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  • On Jun 1, 2010
    Monique from OH Asked

    I am planning on visiting Disney World for the first time in 2011. I was wondering what would be the best time to go; less crowd, decent weather, and low price. Any tips or advice is appreciated.

    Monique:

    Generally, a low price at Disney also brings you lower crowds because Disney tries to entice guests to come during the slower times of the year (called Value Season) with special offers and price reductions.

    Value Season is from mid-January to mid-February, except for holiday weekends; mid-August to the end of September; and late-November to mid-December. Essentially, think about the times of the year when kids are usually in school without breaks and that's Value Season.

    Now, let's talk "decent" weather...  I noticed you were from Ohio. I'm from South Mississippi and even to me, August in Florida's heat is not what I consider "decent."  Our family's visits, even in September, have me wearing a ballcap and a pony tail every day. January and February can be quite pleasant, but if I had to choose from all of the Value Season dates, I find myself recommending late November to mid-December for its mild days and the added bonus of Disney's Christmas decorations.

    I've been during this time for the past three years, and crowds during early December have increased considerably from when I first visited the week before Christmas in 2003.  If you're flexible, I recommend going the week after Thanksgiving for best weather, best crowds, and best price, not to mention the Christmas decor.

    Keep in mind that you can book your Disney vacation as far out as 499 days if you call to book. As it gets closer to your trip, feel free to come back and visit me via my bio page. I'm happy to help give you my thoughts on Disney dining and resorts.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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