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  • On Jun 26, 2012
    Tracy from IL 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.

    ESPN has the Princess Half Marathon on Feb 22-24 which happens to be the same time that I was looking at for our vacation. Also Feb 15-18 is Twirl Mania & 19th is Presidents Day. Should I avoid both of these weekends? Will these events impact our vacat

    It's so great to hEAR back from you, Tracy!  You are very smart to consider Holidays and other events happening at Walt Disney World when choosing a time to visit the "Happiest Place on Earth!"  The unofficial website features a Historic Attendance chart based on what the traditional crowd levels have been throughout the years. Based on their Historic Attendance chart, Presidents' Day Weekend is considered "Highest Attendance;" whereas, the remainder of the month of February is listed as "Moderate Attendance" levels. I asked my fellow Moms Panel buddy, Lori, who is our RunDisney mom about the crowd levels for this year's Princess Half Marathon Weekend since she was there. She said the parks were not too bad after the race, which is held on Sunday morning. I would think Presidents' Day Weekend would be the busier of the two weekends to visit. If the weekend of the Princess Half Marathon is when you had your heart set on going and those dates work best for your schedule, then I would recommend visiting then. I do think it should be less busy than Spring Break Holidays, the Summer months and other major Holidays. Although it is truly impossible to predict these things for sure, there are definitely times of the year that I know I would probably not go if I had my choice and others that I realize may be a little crowded, but is the most ideal for my children's school calendars. For example, my family visited over Memorial Day Weekend last month and while we have been there in past years when it was really busy, this year I felt the parks were very easy to manage and not as crowded as I have seen in the past. I would personally travel during the Princess Half Marathon weekend without hesitation. I hope this information helps!  Please feel free to write back with any additional questions that I can assist you with. Best wishes for a Magical "Crowd Free" Vacation, Tracy!
    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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