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Old 5 Apr 24, 03:06 PM  
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Best school holiday for DLP

DD and I have been considering a girly trip to DLP next year.

DD is a teacher, so we are bound by school holidays. These book up early with me in work, so Iíll need to be on the ball once next yearís leave request chart is live.

Just wondering which school holidays are the best in terms of crowd levels.

Thanks all.
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Avoid Easter, it is rammed. Same for October/Halloween.
Late August is nice but hot.
May holiday is also nice but likely to be busy depending on French public holidays.
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Old 5 Apr 24, 03:25 PM  
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We went Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th March (Good Friday) this year as both DH and I work in education. I think we timed it well because according to Google, the French werenít on school holidays that week and there were still some UK schools at school. Weather was a bit chilly though. Although, the week before had been gloriously sunny.
Wasnít too busy and as we stayed on site got lots done with early entry.
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we went in feb this year. Weather was good and queues were pretty light.
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I have been during the Easter and whilst it was busy I wouldn't say rammed? I think Easter or May is a nice time to go (especially if Easter is April time) as the weather is a bit nicer as DLP can be unpredictable! 😂

I guess it depends on what theming you prefer, Halloween/ October half term is growing in popularity so I find this to be busier and more expensive.

I would recommend booking in advance as the prices seem better and if you can, try and stay on site so you can make the most of the extra magic hour (onsite peak for disney hotel guests), I think you will feel the benefit of this going in the school holidays.
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Old 10 Apr 24, 09:39 PM  
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What tends to happen at Easter, and also October half-term, are the Performing Art events being held. So you have large groups of dance schools etc. with their parents/families also attending. Plus the holidays tend to be the same across Europe so it all adds up to being very busy. We still found it manageable but I wouldn't go again at that time. We was only there because of the dance school thing.
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February half-term last year was fab! Dry and sunny most of the time! Coats and hats kept us warm
My friend went this February and it was warm enough without coats and hats!

It's the cheapest school holiday too
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Just typed out a long reply, but itís disappeared! I think this was the gist of it:

Weíre also tied to school holidays and have visited in May half term, August summer holidays, and right before Christmas.

Weather - May was warm with storms on our first day (20-30į over the week) August was very hot (37į+ every day). December was mild but with light showers (10į). Of course, that was just the weather for us and could be very different.

Pricing - we got good deals by checking the pricing calendar, although Iím not sure if this is still available. Lower prices are often an indication that nearby countries are still in term time. (Our May half term was during European term time. Our summer trip was at the end of August, which seems to be slightly less popular as the hotel prices dropped the day we arrived. We were lucky again at Christmas as English schools broke up nearly a week before European schools that year.)

Crowds - all were busy but not heaving. As above, this was probably because we tend to book when prices drop as itís an indication of less popular dates. Itís also worth checking nearby European term times to see when they donít match ours.

Our favourite trip was easily the week before Christmas - the shows, decorations and atmosphere were just magical. We loved May and August too, though, and weíve booked to go back at the end of August this year.
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I was there this weekend (6th - 8th April) as my friends are teachers. We're not sure if we got super lucky but the longest we waited all weekend was 30 mins for crushes (this was Sunday evening - the wait time massively dropped but we still only ever saw it around 70 mins throughout the weekend). We managed to get on 20 rides on Sunday. Monday was a lot busier but we only had a half day due to travelling back home.

It may have been because easter was the weekend before and DLP anniversary this weekend so we went in the quiet gap between?!
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