Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 22, 2014
    Melissa from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We want to plan a trip to Walt Disney World this fall. What time frame is less crowded but still warm enough to swim at the resort pools after we visit the parks?

    Hi Melissa,

    Fall is one of my favorite seasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort.  The weather is still warm, but is not as hot as it can be in the summer.  The crowds are lower since most children are back in school.  If it is possible for you, I would recommend September as a great month to go to Walt Disney World.  Since it is early in the school year, not as many families visit in September.  It is still quite warm, with average high temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so definitely still warm enough to swim.  Labor Day may be a bit more crowded, but the rest of the months should have relatively low crowds.

    My family often visits Walt Disney World in October or November.  Typically, there are school holidays that make up a four-day weekend sometime in those months for us, so we can go for a longer time.  Although it is a little cooler during these months, we still find a warm enough time to swim.  In October the average high temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and in November it is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is getting cooler.  The Walt Disney World resort pools are heated, which make them quite comfortable for a dip even if it is a bit cooler outside.  October and November can be a bit more crowded than September, but are certainly not as crowded as peak times such as the summer or the winter holidays.  Any holiday will see an increase in crowds, so Thanksgiving will be more crowded, and even three-day weekends such as Columbus Day can be a bit more crowded.

    When I want to look at predicted crowd levels, I visit the unofficial site  For a fee, you can have access to their crowd calendar, which predicts crowd levels at Walt Disney World for up to a year.

    I hope that this information is helpful for you, Melissa.  Have a wonderful time planning your trip, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. 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 Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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