Instead, I’d wait until September 2023 to begin my retirement (the same holds true for this September if you’re still thinking about next year). This is essentially a hedge against Walt Disney World shutting down and real-world circumstances returning to normal by that date.

I’m assuming that it will take a little more time than we originally thought. It’s just that, based on everything I’ve seen thus far, things have gone slower than expected, with more disruptions than anticipated, and waiting longer is the prudent option. In addition, September is usually the best month for crowds and discounts at Walt Disney World.

Personally, I’d actually go beyond September for my travel target and book the week after Thanksgiving. This is nothing new and actually has nothing to do with pricing–our Best & Worst Months to Visit Walt Disney World has recommended that week for ages–that’s just our personal favorite for a mix of reasons related to pricing, crowds, weather, and the holiday season. It’s “objectively inferior” to September, but the reality is that humans don’t take vacations in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. That’s the better week on balance.

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