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Should we visit Walt Disney World after Easter or in the summer?
I am considering taking my family to Walt Disney World for the first time the week after Easter. I know the crowds are bad, but it’s either that or summer (when it’s HOT). My question is this: instead of visiting the parks Monday-Friday (April 9-13), would I gain any advantage in going say Wednesday-Sunday and letting the Easter crowd die down a day or two?
Crowds won’t be like this Photo by Express Monorail
Dad’s Managing the Crowds Answer
Steve, picking the time of year to visit Walt Disney World is one of the most important steps in planning your trip. You’re right to avoid summer – the weather is unbearably hot and the crowds are grumpy, stinky, and sweaty. You’ll encounter crowds the week after Easter as well, but they will manageable and the weather will be great!
Picking whether to go Monday April 9 – Friday April 13 or Wednesday April 11 – Sunday April 15 is a little tricky. Generally, Dad recommends avoiding the weekends if possible, but in this case the 9th is Easter Monday and the crowds will be out of control! It’s kind of like the grade school grammar rule “I before E except after C” – weekdays are less crowded than weekends unless they include a holiday!
So, Dad suggests waiting until Wednesday to begin your trip. Crowds will be high, but they do taper off during the week, and by going mid-week you’ll miss the worst of it.
In addition to the Easter crowds, keep in mind that the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will be happening at this time. While this will result in more visitors to EPCOT, it’s also a great bonus feature of a trip at this time of year! EPCOT will be decked out in beautiful flowers and topiaries, there are HGTV speakers each day (if you’re into that sort of thing) and free rock ‘n roll concerts at night in the America Gardens Theater!
Since crowds are going to be the biggest factor during your trip, I’d recommend heading over to Touringplans.com. They can help you in the planning process to determine crowd levels, which park to go to on which day, and even provide touring plans that can let you see more of the parks with less time waiting in line! They also have an app you can use in the parks to help monitor the crowds.