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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015 & 2016

by Leap on August 6, 2015

Best time to visit Disney World in 2015 & 2016

It's no secret that one of the biggest vacation-planning topics out there is when to visit Disney World. Today, we wanted to take away some of the mystery by sharing the best time to visit Disney World in 2015! For those of you planning a trip to Disney in 2016, we've added these dates too.

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. We've been to visit in every season and have found we could manage crowds just fine — by following our own solid touring advice. That is getting to the park at opening, taking breaks in the afternoon when the parks are busiest and making use of wait-time apps. Now guests can follow our FastPass+ tips as another means of skipping the lines. Believe it or not, if you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

That said, there are still better times to visit Disney World, and by extension Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, than others. It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2015 and 2016 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally anytime there is a holiday where kids will be out of school, there will be crowds at Disney World. Now, we have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation (we have done it ourselves), but here are some things to consider.

Best time to visit Disney World in 2015 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015 & 2016

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2015 and 2016, we recommend you check out our Crowd Calendar. The weekly and daily crowd levels for the whole year 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. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later.

Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit, and they are also displayed on the crowd calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, and you just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them.

So what's the best time to visit Disney World in 2015 and 2016?

If we're going purely from the predicted crowd levels, the very best times to visit Disney World in 2015 are ...

  • Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015 - Donald Duck
    The weeks of Jan. 4-10, 25-31
  • The week of Feb. 1-7
  • The second half of August
  • All of September
  • Most weekdays and the last week in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2016 are ...

  • Jan. 3-8, Jan. 20-31
  • Feb. 1-11, Feb. 23-March 3
  • The second half of August
  • All of September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the best very best of the month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowd levels, and it remains the case for 2015 and 2016 as well. With the kids just returning to school, parents are loath to take the kids out for vacation. Also working in its favor, September has some of the very best events of the entire season, including Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The second half of the month is a little more crowded than the first part of the month, which doesn't have any special events. Lest you think September is the perfect month, keep in mind that it is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly more rain than that.

The days after Thanksgiving leading up to the week of Christmas are also a good time to visit Disney World, although perhaps 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, those days are getting busier.

Some days in January, and some in February, are also great times to visit the parks. 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. The Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, for example, isn't held every night during this time. While there isn't much rain, there are cold fronts that blow through, which makes swimming chilly (but still doable most of the time). Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment. Splash Mountain and Disney's Blizzard Beach have annual refurbishments around this time.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015 - Captain Hook

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2015. They are ...

  • The first week of January
  • The week of Feb. 15-21
  • March 8-April 11
  • Weekends in May starting May 16
  • June
  • July
  • August until the 17th
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2016 are ...

  • The first week in January, Jan. 15-18
  • Feb. 12-21
  • March 5-April 10
  • Weekends in May, May 26-31
  • June
  • July
  • August until the 16th
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

With Easter falling earlier in spring for 2016, it means that the "spring break season" will be shorter and more intense. Heavier crowds will last through the week of Easter, which will be close to the peak crowds you see around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Best Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2015 & 2016

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015 - Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

I want to take a moment to look at the holidays, because 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
  • Easter - March 27, 2016
  • 4th of July 2016
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 26 2015, Nov. 24, 2016
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve

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 2015 and 2016 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 7 2015, Sept. 5, 2016
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 13 2015, Oct. 10 2016

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2015 and 2016. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in 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 inside our Orlando Planning Guide

Hoppy Disney planning!

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BizzieBee Aug 26, 2015 at 11:27 p.m.

Hi! I'm so glad I stumbled onto this blog, so much helpful information! In any case, I'm looking into using a travel agent for my 2016 WDW trip, it's my very first time going to WDW and Universal Studios so I want to ensure I'm making the most of my time as I don't know when I will be able to make it back! 1.) For first timers, are park hopper passes necessary/beneficial? Or will each park keep me so consumed I won't have time to get to other parks in one day? 2.) I'm hearing there is a Fastpass+ option. Is this different from the Disneyland Fastpass system? 3.) You mentioned it rains in Sept., I'm looking to go the weeks of either: 9/4/2015 - 9/12/2015 OR 9/11/2016 - 9/19/2016. I will spend 5 days at WDW and 2 days at Universal and then head home, is that time of the month super rainy (and or cold) or does it just depend?

I am SUPER excited by the way and cannot wait to begin booking my trip! I just want to make sure I have a solid plan in place so again I can make the most of this once in a lifetime trip :o)

Thank you!

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FrogBlog Aug 27, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.

Hi Bizzie Bee,

If you use a site such as ours for your research, you likely won't need a travel agent since you're already asking the right questions;) This a great time to go as far as crowds are concerned. I would definitely plan for rain on either of those dates. Usually what you see are showers in the afternoon for a few hours. It's not normally a huge disruption, but keep in mind that it is hurricane season. It's still pretty hot this time of year.

For first-timers, who want to experience most everything in each park, park hopping isn't necessary, but some people want that flexibility. You can always add it on in the parks if you decide you need it. We have more information about park hoppers and when to get them here.

We also have more information about FastPass+ here, including a downloadable guide. This is not a ticket option. It is FREE and included with all Disney tickets.

We hope you will keep us in mind for tickets on this upcoming trip!

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Emily Aug 26, 2015 at 12:51 p.m.

Thanks for your useful info. We booked our orlando trip from Oct 16-21 . Would it be too cold to visit discovery cove and sea world ( swimming) in Oct ? Actually it is my first time traveling to US with my 9 yrs old son and husband. What you would advise if we want visit Magic kingdom, Epcot, HOllywood studio, seaworld, discovery cove in 4 days only ?

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 8:44 a.m.

Hi Emily,

I don't think it's going to be too cold, and there are wetsuits provided for Discovery Cove anyway. I think it's going to be tough to do all of those parks in four days if you are a first-time visitor. I would recommend a full day for Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld and Epcot. For Discovery Cove, it is most of the day, until the early evening, which I suppose you could hop over to Hollywood Studios, but that's really not enough time to experience that park.

Keep hopping!

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JC Aug 24, 2015 at 5:31 p.m.

Me and my partner (2 adults with no kids) are planning a trip to Orlando on the last week of September 2016. We've been to Universal parks before but never at Disney. We really want to go to Hollywood Horror Nights in Universal and thought that maybe late September (the first week of HHN) will be less crowded than October. And we want to go the entire week to visit the Disney parks for our first time. Do you think is a good time to actually enjoy the parks and do the rides? What day of the week would you recommend for each park? Also, I'm concerned about the rain you mentioned on your post since I never thought about it. Certainly we don't want for our first visit.

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.

Hi JC,

The end of September is generally better than October, but you do have to contend with rain (in October too).

Keep hopping!

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Shaun Aug 23, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.

We have a special needs 3-year old who requires oxygen and would most likely be in a stroller most of the time. We would probably not be interested in many rides, but more character/show watching. I just started researching this and have noted the first week in October, mid-November, first half of December, last week in January, and first week of February. Would any of these times be better than the others? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 10:15 a.m.

Hi Shaun,

I would say last week in January or first week of February. All of these other times are good too.

Keep hopping!

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Shar Aug 22, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.

Hi, we are planning to go in 2016 with our autistic son so want crowds as low as we can. We were thinking of the two week after easter. UK schools go back 11th or 18th depending on area. Which two weeks do you think would be less busy, or would the two weeks before the easter weekend be better??? we can go any time in March April May, but thought April would give better weather and longer days.

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FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.

Hi Shar,

I think the last two weeks of April are a good time to go.

Keep hopping!

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Angela Aug 21, 2015 at 7:28 p.m.

We are just starting to plan our first family trip to Disney World for April 21-30, 2016. We will likely be purchasing a 5 day pass, 1 park per day (not hopper), some vacation days will be non-park days. At that point our boys will be 9 and 5 1/2, they are not into meeting characters or extremely large crowds, but they love rides. Any words of wisdom? (BTW, really loving your website!! Thanks!)

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FrogBlog Aug 27, 2015 at 12:16 p.m.

Hi Angela,

This sounds like a great plan! Whenever we're visiting a new theme park, we like to sit down together as a family and have everyone choose their priorities. From our Disney World page, you can see all of the parks parks, and from there, all of the parks' attractions. We include our point of view videos on each of these pages along with other helpful information, so families can make decisions about what to do in the park.

Keep hopping!

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Peter Grimaldi Aug 20, 2015 at 8:49 p.m.

This information is really useful!!! We booked our disney trip from October 30th-November 9th, we are getting the halloween party, christmas party, and food and wine festival. Can't wait!!

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FrogBlog Aug 21, 2015 at 7:01 a.m.

Woohoo, Peter!!

We're excited for you!

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Cindy Aug 19, 2015 at 7:35 p.m.

I'm so glad I found this site. Such a wealth of information! We already booked our flights and will be going to Disney World November 21-23 (Sat/Sun/Mon) then heading over to Universal November 23 & 24 (meeting up with another family). Now that I see you crowd calendar I'm second guessing this plan because of the crowds. Are those days prior to Thanksgiving really that busy too or is it mainly Thursday & on?

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FrogBlog Aug 20, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.

Hi Cindy,

Saturday will be better than Sunday, Sunday better than Monday etc., but it will be busy! As long as you know that going in, you can set expectations and follow good touring advice by arriving ahead of park openings, following touring plans and taking a break in the afternoon, you should be fine. Make sure to download our brand-new Orlando app for iPhone! It has pre-set plans and weight times.

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Ang Aug 18, 2015 at 10:50 p.m.

I have tickets for the Christmas party on the 1st of Dec, which starts at 4. Does the park close early on these days on account of the Christmas party? How does that work? Tks!

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.

Hi Ang,

Yes, the parks close early on these days. Guests who do not have party tickets (and party wristbands) will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m. You can read more about it here.

Keep hopping!

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Lena Aug 16, 2015 at 7:39 p.m.

We always go in April but not all my family will be able to go April 2016 so I was thinking September 2016. My question is will the parks(Epcot and Magic Kingdom as well as Disney Springs) pretty much be running the same? Would they have the same time park closures, parades(night and day) and firework shows as April? Also would they still continue to run the Electrical Water Pageant nightly as well?

Thank you in advance for your time and website!!!

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.

Hi Lena,

You can look at the park hours for September 2015 on our Crowd Calendar to get a good sense of them for 2016. They aren't guaranteed to be the same, but they would be closer than April. Yes, you will get to see the Electrical Water Pageant.

Keep hopping!

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Sherri Aug 14, 2015 at 5:32 a.m.

We were planning our WDW vacation may 15th though may21st 2016 and was just wondering if a good time or not and about the park times if close early ? We have went last 2 1/2 years once in March then this past Dec ... Advice please :)

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2015 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi Sherri,

There are some medium crowd days, but Friday and Saturday will be busier. Check out the Crowd Calendar. Park hours won't be super short. I would expect Magic Kingdom to be open until 11 p.m. or midnight on some of these days.

Keep hopping!

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Trish Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 a.m.

We will be going from .2/2/16 to 2/7/16. Any thoughts, pros or cons??

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FrogBlog Aug 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

Hi Trish,

Should be a great time to go as far as crowds are concerned. The only potential con is colder weather and more refurbs typically during this time.

Keep hopping!

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rachael Aug 12, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

We are planning a trip second week of June. I read in another book that early June is not too busy. Any info for this time of year. It is our first time going. We have a 7 and almost 6 year old that we will be taking. My husband and I are both teachers so going "off season" is just not an option. This may be the only time we get to go so we want to make the most of it.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

Hi Rachael,

The first week of June is better, but this week will be pretty good too! It will be crowded, but not as crowded as later in June or July.

Keep hopping!

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KK Aug 12, 2015 at 6:25 a.m.

HI! we will be going to Disney World on Dec 04 for 7 days. Good time? not crowded right?

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FrogBlog Aug 20, 2015 at 1:21 p.m.

Hi KK,

This is a great time to go! Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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Liz Aug 11, 2015 at 10:55 p.m.

Hi,

What do you think about November 1-4th? I've read that Jersey Week is during that time. Would that be a bad time?

The other time we are considering is the last week in April. Schools in upstate NY are on break that week, but I don't know if other states are off that week. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 20, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.

Hi Liz,

As far as crowds go, they are comparable. If you were staying through the weekend in November, I would steer you toward that week in April. The weekend will be more crowded because of the Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Weekend.

Keep hopping!

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Christina Aug 11, 2015 at 1:32 a.m.

We'll be traveling to Disney October 2-9, 2015. We're staying at old key west. Anything you want to throw my way would be appreciated. I have read through lots of your material also. Can't wait to surprise the kids!!

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FrogBlog Aug 11, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Christina,

You're going to love Old Key West, and it will be a nice time to visit. Make sure to visit Olivia's Cafe and check out all the photos visitors have left. Our favorite section of the resort is the Miller's Road area, which you could make as an online check-in request.

Keep hopping!

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jason Aug 7, 2015 at 6:39 a.m.

we are planning for 24th March to 9th April which has easter weekend then almost 2 weeks after that - what would your expectations be for that period please. I see there are some green days on the crowd planner etc.

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Samantha Aug 6, 2015 at 4:24 p.m.

Please help! this is our first trip and we're planning on going jan 14-21 2016 and it says that's the worse time to go, can you tell me why :( !

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FrogBlog Aug 6, 2015 at 4:07 p.m.

Hi Samantha,

Some of your dates will be OK, but you are coming over the MLK Day Holiday Weekend. I would expect Saturday, Sunday and Monday to be very busy. See our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels.

Keep hopping!

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Adam Jul 30, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Do you think the "best times" discussed here are also the best times to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure? My wife and I are leaning toward October because of the addition of Halloween-themed events, but is Universal Studios not more crowded at this time due to Haunted Hollywood Nights?

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FrogBlog Jul 30, 2015 at 3:03 p.m.

Hi Adam,

October isn't as great of a time to visit as it used to be because of all of the fall events, including Halloween Horror Nights, but it's still a good time to visit and definitely beats the summer. Universal is more crowded during October because of Halloween Horror Nights, but so too will be the Disney parks too.

Keep hopping!

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Sylvia Jul 28, 2015 at 9:45 p.m.

My family of 7 is planning a Disney vacation and trying to decide when to go is the biggest question. In the past we have always gone the weekend after Thanksgiving and the crowds weren't too bad at all. The wait for some things was long but most were fine. Scheduling at this time that will not work. We are looking at Columbus day weekend or the week before Christmas. Do you think one will be better than the other?

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.

Hi Sylvia,

Will you be going for the same length of time? If you are only looking at Columbus Day weekend and not the weekdays, then I would take the week before Christmas. Check out the Crowd Calendar for your specific dates.

Keep hopping!

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Mags Jul 19, 2015 at 10:46 p.m.

Planning on going October 14, my sister will be 65 and really wants the opportunity to have a pic with Mickey, so your advice is exceptional. She did say a dance with Mickey but don't think that might happen. Has to be on 14th. Thanks !

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

Hi Mags,

Sounds like fun. The 14th should be a great time to meet Mickey, and I wouldn't count him out on that dance ;)

Keep hopping!

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Nicole Jul 4, 2015 at 2:32 p.m.

We want to plan a trip to Disney the last week of January 2016- first week of February 2016. I have checked the crowd calendars and prior advice on fast passes and getting into the part before it opens. I love the advice and plan to

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2015 at 11:58 a.m.

Hi Nicole,

Looks like your message got caught off. Can we answer any questions for you? You've picked a good time to go, crowds-wise, you just really want to avoid the holidays in January and February.

Keep hopping!

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Jo Jul 2, 2015 at 3:34 a.m.

Hi we are there for the days Tues Sept 13 - Sat Sept 19. As we are doing the Universal Package we will only visit Magic Kingdom one day. I have three questions.

1) Based on your crowd calender we are going a brilliant week. Should I bother with fast passes at Disney with 2/10 days.

2) I have read your site and it says to avoid Early Entry days and the best days look to be the 15th or 16th. Only one has the Halloween night which I know will cost more if we stay. Will we not get the normal Wishes fireworks if we get the Halloween night. It is very important to me and Halloween is not big to us.

3) I may have to visit one park on weekend with our Flex Pass. I assume Seaworld would absorb larger crowds better than Universal or Disney.

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Jul 2, 2015 at 6:53 a.m.

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your questions! We've got answers :)

1. I would absolutely still book FastPasses. Disney is never "dead" the way you might see at other theme parks in off-season. There will still be crowds, and there will still be waits, so anything you can do to minimize that is a plus.

2. If you want to see Wishes, you should definitely go on a night when the Halloween party isn't happening. Personally, I think HalloWishes is a better show, but I understand your reasoning. Also keep in mind that you can hear and see the fireworks from outside the park at the boat dock and beaches at several locations, including the boat dock at Ticket and Transportation Center, the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and Ft. Wilderness. Our favorite spot for this is the Polynesian.

3. SeaWorld is a solid weekend choice.

Hope you have a fabulous trip! Sounds like you are doing all of your research ;)

Keep hopping!

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Tammy Jun 26, 2015 at 10:07 p.m.

I took my mom Thanksgiving week to FL. Stayed at DW's Coronado's Resort. We had a nice room and wonderful service and food. I'd never stayed at the resort...HIGHLY , HIGHLY suggest it. It was nice for DW to pick us up at the airport and take care of everything while we were there including taking our packaged back to the resort for us. It was especially nice to not have to worry about where the car was, waiting in exit line to leave the parking lot. I'd never stayed on grounds before but will never go back to staying off . As for our Thanksgiving Day meal...we found it would of been cheaper to eat at the la cart market at our resort and it ended up being the some food that was at the $35 meal at WD's Pioneer "Cabin" or the Liberty Tavern..in my opinion they were too expensive. I would of rather of go to the cafe . However, the specialty places like Mickey's Cafe and the Dinner at Hollywood park is a must!!! I personally found the crowds not bad but to my mom who drove an electric cart it was very crowded. The only terrible thing for use going in Nov. was the weather. We had packed for warmer temps than home,but it was COLDER at DW at 37-63 degrees where home was 45-68 degrees FYI; We went to Sea World too. The whole day was bad to worse. 1st there is not shuttle service from DW to SW so We had to leave DW grounds walk 5 blocks to a bus stop,wait 45 minutes, ride the transit another 30 minutes, get off the bus and walk 10 blocks the walk through SW parking lot before getting to the ticket booth. By this time it was lunch so we bought their meal pass(highly worth it) and had lunch. After lunch we discovered that most of the animal shows had been cancelled! We had come to go to the Killer Whale dinner so we walked around for three hours! When we go to our dinner we discovered that it wasn't at all what the ads has said. We were to sit and dine under an enclosed tunnel where the whales swim over you, eating on china and the a "private" show. We ended up eating next to a holding tank for whales, eating on paper plates with plastic silverware while a whale and it trainers do tricks! Then at 6:47 we started began walking to the exit best of the weekday hours and the began our evening trek to the bus stop to start our trip back to DW.( the only good thing was the penguin exhibit-I LOVE penguins)

over all, DisneyWorld will be great no matter when you go. You'll have so much fun who needs to go anywhere else!

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Michel Jun 11, 2015 at 6:48 a.m.

Hej, we are planning a trip for summer 2016. We know it isn't the best time to be in WDW, we have a periode from July 9th until August 21th. In between we want to go for a two week period. What are the best weeks to consider?

Michel

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Jamie May 29, 2015 at 3:52 p.m.

I really want to plan a family trip. I'm not a believer of taking my kid out of school, but I'm considering it just because the last two years we've missed a lot of school in Jan/Feb. Would it be a good time to visit? I've heard some rides close, is that true? I'm assuming that is water rides? I just want my kid's first experience to be fun and not miserable hot and spent standing in line. Love your blog!

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FrogBlog May 29, 2015 at 2:01 p.m.

Hi Jamie,

I think you're on to a good idea :) January and February can be great times to go crowds-wise, just make sure to look at the crowd calendar and avoid the holidays. We were at Disney last January right after the marathon, and it was the least-busy time we've ever experienced in all of our times at the parks! That said, there are more refurbishments generally during this time. Splash Mountain usually does an annual refurb most of January, so that is something to keep in mind.

Thanks for the praise! We love awesome readers such as you!!

Keep hopping!

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Mia May 27, 2015 at 12:22 a.m.

We have a trip planned for Aug 30 - Sept 5th. Hurricane season scares me a bit to be honest, how bad is it expected to get? Thanks!

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FrogBlog May 28, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Mia,

We can't predict the hurricanes, but barring a hurricane, you should expect rains daily or almost daily in the afternoon. Storms blow in and out very quickly, so it really doesn't have a huge impact on your day. Just make sure to pack a poncho.

Keep hopping!

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Katherine May 19, 2015 at 4:35 p.m.

Went to WDW last year from Sept 2nd to 9th and crowds were amazingly low, weather was nice, and I had a great time. Booked a bounceback for Sept 2015 for Sept 1st to 8th, but I just realized that this year Labour Day falls right in my dates (last year's Labour Day was early on and we arrived after the holiday was over). Will this affect crowd levels? Thanks !

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 1:25 p.m.

Hi Katherine,

Labor Day should not have a huge impact on crowds as most families are just getting back in the swing of things with school.

Keep hopping!

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richard May 18, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.

how bad will it be on may 22 the 24 hr day

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 6:43 a.m.

Richard,

It will easily be the busiest day of the year. Doesn't mean you shouldn't do it — it will be an amazing experience I am sure, especially with the new nighttime parade and projection mapping show — but you should expect super crowds. The parking garage will open at 10 p.m. the night before, and people will begin lining up to get in at 6 a.m.

Keep hopping!

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Kerri May 10, 2015 at 11:23 a.m.

We are coming to Florida in October. 18th october - 1st November. We are staying in a villa in Kissimmee. I have been before but not for 17years. Can you help me with idea of what the weather would be like & que times for rides please?

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FrogBlog May 15, 2015 at 9:46 a.m.

Hi Kerri,

The weather is quite good in October and November, with less rain, highs in the 80s and lows near 60. Ride times are also good during this time, but keep in mind that Disney World is never empty even during the least-busy times.

Keep hopping!

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violet May 7, 2015 at 10:02 p.m.

Me and my boyfriend are going to be going from May 11th to May 17th 2016. How do you think the crowds and weather will be at that time of the year?

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 3:19 p.m.

Hi Violet,

We expect medium crowds most of this time, although the weekends will be busier Check out our Crowd Calendar!

Keep hopping,

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Jen May 7, 2015 at 4:55 p.m.

We are going November 5-11th. Any tips on that time about weather, crowds??? When do they decorate for Christmas?

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FrogBlog May 15, 2015 at 9:51 a.m.

Hi Jen,

Highs are generally in the high 70s and lows near 60. You can see crowd predictions here. The decorations start going up in early November, but it takes several weeks before everything is in place.

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Anita May 5, 2015 at 7:23 p.m.

Hi there, planning trip - I had originally hoped to go early May but had to postpone. I can now go anytime from 18th May. I plan to go for two weeks with a 4 year old. Question I have is do I go for the 18th or a bit later and give myself more time to plan.

Thanks

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 9:44 a.m.

Hi Anita,

The later you wait, the more crowded the parks get. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Lee-Anne Apr 29, 2015 at 3:05 p.m.

Hi, we are hoping to stay at either Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach resort in 2016. My husband would like to go last week June through 1st week in July, but I am really worried about crowd level, wait times the heat!!! only other time would be to take our son out of school in May. Any tips for which would be best would be great.

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.

Hi Lee-Anne,

Crowd levels are better in May, but there are also some higher crowd level days in May too, so check the crowd calendar. Of course, you can still have a wonderful trip no matter when you go. I suggest you check out this post on tips for using FastPass+ in summer. Both of those resorts are a lot of fun. Lily and Tad especially loved the fortress pool at Caribbean Beach (sounds more scary than it actually is), and the beachy theme was a big hit with them. Let us know what you decide to do!

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Lee-Anne Jun 7, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.

Hi Leap, thank for the advice. Well my husbands work has decided for us, that we are now only able to fly end May, beginning of June. So we are now booked for Coronado Spring from 1st June 2016 for 2 weeks ( coming from UK) :-) I have registered with you're newsletter and will use you're site to plan our holiday. Thank you Lee-Anne x

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Kristy Apr 29, 2015 at 3:49 a.m.

Party of 7 (grandma, mom, dad and 4 young kids) are heading to WDW this winter. The choice being the week of Nov 15th or the week of Nov 30th. Any thoughts on which would be the best week? 2 most important things are - low crowds and Christmas experiences (without doing the Christmas Party). Looks like there are still many Christmas lights in mid November. Anything we would be missing by going in Mid November rather than waiting until week after Thanksgiving?

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi Kristy,

Nov. 15 is a better week for crowds, but you would miss out on the Epcot Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Jenny Apr 22, 2015 at 9:12 a.m.

Hi All, we are hoping to book a trip in 2016 and wondered if you would have any advice for the best time to go that far in advance? Thank you

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FrogBlog Apr 22, 2015 at 11:44 a.m.

Hi Jenny,

You can see some of the 2016 dates already in our crowd calendar. The same principles hold true year to year. Avoid the holidays and times when kids are out of school.

About when are you thinking of going?

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bekah Apr 20, 2015 at 5:51 a.m.

I thought I had my dates set but now im not so sure. We can either go the last week of september or october 18-25. Now im not so sure as they both have busy days. Any input? Not sure if there is school break or busy due to mickey not so scary.

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 6:49 a.m.

Hi Bekah,

The last week of September is slightly better than those dates in October, but both look pretty good!

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Cindy Apr 19, 2015 at 10:16 p.m.

We are planning on our first trip to WDW the week of July 15. I teach so it's difficult to go during the least busy times. Will it be absolutely miserable, crowd wise during this time?

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 7:14 a.m.

Hi Cindy,

It will be very, very busy, but we've been in the middle of July and you can make it more manageable.

1. Pick a recommended park based on our crowd calendar.

2. Arrive ahead of park opening, so you can tour when waits are at their lowest. (This is the single most important tip you can follow!)

3. Use FastPass+ in the late morning/afternoon and then get additional passes.

4. Follow a touring plan so that you ride the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

5. Use our wait times app so you can find the rides with the shortest waits near you in the park.

6. Take a break in the afternoons when waits are at their highest.

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Ladybenz Apr 17, 2015 at 7:43 p.m.

Hi, going last week of Nov 30 - Dec 6. Would it be less crowed? and will the resort have a cheaper price?

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 7:34 a.m.

Hi there,

You can see from our crowd calendar, that week is expected to be pretty good as far as crowds go, and it's possible you will find some discounts on the resort hotels if you check with Disney.

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michelleH Apr 17, 2015 at 4:40 p.m.

Hi. leaving end of april to may5th 2015. wondering abt the weather in Florida? thank you very much!!!

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FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

You are looking at mostly clear days with highs in the upper 80s.

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Crystal Mar 28, 2015 at 11:16 p.m.

I am planning our families first trip to Disney World for Dec 24th- Dec 28th. Followed by Universal from Dec 29th- Dec 31st and possibly a day at Aquatica on Dec 23rd. We have a little girl who will turn 5 on the 28th and our son who is 12. We are planning on a stroller as our daughter has pain issues so we feel its better for everyone if she gets a ride but how hard will it be to navigate with her and are we fine if we park our stroller in a parking area for a while and navigate without it when the crowds get to bad. Also how likely is it to get a good weather day to do Aquatica that late in Dec. Thank you guys for all your tricks its so nice to have advice from seasoned pros I have already started getting things together. Any first time tricks would be greatly appreciated

Thanks So Much

Crystal

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 7:58 a.m.

Hi Crystal,

Sounds like you've got a good plan in place! Taking a stroller will not be a problem, just know that you will be visiting during the very busiest time of the year, and it will be very crowded! So navigating the most congested areas will be slow and go at times, but so will walking. Leaving your stroller will be fine, just follow the advice on this stroller post Mommy Frog put together. Most of the really cold days happen in January and February, so you may luck out in December. We're so excited for you and your family's first trip! Please don't forget about us when you get back and let us know how it goes.

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Renee braun Mar 23, 2015 at 7:46 p.m.

My family of 6. mom dad and 4 adult kids 21 to 27 are vising Florida WDW and universal for the first time. May 5 to 11th. We are staying off site at our time share. The kids are split on how many days to spend at which resort. my husband wants to go to Epcot. will tag along with daughters to Harry Potters [big Hogwarts fans]. but he is not interested in Disney since we have been many times to Disneyland. but one son loves Disney and wants to get the three day pass.

1. are there better days to see which park?

2. what would be the best day to visit Epcot?

3. 3 of one 2 at the other? visa versa? help calm the family drama.

which way will they be able to see the most?

we are planning on the being there before it opens option. but always staying to the last. but i'm not much a fan of park hopping or how it can add much besides cost.

we are there to see family also. so some time away from parks [ha ha says my son}. the 5 of us will spend most the time together once we can agree on which days at which parks. daughter wants to start to make the reservations for meals and fast passes. help.

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FrogBlog Mar 24, 2015 at 9:34 a.m.

Hi Renee,

Sounds like a fun trip. There are better days to see certain parks. I recommend you check out our Crowd Calendar for specific park recommendations by day. Wednesday and Thursday are better days to visit Epcot, and 3-2 sounds like a good split to me. You did not mention whether you all have visited Disney World before, but assuming you only do three days at Disney and do not park hop, you will need to skip at least one WDW park (Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios would be my recommendation).

Let us know what you decide to do!

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Angie Mar 23, 2015 at 3:07 p.m.

We want to take our large family (me, my husband, and our 5 kids) to WDW in October. My vacation budget is $11000. We'll be driving down. Is this budget do-able? Where should we stay? We have a variety of ages-- 3 to 13. Any tips?

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 10:58 a.m.

Hi Angie,

You did not mention how long you are staying that is a factor that impacts budget. You should be fine to stay at any of the resorts, and I would look at one of the monorail resorts for the ultimate experience. You can't go wrong with Disney's Grand Floridian, but I would also consider Disney's Polynesian, as the new pool complex should be open, and we hear it's going to be fabulous :)

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Love Disney Mar 17, 2015 at 2:31 p.m.

We ABSOLUTELY love Disney World. We visit during the month of June and it is very crowded and hot. Although that is so, we still enjoy ourselves and have a great time. We will be visiting this June as well. Looking forward to another Magical Experience.

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TPK Mar 17, 2015 at 2:13 a.m.

Hello!

I am planning a Disney World trip on May 10-12. We are staying on site and visiting Animal Kingdom on Sunday and Magic Kingdom on Monday. I noticed that it was red for Magic Kingdom on that Monday. I would have assumed during the week it wouldn't be as crowded. Now I'm wondering if I should change Magic Kingdom to Sunday? Any advice would be great! Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 17, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

Hello!

Sunday and Tuesday are both better days for Magic Kingdom on those dates. If you're schedule is flexible, then I would consider switching to one of those days.

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TpK Mar 18, 2015 at 1:05 a.m.

Thank so much for your feedback! We are flexible and will be changing.

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Natalie Dee Mar 13, 2015 at 2:08 a.m.

Hi,

Currently wanting to know the best dates inbetween August the 15th until start September?

thanks!!

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi Natalie,

I suggest you check out our Crowd Calendar so you can see the best dates, but overall that is a great time to visit!

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Mike Mar 12, 2015 at 11:11 p.m.

No mention of Memorial Day period. I guess I should expect it to be busy Memorial Weekend, but how about the week following Memorial Day? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Mike,

It is expected to be fairly busy. Check out our Crowd Calendar, which means you need to get to the parks early, make sure to use FastPass+ and follow a plan so that you visit the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

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Crystal Mar 11, 2015 at 1:38 a.m.

I was raised in the Tampa Bay area. ..so we went to WDW a few times a year. I got married a few years back and have two great step kids (17&11) & one wonderful husband. Also we have a 2year old & 7 month old. It blows my mind that none of them have been. I'm trying to make sure the 1st trip is amazing as the ones I remember as a child. Any tips on dates or other things to do special. I have not been to WDW since 2001. Thanks for the help

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Christy Mar 8, 2015 at 3:36 a.m.

We were supposed to have gone the last week of February. Unfortunately we hadt reschedule everything. The next best date we could settle on was May 30 - June 6. I hope its not to horribly crowed. Its my husband and girls ( 7 and 11) first trip.

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Dean Mar 8, 2015 at 1:31 a.m.

Staying at camp grounds May3-9 . Is this a good time ? We have 2 special needs kids,both 13

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi Dean,

This should be a good time to go with medium crowds! Have fun!

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Chayna Mar 6, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.

Planning an East Coast USA holiday from Australia with 2 kids (13 & 11). In Orlando for a week from 23rd June which l see is a terrible time, wanting to do both Harry Potter parks with a 3 day pass. Was in Disneyland a couple years ago during Halloween party time, l assume l should expect even bigger crowds then that? Should l add express passes?

Your page has been invaluable thank you.

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:46 p.m.

Hi Chayna,

You have to make the call on Express Passes, but yes, during peak travel season is the right time to consider purchasing them :)

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Chayna Mar 14, 2015 at 10:27 p.m.

Thanks, have now booked at Cabana Bay so can access extra hour entry. Will now purchase the 2 day with 1 free Universal park to park tickets as this looks like the best deal. Especially going for Harry Potter attractions and many are listed as not having express lines available so may not buy express passes & just try to make the most of the 3 early day entry hours. One last question, l am buying 3 passes ( myself & 11 / 13 year old) as husband not into theme parks & will explore Orlando. If after 2 days l have had enough can l send him with kids on 3rd day ticket?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 6:44 a.m.

Hi Chayna,

Sounds like a plan! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, you cannot. Each ticket can only be used by one person.

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Nicola Mar 2, 2015 at 11:19 p.m.

Hi we're going on the 12 of May to the 26 of May what will the crowds be like then as this is are first time to florida x x

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 12:57 p.m.

Hi Nicola,

This is a pretty good time to visit! If you look at our Crowd Calendar, you will see a mixture of green and yellow days.

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Michelle Feb 24, 2015 at 6:35 p.m.

Trying to finalize dates for our trip to Disney with 7 year old and 2 year old. We are looking at Nov29-Dec3, The week of December 5 (Pop WarnerWeek?), or the week of April 26-30. Suggestions for lowest crowds, best weather?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:53 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

Dec. 5 should be the best week, followed by Nov. 29-Dec. 3. Weather should be nice then, although most definitely cooler than April. The pools are open and heated year-round, but on some of the colder winter days us grownup frogs prefer the hot tub :)

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Shaifali Feb 24, 2015 at 6:04 p.m.

We are planning to go April 13 - 17 - any input on how crowds will be like ? I was told this should be ok as spring break crowds leave around 12th.

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.

Hi Shaifali,

You are correct. The spring break crowds should be gone by then, and medium crowds are expected. Have fun! Write back and let us know how the trip goes!

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virginia Feb 24, 2015 at 4:52 p.m.

We went feb14th-19th and it was NIGHTMARE. SO this article is spot on with those dates. It was so crowded there were workers directing people where and how to walk there were soooo many people.

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Shawn Lawson Feb 23, 2015 at 10:21 p.m.

Why is mar 8 a bad time that's when we are going?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:31 a.m.

Hi Shawn,

It is the start of Spring Break.

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Anna Feb 22, 2015 at 6:10 a.m.

I would like some help me and my kid's went to go these year but they never flight. And also we're can I get the best deal for flight and hotels and sea world,university studio, Disney world.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Anna,

You can search our Orlando ticket page for the best deals on tickets.

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Nazaret Feb 20, 2015 at 9:17 p.m.

What is like to go on the first week of March? (2 - 9 of March exactly)

Thanks. :)

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.

Hi Nazaret,

It should not be too crowded at the start of your trip as spring break will not have started for most schools, although it will get much busier toward the end.

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Rosemary Feb 19, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

My husband and I want to visit for the Xmas decorations and Mickey party but the week we originally were thinking of seems to be predicted for Pop Warner week... Can anyone tell me if we should be looking at a different time to visit. We are interested in lower park crowds and can be flexible on when we travel. Thanks!

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Sally Feb 17, 2015 at 9:14 p.m.

We are going the first week of March. Please tell me that is a good time. We are taking are little girl for her birthday. Plus at the Magic Kingdom where is the best places that don't cost so much.

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:28 a.m.

Sally,

What a great way to celebrate! The first week of March should be a pleasant time to visit with medium crowds. Are you looking for dining recommendations in Magic Kingdom? The quick-service options would be more affordable than the table-service restaurants.

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Joni Feb 17, 2015 at 8:08 p.m.

Hello, we have a trip coming up for Tuesday after Memorial Day thru the following Monday. Compared to other crowded times , can anyone tell me how this will stack up. We have been many times to Disney; April, June , July and October. July was the absolute busiest out of those visits and Fall Break Oct 2014 was busier than we expected and April was the best. Just want to make sure we are not going to be wall-to-wall.

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Joni,

It is expected to be crowded during your visit, but not quite as busy as June and July.

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Darren Feb 16, 2015 at 1:11 p.m.

We have recently got back from our trip to Disney. We stayed 26th Jan '15 - 10 Feb '15 and specifically used the undercover tourist crowd calendar to choose one of the emptiest periods in the year. According to the calendar it was pretty much GREEN every day and let's remember this is supposed to mean pretty much empty with lines that are straight on or around 5 mins.

Oh my.... how we were disappointed!

Magic Kingdom was the worst by far. We went on 3 separate days (all supposed to be green) and it was RAMMED! The "7 Dwarfs Mine Cart" was at worst 2 hours long and at best 45 mins (not taking into account the first 20 mins of the park opening). Average for everything was around 30 - 45 mins. Walking around was a pain too, shuffling through shops was awful and being bustled all the time.

Epcot was better with most things being 5-10 mins but Soarin' was always over an hour and Test Track hovering around 45-60 mins.

Hollywood Studios was similar with all the good stuff 30-45 mins and the best ride (Toy Story) being well over an hour. Some bits were 10-15 mins.

Animal Kingdom, same again. Good stuff (Expedition Everest & Safari) being 45 mins+ and other bits 10-20mins+.

Now, for the majority of rides those times are not actually too bad. But far far from the stated GREEN periods which we had based the whole holiday around.

What went so horribly wrong? The only thing that seemed consistent was that there were thousands of Brazilians/Argentinians and hordes of Cheerleader/Twirler groups. Is this now a school holiday for those countries?

The only saving grace for us was that due to my son's Autism we get Accessibility Passes; Universal's version is brilliant because if the line is less that 30 minutes you can go straight on. Coupling the power of that with the existing FastPass+ system and being a bit savy about getting there early and following "how to avoid the queues" we got pretty much everything done. It was however, far from the empty experience I was expecting.

Is Magic Kingdom just permanently busy?

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 3:09 p.m.

Hi Darren,

Thank you for sharing your feedback. It’s not your imagination, the parks are getting busier, and Magic Kingdom receives the lion’s share of visitors. Disney has stated that they are letting more people in the parks because of My Disney Experience and FastPass+, so there are more people on a crowd level 4 now vs. a 4 in the past.

That said, we were in the parks two weeks before you arrived, and it was the least crowded time we have ever experienced, with same-day FastPass+ availability for big attractions (Anna & Elsa, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster). Waits were lower than busier times, but there were still waits for stand-by guests.

Green days are the best days to visit, but it’s good to keep in mind that even on green days, the parks are not empty.

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Albious Latior Feb 15, 2015 at 6:04 p.m.

What is the weather during March (spring break?) in Disney World? This will be our first vacation to Disney World.

Thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:07 a.m.

Hi Albious,

Expect the highs to be in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s/low60s. Definitely pack a sweatshirt and poncho for rain, but don't forget the swimsuits. The pools are open and heated!

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Tiffany Feb 13, 2015 at 7:14 p.m.

Geez I wish I would have found this site earlier!! :) I'm a first time Disney Go-er. Visiting May 26-30, 2015 with my Husband and 4 children (ages 1,5,7,8). I see that I chose a HORRIBLE time to go based on the chart and info provided here. Are there any tips, guidance that anyone could provide that could make this trip as fun, but as painless as possible? Especially with what will be large, busy crowds. Planning to stay at one of the Value resorts.

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Erin Apr 17, 2015 at 6:49 p.m.

Yes, Memorial Day weekend/week is busy, but don't worry, you guys will still have a blast! Just pace yourselves.. especially with the little ones. All the resorts have great pools (and other kid-friendly activities) so enjoy some down-time there in the afternoons. Allow enough time to get around, whether you're driving or taking Disney transport. I'm not a big believer in the Extra Magic Hours, but I'm sure people would debate me on that. Try to plan a few must-do's, but then just have fun! You can't PLAN everything, it takes away from the fun. Just be sure you stay for the Magic Kingdom fireworks... they really are magical. :)

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:26 a.m.

Hi Tiffany,

This post is just for you! You can still have a great trip, it's just important to have realistic expectations about the crowds and follow our tips! The values are a good choice for first-time visitors who are planning on spending most of their time in the parks.

We'd love to hear back from you after the trip!

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Jamie Feb 12, 2015 at 9:52 p.m.

I have booked for our first trip to WDW Oct 10-16 at the Bonnet Creek Resort. How is this time of year? Is any water activities open? My son is 10 years old is there anything I should prepare for before then? Thank you

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FrogBlog Feb 13, 2015 at 6:29 a.m.

Hi Jamie,

Bonnet Creek is a terrific location. October is generally very nice, and your son will be able to enjoy plenty of water activities. It might get cooler in the evenings, but daytime will be plenty warm, and the pools are heated anyway. You might consider adding on a night at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. If it's a first visit for you all, I'd make sure you are doing at least one day at Magic Kingdom and then add on the party. It's one of the Frog Family's favorite events, and a lot of fun, but you'd want to experience all of the party highlights and you'd want another full day to experience the rides.

Keep hopping!

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Steven Corriveau Feb 9, 2015 at 7:22 p.m.

My fiancee and I are getting married on September 19th and our honeymoon will be from September 22th to October 1st at Walt Disney World and Sea World.

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FrogBlog Feb 10, 2015 at 8:20 a.m.

Best wishes! What a terrific way to spend a honeymoon.

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Leah Feb 8, 2015 at 11:38 p.m.

I think this year will be our 12th time to visit Orlando from Ireland from 2001 & we have always travelled in late August/Sept/October timeframe. Thankfully we have been quite lucky with the weather & the crowd levels, I now realise, have been amazing. With a sensible use of the old fastpass we rarely would've had to queue longer than 10 mins for anything. We would've always done the MK stressfree in under a day. Last year we got cheap flights & changed our usual routine & visited during which we thought would be a quiet time, March 8th for 19 nights. It turns out our "quiet time" was smack bang in the middle of Spring Break & OMG it was horrific (dramatic I know but bear in mind my comment above about previously rarely having to wait longer than 10 mins for anything!!!!). Lines for absolutely everything (even parking/monorails/restaurants/shops & don't get me started on the fastpass+ booths (at the time we had no option to book in advance online as we weren't staying on Disney property)) & crowds everywhere (there were times I felt more like I was in a cattle herd than the happiest place on earth). To sum it up, we went to the magic kingdom on 4 separate days & didn't even get close to finishing it (bear in mind that we were travelling with a 3 (her 3rd visit) & 2 (her 2nd visit) year old & a 9 month old so their needs slowed things down a little too :-) ). Anyhow sorry for the rant but the bottom line is stick with September/October all the way. This year we have flights booked to go back in very late October thru 13th November (our edest is now in school so we have to take her holidays into account) & I am hoping that November is good too??

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adri Feb 4, 2015 at 9:51 p.m.

Do you think the week of june 1st will be bad. Everyone is pretty much still in school. Any thoughts?

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 9:41 a.m.

Hi Adri,

It is still expected to be pretty crowded. Check out the Crowd Calendar.

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Glenda Feb 3, 2015 at 8:18 p.m.

Hi there, we are planning our very first family vacation for Easter 2016. Our children will be 8, 6 and 3 we will be travelling from Northern Ireland. we were wondering which would b best?7 days,10 days or 14 days? And could you perhaps recommend an hotel to cater for 5 of us?

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 10:18 a.m.

Hi Glenda,

How wonderful for you and your family. The longer your visit, the more time you have to explore the parks not to mention enjoy the resort activities, and visit the other theme parks and Florida attractions. You will also see your pay day ticket costs go down the longer you stay, but ultimately that is your call about what will work best for your family.

With your length of stay, I would suggest staying at a moderate or deluxe Disney hotel, which will offer more resort activities than the values. All of the hotels offer different theming, so without knowing more specifics about your needs/wants, it's hard to narrow down the choices from there.

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Leanne wareham Feb 3, 2015 at 11:28 a.m.

I agree with rochelle above, halloween is fabulous. We went for last 2 weeks in October in 2013 and it was fantastic. Really low crowds, just walked through lots of empty zig zag queuing pens to get straight on rides, and weather was amazing, hot (90s every day) but not too humid and no rain at all. Parks were all decked out for Halloween and mickey's not so scary Halloween party was awesome

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louis Feb 3, 2015 at 10:32 a.m.

We went January 6th 2015 thinking it would be empty. The Magic Kingdom and Hotel were packed! Once we got the hang of fast pass and got to know the park it was still smooth sailing.

We are going again the end of March. Even though im sure it will be crowded it should go good now that we're a little experienced

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Milagros Jan 31, 2015 at 4:38 a.m.

We are going to Disney from March 25 to April 1. We didn't realize that those dates were the worst we can choose!! We are on panic now! What did you recommend?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:36 a.m.

Hi Milagros,

These aren't the worst days you could choose, but there are better days. That said, don't panic! You can still have a great trip. Here are some tips for handling the spring break crowds. The single best thing you can do is arrive ahead of park opening each day and ride the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

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Liz Jan 18, 2015 at 11:18 p.m.

We are planning to go for the first week of December and we are a family of 6. My kids ages are 11,9,7,and 6; we are trying to pay everything in advance. What parks would be good to visit for their age range? What hotel should I look into? This is our first vacation and I wanted to be a memorable one. Thanks

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FrogBlog Jan 20, 2015 at 11:50 a.m.

Hi Liz,

All of the Disney parks are geared for your children's age ranges, and I would recommend you plan on visiting each of the parks at least once. For the hotels, I would definitely recommend staying on site. Which hotel depends on how much time you plan to spend at the hotel, what amenities you are looking for and, of course, your budget. Given the size of your party and the ages of your children, I think you'd like Disney's Art of Animation. It's the newest resort property, and its family suites sleep up to 6. I especially love the Cars section, but there are family suites themed to Finding Nemo and The Lion King too.

Best,

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Melissa Jan 16, 2015 at 3:29 a.m.

Soooooooo excited we will be visiting Jan 23rd thru the 30th. Was hoping for this to be a good time and it appars that it will be:)

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Joxty Jan 10, 2015 at 11:39 p.m.

We have just booked two weeks from the 17th August 2015, based on the information from this super helpful site. Can we expect the crowds to be considerably lower than they are in the first two weeks of August? Does anyone have any experience of the last two weeks in August?

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FrogBlog Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m.

Hi Joxty,

This is a terrific time to visit, and crowds should be much lower than the first two weeks of August.

Best,

Leap

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Molly Jan 9, 2015 at 4:28 a.m.

Why is February.15-21 one of the worst weeks to visit? We are planning on going that week.

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FrogBlog Jan 11, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.

Hi Molly,

You have President's Day on one end and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which both bring in additional crowds. We've got some tips for handling similar crowds in this post!

Best,

Leap

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Rodrigo Jan 8, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

Hi Frogs!

I am planning a 15 days visit to both Disney Parks and Universal...

My daughters birthday is on 23th Sep, and I wanna be there by that date...but the question is...crowd-wise... Is it better to go beginning of Sep and ending by 23th....or beginning by around 23th and ending in October?

Thanks and best regards

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FrogBlog Jan 8, 2015 at 9:53 a.m.

Hi Rodrigo,

What a terrific birthday present for your daughter! I am sure she is going to love it :) Crowds wise, it is better to end your trip on the 23rd than start it on the 23rd.

Best,

Leap

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Rochelle Tatnell Jan 6, 2015 at 10:39 p.m.

The best time to visit is Halloween. Love all the sweets at sea - world and Mickeys not so scary Halloween party.

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shenandoah Dec 18, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.

We are planning to be at Disney DEC 28th thru the 1st. What are the crowds like ?

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FrogBlog Dec 19, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi Shenandoah,

Our Crowd Calendar is the best guide to crowd levels, but we probably don't have to tell you that it is going to be packed! Merry, but packed! Here are some tips for navigating the parks during the busy holiday season.

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Adam McKinney Dec 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m.

My wife and I went Oct 16th-21st in 2000 and we never waited more than 15 minutes for rides that we didn't have fast pass.

Now... 15 years later... We want to take our 3 boys there. We were thinking the same time frame of the 3rd week in October.

I've read all the comments. I seen the 1st week is horrible in October. But is the 3rd week still as fantastic as it was 15 years ago?

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FrogBlog Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Adam,

From comments I have read from others you may find that it feels more crowded than it did the last time you were there. Please check out the crowd calendar for your specific dates. September is generally better than October for crowds, although you have more rain chances.

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sara Dec 10, 2014 at 12:35 a.m.

hi from canada wondering what the weather is like in nov and jan ?

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FrogBlog Dec 10, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

Hi Sara,

You can find information about the weather in our month-by-month guide Disney World. Links on this page.

Best,

Leap

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Marianne Dec 9, 2014 at 1:47 a.m.

My husband and I and my 73 year old mother want to come 2015. Is April the week of the 19th a good low crowd time. Is the weather warm them? What a bout the 1st week in May?

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FrogBlog Dec 10, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Hi Marianne,

You will have just missed the spring break crowds, and we expect them to be medium during this time. The weather will be warm, but not too hot. We offer more details on weather and crowds in our month-by-month guide to Disney World. The link is here.

Best,

Leap

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Burt Ward Dec 3, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.

We visited DW as hosted guests (friend is in upper management). He suggested we visit the last week of May. It turned out great. Lines were short, restaurants were not jammed, you didn't have the log jam of endless baby prams, and the monorail was half full for nearly all transfers between the parks. It was the funnest time I had ever had there.

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Tammy Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

On our way home today from a 7 day stay (first timers). Beautiful weather! The Fast Pass was a lifesaver- if we had not done that, we may not have been able to ride anything! It was very crowded, especially if you needed to navigate a stroller (we took our 3-year-old). The Very Merry Mickey Party was awesome and well worth the $. Take their advice- go early! And the Magic Bands are so convenient! All in all, it was a great experience, however, don't expect to go and ride most of the rides - unless you are only going to one park the entire time- you need time to get throughout the crowds to get to your destinations. The breakfast with the characters at Tusker House Restaurant was awesome (buffet was delicious). Also- if you can swing it- rent a stroller instead of packing it- kingdom strollers was great and each park has rentals too! One final thought- the Memory Maker is well worth the $ as well. Happy travels!

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FrogBlog Nov 10, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.

Tammy,

Thanks for all of the advice and so glad you had a great time!

Leap

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Margie Oct 14, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

We went September 27th -Oct 3, 2014. Crowds were extremely high. I was disappointed because I had done soooo much research to avoid this. Fastpasses were a lifesaver. It also rained everyday except Oct 3 for hours on end. None of the 1 hour then gone rain. It stuck around. Worse trip unfort so far to Disney. I think I may go back to going in January. Any thoughts?

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Dan Oct 10, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.

Just got back from 5 day visit to WDW in the first week of October. Crowds were hectic, made for a lot of work with 3 kids. All popular rides were long waits (45-60min) Thank goodness for fast pass and Disney app was helpful. Never again will I go in October. Will do more careful research next time.

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Dennis Sep 26, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.

We are at the parks right now. Been here sept. 24,25,26.... seems overly crowded, more than other years we have come in sept. Maybe its because the teacher planning days squeezed in between this week. We will try coming back early Dec. Hopefully its not as crowded.

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Hollie Sep 22, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

Traveling with kids ages 2 years and 1 year old we can go any time trying to pick the dates with less crowds and good hotel prices what do you think about jan2015

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sue Sep 22, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

I was thinking of going in 2015. When is the best time...Not too croweded..and the heat!!!

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Yuya Sep 22, 2014 at 3:11 a.m.

I went Aug. 25-27 and it was great. Compared to May 12-14 that I also went. I believe it was because of the back to school week. All parks were good to walk and the longest time we wait was 30 min. compared to other date when you can wait for up two 2 hours. Of course, we got fast passes for the most popular rides such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine and Buzzlighter in Hollywood Studios( I don't recall the name of the ride). We had a got time this August. We are planning to repeat one week before Thanksgiving or the second of December before Christmas season gets crazy.

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Anna Sep 21, 2014 at 9:52 p.m.

I just got back today from a four day trip starting on the 18th. It seemed overly busy for this time of year. MK was...wow. The food and wine festival at Epcot really brought in a lot of people, and Hollywood studios was busy too. I've been before in September, but the 9th - 16th, and remember the crowds being really low. I planned this trip thinking it would be the same. I used fastpass, which helped a lot. I am wanting to go back in the beginning if December for a couple of days, but just don't know which week will be the best. Any suggestions would help!

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Katelyn Sep 21, 2014 at 9:31 p.m.

We are thinking of going November 11-16, thoughts on crowds?

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Craig Sep 16, 2014 at 1:45 a.m.

We're going Nov 20-25. Crowds should be okay, correct?

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Gail Marcantonio Sep 14, 2014 at 10:54 p.m.

Comments about the crowds to be expected December 7th through December 10th?

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FrogBlog Sep 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Gail,

Crowds should be veery good during your visit!

Leap

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Tony Sep 14, 2014 at 12:40 a.m.

Have been there the last 6 straight years. Seems to me that the first or second week of December is just perfect for low crowds and great weather. See you in 3 months!

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rebecca Jul 15, 2014 at 1:08 a.m.

What do you think crowds will be like from September 25 - 28?

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Kathy T. Jun 1, 2014 at 5:31 a.m.

Oh dear, sounds like this might be bad timing for our trip.! We are going to be there in July. My brother and I decided to take a sibling trip to WDW for 5 days, following my birthday celebration with family in Panama City, FL. He and I are in the Senior Citizen category, but when we get together, we act like a couple of kids! Looking forward to a fun time.

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FrogBlog Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19 p.m.

Hi Kathy,

Sounds like a lot of fun! Get to the park ahead of opening, and you will have a few hours of touring when crowds are at their lowest. Take a break in the afternoons and then come back in the evening.

Best,

Leap

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patty Oct 25, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

Was wondering how the parks are after christmas

And before new year?

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Danny Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

I've been to WDW about a million times and found that the first and second weeks of September and December were the best for crowds but December is extra special because the parks are decorated for the holidays.

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Tom Sep 21, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.

First timers. Looking at October or December of 2015. Would love to talk to you.

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carol Apr 5, 2015 at 2:48 a.m.

Is it too cold in October to enjoy water rides. I am a first timer. Personally for me heat and crowds don't mix.....so avoiding summer months however so many people comment on September.

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.

Hi Carol,

October should be fine still for water rides, and the pools are heated.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Josey Jul 20, 2015 at 8:13 p.m.

We planned our trip Aug 17th thru 22nd. How is the crowds then? We know it will be hot tho.

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

Hi Josey,

Crowds should be easing back considerably.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Kathy Feb 13, 2015 at 12:38 a.m.

Oct would be better in terms of crowds and weather. We went this past year in early December and could not believe how crowded and chilly at night it was. We have been many times in October and would definitely prefer that month.

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Darren Mar 2, 2015 at 9:05 p.m.

i am planning the first week oct I hope your right :)

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Melissa Mar 9, 2015 at 1:54 a.m.

Keep in mind on certain nights the park closes for Mickey's not do scary Halloween, you have to purchase tickets for this event.

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Jacqui Dec 26, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

Hi there I am reading all the comments on recommendations and because of work commitments and school holidays the only time we can go in 2015 will be at Christmas! Although we are very excited we are very apprehensive about booking and welcome ANY advice as this will be our first time. Would you recommend villa or hotel??

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Linda Feb 17, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.

We rent a house about 5 miles from disney worked out perfect.My whole family went 6 adult 3 kids would do that again have stayed at contemporary and carribean and all sports.Like the house sure saved us a bundle!

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

Hi Jacqui,

Christmas is absolutely spectacular in the parks. It is just very busy, so it helps to know what to expect going in. You did not mention how many people will be in your party and how long you are going, so that would be a factor in the villa vs. hotel debate. If you have a larger group and will be staying longer, the villas might be the better option.

Best,

Leap

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Stacey Feb 18, 2015 at 2:46 p.m.

Thinking of May 22-25

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Kelly Apr 15, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

Stacey, Keep in mind that weekend is Memorial Day therefore a lot of kids will be out of school. May 22nd is the BIG 24 hour celebration as well. They will close Magic Kingdom is the crowd is too much. Happened twice when I was there and I live here in Florida.

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Daryl Apr 3, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

We used you guys last year to plan our trip. We went the week after labor day and it was fantastic! This year we are planning on going Sept 7th-13th! So far our planning is perfect!

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FrogBlog Apr 3, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.

Hi Daryl,

So glad we could help!

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Patricia Lynch Feb 22, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

We have gone the first week of May several years now and I feel it is the best time. Weather is warm to hot but not yet humid, and the crowds are quite low. Second favorite time to go is mid-late October. I would love to go in January or February but Splash Mountain is usually down for maintenance then and there is NO way I will go without getting my Splash Mountain fix!

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Marcos Feb 4, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

Agreed! Disney World and Disneyland are dead to me in January, because the Splash Mountain refurbishment..

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Steph D Feb 21, 2014 at 4:11 a.m.

We've been in or around the end of April the last two years and are heading back in a few months, and each time we can't believe how quiet the parks are at that time. Avoid the Easter weeks and you'll be in great shape. Both in Disney and Universal parks, we barely had any line-ups anywhere, and most of the 'line-up' time was spent walking through empty rope paths to finally get to the front!

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caryn Aug 29, 2014 at 7:37 p.m.

Hello , I was reading your post im trying to plan my first trip to WDW how was the weather when you went , Im just trying to gather info I have no idea when a good time to go if u have any info u like to share would be great thanks

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Kim McQueen Feb 21, 2014 at 1:33 a.m.

We went over the week of thanksgiving 2013 and the crowds were fairly large but with fast pass and spending two days at magic kingdom and Epcot, we had a great time with very little waiting. Pace yourself and do the early in-ready in the middle and stay late plan and it will be very enjoyable for you. Can't wait to go back!

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Kristin Feb 21, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

I have to say Although Christmas is THE WORST for Crowds....ITs truly a magical time of year. Really makes you remember all thats special about Christmas....FAMILY! I also cant believe how absolutely amazing the decorations are.

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Brad Apr 8, 2015 at 6:10 p.m.

We have gone 2 times in the past 3 years for Christmas in the beginning of December. What was once a low crowd time, now has become a moderate to heavy (on the weekends) time. But the Christmas season has that extra magic that makes you keep coming back.

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Lori Nov 19, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.

I'm with you. It's very crowded but we are going again. It's so beautiful.

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Sue Oct 9, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.

The very best time to do Holiday Disney is the week after Thanksgiving to the week before Christmas. Everything is decorated. All the shows and parades are up but the crowds have either been there over Thanksgiving or are waiting for Christmas week.

I've been in early December a couple times with no complaints, although once I got caught in a cold snap, so be prepared for that possibility

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beth Feb 21, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

We are going 1st week of May, we did the same week last year and even though it was rainy we had NO WAIT in lines at the Magic Kingdom we literally got off space mountain and walked around and got back on! it was great!

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Scott Apr 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m.

We are going to Disney the 1st week of May, and have never been that early in the season. Does anyone know if the typical afternoon showers usually pop up that early like they do during the Summer months?

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Erin Apr 17, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.

I have been to Disney a few times in May and haven't experienced the afternoon rain showers that are so prevalent later in the summer. I was there the first week in May 2 years ago and the weather was perfect, but Magic Kingdom and Epcot were both packed.. and it was during the week. I'm guessing it had a lot to do with New Fantasyland opening, but still, lines in MK were pretty crazy. Hopefully it'll be good for you guys this year.

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Kira Mar 13, 2015 at 9:47 p.m.

We are going 1st 2 weeks in May also, that's made me feel much better. Being from Australia I don't think we ever experience anything like the crowds at disney land. :)

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Meagan Apr 4, 2015 at 5:16 p.m.

We are going the first week of May as well and I have only heard good things about this time of year at Disney. My kids have been going diligently to school this year and not missing so they can be out this week. Think it's worth missing the crowds!

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Katie Feb 20, 2014 at 7:50 p.m.

Just did Jan 19-24 2014! It was great! We saw an influx of people Mon-Tues for those that had done a long weekend with the MLK holiday. But otherwise it wasn't crazy! We followed tips from here and we were able to get around pretty good and didn't wait long for much of anything. Saw lots of characters too!

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Mary Feb 20, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.

We used to go early September and it was great. This year we are limited to our dates so for the first time we are going in March for Spring Break. I am already having anxiety about it!

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Erin Mar 10, 2015 at 3:44 p.m.

Hi. My family and I are planning to go to Disney World in September. You said you have gone before in this month. Did you have weather or hurricanes to worry about at that time of the year or are they further enough inland to not have to really worry about hurricanes?

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Linda Jun 17, 2015 at 1:27 p.m.

We went in September 2014. It rained... a lot... every single day we were there. We lived in our ponchos. It was miserable. I will never go again in September.

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Stan Jul 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.

Not all Septembers are the same. I have been there 2 times(around 9-11) and one it rained a good amount and the next time it rained for 20 min once the whole week.

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Nikki Apr 6, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

I've been in September. There was a period of rain that would come almost like clockwork, you could see it coming in time to take cover, and would pass through in about 30 minutes. In my mind, totally workable!

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Jenny Mar 16, 2015 at 3:28 p.m.

I have been there in Sept. and I believe they are to far inland to make much of a difference. I have seen some damage but never at Disneyworld.

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Brittany Feb 12, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.

I took my kids during Spring Break '14 and it was actually fine. WE experienced some very slow lines, but for the most part, the lines moved extremely quickly. To be honest, the only lines that were rough were the waits to see characters. We had to wait over an hour to meet Jasmine and Aladdin and at Princess Hall (or whatever) the wait would have been even longer. If you have a child who has BTDT with the characters (or if it's just adults) there is literally nothing bad about this time. The waits aren't even bad because it's not that hot yet.

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Kristi gaarling Jan 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Mary was the crowds bad during spring break?

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Brenda May 1, 2015 at 4:27 p.m.

We had 2 to 3 hour waits !!

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Cowboy Davy Sep 27, 2014 at 6:48 p.m.

We have gone at Spring Break at both Disneyland and Disney World and we have had good weather and smaller crowds. Just check to see which rides or attractions are closed so there are no suprizes. Many times the rides are down for upgrades or repairs. Just make sure you dress in layers and pack a pair of long pants, a sweatshirt and a light jacket.

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Beth Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.

Planning on going the first week of September. We know its around Labor Day but hoping it will be very lean compared to the rest of the year.

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Judianne May 19, 2015 at 3:41 p.m.

We went that week last year- be prepared it.was.scorching hot!!

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Akajako Feb 20, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

Oh Man....my WDW vacation is book for September 14 - 24....

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