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  • On Dec 14, 2011
    Shawna from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Kaylene, thankyou for the great advice on some differences between vacationing in DW in October or December. Another thought- what are the crowd levels like early December/late Nov. and pricing?? Compared to October. Your Awsome TY in advance!

    Hi again, Shawna!

    Great question! Walt Disney World offers various "seasons" for travelers each year. Value Season is the least expensive time of the year to visit. It also brings less crowds. Value Season is followed by Regular Season, Peak Season and Holiday Season. Rates are always higher on the weekends and holidays regardless of the "season".  The least expensive rate will be on weekdays during Value Season, followed by Regular Season, Peak Season, and Holiday Season.

    This year:
    October 1- 7 fell under "Regular Season" rates
    October 8-10 was Columbus Day rates
    October 11- November 23 was "Regular Season" rates.

    Thanksgiving weekend was higher (November 24 - 27 this year)

    Then it dropped considerably from November 28 - December 16. Those dates all were considered "Value Season". You will find a rather large difference in price when you add up multiple nights between Value and Regular Season (and it's even higher during Holiday times).

    This year, I was at Disney World in early October, over Thanksgiving and again in early December. Thanksgiving week was by far the most crowded (and most expensive). The crowds in October were very manageable, even though it was during the Food & Wine Festival. Early December had very low crowds and the crowd levels were fantastic.

    Hope this helps and please let me know if I can assist you further.

    Happy planning!

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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