Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 21, 2015
    Amy from MS 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 are planning a trip to Disney, but can't decide when we should go . We are looking at either going the first few days of Thanksgiving break, or right before Christmas. We will be taking our 2 year old son, so crowding is a concern.

    Hello Amy and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!
    Anytime around a holiday you can expect bigger crowds at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are truly wanting to avoid crowds, I would suggest that you look at dates that cover times when most public schools are still in session. For example, the first full week of December is often a great time to visit- low crowds, nice temperatures, and the entire resort is decked out in its holiday finery.

    There are a number of helpful websites that have "crowd calendars" that predict expected crowds for every week of the year. The website has calendars that not only predict the crowds but also list things such as average temperature, typical extra magic hours, and historic price level. My personal favorite is, however, in order to see the entire year you will need to subscribe. But, the subscription includes some excellent itinerary planning tools which I highly recommend.

    Have fun planning, and if you have any more questions, come on back! We love to help.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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