toddlers in Halloween costumes, its young age doesn’t mean it’s going to miss a grand Instagram debut. For the very first time (because it’s new, but alas), the land is decked out in Christmas decor.
String lights are a staple in this “everything-is-enormous” land, but the quintessential holiday touches, like a humungo Hamm-shaped sugar cookie (heh heh) or Woody and Buzz Lightyear sporting little festive touches to their costumes is cute in a way I did not know I craved.
I don’t want to spoil the details fully — o-kay, even Rex is wearing reindeer antlers (!) — so check out a further taste of the holiday festivities over on Travel + Leisure.
Toy Story Land During The Holiday Season Is Disney Magic At Its Best on Travel + Leisure by Carlye Wisel
As someone who derails most party conversations with discussion over why Disney Cruise Line is a worthwhile vacation endeavor, there are five words in the English language that make non-Disney fans *actually* want to listen to what I’m about to say. I appreciate the polite nods and all, but allow me stretch my arms and type them proudly, now that I confidently and finally can:
NEW STAR WARS LAND NEWS!!!!!!!!
Yes, yes y’all, we *finally* have details about the two attractions going into Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. (Both coasts, babaaaay!) Pilot the Millennium Falcon, come face-to-face with Stormtroopers — insane new details about that right here — and encounter, well, so many experiences we could only dream of before.
Which comes first: will we find out the exact opening date for Galaxy’s Edge or will I learn how to spell Millennium correctly sans spell check!? Only time will tell!!
Enter hyperspace and zoom over to read all the details at Travel + Leisure.
Get Ready, Star Wars Fans: Disney’s Millennium Falcon Ride Looks Truly Out of This Galaxy on Travel + Leisure by Carlye Wisel
My big-ass article for Eater is not yet out (though coming super soon!), so in its absence, I give you my hit list of where you should eat now. If it’s 181 days from your vacation and you’re panicking about what resys to grab (no judgement!), look no further: