Pop Warner Week at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
THE MYTHS AND FACTS OF POP WARNER WEEK AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Like Jersey Week, Pop Warner week is more of a mythological problem than a real one.
Pop Warner week is the period–for the last eleven years, the first full week of December–when Disney hosts Pop Warner football and cheer and dance championships at its ESPN complex.
In 2013, it will be from the 7th through the 14th, and in 2014, based on past practice, it will be from December 6th through December 13.
As a result
- Larger numbers than usual of loosely supervised adolescents loudly populate several of the resorts–typically the All-Star resorts, but also a moderate or two.
- Evening crowds in the theme parks are a tad higher than they otherwise would be (the kids and their families compete during the day)
HOW MUCH TO WORRY ABOUT POP WARNER
Pop Warner has no material effect on Disney World theme park crowds.
Resorts (particularly the All-Star resorts) that the kids are in can be louder–much louder–and more boisterous than otherwise.
If you have attended a high-school football game, and watched the crowds of kids walking around, you’ll get a sense of the level of noise and horseplay that can ensue.
The horseplay sometimes shifts into fights. Parents of teenage boys playing contact sports will not be surprised by this.
The key for first-time family visitors in a value or moderate resort during Pop Warner week is to request a quiet room far from the pools. Families that have success with this should not see much impact from Pop Warner on their trip.