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Easter or August

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Planning' started by steveb3005, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. steveb3005

    steveb3005 New Member

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    In the initial stages of planning first family trip with wife and 2 kids (12 and 6) I came 6 years ago in October time but this time Having to book in U.K. school holidays and wondering which would be best time to visit Easter or August? From what I read so far Easter is v busy but August is v v hot and humid. Any thoughts please?
     
  2. Gaston's gal

    Gaston's gal Well-Known Member

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    If you can go the last week of August, it may be hot, but the crowds will be much lower than Easter
     
  3. CaptainAmerica

    CaptainAmerica Well-Known Member

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    August, even early, will be far less busy. We've run into 90 degree Aprils before as well so Easter is no guarantee of cool weather.
     
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    mouse_luv Well-Known Member

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    I'd go the 2nd to last week of August, because April is crazy busy and you can't guarantee that it won't be hot. It won't be as hot/humid as August, but August is more doable due to lower crowds. If you go end/last week of Aug this year you more than likely won't have lower crowds because of the extension of Food and Wine starting 31 Aug.

    This is coming from someone that has been to WDW pretty much every month of the year for years and I'd choose mid to late mid Aug over April any day.

    Good luck and have fun planning your trip! :)
     
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  5. MySmallWorldof4

    MySmallWorldof4 Well-Known Member

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    We were there the week after Easter thinking it would not be crowded last year. It was insanely crowded and there sure were a lot of our British friends there. We have been in August also. While it is hot, it is much less crowded. It helps to wear a hat and just walk into air conditioned stores to cool off a bit. Take a break from the parks at lunch and then go back after 4 or 5. So my vote is for August.
     
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    DisneyDreamer08 Well-Known Member

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    I'll go against the crowd and say Easter :) We were there this past September and our girls could not handle the heat (neither could we really). It was 90+ degrees every day & super humid. And, it was 90 from sun up to sun down. There was no break. Our girls were tired and cranky all week (they were 5 and 1). I went in April several years ago and most days in was in the 80's, no humidity BUT it was a gradual climb to 80. It would start out cool, we'd be wearing sweatshirts, it would hit its peak mid day, then cool down at sundown. Both will have similar crowds so I'd go for the better weather :)
     
  7. Disney4family

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    Others here know more than I do. I have experienced both. Easter is busy. It will be packed.
    The southern schools go back to school mid-August. Traditionally that meant the parks were not as packed.
    We usually go the end of August. Over the past few years, the parks have remained packed.
    It is hot and humid in August, but we have always had a wonderful, magical time.
     
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    @steveb3005 I've been "watching" this thread. I just canceled my Easter trip after reading the responses. Ive been on the fence anyway..but reading the stories of crowds made me finally actually make the call.

    Go in August..lower crowds will be more enjoyable for you! Even if it's hot and raining. :)
     
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    I'd also recommend August over Easter. Right now its full-on winter in the northern parts of the US, while in the South/SouthEast its an early spring. When Easter and Spring Break coincide everyone that can leave the NorthEast does and they head to warmer places like Orlando.
     
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    figmentfan423 Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for August we went the first 2 weeks last year and loved it! There's plenty of AC to be found if you know where to look and there weren't a lot of crowds at all:joyfull:
     
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    August definitely over Easter. Easter is right up there with Christmas/NYE crowds. Heat and humidity can be managed by drinking and keeping yourself cool. Plan for AC events when the kids get tired/cranky. Plan a trip back to the hotel for a dip in the pool, rest in the AC room, and head back early evening.
     
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    DiSnEyF@n Well-Known Member

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    August.
     
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    rob0519 Well-Known Member

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    If those dates are your only choices, I would go with August. Easter is a madhouse. August will be insanely hot and humid, but less crowded based on my personal experiences.
     
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    You pretty much need to choose which is more important: fewer crowds or cooler weather.
     
  15. steveb3005

    steveb3005 New Member Original Poster

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    Thankyou for all the responses. Seems its very much a case of crowd vs humidity and heat. If the crowds are THAT much busier in Easter it seems that late August may well win the day.
     
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