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  1. Cynthia
    December 30, 2017

    Dave – You saved our trip! I can’t find my Dec. 19 post, but I asked you for your thoughts on our itinerary. (MK Dec. 21, AK Dec. 22, HS Dec. 23, MK Dec. 25, & EPCOT Dec. 26). You suggested we flip our last two days and go to EPCOT on Dec. 25 & MK on Dec. 26. Boy, were you right! It made all the difference in the world. The crowd at EPCOT on Christmas day was finee, and we were able to do everything we wanted to do, while MK stopped admitting new guests at noon that day. Also, bookending our trip with MK was a great idea. The crowd difference between Dec. 21 at MK and Dec. 26 at MK was huge. We had done everything we wanted at MK on Dec. 21, so everything we got to do on Dec. 26 was gravy. We stayed for the fireworks that night, and they were amazking! Your book suggested not getting the park hopper, and that was a great idea. We didn’t have time to park-hop, & it saved us hundreds of dollars. Thank you so much for your advice!

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    • Dave
      December 31, 2017

      Cynthia, so glad to have helped!! BTW a five-star review of the book on Amazon would always be welcome 🙂

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  2. Andrius
    November 5, 2017

    Hi! Great site! I’m wondering what the crowd levels are over thanksgiving and black friday days? this year it is November 24 and 25?

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    • Dave
      November 6, 2017

      Andrius, it’s pretty heavy most years, so I’d expect the same this year.

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  3. Jeff Goza
    June 25, 2017

    We normally go early in the summer but this year are planning for the week of 8/20 and hoping for lower crowds. Thoughts?

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    • Dave
      June 26, 2017

      Jeff, the differences will be more heat and humidity, a (slight) increase in hurricane chances, but better crowds.

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  4. Kallie
    May 18, 2017

    I was hoping you could help chose the best Friday in September for MNSSHP? Me and my friend really want to go this year and I was wondering when the crowds will be the lightest?

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    • Dave
      May 19, 2017

      Kallie, the earlier in the month, the better.

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  5. Dani Harris
    May 16, 2017

    Hi! Love this site- so many great tips! I will be traveling with my family during 4th of July week :/ What should I prepare myself for? How long do you think the wait times will be like?

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    • Dave
      May 18, 2017

      Dani, a good plan and judicious pre-booked FastPass+ will help a lot. See this for how to think about FastPass+, and this (and its daily links) for an example of a good plan

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  6. Donna A.
    April 10, 2017

    Random question…if i buy Disney gift cards at BJ’s wholesale club and use them to pay for dinner at Table service restaurants, will i be able to put the tip on them as well or will i have to use cash for the tip?

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    • Dave
      April 11, 2017

      Donna, you can use the gift card–see this.

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  7. Jen
    April 8, 2017

    Hi Dave,
    Now that the holiday party schedule is out, wondering if you would recommend going to MK on a party day and also purchasing tickets and staying that night for the party? We only have one day to be at MK this trip and are looking at Sunday, Nov. 26. How will the crowds be the Sunday after Thanksgiving? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      April 10, 2017

      Jen, that will make for a long and expensive day. It might be easier to spend the morning at a park you have less interest in, take a break and then go to the party, saving another full day for MK. Either way, a mid-day break for a nap will help people stay up. Crowds that Sunday will be just fine!

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  8. Dominique
    April 1, 2017

    My family (3 adults 2 children 11 & 6) will be traveling to Florida May 27-June 2. We want To spend one day at Magic Kingdom and one maybe two days at Universal Studios. Can you recommend the best days to go?

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2017

      Dominique, the best Magic Kingdom days will be May 30 and June 1.

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  9. Amber
    March 30, 2017

    Looking to go the week before Thanksgiving to see it decorated for Christmas! What’s your opinion on the crowds? I have been mid-June, October, & the March before.

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2017

      Amber, as the chart notes this is a lower-crowd week.

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  10. Sarah
    March 22, 2017

    Our family of 8 have recently booked for the last 2 weeks in October, do you know what the crowds will be like. We will be taking 4 children ages are 10, 6, 2 and 3months (yes we are mental) so would like to plan ours days to avoid large crowds.

    Thanks in advance

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    • Dave
      March 23, 2017

      Hi Sarah! How many days to you mean to spend in each park (see this for help if you don’t know).

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  11. Valerie Kolaric
    March 21, 2017

    Hi, I love your site! We were planning to go to Disney the week of Thanksgiving only because we are trying to have our son miss as little school as possible. We have been to Disney three times before. All three times, we went mid-November and loved the weather and, what seemed to be, low crowds. What is your honest opinion of going Thanksgiving week?

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