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  • On Apr 16, 2014
    Kathy from AL Asked

    Hello, I am planning a trip and deciding between Sept 24-28, Oct 22-26 or Nov 20-24. I have children aged 12, 7 and 5 and would like to see the Park decorated for the Holidays but more concerned about the crowds. Thanks!!

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for your great question! There are advantages to all three times you mention, so I'll try to give you some details to help you make your decision.

    Hands down, the lowest crowds would be throughout the September dates. You also would be able to catch the first days of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and you likely could attend the first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the season.

    By the October dates, the crowds likely would be consistently moderate to heavy. October is a popular time for Walt Disney World visits with families who have fall breaks, and there's lots going on with the Food and Wine Festival and the final days of Mickey's Not-So-Scary.

    The November dates you mention would be a little of both. Early in your visit, the week before Thanksgiving, the parks normally see some of the lowest attendance of the year. But by the Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving, you could expect the crowds to swell to high levels. You would be able to see all the parks and resorts in full holiday finery, attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and take advantage of other holiday activities.

    My family has visited many times in each of the months. We love the easy-going nature of a September trip, when you don't have to worry much about scheduling to avoid long lines. But we never miss a weekend visit in October for the Food and Wine Festival, even though it requires a bit more planning.

    And, for the second year in a row, we're going to spend Thanksgiving week at Walt Disney World -- during one of the busiest times of the year. Again, it takes some work to make advanced reservations, but being there with the Christmas decorations are in full bloom is a treat.

    I know I haven't given you a definitive answer, but I hope I've helped. Space is limited, but please write back if I can offer more specifics. Enjoy, no matter which month you choose!


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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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