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Old 08-26-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Should we consider an October trip?

We're heading back to WDW for the first time since 2000, and bringing the kids for their first ever trip (they would be 9 and 7 during the trip). Initially, we were thinking the first week in June as soon as school lets out...but we've heard a lot of talk about October being a great time in terms of crowds, weather, and the all-important cost-factor. The kids get two days off for Columbus Day (the Thursday and Friday before), so if we go the week before, we would only have to pull them out of school for three days. My question is this...to those of you who have done it, do the benefits make it worth the ethical dilemma? Are there any downsides to this time of year? We're planning for 2013, so we have plenty of time and just wanted to get some input from people who have experienced this already. Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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Definitely worth it. Our first trip with our 8 year old was in October and we still think [6 trips later] that is the BEST time of year and totally worth taking them out of school. Our second trip was also in October and by then our second child was 3 and our oldest 9. I wil say the second fell around Columbus day and we did notice the crowds were heavier around the holiday than our first trip, Epcot was crowded for the food and wine festival. So plan on doing the park stuff before the holiday hits if possible. Since then we have been in January, May, Easter [March and April] and still remember October as the best time. [Oct doesn't always work out for us]. This year we are trying xmas

Make sure to do the Halloween party too.

Oh as far as the ethics of taking them out of school, that's up to you, but their teachers have been perfectly fine with it. We've done it for the past 4 years and never had an issue and many said they think it's great we spend time together, their families did it too etc etc. As one teacher said "It's Disneyworld for crying out loud!".

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #3
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Went Last October

We were there last October and had a great time. Personally, I didn't find the halloween party to be the best value. If we did it again we would not go to the park for the whole day. We would have slept in, maybe gone to downtown disney for lunch and then entered the park around 4 so we wouldn't have had to pay for a day's admission (your Halloween party ticket is your admission ticket after 4pm). If you are NOT doing the halloween party make sure to go to MK on a day where there is no party. We found the crowds at MK the day of the party (even mid-week) to be the worst of our stay.

Other than that it was great! The lines were not crazy long anywhere and the weather was pleasant.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for your input...we're strongly considering it. Our kids don't do very well with late nights (something about staying out too late makes their heads spin around ), so we would avoid the Halloween Party.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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We're going for our first October trip this year. I've heard the weather is decent and the crowds are less that middle of summer and Holidays. We have been in December (first few weeks). The weather was cold but it was a beautiful time to visit.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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I cannot give you any advice about October, as I have never been, but we just switched our planned October trip of next year to the last week in May, first week in June. We were ok pulling the kids out of school for a few days, and we loved the idea of the weather being cooler. However, we really wanted to go for 10 plus days, and a fall trip would mean a shorter trip. Also, a friend of ours who visits WDW frequently told us the week after Memorial Day was one of the best weeks to go. His reasoning is the local schools are still in session, so it is less crowded, summer has not really started, so the weather is not as hot, and we can go for a longer period of time - 12 days! Also, I am all for having our trip be earlier I get to go sooner! Just thought I would give another point of view, especially because we had the same conversation a month ago about when we were going to go! I really wanted to do the Halloween stuff, and I have never been there when it is decorated for any holiday, but I think we made the right decision for our family. I guess if you are not interested in the Halloween stuff, June might be better for you, but do some research, and you will find the right answer!
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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We were there last October and had a great time. Personally, I didn't find the halloween party to be the best value. If we did it again we would not go to the park for the whole day. We would have slept in, maybe gone to downtown disney for lunch and then entered the park around 4 so we wouldn't have had to pay for a day's admission (your Halloween party ticket is your admission ticket after 4pm). If you are NOT doing the halloween party make sure to go to MK on a day where there is no party. We found the crowds at MK the day of the party (even mid-week) to be the worst of our stay.

Other than that it was great! The lines were not crazy long anywhere and the weather was pleasant.
Can I check this? I thought we had to have a ticket for the daytime too?

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:05 AM   #8
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We have been there the third week in October. The crowds were less than spring break and June. Weather can be a bit iffy because it is still hurricane season. It was over 90 every day we were there, but we still had a great time.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:17 AM   #9
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Love that you can do that

It's great that you have the option to pull the kids out of school. I would take advantage of the time now, as when they are older it will get harder and harder to pull them out. My DS and DD where at Montessori so we could pull them out until high school, but then Catholic school and no chance of getting out whatsoever. I would go now and enjoy the Fall weather. How lucky for them to have such a fun trip. Best Wishes.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #10
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Can I check this? I thought we had to have a ticket for the daytime too?

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in years past, you have been allowed entry to MK at 4pm using the MNSSHP ticket. reports from this year's first party (sept. 11) have trickled in, and people have confirmed park entry at 4pm using only the MNSSHP ticket. you do not have to use a regular ticket to enter at 4. however, if you want to go earlier than 4, you will need a regular ticket to get into MK. on our party day (oct. 25th), we are going to use our base ticket to go to DHS and then our MNSSHP ticket to enter MK at 4.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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I've been six times in October. Here's my input!

Good things about October
Lower crowds.
Food and Wine Festival.
Halloween party.
Weather can be very pleasant (but see below ...)
Resort rooms can cost less.
Possible free dining opportunity.


Bad things about October
Weather can be brutally hot and humid (mid-90s my last trip!)
Hurricane season - can be quite rainy (or you can get an actual hurricane!).
Shorter park hours.
It could bee too cool for pool or waterpark.


So, for me the "goods" outweigh the "bads". I've been to WDW during a hurricane (Wilma in 2005) and even that wasn't bad!

And FYI, I was there for Columbus Day in 2009 and didn't see an impact on crowds. Most folks don't get enough time off school at Columbus Day to make a vacation feasible (our kids in Tacoma don't even get the day off school for Columbus Day.). It's a fairly minor holiday for many schools and businesses.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:43 AM   #12
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I've been to Disney in March, April, June, July, August, September, October and December.

Weather-wise, October and late March/early April were my favorite times. Lower crowds, too. If it didn't mean taking my kids out of school, I'd definitely travel then but we're past the time where I am comfortable doing that.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:41 PM   #13
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Thanks for the reply. I'd really appreciate confirmation from anybody else that we can get in with the MNSSHP ticket from 4pm onwards as that fits in exactly with what we want to do!

Cheers!
Did it last year (2011) with zero problems. I was in Orlando for a work conference so the ONLY Disney I did was MNSSHP one night. Specifically chose MNSSHP because the ticket cost less than a one-day park ticket and still gave me 8 hours of park time (4 pm - 12 midnight).

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OP, October is a lovely time for Disney. However, please be aware that the crowds around Columbus Day will be there. It's not going to be empty parks.

As for pulling out of school.... my daughter has been twice now, and both times we pulled her out. And we're looking at a (non-Disney) Florida trip this January, pulling her out again. I don't regret any of it. We've pulled her out in kindergarten, second grade, and this year will be third grade. Totally worth it for the lower crowds and prices. (September and January for us.)

The one thing I'll say though is: CHECK your school's policies around this. Our district allows the kids to miss five days for educational trips--and they specifically say family vacations can be considered education trips. But any more than five days, and it counts as an unexcused absence--and there are serious potential consequences for unexcused absences, in our district. So while I'd love to take a longer trip someday, for us, there is no way she can miss more than five days of school.

EVERY school is different, though. Read your school's handbook so you know what policy is, and what the procedure is for taking them out.

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