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Go to WDW in Summer break or Fall break?

Brad
The US

 

Hello. Looking to take my nephew this year but he can’t miss school. So it’s summer break or fall break in October. What do you think?

Dad Answers

Hey Brad,

That’s a toughie. There are positives and negatives to both summer break and fall break for a WDW vacation. There’s not really a clear winner unless you are foodies.

Summer Break

Sign about the Culinary Corridor at the International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT in the Fall

Journey down the Culinary Corridor at the Food and Wine Festival – photo by Brett Svenson

Five years ago, I would have said to avoid the summers. Crowds were huge and temperatures were scorching. The temperatures haven’t changed, but the crowds sure have.

 

Crowds are now moderate to heavy during the summers as opposed to heavy to ridiculous. They are very manageable now. Check out my 2020 summer crowd calendars.

 

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July used to be full of red days with the 4th being black. The last couple of years the 4th of July has been a moderate day. It’s crazy how much the summer has changed in the last 5 years.

 

That being said, summers are still very busy until mid August. If you can go after August 15th that would be the best possible time.

 

One drawback to summers is it’s pretty much the only time of year when EPCOT doesn’t have a festival going. I’m a big fan of the festivals in EPCOT. They add a lot to the park with the food and entertainment.

 

OK, there are two drawbacks to summer. The other one is the heat. If you are comfortable (I don’t know that anyone is) with temperatures around 95° F every day along with 90% humidity, then you should choose summer break. I don’t like heat so I stay away as much as I can during summertime.

Fall Break

The Grave Diggers performing in the Boo to You Parade during Fall Break at WDW

The Grave Diggers are my favorite – photo by Judd Helms

Fall break brings lower temperatures and moderate to heavy crowds. October used to be a nice quiet month, now it’s sometimes chaos especially in EPCOT on the weekends.

 

Dad's October 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar

The good thing about October is there are plenty of extras. The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is in full swing. If you like food then you’ll love the Food and Wine Festival. It’s one of Mrs. Mom and my favorite things. We’ve scheduled trips just to go to the Food and Wine Festival.

Dad’s EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival page

You might want to look at who’s playing at Eat to the Beat (the nightly concerts in the American Gardens Theater). That might influence your decision. There are some great bands that play every year.

 

In the Magic Kingdom you’ve got Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. That’s a blast. I love going to the Halloween party and seeing everyone all costumed up and it’s an evening of “spooky” fun Disney style. The Boo to You Parade is AWESOME.

Dad’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party page

Then there’s the weather. The average high in October is 85° F. That’s comfortable. I can take that anytime over 95°.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Brad, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I lean toward Fall break. Summer break is OK, especially if you can go after August 15th, but even with moderate to heavy crowds I prefer Fall break over Summer break.

 

Let me know what you think down in the comments below.

 

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