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  1. Jennifer
    September 22, 2017

    Hi,

    Everyone from social media to ‘live’ friends are all saying how worried they are that the last week of November thru early December that the parks will be crowded due to the fact that all the resorts are booked at that time. I’m going right after thanksgiving thru 12/5 and concerned about the same thing. If the resorts sell out like that does that mean more crowds at the parks? I’ve never been that time of year before and we’re doing the Xmas party on 11/28

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    • Dave
      September 24, 2017

      Hi Jennifer, the short answer is that I get this question every year, and direct people to a page I wrote on it a while ago on how Disney hotel occupancy is not a crowd calendar. See this.

      The longer answer is that while my general observation–that occupancy always runs so high that full occupancy means little by itself for crowds–is even more true this year, as 5-7% of capacity is out due to permanent closures of 576 rooms at Caribbean Springs, the permanent loss of more than a hundred rooms at Coronado Springs when building 9b came down, conversion at Wilderness Lodge into DVC rooms that in effect took out about 100 rooms of capacity, and refurb related closures of 500-1000 rooms at Pop Century and Coronado Springs (depending on whether they are working on one or two buildings at a time).

      Add on top of this a bit of Irma rebooking, and the difficulties in getting rooms that on trips that include weekends (always the most popular days–when Disney looks booked up, there’s almost always some resorts with Tuesday or Wednesday capacity) is just a little worse, and happening a little earlier, than is typical for this time of year…

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  2. Kristy
    January 25, 2017

    We stayed Nov/Dec 2016 at Caribbean Beach resort! Our first 4 days were amazing at the resort, however being from Canada we really knew nothing about the Pop Warner festivities until our resort was taken over by the participants and their families. Being a smaller family (only 3 of us) and our daughter only being 5 it was very overwhelming. The resort went from pleasant and quiet to overcrowded, loud until all hours of the night with early hair and makeup/ breakfast in the courtyard right outside our door very quickly. We didn’t experience any rudeness or anything it was just lots of screaming, excitement and busy feet moving everywhere! If you are good with that in your temporary home base then all the power to you, but we have made a mental note to not do that again for ourselves.

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    • Dave
      January 26, 2017

      Yup, Kristy, Pop Warner has little effect on the parks, but it does create major boisterousness at the All-Stars, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach.

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  3. Melissa
    January 23, 2017

    .. start our visit at an All-Stars and then go to Coronado Springs. What do you think? Which All-Stars would you recommend?

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    • Dave
      January 24, 2017

      Melissa, I’d imagine people start showing up late in the week before–in 2017 around Nov 30. Arriving 11/25 or 26, starting at an All-Star, and shifting to CS on 12/1 should work fine. All-Star Movies has the widest appeal, Music is the loveliest and quietest, and Sport will be the most raucous.

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  4. Melissa
    January 23, 2017

    What date do people arrive for this year’s Pop Warner week? Maybe, we’ll switch hotels during our stay….

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  5. Melissa
    January 23, 2017

    Thanks Dave.

    Yes, I mean arrive earlier and finish our ten(10) day visit earlier in the week of Pop Warner.

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  6. Melissa
    January 19, 2017

    Hi Dave,

    My family and I (2 adults, 2 boys (10&11)) are going to Disney for ten (10) days in Nov/Dec 2017. Should we leave earlier, like November 26th rather than November 30th to avoid more of the Pop Warner week? Also, we are looking to stay in either one of the All-Star hotels or the Coronado Resort. Which out of these would you suggest?

    Thanks again,

    Melissa

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    • Dave
      January 21, 2017

      Melissa, by leave earlier do you mean arrive earlier? Pop Warner has little effect on the parks, but I would certainly avoid the All-Stars during it, as that’s where most of the kids stay. Coronado Springs is about $100 more per night, has less fun theming, but is superior in every other way.

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  7. Kelly B – Destinations In Florida
    May 28, 2016

    I\’ve personally been during Pop Warner week and didn\’t notice a difference in the parks. You have to remember that while they do spend some time in the parks, they are there for their sporting events and spend much of their time with that.

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  8. Heather
    October 16, 2013

    Dave,
    We are going to Disney Dec 6-13th 2013. We have 4 Adults, no kids. What should we expect during Pop Warner regurading crowds within the parks and wait time on rides?

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  9. Tim
    October 10, 2013

    Thanks Dave…great site and very helpful!

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  10. Tim
    October 9, 2013

    Dave,

    What is your opinion on visiting Hollywood Studios on the day of the Pop Warner evening party? (assuming Wednesday 12/11?) I had originally planned on HS that day and MK on Friday 12/13. Would you recommend swapping the two days?

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    • Dave
      October 10, 2013

      Tim, I think both your choices are great. They are both “short hours” days which means the parks will be less crowded…

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  11. LacieM
    October 7, 2013

    I planned on going for a quick weekend, dec 13-16 and planned to visit magic kingdom on the 14th (the last day of the pop warner). Would it be less crowded because they are all leaving or do they tend to stay into that weekend?

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    • Dave
      October 8, 2013

      Lacie, the 14th will be quite crowded at MK, but not becasue of Pop. It’s becasue that’s the only day in a stretch of 4 when MK is open after than 7 and presenting the evening program.

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  12. karen
    September 19, 2013

    Thank you for all the information when planning my trip, very helpful. I got bad information from the Disney Cast Member and they told me that Pop Warner was there the first week of Dec 2013, so I planned our 7 day vacation for the 2nd week. Now, I see it is the 2nd week. I was very upset but your comments made me feel better. I am taking a 5 year old so I don’t think there is going to be much longer lines for the attractions he will want to see. I also like you point out during the day they have competitions. Thank you for putting my mind at ease, I am locked into plane fares so did not have the option to change dates.

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    • Dave
      September 19, 2013

      Hi Karen, the dates of 2013 Pop were hard to predict–I had them wrong (that same week the cast member gave you) for a bit too. But, as you note, you should be fine anyway!!

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  13. Nicole
    May 28, 2013

    Hi Dave,
    I used your site for our first disney trip a couple of years ago and we had an awesome vacation! We were planning to go again December 11-16, because I thought the prices and crowds would get higher the week of the 15th with most kids getting out of school on the 20th. Which do you think would be better? Unfortunately, going earlier is not an option for us. Thanks!

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  14. Susan
    April 4, 2013

    THANK YOU SO MUCH DAVE!! So glad you helped me, I was about to change my plans over this and I’m glad I did not!!

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2013

      That’s great, Susan!

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  15. tracy
    February 24, 2013

    we are going to disney 11/30 to 12/7 with an autistic child. Will you have the free food plan then? How bad are the crowds?

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  16. Me
    November 18, 2012

    Pop Warner cheer will be there the first week of dec

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    • Dave
      November 19, 2012

      Hey Me, I’m also Me. Have fun!!

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  17. Dave
    October 24, 2012

    Hi first you may be right! I am not sure by any means. But by first full week I meant beginning the first Sunday in December. That was December 7 2008… But I’ll see if I can find any other sources

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  18. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012

    Dave – in 2008, Pop Warner was the Dec. 7th-14th. It WAS pushed back a week due to Thanksgiving falling so late. Which makes sense, considering many families will not travel so close to the holiday, plus flight prices would be very high the Saturday after Thanksgiving as well, if they were going to arrive for the first full week of December. Have you been able to determine if PW 2013 will follow suit?

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  19. Dave
    September 8, 2012

    Hi, it’s possible, but as this page itself notes, I don’t think it Pop Warner week much matters. The Pop website is as useless as any I’ve seen for key dates…

    Worth noting is that Thanksgiving was also quite late in 2002, 2003, and 2008 yet Pop Warner week was still the first full week of December those years too…

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  20. Anonymous
    September 8, 2012

    We are trying to p,an a trip for December 2013. I have seen that people are speculating that Pop Warner will actually be December 7th-14th since Thanksgiving is so late next year. Is there any way to know for sure? Or do you know when Pop Warner posts their dates for the next year? Thanks!

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