My husband and I are planning an anniversary trip in 2019. This will be our first time returning to WDW since our Disneymoon in 2016 and I'm really excited! The whole Star Wars opening has thrown a real wrench into my works though. I was initially planning to return for 2 weeks in early December. However, after reading a couple threads about the increased (and insane) crowd levels anticipated, I'm now (strongly) considering other dates. We plan to stay on-site this time and generally prefer cooler weather and low crowd levels (don't we all?). We'll be spending about 4 to 5 days at Universal Studios as well. Here are some dates I'm looking at: Option 1 : 1 Dec - 14 Dec Best weather + Christmas decorations = <3 However, I'm really concerned about the SPIKE in crowd levels. GE should have hit by this time so what once was a nice calm before the Christmas storm might become The Storm itself. Option 2 : Any 2 weeks in September This feels like the most do-able of the summer months. The weather is not going to be ideal, but the lower crowd levels are quite tempting. Not to mention cheaper prices overall (although we missed Free Dining since I wasn't looking at September at that time. Also, this means that we could spend a night or two at HHN. But hurricanes. : / Option 3: Late Oct / Early - Mid November Slightly cooler weather than Sept (and maybe we'll squeeze in a last minute HHN). And maybe we'll get to see some early Christmas decorations. Only, GE might open around this time and then the joke would really be on us. -------------------------------- I feel like the only guarantee to avoid that dratted GE opening is to go in September. I feel like that's the only way to get lower crowd levels. However, the weather is really not going to be ideal holiday weather. Late Oct / early Nov seems like a risky compromise. The weather *might* be cooler and GE *might* not be open yet. Dec seems like an impossible dream.since it feels like GE would definitely be open by then. Then again, if GE opens in Oct, *perhaps* things would be less crazy in Dec compared to Nov and we'd still get our lovely cold weather? (Although from what I'm reading, the crowds would likely persist well into 2020). -------------------------------- Oh what a kerfuffle. Advice, please?