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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on May 27, 2020 1539 Orlando

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

Hopping Big News! Walt Disney World is seeking to reopen its parks starting July 11. While the plan is still awaiting approval, you can read more details! Rest assured, we'll be updating this post soon to reflect these changes! In the meantime, you can now book Walt Disney World Resort hotels for 2021! It's a great time to lock in savings for vacations starting Jan. 1, 2021. More dates and hotels are being added, so if you don't see your dates, please check back! And starting June 28, you can purchase Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets for 2021 too!

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! This post will guide you through the best time to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021!

It's important to address the current state of affairs with the theme parks currently closed due to COVID-19. While we don't know when the parks will reopen, we expect it will be some time this summer. Since we know many people are wondering about how crowded the parks will be once Disney World reopens, we created a whole post devoted to this topic. We'll cover similar ground here, so keep reading for more insights into the best times to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021! While we do have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, it's only fair for us to start by saying we are in new territory now.

Now, let's set the stage by looking at early 2020. There were higher crowds than normal this January and February, largely because of the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Even March was hopping right up until the day the parks closed! We expect there will still be demand to visit these new experiences once the parks reopen, but there are so many other factors at play that will impact the rest of the year, including coronavirus, the economy, unemployment and potential travel restrictions (international and domestic).

The parks have never been closed as long as they have currently, and all indications are that many people who had spring trips planned are postponing versus canceling them entirely. Still, overall, we don't think quite as many people will be filling the parks for the remainder of this year. That's good news for those of you who already have trips planned and those of you thinking about a visit. By the way, we expect the very lowest crowds of the year will be in the first few days and weeks when the parks reopen, although it's possible park hours could be shortened and entertainment could be limited during this time. We predict that summer and early fall (September and October) will see less crowds than previous years. We expect to see a slightly busier Thanksgiving week, and likely a less-busy-than-usual Christmas week.

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably expect.

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. Now, given the current disruption to school schedules, it's possible this fall, fewer parents will consider taking their kids out of school, but it's still a little too early to tell. 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 2019 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. As we mentioned earlier, early 2020 saw much higher crowds than previous years, largely because of the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and we expect they will continue to be major draws for the remainder of this year and many years to come.

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

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*
  • 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)

*If the parks have reopened.

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. While we are expecting a lighter September and October for 2020, we expect 2021 to be a little busier.

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 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, Easter 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
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans 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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Jul 4, 2020 at 11:48 p.m. Kris Says...

We are booked for the first week in January 2021 is that marked a bad week because or weather or crowds?

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Jul 6, 2020 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

Generally, this is a pretty crowded time; however, this year, with the reservation in place, it should be manageable since capacity will be regulated ahead of time :)

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Jun 22, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi - I don't have a question about crowds so much as- if you know whether all the attractions will be open, we are looking at October 2020 (and weekdays, for crowd concerns). Heard through a friend that for sure when things first open, character meets are restricted or limited? thanks!!

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Jun 23, 2020 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

We sure do, and we've got a whole post dedicated to what will be open! You are correct that character meet and greets will be modified for social distancing; you can expect some Character Cavalcades in each park to wave at your favorites from a safe distance during this time.

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Jun 7, 2020 at 12:48 p.m. Sally Says...

Do you think the Very Merry Christmas party will still go ahead this year? Also do you think there will be sufficient reservations for those with tickets purchased already?

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Jun 16, 2020 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally!

We do not have any updates on Very Merry dates yet. We’ll update on the blog and ticket pages as soon as we hear!

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Jun 5, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. Jay Says...

We were thinking of 2-16 November 2021... Will the Christmas season be starting, or will we catch the end of Halloween?

Would any attractions possible be down to get them ready for Christmas (Jingle Cruise for example), or should I not worry?

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Jun 5, 2020 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay!

You should actually get a mix of both during that timeframe - you may catch the very tail end of Halloween and get to see the transition into the holidays! Jingle Cruise started running on Nov. 2 in 2019, so we expect that the timeframe will be similar this year (the overlay itself doesn't take very long to get up). The same goes for the other holiday overlays in Magic Kingdom, including Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain and Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, though some are exclusive to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Prior to your trip, be sure to hop over to our refurbishments post for a status update on any attractions that may be down during your trip.

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Jun 2, 2020 at 12:18 p.m. jayden Says...

have any idea when the attractions tron and guardians will be finished? i am going next year 26th august until 10 september. Yo think they are ready than?

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Jun 2, 2020 at 5:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jayden!

We don't have exact opening dates for Guardians or Tron just yet. They were scheduled to be ready to open sometime in 2021 before the closure (Guardians potentially in the fall). We'll be sure to update as soon as we know more! Crossing our froggy fingers that they'll be ready in time for your trip! :)

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May 31, 2020 at 10:38 a.m. Kaylee Says...

Hello! I am planning a trip to Orlando from December 16th to the 22nd. Currently thinking of doing

December 16th Hollywood Studios (4-close)

December 17th EPCOT

December 18th Animal Kingdom

December 19th Magic Kingdom

December 20th Universal Island's (Mainly - park hopper)

December 21st Universal Studios (Mainly - park hopper)

Do you think I'll be able to hit all of the main attractions doing this? I chose HS for the short day because I'm not as interested in what they have to offer, though I'll attempt to Fastpass Star Wars if possible. Also do you think two days is enough to cover Universal for both parks? I would rather do two Disney parks in a day using park hopper and just hit the highlights to make sure I can hit all the mains at Universal. (Just my preference.)

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Jun 1, 2020 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaylee!

Two days with a park-to-park will give you a good chance of hitting most of the main attractions at Universal Orlando! Disney World is a bit more difficult to nail down in terms of planning at this point. Disney World is reopening with a reservation system in place, and no FastPass through at least the end of 2020. You can read more about that part here! Once we know more, we'll be sure to update our posts and touring plans accordingly :)

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May 29, 2020 at 12:14 a.m. Chris Thompson Says...

We are thinking about stopping at the Magic Kingdom for one day on the way to south Florida. That day at the park would be the Sunday before Thanksgiving this year. Good time to go or bad time? Site says the week of Thanksgiving is bad but does not clarify if that includes the weekend before. Thank you!

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May 29, 2020 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

That Sunday wouldn't be as bad as later in the week, but it would still see elevated crowds.

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May 2, 2020 at 8:19 p.m. Jenny Alston Says...

My husband and I are thinking Tuesday, January 26th - Monday, February 1st. Do you think this is a good time to visit for really low crowds and no maintenance on attractions?

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May 4, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

We love the end of January! Historically, this has been a great time to go - it's just after the Marathon, and things tend to be pretty calm. Note, however, that this is an unusual year, so you may see things become more crowded than they've been historically since folks are rescheduling current trips. It's also a time when water rides tend to go under refurbishment, though, so if that's a must-do for you, spring or summer may be a better time. Hope this helps!

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Apr 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Oliver Dickinson Says...

What will be the crowds like during April 17th-April 24th. We will be visiting SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Universal. What are the crowds like and what’s the best day to go to each park?

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Apr 28, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Oliver!

That time next year should see moderate crowds, ranging from level 5 to 6, according to our crowd calendar. Expect weekends to be a little busier than weekdays. We'd suggest hitting SeaWorld and Busch Gardens on the weekend, while reserving Universal for the weekdays. Closer to your trip, check out posted park hours and keep an eye out for any special events going on!

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Apr 29, 2020 at 4:48 p.m. Oliver Dickinson Says...

Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

So we arrive in Orlando Saturday 17th April 2021.

Sunday 18th - Volcano Bay

Monday 19th - islands of adventure

Tuesday 20th - Seaworld

Wednesday 21st - Busch gardens

Thursday 22nd - studios/islands of adventure again

Friday 23rd - SeaWorld aquatica

How does that look for the queues on each day at each different park?

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Apr 29, 2020 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Oliver!

No problem - hoppy to help! :) We think your plan looks great!

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Apr 23, 2020 at 7:20 p.m. Ashley Kinzel Says...

Hi there!

Im planning a WDW and Universal Trip October27,2021-November October 31st and was wondering if this was considered a busy time to go?

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Apr 23, 2020 at 6:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

The week of Halloween tends to see a lot of hoppy travelers! Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance, and if you can, we'd recommend springing for Express. As long as you're prepared, it's toadally manageable! :)

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Apr 22, 2020 at 2:37 p.m. Sarah Oliver Says...

Hi, we are looking to book 6th-20th January 2021, there is a big spike on the 14th - 18th? Do you know if they have an event on? I can't seem to find anything,

Thank you

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Apr 22, 2020 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

That weekend is Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, so there may be some more crowds heading in for the long weekend. Hope this helps!

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Apr 21, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. Debbie Says...

We are scheduled to go to Disneyworld June 3rd,2020. My grandson son is type 1 diabetic and I’m trying to decide if it won’t be a good time to expose him to all the growds,etc at this time. Was thinking of changing til November-December. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Apr 21, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

We think November or December would both be great times to visit - you may be able to catch some special events for the holidays too!

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Apr 21, 2020 at 12:34 p.m. Nicole Says...

I am going to Orlando Disney world March 5th to the 12 th I’ve already booked the flights .... is it going to be a nightmare .... I have experienced Disney world in July 4th is it measurable to that or won’t be nearly as bad ... just ‘busy’

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Apr 21, 2020 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

It should not be as bad as 4th of July, but it will be busy (and still toadally fun)!

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Apr 19, 2020 at 1:51 p.m. Tom Says...

We're looking to visit in September 2021, however do expect the 50th anniversary celebrations to effect the crowds much at this time?

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Apr 20, 2020 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom!

It's still a little soon to predict, but historically, September is a great time to go. The kids are generally back in school then, and the Halloween crowds don't tend to pick up until late in the month/early October. We expect that crowds may be slightly higher than usual, but wouldn't count on anything significant. We'll continue to update as we know more!

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Apr 16, 2020 at 12:01 p.m. Gary Says...

Hi, I am planning a honeymoon in 2022, biggest factor for us will be crowd levels. We get married Feb 22nd, can you suggest when the parks will have less crowds in 2022. Thanks

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Apr 16, 2020 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

Wow, what a cool wedding date - congratulations in advance! You may see some lingering crowds that week since Presidents Day is the day prior, but we'd expect it to be manageable since it's a Tuesday. Historically, that time in February is a great time to visit. Enjoy!

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Apr 15, 2020 at 5:28 p.m. Sandra S. Says...

Hi, I'm planning a trip for my daughters graduation May 25-June 2, 2021. We want to do Disney world and Universal. As far as crowds go, is it better to do Disney first or Universal? Thanks for any help you can give.

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Apr 15, 2020 at 5:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

Both parks tend to see very similar crowds, especially in the summer, so we'd do whatever works best with your schedule!

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Apr 8, 2020 at 2:47 a.m. Isaiah Says...

For 2021 I think Early October maybe even all of October should be on the worst times because October 1, 2021 is the 50th Anniversary of WDW so it might be more crowded than usually. Also October has Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Apr 8, 2020 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

This is a great point, Isaiah — thanks for chiming in! We've got our eye on it and will continue to update as we know more :)

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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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