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  • On May 13, 2014
    Katie from OR Asked

    My family and I are trying to plan a visit for my daughter's 16th & 13th birthday's. We were wondering if it would be better (crowd-wise) to go in August or during Spring Break, the last week of March.

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.  How fun to be planning a vacation to celebrate both of your daughters' birthdays!  My family and I have been to Walt Disney World at both of the times of year that you are considering.

    If the deciding factor for you is the crowd level, then you should choose August.  August typically is less crowded than the time around spring break.  The trade-off is that August can be very hot in Orlando.  My family has found that if we get up and head to the theme parks early, drink lots of water, and take midday pool breaks, we can manage the heat.  We like to go the third or fourth week of August, because later in August, some school districts will have already begun for the year.  Thus, the crowds are lower toward the end of August as children head back to school.

    We also enjoy a spring break trip.  Spring break can be quite crowded at Walt Disney World.  The weather is very nice, but many children are out of school so many families vacation at this time.  Especially in the time right around Easter, which is April 5 in 2015, Walt Disney World gets very crowded.  We use some of the same tips for beating the crowds at spring break as we do for beating the heat in August.  We head to the theme parks early for the lowest crowds, and we take a midday break.

    When I am looking for predictions of crowd levels at Walt Disney World, I like to visit the unofficial site touringplans.com.  For a small cost, you can view their predictions of crowd levels at Walt Disney World for up to a year in advance.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Katie.  Have a wonderful time planning your vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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