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  • On Oct 1, 2012
    Marnie from PA 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 were planning a trip to Disney in March, but now we are considering a different time of year. What is the best month or months that you feel would be best weather wise as well as non-peak time?

    Hi, Marnie!

    If your family can travel to Walt Disney World during a non-peak season, while the weather is mild, I suggest checking out mid-to-late October through mid-December (excluding Thanksgiving week.) This is considered a more economical time to travel if you're also looking for mild weather and lighter crowds. According to the unofficial site,, crowd levels tend to be fairly low at this time, with the exception being weekends and, of course, Thanksgiving week. If you head to WDW during October and early November, you'll have the added bonus of seeing the parks all dressed in their fall finery, in addition to, perhaps, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. You might want to book a visit to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, too, which is a separate ticketed event at Magic Kingdom that's sure to get the entire family in the mood for trick-or-treating. Keep an eye on WDW's website so you'll know when those dates will be announced for 2013.

    Other seasons bring milder weather with crowd levels that are lower, too. If you can travel after New Year's, but before Valentine's Day, the parks are generally less crowded. You might be in Orlando during its average January high (according to of 71 and average low of 47 (really wonderful for touring the parks); however, we've been in Orlando in early January when a cold front brought the daytime high to 36. Weather fronts can be unpredictable, but this might give you an idea of the normally milder temps in conjunction with lighter crowds.

    Send some dates and we can look to see what special events might be going on at those times, too. I'd love to help you find that perfect balance of timing, events, lighter crowds and milder temps. :-)
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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