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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on November 1, 2019 1390 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? While you can have a magical visit no matter the crowd level, visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is the easiest way to ensure a great trip! We've only got a few weeks left of 2019. This post will guide you through them plus the best time to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021!

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. That said, most of this year has seen lighter crowds than recent years, although fall and winter crowds are picking up!

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest waits, you will likely need to take your kids out of school. Now, we personally have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation, but here are some things to consider.

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

When planning the best time to visit Disney World, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - September and October - Halloween at Magic Kingdom

Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit Disney World, and they are also displayed on the Crowd Calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, such as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them!

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to that and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios crowds have been mostly manageable this year. But that will likely change this holiday season when both Star Wars rides are open. (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will debut Dec. 5, 2019.)

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Magic Kingdom

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2019 are ...

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25-March 8
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October*
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)*
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)*

*While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disney World, keep in mind that the opening of Star Wars will raise crowd levels. It's still a good time to visit, but it won't be as good as it has been in years past.

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2020 are ...

  • Jan. 6-9, Jan. 13-16, Jan 27-Feb. 13
  • Feb. 25-March 6
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 5-13, Jan 25-Feb. 11
  • Feb. 22-March 5
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the very best month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit, but it has become a more popular month to visit, most likely because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly even more rain.

The days after Thanksgiving leading up to the week of Christmas are also a good time to visit Disney World, although not as good as they used to be. With the popularity of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which is held on select nights in November and December, and other factors, those days are also getting busier.

Some days in January, and some in February, are also great times to visit. The least crowded time we have ever experienced was in January, the week after the Walt Disney World Marathon. The big drawback to visiting at this time is reduced park hours and often scaled-back entertainment. While there isn't much rain, there are cold fronts that can make swimming chilly (but still doable most of the time.) Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment. Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids and Disney's Blizzard Beach have annual Disney World refurbishments around this time.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Epcot

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2019 are ...

  • Jan. 1-6, Jan. 17-21
  • Feb. 15-24
  • March 21-April 7, April 20-27 (elevated crowds March 16-April 27*)
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2020 are ...

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 14-24
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-April 19
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 1-4, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 12-21
  • March 6-April 11
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2020, it falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Let's hop over to the holidays. These are a popular time for families to make trips to Disney World, and rightly so. The Christmas holiday season especially, which runs from mid-November through the first of the new year at Disney World, is a wonderful time to visit because the parks are decorated and there are many fun special events. Many families love the atmosphere around the holidays, even with the extra crowds. The parks are most crowded around the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 12, 2020, and April 4, 2021
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019, Nov. 26, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2019 and 2020 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020, and Sept. 6, 2021
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 12, 2020, and Oct. 11, 2021
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 9, 2020 (observed) and Nov. 11, 2021

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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Nov 19, 2019 at 5:46 p.m. Lex Says...

I'm looking to go to Orlando, January 30th to February 6th, what are the crowds like?

My son is only two, where should I take him?

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Nov 19, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lex!

Crowds should be low at that time, except for the weekends, according to our Crowd Calendar. We'd suggest Magic Kingdom for the widest selections of rides for your son, then Disney's Animal Kingdom for some animal adventures :) Have a great visit!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 19, 2019 at 2:21 a.m. Scott Says...

Hello,

So I'm thinking about a boys trip, just me and my 7-year old son, staying at a Disney resort from Feb 26-March 1st. I also have a Orlando wedding to attend (with adults this time) from April 26th to May 2nd, The plan is at least 3 of those days at Disney.

Right now I'm at least 7 or 8 days in the parks and 4 nights at a Disney resort in early 2020. I feel like I'm at the point for an Ohio resident to buy an annual pass, considering the park tickets, possible resort discounts, photo package, and meal and merchandise discounts.

Am I thinking straight? I also feel like I'm overthinking it :)

Thank you so much

Scott

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Nov 19, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

We love the boys' trip idea - so fun! With the mileage you'll get this year, we think an Annual Pass would be worthwhile. One way to scale back would be to just have one member of your family (you would be the best candidate, it sounds like!) get the AP so that you can get the discounts, parking, PhotoPass, etc. without needing to make that investment for everyone. For the tadpoles, you would be able to stick to regular park admission (or discounted through your favorite frogs!) to save some extra green. The only downside we've found with this setup is that not everyone can go through the AP entrance line at the parks together ;)

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Nov 18, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Crystal Says...

Hi, I'm planning our very first trip to WDW for December 2020 (7th - 13th), for my son's golden birthday. I'm more concerned about weather versus crowds. Does it rain often in December and is it very cold? Or would you suggest going in October for better weather? Thank you!

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Nov 18, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

December is one of the driest months in Orlando, so the chance of rain is a bit lower than October. As for the cold, December can be a little more iffy. The average high is in the low 70s, while the average low is in the low 50s. Meanwhile, October has an average high in the mid-80s and an average low in the mid- to high-60s. It depends on your preferences, but if you don't mind those December temperatures, we'd suggest sticking as planned so you have a lower chance of rain.

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Nov 11, 2019 at 10:42 p.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi,

Me and my hubby is planning to visit Orlando Disney World from May 10-15, 2020 and would love to celebrate my birthday over there. Is that a good period to visit? What's the resort and theme parks do you recommend us to go? Thank you!

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Nov 12, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

That looks to be a great time to visit, according to our Crowd Calendar! It is so hard for us to pick a favorite park - if you are Star Wars fans, definitely pop over to Disney's Hollywood Studios! Magic Kingdom is a birthday staple for us (what better way to say "Happy Birthday" than a castle pic!), and Epcot is always fun for adults. If you love animals, Animal Kingdom is also a great pick. You can see our guide to celebrating a birthday at Disney World here. We're sure others in the Frog Pond have some suggestions, too. Have a great time - Hoppy birthday!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 8, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. Eden Says...

Hi! We're trying to decide between going either March 1-7th or May 10-16th. I feel like my brain is turning to mush trying to decide! What would you recommend?

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Nov 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eden!

The two look to be pretty comparable according to our Crowd Calendar, but your May dates should be slightly less crowded than March (with Saturday as the exception). It'll be warmer in May, but you'll also have access to the Flower and Garden Festival (which begins March 4).

Keep hopping!

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Nov 6, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. JayBee Says...

Hi

We've been to Orlando a host of times, mostly in the summer....kids schools etc.This time 6th Feb 2020 so even though we may miss a few rides we're hoping it will be far less busier and wont be as humid of course. On site in Disney also for a change, so expecting a different experience as we usually stay in Universal.

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Nov 1, 2019 at 2:06 a.m. amanda Says...

thoughts /of going to Disney Dec 5-11 2019 or wait until next year? I had no idea that Star Wars was launching the same date and Disney had offered free dining this week?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

We think it'll be busy, more so because of the long weekend for Veterans Day. That said, we still think it'll be manageable, especially if you take advantage of your FastPasses. If anything over about a 7 or 8 is a dealbreaker, we'd make a trip next year instead. Hope this helps!

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Oct 28, 2019 at 8:22 p.m. Maggie Says...

HI-

Are there dates in May 2020 that you recommend? I originally picked May thinking the crowds would be lighter during the week since school won't be out of session yet. Any advice is appreciated!

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Oct 29, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

Weekdays look great until the end of the month (about the 19th) as holidays start to kick in (such as Memorial Day and summer breaks). You can see a full breakdown of days on our Crowd Calendar, but the 4-15 look to be the best options. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 22, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Ashley S Says...

We are planning our next vacation for 2020! I am stuck between 2 weeks... 10/25-10/31 and 11/8-11/14. Would you recommend one week over the other? I know season-wise, we'd be going from Halloween in October to Christmas in November, but was wondering if one is more favorable crowd-wise or about the same? I know October has become pretty busy over the years! Thanks so much!

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Oct 23, 2019 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

They both should be pretty comparable, with both Halloween and Veteran's Day being pretty busy. We'd opt for November just to avoid some of the increasing Halloween party crowds if you aren't interested in attending :)

Keep hopping!

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Oct 19, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. Ellouise Says...

We are coming to America for 4 weeks in 2020, Sep 14-Oct 9. On balance of rain/crowds etc. which week would you recommend for Orlando? Thanks

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Oct 21, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellouise!

The average high in September is 80 degrees, with a low of 67, though September is still considered Orlando's rainy season, with an average of 11 rainy days. October is a little cooler, with an average high of 73 and low of 59 and 5 rainy days. However, keep in mind that stray showers are still possible in Orlando, no matter when you go - you'll want to pack a poncho or umbrella for safe keeping! In terms of crowds, the first week of your vacation is forecast to have crowds as low as 2s as the tadpoles hop back to school. You have a better chance of not having rain in October, though crowds will be about a 5/6 according to our Crowd Calendar - so it's toadally up to you and which you'd prefer!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 16, 2019 at 4:10 a.m. Priscilla Says...

Looking to plan a trip beginning of June 2020 bad or good time need some advice

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Oct 17, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

Since most tadpoles are hopping off for summer vacation then, the parks tend to see a surge in crowds, leaving the majority of the beginning of June at an 8/10 according to our Crowd Calendar. It's also the start of the rainy season in Orlando, so expect some showers and bring a poncho or umbrella! That said, if it's the only time available to you, it can still be a magical time. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance and take breaks in the AC!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 14, 2019 at 10:03 p.m. Leslie Says...

I’m going to Disney February 4-11 staying at Pop Century. The calendar looks ok. I’m nervous though. A lot of resorts are sold out and the high school cheerleading completion is going on. Is it going to be crazy busy?

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Oct 15, 2019 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

You may notice a bit more activity overall, but it shouldn't be bad. Those days are still slated to be about 4/10 in terms of crowds. The competition itself looks like it takes place from Feb. 7-9, so on competition days, most of the squads will be busy with competition, and there may be increased activity at Coronado Springs or the All-Stars. You may see things pick up after the 9th in terms of crowds, but we still think it'll be a good time to visit overall.

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Oct 11, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. SuziQueues Says...

We love using Undercover Tourist to make plans... We will be at Disney World in February to celebrate my son's 6th birthday! Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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Oct 9, 2019 at 6:16 p.m. Javs Says...

I have a week from March 31 to April 7, 2020, at Disney, if I am planning to go 4 days to the parks which would be the best days to go?

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Oct 10, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Javs!

That time looks to be a busy one, with most days sitting at a 7/10 in terms of crowds, so we'd largely say to do what works best with your schedule! If you will be staying on-site, we'd hop over on the days that the parks you'd most like to visit have Extra Magic Hours; if you are staying off-site, be sure to hop to the parks that don't host EMH that day to avoid crowds. Rope drop and plan your FastPasses in advance to make the most of your time! For complete details on park hours and crowd levels, you can check out our Crowd Calendar here.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 4, 2019 at 7:12 p.m. Keli Says...

Hi, we are planning a 2020 trip looking at March 25th-31, April 18-24 , November 14-21. Weather and crowds wise which would be the best time to go. Last year we went in August and The heat was brutal. Any advice appreciated!!!

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Oct 4, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keli!

In terms of crowds and weather, according to our Crowd Calendar, November 14-21 looks to be the best time to visit. Crowds will start ramping up for the Thanksgiving holiday later in the week, but overall, it looks to be the best option!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Jim Says...

We have to stick to our schools calander when we go. If you had to pick between then end of March (our spring break), the end of November, or the end of December when would you go to WDW? Crowd to fun wise.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

We'd pick March! It'll be busy, but it's the least busy time of your three options :) Others from the Frog Pond may have preferences, as well. Have a great time!

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Sep 28, 2019 at 10:08 p.m. Says...

Planning on a trip April 18-25,2020. Since Easter is on April 12 and most Spring breaks over, Will it be still busy during this time or not too bad?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, things are expected to still be busy during that time. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you're eligible!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 2:17 p.m. Caryn Faulkner Says...

Why is Jan 1-6 of 2020 one of the worst times to visit? We were planning on going on Jan 3? I realize it may still be crowded from the holidays but is that the main reason or is there something else? Thanks for all the helpful info!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caryn!

Yes, it'll still be crowded from the holidays (as most school districts hop back to school the second week of January).

Keep hopping!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 8:42 p.m. Bridget Says...

Hi there! I'm looking at heading to WDW when you aren't supposed to...Spring Break. Ours falls the week of March 16th-20th. We only want to hit Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom for this visit. Any guidance on which of those days would be best is very appreciated! :) I'm hoping our spring break is a little before everyone else's??

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Sep 25, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridget!

While spring break is busy, it is not the absolute busiest time of the year (and we tend to hop there regularly during spring break, because tadpoles!). Our spring break is actually a little earlier than yours this year! The 16th and 18th look to be good days for Hollywood Studios, while the 19th is the best day for Magic Kingdom, according to our Crowd Calendar. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance to maximize your time - and have a wonderful trip!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. A Says...

Not sure if this is too early, but i'm planning to go April 3rd through the 10th in 2021. Do you have any tips or is it too early to tell? I'm prepared for it to be busy.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi A!

We aren't sure it's ever really TOO early to plan a vacation :) You are correct that it'll be busy, especially in the beginning, but depending on when spring breaks fall that year (and it's looking like many will stick to mid-March), things may lighten up towards the end of your vacation. Be sure to use FastPasses to your advantage, Extra Magic Hours if you can, and have a Plan B in case you want a quick break from the crowds. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 5:35 a.m. Bec Says...

I’m planning a trip with friends but it is really important to us to be able to see the firework show at magic kingdom in January or February 2020. I can’t find info on the website, but here it says there is “scaled back entertainment”. Does WDW do a firework show during these months? Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2019 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bec!

The nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom, Happily Ever After, will hoppen in the winter, as well. Enjoy!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 1:40 a.m. Rachel Sweet Says...

Hello. Why is Feb 14-23 the worst? We were looking to go about that time since our daughters birthday is on 02/12. We thought Disney 02/12-02/18. We can shift our days though as we have not booked just yet. Thanks.

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Sep 19, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Monday, Feb. 17 is Presidents Day, which is a holiday for most schools, so there will be a lot of folks hopping there beginning Friday, Feb. 14 to take advantage of the long weekend. Just after that is the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which takes place from Feb. 20 -23 and will also bring in some extra crowds. Hope this helps!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 10:53 p.m. April Says...

We are coming January 18 through 24. Please tell me if it going to be crowded days and the weather will be like?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

The weekend will be a little more crowded than the weekdays (7/10 vs. 5/10, according to our Crowd Calendar) due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Be sure to take advantage of your FastPasses and Extra Magic Hours, if you're able.The weather historically has had a Monthly Average of 69° (high) / 51° (low) so be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater for the mornings and evenings before the sun warms things up.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. Carlee Says...

Just going for a day trip. I'm a local with a park hopper ticket. Was thinking December 17th of this year. I read that weekday in December are good time to go eluding the week of Christmas and New Years Eve. The crowd calendar says this will be crowded. Whats your opinion on Tuesday, December 17th? Too close to Christmas?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlee!

Crowds will build throughout December, so we expect that day to be a 7/10, like you mentioned. If you do decide to go, be sure to take advantage of your FastPasses and keep in mind that Magic Kingdom will close early that day for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (which may be a nice way to extend your time that day if you love the holidays as much as we do!). If your dates are flexible, we'd aim for the very beginning of December (on a weekday, just like you said) or weekdays in January, after the holiday crowds have left and the marathon is over Jan. 8-12.

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Sep 14, 2019 at 2:08 a.m. Ronnie Voigt Says...

How will crowds be week of April 26, 2020 at WDW? When might we see discounts? Any suggestions for four senior citizens going then?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronnie!

According to our Crowd Calendar, April 26 looks to be a great time to visit, with crowds at a 5/10. Our best recommendation is to take advantage of FastPasses in your booking window so that you're able to skip the line a few times while you're there (as well as Extra Magic Hours if you'll be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel), to take things at your own pace, and of course, to have fun! We have lots of resources we'd be hoppy to share - let us know how we can help!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Chris Says...

Was looking to go to WDW the week of June 14, 2020. In your opinion, is that a good time? Not too concerned about weather. Been there in Aug and Sept in the past.

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Summer vacation will be in full swing, so expect some crowds; our Crowd Calendar predicts that week will mostly be 8/10.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:32 p.m. Shannon Morris-Anderson Says...

We will be there 2/22-2/23/2020. These are apparently right in the middle of “good” times to go in February. Why? What is going on to make the crowds go up from 2/14-2/25/2020? TIA. Shannon

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Great question. Presidents Day is Feb. 17, so we anticipate that crowds will increase due to the holiday and long weekend. The Princess Half Marathon weekend follows that from Feb. 20-23, which will result in an increase in visitors, as well.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. Lily Says...

Hi! This was very helpful. I plan on going to Disney World 2/15 to 2/23 in 2020. I see it listed as a bad week, could you explain why it would be a bad time to go? Thank you in advance!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily!

Those dates are right in the middle of a big Disney World event and a holiday. Presidents Day is Feb. 17, so we anticipate that crowds will increase due to the holiday and long weekend. The Princess Half Marathon weekend follows that from Feb. 20-23, which will result in an increase in visitors, as well.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 10:59 p.m. Villainous Says...

We are planning to visit Disney World on November 17th through the 22nd. Is the wait times for rides bad and is the weather going to be terrible?

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Crowds are about a 6 most of the time, ramping up to a 7 later in the week, according to our Crowd Calendar. Wait times shouldn't be too bad, with the exception being Galaxy's Edge! Be sure to take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations in advance. Temperatures historically have had highs in the high 70s and lows in the low 60s, so be sure to bring a light sweater for the evenings! There's generally about three rainy days in the month, but bring an umbrella or poncho just in case of a stray storm.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Cat Says...

Taking my 7 and 5 yr olds for the first time. We can travel any time of the year, with the exception of late Dec through mid-January (will be abroad). I’m debating dates in in Jan and Feb 2020. Or do you suggest going in early Nov 2019 instead?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cat!

We'd definitely go for Jan./Feb. over November, only to try to let the Galaxy's Edge crowds die down a little bit (no guarantees, but worth a shot!). There are two times to avoid: Jan. 8-12 and Feb. 20-23. MLK Day (Jan. 20) and Presidents' Day (Feb. 17) will also see higher crowds since they are holidays. The very last week of both January and February are primarily 5s and 4s, though the last week of February does have a few 3s and will be a tiny bit warmer, so if we had to choose, we'd opt for the last week of February. You can check details for exact dates in our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Sep 8, 2019 at 7:36 p.m. Paige B Says...

Hi, were thinking of going in October 2020 with children aged 8,5,3, & 2. Do you think October will be ok?

Thanks

Paige

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paige!

October is a great time to visit! You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see details on exact dates, but there are a lot of 5s :)

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Sep 8, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. Brittany Says...

Hello! Was looking to go end of February, beginning of march, was wondering about weather and crowds. Would that be a good time to go?

Thanks in advance! We are so excited

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

That looks to be a great time to go, according to our Crowd Calendar! You'll want to head there after the Princess Marathon from Feb. 20-23. The last week of February looks to be awesome (4s and 3s), before ramping up for the weekend and settling at 6s for the first week of March. It's also prime Spirit Jersey weather, but nothing too chilly - just right, with a few sprinkles! Have fun!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Shane Says...

We’re concerned about the crowds since we will be at Disney around Thanksgiving from November 20-25. Will Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 be large crowds as well?

What are your thoughts?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shane!

Thanksgiving tends to be a pretty busy time around the parks, and crowds will start to roll in the weekend before as folks begin to take off for the holiday. Saturday is forecast to be an 8 and Sunday a 9, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Aug 29, 2019 at 4:13 p.m. Kate Says...

My husband, grandparents (age 85) and I are traveling with my 2 children (ages 2 & 5) in April. We are staying at an off-site hotel. We will have a rental car and likely drive to all locations (parks). Due to my kids ages, we are planning to hit the parks as early as possible and will spend time at the resort in the evening. We will not be looking to go out much at night with the exception of a night or two during our trip. We plan to visit all 4 parks with a repeat day of magic kingdom (monday-friday).

With this information, I am wondering if you can help me choose between the following weeks:

April 18-25 (I am concerned about the lingering spring break crowds from the NE as well as some of the star wars half marathon crowds)

April 25-May 2 (I am concerned about the cheer and dance competitions that seem to be going on the entire week. It looks like to changed some dates of one of the competitions. wondering if this changes the crowd predictions)

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Aug 29, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

April 18-25 looks to be a better option according to our Crowd Calendar (with mostly 5s rather than 8s), so that's our recommendation. You may run into some cheer squads, but with the Summit beginning the day you leave, we think it'll be minimal outside of the resorts. Have fun!

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Aug 29, 2019 at 9:50 p.m. Kate Says...

Thanks? Did you mean April 25-May2? That’s when the cheer stuff is.

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Aug 30, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Oh my goodness, sorry about that - yes, you're correct that we meant April 25-May 2. Have a great time!

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Aug 29, 2019 at 1:03 p.m. Ian Says...

We are heading to Orlando in August 2020 (2nd half) but have been worried by the rain and thunderstorm levels - Is this a valid reason not to go at this time of year?

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Aug 29, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian!

August can definitely be a rainy time of year. If your schedule is flexible, we'd suggest hopping to Orlando outside of the rainy season. For us personally, we're okay with an umbrella and poncho, watching the radar and adjusting our schedules as necessary when it's the only time we can visit - but you'll definitely get some rain! It's certainly possible to visit during the rainy season and enjoy your time, but if it's a concern, we'd reschedule.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 7:35 a.m. Maggie GLodde Says...

I came across an article about what would be the best times to use the fastpass in Magic Kingdom, it gave the times that would be best for certain rides because of the low number of persons riding at that time, can you help me as I now

cannot access that article.

Thanks so much,

Maggie

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Aug 20, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

That may have been our Park Plan! You can find those here.

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Aug 18, 2019 at 6:36 p.m. Kelly Burns Says...

Hi we’re thinking of planning a trip Jan. 24-28 th is that a good time ? Which is your favorite resort? We are thinking Disney yacht club or port Orleans riverside any insight? We have stayed at animal kingdom savana view and dolphin in the past ? Thanks

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Both Yacht Club and Port Orleans Riverside are great options! Keep in mind that Yacht is a Deluxe and Riverside is a Moderate, so the amenities offered will differ slightly (as will the price point). Those dates also look good in terms of crowds, with the weekends being a little busier than weekdays. Enjoy!

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Aug 18, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. Kathy Says...

Going to Disney World October 18for one day. How will the crowds be??

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day will be a 6/10. Enjoy!

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Aug 17, 2019 at 9:47 p.m. Kris Says...

My friend went last year ended up going the week of Mardi Gras and she said it was extremely crowded with visitors from New Orleans...can this be expected every year? Mardi Gras for 2020 lands on one of the typically less busier weeks at the end of February- should we expect that crowds will be atypically higher that week next year due to Mardi Gras?

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris,

Because of the day it lands in 2020, Mardi Gras should be slightly less busy than it was in 2019.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 8:51 p.m. Nas Says...

Hi, I was wondering about how Jersey Week will affect the crowd for Disney from November 7 to 12, 2019. Or would November 17 to November 23, 2019 be a better time to visit Disney ?

Which would you recommend?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nas!

Jersey Week doesn't generally have a huge impact on crowds, though this year those dates will definitely be affected by Veterans Day crowds. The following week you may also run into some early Thanksgiving crowds. Both look to be pretty mixed, according to the Crowd Calendar, so we'd pick whichever works best for you. If you do opt for Nov. 7-12, the 11 (Veterans Day) may be a good day to hang by the resort and swim or check out on-site dining to avoid the crowds.

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Aug 11, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. Denny Says...

When would be the best time to visit the Epcot center in the fall

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denny!

These dates skip around a bit, but most of September (once the kiddos have gone back to school), early-to-mid October and early November all look to be good times to make a visit according to our Crowd Calendar. You can see date-specific forecasts laid out in the previous link if you have any certain dates in mind! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be going on from Aug. 29 - Nov. 23. Have fun!

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Jul 31, 2019 at 8:24 p.m. Ramon Says...

Im planning my daughter firts trip, she will be almost 5.

my nephew (12) is gonig with us. Will be staying 5 days, 1 day per park and repeating magic kingdom.

my dates are 28 july to aug 1, planinig on staying on a disney resort. any advice or sugestion?

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Jul 26, 2019 at 3 p.m. Lesa Says...

We are planning a trip to WDW the 2nd of June 2020. Do you think I should push it back to the second week of August instead? As far as crowds and discounts?

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesa!

We think that's a great idea - most kiddos will be hopping back to school by then, so things should start thinning out (with the exception being weekends). Enjoy!

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Jul 26, 2019 at 10:36 a.m. Julie Says...

looking to go july 2020 what is the weather like, want to avoid the wet weather if possible get enough of that in the UK, when would you suggest is the best time to go?

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Jul 26, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Orlando's rainy season is from June - September, so you'll definitely experience some showers in July! These tend to occur daily in the afternoon at a minimum, though some stronger storms do roll through. If July is the only time you're able to visit, be sure to bring your ponchos, have a backup plan and have a radar app ready to keep an eye on things. We're sure others in the Frog Pond can weigh in, as well!

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Jul 18, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. Tony Says...

Booked for March 15-22 2020 hope we get don’t get swamped

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Jul 17, 2019 at 7:01 p.m. Catherine Says...

We are looking to go around 24th October 2020 for 2 weeks, will we get a flavour of Christmas as well as Halloween at this time? And will it be super busy?

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Jul 17, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

You definitely will get Halloween, but Christmas decorations tend to go up the first week of November or so, so Christmas decorations will be a little more up in the air (though we're hopful!) According to our Crowd Calendar, most days should be very mild in terms of crowds (4s or 5s), with the exception being weekends and party days, as well as Halloween itself. Enjoy!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 11:39 a.m. Jessica Says...

Hello

We have our pick of any dates in 2021 for 2 weeks with 2 girls aged 5 and 4. We would just be doing Disney. We have been thinking last week of Feb and first week of March but will that be manic with spring break given Easter is earlier? If not then when would you suggest? Thanks

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

End of February/early March looks to be a good time, since you'll be leaving right around the time that official spring break season begins! Most of September also looks to be a good time to hop by, according to our Crowd Calendar :) Have a frogtastic time!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 7:06 p.m. Jessic Says...

Planning our first spring trip for 2021. Would like to go for Easter, would you recommend going the week leading up to Easter (March 28- April 4) or coming just before Easter and staying a week (April3-10)? I know the crowds will be bad (we have been to Disney for Christmas so we can handle it), but would prefer the least crowded time if possible. TIA

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The week leading up to Easter (April 3-10) looks to be slightly less busy, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. RD18073 Says...

If my choices are Easter Week or summer, would Easter be less crowded (can do last two weeks of June, any week in July, first two weeks of August or April 5-12). Thanks

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, April 5-12 will be your best bet in terms of crowds.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 11:22 p.m. Barbara Says...

There is some bad info here! The summer months were horrible years ago, but not so anymore. They are actually the least crowded and have experienced attendance drops for the last few years.

Additionally, October, since 2016, has been one of the busiest months to visit. The crowds have surpassed summer by far and are now on-par with holiday weeks (Not Spring Break, Christmas and New Years, of course)

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Aug 9, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. Shawn Says...

I have to agree. I think you can throw the conventional wisdom out the door with the opening of Star Wars Land. In checking the resort room availability for mid-October 2019 I found that the only rooms available were going for $700 and up! That's an indicator to me that the combination of free dining plans and Star Wars equals very heavy crowds in the fall this year. I also found that during the first and second week of December 2019 that value resort rooms were going for almost $200 per night with the moderates starting at $300. It appears to me the demand will be very high this fall and that crowds will be quite excessive.

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