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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on August 3, 2020 1566 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? That question has become even more complicated in the last few months as the parks shut down. They have now all reopened with limited capacity, mask requirements, additional health and safety measures, and fewer character and entertainment options. While the crowds are lower than they ever have been, many of you are now asking a different question: "When will Disney World be back to normal?" At this point, we don't have an answer to that, although we will explore it in more detail below. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

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

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. The good news is that as far as crowds go, the rest of this year — and probably most of 2021 — should be a great time to visit!

When Will Disney World Return to Normal? What Will Crowds Look Like for the Rest of This Year?

Oh how we wish we had an answer to this question. Unfortunately, we don't have a Magic 8 Ball. While we have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, we are in new territory. None of us could have predicted the impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact the rest of the year, 2021 and perhaps years more to come, including the virus, the development of a potential vaccine, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, worry.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

All of these factors combined will likely translate into the lowest crowds in history at Disney World. It is a different experience now, but not all of the changes are bad. If you are big on low ride wait times and OK with waving to characters rather than getting hugs or autographs from them, there has perhaps never been a better time to visit. Characters are, in many ways, more visible now than they have ever been. You can’t meet with them, but they’re out and about everywhere — even on Cinderella Castle! It’s an experience like no other right now, if you’re comfortable with it. More importantly, Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, reduced capacity and made other changes to insure the health of guests.

While some will say "not this year," that will also make for even lower crowds for those who do opt to visit Disney World. And, it also means, unlike many other years where you needed to plan months and months in advance, this year you can actually book a last-minute trip and still have a great experience. This is making visiting Disney World more like visiting Disneyland. And speaking of, with Disneyland still closed, some people who usually visit the West Coast parks may consider heading east (here is some key info you Disneyland fans need to know about visiting Disney World). Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for your family.

What we can tell you is we expect that low crowds will continue from now through mid-November. Disney World has limited attendance at its parks since reopening and is managing this by requiring guests to make park reservations. So far, park availability has been good for regular park-goers (though passholders have seen more limits). And while attendance will likely pick up in 2020, especially at the end of fall and winter, overall we expect crowds will be significantly lower than in years past. Most likely, most of 2021 will also see lower crowd levels. The week of Thanksgiving has always been one of the busiest weeks for Disney World, and we think it will still be busy, just not nearly as busy as usual. The same goes for the week of Christmas.

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

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

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. Now, this year with so many school districts moving to online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), all bets are off. Will the flexibility of online schooling result in an influx to the parks (school by day, parks by evening)? Or will parents opt to hang back this year? Again, the decision is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgement policy. We've got out eyes out and will continue to update as we know more. But we'd expect to see that 2021 will have more of a return to previous years.

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

Epcot Flowers

Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit Disney World, and they are also displayed on the Crowd Calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, such as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! (In fact, this year's modified A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is going on now through fall, the longest event yet!) Likewise, the cancellation of events, such as this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, is one reason we expect fall crowds to be even lower than normal. By the way, Disney has not made the call on whether it will have Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and we expect this decision will influence whether people visit Disney World this Christmas. We expect that seasonal decor, merchandise and food offerings will still be available to enjoy in both fall and winter.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer 2019, and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park had been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019, through its closure in the spring. Since the park's reopening, Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has continued to be a major draw, and we expect this to be the case for years to come. However, with lower crowds and two opportunities to snag a Boarding Group, Rise of the Resistance is more accessible now than ever.

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

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

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

*Not typical

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

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

Historically, September has been the very best month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit, but it has become a more popular month to visit, most likely because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly even more rain. With the cancellation of Mickey's Not-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, we expect a much lighter September and October for 2020, but we expect 2021 to be a little busier.

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Epcot

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-March 15
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 12, 2020 at 4:37 a.m. Tammi Ackerman Says...

The first couple of weeks in November is our favorite time to visit.

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Sep 11, 2020 at 4:01 p.m. Cindy Says...

Such a helpful article!

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Sep 11, 2020 at 3:35 p.m. DMac Says...

Hoping we'll get there soon!

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:36 p.m. Msumom Says...

Celebrated our 10 yr wedding there 10 years ago...looking forward to returning some day soon!

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:28 p.m. Valerie Says...

We'll be there in November 2020! So looking forward to this trip! Thank you for helping us get our ducks in a row! :)

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:08 p.m. Donnie hodges Says...

great place to be

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Sep 10, 2020 at 3:25 a.m. Kandess Garritson Says...

We love Disney World! We went there on a whim when our Buddy Passes to Hawaii didn't work out. We made the split decision inside the airport to change the destination to Orlando. We booked an Airbnb condo the same day and hit all the Disney parks and Universal in one week. Our boys had so much fun. We were there the last week of September, and crowds were minimal. It was perfect.

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Aug 28, 2020 at 1:52 p.m. Jacki Sabo Says...

Hi. We are planning a trip starting June 5, 2021, until around June 16, 2021. We are planning on going to both Disney and Universal in that timeframe. Do you think it will be incredibly crowded? We had a trip planned this past June/July and had to cancel.

Thank you

Jacki

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Aug 31, 2020 at 5:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacki!

Summers tend to be busy since kiddos are out of school. We'll continue to update our Crowd Calendar with our best predictions, so keep hopping back as your trip gets closer! We don't think it will be unmanageable this summer, as there may still be a reservation system in place to limit capacity.

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Aug 27, 2020 at 3:19 a.m. Brady Says...

Me and my family are going to visit Disney World this year in November from the 15th - 21st. Does this time see low crowds? If so, do you anticipate that this time will see even lower crowds due to the pandemic? Thank you!

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Aug 27, 2020 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brady!

Since that week is right between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, crowds tend to pick up on the weekends during that timeframe, with weekdays having lower crowds. Crowds overall are lower this year, so we expect that you'll see the same pattern - busier on weekends - but with much lower crowds than usual years. Enjoy!

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Aug 25, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. Carol Says...

We're planning a trip mid-May 2021, 10 days, is this a good time or is it starting to get crowded? Thank you!

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Aug 25, 2020 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol!

We think weekdays during that timeframe will still be a great time to visit! Because this year is a little different than most, we'll continue to keep this guide updated, so be sure to hop back closer to your visit date if you have any questions!

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Aug 24, 2020 at 5:38 p.m. Mark Herrera Says...

This site has helped me and my partner so much on our plans to disney I hope to propose to him some time if we are able to go.

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Aug 24, 2020 at 5:03 p.m. Ray Says...

I cannot wait to get back to the parks, thanks for the info!

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Aug 24, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. Holly Leaders Says...

Why is March-April horrible? Is spring break spread out that long???? (Going March 19-23 to both Disney and Universal and now dreading crowds!)

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Aug 24, 2020 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

Yes, it's generally a busy time because of spring break, which are staggered across that timeframe throughout the U.S. Hope this helps!

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Aug 18, 2020 at 3:27 p.m. John w Alford Says...

When will the park be open for mid-week pass holders?

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Aug 18, 2020 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Weekdays are open now for Weekday Select Pass Holders! You can view the full calendar, which includes blockout dates by pass, here.

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Aug 16, 2020 at 4:56 p.m. Luis Carreon Says...

How have ticket sales been for Labor Day weekend for Disney World? Are the ticket sales they higher than normal?

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Aug 19, 2020 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luis,

The parks are currently limiting capacity, so no, they will not be as crowded as normal this holiday weekend!

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Aug 11, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. Brandy Says...

Is the 50th anniversary celebration still planned for October 2021? If so, should we expect crowds to be much larger than usual?

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Aug 11, 2020 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy!

Yes, a 50th anniversary celebration is still planned - we can hardly wait! Crowds are still a little unpredictable at this point, but we've got our eyes on it! As it gets closer, we should have a more accurate guess for you, but generally speaking, we think it'll bring in some party guests. We'll continue to keep you posted as we hear more!

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Aug 10, 2020 at 5:27 p.m. RG Says...

Any idea on whether Disney is going to increase capacity in the coming weeks? We are trying to decide whether to come at end of August or first week of October, only during weekdays. Trying to avoid crowds but make it more bearable for my little kids to wear their masks!

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Aug 11, 2020 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RG!

We haven't heard any news about increased capacity at this time - we'll be sure to update if we hear anything!

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Aug 9, 2020 at 8:19 p.m. Rachel Edmunson Says...

I can't wait to visit again! Travel needs to open up soon...I just want everyone to be safe!

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Jul 4, 2020 at 11:48 p.m. Kris Says...

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

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

Hi Kris!

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

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

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

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

Hi Sarah!

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

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

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

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

Hi Sally!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jay!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jayden!

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

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

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

December 16th Hollywood Studios (4-close)

December 17th EPCOT

December 18th Animal Kingdom

December 19th Magic Kingdom

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

December 21st Universal Studios (Mainly - park hopper)

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

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

Hi Kaylee!

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

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenny!

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

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

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

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

Hi Oliver!

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

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

Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

So we arrive in Orlando Saturday 17th April 2021.

Sunday 18th - Volcano Bay

Monday 19th - islands of adventure

Tuesday 20th - Seaworld

Wednesday 21st - Busch gardens

Thursday 22nd - studios/islands of adventure again

Friday 23rd - SeaWorld aquatica

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

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

Hi Oliver!

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

Hi Ashley!

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

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

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

Thank you

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

Hi Sarah!

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

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

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

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

Hi Debbie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicole,

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

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

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

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

Hi Tom!

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

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

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

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

Hi Gary!

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

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

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

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

Hi Sandra!

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

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

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

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Aug 10, 2020 at 1:08 a.m. PegP Says...

The Halloween Party starts in August, so it's not a one-month event. We've visited WDW for Halloween & didn't find it as bad as when we visited in March during Spring Break or when we went the first week of December during Pop Warner week (that's a NEVER AGAIN!)

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

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

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

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

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

Hi John,

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

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

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

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

Hi Monica,

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

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

Hey,

Firstly great website.

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

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

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

Hi David!

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

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

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

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

Hi Brittany!

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

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

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

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

Hi Liane!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jeff!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello!

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

Any advice would be appreciated.

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

Hi Brittany!

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

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

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

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

Hi Angela!

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicole!

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

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

Hello there.

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

Kindest regards

Vicki

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

Hi Vicki!

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

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

What is the Average temperature in May?

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

Hi Patrick!

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

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

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

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Feb 18, 2020 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick!

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

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

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

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

Hi Patrick!

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

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

Why is Jan. 18-20 2021 so bad?

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

Hi Jessica!

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

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