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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018

by Leap on July 27, 2017 820 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018 - 2017 Disney Crowd Calendar

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms and future words. You can stay inside a rustic wilderness lodge or right in the heart of Disney animation. There is plenty to do at 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 is the easiest way to ensure a great trip. While we've just flipped the calendar to August, we can still look at the rest of 2017. We know there are plenty of you looking into and booking your 2018 visits. With the upcoming opening of Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios, 2018 will be great time visit.

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

That said, there are still better times to visit Disney World, and by extension Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, than others. It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2017 and 2018 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally anytime there is a holiday where kids will be out of school, there will be crowds at Disney World. Now, we have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation (we have done it ourselves), but here are some things to consider.

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2017 and 2018, 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 entertainment, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom, isn'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 - September and October - Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018 - Magic Kingdom

If we're going purely from the predicted crowd levels, the very best times to visit Disney World in 2017 are ...

  • Jan. 9-13, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 1-16, Feb. 27-March 2
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

  • Jan. 8-12, Jan. 17-25
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 15, Feb.26-March 1
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the best very best of the month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit—with a caveat. In 2015, crowds at Disney World in September were reportedly higher than they have been in the past. This was likely due to the popularity of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which debuted a brand new show, and other events such as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In 2016, crowds at the Orlando theme parks were lower than normal, because of weaker Canadian and South American economies. So there can be some fluctuation. We still think September is the best time to visit Disney World in 2017 and 2018 because of the low crowds and abundance of not-too-miss special events. Do keep in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly more rain than that.

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

Some days in January, and some in February, are also great times to visit the parks (see our thoughts below on the 2018 Pro Bowl). The least crowded time we have ever experienced was in January, the week after the Walt Disney World Marathon. The big drawback to visiting at this time is reduced park hours and often scaled-back entertainment. While there isn't much rain, there are cold fronts that blow through, which makes swimming chilly (but still doable most of the time). Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment. Splash Mountain and Disney's Blizzard Beach have annual refurbishments around this time.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018 - Epcot

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2017 are ...

  • Jan. 1-8, Jan. 13-16
  • Feb. 17-26
  • March 5-April 23
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • August until the 13th
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

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

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

Dates have not yet been announced for these other events, but typically they are held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of the big Sunday event. We expect the same kind of pre-game week events to be held this year as well.

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

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

Best Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018

Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2017 & 2018 - Mr. and Mrs. Claus

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

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter-  April 1, 2018
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 23, 2017, and Nov. 22, 2018
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for Spring BreakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2017 and 2018 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2017, and Sept. 3, 2018
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 9, 2017, and Oct. 8, 2018
  • Veteran's Day

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2017 and 2018. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

Rebecca

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

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Nov 21, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I thought I had posted this question last week, but cannot find the post or a response. My family is going to Orlando Jan. 10-17th. I am trying to plan the days we visit the parks- We are going 4 days of our trip. Magic Kingdom 2x's, Epcot, and the Animal Kingdom. Based on your calendar I chose these dates: January 11th - Animal Kingdom

12th Magic Kingdom

15th Epcot

16th Magic Kingdom

We are flexible on what park we visit on a particular date. My brother in-law does not want to go to the parks on back to back days, but looking at your calendar if we visit a park on the 13th it will have large crowds and will mean much longer wait times for lines. Is that correct? What is the typical change in wait times for the 13th versus the 12th? Is it just 10 minutes are we talking about 2 -3 hours? I am bringing my two young children (2 and 4) and line wait times are important.

What do you think about the order of parks?

Thanks!

Rebecca

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Nov 18, 2017 at 2:40 p.m. Nadia Says...

We are thinking of going to Disneyland Sunday, November 26th. The last day of the thanksgiving week. Is it even worth the try?

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Nov 18, 2017 at 10:31 a.m. Charlotte McDonagh Says...

Hiya,

Do you think between 18th Oct 2018 and 4th November 2018 is a good time to go?

Thanks,

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Nov 17, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We are planning to go to Orlando January 10th-17th. Looking at your crowd calendar I chose the 11th Animal Kingdom, 12th Magic Kingdom, 15th Epcot, and 16th Magic Kingdom. My brother in-law doesn't want to go back to back and feels there will be no major difference in crowds if we went to the Magic Kingdom on the 13th instead of the 12th. We are open to changing the days we visit the parks. What would you recommend? How much of a difference is there in the crowds and the wait times for those dates?

Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2017 at 1:02 a.m. Maryann Rizzo Says...

Will the Hall of Presidents be reopened by December 11th 2017?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maryann,

We are unsure of when The Hall of Presidents will reopened. Keep checking our Disney World refurbishments post for any updates!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2017 at 12:59 a.m. Tony Ferrone Says...

We have been to DW the last 8 years, we normally book our trip for the first full week in December. I noticed that the crowds look to be slightly higher in the recent years (since 2014) for that week. This year we are booked to attend 12/12 thru 12/15, looks to be a few (2) GREEN days there on Weds & Thurs. We ALWAYS go to Universal on Wednesday when we travel there. Can't wait to go. Any reason for the slight increase in attendance for the 1st week of December for the last few years?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

Increase in attendance can be due to several reasons. We think one of those reasons is the addition of new holiday events and updates to the original events. Have a hoppy time!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2017 at 12:04 a.m. Tasha Downes Says...

We will be there January 1-January 6. We thought it’d be quieter because schools go back January 2. Why is that such a busy week if schools are due to be back on January 2? We’ve booked already but didn’t know about this site before booking. What do we do? We have a 1 year old and a 4 year old and both my parents will be joining us. How can we make the craziness any easier? HELP!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasha,

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is January 3-7, which has a significant impact on crowd levels. Hop over to this post to navigating the parks and managing crowds for some tips.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 14, 2017 at 6:48 p.m. Jackie Says...

Disney World is the busiest during the Holiday season hands down! I was just there with my family two days ago and the parks were super busy, however, we used a vip tour company called MagicVipTours and they made our trip completely stress free! We got to fastness every single ride, and didn't have to wait longer then 5 minutes it was amazing. I highly recommend using them, its worth every penny! Hope this helps :)

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Nov 11, 2017 at 10:59 p.m. David Gill-Collis Says...

When is the best time of year to avoid the swarms of obnoxious Brazilian kids ?

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Nov 10, 2017 at 12:46 a.m. Kara Says...

We are visiting the first week in December 2017 which we have always heard is one of the quietest times. However we are finding that hotels are all booked, fast passes gone already, etc. Any idea what might be taking place that week to make it so busy this year? Thank you!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

There have been a lot of updates and additions to many of the holiday events. It could be possible this has caused an increase in attendance!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 9, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. Serenity72 Says...

I'm planning to visit December 2018 but having a hard time choosing between the first and second week. This will be my first time visiting the Christmas season. I've read that no discounts are offered the first week due to Pop Warner competitions. I would like to stay at POFQ if possible but would depend on a discount to make that happen. I know discounts are never a guarantee but are they historically offered any particular time in December?

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Nov 8, 2017 at 3:14 a.m. Boymom Says...

We are looking at going Feb 14 -20 why is the crowds large during part of that time? Are there parts of the park that will be closed.

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The weekend of the 16th is President's Day weekend, so many people often take advantage of the Monday off from school and work to go to the parks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 7, 2017 at 4:48 a.m. Teresa Johnson Says...

Nov 6, 2017, today, was by far on of the busiest and crowded days we be ever experienced at Magic Kingdom. We purposefully travel on off season. Today there were way too many strollers, crying babies and kids, and lines average 45-60 minutes. Very disappointed in our experience today. Lines even for photos were so ling we missed most shots I wanted. My 25 year old son has autism. We did Fast pass but it's not the same as a disability pass. Now wondering what day to visit The other parks.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 10 p.m. ECurry Says...

I totally agree. We went Sunday-Wednesday and the crowds were much larger than expected. Apparently there is now a marathon the 1st weekend of November, so that probably explains the higher than normal attendance.

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Nov 8, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. Booie Says...

We visited on Nov 7th, it was also awful!!! So stressful and very very long waits.

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Oct 29, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. Nicole Says...

I'm hoping that my picking April 25 th -may 2nd 2018 was a good time Easter is April 1st most spring breaks are during March and mothers day is later in May praying for not to busy or to many crowds

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Oct 24, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Kristina Says...

Debating between last week of September and first week of October 2018 to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Seems like September is less crowded, but an average of 89 degrees and high humidity may be uncomfortable? Also concerned about the rain/lighting and water parks. Do they often close this time of year due to lighting concerns? Of course, October’s weather is better but it seems busier due to Halloween events and an event going on at Epcot that week. Suggestions? Thanks!!

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina,

While the water parks will not close, they will ask guests to leave the water in the event of lighting. You never can tell what Florida weather will bring! It really depends on how you handle rain and humidity. Some people come prepared with water bottles and ponchos. There are definitely less crowds during September. Know those rainy days at the parks means shorter lines!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 14, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

We plan to visit WDW anytime between 7th April to 30th April 2018 but we noticed your post that it is not mentioned if it is the worst or the best time. We do noticed that March 2018 to 6th April 2018 is the worst time. If we were to plan the trip to be 8th April to 15th April, what do you think the crowd traffic be?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Banjamin,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds from April 8-15 due to Spring Break. We've added those days into the post.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 2:18 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

Thanks for the link! Surprising 19th to 22nd April 2018, the crowd key is between 5 and 6. Shouldn't the crowd be higher then with the star wars half marathon weekend?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benjamin,

With Spring Break ending the week before the race, we're not anticipating high crowds. That could change, and we'll adjust accordingly.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 4, 2017 at 6:54 p.m. Shelly Says...

We are planning a trip in from January 8th thru January 13th. I was interested in the Animal Kingdom attractions especially the Kimimanjaro Safaris. Is this not available during the month of January?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

As of today, Kilimanjaro Safaris is scheduled to be running during that time. Please note that the refurbishment schedule is subject to change at any time.

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Sep 2, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. Brendan Says...

Hi leap-we are travelling to Orlando October 19th - Nov 3rd 2017. Were staying offsite on International drive- what are the expected crowd levels like at that time for Disney and Universal and any tips -thx love the site

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendan,

Depending on the day and park you're visiting, crowd levels will be different. Check out our Orlando Crowd Calendar for detailed crowd forecasts by date.

For tips, start with our Planning page. Plenty of great tips await you.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 24, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Lina Says...

We have gone to Universal Studios in high season and thought the front-of-line passes were highly worth it. Now, we are planning on going midweek in September (on a recommended day)... would front-of-the-line passes be worth it, even on a slower day?

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Aug 24, 2017 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lina,

You should be fine without FOL at Universal during a slow day in September. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 21, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. Jay Says...

Going to WDW in May 20-25, 2018. I'll be in the parks on weekdays (Monday - Thursday). What kind of crowds should I expect?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during most of that week. Check out the calendar to see specific days.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 12, 2017 at 1:31 a.m. kiwilei Says...

Always a good time to go in Mid-February to Mid-March

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Aug 10, 2017 at 12:11 a.m. Giovanni Says...

Hoping that its not too chaotic during our trip of March 2018.

We've been during July, but its been manageable. Thanks for all the great trips!

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. debbie B Says...

We have always gone middle of feb, beginning of March. We have been 6 times and the last 2 years it is getting more crowded. School vacations must be changing

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Thank you for reading our blog. We're hoppy you enjoy it!

Keep Hopping!

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Aug 5, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. steve white Says...

what are the best days of the week (less expensive) to book disneyworld hotels? Over a weekend or M-F?

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

It really varies, but much of it depends on WHEN you're visiting. A M-F will be more expensive during Thanksgiving week than a M-F during a slower February week.

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Jul 26, 2017 at 1:12 p.m. Maggie Says...

Hello! I'm so glad I found your site. We are debating and first and maybe only trip to WDW (we live in California) in 2018. Our choices are the week of Feb. 19th or the week of April 16th. I did consult your very information crowd calendar. The crowds are higher in February because it's President's day on Monday, some people have that whole week off. The week in April is much lower for crowds because most people have their spring break around Easter which is in the beginning of April. But the temperatures are higher and everyone from CA says the humidity is so bad in Florida. So in your professional opinion, which is better? Higher crowds and better temps? Or lower crowds and warmer temps? Thanks for your advice!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

You'll always encounter humidity in Florida, no matter the time of year! April will be a tad warmer, but it still isn't nearly as hot as summer time. You'll definitely get to experience more with less stress if you go during a time with lower crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 9, 2017 at 12:16 p.m. geraldine Says...

Hi, what are your thoughts about visiting WDW on November 4 - 11 . How's the crowd and the weather ? We are coming from NJ ? is it safe to travel on that time even though it is hurricane season ? thanks

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Jul 9, 2017 at 7:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geraldine,

That's a good time to visit. Check out our crowd calendar to see crowd and weather forecasts. There's always a chance of rain in Florida.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Charlotte Says...

Hi All,

We are visiting from the UK May 2018. What will crowds be like then? Weather? etc?

Thanks

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlotte,

Our May Crowd Calendar lists crowd and weather forecasts. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 21, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. Valerie G Says...

How bad are the crowds around Memorial Day weekend? We're thinking of going from May 23, 2018 to May 29, 2018.

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Jun 21, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valierie,

Memorial Day weekend is very busy. Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds for the majority of those days.

Keep hopping,

Leap

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:08 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hola, pienso viajar desde República Dominicana y llevar a mi hijo de 7 años, cuáles 3 parques me recomiendas para su edad, y si crees que del 01 al 04 de marzo 2018 es una buena fecha.

Gracias!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Sarah

Recomendamos Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom y SeaWorld. Echa un vistazo a este post para obtener más información. En cuanto a sus fechas, nuestros pronósticos de Calendario de Multitudes del 1 al 4 de marzo de 2018 tienen multitudes altas a medias.

Sigue saltando

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May 31, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Karina Says...

Hola, estamos planeando estar una semana en Orlando entre el 17 y el 24 de Julio. Es la temporada con más gente pero habrá algunos días preferibles para ir a los parques. Vamos tres días a Universal, Isla de la Aventura y Volcano, un día a Animal y un día a Hollywood Studios.

Gracias!!!

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May 31, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Karina,

Sí, estará muy ocupado esa semana. Para ayudar, nuestro Calendario de Multitudes indica qué parques que debe evitar y los que están bien para visitar todos los días. La marca de verificación verde significa GO, mientras que el punto de exclamación rojo significa que debe evitar ese parque.

¡Sigue Saltando!

Leap

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May 27, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Cristian Says...

hi frog blog

estoy planeando para noviembre 2017 Orlando 6 días total: pienso en 4 días en disney y 2 en Universal.

6 noviembre: DHS

7 noviembre: MK

8 Noviembre: EP

9 Noviembre: AK

10 Noviembre: IOA

11 Noviembre: US

tickets disney 4 días (1 parque por dia) y para universal ticket de 2 dias (park to park)

que dices respecto a los días asignados en noviembre respecto al parque elegido ???

mi idea estar lo menor gente posible tanto en el parking o estacionamiento como en los mismos parques.

nota: alojare afuera de disney

Saludos

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May 30, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Cristiano

Mirando nuestro Calendario de Multitudes, estamos pronosticando una multitud promedio durante esa semana en noviembre.

¡Sigue Saltando!

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May 9, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. Vladimir Says...

Hello, We will only be able to go to Orlando in July. Does it make difference in terms of crowds at Disney World and Universal Studios during the month of July - whether it's a week day or week end? Thank you.

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May 9, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vladimir,

Nope. It's the busy summer season so every day will have crowds.

Keep Hopping!

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May 9, 2017 at 2:14 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi,

We are planning our trip for either the last week in April 2018 or May 5-11. Which is better weather and crowd-wise please.

Thanks!

Rebecca

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May 9, 2017 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

While we won't have full crowd forecasts for May 2018 until June, you can get a peek at April 2018 here. The calendars also list average temperatures.

Keep Hopping,

Leap

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May 4, 2017 at 12:23 p.m. Rebecca Lewis Says...

We are looking to travel in August 2018 to Disney Animal Kingdom.

Why do you suggest it's best to travel after August 12th?

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May 4, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Some school districts will be back in school by August 12th. We forecast that the parks will be less crowded after that time.

Keep Hopping,

Leap

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Apr 28, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Jen Says...

We are torn between 11/11 - 11/16 or 12/4 - 12/9? I'm not sure if the end of the Veterans Day or Pop Warner would be worse. I'm also worried about the ABC Christmas taping. Any advice?

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Apr 28, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Last year the ABC Christmas taping was Nov 9-12. No word on if that will be the same case this year. Looking at our crowd calendar, Dec 4-9 features average crowds. That may be good if you're worried about the tapings at Magic Kingdom.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 12:47 a.m. JD Says...

What makes May weekends a busy time?

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JD,

The Epcot International Flower and Garden festival runs on weekends, as well as warmer weekends being a fun reason to visit any Orlando park!

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. Katie Says...

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are visiting Orlando first week of May from Canada. We were planning to do Universal Studios (park-to-park) on Monday, May 1st and Epcot on Wednesday, May 3rd. Would you recommend these dates? Thanks :)

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Looking at our May Crowd Calendar, we do recommend those parks on those dates.

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. Alex Says...

We are considering visiting Magic Kingdom in February 2018. what type of crowds and weather can we expect?

Thanks

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our February crowd calendar has weather and crowd forecasts!

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Apr 16, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. Sam Says...

Hi we're planning a trip with the three families from November 18th thru November 24th is this a good time to visit Magic Kingdom.

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Apr 17, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

Nov 18-14 is the Thanksgiving holiday week, and we're forecasting heavy crowds at all Orlando parks at this time. It will be very busy.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi! What are your thoughts on going to Magic Kingdom on June 14th 2017? Or better yet, what would be the best park to visit that day in terms of less crowded.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric

Looking at our June Crowd Calendar, Disney's Hollywood Studios is our recommended park for June 14.

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Apr 10, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Katie S Says...

Hi! First off, great article! My hubby and I have just decided last minute to go to Magic Kingdom on Good Friday, April 14th! I saw a response to another comment that Easter Sunday will be a big day for families. What are your thoughts on Good Friday crowds? And what about Good Friday crowds compared to early June crowds as that's what I'm used to. Thanks!!

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Apr 11, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Glad you liked the article. Many families use the Easter weekend to visit Disney World, so we are forecasting heavy crowds every day through Easter Monday.

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Apr 8, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. Dee Says...

why is Feb. 16-25 one of the worst times to go please? and would you recomend the week before or after as being less busy? =)

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Apr 9, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

Many New England school districts have a February break, taking place Feb 18-25 in 2018. Many families head to Disney World. Looking at our Feb 2018 Crowd Calendar, the other weeks look good.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Natasha Says...

With school, sports, and work schedules we are only able to make a trip in June. Looking at 6/15-6/19 or 6/29-7/3; I am just not sure if the parks are incredibly busy on the second option as it would be the holiday weekend.

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Apr 15, 2017 at 4:43 p.m. Mike Says...

Yes, the lines are terrible and it is extremely hot, and humid

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

It's going to be busy every day in June and July, with perhaps more visitors for the 4th of July weekend. If we were choosing, go with your first set of dates.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. Kevin Says...

My family and I are making our 7th WDW trip next week (4/12 through 4/18), but it's the first time we'll be at the parks during a major holiday (Easter). I've heard everything from "the crowds will be fine" to "you've just made the biggest mistake of your lives." We're pretty good at arriving early, utilizing Fastpass and navigating through the parks. How do you think the crowds will be this Easter? Thank you.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Many families enjoy spending the Easter holiday at Disney World. With that in mind, we're forecasting heavy crowds on Easter Sunday. Easter is a big holiday, but not as busy as Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. We suggest making a plan, utilize FastPass+ and have fun!

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Mar 30, 2017 at 4:38 a.m. Alex Pucci Says...

We are trying to plan a trip and are thinking about either April 21st-28th 2018 or April 28th- May 5th 2018. Which week do you think would be less crowded?

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Mar 30, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our attendance forecasts for 2018 are based on the previous year. Take a look at projections for April and May for 2017 for an estimate. Right now, both of those times show average crowds!

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Mar 29, 2017 at 6:34 a.m. ed Says...

would you recommend either oct 3rd to the 7th

or would oct 30th to nov 3rd be a better time at WDW? also will the xmas decorations be up by nov 3rd?

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for the majority of those days.

Historically, there have been Christmas decorations up Nov 3, but very minimal.

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Mar 26, 2017 at 4:55 a.m. Dunkiepunk Says...

What are your thoughts on March 2-10, 2018 for a trip to Disney? Any pluses or minuses? Do they ever offer discounts on march?

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Mar 26, 2017 at 8:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We don't have 2018 attendance forecasts yet. Historically, the first two weeks of March have seen average crowds, so that would be an ideal time to visit. Look for our March 2018 forecast in mid-April! We'll always have discounted tickets available!

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Mar 23, 2017 at 6:18 p.m. Lindsey Says...

How does February 9th-16th look? We just got back from a mardi gras at disney and while we were able to ride everything we wanted, it was very crowded. Do you think next year might be better since there will be no marathon at that time?

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Mar 23, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Right now we are forecasting low to average crowds during those days in February 2018.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 6:21 p.m. Evan Says...

first, thanks so much for the great resource. I have used your app and plans my last 2 trips.

For FL residents the "Discover Disney" tickets are a pretty great deal but have limited dates. I think that would make an early or late February 2018 trip very attractive even compared to September. Aside from checking refurbishment schedule do you have any other thoughts on that plan? This is assuming they have the "discover disney" tix available again next year.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evan,

You've got it. Besides refurbishments, those are great times. We even have crowd forecasts for February 2018 right here!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. Lacie Says...

When do they publish the 'events' that are being held during the year? For ex, we are planning for spring of 2019 (i know..its awhile from now) and was thinking either late feb or early march. Wanting to know when runs are and sporting events (cheer, football, etc- i feel like you can't really avoid these that time of year). When are thinkings posted about crowd predictions? thanks!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacie,

It really depends on the event. The Marathons are usually announced a year or more in advance. As for crowd projections, we'll update them one year in advance, after we look at the data from the month (We have Feb 2018 up now)!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 2:02 p.m. Tracey Says...

We are planning a trip for 2018. My ideal time would be end of February beginning of March, But it's looking like it might have to be during our Canadian March break, March 12-16. I have been many times, but never at peak times. Will the crowds be really bad at that time? Thanks!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

That time looks like it will fall during spring break for many schools around the US, and Disney World will have heavy crowds.

Check out our Crowd calendar (With Feb 2018 projections) to learn more.

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Mar 8, 2017 at 11:26 p.m. Adrian Says...

I'm planning on taking my girlfriend to Disney World for her birthday next year. Her birthday is April 1st so will probably spend that in Ireland & take the trip a few days later. I see you have listed that up to April 6th is a bad time to visit. So would April 10th - 21st be a good time?

And what's the weather like in Orlando in April? I'd hate to go & be washed out for the 10 days.

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Mar 9, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

We base our April forecasts on the previous year's attendance as well as Spring Break schedules. We don't have quite enough information—since April hasn't happened yet—but you may want to think about late April/Early May. Schools will be back in session.

As for the weather in April, there's always a chance of everything from light rain to thunderstorms.

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Mar 6, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Zach Says...

We will be returning from a cruise on April 23rd. So, the last day of April vacation. I see you still list this as one of the worst days to visit.

I was hoping it would not be so bad as I would assume most folks would be leaving. If we only have 5-6 hours in the afternoon (we have a 10:30 flight out that night) is it even worth going to MK with our 2 year old?

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Mar 6, 2017 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach,

It's worth visiting MK with your daughter if you manage your expectations, know that you won't be able to see everything, and know that you'll need to leave with plenty of time to get back to the airport.

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Mar 2, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. marcy Says...

Due to the fact that we have 2 teachers in our family we are forced to visit in June. Normally we visit in the Spring. Are the crowds really that much worse in June than in April?

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Mar 2, 2017 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

Over the past few years, we've seen a big leap in Disney World attendance after Memorial Day. With school districts staggering end-of-year dates, we don't see June becoming less crowded.

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Mar 2, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. Kelly Says...

Hi I'm looking to do Mickeys not so scary and getting free dining this year if possible. What do you think would be my best week as far as lowest crowds. We are flexible. Thanks

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Mar 2, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party usually starts in mid-September. September after Labor Day through the end of October has historically, seen low to average crowds. Consider going at that time!

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Mar 1, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. Taylor Says...

I've decided that I want to risk the rainy weather in exchange for the low crowds in September. However, I'm being super indecisive and can't decide what week in September would be best. Does the latter half of September start to see less rain than the first half? Or is September altogether very rainy? Also, is September a big month for refurbishment? I've gone in October/Nov in past years and haven't had any problems with ride closures.

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Mar 1, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor,

It's hard to pinpoint or predict rainfall in Florida in September. Looking at Weather Spark, they suggest that rainfall will be heaviest in early September.

Disney can occasionally close down attractions for refurbishment once the busy season ends, so you may see a few things closed during September.

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Feb 27, 2017 at 4:26 a.m. Monika Says...

We are planning our first family trip to Disney (with 4 small children), and trying to decide between March 10-12, or March 17-19. We'd be going to Magic Kingdom on the Saturday, as we will only have partial days there on the other two days. Of those two date ranges, is one a significantly better option in terms of the crowds? The kids have a teacher work day on the 17th, making it a more ideal date however I am concerned that might mean larger crowds and waits as well. TIA!

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Feb 27, 2017 at 6:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monika,

We're forecasting High Crowds on the majority of those days. While we have Mar 10-11 as Average Crowds, they could reach into High if families choose to start their vacation early on those days. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more details.

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Feb 25, 2017 at 6:17 p.m. Heidi Says...

We are planning our Disney vacation from Dec 5 to Dec 11. How is the weather and crowd during that time? Is there any special things going on at the parks during that time? Hours? Are the water parks open like Blizzards Beach during that time?

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Feb 25, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

Allright, let's tackle these one at a time!

A) Our Crowd Calendar can give you an idea of the crowds and weather.

B) December will have lots of holiday activities. Check them out here.

C) Park hours vary on date and which park you're visiting. Openings usually between 8-10 a.m. and close from 6 p.m. to midnight.

D) At least one of the water parks will be open at that time.

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Feb 22, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Paul Says...

hi. how crowded will the first Sunday of May be? I plan on getting to magic kingdom around 1 pm.

what about the Monday and Tuesday that follow?

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Feb 22, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

We're forecasting average crowds through May. Check out our Crowd Calendar to see the days during your trip!

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Feb 24, 2017 at 1:31 p.m. HeelsandNoles Says...

I was wondering what was going on around Disney that first week of May. Started searching for on-site hotels, but most on-site hotels (value and moderate) are full. Should we be aware of any events that week?

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Mar 1, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. Brittany Says...

a huge cheerleading competition! they buy out the resorts

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Feb 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

The first week of May features the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

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Feb 18, 2017 at 2:20 a.m. Summermeg Says...

Hi

Can you advise when will the christmas festive deco be up in Nov for 2017 and when is a good to to visit from Singapore to beat the crowd yet can enjoy christmas theme?

Thanks

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Summermeg,

Disney World rolls out their Christmas decorations beginning in November, with everything up by the first week of December. The first few weeks of December, up until Dec 20, would be the best time for you to experience the Christmas decorations and avoid the crowds. Check out our Crowd Calendar to get an idea of the crowds during December.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 7:36 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are family of 5and we are planning to go 2nd week of June. 6/9-6/15 to be exact. It will be our first time inWDW/Florida. My main concern is the weather second is the crowd. Though I know that the weather nowadays is so unpredictable, any feedback about the weather in Orlando in month of June will be very much appreciated. (e.g. how much rain can we expect?) Big THANKS!

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Feb 17, 2017 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

June is rainy season in Orlando. Here's some more detailed information. Know that everything at theme parks will still operate unless there is lightning.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 p.m. mackenzie Says...

Im taking my younger sister and brother they will be (15,12) and myself boyfriend and 2 year old in 2018 none of us have ever been.

we need to go in summer break so would end of august be our best bet?

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Feb 16, 2017 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie,

Disney World is busy from Memorial Day through the first two weeks in August. Your best bet for Disney World in the summertime would be after those times.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Dawn Says...

Is the last week in May really that bad? I wanted to take my daughter leaving on May 25 after she gets out of school for the summer.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

Memorial Day Weekend tends to be the start of the busy season for the Orlando-area parks.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 8:04 p.m. Patrick G. Says...

Any chance of the renovations at the Wilderness Lodge being complete by September?

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Feb 13, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick,

Disney hasn't released a timeframe for the renovations to be wrapped up at Wilderness Lodge.

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Feb 11, 2017 at 3:33 a.m. Michelle Says...

Struggling with making a decision on when to go...last week of September or first week of October. Does it really make a difference?

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Feb 11, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both those weeks are fine. Kids are back in school and the only WDW even is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

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Feb 6, 2017 at 9:52 p.m. Bailey Says...

Planning to go this year (last week of Nov but after two days after thanksgiving to last day of Nov.) How is the weather like? Is it rainy/stormy? I dont think it will be too hot but most worried about rain. Also, I would be a first timer and I would like to see MVMCP. Is MVMCP worth the extra money? Cause I would already be at MK but paying extra to experience the party. Also, wondering if you go to MK on a christmas party day but don't have the special ticket. Will there still be regular fireworks or just the holiday version of the fireworks?

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Feb 6, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bailey,

Woo. Lots of questions. Here we go...

1)Average November temps are 68 degrees. Historically, not very rainy/stormy.

2)MVMCP is the only opportunity to see the Christmas Parade, Frozen Wishes, and see the characters in their festive holiday attire.

3)Non-Christmas party days have the regular fireworks show.

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Feb 10, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. Shannon T Says...

Why is that one week in February 2018 one of the worst times to go?

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Feb 9, 2017 at 10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

Many school districts in the Northeast/New England states have a winter break, and some families visit Disney World during that week.

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Feb 7, 2017 at 6:11 p.m. Dawn Says...

Deciding between Sept or Oct. Which will be least rainiest?

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Feb 7, 2017 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

We looked at some data, and historically October will see the least amount of rainfall.

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http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/florida/united-states/3179

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Feb 3, 2017 at 7:24 p.m. Steph Says...

I'm torn between the week of April 24th or the week of May 8th. Which would you recommend crowd wise?

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Feb 3, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Both times are really good, with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival running during both the times you're thinking of visiting!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Emily Says...

Our trip is Feb 25th-March 4th. I see on your crowd calendar that Sunday the 26th crowds are expected to be high, yet Magic Kingdom is the recommended park that day. Was just curious why that is? Is the other parks are busier that day?

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Feb 1, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We use historical data to forecast crowds and recommended parks. We're just seeing that Magic Kingdom will be the best park to visit on that day during a very busy weekend.

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Feb 2, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi! Just curious why it mentions one of the best times to visit in 2017 is Feb. 27-Mar. 2, then it says one of the very worst times is Feb. 17-26. Why is that since the 26th & the 27th are just a day apart?

Thanks!

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Feb 3, 2017 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

With many East Coast schools on February break, some families will still try to get in one last day or few hours of fun on Sunday the 26th before heading back when schools are back in session on Monday the 27th.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Katy P. Says...

Our trip is scheduled for Jan. 2018! A long ways away, traveling for our companies convention! The dates are Jan. 15 for arrival, and departure of Jan. 21! I saw where the NFL is doing something there during January and I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the crowds during this time next year!! This is my first trip in a long time, and my kids first trip (will be 12 & 5) and I want to try to make it the best trip ever, as going back could be a long wait from here on!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katy,

Your dates should largely be a great time to visit. Do keep in mind that Jan. 15 will be a high crowd day due to the holiday. Here's our crowd calendar for that month!

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Jan 30, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. Nicole Says...

Planning trip for Move 29th to Dec 6th 8 days of Disney World even with that I'm wondering how bad it will be line wise and crowds was hoping being after thanksgiving and before Christmas it wouldn't be to bad

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Jan 30, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

That's a good week to go. We're expecting average size crowds during that time. Use FastPass+, our Park Plans and Wait Time App to help make the most of your time!

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Jan 30, 2017 at 3:54 p.m. Romi Says...

I will be going to Disney on Feb. 22nd, and Universal Parks on the 23rd. do you recommend the express pass for universal on that date? I want to make sure I can get on most of the rides if not all.

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Jan 30, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Romi,

If you can afford the added charge, we recommend the Universal Express pass. While it's not valid for all the attractions, it will definitely save you time over the regular lines.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:53 p.m. Jane Says...

We were there from Jan. 7-14, 2017, and it was very crowded...very long wait times. We were surprised because we had been there December 5-12, 2015, and found the crowds much lighter. The weekend before our visit this year, there was a big marathon that is apparently an annual event, and I read after our trip that many people from the marathon stick around afterwards. So I don't think it's accurate as far as the second week in January being a good time to visit.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Jane,

Thanks for the tip! We'll look at some more information and look to update that for 2018.

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Jan 26, 2017 at 1:55 a.m. Henry Says...

I am thinking of going to WDW during the last week of August to the 2nd day of September 2017. It indicates a low-med crowd during this time. I'm a Canadian resident and school doesn't start until after Labour Day. Is this different from American school schedule, causing there to be a lower crowd?

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Jan 26, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Henry,

Depending on the school district, many school schedules begin the school year during the last two weeks in August.

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Jan 25, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Trina B Says...

Hi,

Can you please tell why Feb 16-25 is worst time to visit in 2018? What is happening during those dates?

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Jan 25, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

Many school districts in the Northeast have a mid-February break, and many of them choose to visit the Orlando theme parks. We're projecting those will be busy.

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Jan 30, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Therese Says...

Hello! What are your thoughts on crowds at WDW for this upcoming Super Bowl weekend??

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Jan 30, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Therese,

We're forecasting mid-size crowds during that weekend. Check out our crowd calendar to see more details.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 4:21 a.m. Wendy Says...

I see Space Mountain closes in early September for holiday overlay, we plan to go to Disneyland the last week in September will it be reopened by then? As far as availability of rides and attractions is that a good time to go? This will be a significant family trip with three generations, none of the kids and a couple of the adults have never been! Thanks

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Jan 23, 2017 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

September is a good time to hop down to Disneyland. Generally, Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion will be down in September for their Halloween holiday overlays. Refurbishment dates and timetables aren't usually known until a few months before they occur.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. Mindy Says...

we are planning a trip in May the first week and I heard from my friend that they went in May and had several rides closed for refurbishment. Is there a way to see what rides may be closed down during our visit times? It's one thing to avoid crazy crowds but to the expense of not having all the rides open is something else to think about....

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Jan 12, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mindy,

We keep a pretty close eye on refurbishments at Disney World. Here's our Refurbishments page.

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Jan 14, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Mindy Wright Says...

sorry i meant disney land in CA...:) do you have that refurbishment page??

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mindy,

Here's the link to our Disneyland refurbishments page.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:14 p.m. Jeni Says...

Hi, we have 2 kids who will be 3 and 5 in mid-October. Planning on going to WDW either the last week in September 2017 or the last week in February 2018. Which time would you recommend? Concerned about hurricanes/humidity in Sept, and too cold/not being able to go in the water (I'm a wimp!) in February... Thanks!

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Jan 8, 2017 at 7:23 p.m. Florida Resident Says...

Hi Jeni!

I hope you have a wonderful Disney trip with your family!!

The Florida heat probably won't bother you, but the humidity can make you miserable. That's why the best time to visit Florida is the last week of October to the second week of April to avoid the intense humidity. If I had to pick between September and February, I would pick February hands down. The humidity in September is still outrageous. It usually rains daily and September is still in the prime of Hurricane season. The problems isn't the rain itself. It's the thunderstorms and lightening strikes. That's when you see rides, pools and water park attractions closing for a half hour to an hour at a time. Florida weather can be unpredictable, but September is probably more predictable than other months.

September PRO:

-You can easily spend time in the water parks and pools when the thunderstorms are gone. It's so humid, you will either want to be in the water or in the A/C.

September CON:

-The humidity makes it miserable to walk around the theme parks themselves.

February is cooler, but it's a great month to visit the parks. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt to the parks. During the day, early February highs are around 70 degrees. By late Febrary, the highs are usually in the low or mid 70s. This is perfect theme park weather.

February PRO:

-It's perfect weather to enjoy the theme parks and walk around Disney Springs.

-If you go during the last week of February, you will be able to swim during the day only.

February CON: For most of the month of February, it might be too cool for you to go swimming.

I hope this helps!! Have a wonderful trip!!

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Jan 7, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Angelle Says...

Hi! We went last year in February and stayed on the property. The resort pools are heated and we did spend time in the pool. The weather is as great for the parks. Weekend before and after Presidents' Day are busy!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeni,

Well... would you rather be cold(ish) or wet? Temperatures in February hover around the 70's. September is the height of the Florida rain season. Check out the Orlando crowd calendar to get an idea of the crowds during the dates you have in mind. Is the pool a priority? If not, then pick February. It's all about what you want to see and do on your fun vacation!

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Dec 13, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. Tammy, Black Creek WI Says...

We have taken our kids to Disney 4 times now, we always go in March or April. Disney during Easter is very busy , this next trip in 2018 we plan on going in April, not sure what week yet will b the best. Best advise i can give to new Disney lovers is you have to go and be open minded to standing in line to get to your favorite ride, cant b in a hurry, get up early and buy hoppers w/your tickets. That way if you have kids or need a rest you can go back to your resort and come back later to enjoy. also, you need to go longer than 4days, you just cant enjoy and do it in that small amt of time because of the lines everywhere.. Enjoy! we LOVE disney and try to get there every 2-3yrs! hmmm, tell me what week will b best in April 2018, dont mind the heat, but we dont need it in the high 80's 90's either :) enjoy!

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

We haven't released our 2018 Crowd Calendar yet. Take a look at 2017 April Crowd Calendar to get a look at historic crowds and weather. We'll hop right on getting that 2018 information soon.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 5:31 p.m. James Mims Says...

We went to WDW two times in 2016 (our first ever visits to WDW)...we are from SC and used to hot weather...but I am not accustom to walking 10 miles in 100* heat...with a 1 year old and 5 year old...pushing a double stroller through traffic jam packed on top of one another...believe me your patience level is tested to THE MAX...you can expect people who are so rude they will make you want to scream....kids included...walk right in front of you without looking....get in your way...look at you like you are stupid when you try to open door or anything you feel is polite...do not expect a thank you that was so kind of you to help me type reply...

Our dates we visited

June 19th - June 30th (hot and super crowded)

Nov 23rd- Nov 27th (perfect weather and EVEN MORE PEOPLE THAN JUNE)

We will NEVER go during these times again....I hear some people say well thanksgiving is busy, but not bad...that is a lie....do not believe them...it is horrible...

Also, do not and i mean do NOT stay at Pop Century...we stayed there during summer and the room is super TINY....might not be bad for 2-3 day trip...but a week or longer...no way no how....family of 3 may be better, but family of 4 ? NO

We stayed off site second visit in a friends timeshare at sheraton vistana and the 1 bedroom was nice...had full kitchen and washer/dryer which is invaluable....just did not like being on site...having disney bus access...etc...

Our next stay will likely be at contemporary so we can walk to MK...to me that is something that would save so much aggravation...Right now if you drive in you have to park...take a tram...then take a boat or get on monorail....we did boat this last time and it was nice...with castle lit up in the background...if it was not busy taking bus would not be bad...but sometimes you have to wait for 2nd or 3rd bus with screaming kids...= not fun :(

I am going to be actively looking for times to go where the crowd levels are consistently 1-2 on UCT app....friends of ours say they have gone every month and the best time is September after labor day....maybe we will try that time...but I do not like little one missing school to have fun....

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Feb 11, 2017 at 9:11 p.m. Mary Anne Says...

We were there for 12/27/2015-1/3/ 2016...and before you book the contemporary...check out the Poly...the monorail and boats were so fast, and we really never felt like walking an extra foot, so that boat ride home to the poly was glorious! Also, the pools and set up was so nice for littles! I think the Poly may be a better choice for a family with littles!

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Feb 2, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. Momma Says...

Hi James. I can see the convenience of staying onsite. We have before as well, but then once we rented a vacation home, we would NEVER go back! They are so roomy and private, and most have a private pool. The drive is really not bad, especially if you go off season. We usually stay at Sunset Palms Villa in the Greater Groves community, but there are so many out there to choose from. And they cost about the same as a hotel, maybe even less if you are sharing it with another family. Have fun on your next trip!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. Bob Pope Says...

Hi James,

I have been to Disney World 46 times and have found

that Sept/early Oct, early Dec, Jan/early Feb are some of the best time to go. You should try to stay at Art of Animation, family suites. I have taken my granddaughter and friend and it has workout great because of the separate sleep areas and two bathrooms.

Good Luck.

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Jan 16, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Dorothy Says...

Hi James,

My fiancé and I don't have kids but we normally go either the last week in Aug or the middle of Sept. In 2015 - Sept it was in the middle of the Food and Wine Festival. Sept. Weather was rainy and overcast for most of our vacation. We didn't mind it too much since it made it cooler to walk around and the ride lines were shorter since no one wanted to walk around in the rain. It wasn't a hard rain kinda just a drizzle but it's never too fun carrying everything when your wet almost all day. Crowds were pretty low overall. Most of the rides we were able to walk on. The smaller rides for younger children were t that bad either. I do however remember that the drawfs mine train ride was really backed up though even if the other rides in the park. Also it only seemed that Epcot was the busiest one since the festival was going on. I would say though I would not go on a weekend during the food and wine festival since everyone is usually in Epcot during that time. 2016 - Aug. we went the last week. It was a little over cast but the weather was nice. Since the kids were basically back in school there was little to no wait again. I know you said you didn't want to take your kids of of school though but if you were thinking about sept or aug. I just wanted to give some suggestions.

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Nov 16, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. Steve B Says...

Thanks for all your help and advise.

We are planning our holiday next year towards the end of October through second week of November. This is so we can capture the Halloween party at Magic Kingdom and also see the change the the Christmas decorations. We are staying off park at a villa as we did in 2015.

Could you recommend better weekdays to visit the parks please ? We are keeping an eye on the waiting times through the Disney App but looks busy most days. Thanks

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Nov 16, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

If you are targeting that week for the parties, you are are fairly locked into your dates. This week typically sees medium crowds, but there are quite a few people who want to do the same thing you are doing. You could plan days, but at this point, I wouldn't 100 percent lock into them because recommended parks can change based on EMHs, park hours etc.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 6:48 p.m. Deb Says...

I have to say we just came back from Disneyworld. We went during Jersey Week, 2nd week of November. Everyone told us that is a generally quiet week. Even all the blogs I read in the past stated the same, that most schools are in session that week and it's not very busy. Don't believe it. I am generally a positive person and have been to Disney around 8 times and used to love it. This had to be one of the busiest times we ever encountered. It was so crowded, we never expected it. The biggest culprit was the food and wine festival in Epcot and so ridiculously expensive. My daughter and I stood on line at one of the stands to get garlic shrimp. 2 portions and 2 bottles of water added up to almost $20. What we got were 2 tiny containers with 2 little ice cream scoop sizes of rice and 4 small shrimp along with some scattered green Edamame looking beans. Then don't get me started on the Fast Passes. Within the last 2 years or so they started with these Magic Bands, which we paid extra for. We did not know that basically the Fast Passes are geared towards Resort Guests, which we were not. Apparently you can reserve your Fast Passes as a resort guest 60 days in advance and if you purchase the tickets as a non-resort guest you have 30 days in advance. My husband said that when he purchased the tickets there was nothing mentioned about that so regardless when we got to the parks, pretty much every good ride was already booked until the end of the night and we ended up with a couple unpopular rides. The lines were anywhere from 30 minutes and up to 2 hour waits at the more popular ones. Once during a parade we got into the Haunted Mansion in 10 minutes. Other than that, the weather was great and Disneyworld looked really beautiful with the Christmas decorations but I don't think I will ever go that week again. One of the employees told us they hardly ever have slow times anymore. Too bad, we used to go in January and February and hardly anyone was there. I can't imagine the crowds in summer with the heat.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Lynne Says...

I agree. We are Disney vacation club members since 2004. We thought we had a big secret when going the week before Thanksgiving. We bragged to everyone how "uncrowded" it was that week! Well, we went in 2016, the same week, during part of the food and wine festival. The crowds were crazy and we were so disappointed. I just don't understand why it's never enough for Disney. They keep adding more and more festivals and such and it makes the parks unpleasant. The price paid for a hopper pass is through the roof and when the parks get that busy, it's hard to get your money's worth! I don't think it will every be like it was a few years ago. Our next trip is 2018 and the big debate is when to go. We're still weighing our options.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 5:09 p.m. Pam Says...

I was planning on visiting the two Universal Studios Parks Jan 16-19, 2017. The crowd calendar looks okay for those days, but it says not to go to Islands of adventure on Jan 17th, and not to go to Universal studios on Jan 19th. Why should those parks be avoided on those days?

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Dec 23, 2016 at 2:46 a.m. charlene clesi Says...

Go on Wednesdays its always a slow day.

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

These recommendations are based on historical data, time of year, crowd levels, events and other data. Overall crowd levels are expected to be very low during this time, and that is a more important factor than the park recommendations.

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Jan 2, 2017 at 5:36 p.m. Therese Says...

Would Jan 14-16/2017 (MLK weekend) be a horrible time to go??

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Jan 2, 2017 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Therese,

We're forecasting big crowds that weekend. Many people using the 3-Day weekend for a visit.

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Oct 29, 2016 at 5:25 p.m. Christine Says...

If you had to choose between going to WDW during the week of April 17-22 or June 5-10, which would you choose? I'm trying to weigh crowd levels and heat for both times for my family of 7. April seems like it will have nicer weather, but I'm worried about the post-Easter crowds. I would appreciate any advice you could give. Thank you!

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Dec 16, 2016 at 6:12 p.m. nancy Says...

I would recommend the week of April 17th and here's why. The weather will be much nicer and much less humid than in June. The Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing at EPCOT (outdoor concert on the weekends in the American section of EPCOT), will still be crowded but slightly less crowds than the week prior to Easter Sunday. ...but i'd recommend getting to the park just before opening, get to the most popular rides asap, use fast passes for mid-morning (book your first daily fastpass around 10am, since you can probably hit rides with lower wait in early morning). ...around 12 or 1pm go back to hotel and relax a few hours, then hit the parks again later in the day (when we took mid-day breaks, it actually felt like we were doubling our vacations days. when we arrived back to the parks in the afternoon it felt like a new day).

June is much warmer and more humid and also summer crowds.

Either vacation, you'll hit the crowds, but i'd much rather do it with milder weather.

...we went last Thanksgiving week and prepared for the worst, but were pleasantly surprised the first part of the week was like any other disney day, but the friday and saturday after thanksgiving were REALLY crowded.

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Oct 29, 2016 at 4:26 a.m. Robert Farrar Says...

I Love Going to Disney World Florida

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Oct 22, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. Jodie Says...

I just read your 'Surviving Thanksgiving week' article and in there it states that the busiest days are Wed, Thur and Fri of Thanksgiving week. But when I check the calendar it shows high travel the entire week. We were planning a last minute trip to go Nov 19th -23rd and be at the parks on Nov 20, 21, 22. I assume the calendar is more accurate than the article. It would be our first trip and with a 4 year old. We are thinking of picking another time as it seems this will be a very very busy time, am I correct? Thank you

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Oct 10, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Dee Says...

We are coming the week after Thanksgiving based upon your crowd calendar. My first and only trip to WDW was 2 years ago and one of my favorite parts was the Osbourne Christmas lights. Has Disney announced anything to replace that huge attraction? Do you have any predictions or insider info for someone like me that fell in love with those lights and now they are gone. I plan to check out the Grand Floridian, Contemporary and the Animal Kingdom Lodge decorations but I will not be paying to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

Nothing has been announced as of yet about a replacement to the Osbourne lights. We'll keep checking!

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Nov 15, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. Antonella Says...

Hi , can you advise weather wise which dates are better : last 2 weeks August or first 2 weeks of October . I'm most concerned about hurricanes . Antonella

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Oct 3, 2016 at 5:34 p.m. Liz Says...

Hello,

We are planning on going 4/3/17 to 4/7. What is your advise on these dates??

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Sep 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Jamie Says...

I'm sorry if this has been asked already... I see from the crowd calendar that on November 17, 2016 MK is not a recommended park. I know that it's only open until 4:30, but I was hoping that would mean lower crowds. Do you think that's not the case? Thanks so much!!

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Good catch! With the shorter hours, we do think this will keep people from going to the park that day.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. Amanda L Says...

We ieave for Disney World on Sept. 30 and will be going from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10. Am I in trouble when it comes to the weather?

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Oct 5, 2016 at 8:01 p.m. Sarah Says...

good luck with the storm!

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Sep 30, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Sam Says...

No, it's still pretty warm that time of year.

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Sep 19, 2016 at 6:41 p.m. Michelle Says...

Would you recommend the first or second week of February, 2017? I'm guessing we'll be fine regarding crowds, but what about shows, ride closures?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both are good weeks. Our Disney World refurbishments page is updated weekly, and you can also view historic refurbishments.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. nursejackie Says...

My only problem with some of the quieter dates is quite a few of the attractions are closed for refurbishment during those times (probably for good reason) and we would be very disappointed to come home without experiencing all our favourite rides. We always go for 16 days in December (10th-26th) when all attractions are up and running. The first week is okay but the second week is chaos but we just make good use of EMH and fastpasses.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 8:10 p.m. serena Says...

I'm planning on a trip for May 2017 around Mother's Day week. I've always heard that's a good time to visit because of low crowds but my last trip was in mid September 2015 specifically because that was supposed to be some of the lowest crowd days and it was jam packed! I could not believe how crowded it was. Do you think that was just a fluke and do you think the May crowds will be like they have been in the past. It does seem like the more and more people are going on the low crowd dates (which makes them not so low anymore).

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Oct 3, 2016 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Serena,

Last September was a bit of an anomaly, in part because of having a brand-new Hocus Pocus-themed show during the Halloween Party. The timing of Easter and other seasonal events do have an impact on May, but you can see the best times on our Crowd Calendar.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 11:23 p.m. Megan H Says...

We are planning our trip from June 26 - July 6 2017. I know this is probably the worst time to go for crowds, but it is our honeymoon and we had our hearts set on leaving right after the wedding. If it's just the two of us and we really want to experience all the magic we can, do you think we should wait and have a delayed honeymoon, or do you think we can still have an awesome vacation at this time of year?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

You can have an awesome vacation/honeymoon at Disney World no matter when you visit! We have been during this time and found the crowds to be quite manageable, especially if you follow our touring advice, arrive at the parks ahead of opening, and use FastPass+ and our planning app.

You'll find more resources here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/fastpass-plus-summer-crowds/

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Sep 1, 2016 at 5:36 p.m. Natalie Parker Says...

Hello! I am planning a trip for January 8th-13th 2017 and have had trouble looking up ride refurbishments for that time. I am also anxiously waiting for them to announce the special offers for that time as well. Can you give any information on what is normally closed during that time and the type of special offers I can expect? Thanks!

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7:52 p.m. Denise Says...

Hola! Sabes cuando comienza el spring break 2017? Viajamos del 28 de febrero al 17 de marzo y deseo evitarlo!! Gracias!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

With your dates, you will miss most of it. While the spring break season starts around March 11, peak crowds will be later.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/March-2017/

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. Martin Says...

Lookink to go at WDW for the fifth time Jan 5-9 2017

It maybe not the best time but it is not the worst?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

It is expected to be a very busy time.

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Aug 23, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Mariana Porras Says...

Hi, I'm planning on going from January 29th (we will be arriving late) until February 4th, the days we are going to go to parks to are January 30th until February 3rd, would those be good dates?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mariana,

Yes, those are good dates!

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Aug 23, 2016 at 3:10 a.m. Kaitlyn Coleman Says...

Our family has visited WDW at three different times of the year: early September, late May, and Thanksgiving week. By far, the best of those trips was the one over Thanksgiving. We arrived the weekend before Thanksgiving day and left the weekend after. The crowds were higher than September, obviously, but were not terrible and our longest wait was 45 mins. This is a particularly magical time to visit, in my opinion, because you get to experience the parks as they usually are, but when you wake up on the Friday after Thanksgiving, everything is decorated for Christmas and the Christmas entertainment begins. It was really neat to do both normal Disney and Christmas Disney. I cannot recommend this time of the year enough, but do warn everyone not to spend Thanksgiving Day in MK, but, rather check the projected crowds for the other three parks. We spent the day in EPCOT and had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at the San Angel Inn. :)

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Aug 21, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. Emilie Chang Says...

Thanks for the tip. We are going to Disney in late September. I also linked your article to my blog. Now I can't wait until September.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. sylvia Says...

HI we're going the week of August 27th-September 3rd - would you consider this a bad week to go?

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Aug 31, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. RC Says...

Good luck with the storm!

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Aug 18, 2016 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvia,

No, it should be a good time.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 1:42 a.m. michelle Says...

I have never been and it is a lifelong dream but I have 5 children and three have autism, and I am a a single mom with physical disabilities. I am planning our trip for sept of 2017 based on the crowd element. I have really waited a long time to go due to how difficult it is just to bring my kids out in public to even the grocery store. We also have a very limited budget and will be driving from new york and back. What else might I have to consider for such a monumental trip? Lines and crowds and heat are huge issues for all of us. But we just have to make this dream come true.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Michelle,

I am a mom of four, also with physical disabilities, and I also have kids with physical disabilities as well as aspergers. I am married, but with all the stress sometimes the tension builds and that adds to the tension. Umm...we JUST returned from WDW from Oct 1-7. The hurricane cut our trip short. It was miserably HOT. It was shoulder to shoulder CROWDED. I am hearing that due to schools now having Fall breaks October is no longer a low crowd month. My heart goes out to you, as it was a dream of mine as well to take my kids to WDW. I strongly encourage you to consider going at a cooler time and a lower crowd time so that you can manage everyone and take good care of yourself better, too. Blessings, Lisa

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Aug 18, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

As always, make sure you plan out your FastPass+ reservations so you can experience the attractions you're looking forward to with minimal waits! Not sure what your physical disabilities include, but you might consider renting a wheelchair/ECV or heading to Guest Relations to see what type of accommodations can be made to help make your trip easier and more fun. You can also request accessible rooms at most hotels when booking. Hope this helps!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Nancy Says...

We have always gone the first week of June (after Memorial Day and B4 schools let out) and this has always been a great crowdless time to go...what has changed?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

This is still a good time to go, just not the very best times.

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Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 p.m. Mimi Says...

I'm going with my boyfriend on August 19th to August 22nd. According to your calendar it shows moderate crowds 5/10. Do you know how long average wait times would be for those rides? Can I expect to be able to walk onto some rides or should I expect wait times for all rides? I've already scheduled some fast passes, but would like to know what to expect :)

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimi,

If you arrive in the morning when the parks open, you may find some walk-on or very short wait times, but generally there are always waits for most rides no matter what the crowd level is.

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Aug 5, 2016 at 6:29 p.m. Andrew Says...

I noticed that you said one of the worst weeks in 2017 for Disney World is the first week of January this year. Why is that? Couldn't find a reasoning. Getting married on January 1st and we were thinking of honeymooning there that week, but I'd rather not if it looks to be that terrible.

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

Typically, that is because of the MLK day holiday. Check out the Crowd Calendar. There are still good dates to visit!

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Aug 10, 2016 at 7:12 p.m. Andrew Says...

MLK Weekend? That's not until the 16th. We were looking at going the 2nd-6th of January, 2017, but I suppose that looks like a terrible time with bad crowds, the marathon, school still being out, and a lot of ride closures. Oh well, maybe we'll find another time to go! Just wanted to take advantage of all the good perks you get for doing it on a honeymoon, but it doesn't sound worth it considering it's one of the worst weeks of the year :)

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The 2nd-6th should be good. Check out the Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/February-2017/

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The 2nd-6th should be good. Check out the Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/February-2017/

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Aug 4, 2016 at 12:33 a.m. Tyler Says...

Hello,

How will the crowds be 6-10 March 17? The crowd calendar says average 6/10 but it is not recommended in this article. How bad do you think it will be considering it should be before spring break?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler,

Crowds should just be starting to pick up. I think it's a pretty good time to go, especially in the spring.

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Aug 2, 2016 at 11:31 p.m. Troy Says...

Are there any times of the year that full character appearances wouldn't happen? If we went and Anna and Elsa weren't there, we would have one dissapointed little girl. We were thinking January/ February, or October. What do you think?

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Troy,

No, there are no times of year when the regular characters, especially those who have permanent locations, have refurbishments. But there are some characters that are temporary, who might not still be in the parks by the time you visit. For example, Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" and Baymax from "Big Hero 6" are all meeting at Epcot right now, but may not still be there when you visit.

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:18 a.m. Sophie Says...

Hey! I was thinking about going to Disney next October 19th-28th, what will the crowds and hear be like? I've been at the end of may/beginning of June and the heat was unbearable, will it be cooler? Thank you!:)

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophie,

Check out our new year-view of the Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/2017/

Those dates look pretty good!

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Jul 31, 2016 at 4:36 p.m. Larry Says...

going to hollywood studios for the day on august 17th Is this a good day to visit as far as crowd level

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Jul 29, 2016 at 11:19 p.m. Maru Says...

I was planning on visiting WDW from Jan 11-15 2017 since its my boyfriends 40th Bday. Why do you say its the worst dates to go? what recomendations do you have that can make those days extra special for him?? thanks!!

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Jul 28, 2016 at 3:07 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi- we've booked a trip January 25-30, mainly because of low crowds, but I'm concerned about the Pro Bowl.(I didn't know about it when we booked). How do you think the Pro Bowl will affect crowds/ transportation? Similar to marathon weekend?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We've added information about the Pro Bowl to this post! We don't fully know the impact, but still expect medium crowds. The dates/activities have not yet been announced, but the Magic Kingdom parade day with players will be crowded!

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Jul 25, 2016 at 6:34 p.m. Ali Says...

What about the first week of April. I read multiple places that most spring breaks will be done and it will be before the Easter crowds arrive. I read it will be low crowds but you are saying the opposite??!

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Aug 2, 2016 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali,

There will be a dip in crowds over the peak spring break weeks and Easter, but we still expect some crowds.

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Jul 24, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. Mary Says...

Planning on DW trip 2017 from Feb 23 arrival night and leave 27 - will the rides be open or under construction - do you recommend that time period? crowds?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

We aren’t sure yet on what exact rides might be closed, so keep an eye out for that. However, that is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend so you can expect crowd levels to go up during that weekend!

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Jul 21, 2016 at 2:58 a.m. Julie Says...

Hi- I'm planning a trip 1/28- 2/4 based on crowds being somewhat lower. It's our kids' 3rd visit and I use your site to maximize our time. It's been great- thank you!!!

One last

How does extra magic hours factor into your crowd calendar? EMH aren't up yet for our dates. Do you factor that in- are we better off going to a park with EMH that is yellow vs a green if staying on property to use EMH?

Do you change the crowd calendar when EMH days come out?

Also - you have 1/29 as a MK day- but it's a Sunday- which worries me- I thought I should be avoid . We will do parks Sunday - Friday with one day off in middle of week- 2 days MK, 1 day Epcot, 1 AK and 1 HS. What would you recommend- doing- should I wait for EMH to decide? I am going to book just a few dinner reservations- so I will need to decide which park I will be in shortly (not doing hopper pass)

Thanks so much!

Julie

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Disney does periodically adjust its EMH days, although not often, and that could possibly change the park recommendations. You may notice that we just changed our Crowd Calendar format to try to make it a bit easier to plan. Please let us know what you think! For your dates, I would pick the lowest crowd level day for Magic Kingdom—the green dates.

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Jul 15, 2016 at 7:34 p.m. RachaelS Says...

How do you think the Probowl in Orlando will impact crowds for 1/28-2/4/2017?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

I don't think it's going to be a huge impact, but there would be some boost from it.

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Jul 15, 2016 at 2:28 p.m. M Says...

we are considering going to disney 11/4-11/8

how much does "jersey week" affect the crowd and enjoyment levels?

thanks,

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Jul 13, 2016 at 12:36 p.m. Liesbeth De Decker Says...

hellow,

I only can go once to Disney, so I want to do it right!! We want a vacations with parks but also a little bit of sunbading in the hotel. We wanted to go from 2 may 2017 till 16 may 2017 ... is this oké for the crowds in the parks? and I believe it's 30 degrees than? Or is june of july better for the weather? First I was thinking september? but I hear there is a lot off rain? not very nice for sunbading I think? Thank you for your response...

Liesbeth (Belgium)

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liesbeth,

May is a good time! I would definitely do that, and enjoy fewer crowds. The weather is nice!

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Jul 8, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. craig Says...

was just curious why Feb 17-26th of 2017 is such a busy time was thinking of booking that week. never been to Florida but thought that would be a slow time?

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Jul 8, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig,

Check out our Crowd Calendar: https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2017/#calendar

That is the week of President's Day and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon.

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Jul 3, 2016 at noon Lee Says...

Hi, we are planning to visit first 10 days of February 2016. From what I see crowds be too bad but is it a good time for weather and overall?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee,

It is a good time, but keep in mind that it can be cold, and when crowds are super low, there are fewer show times.

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Jun 28, 2016 at 9:29 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi, We are planning a trip May27-June 1st. Do you think this is a good time for us? That will be Memorial weekend, but we will still be there Monday thru Friday

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

It's a fairly good time in terms of summer crowds go. The parks should be neutral.

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Jun 26, 2016 at 11:12 p.m. Tayla Says...

My family is planning to go on a trip to Disney in January. Which week is the absolute best week to go? I'm trying to go when there are no crowds! :)

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tayla,

The week of Jan. 29 is the very best.

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Jun 23, 2016 at 10:19 p.m. Jessica Says...

Planning a large family trip in 2017. Depending on who can make it there will be 8-10 adults, 3 teens and 2 kids (1.5 and 4.5). We're considering 1/30-2/6, 5/1-5/8, or early to mid Sept but can't decide which would be best. Planning 5 days in Disney parks and 2 at Universal. Thinking Jan/Feb would be cheapest and less crowded but still might be too cold. Sept might be too hot. And we're concerned may might be too busy. What is your suggestion?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

All of these dates are good. Jan/Feb could be cold, but there are usually some warm days, and the pools are always heated. May is a good time, but crowds are lower in Jan/Feb and September, which is a good time but can be wet and hot.

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Jun 14, 2016 at 7:23 p.m. Jessica Says...

We have always been either in Sept or Oct and have loved both months, but would love to go for the Christmas season next year. Would December 2-10 be a good week to visit? Low crowds, good weather, and all Christmas decorations up? We love using the pools, but I am concerned it will be too cold in Dec. Can someone give me some insight to the weather.... shorts, long sleeves, coats?

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Jul 22, 2016 at 3:49 a.m. kim Says...

We were there during that time in 2015 and it was wonderful. Warm enough to go in the pool (even in the evening) and we wore summer attire while at the parks. It was definitely a warm winter overall though. Crowds were very low. Loved it!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. Lois McGurk Says...

We went the same time period in 2010 and endured record breaking low temps of 32 degrees two days. We wore shorts once and couldn't swim at all. That being said, we had a great time!

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Jun 13, 2016 at 7:37 p.m. Sal Says...

I'm planning on going to Disney from 4/15/17 to 4/23/17 while my kids are on spring break, is it crowded at this time and is it hot enough for the water park. Thanks

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal,

It will be warm enough for the water parks, and the pools are heated year-round. It will be crowded though.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/april-2017/#calendar

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Jun 12, 2016 at 3:51 p.m. Kandy Says...

Hello,

I was thinking about taking my 4 year old to DW on 27 Feb or sometime the beginning of March. Do you know if the weather is usually good during that time of year in FL? Are most of the attractions open? My son is really into the characters are they normally out during this time or should I go later in the year? I just want to make sure I pick the perfect time.

Thank you!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kandy,

It's a good time to go as far as crowds are concerned, most of the annual refurbishments are wrapping up, and the characters will be out.

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Jun 11, 2016 at 7:18 p.m. Jessica R Says...

We usually go mid/end of April but with Easter falling mid-April it put a little damper in our plans and changed our dates to the first week of April b/c that looked like a slower time. Now I see a few states are going to have spring break. Do you think the first week will be horrible?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

It will be busy, but if you go the week of April 2, it should be less busy than the week before or after.

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Jul 14, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. Billy Says...

Keep in mind the British school calendar. They have a newer law that fines parents for unexcused absences. We went 2 weeks after Easter this year & crowds were higher than predicted, seemingly due to the high proportion of UK guests. This was a week their schools were closed, while most in the US were in session.

For 2017, most UK schools are off from April 8th to the 23rd. Though Brexit & any currency rate changes it causes might impact travel.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy,

Great point! Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 8, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. PAH Says...

We're planning to visit Fall 2017, either the week starting with Labor day (my dad's birthday) or the first week of October, right before Columbus day (my daughter's birthday). From the calendar, it looks like the crowds are about the same. How about prices? Which week would be better?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PAH,

The week of Labor Day would be better, and the prices for hotels would likely be better too.

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Jun 7, 2016 at 3:37 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hello,

I am planning on taking my family to WDW on Jan 2-5th 2017. With the holiday season late this year, do you know if they will keep the decorations up or take down right after New Year's ?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The decorations will still be up at this time.

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Aug 20, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Kim Says...

Are there still the holiday themed shows and parades as well?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Yes, there are. You can see all of the holiday activities here.

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. Becky Says...

Is it still hot enough around the end of September/ beginning of October to go to a WDW waterpark?

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Jun 27, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Andy Says...

October is good for waterparks i visited both typhoon lagoon and blizard beach on october

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Jun 24, 2016 at 11:35 p.m. Cmac Says...

We go to waterpark every Oct when we go to the Halloween Party. Have also been in December!!

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Jun 6, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

Yes, it is :)

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:01 a.m. Michelle Says...

First let me say that your blog is awesome! Thank you so much for all the work put you put into it! And I've noticed that the Frog Family does a great job at answering people's questions...thank you!

My question is this: we are planning our first trip to WDW for fall 2018. We have complete flexibility, so we're trying to figure out the best dates. We'll go for 14 days with 7-10 day park passes. Our kids will be 4, 6, and 8. We'll be staying off-site and I want them to be able to swim and relax on our off days. So when would you choose for good crowds/weather AND decent swimming weather?

Last week of September & first week of October

2 weeks in November (likely the first two weeks)

2 weeks in December

Thank you so much for your input!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Generally you can swim year-round in Orlando. The pools are heated, so even during cold months, there are days for swimming. That said the September and early November dates would definitely be better as far as that goes. You can also look at our Crowd Calendar to get an idea of what would be the best times to visit.

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Jun 4, 2016 at midnight Lynne Says...

I really want to take a trip to WDW for my birthday, February 20th. I know you say it's really crowded that week, is it more expensive as well? Would it be better to go the week before?

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynne,

Yes, room rates, airfare and car rentals increase around holidays and busier times.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. Danielle Says...

How far out should I book my trip to get the best prices? We were thinking the last week in July. Is this a super crowded time?

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Jun 1, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Karlee Says...

Hello!

We are planning an Orlando trip for later this year, but haven't decided on dates yet. What is your opinion on November vs December? We would go the week before Thanksgiving, the week after Thanksgiving, or early-mid December. Most likely a Tuesday - Sunday (starting at the parks on Tuesday late afternoon or Wednesday). We are wanting to visit all Disney parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:47 a.m. Courtney Says...

Hi Karlee

We went one year two days leading up to thanks giving & spent thanks giving there which was amazing then the day after thanks giving you wake up & the whole place is covered in Christmas decorations .

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Jun 4, 2016 at 1:41 a.m. Trevor Says...

I can say that having done the week after Thanksgiving. I totally recommend it. The place is usually light on crowds and all the Christmas decorations are out. Think about going to the Magic Kingdom night time Christmas event also. So very cool:) Hope you have a blast.

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karlee,

We think the week before Thanksgiving are the better dates, but there isn't a huge difference in those dates. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Aug 10, 2016 at 5:25 a.m. Hallie Says...

How crowded do you think it'll be for September 3 and 4 2016v?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hallie,

Not as bad as typical holidays, since many parents are focused on kids returning to school. We are expecting medium crowds.

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May 24, 2016 at 9:36 p.m. Amber Says...

Hi! We visited Disney World the second week of October in 2014 and LOVED it! We're planning another trip next year but we're thinking about going May 20-31. Are the crowds much worse this time of year than in October? We were there around Columbus Day and it was pretty crowded but still manageable. We know a family that is there right now and not enjoying themselves at all. It has us rethinking a visit in May and considering another October vacation instead. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Amber

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May 31, 2016 at 5:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

There is less difference between May and October crowds than there used to be, but the later in May you go, the more crowds you generally start to see. I think early October is still better.

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May 23, 2016 at 9:12 p.m. Kathryn Olson Says...

Why is February 18 - 26 the worst time in 2017 to visit? My 6 year old and I are planning a trip there.

Thanks!

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May 31, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

This is around the time of President's Day holiday.

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May 18, 2016 at 6:09 p.m. Deanna Says...

Hi, we are going the week before Thanksgiving starting Sunday for the Christmas party and Mon-Thurs. I am hoping for low crowds that week with the exception of it being busier for the Christmas party.

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May 30, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanna,

It is not dead, but still a pretty good time to go!

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May 16, 2016 at 5:52 p.m. Adriana Says...

Hi My family is planning our first visit March 1-6 (arrive 2/28 at night.. 1st day in the park March 1) leave Monday March 6 ( holiday weekend in illinois but no where else!). It is both best and worst.

what are your thoughts When can I start booking the rooms for the BEST deals?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana,

I'd wait just a bit, perhaps end of summer and early fall, for the best rates. Those are good dates to visit before the parks get crowded because of spring break.

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May 13, 2016 at 9:44 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are going to Orlando the week before Thanksgiving. We were planning on doing Animal Kingdom on 11/13, Magic Kindgdom on 11/15 and Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure on 11/17. We were planning on Animal Kingdom for Sunday thinking it would be more crowded and would leave us more time at the other two parks during the week. Your crowd calendar doesn't seem to agree. Do you think we should switch some of our days?

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May 16, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

I think you've got good days picked out. Disney's Animal Kingdom is neutral for the day you want to visit, although a little higher daily crowd level. The real key is Magic Kingdom, and you've picked the best day for it. Your day at Universal should be good too since the overall crowd level is low.

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May 6, 2016 at 3:49 p.m. Tara Says...

Hello...we are going 12/10-12/14, and we are not going to the Christmas Party. I don't mind going to MK and leaving by 7:00, since we can see the fireworks at 6:15. My question is, is MK more or less crowded the days of the christmas party? Thanks

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May 12, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Martha Says...

My 8yo an I will be there the week after 4th of July. 5/07/16-15/07/16. Do you think is a good week?. Now i am scared.

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May 12, 2016 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha,

This is a busy time, but we've been there during this time and have found it can be quite manageable. We recommend that you arrive at your chosen park ahead of official opening hours to experience the lowest waits and make sure to use FastPass+. If you haven't yet, download our app, which includes wait times and pre-set and customizable touring plans.

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May 8, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

Definitely less crowded. If you don't mind leaving early, it's a good time to go.

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May 6, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. Kirstie Says...

Hi! We're thinking of coming from March 1st - 15th 2017 - I know we are going to overlap with Spring break a little.... is it worth waiting and coming after spring break and before UK Easter holidays? xx

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May 16, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirstie,

I still think early March would be better than before Easter.

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May 6, 2016 at 2:43 a.m. James Says...

Considering a surprise trip for our daughters fifth birthday in 2017. Her birthday is March 4. While it would be great fun to wake her up on her bday and say "we are going to dismeyworld". We would really rather not deal with crowds.really don't want crowds. Would we have better luck with a trip sometime in May 2017?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James,

Yes, the end of April or May would be better unless you go that first week in March.

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May 2, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. Dave Says...

Just out of curiosity, why is the first couple of weeks in August a bad time to go? The heat?

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May 7, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Jen Says...

I am planning our Disney vacation for spring 2017. We are 90 percent sure we are looking into March 4-11. Is this a good time for preschoolers? We are looking lower crowds. We went the second week in September 2015 and the heat was too much for our kids. We also were interested in using the pool too. Thank you for your advice!!!!

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May 6, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. kylie Says...

I would think its because the kids go back to school in the middle of August...?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

The parks are still really, really crowded with summer vacationers. There is also the heat, but you can experience that most months in Orlando ;)

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May 4, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Dave Says...

Thanks for the insight, guess I'll be experiencing it regardless.

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May 1, 2016 at 12:57 a.m. Katie Says...

I've never been to WDW so am new to picking the right time to go. I know not to go during school holidays, so I was thinking of bringing my family (husband, teenage son, his friend, my parents, and my in-laws) out January 8-15th, 2017. Will that be pretty low traffic? And will Christmas decorations still be up?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

During the week, crowds should be low. Some decorations should still be up in the parks, although the decorations will most likely be down at the resorts.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 8:52 p.m. Cami Says...

Hello! I have looked at the Crowd Calendar, but was wondering if I could get feedback from The Frog Family and others on which dates noted would be better (crowd level). Either May 28-June 4, July 25-July 31 or Aug 3-Aug 9. I know these are busy times, just wondering which date may be better. Thank you for the help!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami,

From a crowds perspective, all of these dates are about the same. For this year in particular, I would opt for July or August, because there is so much new stuff coming to the parks that will debut in June.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Michelle Says...

Kind of having a hard time deciding on best time to visit in 2017. Easter week, April 24-28, May 1-5 or May 8-12. Also is the heat bearable at those times? We went this year during Texas Spring Break in March and it was crowded, but not horribly crowded for us. We did wait 2 hours in a couple of lines, but I've gone in the summer many times before and it was way worse. Because Easter is in April this year and almost 5 weeks from TX school spring break, do you think it will be insanely busy then? My son will be 6 in March, but 7 after April and I just wanted to be able to see the things we didn't and enjoy our time this time as we had a bigger group with us this past trip. Thank you, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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May 12, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

I think your April dates are slightly better as far as crowds go, but these should all be pretty good times. At this point, no major events have been announced for May, which previously got busy during Star Wars Weekends.

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Apr 28, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. julian Says...

Hello, I was planning a trip to WDW this july from the 22nd to 31st. I was told it was going to be too hot with long lines. Is september better? If so, what part of the month? THANK YOU!

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May 8, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julian,

Both months are quite hot, but crowds are better in September. Keep in mind that the rain chances do increase in September.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Jamie Says...

I have looked at your crowd calendar (by the way, thank you so much!) and still can't decide... should we do the week before Thanksgiving or the week after?? Any suggestions or advice? Thank you!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

I would do the week before over the week after—the latter has become more popular in the last few years with people extending their T-Day trips in order to attend the Christmas parties. The week before is less busy, as is the first part of T-Day week.

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Jun 5, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Shawn Says...

I've currently got Nov. 29 through Dec. 6 planned. Hear that PW can be a pain sometimes and weather snaps a fair amount from mid-Nov. considering changing to week before Thanksgiving Nov. 14-21.

Would you recommend? What would we miss out on if anything regarding Xmas stuff?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn,

You would miss out on Epcot Holidays Around the World and the Candlelight Processional, and the resort decorations (if you wanted to see those). Those dates would be slightly better, so the switch may make sense for you.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. Michele Says...

Hi there! I have a trip planned for Nov 6-12 at the Poly. Totally bummed that free dining isn't available then and doesn't look like any other discounts either. But my biggest question is.....is that week Jersey week? And if so, how bad are the crowds during that time. Not sure if I should cancel or switch dates? What are your thoughts? Thank you!

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Jul 10, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Theresa Mendelson Says...

We went last year (2016) during Jersey week and it was very crowded. Not sure if it was completely Jersey visitors. I believe the Food & Wine Festival also had a lot to do with it as well especially on the weekends. We made up for a lot of lost time in the lines during the day by going back to Magic Kingdom at night after the parade. It empties out considerably, and we only had 5-10 minute waits (if that long) on the most popular rides. Also, if you are staying at the Disney resorts, check with your travel agent. A Fall discount came out in July and she was able to apply it to our package. It helped a little, since the free dining wasn't available that week either.

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May 12, 2016 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

It is Jersey Week, but I wouldn't let that stop you. It has some impact on crowds, but it's not horrible, and we've already accounted for it in our Crowd Calendar.

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Apr 21, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. Seaglass At Bonita Bay Says...

Thank you for the very descriptive post on when to visit Disney World. Looks like we will have to go in September!

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Apr 18, 2016 at 1:07 a.m. First timer Says...

I'm in the process of planning a trip for myself and my two kiddies to Disney. I'm playing around with dates...middle of Oct 2016 or Feb/March 2017....I want nice weather if at all possible. And trying to determine if I should purchase a meal plan....help :-) :-)

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrice,

This really all depends on the specific dates you choose. Generally, though, February and the very first week of March is a better time in terms of crowds. October can still be rainy and February can be cooler. March is a little better.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. John Says...

I've been twice in early-mid October and attended the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We've had excellent weather on both these trips, though it can be a little chilly (50's-60's) in the late evening and early morning, so I'd recommend a light jacket/windbreaker over sweatshirts as these will serve double duty during rain and be better at repelling any rain or water from rides. The parks and grounds are decorated for fall and Halloween, so it's a little extra bonus added in.

I'd recommend getting the special hard ticket (can't use regular park admission) to the party event in lieu of a day's park ticket and schedule the time prior to the party that day as an "OFF" day from the parks and visit Disney Springs, your resort pool, the resorts, etc. and take an early afternoon nap so the kids can better handle the late night.

Usually admission to the event starts at around 5-6PM and after that time, the only people that are allowed on rides and attractions are those that have the special wrist band, and Cast Members politely usher those who don't have them towards the front of the park to exit, which helps lessen the crowds a bit. Everyone can dress up in their Halloween costumes (check on masks) and participate in Trick or Treating in the park between rides, parades, fireworks, and dance parties. It's really fun to see everyone in costume, including the characters (Winnie the Pooh was dressed up as a Bumble Bee, etc.) While they provide Trick or Treat bags, I'd recommend bringing a fairly empty backpack to dump the loot in between Trick or Treat stations.

We've done this event two ways, Trick or Treating and hitting the rides, skipping the parade and fireworks, and attending a dance party, the parade, and watching the fireworks, hitting as many of the rides as possible. We enjoyed both, so it's really up to your personal preference, though I will say that the wait times for the attractions are minimal throughout the event and some like Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Speedway, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin we were able to walk right on and ride multiple times without a wait (Thunder Mountain Railroad was during a parade and the Speedway was during the fireworks, so we kind of got to see them anyways while driving around the track which was pretty special to my then 8 year old son.)

I'd recommend bringing a backpack with snacks for the kids (fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, etc) that are light and you don't have to worry about being smashed like crackers, and two water bottles per person with individual drink mix packs in a ziplock bag. You can refill at any quick service location or water fountain and add low calorie flavor!! This will save you a TON, though I always allow my kids to get one special treat that is unique to Disney per visit (Dole Whips are AMAZING, or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar, etc.)

This year we're going in late November/early December when the parks will be decorated for Christmas!!!

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I hope that helps you out!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Thanks so much for sharing!!

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Apr 16, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. Matt Says...

Me and my girlfriend are looking at travelling to Disney World from the UK from April 27th 2017 - May 11th 2017. What is your opinion on these chosen travel dates?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

This should be a good time to visit. Enjoy!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Junie Says...

You were correct on April 9, 2016 being one of the very worst times to visit Disney. We just got back from our trip and it was horrendous. The lines were extremely long. We waited 80 minutes to ride Peter Pan...80 minutes!! Some of the rides were 120 minutes..I mean it was nuts, crazy packed. I wish I had seen your blog before booking my trip!!!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. Bisney Says...

Hello! Thanks for all the helpful tips. We are going in November for the first time ever. I found out that we will be there during the Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon. Is this going to be an issue? Are the crowd levels higher during this?

Thank you!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, they are higher during this race weekend, but not the worst time to visit by any stretch.

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:57 a.m. Anna Says...

We have a teacher in our group and the only time we can go is Feb 18 - 25. I notice that is NOT the best time to go. Is it crazy busy then? Thanks

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes, President's Day and the days around it are very popular times to visit the parks.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. RDW Says...

We are planning to be in FLA 11/22-11/28 (arriving night before, leaving day after) and want to have about 2-3 days in Orlando either at the beginning or the end. Universal is our priority, but ought to do something WDW while in the area. Can you give a recommendation for whether first few days (T, W before Thksgiving) or last few days of our time period (Sa, Su, Mon after Thksgiving) would be better? Also, on your calendar, why do the two Universal parks appear to have such different crowd levels (one red when the other is green, or vice versa)? Thanks!

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Apr 24, 2016 at 8:09 p.m. Emmy Says...

NEVER go during July; this is when Brazilians have off from school.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RDW,

Earlier in the week of Thanksgiving is better as far as crowds. Friday is typically the busiest day that week. The park color system denotes the recommended park for that day!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. Lizeth Says...

What are the best days in april to go or may

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizeth,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

You can easily see the best times to visit!

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Apr 6, 2016 at 11:34 p.m. Robin Says...

I have found alot of great tips on here. We are planning out trip to WDW for the 2nd week in July. I know that is probably the "Worst" time to visit but thats the only time we could squeeze out of our schedule. We have been many times and we are strategically planning this one. So bring on all the madness were ready for it. After all how bad can it be at the happiest place on earth. So excited we will let you know how it goes.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Love your attitude! That is 90% of having a great trip :)

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Apr 5, 2016 at 4:33 p.m. ChiDisneyFan Says...

I am planning a quick trip to Magic Kingdom with my four year old daughter on May 2nd, 2016. I have picked the fast passes and am ready to go. I am hoping it will be less crowded than normal. Any insight on how crowded it will be that day?

Also, do you have any suggestions on meeting Elsa/ Anna? The fast passes were gone by the time I signed up the morning after they were available.

Thank You!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Here are the crowd predictions for those days:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

We have a whole post with tips for meeting Anna and Elsa:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-meeting-elsa-and-anna-at-disney-world/

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Apr 4, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Arielle Says...

A great perk with being a resident of New Orleans is that most schools are closed during the Mardi Gras holiday and many people take advantage of that to go to Disney World because it's not nearly as busy as other holidays. Next time I plan a trip to Disney World, I will be planning it during Mardi Gras, we went during the week of Easter 2016 and I will never make that mistake again!

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Apr 5, 2016 at 6:21 p.m. Carol Says...

Mardi Gras is also very very busy.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 10:44 p.m. LaurenB Says...

Hello: We are booked to visit 12/6-12-11 of this year, staying at our fave resort, the Polynesian. What day would you recommend for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party? Would that Thursday the 8th be okay? I've read it gets busier as the weekend approaches. Thanks!

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Apr 4, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

The 8th would be OK, but the 6th would be better.

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Mar 29, 2016 at 9:58 p.m. Rachel Says...

We're planning our 5th visit for next year but getting so confused! Looking to visit during Feb and possibly into March, either starting or ending with school holiday which is 20-24 February. No crowd calendars seem to take Mardi Gras into account, yet previous experience tells us that this time gets super busy. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Mardi Gras isn't typically super busy, although there is a lot of spirit ;) We visited on Mardi Gras in 2015, and it was good for us.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2017/#calendar

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Mar 28, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. MJ Says...

Planning to go between 11/5-11/12 (Jersey Week). How were the crowds during Jersey week in 2015? We are also planning to attend a MVMC party session. Do you have a recommendation on which day we should get tickets?

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MJ,

Mondays and Tuesdays are generally the best dates. Overall the Jersey Week is still a good time to go, but keep in mind there are more crowds over the weekend, which is also the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Caitlin Says...

When is the best time to visit in october near Halloween time in 2016?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin,

Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 2:11 p.m. Whitney Says...

My boyfriend and I are thinking about going to DW either Oct 24-28 for our Anniversary OR Dec 5-9 for my birthday.

Which dates would be best. Weather is ok but l'm more worried about the crowds.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney,

December is slightly better, but you can check out all of the dates here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Apr 2, 2016 at 5:04 a.m. Katie Says...

I am looking to book our Disney vacation either November 28th through December 2nd or December 12th through December 16th. I am trying to avoid the Pop Warner crowd. It looks like their events will take place the week of December 5th-9th. When do their crowds usually arrive before and when are their crowds usually gone after the event? Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 10:43 p.m. Jessica Says...

Going from June 7th to June 15th. I know it will be crowded and I don't care. My kids aren't little anymore so they won't have an issue with waits. Just happy to be going to Disney one last time before my son leaves for boot camp!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 3:40 p.m. Sherry Says...

I am planning a trip with college age boys May 11-15, 2016. Riverside is showing only rooms available are princess rooms. Is there something going on at that time? I am scheduling just room, not any kind of special. May have to consider a change. Thanks!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 2:19 p.m. Janine Says...

My husband is a teacher and we are looking into going to Disney next April 2017 the week before Easter and leaving the day after easter since it is hard to take off. Break for the my two son's and husband are falling all the same time which is great since it is not always the case. I read that is supposed to be the worst time to go. We were considering the last 2 weeks in August but we are afraid it will be to hot and will rain. I also have one son with special needs. Any recommendations. Would August be better then April?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janine,

It really comes down to whether you want rain or crowds. August will see rain, almost daily and usually just in the afternoons, but there could be more. That week just before Easter will be very busy.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:27 a.m. Jacqueline Says...

Hi, we are planning our vacation the week before Thanksgiving, Nov. 13th - 19th. My fear is that this week is becoming more popular and WDW will be more crowded. We went at the end of April last year and crowds were low. Do you think the week before Thanksgiving has become more popular?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

I think this is still a pretty good time to visit.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Isabella Says...

Would the day after President's day through the 26th in 2017 be an ok time to visit Disney World?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabella,

It's a busy time to visit.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2017/#calendar

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Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 a.m. April Says...

Looking to go to Disney for the first time with a family of 4 (two children ages 8 and 5). We are trying to decide between November 12-20, November 26-Dec 4 or we could wait for September 2017. In your opinion, which would be the best time to go for crowds/weather? We don't want it to be blistering hot, but not crowded either. I have checked out the crowd calendars...any opinions?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

I think the first dates are generally a little bit better.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. Natasha Says...

Hello!

I excited for Disney! I have just booked our family vacation for April 19th - 23rd. Will this time be okay? I also reserved our fastpasses for the mornings at each park. Our last pass ends at 1:25 pm. Should I look into changing the times for our fastpasses for the afternoon through the evening? I am reading mixed reviews where people say it is best to get them in the morning since your are able to get more throughout the day by visiting a fastpass kiosk. Other say that I will not be able to get any fastpasses for the afternoon not even at a kiosk because those will most likely be taken. We are also staying at Disney Resort and with the stay I believe we get Extra Magic Hours from 11-1am. Will there still be a large crowed by then? What do you think is my best bet for the fast passes? I have a 10 year old sister and I would really want her first time at Disney World to be as Magical as possible without massive wait times.

Thanks for your help! ;)

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

Magic Kingdom is the one park where it's pretty easy to get additional FastPasses, so it is the one park we'd recommend for earlier FastPasses. For the other parks, moving them to afternoon would likely be a little more optimal, but I would only do that if you don't lose any critical rides in the process.

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Mar 18, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Grace Says...

Why will January 13-16 2017 be a bad time to visit? Won't most children be back in school by then?

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Mar 22, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. Jennifer elswick Says...

Thanks... I'm taking my nieces & nephew in Aug/sept. Obviously, I want them to miss school!! But their mom isn't really on board. Your info will help me win the fight. What do u think bout getting a guide? Is it worth it? I'm so over-whelmed. Finally picked. Bungalows at the Polynesian place but there's so much to do.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

On the question of a guide, do you mean for the park? I don't think you necessarily do, but depending on the ages of your nieces and nephew, you might want to consider hiring a sitter to help you. Some will even accompany you in the parks. Here is some info about the on-site Children's Activity Centers.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

It's MLK Day weekend, and most schools will have that time off.

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Mar 15, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. Barney Says...

We are planning to go to Orlando from August 17th to the 31st 2017 is it to crowded or will it be ok for universal and Disney?

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:16 p.m. STEPHEN CASEY ONEILL Says...

WDW IS SO MAGICAL DURING SEPTEMBER AND MOST OF OCTOBER SO BOOK NOW

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:12 p.m. casey oneill Says...

I love wdw so much

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barney,

This should be a good time to visit, and such a good idea to start planning so early!

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Mar 12, 2016 at 11:12 p.m. Susan Says...

I was wondering what the crowds are from March 12 - April 16?

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:42 p.m. Kelsey Says...

Hi there! Thanks for all of the work you put into coming up with these! We are looking at our first disney trip in early 2017. Our kids will be 5,4, and our youngest turns 3 on April 22. We want to go before she turns 3. I was thinking April 2-7 might be good because a lot of schools are out the week before/after easter and that will be 2 weeks before easter. Is that really a bad time? Im stuck! Thanks so much.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. It will be a busy time, but should not be as busy as the weeks you mentioned.

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. Cindy Gomez Says...

Very excited to make your first trip to Disney Orlando, I have been looking online to find the best days to visit and there is always a different answer. I have made our reservations for the week of May 30, 2016 thru June 3rd and am going to just hope for the best. I have the calendars for peak times at the parks and will try to find a day that is not too busy.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. Rose Says...

I know it's a ways off but we are planning a trip for February 2017. Tentatively our dates are Feb. 26 - March 4th. Mardi Gras falls in our dates and I am wondering if those will impact crowds, it looks like our dates are pretty slow but I'm just curious what to plan for. These are the dates that work best for us due to wanting to avoid horrible heat and spring break crowds. Thanks.

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Mar 13, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Jess Says...

We went during Mardi Gras in 2014 and severely regretted it. Everything I read prior to going said that Mardi Gras wouldn't impact the parks and that crowds were predicted to be low but it was the busiest we have ever seen it! Everything had a long wait and the crowds were unbearable. It seemed like about half of the people there were wearing LSU, Saints or Mardi Gras clothing, so it was clear that Louisiana schools being on break heavily impacted the crows. I would never go during Mardi Gras ever again!!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

Mardi Gras doesn't have a huge impact on crowds, although it adds to a more festive visit, since many families will dress up for the occasion!

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Mar 3, 2016 at 10:38 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello. We have planned a trip to Disney Sunday September 18 - Friday 23rd 2016. With tickets for the 19-22. We will have a 1 year old and 3 1/2 year old. We just really want to focus on a character breakfast, the magic kingdom and the electrical parade. Nothing is up on the official Walt Disney World calender yet, however every site I look on shows no electrical parade while we are there! This is one of the main reasons we are going! I know Mickey's not so scary Halloween event will be starting at that time of year, but I thought it wasn't every night! Please tell me we will have the opportunity to see the parade! I would consider rescheduling our trip if we can't see it! Thank you.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Times have not yet been released for the parade, but it is normally held on the nights when there is no Halloween Party, and we expect the same this fall.

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Apr 4, 2016 at 5:13 p.m. Camille Matranga Says...

Hello there! I am also going September 18-24 as is another traveler you replied to. You mention that September can be very rainy, or have more rain than other months. This may be a big factor for me. Does the rain come and go with sunshine, or is it cloudy and rain all day in September? I know we can't predict weather, but historically, has it always rained in September? Any info helps. Thanks a bunch!

Camille

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camille,

Thunderstorms typically blow through in the afternoon and then out quickly.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 7:49 p.m. Jul Says...

Hello. I'm excited to be planning a trip to WDW from April 5-12, 2016. We are hitting the parks with 4 kids for 4 days from 4/6-4/11 leaving the other days for travel. Should we go to MK on 4/6 or 4/7? MK has EMH on 4/6 but is a lower crowd date. I think we will go back to MK again, which other day would you recommend? Thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jul,

Are you staying on-site at a Disney hotel? If yes, and you will visit the park during EMH, then the 6th would be fine. Otherwise, I would opt for the 7th. All of those days are about the same, with the exception of Saturday, so I would not visit MK that day. Sunday is better than Friday.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hi we are going to Orlando april 10, 2017 thru april 21st. I know its going to be a busier time while we are there since it will be easter. I was wondering what days you think would be best to go parks. we plan on doing all the Disney parks and the 2 water parks, universal studios, LEGOLAND and seaworld.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Our Crowd Calendar for April will be up in May, so you can check it out and see the recommended parks by day.

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Feb 29, 2016 at 8:50 p.m. Alan Says...

I am looking to take my wife and 9 year old daughter to DW for 9 days in October. This will be our third trip. We have done most of the main attractions on our past vacations and are looking for a much more relaxing trip this time. What would be your ideal dates for a 9 day trip in October 2016 regarding crowd levels specifically. I appreciate in advice you could offer me. Thanks, this a great website...I've also enjoyed your YouTube channel. Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan,

Most of October sees medium crowds, with higher crowds on weekends. Last year was busier than normal, likely in part because of the popularity of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/october-2016/#calendar

So glad to hear that you like the blog and YouTube channel—I will let Tad know;)

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Feb 29, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Jenni070 Says...

Hi! We are going to WDW during our daughters' fall break October 2016. Wondering if w/o October 8th or w/o October 15th would be better? (wasn't sure if Columbus Day being October 10th would make first week really busy). Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni,

Both days are about the same, and are expected to be fairly crowded:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/october-2016/#calendar

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Feb 28, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Pam Says...

My family and I have always gone to Disney last week of April into May. Last year we noticed an increase in crowds and cheerleaders :p we have a vacation booked for early this May, but we are considering changing it to early September. I really like May weather, and the hours of the parks, also not worrying about the extra party cost ect.. I can not for the life of me make this decision. I need some more pros for September. not really a fan of rain daily.

thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

I think you will find May is quite lovely, but you may again run into the cheer groups, which will be at Disney from April 21 to May 1.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. Erin Koenig Says...

Have the 2017 dates for the cheer competition been released yet? I can't seem to find them online yet. I'm thinking about planning our first trip to Disney with our 3 and 5 year olds from May 6-12 of 2017 and would love to avoid this competition if possible. We are some what flexible with our dates but also trying to avoid Easter/spring break crowds and the hot summer weather of June-August.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

These dates have not yet been released. We recommend you check out this site:

https://www.espnwwos.com/events/

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Feb 27, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Jason Walker Says...

Hi

Based on your advice i am thinking of going this year on May 9th-23rd. My Family want to go the week later from May 16th-30th but on your website it says to avoid May 24th- 31st. Could you elaborate on why this would be a week to avoid. Thanks Jason

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

Most of your dates would be OK, but toward the end of your stay it gets busier because of the long Memorial Day weekend.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:31 p.m. Josh Says...

At WDW right now, trying to figure out why the crowd is SO bad, never been this bad this time of year. Just FYI

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:58 p.m. Amanda Says...

I'm planning our first wdw trip. It's gonna be April 10th, 2017 till the 21st. I understand from everything i've read that its gonna be a busy time since it's gonna be around easter. But I want to know if it's gonna be really busy then since easter falls so late that year. And when would you suggest to visit what parks on what days. We plan to visit all 4 disney parks and the 2 waterparks, plus universal, seaworld and legoland. i do plan on going to the ocean on easter since im sure that will be the craziest day at any park.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

It's actually not a bad time to visit the parks—we are expecting medium crowds. You can plan which parks to visit on your days by looking at our Crowd Calendars.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:03 p.m. Jodie Says...

Hi we're planning a holiday to Orlando around 30th may 2017 - 10th June 2017 we will be taking our two children aged 6 and 3 as a surprise will the weather be too hot for them? From the uk

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Feb 26, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

We've got the historical weather information on our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

It will definitely be hot, but not as hot as it gets later in the summer.

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Feb 23, 2016 at 5:20 a.m. Tim Says...

Hi

What about go on 10 Apr to 16 Apr 2016

Is it good time for famliy trip to diesny world?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

It should be a good time, although gets better toward the end of the week for the first-ever Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. Anita Says...

Hi, me and my boyfriend have booked Orlando a for the first two weeks in October. Can I expect some nice warm weather? Also, whats your view on using the Uber app to get from Disney to Universal? As we are staying on site at Disney. Iv'e read taxi journey form Disney to Universal are expensive!

Many thanks- love the blog!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 8:58 p.m. Joe Says...

Hello, I have been in WDW on May, September, October, December, let me tell you going in October is the best time I experienced with my family, weather is nice and crowds are low

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

Yes, the weather will be plenty warm. We offer historical temps on our crowd calendar.

Uber is a good option.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. Steve Says...

Looking at going November 13-18 is this a good time to go?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

You can find that information on our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/november-2016/#calendar

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Feb 16, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. Ronda Says...

We are going to disney in aug 14-21 is that a good time to go has far as crowed and storms

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda,

It's a good time as far as crowds, but it's also a good time for storms. Typically, though, you'll see afternoon showers or storms that roll through and then clear out.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 8:51 p.m. Donna leonhardt Says...

Were planning a 10 day trip November 2016 the first two weeks to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Will we be there for the epcot wine event?

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Feb 22, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. Kim Norman Says...

Donna,

We are looking at March 13th for 7 days. This looks to be well before any of the published spring break dates. I checked Florida and the area spring break looks to be starting the 27 of March which is the same for New Mexico. I was hoping this would mean fewer crowds. What do you think?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Yes, the festival will run Sept. 14 to Nov. 14.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. Katie Says...

We just planned our vacation for May 4-12th of this year. It was very last minute. Everything I've looked at says it's a "low crowd" time of the year...but it's not on your list...do you anticipate large crowds during this time?

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Feb 26, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

It's a pretty good time to go! Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. Sara Says...

Could you elaborate on "pretty good time" in reference to going in May? With the exception of Memorial Day weekend, why isn't May considered a great time to go? Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

It's not the least busy time and generally sees medium crowds. That's still not bad and sure beats summer and the holidays. Without Star Wars Weekends this year, it should be even less crowded than it has been in the past, but do keep in mind that there are quite a few sporting events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, including the Invictus Games, which do bring in additional people.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Angelique Says...

Hi, I am planning my first trip to Orlando but would like to avoid hurricane season:( so what would be the best time ?

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Feb 11, 2016 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelique,

August through October are the most likely months to experience a hurricane, but the season is a bit longer than that.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 1:10 p.m. Shelley Says...

We got our tickets (thanks for really fast service) and are days away from fastpass signups. I'm using the touring plans and have the app. Understanding that Spring Break will be very crowded, what is the best way to approach traffic around the Parks? We are staying off site in a house south of WDW. Also, when mapping a route, what destination do we use to get to parking, or is there ample signage? Thanks for the great info here, and the live chat operator (sorry, forgot name) for some very savvy advice! 35 days !!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

There is ample signage once you're inside Disney World property to get to each of the parks, but I would suggest a mapping app to help you navigate. During spring break, the earlier you can arrive, the better.

Have fun!!

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Feb 5, 2016 at 2:47 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Why is February 12-21, 2016 so busy? What should we expect?

Thanks!

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Feb 11, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. meesh Says...

Because it's president's week, most kids/teachers are off from school!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

Many families use the week of President's Day for vacation, and then toward the end of the week is the half marathon, which brings in more visitors.

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:04 p.m. Christina Says...

Hello! Me and my family are planning on being at WDW Oct. 10-14 of this year since that is my son's Fall Break. I'm crossing my fingers that this a great time to come!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 1:51 a.m. Megan Says...

Is October 1st to the 5th a good time to go?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Dianne Says...

We went during these dates in 2015. The weather was unbearably hot and humid. It was also very crowded. This surprised us, as we thought most kids would be in school. To our surprise, the park was swamped with children. The Wine and Food Festival was going on. This could explain the crowds. The weather was great for swimming in the pools, due to the heat. Lines were generally long. I would not go in Oct. again, due to the high heat. It might have been unusually hot, however. I will have to check the normal temps for that time period. In spite of the heat and crowds, we still had a great time and memorable vacation. Dianne

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Feb 1, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. Beena Says...

We are planning on going Feb 18 or 19, 2016 for the day. Is thurs or fri better? How are the crowds? We have a 2yr old and 5 so wont be doing any big rides. thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beena,

The 18th is better from the perspective of recommended parks.

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Jan 27, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Trina Says...

You recommendation that weekends in May are a worst time...is that based on Star Wars weekends (which I've heard are no longer happening)? Or are there other factors?

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

They will not be as bad as they have been in the past without Star Wars Weekends, but you would still see an uptick in crowds on weekends because of locals who won't be braving the crowds in the busier summer months.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Dana Says...

Planning a trip for my family with a 10 and 8 year old. Wanted to get thoughts on first or second week of April 16 vs first week of November 16. Thanks!!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

Check out our crowd calendar. It can help you pick dates.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 8:56 p.m. Trina Says...

Makes sense! Thanks for the reply!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. Ismael Hernandez Says...

I'm planning a trip for early May, from the 7th to the 14th. I saw the crowds are mostly medium but was wondering about the weather. Is it going to be extremely hot by then?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We offer the historical weather on our Crowd Calendar. Hot is a relative term when talking about Orlando, but average highs are in the upper 80s and lows are in the upper 60s.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Jan 27, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. Danny M Says...

What is going on? Been here during this time many years and the crowds are almost summer like this week. Wait times on Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster exceeded 90 min. Space Mountain was 60. Rock n Roller Coaster was 75, Toy Story Mania was over 100 minutes. Never seen crowds like this in January.

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Jan 29, 2016 at 6:03 a.m. Kirsten Says...

I just returned from Disney World and also very stunned at the intense crowds and long wait times. I've come several times and always in September or January. Never experienced it this busy at the end of January before ever! Why? I did lots of research and reading. One hour after opening on a late January weekday and wait times are 45 minutes?? Any ideas anyone?

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Jan 31, 2016 at 10:54 p.m. Kimberly H. Says...

We went 1/19/16 through 1/30/16 for the first time in January due to everyone saying the end of January has low crowds. It was more crowded in Magic Kingdom on 1/29/16 than when we were there Thanksgiving week 2015. The wait for the train (regular old train) at the Frontierland station was an hour! We had Fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise (which had a 70 minute wait) and the que for the Fastpass+ line took us 25 minutes before we got on the ride. We will not be going at this time again. We'll stick with September and early December (another "season" that's getting pretty crowded but at least there's the gorgeous decorations!). We were bummed by the amount of crowds during our trip especially when we hadn't expected 60+ minute waits at most rides. We did our 3 Fastpass+ selections every day and then pretty much waited around until the last hour or so of park opening to ride the other rides or left the park and came back. We felt like we were visiting during the summer again.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. Martyn Says...

Hi, thinking of visiting from UK and would love to see Disney with Christmas theme and decorations. Off for a week from 27th November - is that a good week to visit? Will it be festive? Thanks.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martyn,

That is a fairly good week to visit, but there will be some trickle of folks from the week before, which is Thanksgiving. As far as decorations go, it will be a great time to visit. All of the resorts and hotels will be fully decked out.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:24 a.m. Julie Says...

Holy moly, why is Disney world so busy right now? We haven't seen almost any rides that have less than an hour wait the entire time we have been here. This was supposed to be a calm time to visit. Even the Disney employees are wondering what is going on. It's really put a damper on our trip. Anyone know?

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Feb 4, 2016 at 8:33 p.m. Anthony Says...

I understand a lot of people from overseas where here then

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Jan 27, 2016 at 9:31 p.m. Connie Says...

I was there as well and it is probably because Disney is understaffed. They anticipated lesser crowds and didn't take into account people would be coming.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 7:53 p.m. Heather Says...

We are looking to go to Disney April 30th, 2017 do you think this will be a okay time to go? We will have two 2 year Olds and a 14 year old along with 4 adults on 2 of us have been to Disney before.

Thanks Heather

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Your arrival day is expected to be fairly busy, but otherwise you should see medium crowds.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Mabel Says...

We are planning a vacation to Disney world this year how does the 2 weeks at the end of April look? Mostly the week before the end of April the week of the 18th, it is our first time as a family and we will be bringing an 11 month old :)

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mabel,

This is a pretty good time to visit. Expect medium crowds and plenty of sunshine.

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Jan 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. MC Says...

You've picked out March 5-April 3, April 9 as being some of the very worst times to visit. We arrive in Orlando on 2nd April so just after the period you've mentioned. Just wondering what's happening on April 9 for it to stand out?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MC,

In this case, there is no event causing the higher crowd level, but we are basing it off of historic data, seasonality, park hours and other factors.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 7:02 p.m. George Somerville Says...

T thought from the way it was presented on T V in the u k we would be able to actually

book a holiday on this site.

My wife and I have been 5 times before, and always stayed in Kissimmee,

looking to try I drive next time( LOVE ORLANDO)

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Jan 20, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We offer discount tickets and car rental for Orlando and Southern California attractions, and you may have seen that we just launched discounts for Disney World hotel bookings! What show did you see us on TV?

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Jan 12, 2016 at 8:27 p.m. Becky Says...

Gonna have to say the "least crowded after Disney World Marathon" suggestion is little off this year. At least for Magic Kingdom today! We've been in the parks since Jan 3rd and Magic Kingdom was about the busiest we've ever seen people wise. Any idea why the crowds are still so high?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jenn Says...

The February dates for the Best times in 2017 overlap with the Worst times in February 2017. Can you specify?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

Thanks for the catch! I've corrected!

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Jan 8, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. Sabrina G. Says...

Ok, so I finally have the opportunity to take my kids to Disney this year but I am torn between dates. Both dates show high crowds. I need some recommendations as to which would be a better time. Spring Break: March 19-25 or Summer: June 6-30th. Has anyone been there during these dates?

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Jan 18, 2016 at 4:55 a.m. Tina Says...

Do not go in the summer. I live in Florida and the humidity alone will make your trip not so magical.

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Jan 16, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Maya m Says...

i have been in the end of June it is an okay time with the crowds,but it is very hot and my 6 year old daughter got heatstroke so it might not be the best time for little children.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 10:35 p.m. Angie Says...

That's tough, I'd probably take the spring break trip because I've been there in June and it was oppressively hot and humid. The kids don't want to walk around or wait in lines, everyone was cranky

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Jan 13, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. Emma Says...

The Florida heat in the summer is crazy! Unless you are used to it;-) we went 3 years in a row for spring break and I didn't find it too terrible to be honest! It was still hot and yes it's crowded but if you plan accordingly and use fastpass+ you can have enjoyable days. Pool time, touring the resorts and downtown Disney are also great activities for days that the parks might be super crowded...

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Jan 10, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. Charles Moore Says...

I would take the earlier date because of the heat in June.

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Jan 8, 2016 at 3:31 a.m. Christina Says...

Thinking of planning a trip to WDW and have three possible times to choose from. The dates are 3/27 thru 4/1, 6/12 thru 6/17, and 12/18 thru 12/23. Out of these dates which one would be the best choice for crowds and weather? Thank you.

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Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Kristy Says...

I would personally choose December. You will love the weather and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the castle lit up in lights.

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Jan 19, 2016 at 4:25 a.m. Jody A Says...

I would also say December because of the decorations. The crowds were unbelievable when we went Dec 20-Jan 1. Most rides had over an hour wait with some up to three hours! We planned, planned, and planned months ahead of time and it paid off. Read the blogs and take their advice! Our family had a fantastic time and did everything we wanted. Truly magical!

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Jan 6, 2016 at 1:08 a.m. Jodi Says...

Hi. We are planning to visit WDW the first week of February. Last year it seems we went the same week. We followed the calendar and thought that we were going on a green day (2/10). When we got there it was the WDW ESPN HS Cheerleading competition. Magic Kingdom was slammed with very long wait times. They even kept the park open an extra hour because it was so crowded. It appears that the same competition is going on the first weekend in February. There also appears to be a big dance competition the last weekend in January. Would it be best to go early in the week when the dance competition is over and before the cheerleading competition or the middle of the week in between competitions? The value hotels still have availability so I am guessing the middle of the week is best, but would LOVE some advice on this issue. Our daughter is 7 years old. Thank you.

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Jan 4, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Robb Says...

Taking my family to Disney for the first time. Thanks for the calendar link. We have very open and flexible dates. Looking at either May or September. My kids are 2 and 4 (5 if we go in September). How much time do you think we should dedicate to visiting the park? We want to visit some of the other places Orlando has to offer as well, like SeaWorld. Would one day be good for kids that young, or should we plan on 2-3 days? We probably won't be doing too many rides, because of the kids ages, but want to make sure we see and do lots of other things there and make the trip memorable.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 12:01 p.m. Erin Says...

There will be LOTS for a 2 and 4 year old to do at Disney, especially the Magic Kingdom. They will be able to go on most of the rides there and you could easily spend 2 days between the rides, shows, and parades. The other parks also have quite a bit for young kids so I would plan at least 2 days at MK and then 2 more days between the other 3 parks (you could probably combine AK and HS into one day if you're trying to save on days). Sea World is also a lot of fun for young kids. Good luck with your trip!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. Alexandria Says...

My family and I went for the July 4th holiday in 2010 and it was crowded. But still enjoyed our trip.

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:15 a.m. Jessica Says...

My family and I went during Labor Day weekend of 2015 and I found it to be the perfect time to go because it was less crowded. However, out of the 5 days we stayed there, it rained twice. It didn't last long though. Enjoy your trip. We're looking to go during the summer time. Let's see what happens! :-)

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robb,

You will be surprised at how much you can experience with a 2 and 4 year old at Disney. You really need one day for each park, and preferably two at Magic Kingdom. That would be five days for Disney and one for SeaWorld. If you do less than that, you will need to pick your must-see parks. In addition to Magic Kingdom, I would consider Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

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Jan 22, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. Brian Says...

Hey Leap,

Thinking of planning a trip during sept 3-10, Labor Day Week. Going to take my 6 and 7 yo out of school and hopefully miss only 4 days. Only going at this time for low crowds. Do you think this is a good time to visit crowd wise or would i being myself a disservice by not waiting til later in September or another time to go, thanks so much!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

This is a good time to visit. Enjoy!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Kristin Says...

Hello,

On the Crowd Calendar, are we supposed to go by the color that the date is highlighted in or the little color strip next to the park name?

Thanks!

Kristin

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

The color at the top with the date (the daily crowd level) is the most important factor in helping you determine when to visit. Once you have your exact dates, you can use the individual park recommendations (color) to pick where you go each day.

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Dec 11, 2015 at 2:17 a.m. Jess Says...

Hi, how does the week from 18 May 2016 to 26 May 2016 look? Will we miss out anything if we choose to just go during the weekdays and not the weekends?

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

Check out our crowd calendar for May. You won't miss out on anything if you skip the weekends.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 9, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. Kathryn Says...

Hi, some great info here but you don't really mention mid to late April. What's that like for crowds and weather?

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

Mid to late April should see mostly neutral crowds.

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Dec 9, 2015 at 2:53 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi there! Flying over from Melbourne Australia for a trip in the first week of May next year; is this an okay time to come? We wanted to be there for Mat 4 so I understand that day is likely to be pretty busy, but will the rest of the time be okay you think? Thank you! Steph :)

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

You can see the whole month at a glance on our Crowd Calendar.

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Dec 8, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Hello! I am trying to take my family of 5 to WDW and Universal. The optimal dates for traveling would be April 5-12....Is that a busy time?

My next available time would be Feb 23-March 1. I am afraid this will be cold. Also, it is last minute by Disney standards. Which dates would you recommend? I am working around high school and college schedules, as well as graduations, so dates are limited. Thanks!

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

February is a little bit better time from the crowds perspective, but April is still good and would be warmer weather!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 8, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. Blanche Says...

Good Day I was thinking of taking my daughter for a holiday next year round about June July is it when it is hot out there? it will be her first rime as she is very exited about it, we as from SA so just want to know what dates will be nice to go in 2016 June, July...Thanks

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Dec 8, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanche,

Early June is your best bet. It will still be hot, but not quite as humid.

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. Malcolm Says...

You didn't mention the week of the Marathon in early January where a ton of people come to run. Or does if have the opposite effect and scare away visitors, making it a good time to visit?

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Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Malcolm,

The weekend of the marathon is very busy, but once the marathon is over the crowds are very low, probably the very lowest of the year.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. Judith Says...

So pleased I've found this - and especially the dates - we arrive in Orlando on 22nd Feb 2016 in the evening and fly out on 4th March - looks like we've picked the perfect dates... Now we just have to plan what we are doing for each of those 11 days.

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Nov 22, 2015 at 6:06 a.m. Nicole Says...

Hi!! Planning a surprise 21st bday gift for my best friend. Was going to do a one day hopper pass (all we can do cause of time off from work) on Jan 14, 2016. She has never been so this is why its such a big deal!! Advice please?! Is this a good or bad idea. Want it to be magical for her and is it worth waiting for?

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Nov 15, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. Shelly Says...

Hiya I've booked to go on the 29th October 2016 for two weeks will the Xmas decorations be up in Disney

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Jan 6, 2016 at 7:14 a.m. Michele Says...

We visited in 2011 for 2 weeks and left on 9 November, and by then there were Christmas decorations in the parks, and the characters were wearing their festive sweaters! Of course that was a while ago and things could have changed by now!

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. Marissa Says...

What does April 20-24, 2015 look like for crowds? Trying to plan a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there..

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:03 a.m. Marissa Says...

How does April 20-24 of 2016 look? Planning a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there.. Not sure where to stay either or what parks?

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

Unfortunately, no. But you will see Halloween decorations, maybe that is a little bit of consolation.

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Nov 13, 2015 at 3:06 p.m. Shanna Says...

I am trying to plan a trip for either the week before thanksgiving or the week before Christmas 2016. Which of these weeks would be better? We would be checking out the Monday before both holidays.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

Both of these should be OK. You would be returning on Dec. 18? Or Nov. 21? If this is the case, December would likely be slightly better as far as crowds go.

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Dec 6, 2015 at 2:57 a.m. Shanna Says...

Yes leaving the Sunday or Monday before the holidays. I have also looked into the week after thanksgiving. Which would be better?

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

The week before Christmas would likely be better if you would be returning home by the 18th or 19th.

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Nov 8, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. DIANA Says...

I wonder if the tickets expire parks . I travel to Orlando from 13 to 23 , 2016 , which I consider to choose which park to visit every day

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Nov 17, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. tan Says...

I would like to come the start of January i am abit confused It says Best days to visit Jan 3 to 8 then it tellls you worst time to visit first week of jan . Jan 3 to 8 is the first week of jan.

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for any confusion. Jan. 1 and 2 are not recommended and will be very crowded. The 3rd through the 8th will be a good time to go.

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

Disney and Universal tickets do not expire. Any ticket terms or expiration information is listed on the details pages for each of the tickets. Here are all of our ticket options:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

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Nov 7, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. Ronni Says...

I noticed that both 2015 and 2016 each had a 'worst time' in February. What makes these weeks so busy? I thought it might be Marti Gras but in 2016 the busy week is the week after Marti Gras. Love your site!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronni,

It's the weekend and week of President's Day.

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Nov 3, 2015 at 2:10 p.m. Jason Says...

Hi Leap! Love your blog. We are planning a trip to WDW sometime in November or December 2016. Is either month significantly better, crowd wise? Are there suggested dates or avenues to get tickets that will save us money? (ie, how far in advance should we buy? Is it like airfare where the price is best at just the right time?)

Thanks!

jason.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 6:01 a.m. Rich Says...

Hey Jason

My family and I went the week of Nov 9th this year and it was great. Not to crowded a bit hot for that time of year. All parks (except Epcot ) decorated for xmas and we went to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party (Parade ) at MK. If you have little kids and love Christmas time this would be a great time to go. It will really get you in the xmas mood!!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

There are good and bad dates in both months, so it really depends on your specific dates. You can look at our current Crowd Calendar to see best dates for those months. As far as tickets go, the sooner you buy, the better. Prices rise annually. Disney tickets do not expire. You can see all of our discount options here. As an authorized Disney ticket seller, we can bring you great rates with free shipping and no worries!

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. Laura Says...

when in November 2016 will they switch from Halloween to Christmas. I've heard that the over night switch is amazing and was thinking about going then. Recommendations?

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Nov 10, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, the switch begins after the last Halloween party at Magic Kingdom, but it takes time to get them all in place. The other parks won't be decorated for a couple of weeks.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 2, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. Vanessa Says...

We're planning on taking our 3 year old daughter from Nov.13th-20th & plan on taking her to Disney on one of these days.Crowds shouldn't be bad around this time right? I downloaded the app for Orlando,I hope it works!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

This is a good time. Check out the Crowd Calendar. Thanks for downloading the app! Let us know how the trip goes.

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Oct 29, 2015 at 2:06 p.m. Mitch Says...

Hi, we are looking at visiting Disney World for two weeks in 2017. The potential dates we are looking at are:

27th March - 10th April

22nd May - 5th June

What would be the better option in terms of crowds, weather, etc?

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Nov 2, 2015 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mitch,

Both of these times are fairly busy. You can see daily crowd levels and historic weather for them on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Amy Says...

We just got back from WDW. We were there from 10/19/15 to 10/24/15. I was really surprised at how crowded the parks were. We went 10 years ago for our honeymoon at the same time and were able to get on and off rides with little to no wait. This year, ride wait times were 45 minutes or more...Soarin had 150 minute wait when we went for our fast pass. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train never had less than a 60 minute wait. I expected the same crowd level as when we went for our honeymoon, but was really disappointed. It seemed to be just as busy as the week between Xmas and New Year's when we went in 2007. Is that what we can expect even during the "low crowds" time of the year? If so, I may not be visiting again any time soon. It's not much fun to spend half the day wading through crowds and waiting in long-lines.

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Nov 1, 2015 at 10:31 p.m. Jenny Says...

We were there from the 25th thru yesterday the 31st. Way busier than I expected. I'm not sure if we just weren't doing the right parks on the right days but fast passes did help. We went during Spring Break 2014 and were able to figure it out better than this visit. I wonder how much the free dining plan promotion affects busyness and the reduced hours the parks are open? Oh well, there is always next time!

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

We predicted medium crowds during this time visit, so not low, low crowds. In general, the parks are busier than they were in years past, and this fall has been even busier than expected. Did you use FastPass+?

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Oct 24, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. ara Says...

I am planning to take my 2 year old son to disneyworld nov 8-15 2015 is this a good time? Whats the weather and crowds like?

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Oct 22, 2015 at 11:47 a.m. Matt Says...

We're headed next week and are so excited. Should we expect heavy crowds?

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

Medium crowds are expected this week.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 2:24 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hello! Planning a stay during the weekend of the marathon into Martin Luther King weekend. Originally booked that week because I read it was low crowds (in between the two holiday weekends). But now I am wondering - is it better to go late January for lower crowds? Basing trip around the crowds entirely. Only doing magic kingdom for a day and staying at port Orleans. Thank you!

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

The week after the marathon before MLK weekend offers very low crowds, but both weekends of the marathon and holiday will be very crowded. Late January is also good.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 2:20 a.m. Kim Says...

We are thinking about going to Disney the first week of December 2015. Is this generally a light time to visit. Also do you think it will be pool weather? Thank you!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 12:50 a.m. Renae Says...

We went last year December 6-13. The weather was much colder than anyone expected. It was cold and overcast or cold and rainy almost every day. We had a few nights that were in the 40's and one really cold night that got down to 39. My advice is pack a few coats, some sweaters, and warm clothes just in case.

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Oct 20, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It is a fairly good time to visit, although it's not quite a good a time as it used to be. As far as the pool goes, you should have some pool days. The pools are heated, so even though it is cooler, it should be OK.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 19, 2015 at 7:12 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi Laura - this will be our first trip to Disney and were planning on going to MK on Veterans Day (Nov. 11th). Do you think this will be a good day to visit the park as far as crowds? Also, because we are not staying on-site, we weren't able to get the fastpasses for the times we wanted. I know my girls want to see Cinderella and Ariel but we don't have a clue about anything else. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any and all advise!!

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Oct 17, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. Erin Says...

I hear the best time to go to Disney world is when the super bowl is on as it's not as crowed is this true ?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Yes, this is a pretty good time.

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Oct 17, 2015 at 7:04 p.m. Pamela Says...

Is it easy to find an accommodation near Disney or do i need to make prior arrangements for that first ??

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

I would definitely book your hotel in advance. You can read more about it here.

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Oct 15, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Laura Says...

Have you seen any discussion publicly or among Q&A with Disney Parks about what their long term plans are for reducing park congestion? Our generation (I'm mid-30s) remembers Disney as someplace more attainable and not so wildly overcrowded, without so much need to strategize, and you could just go and enjoy the rides, and get to ride whatever you wanted! Do you know if there are plans to either expand Magic Kingdom, open another "Disney" in middle america (maybe on some wide open land in the middle of Texas?!) or otherwise manage the congestion, because at this pace, I feel like it won't be long until it will be sold out entirely during school breaks?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Disney is planning on expansion, although the details of how and when have not been revealed. Just last week, it was reported last week that Disney would be expanding on wetlands around Lake Buena Vista. It's not clear yet where Star Wars Land will be at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but there is space to expand the park.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. cici Says...

My three friends and I willl be going on the 29th April 2016 till the 13th of May . I thought these would be ok ?

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Oct 13, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. Amy Says...

I was wanting to plan a trip to WDW the week of my son's birthday BUT its during one of the worst times of year the week of June 23 next year (2016). Do they offer any type of special pricing for birthdays? Is there any other suggestions that you may have when planning? I wanted to go during the off season BUT with school and all its not going to happen that way. Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

There is no special pricing for birthdays, but you can check out some more tips and ideas for celebrating here. Make sure to arrive ahead of park opening, use FastPass+ and our touring plans to make the most of your time.

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Oct 10, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. josie Says...

Hi

Is it too early to have an idea about crowds on March/April 2017? I don't want to take my kids out of school in the UK but the vacation times for Easter are different in different parts of the country. I'm thinking of going for two weeks from around 30th March which means returning the day before Good Friday. Is it pretty hectic for the whole of March until Easter is over every year?

Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josie,

When Easter is later, as it is in 2017, it means that the spring break season is longer and not quite as intense as when Easter is earlier in the season. You will still find elevated crowds during the time you are expecting to visit, but not quite as bad as they could be.

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Oct 7, 2015 at 1:52 a.m. Wendy Says...

We visited magic kingdom on Monday 4th October. We picked this month as it was supposed to be quieter. However, the lines were horrendous all day. Everything had a long line.80 mins jungle cruise, 90 for pooh ride and 30 using our fast pass for thunder mountain railroad. Is this the new 'norm' for October. All in all, it was not pleasant day - even the kids didn't really enjoy it much.

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Oct 22, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. Katie Says...

We picked oct. 17-22 to visit based mostly on expected low crowds. I was mostly disappointed in the crowd levels especially at magic Kingdom with average 30 min waits. And a lot of 60 min + waits. It made it hard to have fun with my small children. Is this the new norm or were there done factors we didn't know about?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. Debbie N U.K. Says...

Totally agree.We visted from Sept 27 until 11 Oct,after the first 5 days the crowds were horrendous everywhere with Magic Kingdom being the worst! This is our usual time to visit have never seen it so busy. However someone mentioned it was holiday time in South America, not sure how true but made sense with what we saw. Still fab though :)

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. Paolo Sinats Says...

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

•Jan. 3-8

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

•The first week in January

So which is it?!?

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Nov 2, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. One L Michele Says...

Hi,

Single Mom, here. Taking 12yo Honors student out of school either first week of Jan. or 2nd week. Saw Paolo's comment re: best week/ worst week. Still unclear? Checked your crowd calendar as well; question: is fast pass necessary on recommended (green) days? (awfully expensive) Thank you Grand Leaper!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

FastPass+ is free, and yes, you should use it, even on green days. The week of the 10th after the marathon will have lower crowds than the first of January.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paolo,

I'm not seeing the reference of Jan. 3-8, but the holiday crowds start dying down after Jan. 4.

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Oct 2, 2015 at 7:13 p.m. Godzilla Says...

Hello,

Thank you for the blog and the information. I will be visiting US for the first time in 2016 through London. Which Disney is nearest to London by plane and what are the hotels that you recommend to stay in.

Thanks

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Disney World is your closes choice. We recommend staying on-site. Here are some more resources to help you decide:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/orlando-where-to-stay/

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Sep 21, 2015 at 1:09 a.m. Christian Says...

Hello. I am a fellow disney fan, and I I'm planning a trip to disney world during april 2016. It would be the 24th to the 29th. Or it would be from the 21st to the 29th. Are those dates good to go to Disney world? If anyone could reply, that would be great. Thank you!!

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Sep 25, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian,

Both of these dates look pretty good as far as crowds go. The 24th to 29th looks slightly better.

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. Maria Says...

Does anyone know how it will be during the week of either Feb 15-19 or April 18-22, 2016???

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Sep 16, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. Ana-Lou Says...

We're going through make a wish thanksgiving week. My 8yo daughter is on a wheelchair. Hiw are the lines for the disabled?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. Tese Says...

You can get a Guest Access Card from the first park you visit, at guest services. You will use this at all parks during your trip. They will take a picture of the child. This will act as a "fast pass-ish thing" for attractions that allow this card. But it is on a time scale. For example, if you have a ride with wait times of 45 minutes, they will give you a return time, usually 10 minutes less than the wait time. So, for 45 minute wait, you come back 35 minutes later. This will be good for all in her party. If the wait is short, you will be allowed in the fast pass line.

Shows are great with wheelchair access, and her view won't be obstructed.

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Oct 3, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. Tasha Says...

We just left Disney and we're very disappointed in their treatment of my disabled father, who is also wheelchair dependent. Be prepared to wait in line behind those who simply rented a scooter for the day and are given preference over those who are unable to transfer. This happened at every park, regardless of show we were attending. I wish someone would school the powers that be at Disney that scooter users are NOT the same degree of disability as those who truly are not able to enjoy the entertainment without accomodations. And don't get me started on the rudeness of people while trying to navigate crowds in an electric wheelchair (again, not a rented scooter). If your daughter can transfer, you'll be okay. If she can't, God help you.

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana-Lou,

Most attractions have different entrances/queues for wheelchairs and ECVs. When you arrive at an attraction, simply ask a cast member and they should be able to direct you to the right place. Sometimes you’ll wait in a regular queue up until a certain point and then will be escorted to a special boarding area or entrance. However, since you’re going through Make a Wish, you’ll get to use the FastPass+ queue for every attraction, so a cast member will be able to direct you where you need to go! Plus, you shouldn’t have to ever really wait in much of a line since you’re going through the foundation!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Tracey Says...

Hi, We are looking at Orlando for Dec 19th to 26th and were planning on doing Universal but my girls 5 & 7 want to do Disney to. How many days will Universal parks take? Would you recommend the extra for Universal Express pass? What days would you recommend for what parks (Universal/Disney ) We currently plan to stay at Drury hotel.

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Sep 22, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

With Express Passes, I think you could spend two days at Universal and the rest of your time at Disney. You can check out the Crowd Calendar for park recommendations.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Sarah Says...

Help! My dream is to spend Christmas far, far away from home in Toronto. I was hoping to plan a trip to WDW in 2016, Dec 16-27. Am I being silly? I was hoping to alternate park days with off days to visit other resorts etc. What should I do?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. Jill Says...

We were there on Monday too. The crowds were big because it was the only day this week that was forecasted to have 0% chance of rain. Even with the crowds we were still able to ride every ride we wanted and meet all the characters and princesses. (With the exception of Ana and Elsa) During busy times we wouldn't even get to do half that. Wednesday was perfect! Even lower wait times. Saw Ana and Elsa and even walked right up and got to go straight into Be Our Guest restaurant! Can't wait to go again.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Gui Says...

Hi Sarah

Not silly at all. I've spend Xmas and NYE several times there. Is crowded, yes, but the spirit is there, the parks looks amazing (mostly Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, where great parties are). The only drawbacks are the long lines for popular attractions, just be sure to pick the right one with your fastpass and enjoy it! Weather is great (compared with winter in the North), with almost no rain. Enjoy this prep time, is by far as exciting as the time you'll spend there.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

What's silly? Sounds like a great idea to me. Just bear in mind that the closer you get to Christmas, the crowds will increase. Here are tips from our Holiday Survival Guide:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disney-world-tips-holiday-crowds/

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Sep 14, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. English Family Says...

Hi, every website has said the same, september september september if you dont mind the weather, and yet i have never seen so many people in my life not to mention kids! The schools must be empty? Does anyone have an answer for this? We wasnt expecting empty parks but this feels like school holidays!

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:49 a.m. Michael Says...

Hi we where there for September taking in labour weekend very busy for us as our daughter is in a wheelchair, we found majority of people where Brazilians perhaps it's there annual holiday, fast pass works well, if tickets assistances all know what to do as we had to explain to some of them what to do, can't wait to return next year

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Even at its lowest crowd time, Disney World is never empty. Keep in mind that during less busy times too that waits on the rides are lower, so you see an increase of people on the streets, in the shops etc.

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. Kristy Says...

We, too, are hear this week of september and it is so crowded. Definitely not below crowd level at any of the parks. The waits are long. We thought it would be a good time too since school was in session. I'm starting to think everyone had the same idea.

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Sep 27, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. Kim Says...

We just spent the week 20th-26th there and I have never seen such big crowds. We heard that the resorts were at full capacity. Last year at this time the crowds were much smaller and previous visits during this time were also much smaller crowds. This crowd rivaled that to which I've seen in prime summer months. If this is the way it is on "off season" now then I doubt we will ever return. The large crowds took all the fun away.

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Sep 19, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. Deb Finney Says...

I totally agree it was crowded on the 17th ( not by any means a ghost town) and 18th! I've been here on Black Friday a July 5 th and the crowds were about the same!!!!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:02 a.m. MegJ. Says...

We went middle two weeks of September, have done for the last five years. 2015 was very crowded compared to previous years. Noticeably so. There has to be a reason. Cannot be schools as they have all gone back. I am wanting to plan for 2017 butr seriously considering Jan or Feb now. Certainly drawbacks to those months. But from the UK it is expensive holiday and don't want to be plunged into crowds reminiscent of busy times.

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Sep 12, 2015 at 11:03 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Hi!!!

I am starting to plan our trip over to WDW. I live in Australia so I have really no idea when the best time is to go etc. we are a family of 5 (2a + 3c) could you recommend somewhere to stay at WDW. it is very overwhelming when you have no clue where to start. This will be our 2nd trip to the USA we went to Disneyland CA last year and I just found planning that trip so much easier.

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Sep 16, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. Shelly Says...

Your budget will most likely be the deciding factor in where to stay. If your budget allows, I would recommend staying at one of the moderate or deluxe resorts on-site at Disney World. ... From a convenience factor, the Magic Kingdom and Epcot resorts are the best. You will most likely spend less time waiting for busses to the parks if you are at one of these resorts.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 7:58 p.m. Charles Hudson Says...

You may want to consider a nearby resort as Windsor Hills which is only 2 miles from Disney. There you can get a 2 or 3 bedroom condo with 2 baths for great prices during off season. Stayed there many times and it is super close.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Kevin Says...

We, too, are a family of 5. We have gone Labor Day week for the past 3 years. (Free dining plan, or major discounts, very light crowds, little wait times). My 3 favorites are Beach Club, Polynesian, Port Orleans Riverside. POR is inexpensive but beautiful. POLY is gorgeous, on the monorail loop, but expensive. BC was perfect for us. The absolute BEST pool, walk to Epcot, boat ride to HS, Boardwalk right there. Also, Pirate Advenature right there, Beaches not Cream, and on site character breakfast.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

I am guessing you will be staying for at least a week? Some of the hotels have standard rooms that accommodate five people. We like Disney's Caribbean Beach and Disney's Port Orleans Riverside in the moderate category. Most of the deluxes also sleep five, and it really depends on what is important to you and your family and how much time you plan to spend at the hotel. Disney's Art of Animation have terrific suites that would offer more space too. If you provide more details, I can make further recommendations.

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Sep 12, 2015 at 7:53 a.m. Siva Says...

Hi,

We're planning to visit all 4 WDW parks - MagicKingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios using a 3-day Park Hopper. (our plans include Universal resort too in this trip).

After reading all these, I'm wondering if this would be do-able.

What would be your suggestion to cover all 4 Disney parks in 3 days (using Hopper)?

I've come up with this plan considering the crowd + park open hours (avoiding Halloween party days which we don't plan to attend)

3 Oct - Sat: Disney EPCOT (9am-9pm)

4 Oct - Sun: Universal Studios (8am-5pm) + Islands of Adventure (9am-7pm)

5 Oct - Mon: Animal Kingdom (9am-6pm) + Disney Hollywood Studios (9am-7.30pm)

6 Oct - Tue: Universal Islands of Adventure (9am-8pm) + Universal Studios (8am-7pm)

7 Oct - Wed: Disney Magic Kingdom (9am-10pm)

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Siva,

This plan works, although you only end up using the hopper for one day at Disney World, which isn't the most economical. You could split your time at Magic Kingdom to take advantage of less-crowded days (see below). I am assuming you are staying off-site? If not, that changes the recommendations.

Oct. 3 - Epcot day + Magic Kingdom night (use monorail for transport between parks)

Oct. 4 - Disney's Animal Kingdom night + Epcot night

Oct. 5 - Universal's Islands of Adventure + Universal Studios

Oct. 6 - Magic Kingdom day + Disney's Hollywood Studios night

Oct. 7 - Universal Studios day + Universal's Islands of Adventure night

This would be a little more optimized by park recommendation, but does entail more hopping. Another option would be to modify your plan slightly, only get Magic Your Way (not hoppers at WDW). Do one full day at Disney's Hollywood Studios and then split one of your Universal days at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This scenario would probably work best Tuesday through Wednesday when crowds are lower.

Let us know what you decide!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 5:49 a.m. Sarah Says...

I'm planning a trip October 2- October 9 2016 and I'm planning on doing Mickey's not so scary Halloween would this be a good time to go

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Sep 4, 2015 at 8:05 a.m. Eelco Says...

You say here that the worst time will be till 11-04 buth the crowd calender says from 4 april 2016 will be a good time. ? I was planning to go on 4 April, (hole week) good idea or not?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eelco,

Good eye! As you see on the calendar, that week is mostly medium crowds, but the weekends still see elevated days, which is why I included it originally. But I think a little tweaking is in order ;)

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Bizzie Bee,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 15, 2015 at 9:53 p.m. Disneyrving Says...

We did Discovery Cove last year the week of Thanksgiving and it was perfect. You have wetsuits available if it is too cold. the weather was perfect! Discovery Cove is Awesome!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:43 p.m. CinColo Says...

Hi Emily, that's almost the exact time when I took my girls in Oct. The weather was awesome! It was not too hot but it was warm enough to swim. My recommendation for the schedule would be to do Hollywood Studios and Epcot in one day. If you're staying at a Disney hotel, schedule it when there are extra magic late hours at Epcot or H.S. Epcot is usually open later anyway. In our case, we had a select 4 or 5 rides only we wanted to do at H.S., so it didn't take us all day. Definitely leave yourself a full day for Magic Kingdom. That would leave you 1 day at SeaWorld an 1 day for Discovery Cove.

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

Hi Emily,

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

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

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

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

Hi JC,

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

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Aug 24, 2015 at 2:46 a.m. kelley Says...

Hi there we are going April 9-16. I was wondering why you are predicting busier crowds through April 11? With Easter being earlier I would think it would be quieter. I am hoping for a good week. The last time we were there was during xmas week 2 years ago and it was crazy!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley,

I originally included it because the weekends are set to see elevated crowds, although the weekdays are medium, but I've since revised the post to reflect that!

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

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

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

Hi Shaun,

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

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

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

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

Hi Shar,

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

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

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

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

Hi Angela,

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

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Feb 16, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. Kerri Says...

We are planning a trip to disney fall 2016. We want low crowds and weather warm enough to enjoy the pools. Looking at Nov 12-18, Nov 28- Dec 5? Would consider late October as well. Would love your help! Thx!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

We list the historical weather info on our Crowd Calendar, so you can see temps! That said, the pools are heated year-round.

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

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

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

Woohoo, Peter!!

We're excited for you!

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Ang,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Lena,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sherri,

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

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

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

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

Hi Trish,

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Rachael,

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

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

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

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

Hi KK,

This is a great time to go! Enjoy!

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

Hi,

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

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

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

Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

Hi Christina,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Samantha,

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

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Jul 30, 2015 at 3 p.m. Adam Says...

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

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

Hi Adam,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sylvia,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mags,

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicole,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

Hi Jo,

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

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

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

3. SeaWorld is a solid weekend choice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michel

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Mia,

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

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

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

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

Hi Katherine,

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

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

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

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

Richard,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kerri,

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

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

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

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

Hi Violet,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jen,

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Anita,

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

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

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

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

Hi Lee-Anne,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kristy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenny,

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

About when are you thinking of going?

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

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

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

Hi Bekah,

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

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

Thanks So Much

Crystal

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

Hi Crystal,

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

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

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

1. are there better days to see which park?

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

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

which way will they be able to see the most?

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

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

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

Hi Renee,

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

Let us know what you decide to do!

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

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

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

Hi Angie,

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

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

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

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

Hello!

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

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

Hello!

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

thanks!!

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

Hi Natalie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mike,

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

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Jan 19, 2016 at 9:27 p.m. Marjan Says...

Hi we are traveling to orlando on 23 August do you think is it good time for kids is it bezeee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Dean,

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

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

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

Your page has been invaluable thank you.

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

Hi Chayna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Chayna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicola,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Shaifali,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Shawn,

It is the start of Spring Break.

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

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

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

Hi Anna,

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

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

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

Thanks. :)

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

Hi Nazaret,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sally,

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

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

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

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

Hi Joni,

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

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

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

Oh my.... how we were disappointed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Magic Kingdom just permanently busy?

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

Hi Darren,

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

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

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Albious,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiffany,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Adri,

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

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

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

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

Hi Glenda,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Milagros,

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

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

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

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

Hi Liz,

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

Best,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Joxty,

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

Best,

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

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

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

Hi Molly,

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

Best,

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

Hi Frogs!

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

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

Thanks and best regards

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

Hi Rodrigo,

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

Best,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Shenandoah,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Adam,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sara,

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

Best,

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

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

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

Hi Marianne,

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

Best,

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

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

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

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

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

Tammy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Gail,

Crowds should be veery good during your visit!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kathy,

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

Best,

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

Was wondering how the parks are after christmas

And before new year?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Carol,

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

Keep hopping!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 p.m. Tricia Says...

Hello there! I am planning our second trip to Disney. We went in late Sept last time and will be going to Magic Kingdom on 10/16, 17, and 18. Any suggestions?

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

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

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

Hi Josey,

Crowds should be easing back considerably.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jacqui,

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

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

Thinking of May 22-25

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Daryl,

So glad we could help!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 13, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. Peggy Says...

I'm planning on going December 20th this year. Hoping it's not too bad! Nervous though because I've heard the parks are to their max capacity by 10.00! Ant tips anyone?

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Dec 12, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Timmy Mims Says...

We were there in November thru 27th...and it was packed....9 was on app for Undercover Tourist and i will never return during this time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. Maria Says...

What break do you mean, April Vacation?

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

Mary was the crowds bad during spring break?

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

We had 2 to 3 hour waits !!

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

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

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

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

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Aug 17, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. Lois McGurk Says...

We go in September almost every year. We will be there the second week of September this year. It is very hot, but the crowd levels make it worth it for us. Many walk on attractions. Get there early, take a break after lunch, return when it's a bit cooler in the evening. Stay hydrated! Have fun!

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

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

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. CASEY ONEILL Says...

the princesses in wdw are all so unique and magical they are so nice the villains are nasty

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

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

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