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  • Love the panel! We are planning our first trip to Disney World for either September or October, 2010. Which month is better, regarding lower crowds and weather (we are concerned with hurricane season). We want to do MNSSHP during our trip as well. Thanks!
  • - Asked by Brenda from Ontario on 9/13/2009
  • Brenda:

    We have visited Disney in both September and October in recent years, and I can tell you that there is a stark difference in weather AND crowd levels between the two months.  in fact, Disney's labeling of September as Value Season to encourage guests to visit points this out. 

    September brings lower crowds, but hotter weather. (FYI: one of my husband's associates at work just got back from a trip last week and reported not having to use Fastpasses for many attractions and stand-by lines of no more than 15 minutes!)  October welcomes more pleasant weather but this tends to encourage bigger crowds.  Additionally, it seems more schools are having fall breaks around the Columbus Day holiday, and when our family went at the end of October last year, I have to say I was surprised how busy the parks were.  But keep in mind, these moderate crowds are still no match for what you'll find at Spring Break, in the summer, or around the holidays.  The later in October you go, the more pleasant the weather and the farther you get from the unpredictable hurricane season of August and September.

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party began on September 4 this year, so whether you chose September or October, there will more than likely be a date that will coincide well for you on your trip. And a small investment in hurricane insurance can give you peace of mind.  So, to me, it all comes down to weather vs. crowds. 

    Milder weather in October can help you handle standing in the ques longer whereas September's vastly lower crowd (especially the week or two after Labor Day) can keep you cool under the collar.  If you need a tie-breaker, consider the cost savings that a September trip (Value Season) would give you over a visit in October (regular season)!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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