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Summer or winter.

We are facing a tough one this year. After a tough ending to 2013, including the passing of Brett's mother we are starting to plan some much needed Mickey time. We are torn between the two times to go. In winter we can spend our 20th anniversary with Mickey and visit during our favorite time of year. Christmas!! If we pick summer we can take older brother and his two kids for their first trip as a family he has a 7 year old and 3 year old They also had a rough time last year, his wife passed in a fluke accident in surgery. As a teacher his winter schedule is pretty limited but we could do all the summer time we wanted. I am really wondering with the kids ages if a 3 day weekend might be a good compromise for them in winter and really focus them on Mk and a little Hollywood studios for Disney jr? Not really sure how they would hold up for a week long summer marathon. Actually pretty sure if it was summer I might have to head to disney land to avoid the Florida summer heat. Meeting with brother this week so all the input of the forum is appreciated.

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I would never, never, never do WDW in the summer. But I'm a frozen Northerner. Someone who lives in, say, Atlanta or New Orleans and is accustomed to hot, humid summers might not mind at all. Still, I like your idea of doing Disneyland in the summer instead.

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I dont have children....but wanted to send you wishes for a better year! stars pixie dust for 2014

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Summer is very hot and humid and I live in the south. I wouldn't want to spend my vacation at WDW in summer. Being a teacher myself, I understand that there are limits but I manage to go in the fall or spring. I use our fall break and/or spring (winter) break...I add a few personal days when needed. Also, a few days at Disney is more educational than a few school days...as long as the student is not habitually absent. When my parents tell me that they're going to Disney, I help them out with lesson plans for the parks. I can catch the one child up or work ahead with him/her before they leave. I teach 2nd/3rd grade and it's easy to bring most kids up to speed after a family trip. Enjoy an off-season trip if you can...you'll be more comfortable and relaxed.

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Thank you all. I will have to see what their schedule is like.

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I have gone one time in the summer for my granddaughters first trip to Disney (in July) and I will say I just can't and won't do that again. But you all have had a very tough year so if it needs to be in the summer I would say Disneyland in the summer but knowing it is just so much smaller (I have been there..nice to say I have seen the original but it was 2 small for me...lol). Or if you do Disney world I would suggest going in the morning and leaving around noon to go back to the resort for swimming or relaxing and going back for dinner. My daughter was none stop even with a 3 and 5 year old because I would have much more enjoyable to break it up (morning, resort and evening).
I truly hope 2014 has nothing but sunshine and lots of smiles for all of you.

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I'll echo everyone else and say that I, personally, don't like to go in the summer. We used to travel to WDW during the summer when I was a kid and I much prefer the fall and winter. That being said, if summer works best for you all to go, I'm sure you'll still have a great time! Best wishes for a better 2014!

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There is a way to do summer. It's easier without kids. It involves getting to the park for rope drop and getting out by noon. Going back to the hotel for lunch and a nap or pool time and then going back out after sundown.

Also those Frogg Togg towels are a miracle.

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I did winter (though it was early February) last year. The weather was pleasant, if not a little chilly when the sun went down. I still wore shorts like 90% of the time, though. I'm doing early September this year (so, technically summer), and the idea of heat and humidity in the parks still kind of worries me, but I am from Georgia so it's not like I'm not used to it.

I don't think I'd really do summer if it was in the dead of just because crowds AND heat? No thanks. If the weeks you can do the winter trip is a too close to Christmas, it could also be super crowded, but at least it won't be super hot.

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I actually prefer spring time. We've gone in May the past two years and it is lovely. It's in the 70's, but no HOT. It has never rained a day in May while we were there...weird, I know. It isn't crowed either. Spring break crowd is gone and school isn't out for the summer yet. Lovely time!

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I'm just not a summer in Disney girl, I wilt in the heat and humidity.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I'm just not a summer in Disney girl, I wilt in the heat and humidity.

I wilt in the heat and humidity just about anywhere during the summer. Can't stand it one bit.

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I'm originally from NJ and currently living in Savannah, but he humidity never bothered me, especially if I was in Disney laugh but I would choose Christmas time over almost any other time. I love seeing all the parks decorated, especially the Osborne Family Spectacle in HS. And if you go early in December crowds could potentially be smaller (especially during the week) than in the summer. But, then again, taking two nieces/nephews for their first time could be equally exciting!

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Eeyore wrote:
I actually prefer spring time. We've gone in May the past two years and it is lovely. It's in the 70's, but no HOT. It has never rained a day in May while we were there...weird, I know. It isn't crowed either. Spring break crowd is gone and school isn't out for the summer yet. Lovely time!

I was there in May 2009 and it rained almost constantly. I had a rash from being wet and wearing ponchos all day. I gave up on shoes and just wore flip flops because my feet were wet all the time anyway. My wife made me cancel going to Mexico because of the swine flu and we went to WDW instead. Meanwhile friends in Mexico were sending back pictures of empty beaches with perfect weather. And we were probably in more danger of getting sick in WDW with all those snotty kids running around and touching everything. OK rant over.

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IT's hard to say. I've gone during the last week of August twice. The first time was great. It was hot, but relative to home, it was no big deal. It was 90 at home and 95 at Disney--no real difference. The second time the temps were fine, but we hit a tropical storm. Our worst weather trip was in April. It was 40 at home and 85 with 100% humidity at Disney and is was MISERABLE. DH was sweating through his shirt before we reached the bus stop each morning. I had several mini panic attacks because it was so humid inside some of the attractions that I couldn't breathe. We've gone twice in December and hit really hot weather both times, too. For me, the differential between what I am used to at home and what the temp is in Florida is more important than what the thermometer says. If I'm suddenly flung into weather that is 40-50 degrees hotter, I find it more bothersome than when it's just really hot. If it's hot at home and it's hot at Disney, I might as well be at Disney!

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The Colonel wrote:
Eeyore wrote:
I actually prefer spring time. We've gone in May the past two years and it is lovely. It's in the 70's, but no HOT. It has never rained a day in May while we were there...weird, I know. It isn't crowed either. Spring break crowd is gone and school isn't out for the summer yet. Lovely time!

I was there in May 2009 and it rained almost constantly. I had a rash from being wet and wearing ponchos all day. I gave up on shoes and just wore flip flops because my feet were wet all the time anyway. My wife made me cancel going to Mexico because of the swine flu and we went to WDW instead. Meanwhile friends in Mexico were sending back pictures of empty beaches with perfect weather. And we were probably in more danger of getting sick in WDW with all those snotty kids running around and touching everything. OK rant over.

I consider myself very lucky then while visiting the world in May! mickey