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  • On Jun 27, 2014
    Stacey from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Just returned from WDW. Planning our next trip! Would you recommend going the week after Easter (Easter weekend to the weekend after) or the week of Thanksgiving? June 11-19 crowds didn't bother me. How does that compare to Easter or Thanksgiving? Thx!

    Hi Stacey,

    I find that a great way to get over the "post-Walt Disney World vacation blues" is to get right to planning another trip!

    My guess is that both of the weeks that you are considering for your next trip - right around Thanksgiving and right after Easter - will be at least as crowded, if not more so, than the trip you took in mid-June.  This is because in the summer, most families have the option of coming any time in the summer when their children are out of school.  For specific holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving, schools tend to all be out at the same time, which means that more people head to Walt Disney World at the same time.

    That said, my family and I head to Walt Disney World around Easter most years.  The weather tends to be lovely, and my daughter is out of school.  We know that it will be crowded, and we just plan for the crowds.  We use tricks such as making sure to get our Disney's FastPass+ selections ahead of time, and we head to the theme parks early in the day to avoid the crowds.  The same strategies will work well around Thanksgiving week.  The weather will likely be slightly cooler in November than in the spring, so this might be a consideration for you.  For both of these holidays, chances are that the further away from the holiday itself you are, the less crowded the theme parks will be.  So early in Thanksgiving week will be less crowded, and as the days go by after Easter it will also get less crowded.

    When I am looking for predictions of crowd levels at Walt Disney World, I like to visit the unofficial site  For a low price, you can see their predictions of crowd levels for up to a year.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Stacey.  Have a great time planning your vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. 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 trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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