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    Very new to "World" although I have AP's to DL. MY first question is, what is the best time to visit to avoid as many crowds as possible or is that even doable?? When is the off season???
    Janette



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    Re: New to WDW

    You'll hear many different opinions on this...it is becoming common for some people to state there is no longer an off-season at WDW.

    That being said, I have always liked visiting in September/October, or January/Early February (avoiding holiday weekends such as President's Day). Particularly in Jan/Feb, the weather is milder (some say cold, I refuse to say as much, since Jan/Feb for me is teens and 20s). Also, the hotel rates tend to be cheaper during these times as well (you can get the official "Value" rates at disneyworld.com).

    Whenever you decide to go, have a great time on your trip!
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      Re: New to WDW

      I would say Jan/early Feb, or the first two weeks of Dec. Sept/Oct isn't bad either but you have to worry about hurricanes
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        I would also say January to early February. A few years ago we went the first week of February and were able to walk on to most rides. Really is a good time to go; the temperatures areusually in the 50-60's and doesn't rain every day.
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        • #5
          Re: New to WDW

          If I were to say the "best" time, I would give you these three in no order. All have good crowd levels...

          1. After Thanksgiving and before Christmas week. The decorations are wonderful, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is amazing, and MVMCP is something worth the price. Just look out for Pop Warner.

          2. Early May. The crowds are good, Flower and Garden is decent, and usually you get Star Wars Weekends. Here's my trip report from a couple of weeks ago...
          http://www.mouseextra.com/2007/05/23...-report-day-3/
          But it can be hot!

          3. Late October before Jersey Week. Decent crowds, Food and Wine is outstanding and MNSSHP is very popular
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            Re: New to WDW

            Originally posted by Leofoenget View Post
            Very new to "World" although I have AP's to DL. MY first question is, what is the best time to visit to avoid as many crowds as possible or is that even doable?? When is the off season???
            I have always gone in October, and the parks are pretty much empty... It is very enjoyable, because its not hot, but the weather is still warm.

            Also, if you do plan a trip you must make a reservation to have dinner at Ohana's which is in the great ceremonial house of the Polynesian Hotel.

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              Re: New to WDW

              Add me to the January/February and October crowd.

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                Re: New to WDW

                Originally posted by aimster View Post
                Add me to the January/February and October crowd.
                Do you have an invite to be added to that crowd? Its very exclusive, and I am not sure you would make it

                Seriously though, October is very nice, because its like 85 degrees but without the humidity, so its perfect for walking around all the parks without sweating like a pig...

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                  Re: New to WDW

                  I ususally go September - right after the kiddies start school, or first week in Dec- light crowds
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                  • #10
                    Re: New to WDW

                    In Feb. last year it was actually a bit on the cold side. Still, that's a minor complaint compared to short wait times for rides and attractions, as well as being able to walk into restaurants without having a reservation and get seated right away.

                    Trip in September of 2002 was also not very crowded, although it was fairly hot then.

                    Possibly going there in mid-October this year, so we'll see.

                    Here's a link that might help...
                    http://allearsnet.com/pl/attend.htm

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                    • #11
                      Re: New to WDW

                      Originally posted by Parisi View Post
                      Do you have an invite to be added to that crowd? Its very exclusive, and I am not sure you would make it

                      Seriously though, October is very nice, because its like 85 degrees but without the humidity, so its perfect for walking around all the parks without sweating like a pig...
                      *snort*


                      I went mid October last year and the day I went it was HOT! It was at least 90. But I still had a blast.

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                      • #12
                        Re: New to WDW

                        My vote goes for Sept/Oct for the Food & Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Those little extras make the parks a lot of fun! While you do have the change of a hurricane and some rain, the weather is a bit nicer - without being too cold or too humid (hopefully.)

                        But overall, ANY TIME THE KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL is the best time to go. :cgrin:

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                          Re: New to WDW

                          Originally posted by Parisi View Post
                          Do you have an invite to be added to that crowd? Its very exclusive, and I am not sure you would make it

                          Seriously though, October is very nice, because its like 85 degrees but without the humidity, so its perfect for walking around all the parks without sweating like a pig...

                          See at DL Sept/Oct is good too. And I love the halloween stuff. So also after Thanksgiving but before schools get out for Christmas is good. THANKS!! I LOVE IT!!

                          Lady I worked with went right after a hurricane once. said she had the place to herself... think I will try to avoid that one!!
                          Janette


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                            Re: New to WDW

                            Early May & early December, are the times that I go.
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                              Re: New to WDW

                              Crowd wise, the two least visted months of the year are always September and January.

                              But with the free food offer the past few years, September has picked up.

                              And the Disney marathon tends to extend holiday crowds into the first few weeks of the year.

                              But everything considered, I believe the best time of year for a WDW visit is October. You have weather. You have decent park hours. You have Food and Wine Fest at Epcot and MNSSHP at MK. You have the Funai Golf Classic (that local Tiger Woods usually never misses). ... just a lot going on.

                              After Oct., I also enjoy April (post spring break) and May.

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