Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1349 Orlando

Crowd Calendar Orlando - Best Time to Visit Disney World 2019 & 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms and future worlds. You can stay inside of a rustic wilderness lodge or right in the heart of Disney animation. 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. This post will guide you through the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, including the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Aug. 29. 2019!

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. This will be especially true after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens.

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 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 2019 and 2020

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, 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 2019 and 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!

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The opening of this land — and two new rides (set to open in phases) — inside Disney's Hollywood Studios will bring in a lot of people. You can bet the big fans are planning vacations during the Christmas holidays, so it could be the busiest holiday season Disney World has had in years! For this reason, we've gone ahead and adjusted our crowd levels from Aug. 29 through the remainder of the year.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 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 until Aug. 29
  • 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)

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 2019 and 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. 18-20
  • 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 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 2019, Easter is on April 21. In 2020, it falls on April 12. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020

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 21, 2019 and April 12, 2020
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019 and Nov. 26, 2020
  • 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. 2, 2019 and Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 14, 2019* and Oct. 12, 2020
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2019* and Nov. 9, 2020 (observed)

*This year is likely to be be busier because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020. 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. David Prince Says...

While these crowd projections can be helpful do not let your vacation be determined just based on the prediction of crowd size. There is so much more to what makes a Disney vacation great, We have been during all times of the year including when the crowds were low and when they were at the highest levels and some of our best trips have been when the parks were the most crowded. A couple of years ago we visited during August for my sons Birthday and while the trip was OK it just did not have the same feeling as visiting during Christmas. We said right then no more summer trips. The next time we went was at Christmas when all the park predictions were at 10 and to us there was no comparison to how much more we enjoyed the trip with not only the cooler weather but the Christmas spirit that was in the air. I am not saying that crowd projections should not be a factor just do not let that become the driving force for your whole vacation.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

We toadally agree! It's all about what works best for each frog family :)

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Jul 2, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. Ben Says...

Hi, we are planning a family visit for 2020 and due to U.K. School holidays and work it looks like July is the most likely time we can make it. I know July 4th weekend is very busy but if we arrived just after for 2 weeks how would the crowds be? Last time we went we were at the parks before opening and the crowds were fine, would this work in July?

Thanks

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Jul 3, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben!

The Fourth is the busiest time in July, so the two weeks afterwards would be a great plan if July is the only time you can make it. Since most tadpoles are out of school, July tends to be a pretty time to visit, but as you noted, if you take advantage of early hours at the park and your FastPass+ reservations, you'll be in good shape. If you'd like day-to-day crowd forecasts, you can see them here.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 7:47 p.m. Amy Newberry Says...

If a family is planning a trip as far out as 2022, is there a way they can do a pay ahead as you can deal? Just curious. Amy

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Jul 3, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

When you make a Disney World room-only reservation, you'll only need to place a deposit; the remaining balance will be due upon check-in. If you are booking a Disney World vacation package, you'll only need to place a deposit to secure your reservation, but your balance will be due 30 days prior to check-in. Hope this helps!

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Jun 30, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. Aimee-Lee Roberts Says...

Hi, we were just looking for advice. I know you're crowd calendar is not out yet for 2021 but we were thinking of visiting for 3 weeks in May 2021 (staying off site) and wondered how busy this month is regarding crowds and queue times for rides? We are only concerned as have been told Cheerleading competitions are on around this time? thank you

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Jul 3, 2019 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee!

In general, May is a good time to visit! Things will be starting to heat up temperature-wise, and as you noted, cheer competitions sometimes occur in the beginning of the month. Crowds are manageable on weekdays otherwise, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, where you'll notice crowds are much higher. If you're staying off-site, we wouldn't worry too much about the cheer competitions :)

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Jun 26, 2019 at 8:52 p.m. Carissa McDonald Says...

We have never experienced WDW at Christmas, and have to work around our daughters college breaks. So, our only options are either Thanksgiving week or between Christmas and New Years 2020. I know it will be very crowded, but I was wondering if you could tell me which choice would be the BEST choice. Thank you so much!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carissa!

As you noted, both are very busy times at Disney World, but Thanksgiving is slightly less busy than the week between Christmas and New Year (when the park sometimes hits capacity), so our recommendation is Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful time!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Kim Says...

Hi: I have been to Disney many times and at different time of the year. Looking for week after Thanksgiving 2020. I know Thanksgiving week is crowded. What about the following week 11/29 - 12/5? Depending, we might go 12/6 - 12/12. Would love to know your thoughts

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Jun 26, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

12/6-12/12 looks to be a better option according to our Crowd Calendar, with all days being 4s and 5s except the weekend. Enjoy!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11:28 p.m. Adria Says...

Hi! I’ve been to Disney many many times. The difference for our next trip is that we will have a 2 yo with us. I have a 9 yo(by then) and we have seen everything. My concern is the new Star Wars and toy story land in Hollywood studios. We were thinking of skipping that park altogether and waiting for another trip. We were thinking of going March 1-7 2020. What do you think the crowds will be like in the other parks?

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Jun 20, 2019 at 6:41 p.m. Cyndia Ellis Says...

We are planning a Disney World vacation mid to late September 2020. We are in our early 60's and Hubby has never been! I said wait no more. No kids with me this time (although I loved taking them very much, back in the day). It will be a Senior play date this time.

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Jun 21, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndia,

Sounds like a frogtastic trip you've got planned! We hope your husband enjoys his first time at the parks, and hoppy planning in the meantime :)

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Jun 20, 2019 at 3:36 a.m. Jonathan Qin Says...

Hi there,

This was fantastic and really helped me in planning my trip. I just have one question. The week I have spring break in 2020 is from April 13 - 20. I was wondering how you think the crowds will be since this is after Easter.

Thank you so much!

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Jun 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for sharing your kind words! We're so hoppy you found it to be useful. The parks may be still be busy due to the Easter/Spring Break crowds, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for further planning.

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Jun 15, 2019 at 7:34 p.m. Carrie Says...

Hi,

We are planning a trip to Orlando next year and have to stick to the kids’ school schedule. If we go to DisneyWorld next year we will have two choices: around Memorial Day weekend plus a few days (May 22-29) or mid March (13-20). Does one seem better in regards to crowds? Since spring break varies, is it logical to think it might be lighter crowd wise? Is certainly would be cooler but then it probably isn’t warm enough for water parks, right? What is your advice?

Thanks a bunch!

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Jun 18, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

This is a tough one. May 22-29 will be likely slightly better, but I would go with the one that fits your schedule best. Mid-March should be OK for the water parks since the water is heated, but late May would be better.

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Jun 14, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. Ella Says...

Why is Feb. 14-23 2020 a bad time to visit? Thanks for clarifying.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 11:08 p.m. Mike B Says...

Feb 14-18 is President's Day weekend.

Feb 20-23 is the Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

The combination of the two make that entire span of dates much busier.

The different marathon and running events in Disney World are extremely popular. Unless you want to participate in them (which would be a lot of fun), I'd recommend trying to avoid any running event weekends/weeks.

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Jun 9, 2019 at 8:49 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi, we are planning a 2 week trip next spring, but I am concerned about the lovebugs , when does the lovebugs season start?

We are trying to avoid to many crowds and wanted to go in late april, but I am concerned about the lovebugs, hope you can give some pointers on What to do?

Thanks

Michelle

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Jun 10, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Lovebug season generally falls in late April/early May and lasts for about a month. The exact timeframe can vary. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot that can be done about them in that time! They don't sting or bite, but they certainly can be an annoyance. If you're driving, be sure to wipe them off of your car once you reach your destination (soak with water for about 5-10 minutes, then wipe off so as not to negatively impact the paint). Others in the Frog Pond may have some love bug tips for you, as well!

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Jun 8, 2019 at 9:33 p.m. Mandi Says...

We are planning for February 28th-March 7th, 2020, is this a good time? I see there are cheer competitions during this time. Thank you!!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandi!

According to our Crowd Calendar, things will be pretty moderate until your last day! There are generally cheer competitions around that time, though dates for next year have not been released just yet (from last year's dates, there's only one that would overlap with your trip). Most of the cheer crowds tend to be noticeable at the resorts (especially Coronado Springs) rather than the parks.

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Jun 8, 2019 at 10:18 a.m. Says...

Hey me and my husband are visiting may 2020 anyone one know what the crowds are like at this time?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for date-specific crowd details, as well as park hours, for your May trip dates. Have a wonderful time!

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Jun 6, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Sil Says...

Hi! Sorry, did I miss why the time period between Feb. 14 & 23 2020 is one of the worst dates? This is exactly when me and my sisters were planning to visit. Any insights? Thanks!

PS - This is the first time I visit Disney World in 25 years! All tips welcomed ;)

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sil,

This is the time of President's Day.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 7:17 p.m. Daniell Says...

Hello, we are planning our Disney holiday for 2020, we will have a 4 year old and 2 year old, we wanted to avoid the busiest times but want to be there in the warmest weather's but has to be before September as our eldest starts school then. When would you say would be the best 2 weeks to go? Many thanks

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniell,

Late August or early June.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Tammy eshenour Says...

I would say early June over August. It's so hot the kids will be miserable. Trust me, we had 5 of them.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. Amanda Lewis Says...

We are planning to book a trip as soon as next year’s packages are available in a few days. We wanr to go January or February. Any preferences as far as crowds, events, weather, etc?

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Jun 7, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

You are choosing a fantastic time to go! The end of January (after the Marathon) and the beginning and end of February tend to see lower crowds (though they may be slightly elevated this year due to Galaxy's Edge). You can find specific dates on our Crowd Calendar here. Temperatures may be slightly warmer in February, but both months will be comparable. Others in the Frog Pond may weigh in on their faves, too! Have a frogtastic time!

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Jun 2, 2019 at 5:01 a.m. Nate Says...

I’m a Disney nerd. Love Disney love everything about it. For the last three years, I’ve made at least one Disney Trip (including two to Disneyland). But I’ve never been during the fall because I work for Walmart and our inventory is always right before Halloween. This year, it’s earlier in October so I’m trying to make the most of seeing all of the HAlloween parties. I’ll be arriving October 13 and checking out the 18th, heading to Tampa for Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Looking at everything I want to hit, it looks like October 15 for MNSSHP and October 17 for HHN. Would these be good days to hit these two parties?

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Jun 4, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nate!

We're so excited for you that you'l get some Halloween time in! Yes, those dates look great for both Mickey's Not-So-Scary and Halloween Horror Nights, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 29, 2019 at 7:28 a.m. Craig Says...

We are restricted to traveling after June 26th and before August 5th in 2020.....taking everything into account would it be better to go straight away on 26th or hold on until end of July???

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May 29, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig!

Those dates look to be pretty similar in terms of Crowds, so we'd pick what works best for you and your family and head to Disney World then! It will be slightly warmer as the summer goes on, and be sure to look out for Fourth of July. Have a wonderful trip!

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May 23, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. Nikki Says...

First timer here .. well, at least that I’ll be able to remember (I was quite little when I went). This is, however, my first time planning & will be my sons first time there. We are staying off property. It will be myself & my 9 year old son. I am looking at Nov 10(ish) of this year. I know the more time the better, but we are looking at 5 days at the parks. Will that be sufficient to get a magical experience, especially if we do the park hopper? Or what is some advice you can offer to make his & my first trip a success? Thanks in advance!

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May 23, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki!

We are toadally excited for you and your tadpole! Five days is perfect for a first trip, especially if you have park hoppers. Our best advice is to take advantage of advance FastPass reservations and Extra Magic Hours (if you're able). Be sure that you take some time to relax and soak it in, too! Whether that's taking a break for a dining experience, heading back for a nap mid-day before you hop back in the night hours, or taking a dip in the pool, make sure you do some recharging, too. Our littles really love to be involved in the planning, so it might be fun to prioritize together when thinking about FastPasses. We have a ton of ride videos on our YouTube channel! We have found Memory Maker to be a worthwhile investment, but it's best to purchase in advance to save some extra green. We're sure others in the Frog Pond have some hop tips, too! Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 21, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. Anne Says...

Hi, we are planning a family holiday for 2020, kind of stuck with dates and no time seems great!!

We are planning 12 days.

Anywhere between 27th of March to 24th of April.

Or between 27th of May to 13th June.

Getting bogged down with spring breaks, Easter, school holidays, thunder storms!!

What would you recommend.

1st timers so want to make the best of it.....

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May 21, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

We toadally understand - there really is no "off" season anymore! There are more moderate crowd days at the end of May, according to our Crowd Calendar, than the other periods you mentioned. Likewise, the week leading up to Easter is fairly moderate. Keep weather in mind, as well, as May and into June will be pretty warm, whereas it'll still cool down in the evenings in March and April. Ultimately in that timeframe, we'd just choose what works best for your family and run with it! Have a frogtastic trip!

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