…I think that our calendar of “off” attendance time periods has now gone out the window…from reading here, from friends experience, and from my own experience…the peak and low attendance times have changed.
I think you have to do the best you can in planning when to go, however, I will always be prepared to fight crowds—no matter when we go.
The last of August when we were there, used to typically be a good low attendance time to go—and indeed is what Disney has considered value season. But with all the incentives Disney provides during those low time periods, they have now become “not so low”.
The new areas might draw crowds away from somewhere else for a while, but that won’t last for long—never seems to.