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  1. Saqib
    February 5, 2016

    Hello,
    I am planing to arrive April 9th and stay until 15th of April. Do you suggest these days as low crowd and also a pleasant weather? I have 7, 5 and 3 year old. This will be our first ever visit to Disney. Thank You!

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  2. Randi
    June 5, 2015

    Hi I’m thinking of coming to Disney World at the end of August and I will be going on almost 6 months pregnant what is the weather like at that time of year. Thank You

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    • Dave
      June 7, 2015

      Randi, it is typically very hot and very humid. See this for more.

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  3. Jules
    July 7, 2014

    Hi, we are travelling to disney on 21st August 2014 for 10 days from the UK. Its our first trip to USA, and our lifetime dream to be able to go. This is our one and only chance to get out there, and I feel the pressure is on for us to experience the magic!! (Trust me, this holiday has taken over 10 years to save for!)
    I really want it to be special, so trying hard to plan daily itineraries, but its a mammoth task!! We are planning to go for the parks opening then come back to villa ( staying off site) for a few hrs rest – then back to parks late afternoon through to evening. My kids have never been abroad so very worried about coping in the hot humid weather! (They are 9 and 7 yrs.) Which parks are best to avoid on which days please? I dont know what to expect – I can imagine it will be packed, and worried about mega long queues, and being unable to cope in the heat, and its now only 6 weeks away and feel no further forward with planning whatsoever! We are so excited – I can’t begin to tell you how much…..

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  4. Merilee
    June 13, 2014

    Dave,
    Though I live near Disneyland, I am a WDW Fan and have the opportunity to go again at the end of July along with my husband and stay free in his hotel room that coincides with a business trip. I have been 6 times and we only stayed off site the first time, but I will live not staying on Disney property this time. My main concern lies with the weather, I have been to Orlando in late June on a non Disney trip and the weather was miserable heat and humidity, its made me really worried about not finding the magic. I am not sure if I hit a really bad year or if its gonna be this awful. I saw you mention in a reply that you would not recommend a specific time of year for a family but that you would be able to handle it. This trip would just be my husband and me, should I suck it up? Are the night time temps tolerable?
    Merilee

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    • Dave
      June 14, 2014

      Merilee, what whomps us all is the humidity. You can have fun, especially as you note if you avoid the afternoons. But if it’s 94 with 99% humidity at 7a, it still is lousy. Just keep your expectations low and hope for drier days!!

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  5. Dave
    November 24, 2013

    Purva, just look at Disney’s calendar–that will tell you EMH days and thus days to avoid. The only good park tomorrow is Epcot. Tuesday avoid Epcot. Weds, avoid AK. Thurs, AK will be ebst, and Epcot and MK worst.

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  6. purva
    November 22, 2013

    hi dave,

    any word on which rides or parks to go to on which days yet? i didn’t see anything on your post. if you can, please guide us

    thanks

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  7. purva
    November 20, 2013

    hi dave,
    sorry it took me so long. we will be there from 11/22 to 11/29 — 11/22 is free and from 11/23 to 11/28 (6day) we have park hopper passes. thanks again

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  8. Dave
    October 25, 2013

    Purva, the key is to arrive at the parks BEFORE they open, avoiding parks on the days they have morning extra magic hours–as those days lots of people staying at WDW hotels will get in before you. Give me your exact dates and I’ll tell you which parks to avoid which days. See first thing the rides that build long lines quickly, then as they build lines use fastpasses to ride them later.

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  9. purva
    October 24, 2013

    hi dave,

    no we are booked at the point resort.

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  10. purva
    October 23, 2013

    hi dave,
    i just booked our trip over thanksgiving weekend and then found your site. i am worried about the lines and packed crowds. how do i best manage this trip. we are a family of 4 with kids 10 and 3 y/o. we do have the park hopper tickets if that helps in any way.

    thanks so much

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    • Dave
      October 24, 2013

      Purva: are you staying at a WDW hotel?

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  11. Tonya
    October 7, 2013

    Hi Dave, this is awesome. Thank you. We are suppose to go to Disney for just one night November 14th 2o13 we were going to go to the Christmas event with my 2 1/2 year old, but since the oct festivities have started, she loves the rides, wondering if we should skip the Christmas event and just do the park all day till they close at 7;00 how do you think this day will be on crowds? If we did the Christmas event only, do you think there would be enough time for the rides too? Also, could you tell me what you think the must see is for her? Thank you so much!!

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    • Dave
      October 8, 2013

      Tonya, I don;t really have an opinion on must sees for kids that young–my opinions start at about 5 years old.

      That day will not be too crowded becasue of the early close, but Disney hotel guests get to enter an hour early, so you will see lines as soon as you arrive–unless you are staying at a Disney hotel yourself…

      Between your two choices, I’d go for the arrive as early as you can and spend the day…

      Was this even remotely helpful?

      Well then mosey on over to the home page, and like it on Facebook or pin it on Pinterest!

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  12. Sharmon Brannen
    June 19, 2013

    We are planning a December visit this year. I want to be prepared with appropriate clothing but do not want to pack for 4 seasons! Any suggestions on must haves for this time of the year?

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    • Dave
      June 20, 2013

      Sharmon, you are kinda stuck. Hi temperatures can be in the 30s or the 80s…so both shorts and coats are in order…

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  13. Sara M
    April 29, 2013

    Ok… here is a question because I am a very indecisive person and keep changing my dates and mind. I really have researched the best times by low crowd, price etc. I am wondering what your take is on either the week of November 9th or if we should wait and do the week of December 7th? I wanted to go in the end of October but am not able to book until May 3rd which would leave us at less than 180 days. My main factor now is deciding WHEN to go so that I can get on with the FUN of the planning… 😉

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    • Dave
      April 30, 2013

      Sara, they are both great weeks. But before giving up on the end of October…most great dining for late October likely will still be available May 3, so what I’d do is book May 3, reserve dining, see what you’ll be missing–you’ll be so close to 180 that it likely won’t be much–and weigh the results…If you end up deciding you don’t like the totality of the dining you can book, then just cancel everything and start over with one of the later dates…

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  14. Stats guy
    April 9, 2013

    THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Great work!

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    • Dave
      April 9, 2013

      Thanks!!!

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  15. andrea
    January 22, 2013

    We are planning our first trip to Disney World for our 40th wedding anniversary. We can go in October. What week would you suggest? We want to be able to use the outdoor pools. What medium price resort would you stay at? How do you plan the itinerary?
    Thank you,Andrea

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  16. BRANDON WONG
    October 17, 2012

    Hi Dave, This will be our first trip to Disney World Orlando, 3adults, 1 junoir (17 y/o) and 1 child 8 y/o). We have an open schedule but would like to go when the crowds are low, rain is low and heat are mid to low 70’s to low 80’s are good. We are from San Diego so tornados and hurricains are out. Which hotels do you recommend, we were told the Dolphin and Swan were great and are the dining packages a good value. We will stay for 6-7 days. Any suggestions are appreciated. Many thanks.

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  17. joyce
    October 12, 2012

    going to disney world in late october wandering whats best to pack for the temperture thank you

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  18. Jen
    August 12, 2012

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for your site! IT has been very helpful! I am planning my first trip (as an adult) with my almost 2 and 5 yr. old. I will be at Disney late Dec. 29th (just going to bed, no parks) and leae the 4th of Jan. (we will be able to hit the parks until about 1pm that day). So I know that is a crazy time to go, but I teach so all the times I can go are crazy! Anyway, was wondering what you would suggest as far as which parks which days to avoid crowds (no park hopper). I was planning AK on new years eve since my kids can’t hang til midnight and the crowds will probably be to much for them everywhere else. Any suggestions for the other days? My son should be 44 inches by then (he is 43 1/2 now!) and we are not planning on visiting Epcot (or if we do it would be that last short day). I need help strategizing! Trying to get to MK on least crowded days since my kids will probably love that park the most….

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    • Dave
      August 12, 2012

      Hi Joan, glad the site has helped.

      That week, there’s no way to avoid the crowds.

      If you are staying at a WDW hotel, and have a park hopper, then got to park with morning extra magic hours (arrive at least 30 mins before the EMH begins) and then hop away later in the day.

      If you aren’t staying at a WDW resort, and/or don’t have a hopper, then avoid parks with am EMH…

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