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  • On Sep 3, 2008
    Yukari Asked

    Hi, I am going to WDW from dec 2-9, I know is a low crowded week, but there is no more value hotel rooms, why is that, I am afraid that is going to be crowd? should I change my travel dates? what is goiing on that week? thank you

    Nope, don't change your plans.  Disney's hotels have a very high occupancy rate at all times of the year.  The fact that the Value resorts are full, does not necessarily mean that the parks will be especially crowded. If all of the non-WDW resorts and hotels in Kissimmee and Orlando were full, then I would be concerned, but I suspect that this is not the case for the dates you mention.

    In fact, you are are correct that this should be a relatively less crowded time of the year. According to www.touringplans.com, most of the days during your visit will be "4" or "5" (in a 10-point scale, with 10 being the most crowded), which further indicatives that there should be relatively light crowds.  Keep in mind, though, that there really aren't any very slow weeks at WDW any more -- slow days, perhaps, but not entire weeks.  Over time WDW has found ways to attract people to visit during slower periods through various special events and special deals (room discounts, free dining, Food & Wine festival, WDW Marathon, etc.), which has made it more difficult to find periods of time when crowds will be very very light at WDW.

    In case it helps ease your doubts, I'll share with you that I am also visiting WDW with my family during this same period of time, and I'm definitely not planning to change my travel dates.

    Bonus tip: Although the date hasn't been announced, it seems likely that the taping of the Christmas Parade at the Magic Kingdom will take place on Saturday, December 6.  Based on reports from last year, it sounds like it is better to avoid the Magic Kingdom on that day due to crowds and the inconvenience of Main Street being closed to foot traffic. Once the date is announced you can finalize your plans, but for now I'd recommend planning a different park that day.
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