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  • On Oct 29, 2012
    Jim from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We booked our first WDW trip for our 5YO daughter for 2/14-2/19/13. I read online that this timeframe is very busy due to Presidents day. If we have flexibility with our travel dates, should we try to change our trip to a week earlier due to crowds?

    How exciting that you are planning your first of hopefully many more Walt DIsney World Vacations, Jim! You are very wise to take into consideration the crowd levels when planning your trip. I like to visit the independent website to view their Historic Attendance Levels chart when planning our vacations. According to their Historic Attendance Levels Chart, "Presidents' Week" is categorized as "highest attendance;" whereas, all of February prior to "Presidents' Week" is categorized as  "lowest attendance."  If you do have flexibility with your travel dates, I would recommend changing your vacation to a week earlier. I like to plan our Walt Disney World Vacations for times of the year that are usually considered "lowest" or "moderate" in terms of crowd levels and almost always avoid the busier times of the year. With that being said, it can be quite difficult to predict crowd levels with 100 percent certainty; however, you can usually expect crowd levels to increase when most schools are not in session such as Spring Break Holidays, Summer Break, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. I hope this information helps in making your decision. Please feel free to write me back with any additional questions. Best wishes for a Magical first Walt DIsney World Vacation, Jim!
    Happy Planning,
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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