Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1245 Orlando

Crowd Calendar Orlando - Best Time to Visit Disney World 2019 & 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms and future worlds. You can stay inside of a rustic wilderness lodge or right in the heart of Disney animation. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? While you can have a magical visit no matter the crowd level, visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is the easiest way to ensure a great trip. This post will guide you through the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, including the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Aug. 29. 2019!

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. This will be especially true after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens.

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest waits, you will likely need to take your kids out of school. Now, we personally have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation, but here are some things to consider.

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - September and October - Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The opening of this land — and two new rides (set to open in phases) — inside Disney's Hollywood Studios will bring in a lot of people. You can bet the big fans are planning vacations during the Christmas holidays, so it could be the busiest holiday season Disney World has had in years! For this reason, we've gone ahead and adjusted our crowd levels from Aug. 29 through the remainder of the year.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Magic Kingdom

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

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25-March 8
  • The second half of August until Aug. 29
  • Most days in September*
  • Most weekdays in October*
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Epcot

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

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

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-April 19
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The 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 2019, Easter is on April 21. In 2020, it falls on April 12. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - 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 - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 21, 2019 and April 12, 2020
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019 and Nov. 26, 2020
  • 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 2019 and 2020 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019 and Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 14, 2019* and Oct. 12, 2020
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2019* and Nov. 9, 2020 (observed)

*This year is likely to be be busier because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020. 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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May 16, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

We’ve booked for November 11th 2020 for ten any tips for how the crowds will and what to expect weather wise in November many thanks for any tips and help

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May 16, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale!

November 11, 2020 is Veterans Day, so we expect that crowds will be on the high side. Be sure to use your FastPass+ reservations and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you are eligible! As far as weather goes, it should be pretty temperate, with highs of 78 and lows of 59, and an average three days of rain. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 15, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. Michelle Madsen Says...

Hi

We are going to book vacation in March-April ( maybe even May) 2020, we will be Stauning in Orlando for 2 weeks, can you recommend 2 weeks that are better and not to crowded?

Preffered would be April 13th-24th, but is that to close to Easter?

We want to be sure the weather is warm ( since we are from Scandinavien :) ) so I am a bit nervous about March..

I hope you can help, thanks so much.

Best regards Michelle

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May 15, 2019 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

You will have no problem with the warm weather at that time of year :) You may need a light sweater in the evenings (but then again, maybe not since you're used to the cooler temps!), but for the most part, things will be beautiful at that time of year. According to our Crowd Calendar, the best two weeks in that timeframe is going to be April 26-May 10. The first week of March is also pretty mild in terms of crowds, and paired with the end of February, you'd be in even better shape if you can swing it. Have a wonderful trip!

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May 11, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Natty Says...

I was looking at Feb 17-21 but I see that’s in the worst times to visit. Why is that? I thought it would be a sort of off season week.

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May 14, 2019 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natty,

This is the week of President's Day.

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May 8, 2019 at 12:29 a.m. Shelley Says...

I am planning to take my daughter and my 4 year old granddaughter to disney world. Would Aug or Sept be better? What is the weather like then? what parks would you recommend for only 2-3 days we are going to st petersburg after that

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May 8, 2019 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley!

This answer is a little tricky and depends on whether you are planning to go in 2019 or 2020! Our short answer is to visit in early August of this year, or September of next.

August and September are comparable in terms of weather (hot with some rain in the afternoons), but September generally has our vote since tadpoles will largely be back in school and Halloween activities will be available. However, the new Star Wars Land, Galaxy's Edge, opens in late August 2019, which will result in some elevated crowds (as you can imagine).

We expect that your granddaughter will have a magical time in any of the four parks! However, you really can't beat Magic Kingdom for tadpoles. If she is an animal-lover, Animal Kingdom is also a fun one for littles. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 5, 2019 at 10:06 p.m. Peta Gaye Granston Says...

Well i booked my vacation from July 11th to 18th 2019 so how do i beat the crowd at magic kingdom without fastpass? this is my family first time and i would like to make the most of it.

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May 6, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peta!

FastPass reservations are included with your ticket (3 per day in advance), so we highly recommend taking advantage of them! Outside of FastPass, our best tips to maximize your time are to hit the parks early to get the most in-demand rides done and to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if they are available to you. I am sure others in the Frog Pond have suggestions, as well!

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May 7, 2019 at 9:36 p.m. Peta Gaye Granston Says...

I'm sorry I'm not staying at a Disney resort so i dont think I'm qualified to but i just want to make sure the kids get the most at magic kingdom

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May 8, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's no problem at all! We recommend rope dropping on a day that Magic Kingdom doesn't have Extra Magic Hours (there's a cool opening ceremony for the tadpoles and everything!) From there, try to hit the big ticket items that you don't have FastPass+ reservations for before the crowds roll in (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, etc.). We have a handy-dandy Crowd Calendar that lists park hours (as well as EMH) that you may find hopful. Have a wonderful trip, Peta! (And let us know if we can help with anything else :) )

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May 5, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

We’ve just booked up for 10 days from 11th November. Looking at this we should be ok anything we should look out for at that time? many thanks for the great information ????

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May 6, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale!

The 11th of November is Veterans Day, which is a US holiday, so it'll likely be crowded over the first few days you are there (with things trickling off as the week progresses). There may be more crowds than usual due to the opening of Galaxy's Edge, but overall, November is a great time to visit! Be sure to check out Epcot's Food and Wine Festival (included with general admission) and perhaps a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (separately ticketed but lots of fun!) at Magic Kingdom. Enjoy!

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May 5, 2019 at 2:12 a.m. Christy B Hunt Says...

we are looking to plan another trip to DW in 2020 we are looking at either the last week of that Jan. or the first week of that Feb.. Keep in mind that we are taking our 25 year old son with autism and would prefer the least crowded time possible, which of these weeks do you think would be better?

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May 6, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar here. It looks like both weeks are pretty comparable in terms of crowds, so our recommendation is to do what works best for your family.

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May 4, 2019 at 12:37 a.m. Michael Salerno Says...

Is there a better week in September to visit Disneyworld?

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May 6, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Weekdays in September, with the exception of Labor Day, tend to be pretty good days to head to the parks! Kids are back in school and things slow down just a bit as the month progresses. If you are planning on going in 2019, the one X factor you'll need to keep in mind is that Galaxy's Edge will be opening at the end of August, so crowds may be elevated throughout the year.

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May 2, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. Celia Says...

Hi,

We will be visiting WDW and Universal the first 2 weeks of December and will buy park hopper passes (for several days). If we want to visit Mickey's Christmas Party also, do we have to buy an extra ticket for the party or can we entree with our "normal" ticket that day before 6 p.m.? Hope to hear from you.

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May 2, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Celia!

Your regular park admission will still grant you access to Magic Kingdom on party days prior to party time! The park will then close at party-time, and party goers will be permitted to stay, and those without wristbands will start being shepherded towards the exit.

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May 1, 2019 at 3:16 a.m. Leo Buganski Says...

Originally my family and I booked a trip for late September in order to avoid crowd of families with a school age kids but now with Star Wars opening and promotions of free meal plans for Disney cc holders were thinking August 15-21. What are your thoughts? My one kids will be 3 in late August but will still be two if we go in the dates I said. Please let me know, thanks!

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May 1, 2019 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

If you're looking to avoid crowds and don't mind missing Galaxy's Edge, we think August 15-21 will be your best bet (not to mention, you'll have one less ticket to purchase!)

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Apr 30, 2019 at 1:28 a.m. Olivia Says...

Hello! In 2020, I'm taking my boyfriend to Disney for his first-ever Disney World trip! I can't wait!

I have the week of March 2nd-March 6th off of work. We probably won't be staying in the parks so we will only be able to book fast passes 30 days in advance. Since he's never been, we want to do as much as we can. Star Wars is also really important to us. I am looking to go any time between January and that first week of March.

Will crowds be similar enough that we should just go on the days I have off? Or should I bite the bullet and take time off of work to go in January or February to have fewer crowds?

I keep hearing mixed reviews on that first week of March. Some say it will be packed, and others say it will have low crowds. What do you think?

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Apr 30, 2019 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

You are correct in that the first week of March can be hit or miss, but it IS spring break season. February or select times in January are less crowded. You can check out our crowd predictions using our Crowd Calendar here. Of course, if early March is what works best with your schedule, don't sweat it too much, as things still look pretty do-able :)

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Apr 29, 2019 at 7:36 p.m. Ruth Says...

First timers to Disney: 6 kids...4, 6, 7, 12, 14, 16...How do the weeks of 3/16/20 look OR 11/15/19 OR 11/18/19 look? crowds, decorations, and weather??? Thanks for your help!

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Apr 29, 2019 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth!

According to our Crowd Calendar, the week of 3/16/20 ranges from a 7-9/10 in terms of crowds due to spring break. There may be some Easter events, like an egg hunt, at this time since Easter will be around the corner, but no special decorations will be in the parks at that time. The average high is 78 degrees, with an average of 5 rainy days.

November will also see some crowds due to Veterans Day, but looks to have slightly lower crowds. Holiday decorations will be beginning to go up, and the weather will be similar to March (although a little on the cooler side potentially). Ultimately, we recommend heading to Disney World in November.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 2:35 a.m. Claire Says...

Howdy!

I am absolutely itching to treat my young niece to her first of hopefully many Disney trips! I'd like to go just before her 3rd birthday which will be in early May of 2021. I obviously have a LOT of time to decide, but my two options are either February or April. I'll monitor the situation as time passes, but what is your opinion?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

It's never too early to plan ahead in our book! :) Our Crowd Calendar currently only goes through 2020, but keep an eye out. In general, February tends to be less busy than April depending on when Easter falls, so that'd be our recommendation (plus, the weather is beautiful!).

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Apr 28, 2019 at 2:08 a.m. Maureen Says...

My family will be visiting WDW either in mid October or early December. Which would you recommend?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen!

That somewhat depends on the year! If this year, early December is a better time to try because of Galaxy's Edge opening. Both can be comparable depending on the exact dates in terms of crowds; keep an eye on Columbus Day in October, as well, as that will hike crowds up. Our Crowd Calendar will show you the estimated crowd levels on each day (as well as any holidays or special events taking place).

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Apr 25, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. Abi Says...

Hi. We have been looking at quotes for stays in June around the 8-22nd. Is this a bad time to visit? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abi,

The earlier in June you go generally the better. This June will likely be pretty good (compared to past Junes) since Star Wars Land isn't opening until August.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 7:55 p.m. Mike Says...

Hello! You mentioned the weekends in May are heavy for crowds, what about weekdays? We'll be there May 28-29th which is a Thursday and Friday. Thanks!

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Apr 18, 2019 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Those days look to be a 6/10 according to our Crowd Calendar; keep in mind that some folks may make a week's vacation out of Memorial Day. Weekdays that tend to be the least busy in May are the in-betweeners (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

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Apr 17, 2019 at 6:47 p.m. casey Says...

Any thoughts on veterans day week (nov 11-17) in regards to crowds getting worse than predicted due to a possible phase 2 opening of star wars land? My family does not do Star wars stuff bc we have a little one that is scared of all things Star Wars, so do you think the crowds will be ok in non-HS parks?? Also, does the MVMCP for that week in november sell out? should we buy those tickets now? Or can we wait a bit?

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Apr 17, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey,

We do not yet know when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge phase 2 will happen, but it's safe to say this fall will be more crowded because of the opening in general. The parties do sell out, and we would recommend you purchase as soon as you know which date you would like to go! We are selling them now.

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Apr 15, 2019 at 2:10 a.m. JM Says...

Just to make sure I understand, Star Wars will not be opening at Disney World until the end of August 2019? TIA

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JM!

That's correct - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be opening August 29 at Disney World.

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Apr 10, 2019 at 6:24 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello,

We have booked our trip! Yay! We are surprising our kids (10,12) September 14-29th spending 6-7 days in disney. Right now we have a 7 day hopper plus, but I may change it to a 6 day and purchase 2 after hours if they become available, for MK and AK. We plan to do 1 day in Epcot, and one day in DHS, the rest will be AK and MK. I noticed you said in one of your articles it’s the height in rainy season in September. But other places I have read that by mid September it doesn’t rain as much. Is that true? We are hoping the weather will cooperate of course. But I know you can’t predict it either especially with this whole climate change. What about crowds, do you think they will be bad even in September this year due to Star Wars opening? I have a pretty good game plan. Fast pass strategies etc. But hoping crowds won’t be 7/10 or anything. Look forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks for these blogs they are truly so helpful. I have put together a DisneyWorld binder and a lot of my info is from you.

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Apr 11, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We are so hoppy we've been able to help! May-September is considered Orlando's "rainy" season, and by September, the average amount of rainy days "dips" to 20 ... which means there's still going to be some rain in the forecast for you, most likely! Bring a poncho and an umbrella and know what your "rain" plan is (eating a Dole Whip under an umbrella while it passes? Heading to an indoor ride? Heading back for a nap?) Keep an eye on the forecast and have a plan, and you'll be right as rain.

As for crowds, we're anticipating that things will be pretty busy in Orlando, especially as Galaxy's Edge opens at the end of August. Like you said, have a plan and utilize those FastPasses!

Have a frogtastic trip, Stephanie! Don't forget to tag us @themeparkfrog on Instagram so we can hop along with you!

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Apr 7, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Jacqui Mann Says...

Hi We are looking at going to Orlando for our family holiday next year (2 × adults & 1 X 10yr old), I've always visited Easter time in the past but it's my husband's first time. When is the best time to visit for cost, crowds & weather?

Also is there much difference between Disney Orlando or California?

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Apr 8, 2019 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui!

Unfortunately, there's not really much of an "off" season anymore in the parks! There are, however, times that are better than others in terms of crowds. Late in January (Marathon weekend notwithstanding) is generally pretty mild in terms of crowds and cool weather-wise. However, with the opening of Galaxy's Edge this year, that may change. Disney World is much, much larger than Disneyland, and you'll need to take advantage of transportation options to hop from park to park since there isn't an esplanade like there is between Disneyland and California Adventure. Others in the Frog Pond can weigh in on their favorite (and most cost-effective) times to visit, as well!

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Apr 6, 2019 at 4:44 a.m. Marlene Says...

I trying to figure the best time to come for 2 adults been looking around ain't coming till 2020 and been looking at vacation packages motel tickets and flights is that the way to go or just do motel and tickets and do Expedia for a flight

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Apr 5, 2019 at 7:35 p.m. Neal Crutchfield Says...

Why do the November days 20 -25 look so bad? isn't this the week before Thanksgiving week?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neal,

We are expecting this fall in general to be busier than usual because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:25 p.m. Khalid Says...

Planning to visit Disney mid of April, do you think that is a good time and any deal is going on that time.

Thanks ®ards

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Apr 11, 2019 at 11:06 p.m. Skyla Douglas White Says...

I can’t wait to Move to Walt Disney Worlds Resort Somedays for over a Year

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Apr 1, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Khaled!

Mid-April looks to be a mix of moderate and heavy crowds according to our Crowd Calendar, mostly due to Easter. You can see all of our current deals here.

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Mar 29, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Christina Says...

I'm thinking of buying 2 day base ticket but is it possible to leave the park and take a break at the hotel and then go back to the same park later that evening or do you have to have a park hopper ticket to be able to leave the park?

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

You can certainly take a break and come back! As long as you're returning to the same park, that's totally fine.

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Mar 27, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Merritt Says...

We are going january 1-10 for our daughters birthday on the 2nd. Why is the 1-5 a bad time to visit. I know there is the marathon. I thought january was one of the slowest months.

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Mar 28, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Merritt!

The week between Christmas and New Year tends to be the busiest time of the year. Lots of folks are on school break and head to the parks either during or after the holidays before returning back to school the second week of January. Later in the month (outside of marathon time, as you noticed) will see significantly less crowds.

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Mar 27, 2019 at 6:31 p.m. Brenda Says...

Does anyone know what the weather is like in

Mid April? I’ll be there in 3 weeks and never been to Florida and just want to have an idea what kind of clothes to pack for the kids? Thanks

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:17 a.m. Eva Higdon Says...

It should be warm you may need a sweater at night..The sun is very different even when it’s chilly you can get burned so put on your sun screen..Sun glasses and hats..Stay safe..Have fun..

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Mar 27, 2019 at 3:21 p.m. Rhiann Says...

We have booked to take our 6 and 11 year old to WDW July 12 - 27th! Are we making a huge mistake! We knew it was going to be very hot and humid but lots of comments say how it's the worst. I want my kids to have fun

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Mar 27, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhiann!

Absolutely not! It is going to be hot and humid, and it may rain - but it's still the Most Magical Place on Earth! Your touring strategy may be a little different, though. We went with a group last summer in August that included a 6 and 8 year old and had a frogtastic time. Keep them hydrated, and be ready to take some breaks for either air conditioning, the pool, or a nap. During the hottest parts of the day, we either tried to opt for indoor rides and shows (the exception to this is of course, water rides), had a character lunch, or hopped back to the hotel to relax. Then, we headed back to the parks once the sun was going down to take advantage of the cooler nights. Summer may not be the best time to head to the parks weather-wise, but there are certainly ways to do it that keep the fun intact.

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Mar 25, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Raquel Says...

Hi! My family and I are planning a trip from Sept 2, 2019 to Sept 7. Because of Star Wars land opening we were thinking of pushing our trip 2 weeks later. Do you think it would be significantly different 2 weeks later in regards to crowds? I appreciate your input! Thank you! ????

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Apr 17, 2019 at 9:47 p.m. Jm Says...

We are planing our vacation to Disney world in mid May is it a good time to visit?

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Mar 26, 2019 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

If you've got the bandwidth to push it back, we do think it would make a difference, only because early in the month you'll have the double whammy of the new opening plus Labor Day crowds.

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. Courtney C Says...

I booked a trip for my son and I the week Galaxy Edge opens... Do you think crowd wise we will still be ok if we do the parks Monday, Tuesday, and Wed... and then head to water parks on the 29th?

Thanks!

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

We think that sounds like a good plan! Keep in mind that crowds will likely still be elevated in the parks most of the week in preparation for opening. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Zach Jewkes Says...

Hi there,

My girlfriend and I are getting there on the 30th of August for 2 weeks (had it booked since last year because it seemed as though it would be quieter, which obviously is now not the case is Galaxy's Edge) but do you feel that it will affect all of the parks or some may be a little quieter because people are going to be drawn to HS?

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Mar 20, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach!

We expect that crowds will be elevated throughout all of the parks once Galaxy's Edge opens (though Hollywood Studios will remain the busiest).

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Mar 20, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. Lori Says...

Hey,

We are looking to come to DW from UK for 2 weeks in 2020. Whilst initially looking at late April it now looks like timings mean we will go in early-mid March... which you say is one of worst times to go! Could you let me know why this is so we can factor into our planning? Thanks so much!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

Sure, hoppy to help! Starting in mid-March, many school districts across the US have a spring break, which results in increased crowds in the parks.

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Mar 19, 2019 at 12:49 a.m. Vanessa Sanchez Says...

Going to be traveling to Orlando in June 10-June 14 any deals you recommend wanted to do disney n universal

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Mar 19, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

We've got lots of great deals going on now when you bundle your hotel stay and tickets with us! You can find those here.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 9:06 p.m. Brandon Says...

Looking to visit Disney world late August 19th-22nd before Galaxy Edge opens or mid September 16th-19th ,what do you think would work better for lighter crowds.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 5:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

Heading to Disney World before Galaxy's Edge opens will have lighter crowds.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 2:05 a.m. Greg Says...

Hi there!

Would you avoid the parks the first week in November due to the Star Wars Galaxy opening and wait until fall 2020 to go? We have younger kids who aren't interested in Star Wars but we are worried the crowds would take away from the other attractions. What do you think? Your crowd calendar says normal during that week - is that based on current bookings for this upcoming fall?

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Mar 18, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Greg!

We do expect that things will be inflated overall throughout the year with the opening of Galaxy's Edge (and we agree with you that the crowds won't be limited to Hollywood Studios)! With kids back in school, that week looks to be more manageable than later in the month with the holidays coming, but we still expect that things will be busier than usual. With their tiered approach to opening, it's hard to know how this year and even next will pan out, depending on when the second ride will open.

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Mar 16, 2019 at 5:03 p.m. Teresa Raymond Says...

We are thinking of going to Disney World mid June 2019. I know June is a busy time of year, but do you think Disney World will be less busy this June (or July and August even) with people going to Disneyland instead for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Also is the weather tolerable in June. June temps where I llive are warm, but not humid. Thanks!

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Mar 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa!

Summer crowds will definitely still be around at Disney World this summer! Galaxy's Edge is slated to open in Orlando at the end of August, as well. When it comes to weather, you can expect high 80s/low 90s with about 11 rainy days (and humidity!) in June.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 6:11 p.m. Macy Says...

Hey there! I had a trip planned for Nov. 2-Nov.6. How do you think the wine and dine marathon will effect those dates and also how to you think star wars galaxy edge effect the other parks (i know Hollywood studios will be packed) but was curious how the others will be effected. Thank you in advance!!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 12:22 a.m. Julie Says...

We were there last year at the same time and it was insane. There was the race, food and wine, and it was “Jersey week”. It was absolutely insane everywhere, but especially Epcot.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Macy!

You'll likely see an increased amount of crowds at that time because of both of the events you mentioned. While a lot of folks will be heading to Hollywood Studios, the volume in general in the area will be increased, as well (as many people will still park hop).

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Mar 11, 2019 at 8:24 p.m. Brett Says...

My wife and I are planning to bring our three kids (ages 10, 7, and 4) to DW January 17 - 21, 2020. We are considering staying at the the Art of Animation Resort, but I am a little concerned about the distance between the resort and DW. How long does it take to travel, via disney transportation, from the Art of Animation Resort to DW? Will the Disney Skyliner be open by the time we go? Will that cut down on travel time? Thanks!

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brett!

The bus times from Art of Animation to the parks are approximately as follows: Magic Kingdom: 22 minutes; Disney's Hollywood Studios: 15 minutes; Epcot: 15 minutes; Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 20 minutes

As you mentioned, the Skyliner WILL be open by the time you visit, and will have access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios (though we aren't quite sure what the travel time will be like just yet).

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Mar 10, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Tara Says...

Hi

We just got back from Disney a few weeks ago and want to plan for next year. If I go January 24, 2020 to January 31, 2020 will I be able to avoid the competiton crowds? The parks were full of cheerleaders when we went and they were cheering in the parks and hitting people.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

Traditionally (as you noted) cheer competitions take place in early January, though nothing is on the calendar just yet for 2020 to be completely certain (the marathon tends to take place around this time, too). The end of January tends to be a pretty good time to visit, but I'd keep an eye on the events calendar just to be safe.

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Mar 8, 2019 at 4:46 p.m. Tamara Says...

Hi,

My family (13 people) and I want to come to DW during Christmas, I know your calendar says that is the busiest time, however, with all the kids that is really the only time we can come down. Do any of the hotels have suites that can accommodate such a large group? I read that DW had to turn away customers last year because they reached capacity? We wanted to rent a house outside of Disney but am worried we may not get in. What would your suggestion be? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tamara

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Mar 8, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tamara!

You are correct that the Magic Kingdom has hit capacity in the past during that timeframe. It is for sure a busy time, but certainly not impossible with some planning. Most Disney Resorts have options for one, two, or three bedroom villas (that can sleep up to 12), so not everyone may be able to fit in the same lodging (though you can always mix and match!) From a cost perspective, you'll likely find it more wallet-friendly off-site, though that does mean you'll need to get everyone on-site each day (via rental car or ride sharing service). That also means you won't be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, which would certainly give you a leg up in terms of getting to the parks early. I'd suggest calling a Cast Member at (407) 939-4357 to review your options for lodging (and get an idea of cost), and then go from there to plan what works best with your family.

Any other tips, Frog Pond?

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Mar 6, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. Sandip Says...

I am planning to Visit first time to Orlando from May 10 to May 18 with 2 kids (10 yr Boy and 4 yr daughter). Please suggest which resorts we should visit in 7 days. Also can you suggest where we can stay, Do you suggest any package deal which will save on accomodation, travel and park tickets.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandip!

There are lots of options for your family! We suggest you start here to get information on the right itinerary for your family. You can find our current specials (with even more savings included when you bundle your tickets and hotel reservation!) here.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. Devin Says...

I have a family of four and we are looking to come visit both disney and universal. I have a deal with my company for buy 2 get 2 free days at universal. We plan to be there for 7 days. Since most of the time will be at universal, can you advise which disney attractions are the must see? If we wanted to see Magic Kingdom, can you see all of MK in one day?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Devin!

We have the perfect guide for you to be able to hop over and see Magic Kingdom in one day, with the most popular rides checked off of your list! You can find that here.

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Mar 1, 2019 at 6:01 a.m. ANGELA P. Says...

Hi!

We are planning to go to Disney Orlando in this year 2019, the only dates we have available are the first half of May or the first half of August. Based on events, weather and crowds Which of the two dates would you advise us and consider What is better for us to travel?

On the other hand we want to stay in a hotel inside Disney but we chose the option of a cheaper hotel to stay more days and not a more expensive hotel for less days. Said that we have been checking out the Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, we would like to know your opinion about this hotel or if you would advise us to choose another one within this category of these "Cheap Hotels".

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Mar 1, 2019 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

As far as both crowds and weather go, the first two weeks of May look to be better than the first two weeks of August (crowds will be higher then, and Orlando averages about 14 rainy days in August vs. 5 in May). All-Star Movies is a good Value choice! For more information about the Value hotels, check out this post. Pop Century and Art of Animations are also great value options.

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Feb 28, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. ANGIE Says...

Hi! My husband and I have been dreaming of taking our daughter (12) to Disney, but we really couldn't plan ahead. This will be our first time and we have no experience in planning for Disney. I have been checking your Crowd Calendar (The very best and the worst times to visit Disney World) and I am very scared to find myself with a date of high crowds.

Now I'm sure I don't want to go on the dates I wanted (Nov. 2019-Feb. 2020) for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, I also know that I don't want to go in the Halloween season, now I know that March and April are dates of high crowds and finally I know that June and July are very busy. What leaves us as the only date May 2019.

What do you think about this? We want to go 10 days, what do you think would be the best date in May 2019 in terms of climate and crowds?

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

Please don't be scared - we promise it'll be okay! As more and more new rides and lands are announced, crowds may become the norm rather than the exception. The trick is planning for alternatives when things get crazy (perfect time for a nap, a swim, or a break for some resort or Disney Springs dining!) Remember to stop and enjoy :) You are also still in the prime planning period when it comes to preparing in advance - you're doing great, and we're here for you!

That said, we agree with you that May 2020 is a good bet, provided it's before Memorial Day. Based on our Crowd Calendar, May 3-16 or so is a pretty moderate period. Like you mentioned, the one caveat is that we don't quite know how the opening of Galaxy's Edge will impact crowds this coming year, but May seems to be a pretty good bet.

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 27, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Clar Says...

Hi there,

We are planning to go to DW Orlando for the first time this August with 17 and 12 years old kids for 4 days only.

Here's my inquiries:

1. Is one day enough for every park?

2. What park should we visit first, any recommendation please?

2. We are travelling from Canada (no car). Is it affordable to stay a hotel inside the park?

3. Any advise or suggestions for us since it's our first time to visit the place?

Thank you so much.

Clar

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clar!

Excellent questions! Your first question is the hardest - you'll certainly get to do a lot of what is offered in one park/per day. After your first visit, you'll get a better sense for your pace and what is offered to find the sweet spot in terms of timeframe (we have gone for a week before and still left feeling like we didn't get to do everything we wanted to, but our kiddos are also younger than yours...so different interests, earlier bedtimes, and a little slower moving :) )

2. I'd take a look at our Crowd Calendar to see which park is recommended on which day. Which park to visit first will depend on crowds and also early entry (aka Extra Magic Hours) if you're staying on-site.

3. Staying on Disney property is a little more expensive than in the surrounding areas, but you'll find transportation is much easier inside of the Disney property "bubble." When staying on property, each hotel will have some sort of transportation to get you to the parks - from bus, to boat, to monorail. Off-site, you may have access to a shuttle, but otherwise may need to Uber. Here's some information on transportation on-site.

4. Our best advice is to read up, have a plan B, and enjoy yourself! Disney World has so many ins and outs - don't let it overwhelm you, but at the same time, know that you'll need to do a little more preparation than you would for, say, Disneyland or Universal. Take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations, too!

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. Jean Says...

We would like to do the Christmas party at Disney and see Grinchmas at Universal. I was hoping to do this during free dining in 2020. When do you think would be the best time?

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean!

Free dining dates have not been announced for 2020 just yet, but in general, the first two weeks of December tend to be the least busy in terms of Crowds (with the exception of weekends, of course) according to the Crowd Calendar. We'll keep our eyes and ears open!

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Feb 24, 2019 at 3:09 a.m. Stacey S. Says...

My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon at Disney World in the beginning of December 2020. We don’t mind crowds and definitely want to make sure we get to see as much of Disney as possible! Do you think this is a good time to go? Any recommendations you think we should especially know about? I appreciate your time and advice!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

The beginning of December tends to be a mild time to go in terms of Crowds (just before the holiday craziness hits!), though this December may be a little different due to the opening of Galaxy's Edge. Since we don't know how that will impact crowds just yet, it's a great opportunity plan some "Plan B" times away from the parks in case things are a little overwhelming. Check out all of the decorations (including gingerbread houses!) at the Disney Resorts, or even head to Fort Wilderness to go "looping" and see how folks have decorated their campsites. We've also heard that the early December Mickey's Very Merry Christmas parties tend to be some of the least crowded, with little to no lines for rides, so you may even do a combination -- head to the resorts during the day to check out the decorations and have some lunch, then head back to Magic Kingdom for the party (and hopefully, minimal wait times!) Each of the parks will be decorated beautifully for the holidays ... it will be a great time to visit!

I'm sure the Frog Pond has lots of advice to pitch in, too! Congratulations, and have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 22, 2019 at 2:54 a.m. Julie M Says...

We are planning a trip for at least a week in 2020. I have been to Disney more times than I can count, but this will be my first trip with kids (2 and 3 year old). We have flexibility to go at any time during the year. Looking for least crowds possible, and cooler/moderate weather (hot babies in strollers are no fun). Was looking at end of January - beginning of March (avoiding presidents day, Spring Break, and competitions). What would be the best time to go?

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Feb 22, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

How exciting! The end of January is a great time to go. The weather is nice (a little cool, even, but the perfect time to sport a spirit jersey!) You'll just want to avoid Marathon weekend (January 8-12).January 21st, 2020 onward looks to be a nice time to visit, which you can take a peek at on our Crowd Calendars. Crowds may be slightly elevated all of 2020 due to Galaxy's Edge.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 1:10 a.m. Rylee Says...

I’m beginning to plan a possible trip to Disney World late August/early September. I was leaning towards 8/30-9/2 because hotel prices are slightly cheaper and kids won’t miss much school, but am I better off spending the extra couple $100 and missing an extra day of school to go 9/5-9/8? We went this weekend last year and it was great. Thanks so much! Your website has been so helpful!

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Feb 20, 2019 at 8:38 p.m. Wendy Webster Says...

Hi! How do you think Star Wars land will impact the summer months. Unfortunately, that is the only time we can go. I know here in CA they have deeply discounted Disneyland tickets because everyone is waiting...do you think that will happen to Disneyworld as well? Thank yoU!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

This summer will likely be slightly better than past summers just because of people who might delay their trips for the Star Wars openings, but it will still be busy since this is the time most people with kids make these trips. We've got some terrific savings on promo tickets now with the 4 Park Magic, so we recommend you check them out!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

This summer will likely be slightly better than past summers just because of people who might delay their trips for the Star Wars openings, but it will still be busy since this is the time most people with kids make these trips. We've got some terrific savings on promo tickets now with the 4 Park Magic, so we recommend you check them out!

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Feb 19, 2019 at 5:27 p.m. Krish Bala Says...

I am planning to take my daughter to Orlando for about a week this year. I have narrowed down on the dates from 28th Apr to 3rd May 2019. I don't have much flexibility in my dates, but I sure do hope that these dates won't be too bad (i.e. crowded), as it is one whole week after Easter. But yes - if it is still crowded that week too, I guess I would just have to deal with it and go with the flow ....

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