Hi! We are planning our first family trip in October/November 2015. It's my DS5's first trip (he will turn 5 in October). We are bringing a large extended family group of 16 and renting an 8BR home in Emerald Island. My brother's friend and extended family is also coming the week of 10/31-11/7, so we thought we'd go the same time. I see that it's Jersey Week, however, and crowds will be higher than the weeks before and after. Should we definitely avoid? Are the weeks of 10/24-31 and 11/7-14 less crowded enough that there will be a significant difference in our experience?
The downside to the week after is that Food and Wine will be over, right? I'd "sold" it to the 4 grandparents as a fun thing for them to do as a kidfree group.
Personally we (DH, DS, DH's cousin and I) are driving down, and will probably stay at a Value the night before our rental begins, both to give us an extra day in the parks, but also to get us MagicBands for the stay. Because it's just one night, figure we'd pick on price and do one of the All Stars, any advice there is also welcome!