Advice: September or November?


#1

Would love some advice on when to go in 2015. Taking my 6 year old, 4 year old, and 1 year old along with wife and mother in law. We go every other year, normally in September. We love the low crowds, but it can be a little warm. In November, we have an opportunity to go the 14-21 with a small home school group. We have never done the Christmas party, and would love to. But what about the crowds? Will it be that major of a difference between September and November? Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!


#2

The Historical Crowd Calendar can really give you a good idea of what to expect - the crowds will definitely be higher, but still on the low side.


#3

The crowds are slightly higher in November, but the weather is more predictable (not as hot and not as much rain....usually). We try for late October or early November usually.


#4

November has Christmas party and decorations. We just got back, and they were great. if you have never been, I highly recommend trying it during festive season at least once.


#5

If you are used to sept crowds... You will feel like it's super crowded in nov! We did that one year and I know it not like holiday crowds but more than we were used to before... Still had a great trip though wink end of August/early sept are my fav times for crowds... Yes it feels like you are walking around in the sun but at least no one is around! We do have a new baby so I won't be going in the heat for a few years so I would say for you, brave the crowds in November for the weather!


#6

Personally, I really don't like the misery of September heat. I think November is great, even though there are higher crowd levels. I'd rather stand in slightly longer lines in cool weather. My kids are 6, 4, 3, and 1, and I just took them Friday for a day trip by myself. The weather made everything so much easier! I wasn't stressed about keeping them hydrated, they only complained in one line all day, and we made it 8:30 - 6:30 with no breaks. That would not be possible in September.

It is personal though. I know there are many people who will endure the heat for the shorter lines. It just depends on your tolerance, I guess.


#7

I would vote for November, especially if you would like to do MVMCP. Better weather is a good trade for lower crowds in my opinion, and if you have a good touring plan, that will help counteract the crowd effects.