So my sister wanted to go away with me in February, you never would have guessed where she picked? Of course…Disneyland. In an ideal world, she would love to return to Disneyland Anaheim but living near London and not being blessed with countless amounts of money, a local trip was what we got! This time we were lucky enough to enjoy a ‘full on’ Disney experience, for quite a low cost. By booking a trip with a cancellation policy, we knew we would be going, but by checking for deals on a weekly basis leading up to the trip, we got the tickets, accommodation, and full board plan for an extremely low price! I’ve mentioned this on my tip posts before: It is really important to get the best deal possible, why be lazy and not compare prices when you can and possibly save hundreds! Anyway back to our trip…that we paid very little for…
STAYING AT THE NEW YORK HOTEL
I’ve seen many reviews where people have criticised the hotel, saying the decor firmly places the hotel as still stuck in the 90s…and to an extent, they are correct, after all the hotel has not been refurbished since it was built. However, I LOVED the whole feel and atmosphere of the hotel. In a way, it was nostalgic to feel like a little kid again. Not to mention that the service was impeccable, the room was lovely and spacious and we adored eating dinner and breakfast at the Parkside Diner every day. I’d also like to thank the New York hotel for upgrading us to a Lake View room, it really made our stay just that little bit better waking up to see the lake every morning. As much as I love a budget stay and often stay outside of the Disney resorts throughout the world, I would really recommend staying in the resort. Essentially book to stay in the resort during the off-season, then you will be able to enjoy everything it has to offer without the hefty price tag…and less people, which goes onto my next point.
ENJOYING THE PARK
Visiting the park during the off-season, means cheaper prices and less people. With less people, the whole experience is much better. Less pushing and scrambling for queue spots and being able to walk around with lots of space around, it takes the hectic stress out of Disney that you often find in the busy summer months. Not to mention that by staying in a Disney hotel you get extra magic hours. We’d experienced the ‘Magic Morning’ in Anaheim before, but here it was even quieter and you got two hours as opposed to one. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to go on the Fantasyland attractions without any lines whatsoever, plus being able to just generally enjoy the park with few people in it. My sister and I are actually just quite content walking around the park and just taking in the atmosphere, visiting 4 of the resorts across the world 15 times, we’ve pretty much seen everything so being grateful and mindful of the park is enough sometimes. I really recommend doing so.
DOING SOMETHING NEW
With it being the off-season, you often find that you have so much more choice in regards to what to do. My sister and I decided to take advantage and tried as many new things as possible. We enjoyed a lovely voyage on the steamboat on Lake Thunder Mesa, surprisingly the sun was out and it was really warm on this February day! We also had the pleasure of being able to enjoy a meal at Plaza Gardens for the first time, and the food was marvellous! Again many thanks to the New York hotel for upgrading our meal plan so we could have such a good time. We tried to see as many shows as possible too, the Frozen show, Cinemagique and the new Star Wars Seasons of the Force. Being a huge Star Wars fan, I was so so happy to see the prequel trilogy also be included, Lucasfilm and Disney seem to always want to eradicate it, but personally I love it (sorry not sorry).
SHOULD I VISIT DURING THE OFF-SEASON?
Yes, yes and yes! With no crowds and lower costs I really recommend you do so. Yes it can be colder than the peak summer months, but when wrapped up, you’re still going to thoroughly enjoy yourself. Plus, you never know, the weather in Europe can be weird and we went from a very cold morning to a warm afternoon.
My sister has started a Disney YouTube channel for anyone interested right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl4fTRhh3hinqBW-g_0vn4A
Would you visit in the off-season, and/or keep your eyes out for last minute deals?