Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Aug 26, 2011
    Rachel from OH 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.

    I have a 10yo & 1yo. Factoring in crowds, weather, pricing, school, etc. We have Spring break, end of May- Mid-August, or October (although I'd have to pull the 10yo from school). What's the best time for our 1st visit to WDW?

    Hi Rachel!

    I recommend the end of May or anytime in October.  Both are beautiful times of the year to visit and the crowds should be relatively low; they are definitely low in October.

    Spring Break is extremely crowded and while the weather is very nice, it's not a good time for a first timer because of the crowds.  Mid-August is also a busy time of the year, though not as busy as the rest of summer.  I personally don't like mid-August because it can be extremely hot and humid at Walt Disney World during that time of the year.

    October is one of my favorite times to visit.  The weather is usually great and the crowds are low.  You also have the International Food and Wine Festival in Epcot during that month as well as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.  The Halloween Party is my favorite hard ticketed event in the Magic Kingdom with special activities, shows, a parade, and fireworks.  I've never met a guest who didn't enjoy trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom.

    Good luck with your decision and write back if you have any more questions!
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I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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