Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 4, 2009
    Wendy from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Thinking about a trip in late August or mid October.Know it will be hot in August,but would prefer not to take DD out of school.I did that in December for WDW trip.Would there be much of a difference in crowd levels at this time?Anything else to consider?

    Hi Wendy.  Many people find it difficult to decide whether to take their children out of school in order to enjoy lighter crowds and/or more moderate temperatures.  Mid-October should be less crowded than August, however, the Halloween happenings at the Magic Kingdom and the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot tend to draw a crowd.  Both of these special events are great, and a reason to consider traveling in October.  I usually choose to vacation at the times that my children's schools are closed.  As a result, we often go in mid to late August.  Without question, it is hot.  However, I have found that the summer crowds thin out considerably toward the end of the month, with many schools in the South back in session.  I have also accumulated a few tips for dealing with the heat, including:
    • Carry a portable or clip-on fan (if you are using a stroller).  They sell fans that are attached to a water spray bottle at the parks, but these are easy to find (and less expensive) if you bring them from home.
    • Visit the parks early in the day and in the evenings, with a trip to your resort pool or a restaurant wedged in between during the hottest part of the day.  Make use of extra morning and evening magic hours if you are staying on property.
    • Carry plenty of frozen water bottles and/or juice boxes.
    • Visit one of the water parks - the heat is almost not-noticeable if you are drenched!
    • See an attraction or go on a ride that is indoors when the sun is at its hottest.   Many of Disney's attractions and shows take place inside air-conditioned venues.
    • During the summer afternoon showers are very common.  We view these as a quick way to cool off.
    • DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney is a favorite of my boys, and is completely indoors and air-conditioned.  It's a great place to escape the heat.



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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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