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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019

by Leap on January 2, 2018 922 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019It'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 2018 and 2019!

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 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 our wait-time apps. Be sure to follow our FastPass+ tips to skip the lines. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect.

That said, there are still better times to visit Disney World. It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally anytime there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest crowds at Disney World, you will have to pull your kids out of school. 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 2018 and 2019

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019, 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 2018 and 2019 - 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!

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019 - Magic Kingdom

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2018 are ...

  • Jan. 8-12, Jan. 17-25
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 15, Feb. 26-March 1
  • 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 week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25 through March 8
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week 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 — with a caveat. In 2015, crowds at Disney World in September were reportedly higher than they have been in the past. This was likely due to the popularity of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which debuted a brand new show, and other events such as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In 2016, crowds at the Orlando theme parks were lower than normal, because of weaker Canadian and South American economies. So there can be some fluctuation. We still think September is the best time to visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019 because of the low crowds and abundance of not-to-miss special events. 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 parks (see our thoughts below on the 2018 Pro Bowl). 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 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 Disney World refurbishments around this time.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019 - Epcot

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2018 are ...

  • Jan. 1-7, 12-15
  • Feb. 16-25
  • March 12-April 15
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • August until the 12th
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

  • Jan. 1-6, 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

Following a successful 2017 event, the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl will again be held in Orlando on Jan. 28. Last year some Pro Bowl Week events leading up to the game were held on Disney property. The AFC-NFC team practices were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. There was also a Pro Bowl 5K run at Disney and a parade of Pro Bowl players at Magic Kingdom.

Typically these other events are held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of the big Sunday event. We expect the same kind of pre-game week events to be held this year as well.

Saturday was the busiest day during that weekend, and we're expecting the same thing this time. Magic Kingdom is not recommended on the day of the Pro Bowl parade, which was Friday. Overall, we still think this is a good time to visit — just not quite as good as it was before the Pro Bowl.

And you'll want to pay attention to your dates in spring 2018. With Easter falling on April 1, it means a slightly shorter, but more intense spring break season.

* With Easter falling on April 21, 2019, it means a longer, less-intense spring break season. While we've listed the full range of dates in parenthesis as "worst times to visit Disney World," it's a better spring break to visit than when Easter falls in March.

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019

Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019 - 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
  • Easter - April 1, 2018, April 21, 2019
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 22, 2018 and Nov. 28, 2019
  • 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 2018 and 2019 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 3, 2018 and Sept. 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 8, 2018 and Oct. 14, 2019
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 12, 2018 (observed day) and Nov. 11, 2019

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2018 and 2019. 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 on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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May 16, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. Leslie Vega Says...

I'm Looking to go to Disney next May or April (2019)

What would be the best month to go?

Is gonna be rainy?

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May 16, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie,

Historically, early to mid-May (before school is out for the summer) is usually a fine time to go. There is always a chance of rain in Orlando, so be prepared! We usually always encounter a rainstorm at some point during our time in Florida, no matter the time of year.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. Karina Hernandez Says...

Hi, I have lots of questions but the most important besides less crowded months are the weather factor thats not too hot, cold or rainy and best hotels that have reasonable prices and amenities would you consider to be

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May 17, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina!

We particularly love visiting in April or November for comfortable weather, and highly prefer staying on-site! There are tons of benefits, even at the value resorts!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2018 at 4:37 a.m. Caz Says...

We are planning on going to Disney World in July 2019 when is the best time to book hotels?

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May 17, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caz,

You can book online about a year out, and this would help insure availability!

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May 3, 2018 at 1:28 p.m. CJ CALA Says...

Looking to go to Disney next May (2019)

What are the best times during the month to go.

I have 2 young kids and don't want to spend the entirety waiting in busy lines.

Thank you!!

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May 3, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Usually the earlier during the month then the better off you will be in terms of crowds! Check out our Crowd Calendar to see crowd predictions.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 3, 2018 at 12:56 p.m. Mark Says...

On some forums (like Trip Adviser, Reddit) I am being warned that "crowd calendars" are not very accurate anymore. I booked my trip yesterday basing it around all of the calender's projections (which are pretty close to each other). But I wanted to find out IF my chosen dates give me a good chance to have "lighter" crowds. I booked for Dec 8th through the 14th 2018. All of our park days will be during the week. I had a slightly better offer if I would've booked a week later running my family up to the 21st. But felt like that week leading into the XMAS insanity might be heavier. My wife is a bit annoyed with me after she read some comments that said "they wont be much different". Due to spending a bit more money. Any thoughts on this? Did I make a better choice of dates?

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May 3, 2018 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

We think you made a good choice on dates! You'll miss the holiday crowds and most kids aren't out of school for the break yet, so you should enjoy light crowds. Hope you have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:16 p.m. Daphanie Monroe Says...

I need some help please. I would like to take my family back to Disney but our last summer trip we spent way too much time in lines and the crowd was a bit much. I was wanting to take the kids the 1st week in April and thought it would possibly be less crowded since Easter is at the end of April, but according to all I've read it looks like Feb 26th is the closest time where the crowd is the lowest. Any suggestions???

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see how busy we predict your desired dates to be. And check out our FastPass+ tips and theme park strategies to help maximize your time!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 29, 2018 at 3:28 a.m. Judy Says...

I am beginning to plan a Disney vacation for 2021 far away I know but I was thinking of end of January beginning of February as my daughter's b-day is February 1st from past experience should this be okay

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

We can't make any promises for 2021, but our Crowd Calendar usually predicts late January/early February to be a slower time in terms of crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 7:08 a.m. Linda Coaley Says...

My daughter and granddaughter are coming from Australia and I will be taking them to Disney on 18 to 22nd December, will it be ‘manic’ or do-able?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that it will be fairly busy, but as long as you strategically use FastPass+ and book dining reservations to maximize your time, you'll toad-ally enjoy your trip! And Christmastime is our FAVORITE time to visit - it's absolutely worth it!

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Leap

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Apr 25, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. Anne Says...

Hey there! I'm a Disney veteran but this is my first time planning a trip with my daughter! We want to go before she turns 3 but are between 2 weeks in 2019 - either 2/3-2/7 or 9/8-9/12. I am wondering what your recommendation would be to get the lowest crowds but most importantly the best room rates! We want to stay in a family suite in all-star music, it looks like February will be slightly cheaper than September unless they are offering special deals in September? I'm just not sure which would be best!!!

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

Our Crowd Calendar hasn't yet predicted September 2019, but it looks like February 3-7 won't be too busy at all! This usually means a better deal in room rates as well ... a win-win! We'd go for your February trip, unless you're interested in something exclusive to the fall, such as the Halloween party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2018 at 3:12 p.m. Tina Says...

We are visiting Disneyworld for the first time 12th to 19th May can you let me know what to expect in terms of crowds? Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will be moderately busy for most of this week! A great time to visit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 16, 2018 at 7:54 p.m. Leah soffian Says...

Hey there! Awesome site, super informative. My partner’s birthday is June 26th which falls during the week. Would is be absolutely horrible for me to plan a tirp durin that week?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leah!

The summer months are always pretty crowded due to kiddos being out of school, and our Crowd Calendar predicts that week to be no different. The good news is, with Toy Story Land not opening until the following Saturday, this may be the calm before the storm and a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2018 at 8:16 p.m. Norman Says...

Apologies I meant to include the year 2019 in my last post

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Apr 11, 2018 at 8:11 p.m. Norman Says...

We were planning on visiting from Ireland April 12-26 during my sons easter holidays. From reading your article is that an insane time to go? I also noticed you recommended the second half of August, is that not very hot? Thanks a lot in advance!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Norman,

You'll probably encounter some crowded days during the first part of your trip, but it should settle down closer to the end of April. August is very hot, but most summer vacations are over and kids are back in school, so the parks are less crowded! Have a fantastic trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 10, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. Lisa Says...

We are planning to go Jan 6- Jan 13, 2019 I know the Disney marathon and the college cheer leading competitions are that week Do we still plan our trip (my mom is in a wheelchair so crowds are not friendly sometimes) or try a different month?? Please Help :)

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Apr 10, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

If you have the flexibility to choose a less crowded time, then yes, you might want to look into it! However, if this is the only time you're able to swing it, then don't let it stop you. There will be crowds during that time, but it's not as bad as going during the summer or the holidays.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2018 at 1:09 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Hi Leap,

I submitted a comment over the weekend and again yesterday about a Jan 2019 trip to DW. I didn’t see a response - not sure if you are getting my comments? In looking at the best and worst times to visit DW, the dates of the marathon are on the best time section to visit DW. Is this an error or maybe I’m reading things wrong? Trying to work around the marathon and Pro-Bowl (thanks Lisa for mentioning the cheer teams event as well! Didn’t know about that.) Than you, Melanie

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

While it does get busier during the marathon weekend, it's still not one of the worst times to visit, especially compared to holiday and summer crowds. We've found if you're strategic about when you're in the park, you can beat most of the crowds. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 8, 2018 at 6:46 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Hi Leap! Great site you have here! Just what I was looking for!

We are looking at going to WDW in January 2019 and I know we have to be strategic to avoid the crowds with the marathon, MLK Jr. day, and the Pro-Bowl.

With that said, I’m wondering why Jan. 9-13 (2019 WDW Marathon) and the time around the Pro-Bowl (Jan 27th) are not on the “worst time to visit WDW?” Unless I am reading things wrong? Thank you for your feedback!

Kind Regards,

Melanie

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Apr 6, 2018 at 1:54 a.m. Rina Says...

Just read your article, now I'm worried I picked a bad time to go. This my family's first time going and we're going July 17-24, it's kinda too late to change, any suggestions for me? My family consists of 2 adults and 2 teenagers??

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rina!

No worries - anytime is a great time to visit Disney World! You're still sure to have a blast, even if the parks are a bit more crowded. Check out our FastPass+ tips and dining reservation guide to help make the most of your time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 26, 2018 at 5:44 a.m. Kelly Says...

Going May 24-30. We realize it's not the most ideal time as far as the crowds, but sure appreciate finding the Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 27, 2018 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Glad you found our Crowd Calendar useful. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 18, 2018 at 11:38 p.m. Paula Says...

Hi, we are coming over from Australia, looking at May 2019. Is there any dance/cheerleading comps on then as i cant find that information for over here. Thanks

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Mar 20, 2018 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula,

Looks like you can find that information here: https://www.espnwwos.com/sports/cheer/

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Leap

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Mar 15, 2018 at 5:18 p.m. Kay Says...

We're planning on visiting Disneyworld during the week of November 3rd, 2018 and November 10th, 2018. We'll be there with all of our kids and grandkids, 19 total (two under age 2). Are there group rates available for Disney tickets, and, if so, is it a bigger discount than those that you show on your site?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay!

Group rates are available to those who will occupy 10 or more hotel rooms on property. Otherwise, we recommend purchasing discounted tickets through us!

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Leap

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Mar 12, 2018 at 1:36 a.m. Tammy Says...

Hi there, there is a week that my kids have off towards the end of September. We would love to travel during those times, but were now worried about the hurricane season, should we be?

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Mar 15, 2018 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

The best advice we can give to you is to anticipate the worst of weather. You can always book your trip and keep an eye on the weather, but be prepared for any last minute cancellations you might have to make because of a bad storm creeping up. As you probably know, weather is often unpredictable; we've seen amazing weather during September and then of course, we've seen it go terribly wrong! Know the cancellation policies of the places you're booking with/at and just be prepared!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 11, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. Mj Says...

This is very true. I went to magic kingdom with my family on March 9th and it was HORRIBLY CROWDED!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. Darlene Says...

I am bringing 3 first timers to disney world this year. In terms of smaller crowds per the guidelines in your article, would you recommend week days in September or the week after Thanksgiving?

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darlene!

How fun! Our Crowd Calendar predicts that September weekdays will be a bit better it terms of crowds. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 28, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. AmberW Says...

We will be heading to Disney in May as well however we will be there the 11-18th. I see you have that Saturday as high crowds but not Sunday which is Mother’s Day. I am surprised due to the holiday that that day is not as busy? Don’t all Mothers enjoy the happiest place on earth?? :)

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

In our experience, the park is usually not busy due to the holiday! Keep in mind, there could be other factors that could make this a busy day, but it's usually not because of the holiday. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 25, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. Ade Crowson Says...

Hi 'Ribbit'

We have booked to be in the orlando area for the first week of May this year, is this a good time to visit, as it seems to fall in-between most of the holidays :)

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Feb 27, 2018 at 4:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ade,

According to our Crowd Calendar, that week should be relatively good! Hope you have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 14, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. jeff Says...

we are planning a trip to Disney. would you know what week is decorated for Halloween and xmas?

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

Halloween decorations start popping up late August/early September. Christmas decor decks the halls following Halloween, so early November.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 13, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Andrea Says...

Hi! I have a quick question on dates. We are wanting to go to Disney World during our spring break (Texas) March 12-16. Would these dates be a horrible time to go? We usually go in September but with our oldest being in junior high now the absenteeism is a little more harsh.....

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but to answer your question - crowds will be pretty high during those dates. However, with strategic FastPass+ and dining reservations, you can still have a blast! No worries.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 12, 2018 at 1:16 a.m. Candice Says...

Hi! We are planning to visit 2/26/2018-3/04/2018. I see this is a decent time to visit but upon trying to book a Disney resort, every room was reserved!

Only the expensive resorts were open, like $800-$3000 per night rates. Is something going on that week?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candice!

Epcot's popular Flower & Garden Festival will be beginning that week, and in combination with the short notice, that may be the reason behind the shortage of value resorts. We are seeing some availability for Port Orleans - French Quarter and Caribbean Beach Resorts, so keep trying! (These are in the $200-$300 range.)

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Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. Katie Says...

Have you experienced the runDisney race weekends? I assume they will be heavily crowded. I will be there April 19th to April 24th in for the Star Wars Marathon Weekend! Thank you for having this useful guide up! Makes it easier to plan vacations!

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Race weekends do tend to bring in more crowds, but nothing too crazy! You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 5:19 a.m. Chelsea Says...

Hi, we are planning a family WDW trip in 2019. I’m looking at early March, or in April (perhaps over Easter) . I see you predict early March is a good time to visit, but not April even though you set these dates as yellow for busy times. Can you give me a little more info on why that is?

Thank you!!!

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea!

You can check our our Crowd Calendar for further insight into our crowd predictions. March and April are spring break season, which brings in lots of families to the parks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. Says...

planning on the week after Columbus day of 2018. Is that week better than the actual week of Columbus Day.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that these weeks will be fairly similar in terms of crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that these weeks will be fairly similar in terms of crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. Sarah Says...

We are looking to take our second WDW trip in February 2019, as this looks to be a good time based on crowds, to go. Are there any dates that we should look to avoid? We are flexible on our plans

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Feb 9, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

February 2019 will be a great time to go, with the exception of Feb. 15-24, as MLK Jr. Day will draw in family crowds. The weather is breezy and beautiful this time of year, too! And we LOVE Epcot's Festival of the Arts that takes place in the early months of the year.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 8, 2018 at 3:55 p.m. Pamela Says...

We are looking to go to WDW in September. I am only hesitant because I don't want the weather to ruin the trip. when it rains do many of the attractions close?

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Feb 8, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

Indoor rides will remain open during the rain (Space Mountain does close if there is lightning). Outdoor rides will close if it's heavy rain or there is lightning! Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 5, 2018 at 7:15 a.m. Shana Says...

Hey I want to come February 23 to 26 why is that a bad time :(

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Feb 5, 2018 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shana!

We predict it will be a busier time then due to Presidents' Day falling on the 20th. Holiday weeks draw in a lot of families.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 1, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Karthik Says...

Planning on visiting WDW from Feb 27th - March 5th. I can see its mentioned as a good time to visit. Is it from crowd point of view as well as the weather?

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karthik!

Absolutely! Our Crowd Calendar predicts this will be an awesome time at Disney World both in terms of crowds and weather. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 26, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. Judy Says...

we're really torn between a trip to WDW in Nov 18' or Dec' We want to experience Christmas, Disney style. We're planning on a 8 day hopper ticket plus at least one day at Universal. We're retired and bringing our nine year old granddaughter. any helpful suggestions? Thank you.

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Jan 26, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy,

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of our favorite times to visit Disney World and experience the magic. Universal is also a delight with all of the holiday decor. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but anytime late November/early December is a great choice. To truly experience the festivities, we recommend checking out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party too!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 24, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Sandra Says...

Hi there. We are AP's who live in Florida (about an hour from DW). We usually go to DW between Thanksgiving and Christmas and crowds have been manageable. We decided to try Jan 22-24,2018 since it was in the green and listed as one of the best times to go. Not sure what happened this year, but in our 30 years of going to DW, this week was the most crowded I've ever seen (we don't go in summer - too hot and crowded). This may need to be reevaluated as a good time to come. In talking to people who came this week, most are from another country and came because it was listed as one of the best. I'm gonna have to rate this trip on the low end of the scale due to the crowds.

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Feb 6, 2018 at 1:10 p.m. A Sloane Says...

It's crowded because of the economy! The economy is improving and wages are going up so more people feel they can afford to splurge on a Disney vacation. Crowds improve during a recession.

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Jan 30, 2018 at 3:13 p.m. Jakki Says...

We’ve just returned from wdw and I cabt belive just how busy it was in January having always been this time of year apparently wdw are offering realky cheap rates to groups and also charging cheap prices to stay in Disney resort with dining hotel and park admissions I felt the parks were over crowded que times were ridiculous for this time of the year and like you will as disappointed after hoping it would be quiet I resulted in checking into to a universal host for 3 nights to take advantage of the express pass for 5 days as I was sick of queuing it’s totally put me off Disney which is a shame as I’ve been going for years

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Jan 30, 2018 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jakki!

We have heard that the parks have been unusually busy this month. Even cast members have been surprised by the unexpected crowds! We're so sorry it ruined your experience at Disney World. We really appreciate your feedback.

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Jan 24, 2018 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

Thanks for your feedback. Crowds have been unexpectedly higher than anticipated. Some readers have told us that that they've even talked to cast members who weren't expecting the higher crowds. We hope you otherwise had a great trip.

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Feb 8, 2018 at 6:05 a.m. Kelly Says...

Hi,

Since the parks were unexpectedly busy last month when the crowds are usually low, will you expect next January of next year to also be crowded? Looking to plan my first trip during that time specifically for low crowds.

Thanks!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Great question. It was a surprisingly busy January this year. It will be a mixed month in terms of crowds in 2019. Our Crowd Calendar predicts a crowded first week of January, as well as around MLK Jr. day and the Disney World marathon, while certain weekdays should be light crowds. Be strategic with your timing!

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Jan 19, 2018 at 3:13 a.m. Ang Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip Feb 5-8, but the crowd calendar recommends Animal Kingdom on the 8th only. Is there a reason why? I am hoping that the crowds will be low enough that it will not make a huge difference regardless.

Thanks!

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ang,

We anticipate Animal Kingdom having the lowest crowds due to events taking place on that day at the other parks. Don't worry...we don't expect the other parks to be TOO crazy on that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 17, 2018 at 10:46 p.m. Ruth Says...

Hi we are planning to go April 17-21, is this a good time to visit?

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Jan 17, 2018 at 6:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth,

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but crowds are expected to be moderate during these dates. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 16, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. Kelley Says...

What are your thoughts on the week of December 16, 2018 to December 23, 2018? Do you think during the week it won't be too crowded then once it hits that weekend before Christmas it will be more crowded? Is that week typically busy or not, since most people come starting around Christmas Eve? Or would the week prior (12/9-12/16) be better?

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Jan 21, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. lorena Says...

I have been to Disney in December many times - I have to say that you should avoid the crowds by attending in December only from the 1 - 14th. Be gone by the 15th as the crowds become crazy after that.

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley,

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but between the options you suggested, we would recommend 12/9 - 12/16 for your visit. We love Christmastime at the Disney parks!

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Jan 16, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. Karen F Says...

I'm trying to plan a DW trip for Spring of 2019. We have been to DW (DVC Member) over a dozen times (mainly Sept/Oct) and wanted to change things up. I'm looking at the crowd charts (really makes a difference in your trip) and it shows low crowds over Easter??? I would have thought it would be crazy then? I'd like to go in April because we went once in May and it down poured every day of our trip!!!! Can you give any suggestions on dates? I saw that April 7-20th is suggested but crowd charts don't match up. Thanks!

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

With Easter falling on April 21, 2019, it means a longer, less-intense spring break season. While we've listed the full range of dates in parenthesis as "worst times to visit Disney World," it's a better spring break to visit than when Easter falls in March.

We would recommend early April for your trip, if possible! This is one of our favorite times to visit, especially to see Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival.

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Jan 15, 2018 at 4:26 a.m. Maria Says...

I've visited Disneyworld during Christmas and although it was beautiful it WAS insane. I am thinking of going during the week of Easter....I realize it is Spring Break time but is it as bad as Christmas time????

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Jan 16, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Spring break is also usually a pretty busy time for the parks and brings in a large amount of crowds! In our experience, it's not as insane as Christmas, but you should still expect it to be very busy. Hop over to our Crowd Calendar to check out predicted crowd levels!

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Jan 12, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. Karen Says...

Most times I've come to Disney in mid May, after school break and before school is out for the year. It is perfect weather for me and lines are not too long. However this year my favorite resort is under refurbishment and I can't decide on another. What's a fan to do!

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Jan 12, 2018 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

What's your favorite resort? We'd be happy to recommend another, or you can check out our Hotel Comparison Tool to find something similar :)

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Jan 11, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. christine Says...

Aybody know if its crowed in may?

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Jan 16, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. Linda Says...

We went last May around the 7th through 12th. The weekend very crowded due nice weather, a lot of annual pass holders and locals. A lot of kids who had not use up their allowed sick days were taken out of school. It was crowded weekday too. My favorite is September when school is back in. Also,

I like Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the best. I will not go in May or summer again and I will avoid weekends due annual pass holders.

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Dec 28, 2017 at 1:23 p.m. Anthony Says...

Hi, my wife and i went to magic kingdom on Christmas Day this year and it was INSANE!! It was definitely not worth it. We did however get season passes and will be using this calendar the rest of the season lol

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Dec 24, 2017 at 8:54 p.m. Lorena Says...

what happened??? I went to Disneyworld this month (December) as I always do. Stayed the first 2 weeks. EVERY park was packed. Line ups in every park. Is there something I don't know? I loved going first 2 weeks in Dec - but now I've changed my mind. Please advise.

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorena,

Early December just isn't as low crowd time as it used to be. The secret is out. We hope you had a great trip nonetheless and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 18, 2017 at 2:15 a.m. Mary Says...

I have to agree with Kate. I’m a Canadian and I go by the calendar as well and man oh man it was really crazy the week December 8-10 at universal and crazy the week of December 11-14 at Disney. Line ups for rides were so long and annoying!!! I’ve been three times before during this season but it wasn’t as bad as it was this year. Not much fun when people are miserable at the parks!!! Probably not going to return during this time again.

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Dec 22, 2017 at 5:08 p.m. Julia Meyer Says...

The author of the article isn't taking the release dates of the Star Wars movies. The week prior and the week after (usually mid-December) are horrible. Besides being unbelievably crowded, people seem to leave common sense at home.

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Dec 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. Lorena Says...

I've gone to Disney world every year for the last 10 years or so. I have never seen a busier December than I saw this year. I went the first 2 weeks of December - and what the heck happened? It was a mad house. Long lines - no available fastpasses left. Is there something I didn't know? Were there some special circumstances that made the parks insane? I don't know whether I want to go back again next Dec.

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Jan 15, 2018 at 10:21 p.m. nea Says...

Hi We always stayed the day after New Years. Resort and Parks were super quiet. Went to Magic Kingdom Jan 2nd totally insane and freezing cold! My kids have been going since they were toddlers. They are veteran park goers and said they will never go that time of the year again. Crazy!

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Dec 13, 2017 at 5:21 p.m. Kate Says...

Well, this list was bull. We went the first week of December and IT WAS CRAZY. It ruined my trip.

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Dec 15, 2017 at 8:02 p.m. lorena Says...

How right you are. I was very disappointed myself. I just got home yesterday after 2 weeks at Disney. I don't think December has any slow days anymore. I learned my lesson. What a waste of time.

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Jan 10, 2018 at 6:59 a.m. Gandon Says...

My theory is that Hurricane Irma was responsible for increased crowd levels from October to December at WDW this year. Not only did people end up rescheduling their vacations, but perhaps people have also been in the mindset of "maybe WDW won't be there next year, so we have to go NOW". But who really knows.

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Jan 25, 2018 at 7:18 p.m. Aileen Olson Says...

We just returned from WDW and the crowds were insane. I asked a few cm and they were also thinking it was Irma reschedulers. It was very cold so I don't the locals were out. I think I may need to find another place to vacation. There is no good time To go to Disney anymore.

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Nov 26, 2017 at 6:05 p.m. Samuel Williams Says...

My fiancé and I are going to Disney tomorrow on a weekday. This will be our first Disney World visit as an engaged couple, however, it will be our 4th time visiting the parks overall!!!

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Nov 21, 2017 at 4:22 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I have posted a question twice and when I check back for a response the post is gone. Am I doing something wrong? If so please let me know so I can receive help regarding my trip in January.

Thanks!

Rebecca

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Nov 21, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Not sure what is happening to cause that. What's your question? We would be hoppy to help!

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Nov 22, 2017 at 12:42 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi, I just replied to you regarding to my travel questions that were never answered. When I replied the response ended up in caps. So hopefully this time it will go through correctly. My family is going to Orlando January 10th-17th. I chose January 11th (Animal Kingdom), the 12th (Magic Kingdom), the 15th (Epcot), and the 16th (Magic Kingdom) using your crowd calendar. My brother in-law does not want to go back to back to the parks. Is there a huge difference in line wait times if we go the 13th instead of the 12th? My 2 and 4 year old daughters are going and not excited about 2-3 hour lines. Thanks!

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Nov 27, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

According to our crowd calendar, there is quite a difference between the 12th and 13th as far as crowds go. The 12th is a yellow day, which means there will be moderate crowds. The 13th is a red day, which means there will be tons of crowds! We recommend sticking with the 12th.

Keep hopping!

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