Hi guys, this is our first trip to Orlando, so forgive me if I sound kinda frazzled and clueless.
So I've found out through the grapevine that this fall my parents are planning this huge, multi-generational grandkids, kids, grandparents, and great grandparents shin dig in Orlando, and have basically left the tough decisions to us, their kids.
The grandparents are renting a vacation home in Orlando for a week, instead of a ton of hotel rooms, for a couple of reasons. We're going to have a really big group, around twenty people, most of whom are little kids and toddlers. Renting a dozen hotel rooms would simply be too expensive and difficult to organize (not to mention loud for the neighbors). So we're getting a vacation home, and after looking at our schedules and comparing them to the on-season, off-season rates, we've decided to go on November 9-15. We're figuring with these dates that people are far less inclined to take a vacation to WDW a week and half before Thanksgiving, and it will be less crowded than normal. Is this the case? Has anyone else gone during this time and seen heavy crowds? Does WDW have any annual refurbs which take a ride down during this time?
Second, what is the weather like in Orlando during November? I googled "Orlando + Hurricane season" and basically got back that any time between June and December is considered hurricane season. How hot/wet is it typically during this time? Any tips for what kinds of clothes we should pack?
Third, ticket specials. The last time the family went out to DLR (back in 2008) we were extended a "Buy 3 days, get 2 free" option on our park hoppers. Is there anything like that going on with Disneyworld, which extends to people staying off property? I've even heard from some that if you're going to be paying for 7-day park hoppers, it would be cheaper to go with an annual pass.
I've got a ton of questions for all you WDW-ers, but will hold off until we have dates nailed down. Any help would be incredible.