Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 6, 2012
    Candice from ON 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 going on our first family vacation and planning on coming next yr just cant figure out when. Is Mid May or the end of sept better, when it comes to weather and crowds. I have 2 boys they will be 6 and 3 when we come.

    Hi Candice!

    Congratulations on making the decision to begin planning your First Family Vacation to Walt Disney World!

    Both Mid-May and September are great, non-peak times to visit Walt Disney World.
    Personally, I lean towards September as the crowd levels are significantly lower than most other times of the year since not as many families travel right after their children begin school for the year. 

    In May, the weather is slightly cooler on average and a little less humid than September. In the first half of May, crowd levels tend to be a little higher with the popular Epcot Flower and Garden Festival taking place. You'll also find periodic Cheerleading Championships and Grad Days/Nights taking place in May that can affect crowds in certain parks on certain days. Crowd levels on a scale of 1-10 tend to range in the 6-7 area throughout the middle part of May.

    In September, beginning mid-month, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins taking place on select evenings. This is a specially ticketed event that your little ones may really enjoy as an added-bonus to your vacation. Crowd levels mid-late September range in the 1-3 level, which for me, makes it well worth putting up the the slightly elevated humidity.

    I hope to hear from you again Candice if you have more planning questions!
    Wishing you a Magical time as you begin to make your plans for an amazing, family vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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