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

by Leap on November 17, 2022 2049 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, and more, the magic (and fun) is definitely calling! Understandably, some of you are wondering: "When is the best time to visit Disney World?"

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, unfortunately. What we can say, and what has always been true, 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. 16
  • March 1-8
  • April 15-30
  • 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
  • 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. 1-9, Jan. 13-16
  • Feb. 17-28
  • March 9 - April 14*
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

*The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2023, Easter falls on April 9, making it a slightly 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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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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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).

Keep hopping!

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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).

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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).

Keep hopping!

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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).

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tillie!

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

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

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

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

Hi John!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Cheryl!

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

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

Hi guys,

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

Thank you :)

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

Hi Emily!

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

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

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

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

Hi John!

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

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

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

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

Hi Mary!

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

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

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

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

Hi Brandon!

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

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

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

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

Hi Pete!

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

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

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

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

Hey Alana!

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

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

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

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

Hi Erik!

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

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

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

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

Hi Leigh!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Gary!

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

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

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

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

Hi Ronde!

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

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

Hi

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

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

Hi Michelle!

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

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

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

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

Hi Joe!

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Jack!

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

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

Hi

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

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

Hi Kathryn!

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

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

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

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

Hi Carly!

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

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

Going 4th of July week any advise?

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

Hi Brad!

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

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

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

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

Hi Brandi!

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

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

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

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

Hi Ami!

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

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

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

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

Hi Vicki!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi April!

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

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

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

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

Hi Erin!

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

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

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

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

Hi Beth!

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

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

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

Thank you for all of your helpful info :)

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

Hi Kirst!

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

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