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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

by Leap on January 9, 2023 2097 Orlando

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Summary

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World! The only question is ... when do you visit? 2023 is gearing up to be another exciting year at the Most Magical Place on Earth! With the continuation of the World's Most Magical Celebration, the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run April 4, the return of Happily Ever After and EPCOT Forever nighttime spectaculars April 3, and more, the magic (and fun) is definitely calling in 2023! Understandably, some of you are wondering: "When is the best time to visit Disney World?"

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

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

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

Keep in mind that Disney is requiring that guests book reservations for park visits through January 2024. If you have not bought tickets or made your Disney Park Pass reservations, you should do so as soon as you know you want to go, especially if that's during one of the peak periods listed below, such as spring break, summer or Christmas.

In our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited during every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine by following our own tips and park plans at the theme parks, which we've continued to update (including taking Genie+ into account). If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

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

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2023 - Dates by Season

It should come as no surprise that the best time to go to Disney World has historically fallen along with school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. The decision to take kids out of school, even virtual school, for Disney is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgment policy. It may also come as no surprise that many families are ready to travel again; we expect that 2023 will see elevated crowds throughout the year.

Check out Undercover Tourist's #1 ranked Crowd Calendar to see projected crowd levels, park hours, event dates and weather all in one place!

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

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Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit Disney World, and they are also displayed on the Crowd Calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, such as the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration is in full swing, and the event will continue until March 31, 2023. In our special events guide, you can see a full list of all of the events hoppening at Disney World in 2023 and 2024.

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

In 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be the big attraction opening at Magic Kingdom in the spring, as well as the return of a reimagined version of "Happily Ever After" nighttime spectacular. EPCOT will also unveil several new additions, including  Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana, a new nighttime spectacular and the Dreamers Point area. Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024, and as such, Splash Mountain will begin its refurbishment Jan. 23, 2023.

So When Is the Best Time to Go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024?

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 18 – Feb. 15
  • March 1-10
  • April 17-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 17 – Feb. 15
  • Feb. 27 - March 8
  • April 15-17; April 22-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

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, especially since Disney World Resort hotel pools are heated). Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment, including Kali River Rapids.

The Worst Times to Go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024

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The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 1-8, Jan. 13-17
  • Feb. 16-27
  • March 11 - April 16*
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • Nov. 2-6 (for runDisney's Wine and Dine event)
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 1-8, Jan. 12-15
  • Feb. 16-26
  • March 9 - April 14*
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • Nov. 8-12 (Veterans Day falls on a Monday)
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

*The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2023, Easter falls on April 9, making it a slightly longer season than in 2024, when it falls on March 31. Because it's a more condensed period, 2024's spring break season will feel slightly busier than 2023. You'll see these noted on our Crowd Calendar, as well.

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 9, 2023, and March 31, 2024
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 23, 2023, and Nov. 28, 2024
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our tips and tricks for visiting during spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. These holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above.

  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 16, 2023, and Jan. 15, 2024
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 20, 2023, and Feb. 19, 2024
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023, and Sept. 2, 2024
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 9, 2023, and Oct. 14, 2024

Upcoming runDisney Events

Best Time to Go to Disney World - RunDisney Finish Line

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

Races will take place on the following dates in 2023:

  • Jan. 4-8: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 23-26: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • April 13-16: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
  • Nov. 2-5: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Races will take place on the following dates in 2024:

  • Jan. 3-7:Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 22-25: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • April 18-21: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
  • Nov (TBD): Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024. 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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Feb 2, 2023 at 10:16 p.m. Julia Says...

Why is Feb 16-18 bad? I saw info about races in late Feb but Feb 16-18??

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Feb 3, 2023 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia!

It's accounting for Presidents Day, which can bring in crowds for the long weekend.

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Feb 2, 2023 at 7:58 a.m. Jason Says...

What might we expect if going to Animal Kingdom on a 6/10 crowd size day? I understand that means it's an average crowd size day, but I don't know exactly what that means. How long are lines for the rides? Thanks for the info!

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Feb 2, 2023 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

Expect long lines for popular rides but smaller rides would still have lower waits.

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Feb 1, 2023 at 11:52 a.m. Tessa Says...

We're visiting from April 2nd-April 9th 2023. I've just been using your crowd calendar to make park reservations.

We're a little worried about how the opening of Tron will affect crowd levels at MK. Is it likely to be busy on the days following opening still?

Many thanks :)

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Feb 1, 2023 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tessa!

We would still be prepared for high crowds, as it's a highly anticipated ride and its debut is happening during spring break season. But have no fear — if you set expectations beforehand and utilize these tips to maximize your time (plus follow our spring break tips!), you can still have a great trip!

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Jan 30, 2023 at 6:23 p.m. Jamie Says...

If my husband wants to run the 10 miler if the Springtime Surprise race in April 21 2024, from a crowd perspective would it be better to have our vacation April 14-21 or April 20-28? What park would be the best to visit or avoid on the actual day of the race?

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Jan 30, 2023 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

There shouldn't be too much of a difference in crowds, as both would overlap with the race weekend. It could depend on if your husband would want to start your vacation with the race, or end your trip with the race. Most races are at EPCOT, so you may see slightly higher crowds in that park on race days. There will also be several cheer/dance competitions going on from April 19 to April 30.

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Jan 26, 2023 at 2:33 p.m. Meg Says...

We have plans to visit over our Oregon spreak- March 23-30. We had planned Magic Kingdom the 24th, but see it is highlighted as "recommended" on the 29th. How big of a difference do you have between the 24th/29th? It's not NOT recommended the 24th...so just trying to see if we could make it work. Have "After Hours" at Hollywood the 29th, so would make for a LONG day but we'd do it if we won't feel as pinched with crowds!!! Thank you!

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Jan 30, 2023 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg!

With spring break season underway, there likely won't be much of a significant difference between the two days, so go with whichever fits your schedule the best.

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Jan 21, 2023 at 3:03 p.m. Heather Says...

Went last year the week of Christmas and had an absolute blast even with my crowd anxiety. How do crowds and weather look around the 20-27 of April as am planning a return trip home

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Jan 23, 2023 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

The second half of April will be a great time to visit. Crowds from the spring break season should decrease after the week following Easter. It will certainly be less crowded than the week of Christmas! One thing to keep in mind is that there will be some cheer competitions going on. The events typically take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports or Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, so while they're going on, the parks may not be impacted as much. But you may see the parks get busier in the evenings during free time or as teams get eliminated. As for the weather, expect warmer weather that could possibly get into the mid- to high 80s (but it won't be as hot and humid as summer weather).

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Jan 21, 2023 at 9:11 a.m. Paula Says...

Hi, I am wondering if I should go to Disney World on April 16-26 or Apr 23-May 3. I am looking to go for less crowded parks (4 Disney and Universal + Island) but also a not so hot temperature that would allow us (my 6YO and me) to walk well in parks and get into the hotel pool in the afternoon. Any suggestions for the best timeframe to combine less crowd and nice temperature? Thank you so much!

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Jan 24, 2023 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula!

There isn't a huge difference between the two, so either could work. There will be some dance/cheer competitions going on at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort during both timeframes, which could draw in some crowds during the evenings when the teams have more free time. But overall, crowd levels are expected to be moderate. As for the weather, again, there isn't much of a difference, but it tends to get hotter as it gets closer to summer.

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Jan 20, 2023 at 7:59 p.m. Todd Says...

Is April 24th - 28th a good time to visit. Less crowds.

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Jan 20, 2023 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Todd!

Yes! Mid-April will be a great time to visit once the spring break crowds start to wind down after Easter. With one caveat, there will be a couple cheer/dance competitions going on mid-April at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Since the events take place during the day, you'll likely see more crowds in the evenings. You could also run into crowds at the hotels and Disney Springs. Overall though, we'd still expect the first half of the month to be more impactful with higher crowd levels.

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Jan 20, 2023 at 7:18 p.m. Spencer Says...

We are going January 29th (Universal on a Sunday) to February 3rd (4 Disney days). This won't be too bad, right?

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Jan 25, 2023 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Spencer!

Have a frogtastic time! It's one of our recommended times to visit — crowd levels are expected to be moderate.

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Jan 19, 2023 at 11:25 p.m. Ray Says...

Headed to WDW arriving April 16 and leaving April 26.....should the crowd be a lot less than the week leading up to Easter on April 9??

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Jan 20, 2023 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ray!

Generally, the spring break season ends the week following Easter and crowds start to lessen. Though you may also want to note that the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend ends April 16, so depending on when you arrive (if you have time to hit the parks at all), it may be busy that day. Additionally, there will be some cheer competitions going on from April 19-24. Despite these going on, we'd still expect spring break crowds to be more impactful. During the day, the athletes should be at their events, so the evenings tend to be more crowded once they have free time.

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Jan 19, 2023 at 6:01 p.m. Norma Wilcox Says...

Why is it a bad idea to visit Disney in January 13th 2024

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Jan 19, 2023 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Norma!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Jan. 15 in 2024, and typically, the long weekend can draw in larger crowds.

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Jan 9, 2023 at 3:51 a.m. Renee Says...

Hello! Great info. I’m looking at going November 2024. Would week before or after Thanksgiving be best for least amount of crowds?

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Jan 13, 2023 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee!

Both pre- and post-Thanksgiving weeks usually have about the same level of moderate crowds, so we'd pick whichever works best with your schedule.

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Jan 4, 2023 at 5:31 a.m. Sarah Says...

Why are weekends in May a bad time to visit next year? Thanks!

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Jan 10, 2023 at 5:45 p.m. Jeremy Says...

Hey wondering where your data comes from regarding crowds. I have looked at 4 other sites and all say every week in April is orange-red as in busy busy don’t go, But you call out 17-30th as a good time to go and a 4-5 on your scale.. little help?

Thanks

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Jan 12, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy!

We use a combination of past data (i.e., wait times) and also look at things like school spring breaks and holidays for the coming years to make our projections. For this year, most school breaks across the country are done as of April 14ish, which means we're expecting the second half of the month to be slower than the first. Hope this helps!

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Jan 4, 2023 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

It depends on the sporting schedules, but cheer/dance competitions can take place around this time (for instance, there will be the D2 Summit - All Star Championship from May 5-7, 2023). At the end of the month, there's Memorial Day weekend, which draws in the most crowds of the month.

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Jan 4, 2023 at 1:25 a.m. Sarah Says...

Just how bad are the parks during marathons? We just picked our first family vacation to Disney in January 2024 and it will be the 5th to the 13th. Would be better off to wait and go in the summer instead?!

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Jan 5, 2023 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

With the marathon weekend, some of the biggest things to consider are transportation/traffic, hotels and restaurants. Roads get blocked off for the races (which all take place in the morning), so you may experience more traffic then (especially if you're trying to rope drop) so you'd need to allot extra time for transportation whether you're driving yourself or taking Disney transportation. Hotels will get booked up quickly so book your room as far in advance as possible. Restaurants, especially at the hotels and Disney Springs, may also be very busy with runners. For crowds inside the parks, even though you'd have to deal with traffic, we still recommend rope dropping or taking advantage of Early Entry if you're Disney hotel guests since many runners will likely not be inside the parks until later in the afternoons when crowds increase. The big event — the marathon — takes place on Sunday and ends at EPCOT, so you may want to avoid going there on that day.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 11:16 p.m. Jimbo Says...

Is actual *past* crowd data published anywhere? Im interested in finding the trends...

Thx!

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Jan 3, 2023 at 6:28 p.m. Jenna Mancanello Says...

Hello! Do we know when 2024 dates will be open to book? Thank you!

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Jan 6, 2023 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna!

At this moment, we do not know when 2024 tickets and vacation packages will become available, so our best advice is to check back later.

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Jan 9, 2023 at 4:40 p.m. Heather W Says...

I assume we can't buy 2024 park tickets yet since you can't book the park? I see June of the current year is typically when the next year is available. Is my understanding correct that I likely wont be able to do that until at least June?! Thanks!

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Jan 9, 2023 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

Correct! 2024 tickets are not on sale yet, and park reservations cannot be booked until you have your tickets. While we cannot confirm this timeframe for sure, June is historically around the time that next year's vacation packages and tickets go on sale.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 6:07 p.m. Kimberly Lawson Says...

Planning on taking my graduating high school senior and her 2 friends for a graduation trip May 26 - 30, 2023. How busy will it be?

Thanks.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

We'd expect high crowd levels due to Memorial Day weekend.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 2:18 a.m. Andrea Says...

Is march 11-17 a bad time to visit 2023

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Jan 3, 2023 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Those dates will fall during one of the busiest times to visit in 2023 due to spring break season (and that week in particular is when local schools are out). However, if it's the only time you can visit, then we'd suggest checking out our best spring break tips so you can prepare and set expectations.

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Dec 12, 2022 at 10:48 p.m. Molly Says...

Hello! We are planning a big trip in 2024. On the worst times to visit that year it says in February that it’s through the 28th. I understand the marathon is the weekend prior but why would the 27th/28th be considered a worst time? Is it because it’s expected to have people still going from the race? Hope this makes sense :)

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Dec 15, 2022 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly!

Yes, we've grouped Monday and Tuesday in with the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, as some participants may stay a couple of extra days to experience the parks.

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Dec 6, 2022 at 6:10 p.m. Jorge Says...

Anytime of year is great to visit.

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Dec 5, 2022 at 11:24 p.m. Roycene Perry Says...

Definitely Christmas!! It's busy but there is nothing like the energy and christmas spirit!!

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Dec 5, 2022 at 9:59 p.m. Teresa G. Says...

Thanks for all the great information. This definitely helps with planning for our next trip.

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Dec 5, 2022 at 9:58 p.m. Wells Says...

Happy Holidays Undercover Tourist!

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Dec 4, 2022 at 3:54 a.m. Sherry Says...

Hi there, thanks for all the great info! We will be there end of January into February, we were going to MK 1/31 however after I made our reservations they announced they are closing at 4:30 that day. I hear that is the perfect time to go because many people will change their reservations and go on a day they aren't closing early. What are your thoughts? This will be my daughters first trip so I want to make it as magical as possible! I already changed our reservations but now I'm considering changing them back.

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Dec 6, 2022 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry!

It is true that Magic Kingdom can have lighter crowds on days that it closes early. But if you wish to experience the fireworks, we'd recommend going on a different day, unless you can park hop!

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Nov 25, 2022 at 10:18 p.m. chelsea Says...

I've already booked for my husband and myself for Sept 15th - Sept 21st 2023, my question is, how bad will the weather be? Now I am from south texas so I'm used to the heat and humidity and the bipolar rain, just nervous as I hear so many bad things about florida weather lol!

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Jan 4, 2023 at 8:54 p.m. Becky C Says...

My husband and I went this past Sept 16-24th and we did have occasional showers but nothing that stopped our run or ruined our trip. The week after we left, there was a hurricane that hit that closed the parks for a couple of days though. The crowd levels were low and our longest wait time was 45 minutes for the Kilamajaro Safari ride. We had a great time!

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Nov 28, 2022 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea!

September still falls during Florida's rainy season, so you should continue to expect regular afternoon/evening storms that pass through fairly quickly. With that, we recommend carrying around ponchos and extra pairs of socks. For more tips on what to pack, hop over to our Orlando weather guide.

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Nov 24, 2022 at 10:28 a.m. Chelsea Says...

Hey :) we are booked for 17th April - 3rd May 2023 but 12 out of 16 nights we are there the cheerleading comps are on and we are staying onsite at Disney. This has put us off after reading reviews and crowds etc. Thinking to change to May (can be anytime up until 25th). Would you recommend this change? Any other times (except September) would you recommend?

Thanks :)

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Nov 28, 2022 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea!

Yes! If you wish to avoid the cheer and dance crowds, we'd suggest moving to first half of May if you're looking to go around a similar timeframe. Otherwise, we suggest mid-January to early February or the second half of August (though keep in mind the heat).

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Nov 23, 2022 at 2:32 p.m. Linda Says...

Although We’ve been to Disney many times and our personal favorite is visiting in Sept., it’s just not possible this year. The only time our family can all get together is the first week of June. We’ve never been in June, what can we expect?

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Nov 23, 2022 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Usually, Memorial Day indicates the very beginning of the summer vacation season, so that weekend in particular will be very busy. After then, crowds may subside a little bit but the parks will still remain quite busy. We think the first week of June is the best time you could go during the month. While many school districts are out by then, some school districts across the country don't end until mid-June, which is why we usually see June get steadily busier as the month goes on. As for the weather, expect hot & humid temperatures, as well as rain.

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Nov 3, 2022 at 2:48 p.m. Amber Says...

Hi we are thinking of taking a trip to Disney the month of March. What is the best week for less crowds and should all of the rides be open that month? Thank you!!

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Nov 3, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

We'd suggest the first week of March! Avoid March 11-19 (that's when local schools are on spring break). However, the rest of March is still subject to spring break crowds since dates vary at school districts across the country. The majority of rides should be open, though always subject to change. You can check our Refurbishments post, which we update weekly.

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Oct 28, 2022 at 6:29 p.m. Emma Says...

We were booked to visit Oct 22, cancelled due to ill health. When is the best time for lowest crowds but good weather from Dec to April. Thanks

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Nov 1, 2022 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

During that timeframe, some of the best times to visit would be: 1) weekdays during the first two weeks of December, 2) Jan. 18 to Feb. 15, 3) March 1-10 and 4) April 17-30. For the best weather out of those options, we'd go with March 1-10.

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Oct 25, 2022 at 9:37 a.m. Terri Says...

Hi, I'm really really struggling to choose when to travel. I've decided on hotel and airline but cannot decide when is ultimately best. I've never been to florida and I'll be travelling as a single parent with twins aged 11 so we really want to maximise our holiday and make the most of our time.

I've considered end of Jan 2023 for the crowds but we really want to have sunny pool days too.

I've considered last 2wks of August as from what I've read these dates can be lower crowds, however friends have said it's been extremely hot and absolutely rammed at this time in 2022.

So, I'm now thinking 14th May 2023 for 14nts, please could you advise, what are typical crowds like during this time, is there anything to avoid, I want it to be hot enough for us to have pool days but ideally not too hot especially if we have to deal with queues..

Any help would be hugely appreciated, thank you x

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Oct 27, 2022 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

We would consider all three of those timeframes as good times to visit (though if you could do the first half of May, that would be even better), so it just depends on other factors such as weather. For the end of January, the weather can vary greatly. Sometimes winter in Florida can be really warm (as high as the low 80s F) so pool days could certainly still be a thing to do — but if a cold front passes through, then it can get really cold (usually 50s during the day but can get as low as the 30s F). Because it's a slower time, there are usually shorter park hours and ride refurbishments. For the last two weeks of August, the weather will be the biggest drawback as not only is it the hottest month of the year but it's also during the rainy season so expect daily thunderstorms in the afternoons/evenings. Weekdays in the beginning of May would probably be your best option out of the ones mentioned, as it's after spring break season but before summer vacations begin. The weather can get still quite hot, but it's not as bad as in late summer, and it's right before the official start of rainy season (which usually starts mid-May).

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Oct 17, 2022 at 4:20 p.m. Chrystel Says...

Heya! Great advice. We have just been to Disneyland in Anaheim and were disappointed with how things are after covid. Lack of staffing, lines 3 hours long and the staff look miserable so we’ve decided to try Disney world next year instead!

Can you please let me know the pros/cons of Aug/Sep versus Sep/Oct?

Thanks heaps!

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Oct 18, 2022 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrystel!

For Aug./Sept., the biggest pro would be low crowds (with the exception of Labor Day weekend), as most kids are back in school by mid-August. The biggest con is the weather — August can be one of the hottest months of the year, plus it's still rainy season with daily afternoon storms (this year, we saw the rainy summer patterns continue through the end of September).

For Sept./Oct., September has low crowds (especially the first half), but October can get busy due to some schools across the country with fall breaks. You'd also want to avoid Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day, as it's a holiday weekend. The weather is slightly better, but you still may likely encounter storms and high temperatures (particularly in September). October may be cooler in the early mornings and evenings.

During either timeframe, you'll be able to experience both EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and Halloween festivities & fall decor, as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party usually starts mid-August (though more special Halloween treats may be available at more dining locations during October).

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Oct 14, 2022 at 1:41 p.m. Beth Says...

We are wanting to visit all parks at Disney with our 3.5 and 2 year old. We are not sure when to visit. Initially we were looking to come end of march beginning of April for our sons 4th birthday, you have highlighted that this would be a bad time to visit. Should we look at another time? Where would be good to stay? Ideally wanted something with a little more space rather than all in one single room for 10 days to 2 weeks. Also unsure what parks would be best for little ones. Struggling to come up with a plan :(

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Oct 18, 2022 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

The end of March and beginning of April falls during the spring break season, so that's why we have it listed as one of the busier times of the year. Are you wanting to stay on-site? There are family suites at Disney's Art of Animation and Disney's All-Star Music Resort — both are Value Resorts, offering some of the lowest rates for family suites on property. We have a post about choosing which Disney parks to visit here.

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Oct 12, 2022 at noon Jane Says...

Hi,

We will be visiting from Ireland, planning to go to Universal & Disney and are looking at Oct 13th - Oct 27th 2023 - do you think crowd levels will be high on these dates? Thank you.

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Oct 13, 2022 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

Overall, October crowds are generally moderate, with weekends being more crowded than weekdays. You can get a better sense of October crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar (it currently shows 2022, but 2023 would be similar).

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Oct 12, 2022 at 3:30 a.m. Liz Says...

Hello! Thanks so much for all your helpful info. We are planning to go to Disney World early February to hopefully have less crowds. When we last went to Disney World 6 years ago we were able to get the Canadian Resident discount, and it really helped with the cost! I've been searching and see it's no longer offered. I've been waiting and watching to see if it'll come back before we buy our tickets. Do you think there's any chance Disney will bring back the Canadian discount soon, or should we just stop waiting and purchase our tickets right away? Thanks!

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Oct 18, 2022 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

We're not toadally sure about if/when the Canadian discount could come back — though we always encourage to purchase tickets the earlier, the better once you've nailed down your dates.

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Oct 4, 2022 at 3:43 a.m. Tara Says...

We are planning to book from November 7th -14th 2022 to cover both Disney and universal. Is it still the hurricane season around that time? TIA

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Oct 3, 2022 at 2:01 a.m. Anne Says...

Hello,

We are planning a trip first week in Feb. I am worried about weather, though the crowds sound good them. Also, my dad is 76 years old with some mobility issues. Do you think the parks are too much for him to join us?

Thank you,

Anne

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

Hi Anne!

While we can't speak to his individual capabilities, we will say there is a lot of walking (and standing) involved at the theme parks, so generally speaking, we'd recommend renting a wheelchair or ECV. Without one, it could potentially be too much for someone with mobility issues.

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Oct 1, 2022 at 5:16 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi, we are visiting December 14-19th 2022 and have a 4 day hopper plus planning on one Mickey Christmas party night. What days would you suggest for less crowds at each park (we want to visit all 4)? We are staying at Pop in a standard room, is there any section you prefer that we could request (close to skyliner and lobby)?

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Oct 4, 2022 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar here! Midweek should be less crowded than the weekend. As for Pop Century, the preferred rooms are scattered around the '50s, '60s, and '70s Buildings (see map here). For a standard room that is still relatively close to Classic Hall and the bus stops (though a bit more of a walk to Skyliner), we'd suggest the '80s section (9101-9472).

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Oct 1, 2022 at 7:52 a.m. Jess Says...

We have no choice but to visit approx 15-22 June. Do you still think its worth it.. even with a 5yo??

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Oct 5, 2022 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess!

We believe you can have a magical visit to Walt Disney World no matter the circumstance or crowd level! While, of course, summer is a busier time of the year, we do have some tips for visiting during this time. With a five-year-old in tow, you'll want to consider the weather as well. June can be hot, so we recommend taking lots of short breaks throughout the day (even potentially a longer break midday to go back to the hotel and nap) to keep everyone hoppy.

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

Why is February 18-27 one of the worst?

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

Hi Tom!

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

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

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

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

Hi Stacy!

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

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

Hi Guys my 1st time going to Disney world.

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

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

Hi Rose!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jeff!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenn!

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

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

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

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

Hi Joy Dee!

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

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

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

Stay Frogglicious! ;)

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

Hi Dini!

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

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

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

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

Hi Dini!

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jeanine!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tillie!

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

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