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  1. Dan Jobson
    December 28, 2018

    We are staying at the Pop Century Resort. We will be able to make Fast Pass+ selections in January.

    This is the first time I have been to Disney in over 20 years, so I’m trying to plan as best as I can.

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  2. Dan Jobson
    December 21, 2018

    My wife and I planned a week long trip to Disney World for our honeymoon- for March 11-18, 2019. How screwed am I when it comes to crowds?

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    • Dave
      December 24, 2018

      Dan, where are you staying? If your hotel choice makes you eligible for FastPass+ at 60 days, your dates should be manageable with good plans.

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  3. Cynthia
    October 12, 2018

    Hey Dave, your web site not only helped us survive our first trip to Disney, but we had such a great time, we’ve been back two more times! In 2019, because Easter is coinciding with the NE April vacation, we are going to be travelling to Disney during a (dreaded?) holiday season. Are there any must dos at the park for Easter? (Should I avoid the parks on Easter Day?) I’ve always followed your trip planning advice for lower-crowd travel, so now I’m a little worried about a high occupancy vacation.

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    • Dave
      October 13, 2018

      Hi Cynthia so glad to have been able to help!

      I don’t think there’s much worth going out of your way for for Easter–and Easter is not a horrible day in the parks, as it sees so few locals.

      One trick to weeks like you’ll be facing is to do morning EMH and then park-hop away from the EMH park in the later morning–and pre-booking your FastPass+ in the second park

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  4. Karen Patterson
    October 10, 2018

    We were looking at Friday April 5th for MK, but it is Star Wars marathon weekend. Will that make things crazy?

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    • Dave
      October 11, 2018

      Karen, it never has before.

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  5. Dave
    September 12, 2018

    We are going on march 3rd for a week. How should it be?

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    • Dave
      September 13, 2018

      Hi Dave, low to moderate crowds–much better than later in March!!

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  6. Kristen
    September 11, 2018

    Me again. I’m also wondering, with Easter on the 21, why most crowd calendars seem to think the weekend after Easter won’t be busy?

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    • Dave
      September 12, 2018

      Kristen, I can’t speak to how others do things, as most don’t show their back up material the way I do, but it is true that in past years with late Easters, the week after Easter has been much better than the equivalent week with Easters that are earlier. However, my break data simply won’t let me draw that conclusion for 2019.

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  7. Kristen
    September 11, 2018

    Hello! You have the most spring break 2019 info I’ve seen! We went last year on April 21 and the weather was gorgeous. We want to go back in April 2019 for the same weather but a late Easter is really messing up my timeline! Do you think it would be better to go around April 5 or 6 for a week, or wait until late April and go on the 27th. I know there’s a Star Wars half marathon in early April and I’m afraid the 27 th into the first week of June may be getting too warm and rainy for us. I’m interested in low crowds but good weather, warm enough for swimming.

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    • Dave
      September 12, 2018

      Kristen, I have the weeks about the same in terms of crowds. However, if I am wrong, it’ll be the earlier week where I am off–there is a risk of higher crowds that week.

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  8. Adam
    August 4, 2018

    We are booked for Mar 9th-12th. We normally visit in October but last year it was 90 degrees so I figured we would try a different month. Did I mess up by choosing March? Will the crowds be crazy? At least the weather should be nice.

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    • Dave
      August 5, 2018

      Adam, with a good plan, being willing to get up early, and–probably–being at an EMH-eligible resort, you can make it work. But it will be crowded…

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  9. Tawna
    July 29, 2018

    First, and possibly only WDW trip here- looking at either Christmas break 2018 (dec 23-jan1) or march 11-17 2019-.

    Recommendations?

    Ps- this is awesome that you’ve done this and that you give actual thought out personal responses- thank you!!

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    • Dave
      July 30, 2018

      Tawna, the December dates will be more wildly crowded, but bring with them wonderful xmas decorations and programs. The March dates will be a challenge, but not as much as December, and will have typically much better weather. Both will be expensive, but December will be worse.

      I would pick March, but you will still need good plans, and will have more luck if your hotel is EMH eligible and you are able to get up and arrive at the parks sometimes even before 7a (that is arrive before then.)

      And thanks for your PS!! It’s hard to count exactly (because I have deleted some old pages and their comments and also some old comments on still-live pages), but I have answered via the comments on this site around 15,000 questions!!

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  10. Elizabeth
    July 28, 2018

    If we are deciding between that last week in March or the end of May, which do you recommend?

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    • Dave
      July 28, 2018

      Hi Elizabeth! Crowds will be a hair lower in the May week–but either can work with careful planning, staying in an EMH eligible resort, and committing to early mornings.

      You will see comparable prices early in the May week, and likely lower prices later (it varies a bit depending on where you stay).

      Late May weather is more consistent–hot, humid, rainy. March weather varies from delightful to a bit cool, but it’s usually dry.

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  11. Marilyne
    July 11, 2018

    So if I have to choose between march 7-14 or may 18-25..(the week before Memorial day)…? May I guess?

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    • Dave
      July 12, 2018

      Yeah, May, Marilyne.

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  12. Krissi
    July 11, 2018

    Due to her position as a public school teacher, my sister has extremely limited possibilities for vacations dates. For our 2019 trip, we are debating between the week of March 23-30 or the week of Jun 1-8. We are relatively frequent visitors (about once every two years at this point) and tend to do poorly in the heat. Do you think the crowd difference between those two weeks is likely to be big enough for you to recommend one week over the other? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      July 11, 2018

      Hi Krissi, it depends a bit on what you plan. If you are “sampling” your favorites and thus planning limited daily time in the parks, and are morning people and both eligible for and able to arrive before the beginning of morning EMH, you can make March work. If not, then I’d aim for June.

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