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  1. Amber
    January 7, 2017

    Hey Dave we were looking at two different dates for first time disney which do you recommend? October 2017 16th-24th or leaning towards October 30th- November 7th the second one more to see halloween and Christmas there ? Your thoughts?

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    • Dave
      January 8, 2017

      Amber, you’ll see the full Halloween program either set of dates, and only a bit of the Xmas program your November dates–the first Christmas party may happen one of the last days of your visit. (The resorts won’t be decorated, and Epcot’s Xmas program will not have started.) So I would not out too much emphasis on Christmas in making your decision.

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  2. Michelle
    November 8, 2016

    Hi Dave, we are travelling from australia for a disney trip 28 november 16- 6 december 16 (Soon!)with a couple of days on wither end 🙂 I like your crowd calender much better than touring plans who tell me that its going to be really busy especially every day im trying to go to MK.. How do you predict crowds that is different from them? At the moment we ( hubby, me and our girls who are 6 and 10 ) are doing Epcot 28 and 29th nov.. AK 30th, HS december 1st, MK 2nd .. rest day on the 3rd.. MVMCP on the 4th and MK on the 5th.. Days i’m most concerned about is the 5th( rated as a 9 by TP) but almost every day looks either crazy busy or has an early close for MK..

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    • Dave
      November 12, 2016

      Michelle a fundamental difference is that I predict crowds for a nine day (Sat-Sun) period, and they do it by the day. We also use different scales, so my “4” is more like their 5 or 6.

      This time of year there is a profound difference in daily crowding among the parks driven largely by how late MK is open. The scoop on why is here, tho bits are out of date.

      You can reason from the link (or just trust me) that Epcot will be crowded the 29th, and indeed MK will be mobbed the 5th. But it’ll be OK the 2nd IF you are staying in an EMH-eligible resort and arrive at the turnstiles well before EMH begins, and you will also see low ride waits at MVMCP. If you manage the 2nd and MVMCP well, and have a good plan and judicious FastPass+ for the 5th, you’ll be fine!!

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  3. Dave
    October 8, 2016

    Chris, 12-8 avoid Epcot. 12-9 avoid HS and (unless you are staying at a WDW hotel) MK. 12/10 avoid MK and AK. 12/11 avoid HS. 12/12 avoid MK and AK.

    You want a day (at least) at MK and Epcot. For your third day you might return to one of these, or go to AK or HS. AK if you like animals, HS Star Wars.

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  4. Jeri R
    October 7, 2016

    We are going to Disney World 12-19 thru 12-28. Any suggestions on which parks to go to on which days. We will probably spend six days at the parks.

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    • Dave
      October 8, 2016

      Jeri, it will be wildly busy. Are you staying at a WDW hotel?

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  5. Chris
    October 6, 2016

    Dave, the kids are adults. 🙂

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  6. Chris
    October 1, 2016

    Hi Dave,
    Our family will be visiting Florida December 8- 12. We are spending 3 days at Disney World. Of those days which days would you recommend? And what parks are best if you only have 3 days? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      October 2, 2016

      Chris, how old are the kids? The answer to which parks depends on that…

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  7. Vivi
    September 29, 2016

    Hi Dave! Do you think the 12/8 Christmas party will be packed because of Pop Warner crowd? I’ve heard it could sold out because of them. Thanks!

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    • Dave
      September 30, 2016

      Vivi, Pop comes every year and has no real impact except at its hotels. The parties routinely sell out, but ride waits are still very low.

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      • Vivi
        October 5, 2016

        Thanks, Dave! We’re taking our 2 years old daughter and a 14 years old nephew. We’re thinking:
        11/30 Epcot
        12/1 HS
        Maybe a water park on the weekend
        12/5 AK
        12/6 MVMCP
        12/8 MK
        What do you think? Thanks!

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      • Dave
        October 6, 2016

        Vivi, 12/5 is not a great AK day–could you do AK 12/7 instead?

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      • Vivi
        October 11, 2016

        Yes, thanks!

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  8. Shawn Davis
    September 23, 2016

    We only have two days to spend at Disney World before our cruise. November 10th and 11th. Any advice on what parks are best what days would be great. Thanks!

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    • Dave
      September 24, 2016

      Shawn, both are good MK days–the 10th better. The 10th is also fine at AK and HS. The 11th avoid Epcot and HS

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  9. mike angelo
    September 10, 2016

    Hey Dave.
    Had to cancel my trip to WDW this week (Sept 10th – 15th. I know that was the best week in Sept for crowds. Looks like the next best week is Sept 17th – 22nd? The week following, Sept 24 – 29th looks busiest? What ya think….Thanks again for your help Dave!

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    • Dave
      September 13, 2016

      Hey Mike, crowds will build the rest of the month because of Food and Wine…

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  10. Marcos
    August 24, 2016

    Hi Dave, I am extremely happy that I run into your website with such amazing content and you willing to help everybody out like that is fantastic! Keep up the excellent job!!
    I have a pretty flexible agenda for April 2017 to visit WDW, however I learned Easter is going to be on April 16th. How does that affect crowds for that month? Do you think weeks of 4/18 to 4/22 or 4/25 to 4/29 sounds like a good idea for less crowded lines and perhaps better deals?
    Thanks a lot and cheers from Brazil!
    Marcos

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    • Dave
      August 24, 2016

      Marcos, because of the late Easter avoid the parks until 4/22 or 4/23. See this for more.

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  11. Leigh
    August 22, 2016

    Hi Dave – I know that I am way late in the game for this, but can you review my park plans and let me know if they seem ok? I think I based them on a comment I saw here, but now I can’t find it.

    10/23: MK
    10/24: Epcot
    10/25: MK
    10/26: AK
    10/27: HS

    Thank you!

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    • Dave
      August 23, 2016

      Leigh: these look great!

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  12. michael angelo
    August 5, 2016

    Hey Dave, hope all is well on your end.
    I read your September ‘forecast’ on crowds. Looks like the week beginning Sept 12th through 15th is the lowest crowds? Anything changed (for crowds) since you did Sept calendar?
    Thanks again for all your help over the years!
    Mike

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    • Dave
      August 5, 2016

      Mike, I have no basis for a change to the forecast!

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  13. Cherie
    July 20, 2016

    Hey Dave,

    My husband and I are planning to take our 6 year old Nov 19-Nov26. He will be in school so that’s the only time we can go. Do you have any suggestions for us?

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    • Dave
      July 22, 2016

      Cherie, you need really good plans to cope with the crowds. Take a look at this.

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  14. Kathy
    July 18, 2016

    She’s an adult – our family has been to Disney before but never in October and I am reading so many different things I’m not sure what is the best plan of attack! Thanks for you advice.

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    • Dave
      July 18, 2016

      Kathy,

      10/28 avoid all but AK (MK will be OK, but only if you are eligible for and can make the morning Extra Magic Hours)
      10/29 avoid all but HS
      10/30 avoid HS and Epcot
      10/31 avoid AK
      11/1 avoid MK and Epcot

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  15. Kathy
    July 15, 2016

    Learning so much from you! My daughter and I will be there from October 28 through November 1. Where/when should we avoid and when/where should we go? Thanks for being such a great resource!!!!

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    • Dave
      July 16, 2016

      Kathy, how old is your daughter?

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