The Weather Was Great
I live in the New Orleans area. I know hot and humid, and frankly, I like my summers that way. However, when we went to Disney World two years ago in August it was HOT and miserable. This past week the temperatures have been in the mid 80's with moderate humidity. Also, it only rained one day, as opposed to the every afternoon rain that is normal in mid to late summer.
Lodging Was Reasonable
Because this week was still considered to be the off-season, we were able to score a three bedroom, two bath condominium about 5 miles down Universal Boulevard from Universal Studios for a total price of $844.38, with all taxes and fees included for five nights, which comes to $168.88 per night. I just tried to book a room for a month from now (I booked our room about a month before we used it) and the cost is almost $100 per night more than what we paid.
We Got a Great Deal on Tickets
Our tickets were $199.99 each and gave us access to one park per day (either Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure) for four days. Right now, the best deal on Universal's website is $219.99 for three day tickets. Since we needed five tickets that meant $100 more in our pocket, and an extra day in the parks.
The Crowds Were Less
When we went to Walt Disney World two years ago in August, the crowds were terrible. After about 10 a.m. you could barely move and there were long lines for everything. That was true Thursday this week as well, but Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had reasonable crowds and we were able to do what we wanted to do without any long waits in line.
Gas Cost Less
We paid 3 cents less per gallon last week that we paid at the same station today. They always say the price of gas goes up during the summer.
College Girl Didn't Miss Work
My recent college graduate has an internship lined up for this summer. Because we went during what is considered to be "the school year", the job hasn't started yet. We wanted her to be able to go with us but figured that if she got a job they weren't going to let her off for a vacation this summer. If you have kids who want summer jobs or adult children who will be starting new jobs, a pre-season vacation may allow them to join you.
While many of us may have reasons for taking vacations when "everyone" is doing so, if you can schedule yours during the off-season you can save a lot of money.