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    Columbus Day Weekend

    We're planning to book our 07 trip any day now and have decided to go early Oct.
    The only doubt I have is how much the Columbus Day holiday/weekend will affect us. Being a Brit I don't have much experience/knowledge of US holidays, but this one seems to be the most vague when it comes to trip planning!

    We'll be able to push the start of trip a day or two either way but I need MCers help...
    Can anybody tell me what the crowds are like on Columbus Day?
    (And how big a deal Columbus Day is. Are schools off? Everybody gets the day off work? I can't find a definitive answer!)

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    The schools dont take that day off.

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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Columbus Day is barely celebrated. I think only government employees have the day off. I wouldn't be concerned about it affecting your visit to the States.

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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    I think only government employees have the day off.
    And maybe some banks but that's it. I know I'll be working.

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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    The schools dont take that day off.
    Actually, my daughter is off on Columbus Day this year. That's why we are going when we are. But it isn't actually for Columbus day it's for a teacher's planning day. I don't know if it is coincidence or not. And we live in Florida. But that is really one of the best times of year to go, I believe. We do every year because of the cooler weather and less crowds. Plus they offer FL residents good rates this time of year because they are slower.
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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    The schools dont take that day off.
    I don't know about your schools but my kids schools has off for it as do local govenment and most banks. We have used it as a time for fall trips to Dl and WDW several times. If you do go then hope you go that Columbus day is at the start of your vacation. Then you will have the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot to look forward too.
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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Thanks to everyone for the advice.
    The current plan is to depart the UK on the Fri before Columbus Day, but I'm thinking of shifting that to at least the Sat so we're not in WDW for as much of the the CD weekend as possible.


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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Although Columbus Day isn't off here in Minnesota, that weekend in October the entire state has off for Minnesota Education stuff... SO... many, MANY Minnesotans will be there at that time. Trust me, I've been there as one of them, seen them buy tickets/talk about trips over that time in my Disney Store and seen them when I was down there last fall.


    But have no fear, it's still a great time to go as I LOVE Halloween and fall at WDW!

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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    That will be the most croweded weekend in October. And October is getting more and more crowded each year. Expect medium to heavy crowds.

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    Re: Columbus Day Weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by captsmith84 View Post
    That will be the most croweded weekend in October. And October is getting more and more crowded each year. Expect medium to heavy crowds.
    All my other visits have been early April, and as long as the majority of our trip isn't much busier than it was then, we'll be fine.

    We've settled on early Oct because late October is a major holiday for UK schools and the price/crowds go up accordingly.
    Plus we want to visit MNSSHP and the weather in Oct seems to suit us best.

    I think we'll travel on the Sat before CD and use the weekend to relax and visit resorts rather than hitting the major parks.
    As we are there for 2 weeks we should have time to see all 4 Disney parks, Both Universals, SeaWorld and Busch as well as squeeze in some miniature golf, great dining and general WDW sight-seeing.

    Thanks again to all.


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