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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 26, 2021 1724 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Crowd Calendar

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? That question became even more complicated last year after the theme parks closed temporarily. The resort now has new procedures in place — including health and safety measures, and updated character and entertainment options that limit contact and keep everyone at a safe distance. Things look and feel a little different for sure, but there are signs that things are getting back to "normal," or at least as normal as they can be. Fan-favorite show "Celebration of Festival of the Lion King" has returned in modified form to Disney's Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant will reopen June 20 and several additional Walt Disney World Resort hotels are reopening over the next few months, to name just a few recent developments. While we're not here to convince you to go now, we do want to look at the predicted crowds over the next few months and years.

We know 2021 will bring continued transition as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely distributed around the U.S. and beyond. While many travel restrictions remain in place both domestically and internationally, many people who have held off on travel over these last few months will begin venturing out again. While we saw a slower start to 2021, crowds have started picking up again at Disney World, with a very strong spring break season. We also believe that summer and fall will be pretty hoppin' and consistently hitting those (still lower) capacity limits. Some dates for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in October are already filling up! If you have not bought tickets or made your Disney Park Pass reservations, you should do so as soon as you know you want to go!

Understandably, some of you are wondering: "When will Disney World be back to normal?" At this point, we don't have an answer to that, although we will explore it in more detail below. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

You can have a magical visit to Walt Disney World no matter the circumstance or crowd level.

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. Keep in mind that in order to manage capacity and maintain social distancing, Disney is requiring that guests book reservations for park visits through Jan. 14, 2023. So far, availability is already booking up for summer and certain days this fall. The park that fills the fastest is Disney's Hollywood Studios. We expect this trend to continue, in no small part because of interest in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but also keep in mind that Disney's Hollywood Studios is simply the smallest park and therefore has the smallest capacity. In fact, the park currently does not have availability for ticket holders and resort guests through the end of June. For this reason, if you plan to visit in the next few months, we highly recommend you purchase tickets and make your park reservations now.

When Will Disney World Return to Normal? What Will Crowds Look Like for the Rest of This Year?

Oh, how we wish we had an answer to this question. Unfortunately, we don't have a Magic 8 Ball. While we have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, we are in new territory. None of us could have predicted the lasting impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact 2021 and even years more to come, including the virus, the rollout of the vaccines, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, comfort levels.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

It is a different experience in the parks now, and will likely be for most of this year, but not all of the changes are bad. Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, managed capacity and made other changes to ensure the health of guests. If you are OK with waving to characters rather than getting hugs or autographs from them, there has perhaps never been a better time to visit. Characters are, in many ways, more visible now than they have ever been. You can’t meet with them, but they’re out and about everywhere — even on Cinderella Castle!

That said, there are some exciting steps back towards "normal" hoppening at the parks. At Disney World, masks are now optional in outdoor common areas (though they are still required in all indoor areas, while entering the park, on rides and on transportation). In preparation for Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration, there's a new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT — and it will likely be the first one to return since the parks reopened. While no opening date has been confirmed, "Harmonius" will likely debut in time for the big celebration in October 2021. All of the show's set pieces are in place and conducting technical rehearsals in World Showcase Lagoon.

Additionally, the very first festival to return without "Taste" in its title to signify modifications is returning in July 2021 — EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This spring's Flower & Garden Festival also saw the return of live concerts from local bands. And an all-new, Halloween-themed After Hours event, BOO BASH, will be taking place select nights later this summer and fall. All signs point to the parks gearing up for a strong summer and fall, which is hopful news! But it also means that you should be prepared if you're planning on visiting during that time. There are some steps to take ahead of time to make the most of your trip, starting with planning a time to go, purchasing your park tickets and making your Park Pass reservations. The good news is that this advance planning generally is at the 60-day mark — rather than the 180-day mark from 2020 and prior — when it comes to dining and experiences.

In our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, which we've recently amended based on our more recent trips after the parks reopened. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Droid Dresses at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Galaxy's Edge

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. Now, with so many school districts still doing online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), this is allowing for more flexibility. The decision to take kids out of school, even virtual school, for Disney is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgment policy.

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 the shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom and Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest (they aren't currently being shown to ensure social distancing). When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Epcot Flowers

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 the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! Starting Oct. 1, 2021, Disney World is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration, and some parks are already booked for this date! Not to worry though, the event will continue for 18 months!

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

New rides, attractions and lands — major openings — can also impact crowds. We've seen this in recent years with the openings of Avatar: Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. All of these rides continue to see higher wait times and demand. With the latter three inside one park — Disney's Hollywood Studios — this is another reason it is vitally important to make your reservations as soon as you buy your Disney World tickets! The park with the most openings slated for 2021 and 2022 is EPCOT, starting with Remy's Ratatouille Adventure on Oct. 1, 2021.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022?

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

  • Jan. 6-14
  • Jan 25-Feb. 11
  • Feb. 22-March 5
  • The second half of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • 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 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 5-13
  • Jan 24-Feb. 10
  • Feb. 28-March 4
  • The last week of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • 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 the 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 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 very worst times to visit Disney World in 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 1-4, Jan. 15-18
  • Feb. 19-27
  • March 5-April 24*
  • 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 2021, Easter fell on April 4. In 2022, Easter falls on April 17. For this reason, we expect an overall more crowded but shorter spring break "season" in 2021 than in 2022. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022

Let's hop over to the holidays. These are popular times 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 4, 2021, and April 17, 2022
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 25, 2021, and Nov. 24, 2022
  • 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 tips and tricks for visiting during spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. Let me throw out a caveat though: All of the following holidays will likely be busier than normal in 2021. This is because most Americans who want a vaccine will have gotten it, and it's possible that many travel restrictions could be lifted as a result.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022. 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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Jun 16, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. Narendra Umbrajkar Says...

Good Evening !!! Hi, I am Narendra, writing from India, Pune City Maharashtra. Can you please inform me when we would like to visit Disney Magic world. Is it open for Indians if not when it will be opened, so that the US Tour can be arranged and finalised accordingly from Pune. With Best Regards, Narendra Umbrajkar

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Jun 16, 2021 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Narendra,

Currently, there are still travel restrictions in effect for international visitors from certain countries, including India. Unfortunately, we do not have a timeline for when the restrictions will be lifted.

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Jun 15, 2021 at 2:49 a.m. MJ Says...

Love all of your information!! Trying to determine the best time to visit 1/30/22 to 2/5/22, ... 2/6 to 2/12 or 2/27 to 3/5. It looks like in terms of crowd levels, 1/30 to 2/5 would be our best bet? How much affect does Mardi Gras have on Disney crowds? (I've read some very differing opinions on this - some say little affect, others say southern schools are out and crowds increase dramatically). Is there anything going on during the first week that would make it more crowded? And why are February 7 and 8 high in crowd prediction? Thank you so much!

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Jun 15, 2021 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MJ!

Thanks for hopping by! From our experience, Mardi Gras typically doesn't have a huge effect on crowds, so any of those options would be great. We've been there during the last weekend of January and crowds were low. While you would avoid Presidents Day weekend, sometimes the weekends directly before and after see some crowds as well, but they aren't usually as busy. runDisney events haven't been scheduled in 2022 yet, but keep in mind of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (though usually it's mid-January) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (usually mid/late February).

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Jun 13, 2021 at 3:24 a.m. Candace Says...

Hi,

We have a reservation from Feb 6-16, 2022 and Will it be crowded in your opinion and I wonder how many WDW days of tickets we should get-given that we may skip a day or two, but maybe not. First day we can go to a WDW park is the 7th. Thank you.

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Jun 14, 2021 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candace,

Since Presidents Day falls on Feb. 21 (Presidents Day weekend is usually the busiest time of the month), the parks shouldn't be too crowded while you're there, particularly during the week! This should give you flexibility to space out your trip if you wish to skip a day or two. Ultimately, the decision is all up to you, but we think having at least a day off over the weekend would give you time to recharge in the middle of your vacation.

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Jun 8, 2021 at 2:46 p.m. Claire-Louise lewis Says...

We have booked for 7th April 2022 for week in Disney week on universal, I’m thinking of changing to October 21st 2022 as I’ve read loads of reviews that it will be really busy for n April what’s does every one suggest keep at April or change to October

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Jun 8, 2021 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire-Louise!

Those April dates would be in the middle of the spring break season. Since Easter is much later in April (it'll fall on April 17), that typically means a longer, but less busy spring break season (due to crowds being spread over a longer period of time). Also, keep in mind that some schools will coordinate their spring breaks with the week following Easter, so you may still run into those crowds. In October, it can get more crowded on weekends (especially as it gets closer to Halloween) but most weekdays have average crowds. Take a peek at our Crowd Calendar to compare expected crowd levels (Oct. 2022 isn't on there yet, but you can get an idea from Oct. 2021).

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Jun 6, 2021 at 3:14 p.m. Sean Says...

We’re thinking of rebooking our August 2021 holiday to April 12th 2022 (2 weeks at hotel on International Drive) to avoid the heat and humidity as the kids kids have struggled in the British sun!. Will this clash with Spring break

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Jun 6, 2021 at 9:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sean!

Easter will fall on April 17 next year, so you will likely catch the end of the spring break season. Since Easter is much later in April, that typically means a longer, but less busy spring break season (due to crowds being spread over a longer period of time). Also, keep in mind that some schools will coordinate their spring breaks with the week following Easter, so you may run into those crowds. We would agree that the weather is better in April though. Hope this helps!

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Jun 4, 2021 at 3:15 p.m. Keli Says...

Hi I’m planning a Disney trip for 2022. Looking at January 29-February 4 or February 26- March 4. Any suggestions on which is better crowd wise. We went 2021 first week of March and crowds were great but I see Mardi Gras is first week of March 2022.

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Jun 4, 2021 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keli!

Crowd-wise, we'd suggest Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2022, because spring break for colleges & universities in Florida can start as early as the first week of March. Mardi Gras at Universal (Disney World typically doesn't celebrate it other than special treats that may pop up) usually doesn't start until the first or second week of February, so you'll likely miss those crowds.

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Jun 2, 2021 at 6:32 p.m. Amy Says...

The dates were just released for the Halloween Party. Looks like mostly Tuesdays and Fridays. We won’t be attending. We are thinking to avoid the Magic Kingdom on those days, assuming it will be more crowded, but would like your opinion. Thanks!

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Jun 2, 2021 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

BOO BASH guests will be able to enter the park by 7 p.m. during normal operating hours, so we'd expect more crowds at the end of the night. This is slightly different from previous years with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, during which all event guests could enter as early as 4 p.m. There still may be guests who stay during both day and night at Magic Kingdom, so it may be safe to avoid Tuesdays and Fridays. But we don't expect as large of an impact on crowds, compared to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Jun 2, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. Bryan Says...

We are planning a trip for April, 2022 and hoping to stay in a deluxe villa but it looks like nothing is available on Disney World's resort website at this time. Could all deluxe villas really already be booked or will more bookings open up in the coming months??

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Jun 2, 2021 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryan,

Most of the Disney Deluxe Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts, with only a limited number of rooms available for non-DVC members. If you're not a DVC member, that is likely why you are not seeing any availability, as those limited number of rooms may be booked. It wouldn't hurt to keep checking!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 9:01 p.m. Larissa Ferreira Says...

Why weekends on May are ao crowded? And all of them? Thank you!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Larissa!

There isn't a specific reason, but crowds start to pick up on the weekends during May, particularly in the second half of the month. (Generally, weekends are more popular than weekdays!) Most colleges and universities in Florida start summer breaks by the first weekend in May, so grad visits may be a small factor as well.

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May 30, 2021 at 10:59 a.m. Traci Says...

We're at the beginning stages of planning a Disney World trip sometime in the first two weeks of May 2022. Most of our trip will be made up of weekdays, but there will be one weekend in there. Out of curiosity, do you happen to know why weekends in May are considered some of the worst times to go? Is it due to local residents attending Flower and Garden? Just wondered - sometimes specific reasons for crowd levels factor into our planning.

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Jun 1, 2021 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Traci,

There isn't a specific reason — it just starts picking up in general, and weekends are always more popular than weekdays, particularly in the second half of the month. Grad visits may be a small factor too, as most of the Florida colleges & universities are out for the summer by the first weekend of May.

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May 27, 2021 at 11:17 p.m. Amanda Says...

How are the crowds in early November (1st-10th) and the weather?

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May 28, 2021 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Some people who visit during Halloween may stay until they see the Christmas decor, resulting in some crowds. It may also get busy around Veterans Day. However, overall crowds are just about medium average, especially weekdays. It's right at the end of Florida's rainy season, so it may still be hot and humid during the day, but it may also start to get cooler at night.

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May 25, 2021 at 9:17 p.m. Michelle brown Says...

Oh no! Slightly panicking as we can only really go 26th may- 12th June because of school exams. Will this be awful with crowds?

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May 26, 2021 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Are you visiting currently, or in 2022? Either way, we maintain that the best time to visit is when you're able! Things will be busy, but they should be manageable with some planning. Have a great time!

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May 25, 2021 at 11:41 a.m. Siobhan Says...

I'm from the UK and looking to rebook our first Disney trip the third and hopefully final time. We have two options for dates in 2022: 24th April - 8th May or 13th October - 27th October. Any advice on which would be the better option weather and crowd wise?

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May 25, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Siobhan,

Both are good options! April has a slight edge over October in terms of weather and crowds. It's right before the rainy season starts (while mid-October would be at the tail-end) and it would fall a week after Easter, which is when the spring break season would end in 2022. But if you're a fan of Halloween, then the special events and decor in October is also something to consider. (If not, we'd suggest April!)

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May 20, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. Becky Says...

Hi! This will be our first Disney trip with friends and family. We want to go next year 2022. We have have a couple of options when we can go. 2nd week or 3rd week of March or any time after June 9th for the summer. We have split opinions of when we should go. What are some pros and cons on those time frames? BTW, I love your website, great information for a first timer!

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May 20, 2021 at 6:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

Thanks so much for hopping by, and we're so glad to help, especially as a first-timer! As far as crowds go, both options will see heavier crowds, as those are popular times for families to be at Disney World during spring break or summer vacation. How late into the summer would you be able to go? If you're able to wait until the end of August, local schools will be starting the school year by mid-August, so crowds may start to lessen by the second half of the month.

Another big consideration is the weather. March generally has nicer weather than summer. While the weather is more unpredictable in March (can vary with low, moderate and high temperatures), summer is right in the middle of Florida's wet season and temperatures are high all of the time. If we were to decide solely based on the weather, we'd choose March over June, July or August.

Lastly, we would suggest considering any special events. The springtime has the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, while the summer has the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival (in the past, it has started in late August, but last year, it began in July ... and this year, it is starting July 15). Regardless of your choice, you'll be visiting during the 50th Anniversary Celebration, so expect special surprises during whichever time you decide on.

We hope this helps you narrow down your decision! Let us know if you have any more questions.

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May 9, 2021 at 6:36 a.m. Esy Says...

I am planning to visit the Parks between April 20 - 26, 2022. Do you thin that will be significative very complicated before April 24?

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May 10, 2021 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esy,

The Easter crowds usually stick around for the week following the holiday, so it's likely that you may run into higher crowds through April 24. Since Easter falls later in 2022, the spring break season lasts longer (starting the first week of March) but crowds may be more spread out.

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May 2, 2021 at 10:03 a.m. Michael P Bradley Says...

Thinking of going end of January early February. How is the weather and crowd's at that time?

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May 2, 2021 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

We definitely think it's one of the better times to go! Crowds are generally low (except for MLK Jr. Day and Presidents' Day weekends). The weather can be more unpredictable, as we've experienced days as low as in the 40s and as high as in the 70s. Ultimately, it depends on if a cold front comes through, which is when the temperature can really dip. Another thing to keep in mind is that because it is the slower season, park hours may be shorter and some rides typically undergo annual refurbishment during this time.

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Apr 24, 2021 at 1:49 a.m. Jenn Says...

Hi! We are going to Disney on aug 20-27. This is our first time going with our 11 and 9 yr old. We were only able to get those dates to work. How is the weather that time. I'm freaking out because everyone says we are crazy for going then.

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Apr 25, 2021 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

We have been during that time, and the key is just to be prepared! We fully believe that any Disney trip, no matter the time of year, can be a great one - sometimes we just have to go when our schedules allow it, right? August is going to be hot and rainy (it's the rainiest month of the year), so be sure to pack ponchos that are easy to slip on and off (we like the ones without full sleeves in the summer). You'll want to pack extra socks (in case you wade through post-rain puddles), extra masks and your swimsuits. Afternoon rainshowers tend to happen like clockwork, so be sure to have a weather radar pulled up to check the status quickly. Our best advice is to plan your day with lots of breaks in the AC, both for heat and some shelter from the rain; if you can, plan out a lunch that is inside and know where the parks' Mask Relaxation Areas are. We have a full list of inside rides too. Depending on the hours and how long you'd like to be in the park, it may also be a good option to head into the parks in the morning and leave for a while around lunchtime to take a dip in the pool, take a nap or eat at the hotel to keep you out of the sun in the hottest parts of the day; then, you can head back as things start to cool off again in the evening. Be sure to drink lots of water too - bringing your own water bottles helps as a reminder! Have a great time!

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Apr 22, 2021 at 11:40 p.m. Stacie Says...

Why is Feb. 19-27 the worst time to visit Disney World in 2022? The crowd calendar has decent numbers for the back half of that week. Thats exactly when we were looking at going because of a school break :(

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Apr 23, 2021 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacie!

We expect increased crowds due to Presidents Day weekend - many schools have a break that week, too, so you'll find elevated crowds as more people head to the parks while they're out of school. Like you mentioned, we are projecting the lowest crowd level that week at a 6 for the Thursday, Friday and Sunday after Presidents Day weekend, with the remainder of that time frame at a level 7 or 8. Hope this helps!

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Apr 18, 2021 at 10:03 p.m. Petey Says...

We prepaid 2020 and of course it was cancelled, we are now booked May 26 to June 6, 2021. Unfortunately this cannot be changed as many like us were locked into a timeframe to “use it or lose it” with our reservations. Any advice on planning would be helpful.

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Apr 19, 2021 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Petey!

Your theme park tickets should not lose their value, so if you're looking at them expiring but don't see yourself using them within that timeframe, feel free to give us or Disney (depending on who you purchased through) a call — the value of those tickets can be applied towards future use, as long as you haven't entered the parks. Hotel reservations should also have a cancellation window where you are able to cancel without penalty :) If you're still planning on hopping into the parks in late May, try to plan your non-park days over Memorial Day weekend - head to Disney Springs, swim, shop, etc. so that you can really soak up the least crowded times in the parks. Expect weekdays to be more manageable than weekends. Have a great time!

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Apr 18, 2021 at 3:33 a.m. Karen Says...

I'm really enjoying this website - what a great resource! My family and I (two adult kids, two little kids, and my husband and me) are thinking of going to WDW, but unfortunately, the best time for all of us is right before and through Christmas week. Do you think that going at such a traditionally crowded time will be a bad experience - bad enough that we shouldn't go?

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Apr 19, 2021 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

We love spending time at Disney World during the holidays! As you said though, it's historically one of the busiest times of the year. We do have a separate guide about tips for navigating those holiday crowds so that may help with setting expectations. Since we're coming out of an unusual time, it's hard to say exactly what protocols will be in place by then and if there will be increased capacity (if you're planning on going this year). But in general, if the large crowds wouldn't be a huge issue, you'll find lots of holiday magic to enjoy, as there are special treats, entertainment and decor! However, if you're not a fan of crowds, it may not be worth it for you.

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Apr 16, 2021 at 1:22 a.m. Minta Lambrecht Says...

My husband and I are looking at the 1st full week in October, just Monday through Thursday. It's just after the big 50th Anniversary intro weekend, but before Columbus Day weekend/week. Do you think the crowds from October 1st will spill over into the week? Or do you think we might still be able to look forward to low crowd levels?

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Apr 16, 2021 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Minta!

We do think there will be more crowds in that week than in past years, but we still think it should be manageable. Have fun!

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Apr 14, 2021 at 3:20 p.m. Amy Says...

We are thinking of going to WDW next july as it's the only holidays work can give us. Are we crazy travelling then, will it be super busy. Tks

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Apr 15, 2021 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

We toadally understand - sometimes the best time to go is just when your schedule allows it! Summers tend to be a busy time, with the Fourth of July an especially busy time. If you can avoid the Fourth, you'll be in better shape :) That time can also be hot and rainy, so you'll want to plan ahead accordingly by packing umbrellas or ponchos and planning some breaks in the AC during the hottest periods of the day. Have a great trip!

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Apr 13, 2021 at 2:10 a.m. beth Says...

hey! we are wanting to take our daughter before she starts kindergarten at the end of august. Is august 5-13 a good time to go? or should we do a week in July. So unsure of what to do. I have plugged in dates for early June, but Hollywood studios is booked everyday already.

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Apr 13, 2021 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

As far as crowds go, we'd pick August 5-13 over July. Local public schools will be back in session by August 10 (Orange County) or 12 (Osceola County) so crowds may start to decrease, but we still expect average to high crowds, given that summer vacations vary and usually don't end until after Labor Day.

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Apr 9, 2021 at 7:01 p.m. Olivia Says...

Hi there!

I’m think of booking November 7-11th 2021. Hoping to avoid jersey week and Veterans Day traffic. However, I’m worried I may end up getting both! Do you think this a a good time to book or should shoot for a different week in terms of crowds? Mid October was my other thought 16-20 or 23-27. Any advice?

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Apr 9, 2021 at 8:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

We'd opt for mid-October - the sooner, the better, as crowds tend to pick up closer to Halloween. Hope this helps!

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Apr 8, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. Nicole H Says...

Thank you for creating such an informative page!!

My trip to Disney was cancelled last year and I am looking to re-book for 2022. After researching many websites I have whittled it down to April/May or September/October. Considering weather, crowds and events - what would be your preference??

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Apr 9, 2021 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

That's a tough choice because you really can't go wrong with either option! For weather, we'd prefer April/early May since it doesn't overlap with Florida's wet season as much as September/October does. For crowds, usually it's a toss up between the two, especially when you compare late April/early May to early-mid September (late September and early October had an unusual uptick in crowds back in 2019, so we'll see if that trend continues once things start to go back to normal). Speaking of going "back to normal," 2022 could be a big year for traveling, so it's hard to predict exactly what crowds will be like, but based around typical school breaks, these time periods should remain consistent as far as expecting lower crowds than the remainder of the year. For events, we love Halloween & EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival, so September/October wins in our book (though both options will hoppen during Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration). If the rain & higher levels of humidity wouldn't be major deal breakers for you, we'd choose Sept./Oct. overall. Hope this helps you with weighing your options!

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Apr 6, 2021 at 7:34 a.m. Claire Says...

Hi,

We’re looking at visiting for 2 weeks next year, probably 12th - 26th Feb. Some of this seems to fall in to a bad time to visit and I just wondered why? Is there a holiday around then?

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Apr 6, 2021 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

Presidents Day (which will be Feb. 21 in 2022) usually brings in more crowds during that long 3-day weekend, so just prepare for higher crowds Friday through Wednesday as people may take off some extra time (though the weekend in particular will be the busiest during that period).

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Mar 31, 2021 at 3:14 p.m. Brandon G Says...

Hi there! Just discovered your blog and YouTube channel and am obsessed! Such high quality!

I’m visiting DisneyWorld May 9-13....How’s the crowds around that time? Either way, very excited!

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Mar 31, 2021 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon,

Thanks so much for hopping by! Your planned dates will be a great time to go since it'll be right before the summer season starts. According to our Crowd Calendar, we expect crowd levels from 4 to 6. We hope you have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 30, 2021 at 5:16 p.m. Marty Says...

Hi! We are planning a visit sometime in the first half of June 2021...no small children will be traveling with us...Is this a good time for two adult couples to visit the parks? What is your top recommendation?

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Mar 30, 2021 at 5:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marty!

The first half of June tends to have lower crowds, but make sure you pack your poncho and plan for some AC breaks! Overall, when my wife and I have gone sans-tadpoles in the summer, we plan to hit the parks in the morning, then take a break in the afternoon to cool off, whether that's a sit-down lunch or a nap or swim back at the hotel. Then we hop back in the early evening to take advantage of the cooler weather again :) Hope this helps - have a great time!

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Mar 25, 2021 at 5:40 p.m. Raquel Lara Says...

Im planning a trip the week before Thanksgiving is that a good time. Nov.14-19 2021

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Mar 26, 2021 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

Yes, that should be toadally manageable in terms of crowds, about 5s and 6s throughout your trip. You may see increased crowds towards the tail end, but overall, it should be a great time. Have fun!

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Mar 24, 2021 at 7:21 a.m. Shawna Dorame Says...

Hi, I see that presidents day weekend is not good, but what about the rest of that week after?

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Mar 24, 2021 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawna!

The beginning of the week might see higher crowds due to Presidents Day on Monday, but crowds should decrease later in the week, as well as the following week, before the spring break season starts. Hope this helps!

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Mar 21, 2021 at 7:32 p.m. LFE Says...

Hi! I’m a local looking at Wednesday 4/21 for Magic Kingdom, Wednesday 4/28 for Epcot, Wednesday 5/5 for Hollywood Studios, and Wednesday 5/12 for Animal Kingdom. Do these seem like good dates?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Those look great - you'll see slightly lower crowds in May than April (4s rather than 5s or 6s in terms of crowd level). Enjoy!

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Mar 20, 2021 at 9:21 a.m. Katie B Says...

Thanks for all your great advice!

I have another question. We would like to attend the Flower & Garden Festival in 2022, but we are not fond of love bugs or huge crowds. Is there any good time to visit the festival, where there are lower crowds and no love bugs?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Since Easter will be April 17 next year, the overall spring break season will be longer and more drawn out - but that means crowds won't be significantly higher in any particular week (although it might be busier the week before and after Easter, as well as March 14-18 when the local public schools are currently scheduled to be out on break in 2022). Meanwhile, the love bug season is typically late April through May. So, we'd suggest the first couple of weeks in March 2022 (March 7-11 may be your sweet spot!) since the festival usually starts right at the beginning of March.

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Mar 16, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. Tillie Robery-smith Says...

I am looking at travelling to florida from the UK in 2022 and looking at May 14th-28th is this a good time for crowd levels is WDW and Universal?

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

Weekends will see increased crowds, but weekdays around that time should be manageable, around crowd level 5s and 6s! You may also see increased crowds towards the end of your trip since Memorial Day is May 30, so many folks may head in for the long weekend Friday the 27th.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 9:45 p.m. Sheila Says...

What park would be the least/most busy on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after? Thanks!

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheila!

Most parks in the area will be about the same in terms of crowds at that time - about a level 9 on both Thanksgiving and the day after.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 4:11 p.m. Dinora Says...

I am confused. Please be patience with me. So, if we want to go this year, what dates should we go?

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dinora!

We toadally understand — it's a lot of information! Some of the best times to visit in 2021 moving forward will be the second half of April, weekdays in the first half of May, the second half of August, most days in September, most weekdays in October, weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving) and weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve). Holidays and weekends will be busy. You can see a day-by-day crowd projection on our Crowd Calendar if there's a specific timeframe you're looking at!

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Mar 8, 2021 at 3:54 a.m. Kourtney Says...

First, thank you so much for your wonderful site. It has helped me plan several very successful Disney Trips.

We were planning to visit either the week of Thanksgiving or the week between Christmas and New Years. We know crowds are a beast during both of these times, but any time we can go will be crowded. I am a teacher and therefor can only go when the rest of the US can go. We choose these times so that we could be in the parks during the time of the 50th anniversary celebratio, the cooler weather, and the amazing decorations. However, I went ahead and priced the summer and it is significantly cheaper to go during the summer. My question is, what are your thoughts on the 50th Anniversary Celebration? Do you think they will hold off on opening some of those new rides until then?

Thanks

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Mar 8, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kourtney!

You are so welcome - that makes us so hoppy to hear! Thank you for sharing with us! Right now, the only attraction set to open in 2021 is Remy's, which may open before the 50th anniversary, but there's just no telling. Harmonius is also expected to debut for the 50th anniversary. Since the celebration will be going on for 18 months, have you thought about going in summer 2022 instead? That would enable you to experience any new rides AND take part in the anniversary fun! :)

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Mar 6, 2021 at 4:47 p.m. Rick K. Says...

We are planning to do the parks from Sunday, May 2nd to Friday, 7th. Our current plan was to do MK, AK, DHS, MK, AK, and DHS. My only concern is that DHS is on May 4th (star wars day "May the 4th be with you"). Will that cause higher crowds at DHS on that day? Is it wise to book DHS on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday to have 3 chances to get the rise of the resistance ride? Then if we don't get the ROS ride on Monday we can switch from DHS to AK? Is it easy to get AK any weekday? I really appreciate any recommendations since my boys are big star war fans.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rick!

While we don't anticipate things to be super busy at that time, Park Passes have been booking up faster and faster these days! We think aiming for two Hollywood Studios days and one Animal Kingdom day would be your best bet just to be safe :) So far, switching FROM Hollywood to another park has been do-able, but we'd err on the side of caution if you'd rather not end up not being able to switch.

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Mar 5, 2021 at 5:10 a.m. Ann Marie Koester Says...

We are planning to be in Disneyworld 4/30-5/6. How are the crowds this time of year, and are they doing fast pass tickets? If so, can we pay to upgrade our tickets once we get there?

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Mar 5, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann Marie!

At this time, FastPass+ service is suspended. Crowds should be moderate at that time, with 4s and 5s on weekdays and 6s and 7s on the weekend. You can see a day by day prediction on our Crowd Calendar. Enjoy your trip!

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Mar 3, 2021 at 3:36 p.m. Katie Vaughan Says...

Hey, I would love your advice

I'm graduating from college on May 7th. So, we are about to plan my graduation trip to disney from May 10th to May 13th. We want to spend a day in each park. what do you think would be the best day to visit each park to avoid high crowds?

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Mar 3, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Congratulations! That looks to be a great time to go in terms of crowds, with all days around a 4 or 5, so we'd arrange your days however you'd like! You can see a day-by-day breakdown here. We sometimes work backwards and plan our days based on which dining reservations we get :) Have a great time!

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Mar 3, 2021 at 10:35 a.m. Patty Says...

When is the best time to visit with low crowds and good weather for a day at the water park?

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Mar 3, 2021 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

Weekdays in early May will be your best shot at sunshine and low crowds. Enjoy!

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Mar 1, 2021 at 7:31 a.m. Katie B Says...

We are trying to decide when to visit WDW. We are looking at the first part of December this year or the first part of May in 2022. What is your suggestion?

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Mar 1, 2021 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Either are great picks in terms of crowds! The weather will be a little cooler in December than in May, and the festivities around the parks will be different - the parks will all be decked out for the holidays in December, including EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, while May will offer EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. Like we said, both are great options - it toadally depends on your interests! :)

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Feb 28, 2021 at 7:39 p.m. Denise Says...

Great article, thanks! We just returned from an early February 2021 trip. Crowds were definitely there (even lots of kids), but it was doable and weather was great! Trying to plan for next year and your article was helpful. Maybe we can do my birthday week in January! :)

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Mar 1, 2021 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Denise! We are so glad you enjoyed this trip - and we hope you get to head back for your birthday! (Birthday trips are the best!)

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Feb 27, 2021 at 11:23 p.m. Holly Simonton Says...

We have a trip booked for 4/13/21 - 4/15/21. We’ll only have 3 days at the parks and plan to do MK twice and HS once (first trip with a toddler so gearing it towards his interests). We originally planned for MK on Monday, then HS Tuesday, and MK again Wednesday but we’ve always heard to avoid MK on Mondays. Should we switch MK and HS so that HS is on Monday? Or is HS a park to avoid on Mondays as well now that it has so many popular new rides? Thank you!!

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Mar 2, 2021 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

It looks like 4/13 is a Tuesday - but we agree with you! We'd put Hollywood Studios on a Monday if that's the case. If your trip does start on that Tuesday, we'd suggest MK, HS, MK instead. Hope this helps!

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Feb 27, 2021 at 1:14 a.m. Wendy Says...

I was thinking april 4-9 in 2022... easter isn't until april 17th

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Feb 25, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. Steph Says...

Was thinking of going next year April 18-25. Since it’s after Easter and later in the month- do you think it’ll still be really busy

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Feb 26, 2021 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Typically when you have a later Easter (like next year), there is a longer, but overall less crowded, spring break season, compared to when Easter is earlier in the year. Since you'll be arriving after the holiday, crowds should start to settle down, but there still may be schools that will schedule their breaks around Easter and the week after.

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Feb 25, 2021 at 12:25 p.m. Tillie Says...

When are the spring break dates to avoid? looking at moving my holiday to May 7th-21st but looking for good crown levels is this a good time to go?

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Feb 25, 2021 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

March and April is when you'll run into spring break crowds, so weekdays in May (especially pre-Memorial Day, which your dates fall under) are good picks :)

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Feb 24, 2021 at 6:42 p.m. K Andre Says...

Does anyone know what week they change over from Halloween to Christmas?

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Feb 24, 2021 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi K Andre!

This varies by year, but generally, the few days after the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the parks (especially Magic Kingdom) magically transform overnight! In 2020, the holiday season kicked off Nov. 6, and decorations were in place; most were already up Nov. 5. Hope this helps!

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Feb 24, 2021 at 7:26 a.m. Susan Says...

In the UK my husband has been shielding for a year as he is deemed extremely clinically vulnerable. We were booked to go for a month to Florida in November. Because of my husband we are reluctant to go this year because of this and we do not know whether the vaccination in the USA will be far enough given to make us feel safe. We were planning on transferring the holiday to 2022 and, as we are older, 60s, don’t know whether to book for November 2022 or earlier. We’ve been many times to Florida and don’t want to go when it’s really busy and too hot. It’s probably going to be our last time because of health issues so we want our holiday to be as lovely as it has been over the years. We will, we are kids at heart, want to go to all the theme parks. What do you think please? Thank you

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Mar 2, 2021 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

It is so hard to forecast what things will be like right now in November, so we toadally understand your hesitation! Our best advice would be to stay flexible, if your reservations allow it; if you’re able, we’d suggest waiting until closer to November to see how things are going stateside. As things progress, you’ll have a better idea of what things are like and whether or not you’re ready to make the jump — at which point you can reschedule for 2022 if you’d prefer. We know this is not exactly a firm answer, but that is how we’ve approached trips this year — a little bit tentative to make sure we’re all comfortable, especially since most airline, hotel and ticket policies are fairly flexible right now. Another timeframe to keep in mind is January and February. The weather is a little chillier (but Florida chilly ? ) and crowds tend to be low outside of the holiday weekends and the marathon (which you can easily work around). We will keep our posts up-to-date with new information as it is released so that you’ve always got the latest information! ? Sending you frog hugs from across the pond!

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Feb 23, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. Dana Says...

We know Labor Day will be busy but would 9/5-9/12 be a good time to visit? We visited several years back in October and had a blast, but thought this might be a little less busy.

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Feb 24, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana!

You are spot on - Labor Day is a holiday where we see more crowds the weekend before/day of; so past the 6th, it should be smooth sailing!

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Feb 23, 2021 at 10:11 a.m. Tillie Says...

I am looking at moving my trip to April/May 2022.

Would you say 7th-21st May is good for crowds? I am coming from the UK or 16th-30th April?

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Feb 23, 2021 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

That April timeframe will bring more Easter crowds, as well as potential spring break crowds so we'd personally pick May!

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