Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Sep 25, 2014
    Shawn from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family has always enjoyed WDW in September. This time my husband and I are leaving the kids behind for our 10 yr anniversary week of Nov. 23 right in the middle of a peak time. Might the crowds be a game changer? Other than ride lines, any advice?

    Hi Shawn,

    Congratulations on your ten-year anniversary! What a fabulous way to spend it, with a trip to Walt Disney World. My husband and I have also taken a celebratory trip to Walt Disney World without our daughter, and it was a lot of fun. Walt Disney World with children is great, but it is a whole new world without children in tow!

    You will find that the week building up to Thanksgiving is going to be more crowded than September. I would expect that crowds will build steadily as the week progresses since you are heading toward Thanksgiving. Therefore, I would suggest that you plan anything that you want to do for which crowds might be an issue early in the trip. However, with just you and your husband, it is only the two of you that you need to keep happy while at Walt Disney World! There will be no children to amuse in long lines. If you find a line for a favorite attraction to be very long, you can decide if you want to wait in the line without worrying if a little one is going to melt down during the wait. You may even find that you enjoy the time that waiting in line gives you to people watch and talk.

    Also, I suggest planning things that you could not do with your children. For example, at the time when my husband and I took our adults-only trip, my daughter was on the go all the time as a young one. Without her, my husband and I spent an entire evening strolling around World Showcase at Epcot, grabbing a beverage and stopping to take in entertainment along the way. Crowds did not impact this plan. We also did dining experiences that we knew we could not do with her, such as an amazing meal at Victoria and Albert's. I do suggest that you go ahead and book any dining experiences that you want soon to be sure that you have your spot reserved.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Shawn. Have a wonderful time planning your magical trip, and please let us know if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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