Does anyone have an opinion on the very best week of the year to go to DLR? Caveats being that we like to go for 5 days, Monday to Friday to make the crowds more manageable, and don’t mind taking the kids out of school.
In 2017 I did a lot of newbie research and was convinced the best time to go would be the quietest days possible according to the crowd calendar, and took my family in late February. We had a great time, but it was quickly evident that our timing was not the best. Firstly, it seemed like a quarter of the park was under refurbishment. So not only did we miss out on some rides we were excited about, but the lower crowds were less dispersed among attractions and the wait times were much longer than expected. Second, with 9 am opening times, everyone seemed to show up right for 9, and getting into the park took forever (though Harbor security seems much improved since 2017).
So to redeem myself, I checked touring plans daily and would compare actual crowds to the predicted. I was convinced that the optimum time to go is the week after Thanksgiving. After going Monday-Friday of that week this year, I’m convinced this really is the best time to go. The park was running at full capacity, with no refurbishments, Christmas entertainment and decorations were amazing, full park hours every day, and the parks were gloriously not busy. We were easily doing 20-25 attractions a day without pushing it.
I’m curious whether anyone else has found a different sweet spot during the year? Now that we already plan to go again in three years, I’m convinced we should go the exact same week again. Halloween looks great in the parks, but for out of towners who aren’t big on Halloween, I think we liked Christmas time there too much to change.