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  1. Amanda
    October 4, 2018

    Hi Dave,

    We’ll be coming to WDW Jan 30-Feb 5. I’m wondering about any winter ride closures for that time frame. Do you have any idea at this point?

    This site is so full of useful info and is my go to!

    Thanks!

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    • Dave
      October 6, 2018

      Hi Amanda, and thanks! It’s a little early, but here’s what I have:

      Known closures:
      –Peter Pan—Supposed to re-open February 3
      –WDW Railroad
      –Tomorrowland Speedway
      –Rafiki’s Planet Watch

      Possible closures, at least some of your dates
      –Liberty Belle steam boat
      –Splash Mountain
      –Kali River Rapids

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  2. Mary
    September 8, 2017

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for all the hard work, this site is awesome! We are planning our trip for Jan. 1st – 6th 2018 and we’re staying at the Polynesian Resort. Now, we are a big group of 6 adults and 7 kids aging between 13 and 1 year old (there are actually two toddlers, one baby and the rest are over 8 and the 48 inch limit). I have two questions: do we need a fast pass? We figured this week would be less crowded, since school typically starts on the 2nd (we come from Europe and our calendar is slightly different), but after checking your calendar we’re not so sure anymore. And also, which rides shouldn’t the older kids miss? Thanks so much in advance!

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    • Dave
      September 10, 2017

      Mary, the start date of low January crowds varies quite a bit. For gory details, see this. Your week will indeed be crowded, especially early.

      FastPass+ is always required, no matter how “low” a week might be.

      For the older kids, work with the right side of this chart, and add Flight of Passage–the chart is a little out of date…

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  3. Rich
    July 24, 2017

    Hi,

    My plan at the moment is to stay at the Old Key West Resort for 11 night from the 16 Oct 2018. 2 adults and 4 kids(14,12,5 & 2) – we have provisionally decided to stay at OKW as it looks like it allows the most room for a larger family. Food and tickets are included. just wondering your expert thoughts on this plan so far….?

    Many Thanks

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    • Dave
      July 25, 2017

      Ric, Old Key Wets is the most roomy and spacious and home-like of the Disney options. It’s a bit distant, and the buses are a bit convoluted, so it works best if you have a car.

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  4. Chelsea
    May 19, 2016

    Hey! Love all the info on here!! As a Momma to 7 kiddos, I have a few questions to ask you. #1 is we have kiddos that will range in age (next year) from 2 to 15. If we stay for 5 days, what’s the best options for things to do, considering the ages of our kiddos (2, 4, 5, 8, 11, 14 & 15). Also, which place would be best to stay in with so many kiddos? Thank you!! ?

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    • Dave
      May 20, 2016

      Hi Chelsea, will you have another adult with you? That both affects what kinda room you can fit, and also impacts how you would tour in the parks (e.g. split the kids between you)

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  5. Mark
    April 30, 2016

    Hi Dave,
    Great site, but a couple of questions. First, my anniversary is Nov 26, so if we go for the 2 wks right after that do we really NEED to use FastPass+? I’ve heard it’s a bit of a pain to use. Also, when we went to Disneyland for our 25th, it was DEAD empty. The record time in line was 10 minutes for Soarin’. No FastPasses needed, altho’ it was the old system.
    Second question: the Unofficial Guide people say that crowds are lowest in Sep after Labor Day. Is it because of hurricane season that you don’t rate September higher?
    Thanks.

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  6. Kunmi
    December 29, 2015

    Hi Dave,
    I just booked a honeymoon trip to orlando fl during oct 10- oct 24 2016. I’m thinking of doing a 5 day trip to different WDW theme parks. Are there any parks you’d recommend for couples specifically, and how crowded is it usually around this time of the year? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      December 30, 2015

      Kunmi it varies so much by couple that it’s hard to say. I’d suggest reading through Chapter 6 of my book and making your park choices based on that.

      For crowds then, see this.

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  7. Kelbe
    August 7, 2015

    Hey Dave,
    Is there a way to get this chart sent to me as a pdf? We are planning our first visit April 2016 and will have a 3rd grader and 4K as well as a 2 year old, so this chart is perfect for us. Thanks!

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  8. Mike
    July 30, 2015

    Thanks Dave. We get about 50-50 answer. We will be there starting on Nov. 8 for a week. Missed the RR 3 years in row because we always went in Oct. We shall see.

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  9. Mike
    July 29, 2015

    Hello Dave, We are looking for the date the MK railroad will open in November this year after rehab. We have seen Nov. 20 and Nov 5. We see both dates posted on all the different sites. Can you help,Thanks

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    • Dave
      July 30, 2015

      Mike, I can’t give you a definitive answer, but the sites I respect more are showing November 20.

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  10. nicole
    June 2, 2015

    Hi, may i ask why fantasmic is on the avoid lost for preschoolers? Is it just the late night?

    Also, do you have any itineraries for families with preschoolers? We do plan on returning when our kids are older. If we bring our kids when they are almost 5 when do you recommend returning? I was thinking when they are 10 or 11. Thank you.

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    • Dave
      June 5, 2015

      Nicole, Fantasmic is the story of Mickey’s victory over a bunch of villains, including huge dragons and serpents. Some little ones do fine with this, and others are really scared by it.

      I don’t have pre-schooler itineraries on this site but you can find them in my book.

      Eight or older would be my advice on the return date!

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  11. Marcy
    December 28, 2014

    hi Dave – great site! We are booking a trip with our 2-year old for about 5 days in late March 2015 (prob March 23-27). We are thinking of staying at either the Poly or Wilderness Lodge to maximise convienience and assume 2 days in MK, 1 in Epcot and 1 in AK. Our daughter is really too young to care about anything in particular so the trip is more for us I suppose – although I imagine she will enjoy some of the characters, rides and overall sites and sounds (we have been to Disneyland and she loved it). Any major tips to help plan our visit during this time?

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  12. Renae
    November 19, 2014

    I have to disagree with a few of these choices in the avoid category. My family went to disney and I had my two kids (just turned 3 & 5) with me. My 3 year old celebrated her 3rd birthday in the MK. During our trip the 3 year old went on the gran fiesta tour and loved that. She rode that about 5 times one night. She also loved Soarin’ and rode that twice, she even loved Star Tours and rode that 2 times as well. She is not a dare devil by any means of the word. She is usually a a bit of a scaredy-cat 🙂 My suggestion is to try a “test” ride with small children. If they seem like they aren’t into the more drastic rides then steer clear. However, you might be surprised about what they like.

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    • Dave
      November 20, 2014

      Great advice, Renae, as every kid is different!

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  13. Lucia
    June 25, 2014

    Hi Dave,
    We have booked our WDW stay for the last week of April 2015. We have a lot of time left, but I was planing on getting a fantasmic dinning package as one of our ADR. We have a 4 year old and I noticed you recommend avoiding it for this age, why?

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  14. Cynthia Oliver
    May 6, 2014

    Dave, I’m planning a trip to DW and I’m trying to determine the best way to do it. We will have 4 adults and 2 children with us ages 7 and 3 both boys. Not sure where to stay since they want to do Disney and Univ. Studio and Sea World. We will only have 5 days. What would you recomend? I haven’t a clue about any of it. I have never been to DW although DL was a child hood hangout when you bought a book of A-E tickets. Was there for the opening of Pirates of the Caribean. So that kinda dates me. Thanks in advance for your assistance

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    • Dave
      May 7, 2014

      Cynthia, will this be your only visit, or will you return later?

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  15. Michelle
    January 19, 2014

    Thanks, Dave! If you don’t mind, I’ll follow up with you again when the October calendar comes out. I like your thought of part of a day at HS. Thanks again!

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    • Dave
      January 20, 2014

      Of course, Michelle!

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  16. Michelle
    January 15, 2014

    Hi Dave,
    I’ll be in WDW Oct 19 – 25 with my parents and my son, who will be almost 4. In light of my son’s age, I’m planning on a 5-day base ticket to avoid any temptation to run around from park to park. I figure MK and AK are the only parks that make sense for us at this point. I’d like to fit in as many character dining events as possible. I was thinking 3 days in MK (though likely not full days), 1 day in AK and 1 day to play it by ear. Does this make sense? Any thoughts on how we should schedule the days? I’m not sure I’m interested in the Halloween party, but maybe it’s worth looking at – what do you think? Thanks so much for all your help – your site is tremendous!

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    • Dave
      January 16, 2014

      Hi Michelle, and thanks for the kind words!!

      I’d add a morning at Hollywood Studios too. Think 2 mornings, one afternoon, and one evening at MK, and mornings at AK and HS. Day 5, return to your favorite–almost certain to be MK!

      I won’t be able to make specific day suggestions until Disney’s October calendar is out–which it’ll be in about 2 months…

      The Halloween party is so expensive that I’d hold on that til he’s older… 6 or older…

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  17. Samantha G
    November 14, 2013

    Hi, DAVE we are staying in Orlando for five days and I ‘ m wondering what parks we should go to.
    I ‘m not into culture (plus I ‘m vegetarian) so Epcot is out. also the time we are gong I heard it cool so would it be a good idea to go to the water parks?? Is the spring break the most busy time to go?

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