Walt Disney World Crowds in late May
My 9 year old son and I will be visiting at the end of May 2015 or first of June. We are staying on property and this is his first trip. Crowds/wait times will be better 5/23-5/31 or 5/31-6/7? I know all about early arrival, hit the headliners first, so will it make a difference which week we go based on that? Also, should he & I do the dining plan? The restaurant ambiance is a lot of the WDW experience too, I think.
Thanks for your input.
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What a great time to visit Walt Disney World. The Crowds in late May aren't too bad. You should have a great visit.
There is not a lot of difference between those 2 weeks crowd wise. The only real difference is the this year Gay Days weekend
is June 4-7. That weekend will be slow crowd wise as long as you avoid the park of the day.
There also may be a 24-hour event on Memorial Day at the Magic Kingdom. Disney did this last year, but nothing has been announced this year.
You've already hit the "biggies" when it comes to avoiding crowds. Get to the parks early, ride the big rides first. You should be in good shape if you do those.
The only other things you'll need to do is to make sure you have FastPasses for the super busy rides (Toy Story Mania, Soarin', the Mountains, Peter Pan's Flight, etc.). That will save you a lot of time.
I think you'll find you won't really have that much of a problem. Those weeks are terribly busy. You should be able to handle any crowds you encounter.
Now about that Disney Dining Plan thing. Dad's not a big fan of the Dining Plan. That doesn't mean you shouldn't purchase it. It's pretty convenient, and lots of people say it saves you money. (I'm not one of those people.)
Just be sure to do your homework. Figure out if it's worth the money. If you want to pre-pay for your vacation it is a good tool. You don't have to have the Dining Plan to go to a restaurant. You can go to any Disney World restaurant whether you have the Dining Plan or not.
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You are way ahead of the game. You're going during a slower time of the year, so you shouldn't have any problems.