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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1251 Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2019, Easter is on April 21. In 2020, it falls on April 12. 

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Mr. and Mrs. Claus

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 21, 2019 and April 12, 2020
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019 and Nov. 26, 2020
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2019 and 2020 are:

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

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

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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Aug 26, 2015 at 11:27 p.m. BizzieBee Says...

Hi! I'm so glad I stumbled onto this blog, so much helpful information! In any case, I'm looking into using a travel agent for my 2016 WDW trip, it's my very first time going to WDW and Universal Studios so I want to ensure I'm making the most of my time as I don't know when I will be able to make it back! 1.) For first timers, are park hopper passes necessary/beneficial? Or will each park keep me so consumed I won't have time to get to other parks in one day? 2.) I'm hearing there is a Fastpass+ option. Is this different from the Disneyland Fastpass system? 3.) You mentioned it rains in Sept., I'm looking to go the weeks of either: 9/4/2015 - 9/12/2015 OR 9/11/2016 - 9/19/2016. I will spend 5 days at WDW and 2 days at Universal and then head home, is that time of the month super rainy (and or cold) or does it just depend?

I am SUPER excited by the way and cannot wait to begin booking my trip! I just want to make sure I have a solid plan in place so again I can make the most of this once in a lifetime trip :o)

Thank you!

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bizzie Bee,

If you use a site such as ours for your research, you likely won't need a travel agent since you're already asking the right questions;) This a great time to go as far as crowds are concerned. I would definitely plan for rain on either of those dates. Usually what you see are showers in the afternoon for a few hours. It's not normally a huge disruption, but keep in mind that it is hurricane season. It's still pretty hot this time of year.

For first-timers, who want to experience most everything in each park, park hopping isn't necessary, but some people want that flexibility. You can always add it on in the parks if you decide you need it. We have more information about park hoppers and when to get them here.

We also have more information about FastPass+ here, including a downloadable guide. This is not a ticket option. It is FREE and included with all Disney tickets.

We hope you will keep us in mind for tickets on this upcoming trip!

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Aug 26, 2015 at 12:51 p.m. Emily Says...

Thanks for your useful info. We booked our orlando trip from Oct 16-21 . Would it be too cold to visit discovery cove and sea world ( swimming) in Oct ? Actually it is my first time traveling to US with my 9 yrs old son and husband. What you would advise if we want visit Magic kingdom, Epcot, HOllywood studio, seaworld, discovery cove in 4 days only ?

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Sep 15, 2015 at 9:53 p.m. Disneyrving Says...

We did Discovery Cove last year the week of Thanksgiving and it was perfect. You have wetsuits available if it is too cold. the weather was perfect! Discovery Cove is Awesome!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:43 p.m. CinColo Says...

Hi Emily, that's almost the exact time when I took my girls in Oct. The weather was awesome! It was not too hot but it was warm enough to swim. My recommendation for the schedule would be to do Hollywood Studios and Epcot in one day. If you're staying at a Disney hotel, schedule it when there are extra magic late hours at Epcot or H.S. Epcot is usually open later anyway. In our case, we had a select 4 or 5 rides only we wanted to do at H.S., so it didn't take us all day. Definitely leave yourself a full day for Magic Kingdom. That would leave you 1 day at SeaWorld an 1 day for Discovery Cove.

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

I don't think it's going to be too cold, and there are wetsuits provided for Discovery Cove anyway. I think it's going to be tough to do all of those parks in four days if you are a first-time visitor. I would recommend a full day for Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld and Epcot. For Discovery Cove, it is most of the day, until the early evening, which I suppose you could hop over to Hollywood Studios, but that's really not enough time to experience that park.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 5:31 p.m. JC Says...

Me and my partner (2 adults with no kids) are planning a trip to Orlando on the last week of September 2016. We've been to Universal parks before but never at Disney. We really want to go to Hollywood Horror Nights in Universal and thought that maybe late September (the first week of HHN) will be less crowded than October. And we want to go the entire week to visit the Disney parks for our first time. Do you think is a good time to actually enjoy the parks and do the rides? What day of the week would you recommend for each park? Also, I'm concerned about the rain you mentioned on your post since I never thought about it. Certainly we don't want for our first visit.

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Aug 26, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JC,

The end of September is generally better than October, but you do have to contend with rain (in October too).

Keep hopping!

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Aug 24, 2015 at 2:46 a.m. kelley Says...

Hi there we are going April 9-16. I was wondering why you are predicting busier crowds through April 11? With Easter being earlier I would think it would be quieter. I am hoping for a good week. The last time we were there was during xmas week 2 years ago and it was crazy!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley,

I originally included it because the weekends are set to see elevated crowds, although the weekdays are medium, but I've since revised the post to reflect that!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 23, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. Shaun Says...

We have a special needs 3-year old who requires oxygen and would most likely be in a stroller most of the time. We would probably not be interested in many rides, but more character/show watching. I just started researching this and have noted the first week in October, mid-November, first half of December, last week in January, and first week of February. Would any of these times be better than the others? Thanks!

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shaun,

I would say last week in January or first week of February. All of these other times are good too.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 22, 2015 at 6:51 p.m. Shar Says...

Hi, we are planning to go in 2016 with our autistic son so want crowds as low as we can. We were thinking of the two week after easter. UK schools go back 11th or 18th depending on area. Which two weeks do you think would be less busy, or would the two weeks before the easter weekend be better??? we can go any time in March April May, but thought April would give better weather and longer days.

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shar,

I think the last two weeks of April are a good time to go.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 21, 2015 at 7:28 p.m. Angela Says...

We are just starting to plan our first family trip to Disney World for April 21-30, 2016. We will likely be purchasing a 5 day pass, 1 park per day (not hopper), some vacation days will be non-park days. At that point our boys will be 9 and 5 1/2, they are not into meeting characters or extremely large crowds, but they love rides. Any words of wisdom? (BTW, really loving your website!! Thanks!)

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Aug 27, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

This sounds like a great plan! Whenever we're visiting a new theme park, we like to sit down together as a family and have everyone choose their priorities. From our Disney World page, you can see all of the parks parks, and from there, all of the parks' attractions. We include our point of view videos on each of these pages along with other helpful information, so families can make decisions about what to do in the park.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. Kerri Says...

We are planning a trip to disney fall 2016. We want low crowds and weather warm enough to enjoy the pools. Looking at Nov 12-18, Nov 28- Dec 5? Would consider late October as well. Would love your help! Thx!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

We list the historical weather info on our Crowd Calendar, so you can see temps! That said, the pools are heated year-round.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. Peter Grimaldi Says...

This information is really useful!!! We booked our disney trip from October 30th-November 9th, we are getting the halloween party, christmas party, and food and wine festival. Can't wait!!

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Aug 21, 2015 at 7:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Woohoo, Peter!!

We're excited for you!

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Aug 19, 2015 at 7:35 p.m. Cindy Says...

I'm so glad I found this site. Such a wealth of information! We already booked our flights and will be going to Disney World November 21-23 (Sat/Sun/Mon) then heading over to Universal November 23 & 24 (meeting up with another family). Now that I see you crowd calendar I'm second guessing this plan because of the crowds. Are those days prior to Thanksgiving really that busy too or is it mainly Thursday & on?

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Aug 20, 2015 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

Saturday will be better than Sunday, Sunday better than Monday etc., but it will be busy! As long as you know that going in, you can set expectations and follow good touring advice by arriving ahead of park openings, following touring plans and taking a break in the afternoon, you should be fine. Make sure to download our brand-new Orlando app for iPhone! It has pre-set plans and weight times.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. Ang Says...

I have tickets for the Christmas party on the 1st of Dec, which starts at 4. Does the park close early on these days on account of the Christmas party? How does that work? Tks!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ang,

Yes, the parks close early on these days. Guests who do not have party tickets (and party wristbands) will be directed to the exits at 7 p.m. You can read more about it here.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 16, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. Lena Says...

We always go in April but not all my family will be able to go April 2016 so I was thinking September 2016. My question is will the parks(Epcot and Magic Kingdom as well as Disney Springs) pretty much be running the same? Would they have the same time park closures, parades(night and day) and firework shows as April? Also would they still continue to run the Electrical Water Pageant nightly as well?

Thank you in advance for your time and website!!!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lena,

You can look at the park hours for September 2015 on our Crowd Calendar to get a good sense of them for 2016. They aren't guaranteed to be the same, but they would be closer than April. Yes, you will get to see the Electrical Water Pageant.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 14, 2015 at 5:32 a.m. Sherri Says...

We were planning our WDW vacation may 15th though may21st 2016 and was just wondering if a good time or not and about the park times if close early ? We have went last 2 1/2 years once in March then this past Dec ... Advice please :)

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Aug 14, 2015 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherri,

There are some medium crowd days, but Friday and Saturday will be busier. Check out the Crowd Calendar. Park hours won't be super short. I would expect Magic Kingdom to be open until 11 p.m. or midnight on some of these days.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 a.m. Trish Says...

We will be going from .2/2/16 to 2/7/16. Any thoughts, pros or cons??

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

Should be a great time to go as far as crowds are concerned. The only potential con is colder weather and more refurbs typically during this time.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 12, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. rachael Says...

We are planning a trip second week of June. I read in another book that early June is not too busy. Any info for this time of year. It is our first time going. We have a 7 and almost 6 year old that we will be taking. My husband and I are both teachers so going "off season" is just not an option. This may be the only time we get to go so we want to make the most of it.

Thanks!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

The first week of June is better, but this week will be pretty good too! It will be crowded, but not as crowded as later in June or July.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 12, 2015 at 6:25 a.m. KK Says...

HI! we will be going to Disney World on Dec 04 for 7 days. Good time? not crowded right?

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KK,

This is a great time to go! Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 11, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. Liz Says...

Hi,

What do you think about November 1-4th? I've read that Jersey Week is during that time. Would that be a bad time?

The other time we are considering is the last week in April. Schools in upstate NY are on break that week, but I don't know if other states are off that week. Thanks!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

As far as crowds go, they are comparable. If you were staying through the weekend in November, I would steer you toward that week in April. The weekend will be more crowded because of the Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Weekend.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 11, 2015 at 1:32 a.m. Christina Says...

We'll be traveling to Disney October 2-9, 2015. We're staying at old key west. Anything you want to throw my way would be appreciated. I have read through lots of your material also. Can't wait to surprise the kids!!

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Aug 11, 2015 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

You're going to love Old Key West, and it will be a nice time to visit. Make sure to visit Olivia's Cafe and check out all the photos visitors have left. Our favorite section of the resort is the Miller's Road area, which you could make as an online check-in request.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 7, 2015 at 6:39 a.m. jason Says...

we are planning for 24th March to 9th April which has easter weekend then almost 2 weeks after that - what would your expectations be for that period please. I see there are some green days on the crowd planner etc.

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Aug 6, 2015 at 4:24 p.m. Samantha Says...

Please help! this is our first trip and we're planning on going jan 14-21 2016 and it says that's the worse time to go, can you tell me why :( !

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Aug 6, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha,

Some of your dates will be OK, but you are coming over the MLK Day Holiday Weekend. I would expect Saturday, Sunday and Monday to be very busy. See our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 30, 2015 at 3 p.m. Adam Says...

Do you think the "best times" discussed here are also the best times to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure? My wife and I are leaning toward October because of the addition of Halloween-themed events, but is Universal Studios not more crowded at this time due to Haunted Hollywood Nights?

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Jul 30, 2015 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

October isn't as great of a time to visit as it used to be because of all of the fall events, including Halloween Horror Nights, but it's still a good time to visit and definitely beats the summer. Universal is more crowded during October because of Halloween Horror Nights, but so too will be the Disney parks too.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 28, 2015 at 9:45 p.m. Sylvia Says...

My family of 7 is planning a Disney vacation and trying to decide when to go is the biggest question. In the past we have always gone the weekend after Thanksgiving and the crowds weren't too bad at all. The wait for some things was long but most were fine. Scheduling at this time that will not work. We are looking at Columbus day weekend or the week before Christmas. Do you think one will be better than the other?

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvia,

Will you be going for the same length of time? If you are only looking at Columbus Day weekend and not the weekdays, then I would take the week before Christmas. Check out the Crowd Calendar for your specific dates.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 19, 2015 at 10:46 p.m. Mags Says...

Planning on going October 14, my sister will be 65 and really wants the opportunity to have a pic with Mickey, so your advice is exceptional. She did say a dance with Mickey but don't think that might happen. Has to be on 14th. Thanks !

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Jul 21, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mags,

Sounds like fun. The 14th should be a great time to meet Mickey, and I wouldn't count him out on that dance ;)

Keep hopping!

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Jul 4, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. Nicole Says...

We want to plan a trip to Disney the last week of January 2016- first week of February 2016. I have checked the crowd calendars and prior advice on fast passes and getting into the part before it opens. I love the advice and plan to

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Looks like your message got caught off. Can we answer any questions for you? You've picked a good time to go, crowds-wise, you just really want to avoid the holidays in January and February.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 2, 2015 at 3:34 a.m. Jo Says...

Hi we are there for the days Tues Sept 13 - Sat Sept 19. As we are doing the Universal Package we will only visit Magic Kingdom one day. I have three questions.

1) Based on your crowd calender we are going a brilliant week. Should I bother with fast passes at Disney with 2/10 days.

2) I have read your site and it says to avoid Early Entry days and the best days look to be the 15th or 16th. Only one has the Halloween night which I know will cost more if we stay. Will we not get the normal Wishes fireworks if we get the Halloween night. It is very important to me and Halloween is not big to us.

3) I may have to visit one park on weekend with our Flex Pass. I assume Seaworld would absorb larger crowds better than Universal or Disney.

Thanks.

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Jul 2, 2015 at 6:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your questions! We've got answers :)

1. I would absolutely still book FastPasses. Disney is never "dead" the way you might see at other theme parks in off-season. There will still be crowds, and there will still be waits, so anything you can do to minimize that is a plus.

2. If you want to see Wishes, you should definitely go on a night when the Halloween party isn't happening. Personally, I think HalloWishes is a better show, but I understand your reasoning. Also keep in mind that you can hear and see the fireworks from outside the park at the boat dock and beaches at several locations, including the boat dock at Ticket and Transportation Center, the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and Ft. Wilderness. Our favorite spot for this is the Polynesian.

3. SeaWorld is a solid weekend choice.

Hope you have a fabulous trip! Sounds like you are doing all of your research ;)

Keep hopping!

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Jun 26, 2015 at 10:07 p.m. Tammy Says...

I took my mom Thanksgiving week to FL. Stayed at DW's Coronado's Resort. We had a nice room and wonderful service and food. I'd never stayed at the resort...HIGHLY , HIGHLY suggest it. It was nice for DW to pick us up at the airport and take care of everything while we were there including taking our packaged back to the resort for us. It was especially nice to not have to worry about where the car was, waiting in exit line to leave the parking lot. I'd never stayed on grounds before but will never go back to staying off . As for our Thanksgiving Day meal...we found it would of been cheaper to eat at the la cart market at our resort and it ended up being the some food that was at the $35 meal at WD's Pioneer "Cabin" or the Liberty Tavern..in my opinion they were too expensive. I would of rather of go to the cafe . However, the specialty places like Mickey's Cafe and the Dinner at Hollywood park is a must!!! I personally found the crowds not bad but to my mom who drove an electric cart it was very crowded. The only terrible thing for use going in Nov. was the weather. We had packed for warmer temps than home,but it was COLDER at DW at 37-63 degrees where home was 45-68 degrees FYI; We went to Sea World too. The whole day was bad to worse. 1st there is not shuttle service from DW to SW so We had to leave DW grounds walk 5 blocks to a bus stop,wait 45 minutes, ride the transit another 30 minutes, get off the bus and walk 10 blocks the walk through SW parking lot before getting to the ticket booth. By this time it was lunch so we bought their meal pass(highly worth it) and had lunch. After lunch we discovered that most of the animal shows had been cancelled! We had come to go to the Killer Whale dinner so we walked around for three hours! When we go to our dinner we discovered that it wasn't at all what the ads has said. We were to sit and dine under an enclosed tunnel where the whales swim over you, eating on china and the a "private" show. We ended up eating next to a holding tank for whales, eating on paper plates with plastic silverware while a whale and it trainers do tricks! Then at 6:47 we started began walking to the exit best of the weekday hours and the began our evening trek to the bus stop to start our trip back to DW.( the only good thing was the penguin exhibit-I LOVE penguins)

over all, DisneyWorld will be great no matter when you go. You'll have so much fun who needs to go anywhere else!

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Jun 11, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. Michel Says...

Hej, we are planning a trip for summer 2016. We know it isn't the best time to be in WDW, we have a periode from July 9th until August 21th. In between we want to go for a two week period. What are the best weeks to consider?

Michel

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May 29, 2015 at 3:52 p.m. Jamie Says...

I really want to plan a family trip. I'm not a believer of taking my kid out of school, but I'm considering it just because the last two years we've missed a lot of school in Jan/Feb. Would it be a good time to visit? I've heard some rides close, is that true? I'm assuming that is water rides? I just want my kid's first experience to be fun and not miserable hot and spent standing in line. Love your blog!

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May 29, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

I think you're on to a good idea :) January and February can be great times to go crowds-wise, just make sure to look at the crowd calendar and avoid the holidays. We were at Disney last January right after the marathon, and it was the least-busy time we've ever experienced in all of our times at the parks! That said, there are more refurbishments generally during this time. Splash Mountain usually does an annual refurb most of January, so that is something to keep in mind.

Thanks for the praise! We love awesome readers such as you!!

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May 27, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Mia Says...

We have a trip planned for Aug 30 - Sept 5th. Hurricane season scares me a bit to be honest, how bad is it expected to get? Thanks!

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May 28, 2015 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia,

We can't predict the hurricanes, but barring a hurricane, you should expect rains daily or almost daily in the afternoon. Storms blow in and out very quickly, so it really doesn't have a huge impact on your day. Just make sure to pack a poncho.

Keep hopping!

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May 19, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. Katherine Says...

Went to WDW last year from Sept 2nd to 9th and crowds were amazingly low, weather was nice, and I had a great time. Booked a bounceback for Sept 2015 for Sept 1st to 8th, but I just realized that this year Labour Day falls right in my dates (last year's Labour Day was early on and we arrived after the holiday was over). Will this affect crowd levels? Thanks !

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May 19, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

Labor Day should not have a huge impact on crowds as most families are just getting back in the swing of things with school.

Keep hopping!

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May 18, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. richard Says...

how bad will it be on may 22 the 24 hr day

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May 19, 2015 at 6:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Richard,

It will easily be the busiest day of the year. Doesn't mean you shouldn't do it — it will be an amazing experience I am sure, especially with the new nighttime parade and projection mapping show — but you should expect super crowds. The parking garage will open at 10 p.m. the night before, and people will begin lining up to get in at 6 a.m.

Keep hopping!

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May 10, 2015 at 11:23 a.m. Kerri Says...

We are coming to Florida in October. 18th october - 1st November. We are staying in a villa in Kissimmee. I have been before but not for 17years. Can you help me with idea of what the weather would be like & que times for rides please?

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May 15, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

The weather is quite good in October and November, with less rain, highs in the 80s and lows near 60. Ride times are also good during this time, but keep in mind that Disney World is never empty even during the least-busy times.

Keep hopping!

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May 7, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. violet Says...

Me and my boyfriend are going to be going from May 11th to May 17th 2016. How do you think the crowds and weather will be at that time of the year?

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May 8, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Violet,

We expect medium crowds most of this time, although the weekends will be busier Check out our Crowd Calendar!

Keep hopping,

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May 7, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Jen Says...

We are going November 5-11th. Any tips on that time about weather, crowds??? When do they decorate for Christmas?

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May 15, 2015 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Highs are generally in the high 70s and lows near 60. You can see crowd predictions here. The decorations start going up in early November, but it takes several weeks before everything is in place.

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May 5, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. Anita Says...

Hi there, planning trip - I had originally hoped to go early May but had to postpone. I can now go anytime from 18th May. I plan to go for two weeks with a 4 year old. Question I have is do I go for the 18th or a bit later and give myself more time to plan.

Thanks

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May 8, 2015 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

The later you wait, the more crowded the parks get. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 29, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. Lee-Anne Says...

Hi, we are hoping to stay at either Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach resort in 2016. My husband would like to go last week June through 1st week in July, but I am really worried about crowd level, wait times the heat!!! only other time would be to take our son out of school in May. Any tips for which would be best would be great.

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Apr 29, 2015 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee-Anne,

Crowd levels are better in May, but there are also some higher crowd level days in May too, so check the crowd calendar. Of course, you can still have a wonderful trip no matter when you go. I suggest you check out this post on tips for using FastPass+ in summer. Both of those resorts are a lot of fun. Lily and Tad especially loved the fortress pool at Caribbean Beach (sounds more scary than it actually is), and the beachy theme was a big hit with them. Let us know what you decide to do!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 7, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. Lee-Anne Says...

Hi Leap, thank for the advice. Well my husbands work has decided for us, that we are now only able to fly end May, beginning of June. So we are now booked for Coronado Spring from 1st June 2016 for 2 weeks ( coming from UK) :-) I have registered with you're newsletter and will use you're site to plan our holiday. Thank you Lee-Anne x

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Apr 29, 2015 at 3:49 a.m. Kristy Says...

Party of 7 (grandma, mom, dad and 4 young kids) are heading to WDW this winter. The choice being the week of Nov 15th or the week of Nov 30th. Any thoughts on which would be the best week? 2 most important things are - low crowds and Christmas experiences (without doing the Christmas Party). Looks like there are still many Christmas lights in mid November. Anything we would be missing by going in Mid November rather than waiting until week after Thanksgiving?

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Apr 29, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Nov. 15 is a better week for crowds, but you would miss out on the Epcot Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Apr 22, 2015 at 9:12 a.m. Jenny Says...

Hi All, we are hoping to book a trip in 2016 and wondered if you would have any advice for the best time to go that far in advance? Thank you

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Apr 22, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

You can see some of the 2016 dates already in our crowd calendar. The same principles hold true year to year. Avoid the holidays and times when kids are out of school.

About when are you thinking of going?

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Apr 20, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. bekah Says...

I thought I had my dates set but now im not so sure. We can either go the last week of september or october 18-25. Now im not so sure as they both have busy days. Any input? Not sure if there is school break or busy due to mickey not so scary.

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Apr 20, 2015 at 6:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bekah,

The last week of September is slightly better than those dates in October, but both look pretty good!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 19, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are planning on our first trip to WDW the week of July 15. I teach so it's difficult to go during the least busy times. Will it be absolutely miserable, crowd wise during this time?

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Apr 20, 2015 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

It will be very, very busy, but we've been in the middle of July and you can make it more manageable.

1. Pick a recommended park based on our crowd calendar.

2. Arrive ahead of park opening, so you can tour when waits are at their lowest. (This is the single most important tip you can follow!)

3. Use FastPass+ in the late morning/afternoon and then get additional passes.

4. Follow a touring plan so that you ride the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

5. Use our wait times app so you can find the rides with the shortest waits near you in the park.

6. Take a break in the afternoons when waits are at their highest.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 17, 2015 at 7:43 p.m. Ladybenz Says...

Hi, going last week of Nov 30 - Dec 6. Would it be less crowed? and will the resort have a cheaper price?

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Apr 20, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can see from our crowd calendar, that week is expected to be pretty good as far as crowds go, and it's possible you will find some discounts on the resort hotels if you check with Disney.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 17, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. michelleH Says...

Hi. leaving end of april to may5th 2015. wondering abt the weather in Florida? thank you very much!!!

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Apr 20, 2015 at 7:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

You are looking at mostly clear days with highs in the upper 80s.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 28, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. Crystal Says...

I am planning our families first trip to Disney World for Dec 24th- Dec 28th. Followed by Universal from Dec 29th- Dec 31st and possibly a day at Aquatica on Dec 23rd. We have a little girl who will turn 5 on the 28th and our son who is 12. We are planning on a stroller as our daughter has pain issues so we feel its better for everyone if she gets a ride but how hard will it be to navigate with her and are we fine if we park our stroller in a parking area for a while and navigate without it when the crowds get to bad. Also how likely is it to get a good weather day to do Aquatica that late in Dec. Thank you guys for all your tricks its so nice to have advice from seasoned pros I have already started getting things together. Any first time tricks would be greatly appreciated

Thanks So Much

Crystal

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Mar 31, 2015 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

Sounds like you've got a good plan in place! Taking a stroller will not be a problem, just know that you will be visiting during the very busiest time of the year, and it will be very crowded! So navigating the most congested areas will be slow and go at times, but so will walking. Leaving your stroller will be fine, just follow the advice on this stroller post Mommy Frog put together. Most of the really cold days happen in January and February, so you may luck out in December. We're so excited for you and your family's first trip! Please don't forget about us when you get back and let us know how it goes.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 23, 2015 at 7:46 p.m. Renee braun Says...

My family of 6. mom dad and 4 adult kids 21 to 27 are vising Florida WDW and universal for the first time. May 5 to 11th. We are staying off site at our time share. The kids are split on how many days to spend at which resort. my husband wants to go to Epcot. will tag along with daughters to Harry Potters [big Hogwarts fans]. but he is not interested in Disney since we have been many times to Disneyland. but one son loves Disney and wants to get the three day pass.

1. are there better days to see which park?

2. what would be the best day to visit Epcot?

3. 3 of one 2 at the other? visa versa? help calm the family drama.

which way will they be able to see the most?

we are planning on the being there before it opens option. but always staying to the last. but i'm not much a fan of park hopping or how it can add much besides cost.

we are there to see family also. so some time away from parks [ha ha says my son}. the 5 of us will spend most the time together once we can agree on which days at which parks. daughter wants to start to make the reservations for meals and fast passes. help.

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Mar 24, 2015 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

Sounds like a fun trip. There are better days to see certain parks. I recommend you check out our Crowd Calendar for specific park recommendations by day. Wednesday and Thursday are better days to visit Epcot, and 3-2 sounds like a good split to me. You did not mention whether you all have visited Disney World before, but assuming you only do three days at Disney and do not park hop, you will need to skip at least one WDW park (Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios would be my recommendation).

Let us know what you decide to do!

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Mar 23, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. Angie Says...

We want to take our large family (me, my husband, and our 5 kids) to WDW in October. My vacation budget is $11000. We'll be driving down. Is this budget do-able? Where should we stay? We have a variety of ages-- 3 to 13. Any tips?

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Mar 23, 2015 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

You did not mention how long you are staying that is a factor that impacts budget. You should be fine to stay at any of the resorts, and I would look at one of the monorail resorts for the ultimate experience. You can't go wrong with Disney's Grand Floridian, but I would also consider Disney's Polynesian, as the new pool complex should be open, and we hear it's going to be fabulous :)

Keep hopping!

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Mar 17, 2015 at 2:31 p.m. Love Disney Says...

We ABSOLUTELY love Disney World. We visit during the month of June and it is very crowded and hot. Although that is so, we still enjoy ourselves and have a great time. We will be visiting this June as well. Looking forward to another Magical Experience.

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Mar 17, 2015 at 2:13 a.m. TPK Says...

Hello!

I am planning a Disney World trip on May 10-12. We are staying on site and visiting Animal Kingdom on Sunday and Magic Kingdom on Monday. I noticed that it was red for Magic Kingdom on that Monday. I would have assumed during the week it wouldn't be as crowded. Now I'm wondering if I should change Magic Kingdom to Sunday? Any advice would be great! Thanks!

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Mar 17, 2015 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hello!

Sunday and Tuesday are both better days for Magic Kingdom on those dates. If you're schedule is flexible, then I would consider switching to one of those days.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 18, 2015 at 1:05 a.m. TpK Says...

Thank so much for your feedback! We are flexible and will be changing.

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Mar 13, 2015 at 2:08 a.m. Natalie Dee Says...

Hi,

Currently wanting to know the best dates inbetween August the 15th until start September?

thanks!!

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Mar 14, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

I suggest you check out our Crowd Calendar so you can see the best dates, but overall that is a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 12, 2015 at 11:11 p.m. Mike Says...

No mention of Memorial Day period. I guess I should expect it to be busy Memorial Weekend, but how about the week following Memorial Day? Thanks!

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Mar 14, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

It is expected to be fairly busy. Check out our Crowd Calendar, which means you need to get to the parks early, make sure to use FastPass+ and follow a plan so that you visit the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 9:27 p.m. Marjan Says...

Hi we are traveling to orlando on 23 August do you think is it good time for kids is it bezeee

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Mar 11, 2015 at 1:38 a.m. Crystal Says...

I was raised in the Tampa Bay area. ..so we went to WDW a few times a year. I got married a few years back and have two great step kids (17&11) & one wonderful husband. Also we have a 2year old & 7 month old. It blows my mind that none of them have been. I'm trying to make sure the 1st trip is amazing as the ones I remember as a child. Any tips on dates or other things to do special. I have not been to WDW since 2001. Thanks for the help

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Mar 8, 2015 at 3:36 a.m. Christy Says...

We were supposed to have gone the last week of February. Unfortunately we hadt reschedule everything. The next best date we could settle on was May 30 - June 6. I hope its not to horribly crowed. Its my husband and girls ( 7 and 11) first trip.

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