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  • On Mar 2, 2010
    Crystal from NS 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.

    We are a family of four and are interested in coming to disney world. Are there certain times of the year that is less busy and have cheaper rates?

    Hi Crystal!
    Thanks for your question. There are definitely certain times of year where you can stretch your vacation dollar just a bit further while also getting the benefit of smaller crowds and shorter lines. Please remember to keep in mind,though, that "shorter lines and smaller crowds" are relative terms at Walt Disney World.
    Seasonal dates have always been sort of a moving target, but they seem to have leveled out in the last year or so with regard to consistency. For 2010, the seasonal dates are:
    Value Season (or least expensive AND least crowded) runs from January 3-6, January 10-14, January 18-February 11, July 18-September 30, and November 28-December 16.
    Regular Season is April 11-July 1, July 5-17, October 1-7, and October 11-November 13.
    Peak Season is February 15-March 27 which includes Spring Breaks throughout the country, and
    Holiday Season (most crowded) is January 1-2, January 7-9 (WDW Marathon), January 15-17 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday), February 12-14 (President's Day), March 28-April 10 (Easter), July 2-4, October 8-10 (Columbus Day Weekend), November 24-27 (Thanksgiving) and December 17-January 1(Christmas/New Year's).
    In addition, the resorts have begun charging more for weekend night stays (an additional $25 in most cases) regardless of what season the nights fall under. I hope this information helps you in planning a magical vacation ! :)
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