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    Looking toward planning for a trip next spring during the F&G Festival. These are the two options of dates I'm looking at, keeping in mind that Easter is early (April 5). Would either one be any better in the crowd dept.?

    April 8-17
    April 29-May 8

    Both are 10 days, both starting on a Wednesday and ending on a Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MargaretMessler View Post
    Looking toward planning for a trip next spring during the F&G Festival. These are the two options of dates I'm looking at, keeping in mind that Easter is early (April 5). Would either one be any better in the crowd dept.?

    April 8-17
    April 29-May 8

    Both are 10 days, both starting on a Wednesday and ending on a Friday.
    If it were me, I would take the later dates, I believe that there might be less Spring Breakers, then.
    Carrie

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    April 5 is Easter next year so the week of April 8 will be slammed.
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    Further away from Easter, the better. Plus, you may hit the first Star Wars weekend , if that interests you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjmdds View Post
    Plus, you may hit the first Star Wars weekend , if that interests you.
    Generally SWW are the last 2 weekends in May. Last 3 this year, but either way May 8 wouldn't make the cut.
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    Oops. Sorry for the misinfo. I thought they started earlier. Thanks for clarifying.
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    '76 Contemporary

    '90 CBR
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    '05 GF
    '08 GF RPC
    '09 GF RPC-Short SURPRISE trip for kids
    '11 GF RPC

    '12 Contemporary
    '14 GF RPC
    '15 DL VGC
    '16 VGF

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    All of this is confirming my original thoughts. Thanks!
    CBR - February 1992
    CBR - April 1993
    AS Music - February 1994
    AS Movies - February 2000
    Contemporary/DCL - April/May 2001
    AS Movies - January 2003
    CBR/DCL - September 2005
    Pop Century - May 2007
    Art of Animation - May 2013
    AS Movies - September 2013
    Pop Century - April/May 2015

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    We have always gone in early/mid May and have always felt like the crowds were manageable. I would happily go again in that time frame but I also attribute this to the fact that we are super smart about our FP use and we plan wisely. I love the F&G festival.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaChan View Post
    We have always gone in early/mid May and have always felt like the crowds were manageable. I would happily go again in that time frame but I also attribute this to the fact that we are super smart about our FP use and we plan wisely. I love the F&G festival.
    I know I went later in May last year (returning just prior to Memorial Day) and things were getting super busy by the end. This will be our first trip since the intro of FP+, so I'm trying to pick the most manageable crowd time so that we won't feel pressured to overplan, which is completely the opposite of how we like to do WDW.

    We have always used some FP, but prefer to just fly by the seat of our pants for most things.
    CBR - February 1992
    CBR - April 1993
    AS Music - February 1994
    AS Movies - February 2000
    Contemporary/DCL - April/May 2001
    AS Movies - January 2003
    CBR/DCL - September 2005
    Pop Century - May 2007
    Art of Animation - May 2013
    AS Movies - September 2013
    Pop Century - April/May 2015

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    Just came back from Disney at what has always been a very manageable time of the year for us in the past. I thought the parks - particularly the Magic Kingdom were mobbed!! It literally was hard to get from area to area due to all the people there. Epcot was much more manageable but, still, what we experienced this year has me wondering if I need to reconsider traveling at this time of year.
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