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  • On Feb 6, 2011
    Jodie 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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    Planning our first trip as a family and debating on dates. We are looking at three dates March 3-8, May 25-June 1, or Week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Our girls are 4 and 5! Any suggestions when to travel? I am an assitant teacher so time is important

    Hi Jodie! I know you must be so excited to be planning your first trip to Disney World with your girls! You're going to have so much fun! 

    Because my children are older, I have to plan most of my Disney vacations around school vacations too, but at the same time, I prefer to visit when crowds are low. Of the three timeframes you mentioned, I'd recommend that you avoid the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Because many schoolchildren have Spring Break during that week, it is a very popular time to visit Disney World and crowds are generally at maximum levels that week. 

    Between the other two dates you're considering, I'd give the edge to early March over late May. Although March can be a busy month, the rise in attendance generally doesn't begin until mid-month. Your late May dates fall over Memorial Day weekend, when crowd levels are higher due to the holiday. I like to visit the Crowd Calendar on the unofficial site; it's predicting low to moderate crowds in early March and higher levels at the end of May, so I think March would be a better choice. Plus, if you're like me, you want to take your trip as soon as possible!

    If you need help planning your Disney vacation, don't hesitate to ask us here at the Moms Panel! We're happy to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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