Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 10, 2009
    Sally from SA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Moms, We are in the early stages of planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Sept 2010. We are wanting to avoid the crowds where possible. Do you know the dates for the school vacation period in September/October 2010 so that we can plan around these?

    School vacations vary widely throughout the country. Just yesterday the Moms Panel members were marveling at the differences in out kids' schedules. Some of them are done for the year this week, but my children go until the last week of June.

    Since there is such a variety of schedules that impact crowd levels at WDW, the best thing I can do is tell you to take a look at the Crowd Prediction Calendar at This independent website is run by the same great folks that produce the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. They do tons of research, including finding data on the school vacation dates of the 50 largest school systems in the Eastern US. They combine this with historical patterns and holiday dates to make very accurate predictions of crowd levels for every day of the year.

    There is a minimal fee to get the crowd data (last I looked it was approximately $8.00). In my mind, picking the right vacation dates could be well worth this. Also, people who own the Unofficial Guide are entitled to the crowd info for free.

    Good luck with your planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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