I am a third grade teacher, so the dates on which I may travel are the very same dates that masses of children are out of school! I am trying to avoid too much crowding, and I am undecided between two weeks. I like 2/19-2/24, but am concerned about it being the week of President's Day. The second option is 6/4/-6/9, but I am concerned about crowds from Gay Days still vacationing. Which week do you think will be less crowded?
I know it can be a little frustrating trying to plan a vacation, especially to a major tourist destination like Walt Disney World, when your vacation dates are dependent on your work schedule. In your case, sharing potential vacation dates with millions of other families doesn't help, but that doesn't mean you can't make the best of your time!
Lets look at your dates. February is a fantastic time of the year to go - cool weather, generally low crowds… except for President's Day week, when the parks will be packed. June is generally busier and hotter, but the earlier in the month you go, the better!
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Based on my research, I'd recommend booking your trip for June 4-9, 2012. Sure, Gay Days will have ended on the June 3, but 99% of those guests leave immediately following Gay Days, and I don't think this will impact your trip much, if at all. If you-re really concerned about attracting unwanted attention for the rest of the week, be on the safe side and don't wear red.
Actually, the week following Gay Days is a great week to visit! The crowds are fairly light and the summer heat is still bearable. That being said, Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Even if you go at a time of year with a lower crowd level you will still be sharing the parks with thousands of other families.
Never fear - Dad is here! And I've been working for years on my tips and tricks for avoiding crowds at Walt Disney World, which I'd love to share with you. Follow these and you'll be just fine. Trust me.
Dad's Bottom Line
Crowds are a fact of life at Walt Disney World. But just remember what Timon and Pumba like to say - "Hakuna Matata: it means no worries!" Do some crowd research before you go, then sit back, relax and have a great vacation.