I'm sure that this topic has been exhausted on here, but I thought I'd start a fresh question (because I'm selfish and lazy? lol)
We have taken our young kids to DL twice: July 2010 and January 2013. We're planning our next visit, and can't make a decision. They will be 5 and 7 soon.
We're mostly leaning towards January right after NAMM. Husband works at NAMM every year, and the week right after seems to have the light crowds and mild weather we love. We just walked on every attraction last year with no wait, so we got to do so much during our stay, with no stress. Of course, there were some attraction closures (Big Thunder Mtn Railroad, Splash Mtn, Grizzly River, Small World, and Tea cups later in the week), but with so much to do, who cares?! We had an absolute blast! I'd say the biggest disappointment was when we were just getting warmed up, and the park closed at 8. Didn't like the lack of Disney Night life too much! I'll take lighter crowds over extended hours any day, though.
Having said that, can you tell me if there would be a big difference visiting in September this time? Is the park still open later, or has it switched to reduced hours by then? Also, what's the likelihood of major attractions being closed? (don't care for submarines at all) Will we enjoy the benefit of warmer early fall weather with lighter crowds and later park hours, or should we stick with our plan for last week of January?
One more question: Seems that hotels are trying to increase their prices without us noticing, but I noticed We're usually loyal to HoJo because of the large kids suite, water park, and walkability. (we used the water park in January very successfully) Well, HoJo is now expendable. So, lets hear some suggestions! Resort hotels are too pricey for 5 nights (unless you honestly think they're massively better, which I doubt. Amenities will be more plentiful, but we're there to sleep, and you can't beat a giant two bedroom bunk bed kids suite). Are there any other walkable hotels with sweet suites? We're looking at $200/night at hojo for the kids suite, and I think we can do better with included breakfasts, etc.