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  • On Feb 10, 2012
    Joyce from TN 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 World in 2013. We want to stay for 8 nights when it is cooler and crowds are at there least. Would the first half of December be better or January. We were even considering October. What is the best month for crowds?

    Hi Joyce,

    If I were in your shoes, I'd pick the first half of December. I just love Walt Disney Worlds over the holidays; all the parks and resorts are truly "gift-wrapped" for all the guests to enjoy. You can also enjoy many of holiday activities.  It even snows (special Disney snow) at Walt Disney World over the holidays!

    If you visit the first week of January, you may be able to see some of the holiday decorations. However, there isn't anything special being offering during that month. You'll find the weather during a December/January visit quite pleasant, but a bit unpredictable. We were just there and enjoyed shorts a few days and needed jackets the other days.

    October also has some special events that make visiting then a special experience, such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party & Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It can also still be warm in the fall with the possibility of tropical storms. 

    Keeping in mind the unique opportunities, the crowds are important to consider. Overall, you won't find the large crowds of summers and holidays during any of the times you mentioned visiting. A December trip may overlap the taping of the Disney Christmas Parade at the Magic Kingdom, which could be avoided by going to a different park. The Disney Marathon is January 10-13, 2013, which will bring crowds over those dates. However, I think you'll find that any of those times to have lighter crowds, & I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of those three times.  

    Please let us know if we can help again.

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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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