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First Time Trip Summer Timing Advice Needed...

Many school systems in the South start back to school at the beginning of August. I’m a teacher, as well, and we go back August 7. I’ve been to WDW in July and August, and there were definitely more manageable crowds in August. That would get my vote.
 

monothingie

Mean Girl since 2005
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Many school systems in the South start back to school at the beginning of August. I’m a teacher, as well, and we go back August 7. I’ve been to WDW in July and August, and there were definitely more manageable crowds in August. That would get my vote.
We go all the time in August

Pros: Last half of the month DVC switches seasons to lower tier, Hours are still very long, you get the Halloween Parties, water parks are fully available, minimal refurbishments.

Cons: Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot, No Food and Wine, Lots of of people from my home state of Jersey.😱
 

Smiley/OCD

Well-Known Member
If you must go this year, then by all means do it, but as a fellow NJ family, we always like what is affectionately known as "Jersey week" the 2 day convention since most school systems usually give the whole week off (unless you guys go to the convention) or the week AFTER Easter. Temps are much easier to handle. I can't handle extreme heat and like others said, it IS prime time hurricane season. There ARE weeks during the school year that you can make work. Whatever you decide, ENJOY!!!
 

Smiley/OCD

Well-Known Member
Oh, and I don't know where in NJ you live, but in addition to Newark, also look at Spirit out of Atlantic City, or Frontier out of Trenton...you might save some $$ flying with them.
 

octoberbarry

Active Member
We've gone at the end of August and had GREAT trips at that time. Crowds are manageable...not non-existent, but not annoying or overwhelming...so with planning and fast pass reservations it's a lot of fun. The two most important things...
  1. plan breaks for pool and a/c...I grew up in NJ so I know what you're used to, and you ain't seen NOTHING like FL August heat and humidity...wow...
  2. Get the ponchos/umbrellas, and pack flip flops or water shoes in your daypack, because it will rain at some point every day. It's the best time to be in the parks, because folks scatter and you can get a lot done if you're prepared.
 
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