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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2022 and 2023

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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? 2022 is gearing up to be another exciting year at the Most Magical Place on Earth! With the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind May 27, the return of the Festival of Fantasy parade and Fantasmic!, plus the continuation of the World's Most Magical Celebration, the magic (and fun) is definitely calling! Understandably, some of you are wondering: "When is the best time to visit Disney World?"

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, unfortunately. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

You can have a magical visit to Walt Disney World no matter the circumstance or crowd level.

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. But there are other factors, such as Disney World weather, special events, park hours and, of course, your family's availability, that factor into the right time to make your magical trip.

Keep in mind that Disney is requiring that guests book reservations for park visits through January 2024. If you have not bought tickets or made your Disney Park Pass reservations, you should do so as soon as you know you want to go, especially if that's during one of the peak periods listed below, such as spring break, summer or Christmas. You'll also want to read up on current health and safety policies in place before your trip.

In our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited during every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, which we've recently amended based on our more recent trips after the parks reopened. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

Best Time to Visit Disney World - 50th anniversary banner in front of Tree of Life

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2022 and 2023

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along with school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. The decision to take kids out of school, even virtual school, for Disney is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgment policy. It may also come as no surprise that many families are ready to travel again; we expect that 2022 will see elevated crowds throughout the year.

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 Disney World 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 the shortest. Also, key shows, such as Disney Enchantment at Magic 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 - Kids in 50th Outfits

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 the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival (and its Eat to the Beat concert series is back for 2022!). You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration is in full swing, and the event will continue through April 2023. You can see a full list of all of the events hoppening at Disney World in 2022 and 2023 here.

 

New rides, attractions and lands — major openings — can also impact crowds. We've seen this in recent years with the openings of Avatar: Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. All of these rides continue to see higher wait times and demand. With the latter two inside one park — Disney's Hollywood Studios — this is another reason it is vitally important to make your reservations as soon as you buy your Disney World tickets! So far, EPCOT is the big-ticket draw this year, with Guardians of the Galaxy — Cosmic Rewind blasting off as of May 27, 2022.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2022 and 2023?

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 10-14
  • Jan 24-31
  • March 1-4
  • 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 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 18 – Feb. 15
  • March 1-8
  • 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 the 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 (returning for 2022!), Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind the Disney World weather. September is 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.

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The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 1-9, Jan. 15-18
  • Feb. 18-27
  • March 5 - April 24*
  • 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 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 1-9, Jan. 13-16
  • Feb. 17-28
  • March 11 - April 17*
  • 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 2023, Easter falls on April 9, making it a slightly shorter season than 2022, when it falls on April 17. These are still more spread out and less intense than when Easter lands in March.

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2022 and 2023

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Castle at Christmas

Let's hop over to the holidays. These are popular times 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 17, 2022, and April 9, 2023
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 24, 2022, and Nov. 23, 2023
  • 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 tips and tricks for visiting during spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above.

  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2022, and Nov. 10, 2023
  • MLK Day - Jan. 17, 2022, and Jan. 16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 21, 2022, and Feb. 20, 2023
  • Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2022, and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 10, 2022, and Oct. 9, 2023

Upcoming runDisney Events

Best Time to Visit Disney World - RunDisney Finish Line

runDisney events also have an impact on traffic, hotel bookings and crowds, bringing both spectators and runners to the parks before and after their races — especially the headlining Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in early January, which we take into consideration when making our predictions for the year. Races will take place on the following dates in 2022:

  • Jan. 5-9: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 24-27: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • March 31 - April 3: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
  • Nov. 3-6: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Races will take place on the following dates in 2023:

  • Jan. 4-8: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 23-26: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • April 13-16: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2022 and 2023. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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Sep 22, 2022 at 7:25 p.m. Tom Says...

Why is February 18-27 one of the worst?

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Sep 23, 2022 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom!

The second half of February can draw crowds due to Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 18-20) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Feb. 23-26). Mardi Gras can also play a minor factor, so with all three going on, there can be elevated crowds during that timeframe.

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Sep 22, 2022 at 2:59 a.m. Stacy Says...

Hi there, our schedule is completely open now that we have both retired. I have never been to Disney world and want as full experience as possible. I would like to know the best time to go for weather in the 70s and 80s, little or no rain and fewer crowds. Also, I would like the rides to be open and not in the middle of refurbishment or special events at the park that may close off areas. Much appreciated!

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Sep 22, 2022 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy!

We think your best bet would be mid-November or the first week of December. Holiday festivities should be in full swing by mid-November so there's less of a chance for ride refurbishments. By then, the weather has started to cool off (may even experience the first cold front around this time, so keep an eye out for the weather forecast so one doesn't sneak up on you). There's still a chance of rain, but the rainy season patterns should settle down by then. As for crowds, it won't be the absolute lowest levels (that would be end of August/September, which is still hot and rainy), but it will be the lowest during the holiday season. End of January/early February could also be an option (these are months with the lowest average rainfall of the year), but there's more chance of a cold front, as well as shorter park hours and possibilities of ride refurbishments. (We consider March and April the best for "ideal" weather, but then you would deal with spring break crowds.)

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Sep 21, 2022 at 7:47 p.m. Rose Says...

Hi Guys my 1st time going to Disney world.

i am thinking of attending the Mickeys Christmas. i wonder what less crowded day/week is better either NOV 14 or Nov 11?

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Sep 22, 2022 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

We would go with Nov. 14, as Nov. 11 is a holiday (Veterans Day).

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Sep 17, 2022 at 3:58 a.m. Jeff Says...

Would Jan 17th, 2023 be more busy than Jan 18th and the rest of that week? I know that Mon, Jan 16th is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Do you think the weekends towards the end of January would be much busier than the weekdays? We're planning a trip around this time. Thanks!

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Sep 21, 2022 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

The end of January is typically a good time to go. Weekends in general are busier than weekdays, but during this time, they're only busier by a crowd level or two (see our Crowd Calendar here!). EPCOT in particular is usually busier on the weekends due to locals going to the Festival of the Arts.

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Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 a.m. Jenn Says...

Trying to decide which week would be better to visit feb28th-March 7th or March 27th-April 3rd. We would like the weather to be warm enough to swim we plan on doing a water park and possibly 2 rest days around the pool, but also not wanting to go when crowds are super busy having 2 small children .. which week would you suggest, thank you !!

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

If avoiding crowds is more important, then we'd go with Feb. 28 through March 7 so you can avoid the middle of spring break season! As long as a cold front doesn't come through, it should be warm enough (though at this time, the weather can still be a bit unpredictable).

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Sep 11, 2022 at 8:49 p.m. Joy Dee Says...

I would like to take my family of four and would need to be budget friendly and was wondering what month would u recommend going? Weather not to hot but warm haha

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Sep 13, 2022 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy Dee!

We'd suggest September (aside from Labor Day weekend) in terms of crowds — weather can still be quite hot, but it would likely be the most budget-friendly. If you wish for it to cool down, then November is a good time to go (aside from Thanksgiving week and Veterans Day, particularly if the latter falls on/near the weekend).

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Sep 11, 2022 at 5:11 p.m. DINI Says...

Helloooo... a leap greetings from Germany! My husband and I have only one day to visit Walt Disney World Resort. Which is the best parks to see for adults? We would like to visit two parks. He is not into kiddy stuffs while I definitely want to see Disney's Hollywood Studios. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Stay Frogglicious! ;)

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dini!

We'd go with EPCOT and Hollywood Studios! It's easy to hop between these two parks since they're close to each other. You could take Disney Skyliner, a Friendship boat or even walk (all via the International Gateway entrance)!

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Sep 11, 2022 at 4:42 p.m. Dini Says...

Which is the best parks for adults at Walt Disney World?

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Sep 12, 2022 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dini!

We love them all but if narrowing it down, we'd say have to say EPCOT, for sure — mainly for the food, drinks and attractions. Animal Kingdom would be a good choice if you want a more relaxed day and love animals, and Hollywood Studios if you like thrill rides such as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror (plus Galaxy's Edge — Oga's Cantina is a must!).

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Sep 9, 2022 at 9:01 p.m. Michelle Says...

Thank you so much for this great info. Am planning a trip first week of November 2022. Is it a bad time to go during the week of Wine and Dine Half marathon weekend? What kind of park closures/inconveniences can I expect?

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Sep 14, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

The actual races take place early in the morning (with 5 a.m. start times), so they all should be completed by park opening. They mainly take place near/in EPCOT, though the Half Marathon goes to Magic Kingdom and back. Just be aware of the early morning road closures, which may only affect you if you're trying to rope drop. Crowd levels shouldn't be hugely impacted, though it may feel more crowded at EPCOT. And if you haven't booked a hotel yet, we'd suggest hopping right on it!

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Sep 4, 2022 at 10:21 p.m. Jeanine Says...

Which is better, early May or late August? It looks like crowds and pricing are better in August, but not weather. Not sure how long and heavy rain showers might be, and whether it's worth it for lighter crowds.

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Sep 7, 2022 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

If weather is an important factor for you, we'd go with May. Otherwise, you can expect almost daily storms, which can bring heavy rain (particularly in the afternoon/evening) but they usually aren't long-lasting.

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Sep 4, 2022 at 1:02 p.m. Jennifer A Says...

Taking my daughter who will be almost 5 in early February. Can you recommend the best hotel and parks to visit?

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Sep 6, 2022 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Our favorite hotels for toddlers would have to be any of the Value Resorts, which have some of the best "quintessential Disney" theming. We toadally recommend Magic Kingdom as a must-do! As for the others, it may depend on her preferences — Animal Kingdom is a great choice particularly if she loves animals. Hollywood Studios has the most thrill rides which are likely too big for her, but if she likes Toy Story or Disney Junior Pals, it may still be worth a visit. During February, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts would be taking place, which is one of our favorite festivals for kids.

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Sep 4, 2022 at 12:52 p.m. Tillie Robery-smith Says...

Im looking to visit in september or october 2023, is there any dates to avoid or any weeks you recommend? We travel for 14 nights from UK

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Sep 6, 2022 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

In September and October, we'd recommend staying away from Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4) and Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 7-9).

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Sep 1, 2022 at 2:26 p.m. John Says...

Hello, I hope all is well. I am looking at the possibility of Early November or late January start of February for 2 weeks. I visited in October and found it too hot and in March when we got beautiful weather. Which of the two would you recommend and why Weather, Park being busy etc

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Sep 1, 2022 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

In terms of crowds, both are great times to go! Late January and early February will likely have colder weather (though more unpredictable), if that is a priority for you.

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Aug 29, 2022 at 7:36 p.m. Cheryl Says...

Thinking of going to Disney world beginning February. Are weekends a lot busier than weekdays ?

Besides Epcot Can you recommend the best 2 parks for fun adults over 50????

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Aug 30, 2022 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl!

Generally, weekends are busier than weekdays, particularly the second half of February due to Presidents Day weekend and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend. If not counting EPCOT, then we'd recommend Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Unless you like thrill rides (or Star Wars or Toy Story), Hollywood Studios would probably be the one to skip.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 10:22 a.m. Emily Nesbitt Says...

Hi guys,

Firstly, thanks for the great job you guys do running this page, it is such a help :) We have just booked to go Feb 23rd to March 9th 2023. Can you give your opinion on if this is a good time to go? Are there any fun events on in Orlando?

Thank you :)

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Aug 22, 2022 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Aww, thank you for the kind hoppy words! Generally, yes it should be a good time to go :) The Disney World parks in particular may have elevated crowds from February 23-26, as the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend will be taking place that weekend. You'll be sneaking in before the major Spring Break crowds (local schools will be out from March 13-17), but there's a chance that it could start getting busier toward the end of your trip due to the spring break season (as schools across the country have varying spring breaks). At Disney, the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT typically begins the first week of March. For Orlando in general, Universal hosts Mardi Gras from February through April, and SeaWorld has a Seven Seas Food Festival from February to May.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 6:25 p.m. John Knight Says...

Is 67 to old to experience the park, to be honest not into fast rides anymore, when is the best time after Christmas and how many day's is best to book, many thanks

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Aug 24, 2022 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Disney World is definitely for all ages! You can find slow-moving rides at each park, plus enjoy all the entertainment that they have to offer (including shows, parades, characters and fireworks at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom). The week between Christmas and New Year's is usually the busiest time of the year. Things start to slow down after New Year's but the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend still draws in some crowds for the first weekend in January. After that, most of January (with the exception of MLK Jr. Day weekend) sees fewer crowds. We'd recommend at least one full day in each park (for a total of four days) if you're able to!

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Aug 20, 2022 at 1:33 p.m. Mary Price Says...

We are planning a trip in May next year I'll have a 7-year-old 5-year-old and a one-year-old is around May 1st a good time to take these little kiddos these are my grandkids and they'll be four adults

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Aug 23, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yes :) early May is a great time to visit! It falls after the busy spring break season, but is still early enough before summer crowds that begin toward the end of the month with Memorial Day weekend.

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Aug 8, 2022 at 4:26 a.m. Brandon Says...

Looking to visit Magic Kingdom on Thursday Dec. 8th 2022, are crowds typically large on a weekday in early December?

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Aug 8, 2022 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

Early in December - especially on weekdays - is typically a great time to visit. Have fun!

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Aug 5, 2022 at 7:09 a.m. Pete Says...

Would crowds for Feb. 17-28, 2023 only be a problem for the weekends, or would you expect weekdays to be busy as well?

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Aug 5, 2022 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pete!

Those two weekends will be the most affected by crowds since it'll be Presidents Day weekend followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. People may linger or arrive early for the marathon weekend, plus there may be people visiting due to Mardi Gras — all of which is why we kept the entire timeframe as a higher crowd level.

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Aug 2, 2022 at 2:53 p.m. Alana Says...

Hello! Can you explain to me what to expect when the crowd calendar has a prediction of 4/10 but it says that it is a busy day for a certain park, ie. Hollywood Studios? Does that mean you should expect a higher number than the overall number in that park? We are planning to be there on the Nov. 10 and 11 and are most interested in Hollywood Studios. Does it matter which day we go?

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Aug 9, 2022 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey Alana!

We're glad you asked! Historically, we've seen patterns in which parks visitors hoppen to head to on certain days of the week, which is why you may find us recommending certain parks (green check) or not (red exclamation point) on particular days of the week. For your dates, since Nov. 11 is a holiday, we think that Thursday the 10 will be your best bet to visit Hollywood Studios (crowds overall will be lower than Friday). Hope this helps!

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Jul 30, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. Erik Says...

Hello, I plan on visiting Disney World during August 1-4. What should I expect in terms of crowds/weather and pricing?

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Aug 1, 2022 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erik!

In terms of crowds, the first week of August still falls within the summer season, so crowd levels remain high (check out our Crowd Calendar for more details!). The weather is hot and humid in August, often with afternoon rain. We've got a guide on how you can pack for the Orlando weather in summer (and year-round).

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Jul 28, 2022 at 4:22 p.m. Leigh Says...

Just starting to plan a trip between now and the end of October. Is this even possible. Life has thrown a few obstacles the last couple of years and we really want to make it happen before thanksgiving. Thoughts?

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Aug 2, 2022 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leigh!

We think it's still possible! The biggest thing you'll need to look out for is checking availability for your theme park reservations and booking those as soon as you know your dates. You can book reservations for dining and special experiences (such as Savi's lightsabers) up to 60 days in advance, so you're still before that time window even opens for most dates in October and November.

Let us know if you need any help or have additional questions!

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Jul 21, 2022 at 10:22 p.m. Gary Milks Says...

we are looking to visit WDW from March 1st - 8th. How is the weather? I hate getting wet. I understand that it rain, but don't want to miss days because of heavy rain.

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Jul 22, 2022 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

The winter months (November through February) generally have the lowest average rainfall. March's rainfall is still low, compared to the summer months, but it can be just a tad more unpredictable than the winter months. While we can't guarantee that there won't be any rain at all, there's still less of a chance of the daily rain that you get in the summer. We also have a guide about how to pack for the weather year-round that you may find to be hopful!

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Jul 17, 2022 at 11:30 p.m. Ronde Brushart Says...

We are visiting Disney jan 17,18 (tue,wed). Will it still be crowded from MLK? Magic Kingdom and Hollywood are the parks we want.

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Jul 19, 2022 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronde!

There may be some lingering crowds from the holiday weekend, but we think it'll be manageable. Enjoy!

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Jul 14, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. michelle Says...

Hi

Any idea when spring break is during 2023 and 2024, we are trying to arrange a holiday for 9, grandkids under 4 and i have a disabled hubby with a lung condition so need the temp at night not to drop too drastically and not too much humidity in the day, we went October 2017 and he found the drop in temp at night as opposed to daytime temp made him poorly. We are from the UK. Thanks for any advice.

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Jul 14, 2022 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Spring Break varies by schools all over the country (plus public and private schools, even from the same town or city, may have differing breaks), so it creates more of a "Spring Break season" that lasts from early March to a week after Easter (which falls on April 9, 2023, and March 31, 2024). Overall, expect the parks to be busy through early to mid-April both years, but some weeks may be busier than others, particularly when local schools are out (these weeks would be March 13-17, 2023, and March 18-22, 2024).

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Jul 10, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. Joe Says...

Why is late February one of the worst times to visit?

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

The end of February sees both Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 17-20) and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (Feb. 23-26), which bring in crowds during the later half of that month.

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Jul 10, 2022 at 12:31 a.m. Jack Says...

Hello! My wife and I are thinking about going to Disney world at the end of February, but it looks like you have it flagged as a bad time to go. Why is that?

Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack!

The end of February sees both Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 17-20) and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (Feb. 23-26), which bring in crowds for the later half of that month.

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Jul 9, 2022 at 6:57 a.m. Kathryn Says...

Hi

We want to take our daughter for her first Disney trip next year and are undecided between February and March - which is better for quieter parks? Thanks ????

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn!

Early February is generally a quieter time to visit! If you decide on February, then avoid Feb. 17-20 (Presidents Day weekend) and Feb. 23-26 (the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend). If you need to go in March, then we'd recommend the first week over the rest of the month, which sees Spring Break crowds for the majority of March. You can compare crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar!

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Jun 30, 2022 at 7:13 p.m. Carly Says...

Hi I'm thinking about planning a trip to go to magic Kingdom this year on Labor Day 9/5/22. I was curious if this was a terrible idea or not? As far as they're being a very large crowd of people that particular day? Thank you for your help.

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Jul 1, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly!

Holiday weekends do tend to draw in larger crowds, so we expect it to be busy on Labor Day. That said, there is still a reservation system in place that controls capacity — be sure to get your tickets and make your park reservation sooner than later! We'd recommend getting Genie+ to use for that day, especially for Magic Kingdom (which has the most Genie+ rides available).

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Jun 18, 2022 at 8:37 p.m. Brad Says...

Going 4th of July week any advise?

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Jun 21, 2022 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad!

We have a post about visiting Disney in the summer, which may be most helpful for you in terms of tips and tricks for managing crowds. We also have a post about Fourth of July and the ways you can celebrate at Disney World.

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Jun 17, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. Brandi Says...

Where can I find the park hours for the off season dates. The family would like to visit the second week in February. Thank you.

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Jun 24, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Typically, with off-season hours, the theme parks can close as early as 5 p.m. (Animal Kingdom usually closes first, while the others stay open a few hours later) and as late as 9 p.m. For holiday weekends, such as MLK Jr. Day and Presidents Day, hours can extend.

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Jun 15, 2022 at 3:21 a.m. Ami Says...

I’m booking a vacation for Dec 4-10th, with our visit focusing on Universal and one day at Disney Hollywood Studios. Would you recommend express passes or genie plus for these days? Do you have any tips or info on this week that could be helpful?

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Jun 17, 2022 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ami!

Usually, we recommend early December (right after Thanksgiving but before mid-December) if you want to experience the holidays without the largest crowds, so you'd be in a good spot. That said, there still may be moderate crowds, so we'd recommend Genie and/or Express if you can swing it (especially since you're only planning one day at each). Using Genie+ at Hollywood Studios in particular is one of our recommended parks, as you can use the stacking strategy. The Pop Warner Championships typically take place around this time, and last year, Universal hosted the families at the hotels, so that may be something to keep in mind. We also have a guide about doing Universal in one day that may be helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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Jun 9, 2022 at 3:34 a.m. Vicki Says...

Planning on a possible trip March 1-5 2023. Parks 4 days and a rest day. Would I be able to buy a one day park hopper on the day I went to AK so I could go to another park that is open later.

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Jun 9, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicki!

If you purchase a 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket and a 3-Day Base Ticket, that would be toadally fine! Our only caveat is that if you have multiple tickets in your account, you'll want to stop by Guest Relations (or have a cast member with an iPad at the entrance touchpoints scan your MagicBand/MagicMobile pass) before you scan in at your very first park to make sure the right ticket is being activated. They would be able to tell which ticket is being prioritized — if the ticket you want to use first is prioritized, no need to do anything; if the other ticket is being prioritized, you'll need to ask the cast member to re-prioritize the tickets before entering the park. (That way, you can avoid accidentally activating the 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket on a day that you weren't planning to park hop or vice versa!) For this reason, we'd recommend your park hopping day to be first or last.

That said, if you've already purchased your tickets, then you could upgrade to a Park Hopper ticket, but it would need to be for the length of your ticket (it cannot be upgraded for just one day out of four).

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Jun 4, 2022 at 11:25 p.m. April Says...

My son wants to go the Disney World for his 21th. He Birthday is January 31 Is that a good time to go? We've been there once before and Honestly it wasn't the Best experience. But he wants to give it any try.b

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Jun 6, 2022 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

We think it's one of the best times to go, especially if you want lower crowds. It does have some trade-offs, such as shorter park hours since it's considered the off-season. Weather, which is another important factor, is a bit more unpredictable during the winter. It can be very nice, but if a cold front comes through, it can dip down to the low 40s. What do you consider a priority (low crowds, weather, special events)? If you can narrow it down, it may help you decide when to visit.

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May 22, 2022 at 1:36 a.m. Erin Says...

Hi there! Our family is thinking of visiting for the 2nd time in September 2023. I know that September as a whole is a generally slower month, but would you recommend the beginning, middle, or end of the month based on weather (heat/rain)? Thanks so much!

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May 23, 2022 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

Ooh, good question - it can be a bit of a wild card, but we feel the end of the month will give you the best chances weather-wise :) Have a great trip!

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May 13, 2022 at 4:48 p.m. Beth Field Says...

I have a daughter who is 28 and autistic and I want to bring her to Disney. Heat is rough on her and of course crowds. When would be the best time to visit

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May 13, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

With heat and crowds in consideration, we'd recommend looking into late January/early February, November (aside from Veterans Day and Thanksgiving week) or the first week of December. September is another recommended time to visit, but the weather can still be quite hot. It doesn't usually cool down until much later in October or November.

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May 12, 2022 at 9:41 a.m. Kirst Says...

We were thinking of going Jan 9th-Jan 13th. Do you think it’ll be worth it with the 9th and 13th being considered the worst times at Disney?

Thank you for all of your helpful info :)

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May 16, 2022 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirst!

Despite it being the tail end of the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and the start of MLK Jr. Day weekend, midweek should see lower crowds than those weekends. Though we'll add that this most recent January had higher crowds than usual throughout the month, likely due to more and more families traveling. Due to this, we're not sure if Jan. 2023 will follow a similar pattern, but midweek should not be as bad as those two weekends.

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May 11, 2022 at 9:31 a.m. John Says...

Hello. We are going to Disney World Tue-Wed-Thur May 17-18-19th. What is a good game plan on the best times of the day to go visit the park?

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May 11, 2022 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

We always recommend arriving early to take advantage of lower wait times. If you're staying on-site, use Early Theme Park Entry, which will allow you to enter 30 minutes early at any park, any day.

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May 10, 2022 at 12:47 a.m. AlaskaMom Says...

I just booked an airbnb for Jan 19-24 2023....do you guys approve?? =) Is that a decent time to go? Its after the marathon, its after the cheerleading thing, its after the christmas decorations are put away...my only concern is the hours. I read that Magic Kingdom could close at 4:30?! That would be horrible. We have flexibility with the dates we go do Disney (Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom) since we will just lounge around the resort some days. My question would be, is there a way to figure out this early if Magic Kingdom will be closing early on either the 20th,21st,22nd?? Thank you!!!

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May 10, 2022 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AlaskaMom!

Historically, yes, that has been a great time to go! Though lately, we will say it's been a bit harder to predict crowds since this year has not been following past trends as closely. We think it's due to various factors such as the 50th Anniversary and the pent-up demand for traveling (many families who had to reschedule in 2020 are now taking their trips). That said, it should still be a less busier time when compared to peak times, such as spring break, summer and the holidays. As for park hours, since it is an off-peak time, the parks do usually have shorter hours (though not typically as early as 4:30 p.m. for Magic Kingdom — though it can close that early due to a special cast member event which usually takes place midweek at the beginning of the year). Park hours are usually not confirmed until a month or two in advance. For instance, right now, we can only see park hours through July 20.

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May 3, 2022 at 8:47 p.m. Kristen Says...

Hi! We have a trip book for November 5-10 with 3 day park hopper passes and plan to have a rest day. I know that is the end of a race weekend and am struggling to decide on park reservations. Do you have any suggestions on which parks would be best on those days? We will do Animal Kingdom and Epcot on the same day. Thanks for any help or tips!

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May 5, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

We'd avoid EPCOT on the 5th and 6th as that's where the 10K and Half Marathon are based, and since the runDisney event is Food & Wine themed, most people will likely go to EPCOT, especially on the 6th. The Half Marathon (the 6th) does go through Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios briefly but since the races start at 5 a.m., there shouldn't be a huge impact. If you want to avoid altogether, we'd suggest Magic Kingdom while the race weekend is going on. During the week, you should be good to book however you want.

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Apr 29, 2022 at 9:51 a.m. Tory Says...

Hi! We arrive in Orlando from the UK very late on 01 August and are there until the afternoon of 16 August. I didn't get a choice on dates as my partner's a teacher otherwise I'd have opted for a quieter time of year. What are the best tips for when it's busy? Has covid had an impact on the number of people likely to be there? Thank you in advance.

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May 5, 2022 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tory!

We're actually going to be having a new post all about maximizing your time at Disney World coming real soon, so keep hopping back for that one! In general, we're big advocates of arriving early for rope drop (or Early Theme Park Entry or Extended Evening Hours, if you're staying in the designated hotels), using mobile ordering during off-peak meal times, utilizing Genie+ (if it's in your budget — even if it's just for a few days during your trip, though since you're sticking around for a long time, you may not even need it), following our park plans and using Single Rider lines.

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Apr 28, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. Karolina Says...

Looks like we are going during the worst time...

1-11th April 2023. We have already planned Easter weekend to be "no park days" so we will see how it turnes out :)

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Apr 28, 2022 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

It is still toadally possible to have a great time, even when it's busier - we're sure you'll have a magical time, Karolina!

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Apr 27, 2022 at 8:06 p.m. Mary Says...

First, we love using undercover tourist. We've used it for years. We can only go to Disney world the first week in June 2023. I hope that it will not be too crowded then. What is your opinion and strategy? Thank you

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Apr 28, 2022 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yay, we are so glad to hear it - thank you for sharing with us! Typically, that first week of June is a little slower than the rest of the month - but it can also be hot and wet, so you'll want to pack accordingly! Schools are just starting to get out for the summer, and families will start to trickle in, but things should be manageable. If you are planning rest days, we'd save those for the weekend, if possible, and plan our park days for the weekdays. If you are staying on-site, make sure you take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry (or Extended Evening Hours if you're staying at a Deluxe hotel or Swan Dolphin). Have a great time!

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Apr 27, 2022 at 1:26 a.m. Alicia Says...

I was thinking about the week of Halloween. I know Halloween will be busy, but how about the rest of the week? Thank you so much!

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May 3, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia!

Generally, weekdays in October have moderate crowds, even during the week of Halloween. However, with the recent announcement of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party's return, we'd expect that it may be busier than usual during the week leading up to Halloween, as there are several parties scheduled that week. The weekdays during the week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, with the exception of Halloween, may fare better than the week before (though also keep in mind that the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is Nov. 3-6, and the event may bring in some crowds).

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Apr 22, 2022 at 12:55 a.m. PJ Says...

Hello. I wish we could go in an off season, but our only dates for 2022 are either Nov 18-25 or Dec 16-22. What advice would you give us?

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Apr 22, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PJ!

We would go with Dec. 16-22! While it's still definitely a peak time, it should be the most manageable, as it's noticeably different than the weeks of the actual holidays - both Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year's.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. Julie Says...

Hey!!

I am new to all of the magic of Disney as we are going for the first time January 1-8th 2023. I noticed there is a marathon taking place on some of those days. Does the marathon actually go through the parks? Or is it separate from Magic Kingdom, which is where we will be for a few days. Thank you so much!

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Apr 19, 2022 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

The marathon race does go through all of the parks (the half-marathon, 10K and 5K races also go through select parks, depending on the race). However, since all of the races start at 5 a.m. before the parks officially open, the races tend to have the greatest impact on transportation in the mornings since they have to block off roads. We'd suggest taking that into consideration if you're planning to rope drop and allot some extra time in case you are diverted.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. Maddie B Says...

Hi! We are booking our first international trip since Covid for March/April 2023 (Australian here).

We have two dates in mind - March 3 to 8/9 or March 23 - 28/29 of 2023 (undecided on whether we will do 5-6 Nights)

What would you recommend?

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Apr 19, 2022 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maddie!

We would go with March 3 to 8/9, as it's earlier in the spring break season. You can check out predicted crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar!

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Apr 15, 2022 at 8:06 p.m. Matt Says...

I know there is only a weeks difference but wondering what would be better in 2023:

February 18th to March 5th

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February 25th to March 12th

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Apr 18, 2022 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

That's a bit of a tough one, but we'd go with February 25 to March 12. Feb. 18 to March 5 would include Presidents Day Weekend and the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (both of which can bring heavily concentrated crowds on those weekends). While you might run into the beginning of the spring break season if you go February 25 to March 12, the crowds likely won't be as concentrated until the following week, March 13-17. You can reference our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:52 p.m. Mara Says...

Hi!

We are thinking of going to Orlando the first week of August. Our plan is to go Universal for two days, MK for one day and HS for one day. I saw you think that the beginning of August is a bad time to go. Is that because of crowds or the heat? Thanks!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mara!

Bingo! Both the summer crowds and weather are factors to consider during this time. Summer crowds usually don't slow down until the middle of the month when it's time for kids to go back to school, and as far as the weather goes, you would deal with high humidity, heat and afternoon thunderstorms. However, that doesn't mean you can't have a good time — you would just need to prepare!

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Apr 6, 2022 at 7:44 p.m. Liz H Says...

Disney just offered 25% off on select resorts to its Disney plus subscribers from July 8 to September 30th. I am sort of new to all this: are your deals even better than that? Also, if we were already considering going in July (because it’s the only month that my husband also has off to go) is there a certain time of the month that would be least expensive (and maybe also least crowded)? We really could go anytime in July

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Mar 25, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. Maddie Says...

Hi Frog Family! Which of these dates might you recommend in 2023:

February 13-17

August 21-25

or October 23-27

Thank you enormously!

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Mar 26, 2022 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maddie!

While we think any of those times would be a good time to visit, there are several factors to consider. February would probably have the best weather (cooler temps and less rain chances) and your visit would still fall during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. August has the best crowd levels out of the three options, according to our Crowd Calendar (due to kids going back to school, starting mid-August), but the weather will be more hot, humid and rainy compared to the other two times. However, the Halloween festivities should start by then, and it would also have the lowest crowds for the Halloween event. October can still be hot and rainy but is less intense than August. It's still a great option if you're wanting to visit during the Halloween season (though since it's closer to the actual holiday, it may be a little bit busier than an August visit).

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