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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on December 12, 2019 1503 Orlando

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

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

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

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

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest waits, you will likely need to take your kids out of school. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park has been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019.) Because of the popularity of this ride and now the land fully open, we're expecting 2020 to be busier than 2019, especially the first part of the year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Epcot

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

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

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-April 19
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

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

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

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

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - Santa and Mrs. Claus

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

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

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2020 and 2021 are:

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

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

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Apr 1, 2020 at 12:23 p.m. John B Says...

Hi, we are going to disney world for 2 weeks 3rd Dec - 17th Dec 2020, what do you think to crowds will be like. We are staying a Pop Century too. Travelling with a 2 year old and 10 month old from the UK. Any advice...

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Apr 1, 2020 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

We expect these will be very good dates as far as crowds go!

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Mar 6, 2020 at 2:54 a.m. Monica Says...

Hi! We’re thinking about planning a trip to Disney World in October of 2021. Do you think the crowd level will be high with the 50th anniversary?

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Mar 11, 2020 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica,

October is typically less busy than summers and holidays. At this point, we don't think the anniversary will significantly change that.

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Mar 4, 2020 at 10:14 a.m. David Says...

Hey,

Firstly great website.

Thinking of taking our two kids to either Disneyland and have the option of visiting either Orlando or LA.

Looking at four days max for just the main Disney park and universal studio in whichever location we choose. Dates are from 22nd March to 2nd April. Both Orlando and LA seem super busy during this time. Is it spring break? Would you choose one over the other at that time of year or will both be a nightmare? Thanks.

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Mar 4, 2020 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Both Disneyland and Disney World will be busy because of spring break crowds, but since you're outside of the 30-day FastPass window to be able to reserve some advance skip-the-line passes for Disney World, we'd recommend hopping to Disneyland and investing in MaxPass if you can. Have a great trip!

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Mar 2, 2020 at 4:52 p.m. Brittany Rose Says...

Hi! Im looking to take my honeymoon to disney November 1-7/8! is this a good time to go, will it be overly busy? Also can you explain how the fast pass works please thank you

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Mar 2, 2020 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that time of the year should see moderate crowds. Every Walt Disney World ticket comes FastPass enabled, where you can book a "skip the line" pass for many of the parks' attractions. You can book 3 in advance per day, either 30-days prior to your vacation (if you are staying off-site) or 60-days prior to your vacation (if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel). Once those initial three have been used, you can then continue to book FastPasses one at a time during your trip. These can be reserved using the My Disney Experience app. When your one-hour return window arrives, you can head back to the attraction, scan in using a MagicBand or RFID card, and enjoy a shorter wait than the standby line! You can learn more about FastPass here. Congratulations - enjoy your honeymoon! :)

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Feb 29, 2020 at 8:43 p.m. Liane Layman Says...

We are going 2nd week sin Oct 2021. I hear Disney parks are not crowded middle of the week which id great. Will Magic Kingdom be crowded for Disney's 50th anniversary Tues.-Thurs? And his just Magic Kingdom having the 5oth ceabration or all 4 Disney parks?

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Mar 2, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liane!

Great question! No anniversary news has been released just yet, so we don't have a good feel for exactly what to expect right now! As soon as we know more, we'll be sure to update this post (and our Crowd Calendar) accordingly :) Stay tuned!

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Feb 24, 2020 at 4:52 p.m. Jeff Says...

I'm looking at planning a Disney World (we may hit Harry Potter world as well) vacation in 2021...either in early May or September/October. Any suggestions? I'd like to go when crowds are as light as possible. Two adults...thanks!!

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Mar 22, 2020 at 6:21 p.m. jana Says...

Hi there just wanted to give you a heads up we just went last may the first week and it was horrible in May and September there are love bugs and they are everywhere they are horrible they dont bite just annoying i heard it it just the first part of may not the whole month and then they dont come back until september. we went in Sept 2016 no lovebugs but got stranded there for three days due to hurricane

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

Early May sees low crowds, but mid-September (just after Labor Day, after the kiddos are back in school) has historically been an excellent time to go! You can see a day-by-day forecast here.

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Feb 20, 2020 at 11:35 p.m. Raye Says...

The Disney App was very useful in my weeklong WDW trip. We went during for the 2020 NY Holiday. It was announced that Disney in Orlando hit its peak with 6-7 million people attending the parks on a single day, which I still have a hard time believing!

The Fast-Pass, which is free currently, can enable you to get on a few rides because the wait times on several of the rides all around WDW parks can reach 210 mins! We waited 3+ hours for Avatar because I didn’t download the Disney App Fast Pass. A whole family can be synced to one App.

Another word: line etiquette is important if you go on a severely busy day. We watched conflict and confrontation due to whole families cutting to the front of a 120 min line because they had someone holding their place in line. It’s unfair. Enroll in a fast pass the night before if you don’t wish to wait.

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Feb 21, 2020 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

This is such great feedback, Raye - thank you for taking the time to share with us! :)

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Feb 18, 2020 at 7:01 p.m. Brittany Says...

Hello!

Family is planning on going April 26-May 2. Think this is a good time? Heard there is a cheer competition at the time and we tried to book another room at our resort for a friend but they are all sold out! Think it will be too crowded?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that should be a pretty moderate time to go in terms of crowds (mostly level 5 days, with a sprinkle of 6 and 7). You may see a few cheerleaders in the parks, but for the most part, most of their impact is at the resort level rather than in the parks themselves since they're busy competing :) Hope this helps!

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Feb 17, 2020 at 10:31 p.m. angela d armstrong Says...

Is the weather better in middle sept -13-18 or will october be better dont care about rides taking my handicap son to wdw to see it

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

The two are pretty similar, but it's a little drier and cooler in October, so that would be our pick :) Have a great time!

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Feb 17, 2020 at 5:12 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hello. I was going to plan a trip the last full week of March. Do you think crowds will be high around this time? How will ride wait times be?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Things will still be pretty busy at that time since it'll be spring break season. You can expect crowd levels of 7s and 8s that week, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Feb 15, 2020 at 9:50 a.m. Vicki Says...

Hello there.

We will be coming to visit from the UK for the second time on 10th February 2021 for 2 weeks we really can't wait. We have the option of visiting 12 of the Orlando parks plus Busch gardens over the 2 weeks. Any advice on what parks to avoid on any days would be greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards

Vicki

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Feb 19, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicki!

Busch Gardens and/or SeaWorld will probably be your best bet on the weekends, especially keeping in mind that Presidents’ Day weekend will be Sat. 13th to Mon. 15th and the surrounding days (Fri./Tues.) will probably be a bit busier too. From there, we'd plan your days using our Crowd Calendar to decide what works best for your family! Have a wonderful trip!

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Feb 14, 2020 at 10:46 p.m. Patrick Staples Says...

What is the Average temperature in May?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick!

The monthly average is 88° (high) / 69° (low).

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Feb 14, 2020 at 10:46 p.m. Patrick Staples Says...

Just wondering how busy Disney will be May11-15. We have a 5 day hopper pass.

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Feb 18, 2020 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick!

That looks to be a great time to visit, with crowd levels at 4s and 5s according to our Crowd Calendar :) Enjoy!

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Feb 12, 2020 at 5:16 p.m. patrick Says...

hello, planning a trip this year on Nov 16-20 week before Thanksgiving. will the crowds be pretty manageable then? Thanks!

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Feb 12, 2020 at 6:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick!

It may be a mixed bag, with the beginning of the week at a level 5, and the end of the week around a 9 in terms of crowds. You can see a day-by-day breakdown on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Feb 11, 2020 at 3:23 p.m. Jessica Says...

Why is Jan. 18-20 2021 so bad?

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Feb 13, 2020 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

The whole week of Presidents' Day generally sees elevated crowds. Hope this helps!

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Feb 10, 2020 at 9:14 p.m. Patty Says...

Hi,

We are last minute booking to go to Disney April 22nd. Will the crowds still be really high or have gone down since it's the last half of April. Also, how do you think the weather will be?

Thanks!

Patty

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Feb 11, 2020 at 4:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

The 22nd will still be relatively busy (an 8/10, according to our Crowd Calendar), but things will start to slow down on the 26th (fingers crossed that you'll still be there to enjoy!)

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Feb 10, 2020 at midnight Nicole Reeves Says...

We are looking at the week of January 3, 2021, why exactly would 1/3 and 1/4 be bad days but 1/5 is considered a good day, in other words, what event is going on that weekend? Thanks! ????

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Feb 10, 2020 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Things stay pretty busy from just before Christmas to just after New Year's since it's a holiday break for most folks. Once the tadpoles start heading back to school (generally about the second week of January), crowds slow down again.

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Feb 7, 2020 at 4:18 p.m. Terri Says...

Dear Robin,

We are thinking of visiting Disney World either around April 11-17, or Feb 14-20, 2021. Can you tell us which would be a better choice? I know they might both be bad. Thank you.

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Feb 7, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

This is a tough one! April 11-17 is 7s and 8s throughout, while Feb. 14-20 has higher crowds initially due to the holiday weekend, but tapers out a little from the 18th on. You can see breakdown of both dates here - ultimately, we'd opt for what works best with your schedule!

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Feb 5, 2020 at 4:15 a.m. Perri Says...

Hi!

I am a Disney vet - have been many times throughout my childhood and even in the recent years (I am 27) - I still love to go! I will be visiting Disney for 5 days (May 16th-May 20th of 2020) staying at the Disney All-Star Resort. We are doing 4 days at Disney Parks at 1 day at Universal. We were originally supposed to be there this week (Feb 1st-5th) but I came down with the flu. I know the crowds would have been good at this time.

I have never to been to Disney in the May timeframe I moved my trip to. I did look at the crowd calendar and while it was helpful, I am curious about what you think the crowds will be like during this Saturday May 16th-Wednesday May 20th visit? It is RIGHT before Memorial Day Weekend, but I am wondering if the beginning of the MDW crowds will impact that week, or if we will get lucky and it won't get busy until around that Friday of MDW, when we will have left on Wednesday? How comparable will it be to the February dates I originally was supposed to go?

Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for your help!

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Feb 20, 2020 at 9:24 p.m. Crystal Says...

Hi, we're planning our trip for Orlando Sunday December 6th - Sunday December 13th 2020. This will be our biggest trip yet and our first time to Florida :) with that said, I'm overwhelmed with the planning (I want to get the most out of our trip of course because of cost and having a child on the autism spectrum). Right now I'm thinking, Sunday 12/6: legoland. Monday 12/7: animal kingdom (or maybe Hollywood studios?). Tuesday 12/8: magic kingdom. Wednesday 12/9: Hollywood studios (or is it better to do animal kingdom, should I switch?) Thursday 12/10: magic kingdom Friday 12/11: epcot (epcot isn't high on my priority list and I've heard it's bigger so crowds aren't as intense). Saturday 12/12 & 12/13: both universal and island of adventure, we are planning on Express pass. With school/PTO these dates are set, but I'm trying to figure out which park on which day, fastpass, weather, crowds etc. Any advice for someone who is overwhelmed but wants a great vacation for my kids is welcomed. Thanks!

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Feb 5, 2020 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Perri!

Oh my goodness - sending you well-wishes! We hope you're back on the up-and-up very soon! We compared wait times at Magic Kingdom for those timeframes last year, and both were pretty comparable. It was a little busier in May, but nothing too crazy - so you should be good to go! Like you said, crowds should ramp up on Friday, so prior to then, things should be pretty manageable at a 6 (versus 8 on Friday and Saturday and 9 on Sunday). We hope this helps - let us know if we can help with any other questions!

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Feb 3, 2020 at 9:25 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hi! Planning a family trip for early 2021. If you had to choose between January 8th - 16th (split between WDW and UO/IOA) or mid May, what's our best bet crowd and weather wise? Thanks!!

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Feb 7, 2020 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

We'd pick January over May! You can see a day-by-day breakdown of the crowds (and the weather!) here.

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Feb 3, 2020 at 7:38 a.m. Terri Says...

Hi there! We are looking at Disney World dates for 2021. We were thinking roughly around April 12-17, but I had a clarification question. When we looked at your website, it said that the second half of April is among the very best times to visit Disney World in 2021. But then when we looked on the Crowd Calendar, April 9-22 is listed as "highest crowds". Can you clarify about this difference? Alternatively, their mid-winter break is Feb 13-20. If you had to choose one of these dates (Feb 13-20 vs April 12-17), which one is better? Thank you for your help!!

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Mar 9, 2020 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri,

Sorry for the delay! We would go with April 12-17, 2021. We are predicting more medium crowds for this time than the week in February.

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Feb 2, 2020 at 4:06 p.m. Rachel Hill Says...

Hi, we're looking at going to Florida either January 7-21st 2021 or May 1st-15th, I'm just really stuggling to decide which date is best to go, I've read that some of the waterparks close in Jan, weather permitting etc. I've heard that May can be really busy around the parks. Thanks

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Feb 3, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Crowds are pretty comparable in both timeframes (early in January and later in May, though, things can get very busy!). In January, things will ramp up in beginning of your trip when the Marathon is going on (Jan. 6-10), and in May, weekends will bring in more crowds. Weather-wise, it'll be much cooler in January, but like you mentioned, Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for refurbishment. If you're in it for the warm weather and the water parks, we'd opt for May! If you're OK with just hopping to one heated water park, we'd shoot for January because it'll be more temperate. You can see a comparison of the crowds on both dates here.

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Feb 2, 2020 at 4:52 a.m. Robin Komosinski Says...

We are celebrating our grandson’s and our friends grandson’s birthdays at WDW, Orlando and are looking at the last week of April 2021. What day you about crowds?! Best day to arrive—we will be there 7-8 days.

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Feb 3, 2020 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

April, up until the 23rd, is forecast to be pretty busy - we'd suggest arriving on the 23rd, but know that the 24th will be the busiest day of your trip (7/10). From there on out, it looks like smooth sailing at 4s and 5s until the 30th, when it ramps back up to a 6. You can see a detailed breakdown here. Have a great trip!

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Feb 1, 2020 at 4:41 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hi! We are thinking of going to Disney from January 10-15 of 2021. What are your predictions for crowds, ride closings, weather, etc? Any help is so appreciated!

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Feb 3, 2020 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

You can expect highs in the upper 70s/low 80s and lows in the 60s, so pack a light jacket and plan to layer in the mornings and evenings! We'd expect Kali River Rapids and Splash Mountain to be under refurbishment at that time. Keep hopping back to our Refurbishments post as your trip gets closer for a more accurate listing! As far as crowds though, things should be fairly light during the weekdays, with crowds ramping up on the weekend. You can see a day-by-day prediction here on our Crowd Calendar. Have a great trip!

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Jan 31, 2020 at 2:56 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

When would the best time frame (10 days) to go at the end of January/beginning of February 2021? Thank you!

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Jan 31, 2020 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

That time in general is a fantastic time to go! Weekends will ramp up a little, but we'd say pick any time after the 20th of January and before the 12th of February, and you'll be in great shape! You can see a day-by-day forecast on our Crowd Calendar if you'd like a more detailed breakdown (including weather and park recommendations!).

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Jan 30, 2020 at 5:50 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hello,

Thank you for the great, informative article. We have a trip to WDW//Orlamdo booked for 9/8-9/15. Recognizing the heat, humidity, and rain possibilities, could you advise if the end of September is better? Do crowds increase the very end of the month and into beginning of October? Thank you very much ????

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Jan 31, 2020 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

We'd say the end of September would be better than early or mid-September weather-wise. The crowds will be slightly increased at the end of the month with Halloween festivities underway, but it should be manageable.

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Jan 28, 2020 at 7:27 p.m. Rob Shields Says...

Why exactly is Feb 12-21 2021 bad days to visit? I don't see you expand on that.

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Jan 28, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

We expect that Lunar New Year, coupled with Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day (Feb. 15) will bring in elevated crowds. Hope this helps!

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Jan 28, 2020 at 4:39 p.m. Lilu Says...

I am planning on going to Disney world in April and going to the parks on the 13-14 and the 16th. How bad would you say the crowds are at this time

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Jan 28, 2020 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lilu!

That particular week this year includes Easter and the Star Wars Rival Half Run, so you may see increased crowds as guests come to the parks after the Easter holiday (and some spring breaks), and before the run. It should be a 7 or 8 in terms of crowds.

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Jan 27, 2020 at 8:21 p.m. Meg Says...

I'm visiting Disney the first week of March. What will the weather be like around that time? I've heard it can get cold in the early mornings and late evenings. What's the humidity like around that time? Thanks!

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Jan 27, 2020 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg!

March generally sees highs of 79 degrees, and lows of 57 degrees, so like you mentioned, you may want to layer up for the day so that you're nice and toasty in the mornings and evenings! It'll heat up once the sun comes out. Humidity usually averages about 71%.

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Jan 26, 2020 at 9:53 p.m. Laura Says...

We are looking to go either in late Sept or sometime in October 2020....probably a Tuesday-Sunday. Our first choice is Sept 29-Oct 5 for the lower crowds, but are wondering if it will be overly hot? What would you recommend for a 2nd choice in October?

We will have an 8 year old and 9 month old.

Thanks!

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Jan 27, 2020 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

This past year, there wasn't much of a difference in temperature between September and October. The first cold front that required actual jackets and long pants didn’t hit until mid-November, and it only lasted a couple days. Your first choice (late September) should be a great pick for crowds, since the kiddos will be back in school! Columbus Day weekend was so busy last year that wouldn’t recommend that weekend for a visit.

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Jan 15, 2020 at 8:51 p.m. Karla Says...

Hi,

We are planning a 10 day trip in April 2021 looking at April 20 - April 30th. How is this time for crowds and weather? Any big events at this time? We would love to go to one of the water parks as well. Thanks

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Jan 21, 2020 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

That time of year looks to be a mixed bag, according to our Crowd Calendar, with a wide range of crowd levels (5, 6, 7 and 8). You can see a day-by-day breakdown of the forecast crowd levels here. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival is generally going on at that time! You'll find highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, so you'll want to be sure to layer, but the daytime should be perfect water park weather! While there's generally about five "rainy" days at the time of year, we always recommend packing a poncho or umbrella just in case.

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Jan 15, 2020 at 4:48 p.m. Beth Says...

We are planning on being at Disney World for my grandson's 5th birthday December 14,2020. He had a storke at the age of three and it has been a rough healing process. We thought this would be a great celebration of his progress. Is this a crowded time of the year?

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Jan 16, 2020 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

Wow, what a wonderful celebration - we hope that the healing process gets easier from here on out for him! Yes, Dec. 14, 2020 is forecast to be a 5/10, according to our Crowd Calendar, so crowds should be manageable. Have a very hoppy birthday trip!

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Jan 14, 2020 at 2:32 p.m. Lisa Says...

Would there be much difference in crowds if going June 3 or June 10?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

It'll be a little lighter in early June (as some kiddos aren't out of school just yet), but very similar. We'd go with whichever works best with your schedule!

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Jan 14, 2020 at 6:53 a.m. Moana Says...

Planning a long-overdue family vacation to Disney World if prices cooperate, or Disneyland if everything gets too costly since we’re flying from Hawaii. Ideally, I am trying to accomplish 2 holidays while at either locations. Are there any set dates for the Halloween party and the Very Merry Christmas party? Would an arrival date of 10/30/20 and departing on 11/9/20 enable us to do both occasions?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Moana!

Those dates haven't been released for 2020 just yet, but in 2019, the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was Nov. 1, while the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the season was Nov. 8. That said, we think it's likely you'd be able to do both!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 1:57 p.m. Lisa Goebel Says...

Thinking of visiting Disney. Coming from Michigan. Looking at possibly February 2020. Why would February 14-23 be one of the worst times?

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Jan 15, 2020 at 2:58 p.m. Chris Says...

Some schools have a winter break the week of Feb 17-21. We do, and that's when we're going! Temperature-wise, a great time to go!

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Jan 15, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Woohoo! Thanks for sharing with us, Chris!

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Since that's Presidents Day weekend, most families will have a long weekend and will be hopping to the parks to take advantage of a day off. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is also the following weekend, so there may be some racers heading in early, as well. Hope this helps!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 1:09 a.m. Michelle Says...

We will be going with family in 2021 and are deciding between May 31 (Memorial day!) - June 6

Or the week prior, May 23-29th.

Which one is likely to have the least amount of crowds?

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

May 23-29 will be your best bet, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a great vacation!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 12:36 a.m. Mike Says...

I think you forgot to mention that Disney World 50th anniversary will be Oct. 1, 2021 and with additions to Epcot and 3-4 new rides as well as restaurants, that part of 2021 will most likely be insane.

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Jan 14, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We toadally agree - thanks for the catch!

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Jan 11, 2020 at 1:36 a.m. SarA Says...

Hi! I know it’s only a week difference, but which of these weeks might have slightly better crowds this year?

10/25-10/31 : flying home early on the 31st.

Or

11/1-11/8 : jersey week (I know not a big deal) and also election day week.

We’ve been to Disney for Christmas celebrations before, and would really enjoy seeing Halloween and going to a not so scary party, so I know what week I prefer. But if it’s a huge crowd difference, I might change my mind.

Thank you for your opinion!

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

The week leading up to Halloween will be pretty busy, especially since Halloween falls on a Saturday. But if you are in it for the Halloween atmosphere, we think it's worth it to go! Crowds will be lighter the following week, but you'll also miss out on Mickey's Not So Scary. As long as you go in with a gameplan, we think it will be toadally manageable! Is it possible for you to hop to the parks right in between those two timeframes to get a bit of Halloween but also enjoy the lower crowds afterwards? You can see a direct comparison of the two weeks on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Jan 10, 2020 at 6:09 p.m. Megan Says...

I'm headed to Disney March 3-8, 2020. I'm headed to Hollywood Studios on March 4 to ride ROTR, but I noticed that the new ride is opening that day as well (Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railroad). I noticed on your crowd calendar that you have it as a 6/10 for crowds. Will that be higher with a new ride opening or do you think the crowds will still be moderate at that point?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

With Rise of the Resistance still keeping the park pretty busy, plus the opening of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway like you mentioned, we anticipate a pretty busy spring! Head in early and be sure to take advantage of FastPass and Extra Magic Hours (if you're able). Have fun!

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Jan 9, 2020 at 10:41 a.m. Kirst Says...

Hi! We are planning our first trip to Disney World. My kids will be 9 and 10 when we go. We will be taking the kids out of school so we can really go at any time. After reading your site we narrowed it down to 3 times during 2021:

1) 24-29 January

2) 7-12 February or

3) 9-14 May

We were hoping to go when it's less crowded and the weather will be good.

Thank you!

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Jan 10, 2020 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirst!

All of those look to be great options in terms of crowds! Weather-wise, we'd avoid May and opt for January or February instead - January looks to be slightly better, but both are optimal times, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd defer to whatever works best for your family! Have fun!

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Jan 7, 2020 at 10:04 p.m. Jaime H. Says...

In 2021, what is going on Jan 18-20 to make it a worst days to go? Do MLK Jr day crowds continue on Tuesday and Wednesday? Do you think Universal will be as crowded? Thanks!

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Jan 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime!

That's exactly it - MLK Day crowds can continue on into the week, so you may see a surge in all theme parks during that time. Hope this helps!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Kaysie Says...

We usually like to visit Disney World late November/Early December but last time in 2018 it was absolutely terrible due to the cheer crowds that were brought in. We had a terrible time at our resort and ran into some issues in the park as well. We want to come back in 2021 for the anniversary but I am struggling to find information on groups that are expected and what hotels they will be booked at. We always book a Value resort as we usually enjoy the atmosphere, pricing and we usually score a great free dining deal. Any tips for 2021 to avoid this issue again? or a calendar for expected groups that come each year? THANKS!!! We love undercover tourist and rely on your information and tickets for Universal.

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Dec 30, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaysie!

We're so hoppy you stopped by - thanks for the kind words! Most cheer competitions take place from early Dec. through May, and as you noted, many teams stay at the value resorts and/or Coronado Springs. While 2021 dates haven't been released just yet, you can find a full schedule of athletic events coming to Disney World here. We hope this helps!

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Jan 8, 2020 at 8:38 p.m. Tiger Says...

Was just looking at that was the 2019 schedule. Was told that it will most likely be 12/5/20-12/12/20

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Jan 8, 2020 at 8:34 p.m. Tiger Says...

We are trying to decide on 11-29-12/8 or 12/6-12/15 for a 2020 trip to Disney. We would like to go when the crowds are the least. I think I saw that the Cheer and Pop Warner is in town the week of 12/7-12/11 so should we stay away from that time frame and pick the first choice? Thanks!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 5:01 p.m. Janet Says...

We are fostering (4) children who have been through hell and back. We had plan tickets given to kids to either Disney World or Disneyland. BUT my husband and I have to plan the remaining of the trip. HOW MUCH is this going to cost us? I need to know the cheapest

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Jan 15, 2020 at 3:28 p.m. Renea Says...

I have been to Disneyworld 26 times. Have you been before? There is a lot to see and it also depends on the age of the children. You are welcome to email me for lots of tips. God Bless you for fostering the children! They are blessed to have you. :-)

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Dec 26, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. Shar Says...

Hi,

My daughter will be turning 5 at the end of June 2020 and I plan on surprising her by taking her to Disney World. It will be the first time for her and for me. Seeing that kids are out of school then, is it extremely crowded during that time? And what recommendations do you have for first timers?

Thanks in advance!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shar!

Hoppy birthday to your tadpole! What a fun way to celebrate. Yes, you can expect crowds then, and be sure to pack a poncho or umbrella. You can see a day-by-day crowd breakdown on our Crowd Calendar here. Be sure to take advantage of your advance FastPasses!

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Dec 18, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Mark Says...

Looking to visit Disney parks with 3 daughters around 7 April 2021 for my 50th birthday. Would be there for 2 weeks. Last visit was in 2017 from 6 Aug to 21 Aug. Crowds were bearable but weather hot so wanted to visit at a cooler time. As early April is Easter will after 7th April be reasonable for crowds. Trying to compare to mid August previously.

Thanks

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Dec 23, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

April after the week of Easter should be a great time to visit crowd-wise.

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Dec 17, 2019 at 3:19 a.m. david stembridge Says...

We want to gift 3 day DW trip in 2020 (Jan thru April) for son and wife, both are 34. He to be deployed in summer. She has never been, he as a child. Please advise preferences on hotels but I bet they will be in parks almost full time til fireworks so not a lot of hotel time. We will buy tickets and give cash for room, etc. Probably a Resort hotel but only if you think that is a good plan. Thanks

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Jan 4, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. Retired Army Says...

If he is to be deployed, I assume he's a service member. Explore Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center. Quite affordable, especially in pay grades E-1 to E-3, but still reasonable at higher grades

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Dec 17, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

What a wonderful gift! We definitely recommend a Walt Disney World Resort hotel for all of the toadally awesome benefits offered! It can be tough to narrow them down, since there are 20+ to choose from! We'd recommend starting with a budget in mind and narrowing from there. From there, we have guides dedicated to choosing the right Value, Moderate or Deluxe hotel. Hope this helps!

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Dec 9, 2019 at 3:26 a.m. Landon Says...

It says the best days to visit in 2020 are Jan. 13-16, but then it says the worst days to visit are Jan 14-24. Those dates overlap. Is Jan 13-16 a good time to go or a bad time to go? Thanks.

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Landon!

Good catch! Jan. 13-16 is good time to go!

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Dec 5, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. calvin Says...

going to start going to parks on Feb 23 -25 2020 i understand that the marathon ends on the 23rd. any suggestion on what park might be less crowded that day? also does that Monday fall in the category of a good day to be there or a bad one since its in between one of the worst times and one of the best times?

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Calvin!

The race should be done by the time the parks open, so it's a toss up in terms of which will be the most crowded on Sunday. Monday should be a good day!

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Dec 4, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. Christy Says...

Why is mid Feb always listed in your "worst times to visit"?

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Dec 4, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

Presidents Day weekend and week bring in more crowds due to the holiday. In 2020, Presidents Day is Feb. 17. Hope this helps!

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Nov 26, 2019 at 9:06 p.m. bengi Says...

Why is January 14-24 worst days to visit in 2020?

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Nov 27, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. TD Says...

Marathon

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