(Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)
I am planning my first trip to Disney World since 1981… My wife has never been, and we don’t get to vacation often at all. We are looking at a 12 day stay at Port Orleans River View in early December 2016. My question is this: with Pop Warner being in town around the 6th or so, would the crowds be better if we started our stay on the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Hi neighbor (I’m in Oklahoma).
Crowds in late November and early December are pretty light. Even the Pop Warner Football and Cheerleader Championships don’t really affect crowds except at the Magic Kingdom.
I think arriving on the day after Thanksgiving would probably be the best plan. If you come any later you’ll get the full week of Pop Warner. Even though Pop Warner crowds aren’t bad, missing them will make things better.
For years, I’ve made the week after Thanksgiving one of my top picks for the best weeks to visit WDW.
Yeah, I need to get the 2015 list up, but it will be about the same as 2014.
Twelve days will be plenty to see everything at a nice leisurely pace. That would be enough even with big crowds. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and Dad’s Favorite time to visit WDW.
John, I do hope that you will get in touch with our partners at Destinations to Travel. The do an incredible job of preparing you for a trip. For a first time, or first time in a long time, guest I would really recommend it.
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John, since you are staying 12 days, the crowds won’t matter much, but you’ve picked about the best time to go. You’ll have a great time. Who knows, you might see even get to see Dad himself.