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  • On Jun 8, 2010
    Angela from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Moms and Dads taking my family to the world in October I just noticed that we will be there during the Columbus day weekend are the crowds really big during that weekend? What parks would be better to go to and what parks to avoid. Thanks for your help.

    Hi, Angela!  You will probably notice a bit of an increase in the crowd level at Walt Disney World over Columbus Day weekend.  Anytime you have a long weekend, where moms and dads don't have to worry about the kids missing a day of school, things seem to pick up a little bit at Walt Disney World!

    As for which parks are better, that is going to depend on a few things.  If you have park hopper passes, you may want to take advantage of the morning Extra Magic Hours.  This gets you a jump start on those not staying at a Walt Disney World resort, and allows you to visit some of the more popular attraction before the park is fully open.  What I would then suggest is that you leave after the park opens and head to whichever park had extra magic hours the evening before.  I find that the tendency is if the Magic Kingdom is open three hours late on Saturday night, it's a bit less crowded on Sunday morning.  In my experience, this holds true for any of the theme parks.

    Don't forget to utilize your Fast Pass system - and we try to always have one in hand.  If you have a Fast Pass with a window from 10 - 11, at 10 o'clock, grab your next Fast Pass before heading to use the one you have.

    Dine during off peak times, and if you can skip a parade or the fireworks, you may find lines a little bit shorter during these times.

    Last suggestion - check out the crowd calendars at .  If you are not a subscriber, you can see a month's worth of anticipated crowd levels at each park.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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