• On Jun 22, 2017
    Traci from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Which is a better week to visit in 2018, Labor Day (9/1-9/7) or Columbus Day (10/7-10/13)? We are most concerned about crowd levels. Prefered travel dates are Columbus Week, my birthday is 10/7, but want to enjoy trip, not fight crowds. Pros/Cons? Thanks!

    Hi Traci,

    It's always a good time to for a trip to Walt Disney World! If visiting when crowds are lower is your top priority, however, then the decision is easy: Labor Day weekend is the winner hands down. My family frequently plans a holiday weekend getaway on Labor Day for that very reason. Families with school-age children have all completed their summer vacations by then, and we find many of the guests that weekend are locals like us.

    There are days that week that are rated among the lowest crowds of the year by TouringPlans.com and others who track the attendance unofficially. Columbus Day week is significantly more crowded as many school districts around the country have fall breaks at that time, with crowds more akin to some weeks in the summer.

    During either week, you're going to be able to enjoy special events such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (which starts August 31 this year) and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The weather during both months is similar, highs near 90 and lows in the mid 70s with chances of afternoon rain. 

    I'm all for celebrating birthdays for a whole month, so maybe you can kick off the month leading to your birthday in September and keep the fun going all the way to October!

    Thanks for stopping in at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Traci. When you pick your date and start making dining and FastPass+ reservations, feel free to check back with us for recommendations. Enjoy your celebration!

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