Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 10, 2009
    Carol from VA Asked

    Both husband and I are teachers-we cannot avoid peak seasons. Have 6 and 4 yr old daughters. Earliest we can visit in summer is June 18, latest August 23. Can you recommend less expensive and less crowded time in summer?

    Hi Carol,

    I come from a family of teachers as well, and always traveled to Disney during the summer as a child.  Now that I have my own family, I continue this tradition, as I chose not to take my kids out of school to vacation.  Don't worry, the summer is still a great time to go.  The parks have excellent hours (most are open really late!), allowing your family plenty of time to see and do everything that's on your "must do" list.

    As for what time is better, June versus August, there are a few things to consider.  In terms of crowds, the last two weeks of August tend to thin about considerably because many of the school districts in the South go back in August.  On that same note, however, many schools in the North aren't out in mid-June, and the parks aren't at peak capacity yet.  I would guess that the end of August would be a bit less crowded.

    Another factor to consider is that Disney has just extended it's "Buy Four, Get Three Free" promotion (which includes park tickets) for many dates through August 15th.  If you are able to travel during these dates (your June option should qualify) it might be worth your while, as this is a GREAT deal!

    Since you are traveling during the summer, I have a few tips for staying cool.  If your kids will be cruising in a stroller (something I recommend in the heat) pick up an inexpensive clip-on fan for each kid.  These help a ton in the sun!  Also, consider going to the parks early in the day and wedge in a trip to your resort pool mid-day before returning in the evening.  These times are less crowded and less hot!  Finally, to save money and stay cool, pack a soft cooler bag with frozen water and/or juice boxes to keep your girls from getting dehydrated.  Don't forget your hats and sunscreen and have a wonderful time!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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