Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Feb 12, 2012
    Merideth from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I are just starting to plan a trip for our son just before his 3rd birthday and I was hoping to get advice on the best time. We know we'd like fall (between Sept - Nov) but when has the least crowds? Thanks so much!

    Hi Merideth,

    Great planning to take a trip before your son turns 3 since he won't be charged for admission to the parks!  

    If you don't mind the heat, visiting right after Labor Day Weekend can be a trip with very light crowds. In fact, I think you'll discover all of September to be lighter crowds. If you'd like to add a few extras to your trip. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party happens later in September and throughout October (the dates have not been released yet) and Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is happening 9/28/2012 through 11/11/2012.  October and the first weeks of November, too, have lighter crowds. 

    Also, in previous years free dining has been offered during the fall, which may also help you to determine when you'd like to visit.  No offers are currently available, but if you keep checking the Special Offers page and the Disney Parks Blog you'll be able to be aware of possible discounts.

    Overall, any of the times you mentioned should be great times to visit, so it may come down to if you'd like to do some extras and if you'd like to take advantage of the possibility of free dining.

    Please let us know if we can help again; thank you for the question. 
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I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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