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  • On Jan 12, 2011
    Ashley Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    HI! I was wondering when the busiest times of the year to visit would be? We are trying to work around the parks not being so busy and the school year? thanks

    Hi Ashley!

    I know exactly what you mean! Some of my favorite times to visit are during the less popular times for most visitors. Here are my thoughts on some great times to visit, and when I tend to avoid.

    Typically, when schools are out of session: Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving, Easter/Spring Break week - for example, you'll find the highest attendance at Walt Disney World.

    Summer can also have higher attendance, but with the except of the July 4th holidays, crowds typically won't be at constant peak levels.

    One of my strategies to to try and visit near a holiday, but with a slight shift in dates. For example, we love to visit the parks the week before Christmas rather than the week of Christmas to New Years. By doing so, we can enjoy the park decorations, the holiday spirit and the fun of Christmas without quite as many people. Since our school typically starts break in the middle of December, this works out great for us.

    Usually, school or work holidays which involve just a day or two vacation (Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc) will have lower crowds than longer holiday weeks and can be a great time to visit.

    Of course, if you don't have to worry about balancing school vacations and your travel plans then the fall is a great time to visit - September often sees lower crowds and is a great time to visit. Another great time is early January, after the holiday peak as passed.

    Hope this helps! Be sure to let me know if I can help some more!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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