Hey everyone! My wife and I are planning a trip to Disney world with our daughter. I've been lurking on these forums and googling like crazy trying to get all the information I can, but its hard to find some information. So I thought I'd just toss a couple questions out there and see if anyone can offer some suggestions.
First off, we'd like to go sometime the first half of 2012 for maybe 7 days. My personal priority is to avoid the crowds, so I was thinking the first week of February (I want January, but my wife is going to be in Vegas...). I see what the average temperatures are for that time of year (50's/70's), but has anyone been there during February? Is too cold to get in the pools? My daughter would spend all day in a pool if I let her. So if she's not able to even get in a pool, we might reconsider when we go.
Second, I have my heart set on the Polynesian. When I was a kid, as a family our first trip to DW we stayed at the Poly, so its sort of reliving past experiences thing. Plus I thought since she's just 4 it would be easier on her (and us) to be able to just take the monorail rather than dealing with buses. Then I saw some of the Value hotels like Art of Animation and it looks like she would love the themes. So I'm torn between the Polynesian and other (cheaper) options. I know this is more personal opinion thing, but wondering if anyone had any thoughts.
Third, from a technical perspective, what's the best way to go about buying tickets. More specifically, when can I buy tickets for 2014? And how early should I buy them? The Disney site doesn't let you buy them yet and I'm not sure about other sites like UndercoverTourist. Should I go with a package thing through Disney or can I save a lot of money if I buy things separately? I'm a crazy planner and I'm not sure if I'm being neurotic thinking about it this far in advanced. I've also read that Disney will have discounts at certain times of the year, but they all seem to be near the end of the year. Would it be too long to wait till then to get make reservations?
Thanks for any input you have!