Holiday Travel Surge Expected in Orlando
With the holiday season just a few weeks away, it comes as no surprise that demand for Orlando-based lodgings continues to soar. Though Walt Disney World Resort availability remains plentiful over the Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas and New Year’s Eve lodgings are exceptionally limited. According to local experts, the challenge of booking a last-minute holiday adventure extends into local vacation rentals as well.
With the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary underway and normalcy returning to the parks as the pandemic improves, the boom in reservations certainly comes as little surprise.
“We’re having a huge supply and demand issue because we have moved over so much credit from 2020 and 2021 canceled bookings that people want to use that. Now they’re starting to expire, and they want to make sure that they’re not losing money from those previous, pre-COVID bookings,” said Trips & Ships Luxury Travel agent Angela Hughes in a Fox35 article yesterday.
Visiting “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” during the holidays poses challenges outside of lodging. Airfare prices are also expected to surge going into the Thanksgiving week and even more so prior to Christmas.
Holiday Airfare Price Hikes
According to the same Fox35 article, those looking to purchase flights may want to act sooner rather than later to secure the best fares.
“For those ready to book, take advantage of the cheapest fares available now, particularly for the Christmas holiday,” according to Hopper flight-tracking experts referenced in the article. In fact, the experts predict that prices on flights could rise $230 per person after Thanksgiving for airfare during the Christmas holiday week.
Christmastime at Walt Disney World
The holiday festivities begin at the Walt Disney World Resort on November 12 with decorations shifting from the oranges and browns of fall and Halloween to the greens and reds that define the December holiday soon after October 31st. Disney Very Merriest After Hours, a new special ticketed event at Magic Kingdom, begins November 8th, featuring the return of parades to the resort for the first time since the pandemic closure.
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