Best times to visit Disney World in 2014

by Shannon Albert · 63 comments · Like the Facebook page

Trying to decide when to go to Disney World in 2014? I’ve created something to help you out today.

Check out the crowd levels, temps and best times to visit Disney World on the extra large chart below.

Chart for 2015 is now out
Going in 2015? I have a new post with the chart of the best times to go in 2015.
 

Best times to visit Disney World in 2014 from WDWPrepSchool.com

Even “low crowd” times can be quite busy so don’t think green dots = no people.

I’ve traveled during times with light, moderate and heavy crowds and a good plan will help you have a good trip no matter when you go.



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Sara November 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I just got back from Disney World. We visited from October 29 to November 5 and it was probably one of the most crowded times I’ve ever seen it. I lived in Orlando for four years and that was in 2008. I know that park like the back of my hand and it did not make a difference. With all the free dining plans that Disney is offering, it’s completely changing any kind of “slow crowd time” in the parks. Cast members looked at me like I was crazy when I asked when the slower time to visit Disney was. It no longer exists ..which is good for Disney but not exactly great for the people going to Disney because I can definitely say that the crowds I experienced were comparable to the Christmas crowds into 2008.. Which made walking around the park practically impossible. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was slammed. It was busier then any chart or blog or reference that assisted in my planning. It will take a lot of convincing to get me back at that park.

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Nida Zehra October 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

We are going for our first WDW vacation from Oct 18th to 26th with a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Any ideas on how busy it will be so I can mentally prepare myself …

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Tim July 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm

We are going Sept. 21-27 with our 2-1/2 year old twins. This will be the third time we have been there during this same week. The two previous times there were small crowds – we could stay on rides for a second go round, and the weather was warm, not hot, with little rain. The service still remained excellent and both times there were not any attractions that were closed. Highly recommend this time to visit!

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talli June 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Should I be nervous about hurricane season August 4th through the 12th? I have no problem going in the rain just don’t want to be caught up in a hurricane.

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TracieClaiborne May 20, 2014 at 2:27 am

Great chart! I have to say, I’ve been once the first week of November during Jersey Week and once the second week to try and avoid it and the second week of November was MUCH more crowded!! I think the word gets around that Jersey Week is a time to avoid and non-Jersey people don’t go! I’m hoping that’s the case anyway ’cause we’re going again this year during it. I agree that there’s never a time you can go with truly light crowds but both times we’ve been in November, we are able to walk on to every ride with barely a wait except on a Saturday which I will never do again! I don’t do weekends at Disney…I don’t care what anyone says.

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Heather April 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Wow!!! I just found this site! It is so awesome! We are planning our third trip to disney world for the first two weeks of December 2014. We have always had free dinning and I was really hoping for it again as the last two years they have offered it in December. Any thoughts???

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Carrie Siefer May 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

Heather, I just saw this posted today: http://www.couponingtodisney.com/disney-free-dining-now-available-book-disney-visa-cardholders/ – We’re going for 12 days in November this year, our 2nd trip to Disney World!! Hope that helps! Carrie

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Megan March 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

We went in February 2014 when the crowds were supposed to be light, and it was PACKED. I talked to several cast members, and they said that in their opinion the days of light crowds are gone. They seem to see a lot of steady crowds year round, which peaks here and there like at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Obviously there will be times that are more crowded. We are going back in early December…. here’s hoping we get lucky and it isn’t crazy.

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Ali March 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

We always go in May, September or December. Best times.

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Arun March 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Dear All, do you think Apr 19 to Apr 27 wud be a good time to visit Disney World. Universal Studios and Sea World. Thanks, Arun

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Megan March 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

That is Easter weekend… April 20 is Easter. It’s going to be packed.

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Katie May 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

We went last year April 20-27 and the crowd level was surprisingly low. It was our first time, but we were going with friends who had been several times before, and they were pleasantly shocked at just how little people there were. Don’t get me wrong, there was still a ton of people! But we didn’t have to wait in line for more 30 minutes! Hopefully you’ll get lucky like we did :)

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Angie Merkle March 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Our family of 4 went in 2007..in March and it was perfect. Not crowded at all..the longest we had to wait in line for a ride was 25 minutes. Almost every single ride we walked right on and many we just stayed on the ride and rode multiple times.
This year, my youngest will be 4 and she’s never been there before. We plan on going the second week of June because we have multiple extended family members who are joining us and it’s the only time they can get away. I’m sure it will be packed beyond reason and i’ll most likely leave whatever sanity I have remaining at WDW but oh well. Such is life and we’ll just have to deal. Lol. It will be the last time we’ll go there for quite a while. Next year’s vacation is going to be Momma’s choice..which will see us house-boatin’ it down the Mississippi river for a week or so. :-)

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Jessica March 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Curious about what Jersey week is? I’m going down 11/8-11/14 2014

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Shannon Albert March 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

It’s a week when lots of people in New Jersey are out of school for part of the week so a lot of families head to Disney World for the whole week to visit.

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sandy February 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

We just took our first trip to wdw from January 25-February 1, 2014, and the weather was miserable! At the last minute I packed the kids’ fleece lined raincoats, hats and magic gloves, and decided to pack my down filled puffer jacket at the airport – and we wore them 2 of the days, with rain ponchos on top to boot… The parks were filled with people from South America on their summer breaks. However, the poor weather kept people away, and we were able to ride Everest 3 times without queuing or fast passes! We bought a golf umbrella at the store at Pete’s side show – best purchase ever!!! (Not all stores have the golf umbrella – we asked around for one) We would have been miserable on a beach – but lots to do at WDW despite cold and rain!!!

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Freda Grusmark February 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Sandy that’s cool cause I work at the store that your talking about it’s called Big Top Souveniors… LOL. Glad you had a good time, I like going to the parks when its raining not pouring. It gets to hot sometimes when its sunny and there are less crowds when its raining, except in the shops where everybody is buying rain gear. Hope you come visit again and have a magical day :-)

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Pat W. February 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Great chart! Hurricane season actually starts June 1.

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Tiana February 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Our family of 4 just booked for Sept 6-13. I’m hoping we get a free dining plan & pray it’s not bad weather that week. We use to go early Dec but it was so cold down thre that week

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Jordan February 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

My husband and I have been to WDW 3 times in the past few years. We went during peak summer times and we were still able to have a really enjoyable time, we even took our then 17 month old son this past June/July. With the old fast pass system we never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a ride. Maybe we just had a lot of pixie dust with us. We are going back in March and I am interested to see how the crowds compare to the middle of the summer crowds. We will also be going back in October so I’ll have yet another time of year to compare to.

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Gina February 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

My husband and I are taking our 9 and 5 year old this year.
This will be the first time any of us have ever been to DisneyWorld.
I am open to going anytime after I get my tax refund!
Are there different activities they have for the different months?
Are there any first time visit perks that WDW offers?
What preplanning would I need to do so that my 9 year old daughter can experience all the Princess things and my 5 year old son can experience Toy Story or any boy oriented things?
Where do I go to see the the various parts of WDW and how to see crowd levels/schedule days/events in them?
If we want to go all out and do an all-inclusive meals and everything, what would be the best hotel/resort to stay at inside WDW for our family?
When would those “meal plan” things be offered?
Sorry for so many questions but we are novices and have no clue what to do!
Thanks for the help!!!

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Tana January 26, 2014 at 7:29 am

We always go the first week of December. The crowds are light, not much waiting and the parks are decorated for the holidays. It’s great!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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Mary-Alice Wildasin January 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

This is a wonderful chart and site. Living in FL, we have gotten the 3 or 4 day passes. Epcot is our favourite park. Do you have a yearly chart for Epcot? I expect it would be different than Magic Kingdom. Or is it similar enough to go by (with the exception of Food & Wine in Nov?) We did the Holiday D-Lights behind the scenes tour in December and it was FABULOUS! We will definitely be taking more behind the scenes tours. Expensive, but SO worth the experience!

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Sally Andress January 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

My husband and I do Disney for 2. We are going the end of September. This will be our 4th year in a row for this time of year. 3 of the 4 times it has just been my husband and myself, one year we took our daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. We go for about 8 or 9 days. Love it! We were part of the Magic bands testing this past September and had no issues. We were still able to get the traditional fast passes as well though. We love riding the rides! We are a little worried about the restraints that are now being put on the guests without the traditional fast passes. It is not unusual for us to ride the Tower of Terror, Rockin’ Rollercoaster, and Star Tours at least 3 or 4 times each in a single day! We are usually able to get Toy Story in once. If the new system cuts our riding time drastically because we have to stand in line for a long tme, we may be going back to the beach for our vacations! We rarely see shows (we like the Festival of the Lion King and Fantasmic) and unless our grandchildren are with us (not for 2 more years) then we tend not to ride the ‘younger’ rides. We’re hoping that this September will be as good as the last 3 trips! I am not crazy about trying to schedule everything before we get there. I’m not sure why Disney wants everyone to do that. It seems restrictive. We’ve decided not to stay at a moderate resort (we do wait for free dining) because the sit down meals are too much every day. We’ll stay at a value resort to get the counter meals.

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Denise January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

May 2nd-11th for my family! Our first trip as a family.

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Lori January 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

We are going April 27-May 4. We were originally booked for the first week in February, but pushed our trip back because I was worried about making the trip during flu season. We decided to change our trip 130 out so I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to get reservations to ‘Be our Guest.’ Luckily I was able to book dinner reservations & actually had multiple days & times to choose from….fingers crossed that’s an indication it won’t be ‘too’ crowded. I’m having custom outfits made for my daughter for each park (it’s her first trip). What should we expect weather wise? Shorts & short sleeve shirt weather?

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Amanda January 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

We are looking at taking our 4 yr May 17-24 2014. I see that the end of our trip is “busy.” Do you think we are pushing our luck going then?

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Sandra @ The Adored Home January 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

Thanks for a very great “At a glance” chart! I am a passholder and can tell you Labor Day weekend is one of the best times to go for low crowds!
Have a Magical Year!
Sandra
The Adored Home

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Nicki November 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

We have booked a villa for Nov – Dec 2014. It will be our daughters first visit (she will be 20months!) My Dad, step mum, sister & step bro, and 2 very close friends are all coming with us. We are very excited already!! It will be our friends first visit too. We have been several times and always go at this time of year (usually thanksgiving week and the first week of dec.) we have never found any of the park very busy and love all the christmas things.
I am loving your website, even though we have been before we are trying to plan it this time so everyone does as much as possible.
Looking forward to reading more posts and hopefully making a planner like yours (when the park hours etc are updated to 2014)
thank you x

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mary November 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

in 2014 easter/ spring break will be in april.. do they still anticipate march to be a very busy month.?

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Whitney November 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

We just went this year in June. It was so hot and crowded that we aren’t ever going in the summer again. We will be going early November 2014 after mg husband gets back from deployment :)

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Jenna October 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

Hi guys,

I was hoping for some advice/help. I have my first WDW trip booked for 24th March to 6th April. This is the only time we could make work as we are having a family reunion.
I’m actually really nervous that the parks are going to be so crazy we won’t have a good time. I hate crowds but I don’t mind queuing. There are 9 of us (4 adults 5 kids 11,10, 7, 4 and 1) in total. Can anyone tell me what it’s going to be like for us and whether changing the dates to May would be better?
Huge thanks xx

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AprilG October 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

We’ve been 3 times, once in early February, once in late February and once in early May. Late February and early May were definitely the most crowded. We’re going again in early February 2014 and we will have a good plan of attack.

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SarahS October 16, 2013 at 7:08 am

Just found your site – LOVE IT!!!
We are planning to go the first week in Sept (actually August 31st-Sept 6th). Looks like it shouldn’t be to bad. Your chart is so easy to read – thanks!!

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Emily October 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hate to say it, but having lived in Florida for ten years I learned that hurricane season really begins June 1, technically. Peak is August and September; October and November usually don’t see any more hurricanes than June and July.

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Heather October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

It has been over a year since our last visit, swore next time I went back would be early December to see Christmas decorations , so thinking December for 2014. But the past few weeks I have really been thinking early October mainly because of a local festival here my son (3rd grade next year) would miss only 3 days of school instead of 6 for an 8 day trip- any preferences that would lean you heavily one way or the other? The hard ticket events at MK don’t interest me too much for either holiday, but would love to see candlelight processional at EPCOT. I guess it comes down to personal preference, just wondered if anyone had anything that would sway their decision. Thanks

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Amy October 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

We are looking to return for our second trip Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2014. We really want to experience all of the holiday lights and festivities, without dealing with the heavy holiday crowd! Now I just have to get the week off of work!

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april October 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

It’s really funny because we went this year in mid-April…I was ready for excruciatingly painful crowd levels but I have to say it was no where near as bad as I expected. We had an amazing trip with not much advance planning with 2 small kids. Just a glimmer of hope for those going at heavy times!!

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Shannon Albert October 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

A lot of April crowds depend on when Easter falls. In 2013, Easter fell on March 31 so most of April was pretty easy. In 2014, Easter is on April 20 which will make most of April busy.

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Lisa October 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

I will be going to DW mid-June. Getting pretty nervous about the crowds but I am doing my research to plan accordingly. Being in education, I don’t want my kids missing out on school!

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Penny Smith January 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

We decided after going RIGHT after school is out was too hot for us. We went from 2 days after Christmas til after New Years this year-and what I thought was true-I can handle crowds a LOT better when it is in the 70’s than in the 90’s!! We don’t take our kids our either, but won’t go again during the summer months. SOOOO hot!

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Patrice October 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

We are going on our Disney Vacay May 12 – 18th. I am sooooo excited but really hoping that a discount will roll out for our trip date. I’m going all out for this family vacation with the deluxe dining plan because we are going to do a character breakfast every morning and 2 dinner shows and a couple signature restauraunts. My husband and I went for our honeymoon 8 years ago and took my daughter who will be 14 at the time of our next trip. This time we will also be bringing my 6 and 2 year old with us as well. We settled on a family suite at Music because of the 2 bathrooms. Are there any tips of ideas for our trip anyone???

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Penny Smith January 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

Really read the tips for toddlers. It can be rough on the older kids when the younger one(s) are melting down.

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Chonte October 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

May 13-17! Looks like I picked a good time!

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Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

December 7th-14th!!!!

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Afton Rio October 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

Awesome chart – LOVE IT! I have been trying to think of our next trip dates and have been leaning toward the first week of dec… Now I really am! Thanks!

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Carol October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

We’re going Sept. 10-24 next year. We’ve gone the past two years during Food & Wine and have noticed a big jump in the crowd levels at Epcot during that time. We decided to skip it next year in favour of lighter crowds at Epcot (our favourite park).

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Penny Smith January 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

Yeah-I am surprised it isn’t yellow during this time.

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Shannon Albert January 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

On the daily best/worst park charts, Epcot wouldn’t be recommended during Food and Wine Festival but WDW overall is low crowds during that time.

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Marie October 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

We’re going April 27-May 2. I am hoping all the Spring Breakers are back to school, but Easter is late this year so I’m not sure. We were going March 9-14 but switched due to it being blacked out from better discounts meant it was probably low availability I was told. I’m considering maybe switching to first week in December but don’t want to wait that long! Opinions please!

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Shannon Albert October 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

April 27-May 2 is 1 of the few time periods that I highlighted as a recommended time to go. I was there at that same time this year and it’s fantastic. I say go then.

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Marie October 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

So even with it being the week after Easter this year it should be good? Should Spring break be over? And is it hot yet? Considering doing the waterparks also.

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Creighton October 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

We’re headed down January 2 – 10. The first few days might be crowded but it works with my schedule and you can’t beat the prices. Also, more days at Disney is more days at Disney, no matter how crowded it is!

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Michelle October 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

We are going in Mid May. It’s the only time I can get my husband to go…..Star Wars Weekends! :)

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Konda October 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

We are going Jan 5-10th, looks like a good time. I know some of the rides will be down, but it really was the best time for us. Thanks for the info, I hope the crowds are light.

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Richelle October 11, 2013 at 7:33 am

Fantastic chart! Great visual and so easy to read! Thank you!

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Jeanine October 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

Thank you!! Pretty much everything I’ve read/looked at says we picked the right week in April and this also confirms it! Cannot wait to go back :)

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Ashley October 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

The holiday icons are super cute!!!!!

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Marcy Kay October 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

This is awesome! Thank you!

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Joe October 11, 2013 at 6:24 am

Just to echo what Shannon said, we just came back from Disney after planning our trip around “light” crowds in mid-September. Touring Plans even had the crowd level during our trip as a 1 out of 10. Well, it was crowded! Multiple days the wait time for Soarin and Midway Mania exceeded 75 minutes. Restaurants were packed and buses were almost always full. Not sure if the time we were there was just an anomoly or not, but I think its a good idea to put “light” crowds into perspective.

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Elise October 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

I have a feeling people are catching on to the “light times” and going, making it a “heavier” :(
We’re going next month during a “light time” and I’m a bit nervous.

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Jay October 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

late Jan going into early Feb.
I have been in heavy times and it’s not for me “I can handle crowds, but not long waits)
Whats fun is where I live right now, the weather is exactly how it is predicted to be when we go to WDW. So the kids and I practice in our heads if we think we will be cool or warm and go through our heads what we will wear in the morning and what we will wear when it warms up.

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bagsRpacked October 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

We went this year. The September. There for 10 days. Free meal plan. We ate our way through DisneyWorld. Some days we ate our table service for lunch instead of dinner. The quick service for dinner. We didn’t want to spend our our time trying to get where you were suppose to be for dinner.
It wasn’t bad at all. With the new Magicbands it makes it better.
The fast passes are set. Make dates and times before we left home. They are easy to change. Were able to move times up a few times. Going in December 2014.

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