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Welcome to a Walk in the Park with Colleen! September Monthly Newsletter!

My name is Colleen and I love Disney!! I have experienced over 20 trips to Disney since I went the first time at age 19.

I have been helping people plan and enjoy pixie dust trips for over ten years, and I love hearing about the memorable times they have had.

My motto is “no one should have a bad time at Disney”.

Continuing on our planning theme, here is part two!
Planning which days to spend in the parks is very important.  It is important to know which days are busier than others.  There are many reasons why the park can be busy; I will tell you how to avoid some of the busiest times at Disney so you can get the most out of your trip!

Extra Magic Hours (EMH) make the parks very busy. That being said, some people love to take advantage of them.  What are EMH you ask?  EMH are the early opening (usually one hour) or late closers (usually 2 hours) of a park.  Sometimes one park will have early EMH and another park will have late EMH.  Also, these are sometimes added as you get closer to your vacation time, so it is very important to keep an eye on it.

Special Events can also make a park busier. Just one example of this is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) at Magic Kingdom, which can make it slow during the day due to the park’s “early closing” at 7PM so the party can start.  Guests who are there for the party get a special wrist band and cast members check for it once 7PM comes around.  It is amazing how the cast members get the non-party guests out of parks without upsetting them!  Another example is The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot; events like this make the weekends crazy busy because the locals enjoy the events as well.  It is important to know when the special events are going on to determine which park to visit on which day.  Besides, these special events are great to go to and can really add to your trip.

Additionally, spending time at the parks during any Holiday can add magic to your celebration, but with the appeal comes the crowd. Many people dream of and plan on spending Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day in Magic Kingdom.  Any holiday can make parks busier than other days.
Weekends and summer time are always busier as well because that is when residents prefer to visit the parks.  This also means that the afternoons and evenings are generally busier, as locals may come out after work to enjoy rides or attractions at the parks. Local traffic isn’t the only reason weekends and summers are busier in the Disney Parks; many people do not want to take their kids out of school to go on a vacation so they go in the summer as well.  Many people use summer as a travel time for the family, so if you’re looking to avoid a crowd this time of year may not be ideal for you to plan a trip.

THE IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PLAN IS HOW BUSY IT WILL BE WHILE YOU ARE THERE!!

In my opinion, there are no quiet times at Disney, there are only less busy times.  Here is a list of less busy times:

-January AFTER the Disney Marathon Weekend until about mid February (winter breaks for many schools).
-Late February to about mid March, again due to school breaks going on.
-Late April to early May; however if Easter is in March then traffic is different.
-Late May, June , July and most of August is BUSY.
-Late August is good as the locals are back in school.
-September is good as is early October (Halloween decorations up in the parks).
-Early November until before Thanksgiving Week (Thanksgiving Week is BUSY).
-The week right after Thanksgiving until the week before Christmas is a great time to go (see all the resort and parks Christmas decorations).
-CHRISTMAS WEEK IS THE BUSIEST WEEK AT DISNEY!!!

Just be prepared and plan your days to maximize your time there with awareness of how the crowds will be.

Please check out my website: www.awalkintheparkwithcolleen.com as I am always adding new information and pictures.  Please check me out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AWalkintheParkwithColleen/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.  Also, feel free to contact me at Colleen@awalkintheparkwithcolleen.net with comments or questions.

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Until next month, I hope you have a magical day!!

Colleen

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