Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 23, 2014
    Kimberly from AL 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 in the process of planning our next Disney Trip. We are a homeschooling family and are able travel most any time. Im thinking of going either may 4th-8th or sept 21st-26th. Out of those times can you tell me the less crowded?

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.  

    You are choosing between two great times of year.  The weather during both September and May in Orlando is warm, but not as hot as it can be in the middle of summer.  Since many children are in school during those times, the crowds will typically be a bit lower.  I think that the crowds during the two date ranges that you mention will be very similar.  The September week may be a little bit less crowded, but not so much that I would use that as a basis for the decision.  When I am looking for predictions of crowds at Walt Disney World, I like to visit the unofficial site  For a fee, you can get access to their predictions for crowds at Walt Disney World for a year.

    You might also consider the special events that may occur during each of your possible dates.  In May, you would be visiting during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which includes amazing landscaping and topiaries, delicious food booths, and the Flower Power Concert Series.  Although official dates have not yet been announced, your September dates may include dates for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which is a really fun nighttime event at Magic Kingdom including trick-or-treating and special entertainment.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Kimberly.  Whichever dates you choose, please do not hesitate to come back and ask any further planning questions that you may have.  We on the Disney Parks Moms Panel love helping you to plan magical vacations! 
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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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