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  1. michael angelo
    September 20, 2017

    Hey Dave,
    finally heading to Disney this Monday 9/25 through Weds. Can you tell me what parks to visit (or avoid) those days??? Thanks Dave!

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    • Dave
      September 21, 2017

      Hey, have fun! Monday avoid MK and AK. Tuesday avoid Epcot. Weds avoid MK!

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  2. michael angelo
    September 7, 2017

    Hey Dave.
    Are you still thinking the week of Sept 18th – 21st still busy? It’s usually one of the lowest weeks but you said something about Rosh Hashanah?

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    • Dave
      September 8, 2017

      I did not account for Rosh Hashanah enough in my forecasts. It’ll be OK, but likely busier than I had thought.

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  3. michael angelo
    September 3, 2017

    Thanks Dave, hopefully we can make the Sept 11th week. All depends on the hurricane.
    They are coming around weekly now! 🙁

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  4. michael angelo
    September 1, 2017

    Hey Dave. You know I “have to” email you this time of year 🙂
    I had planned on going to DW Sept 11th-15th. Depending on this new hurricane I may have to go another week I n Sept. Wanna suggest next best week???
    Thank you as always Dave!

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    • Dave
      September 2, 2017

      Hey Michael. The chart says the next best week is that beginning 9/16. However, I am worried that I did not get good enough data for 2017 (I fixed this for the equivalent dates in 2018, 9/10 and 9/11), on schools being out in the Northeast starting 9/21 for Rosh Hashanah, so your next best bet is the week beginning 9/23.

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  5. Tom
    April 19, 2017

    …and now that I’ve posted, all of the 2017 comments have magically populated. Sorry for the repost!

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  6. Tom
    April 19, 2017

    Hi there! (I apologize if this is a repost, I thought I had already posted this weeks ago, but now I can’t find it.)
    We are planning to go from Nov 1-9 so that we can do the NSSHP & VMCP (yay! we’ve never done NSS). Do the Jersey crowds generally get there for the weekend, or sometime earlier in the week, and how long do they usually stay?

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    • Dave
      April 22, 2017

      Tom, it’s some of both, although Thurs-Sat is the busiest part.

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  7. Julia
    April 10, 2017

    Hi Dave,
    Will July 16-July 24 be less crowded than July 4-July 12? Just inquiring about crowds, not cost of accomadations. Thank you so much.

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    • Dave
      April 11, 2017

      Julia, the week of the 4th is always the most crowded of July, but there’s not a huge difference across the month.

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  8. Tom
    April 7, 2017

    Oh! And we generally do Pop…I am suddenly thinking it may be a bit overcrowded compared to other options. What are your thoughts?

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    • Dave
      April 8, 2017

      Tom, there’s nothing that would make Pop more or less crowded than other resorts this week.

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  9. Tom
    April 7, 2017

    Aiming for Nov 1-8, so we can do the Halloween & Christmas parties! I see this Jersey week thing will impact crowds. If we’re leaving (and not in the parks) on that Thursday, are the crowds there all week, or do they generally show up Wednesday or later?

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    • Dave
      April 8, 2017

      Tom, the Jersey Week extra folk are there all week long, but heaviest Thursday-Saturday.

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  10. Stephanie B.
    April 3, 2017

    Hi Dave! Love your site! We just booked December 4-8 at Pop not realizing that those dates are most likely Pop Warner week. I know most likely
    pop Warner stays at the All Stars plus some moderates but I am worried about any overflow going to Pop Century. Now I am thinking we should switch to AOA. Would you suggest us switching resorts or do you think its safe to stay at Pop?

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2017

      Stephanie, I’d switch–you will see lots of Pop Warner kids at Pop

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  11. Shaunie
    March 14, 2017

    Hi Dave- my husband and I are heading there solo 4/6-4/9 for his bday and I’m not sure of the best two day ticket options or itinerary. What would you recommend? What about best nightlife exp?
    Plan to bring our 3 yr old next year when he turns four and want to be familiar/experience it first.

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    • Dave
      March 14, 2017

      Shaunie, there are four parks, so if you got a two day hopper ticket you could sample all four. For nightlife, Disney Springs, or diner at one of the deluxe hotels. See the right side of the chart on this page for dinner thoughts.

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  12. Richard
    March 9, 2017

    Hi Dave, thanks so much for your advice recently. Our stay will shortly end and I must say your guide reflected our experience…. Although Epcot was heaving on Sat 4th March…
    We were thinking of booking for similar period next year… Basically first 2 weeks of March… Any early thoughts?

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    • Dave
      March 11, 2017

      Richard, so glad to have helped! See this for those weeks in 2018

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  13. Tokeshia
    March 1, 2017

    Thank you for your response and ignoring all my typos. 🙂

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  14. Grayson
    February 28, 2017

    Dave, thanks for your response and info.

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  15. Tokeshia
    February 27, 2017

    We are looking to go the week of 10/28 sort of following your 9 day itinerary. I need a whole day off mid week for my husbands sanity and my mom will be with us early in the week. Thankfully her only demands are a ride on “Its a Small World” and good food. Will the Wine & Dine Half Marathon affect crowds towards the end of our trip? I know its a guesstimate at this point but you don’t really talk about it at length in your book so I am assuming it doesn’t have a huge impact that week. Alternatively, we are thinking the week of 11/11. Thank you so much for all you do on this site.

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    • Dave
      February 28, 2017

      Tokeshia, the running events have little effect on the parks.

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  16. Grayson
    February 27, 2017

    We are looking at doing the 11/25/17 or 26th. When can you may reservations for then?
    Do you have to wait for the 180 day window? are can you do a complete reservation this early?

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    • Dave
      February 28, 2017

      Grayson, you can book your room and tickets now. Dining is available at 180 days before, and FastPass+ at 60 days. See this.

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  17. Steph
    February 3, 2017

    I’m torn between the week of April 24th or the week of May 8th. Which would you recommend crowd wise?

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  18. Melissa Nicholson
    January 30, 2017

    We just got back left Jan 21 and I thought it was crowded. I thought the lines were going to be short

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    • Dave
      January 30, 2017

      Melissa, what days where you in what parks?

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  19. Lynn
    January 23, 2017

    Is Jersey Week really worse than Pop Warner week, crowd-wise? I’ve heard horror stories about the latter – cheerleaders constantly cheering on rides, rude teenagers in the parks, miserable hotel stays with screaming teens, garbage everywhere, etc. It looks like the crowds in early December are a bit better than those in mid-late November, but those teens have me worried…

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    • Dave
      January 24, 2017

      Lynn, there’s no contest. The only place most people even notice the Pop Warner kids is at the hotels they stay at.

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  20. Melissa
    January 17, 2017

    Hi,

    I have a question not regarding which weeks to attend but rather which days of the week to attend Disney. My family and I are going to Disney for ten (10) days sometime between November 26th and December 17th. We will be attending the parks nine days, so two days of the week will be repeated. Which day of the week would you suggest we repeat based on crowd levels and opening hours. Looking forward to hearing your advice.

    Thanks,
    Melissa

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    • Dave
      January 17, 2017

      Hi Melissa, it varies then quite a bit based on the park, the operating schedule and the party schedule–none of which is out yet. See this for an (slightly outdated) overview of some of the complexities.

      I will be able to help, but only after the schedules are out, which they should be for November in later April and for December in later May…

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