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I'm hoping to one day take my godchild, along with his parents and my own parents, to Disneyland in Paris for a few days. However, I personally can't cope that well with busy places, and I'm hoping to go during a calm period. However, my godchild shouldn't miss his school for this, so I want to go during a school holiday period in Belgium. However, France also has school holidays, and a lot of them are the same as Belgium's.

Sometimes, when I visit certain Dutch cities, I do this on 11/11 (Armistice day for WW1, Netherlands was neutral then), because this is usually a normal workday in the Netherlands, but Belgium gets the day off. Is there a similar situation for france, where we get a day off, but the French don't? Obviously not 11/11 since France was also affected by WW1. I've considered 21st of July (which is National Day in Belgium), but:

  1. it would have to be a Monday or Friday for it to work properly;
  2. It's right in the middle of the Long Summer Break in France;
  3. I'd rather not have to go via Brussels on National Day since everyone is watching the parade;
  4. I like to see the King's Speech on National day.
  • I vote for the early May bank holiday. They get a week or two break. But that's an opinion! The next guy thinks it should be Easter. Everybody will have one, everybody will be right, nobody can give the canonical answer, and we cannot provide a platform for opinion surveys. Close voting as 'opinion-based'. Can you think of a way to make your question so that a single, definitive answer will be needed? – Gayot Fow Jun 27 '15 at 14:46
  • @GayotFow I might be able to reword it as "When do the school holiday periods in Flanders not overlap with those in France", but that would probably be off-topic. – Nzall Jun 27 '15 at 14:55
  • Yes, or something like that. Just tie it travel somehow and make it specific enough such that there's a one and only single answer that you will accept and will be useful to everybody else. My vote is still in the review queue and there's only 1 vote at the moment so closing it out is a way off yet. – Gayot Fow Jun 27 '15 at 15:00
  • Pick a week day that doesn't correspond to a French school/bank holiday and it won't be as crowded. – JoErNanO Jun 27 '15 at 18:46
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    @GayotFow I reworded the question to make it work better for the SE format. – Nzall Jun 27 '15 at 22:11
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France has staggered school holiday periods for the February/March and April/May vacations: one third of the country goes on vacation for two weeks, another third goes on vacation the second week and the week after that, and the third third goes on vacation the third and fourth week. The purpose is to spread travel and holiday resort occupation around. This means that finding a time when no place in France is on vacation can be a bit difficult.

The education ministry is the reference for vacation dates. The site is in French but dates should be easy to parse, if not you can find the same information on many English language websites. You can also find the dates of public holidays on Wikipedia and elsewhere

If you can't find a good time, you should at least avoid the school holidays for the Paris area, i.e. zone C. I don't know if it'll help much as some people travel far (even from other countries…) to visit Disneyland.

Next autumn, you're in luck. The French autumn break ends on 1 November while the Belgian autumn break runs the following week. 1 November and 11 November are public holidays, but Friday 6 November is a normal school day in France while it's a vacation week in Belgian schools.

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I read your question as in 'which part of the Belgium summer holidays' is the best time for Disneyland in Paris. In that case, July and within the week, a Monday or Tuesday or a Thursday or Friday. See this page by Disneyland Paris. I guess the earlier in July the better as more countries get holidays in July and most do not get the whole of the month.

That is confirmed by this page.

mid-July to late August are very popular.

If you do not want to go in the summer holidays, try to find a public or school holiday in Belgium that is not a public holiday in France.

Edit: On reading the new version of the question I took out the 'list of national holidays' in my diary for France and Belgium. No joy there, all days mentioned for Belgium are also mentioned for France, (besides July 21, which you with good reasons do not want.)

July 11 is 'de dag voor de Vlaamse gemeenschap' (The day for the Flemish community.) This should be a day of for you, school holiday already for the young one and is early(ish) in July, but you ruled out the summer holidays (which I understand.)

The autumn holiday for the schools in Flanders is rather late in the year, but might work for you: 2 till 8 November 2015. I guess that even if there is a school holiday in France at the same time, you will find the park so much more quiet than in the summer. If you do not like that idea, the next likely option is the Easter holidays, where the Flemish schools two weeks: 28 March to 10 April.

A better option, in my view, is to talk with the parents and ask for a day the school of your godchild is closed while most others are still running. Maybe for a day the teachers have to get courses, ('studie dag' in the Netherlands) or for whatever other reason.

  • I'm looking for over the entire year. "a school holiday period" also means the other school holiday periods. I don't want to limit myself to the summer period. – Nzall Jun 27 '15 at 14:21
  • Can you tell which school schedule your godchild is on, as the different parts of Belgium seem to have different times for holidays and time off. – Willeke Jun 27 '15 at 14:30
  • In Flanders. I can't be much more specific since he's very young still. – Nzall Jun 27 '15 at 14:52
  • Flanders and very young, makes it possible to find out the times. – Willeke Jun 27 '15 at 14:53
  • I reworded my original question to make it more fitting for the SE format, but that has caused your answer to become outdated. Could you look into editing your answer? – Nzall Jun 29 '15 at 15:28

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