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Summer Crowds at WDW and Universal
Still loving the site and the new look – very nice!! We have our Fall Walt Disney World trip booked for Oct 21-27, 2012 staying at All-Star Sports; we let our 10 yr old son pick the resort this year. Our 4 past WDW trips have been in the months of Sept, Oct, & Nov.
For the past 20 plus years (we’ve lost the exact count) we’ve gone to North Myrtle Beach in SC for a week in the summer; typically the 1st or 2nd week in June. We are thinking about breaking tradition and going to Orlando instead; it would be June 2-9.
We would not stay at Walt Disney World but somewhere in Orlando. We thought we might go to WDW parks for 1-2, Universal for 1-2 days and beach for a few days.
Question: will the crowds just blow us away compared to what we are use to in Sept thru Nov? If its just wall to wall people we may just opt for our quiet week on the beach and seafood at night.
As always thank so much for your dedication to the site and the assistance you provide – it is greatly appreciated!!
Surf’s Up at the All Star Sports Resort Photo by BestofWDW
Dad’s a touch of magic Answer
Todd, welcome back to the site – it’s nice to hear from you again! I’m mighty glad you’re enjoying the new look, it’s been a long time in the making. I’m happy to report that while crowds in early June are not as ideal as those in the fall, they’re nothing that can’t be handled with a little forethought and flexibility.
September, October, and November are some of the best months of the year to visit Walt Disney World – the crowds are fairly light (with the exception of Halloween) until the Thanksgiving crowds appear. June is more crowded, but if you’re flexible with which days of the week you visit, you can avoid the worst of them. My picks for the lowest crowds are June 4-7.
If your son is a big Star Wars fan, you might want to check out Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – it’s a fund twist added to the park in May and June. Just be careful of Gay Week, a not-so-family-friendly event which overlaps with some of your trip (as a heads up, this event extends to greater Orlando as well).
If you’re still concerned about crowds, or want to spend part of your day at Disney and par elsewhere, you can also consider taking the time to enjoy Walt Disney World outside of the parks!
Since your son likes sports, you could visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports (play a round or two of mini-golf at WinterSummerland or Fantasia Gardens, or spend the day at Disney’s outstanding waterparks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Todd, June is a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World. The crowds will be manageable, but whether you visit the parks or explore everything else the World has to offer, I promise your trip will be touched by Disney magic!