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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.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 8, 2015 at 1:31 a.m. Dean Says...

Staying at camp grounds May3-9 . Is this a good time ? We have 2 special needs kids,both 13

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Mar 16, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dean,

This should be a good time to go with medium crowds! Have fun!

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Mar 6, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. Chayna Says...

Planning an East Coast USA holiday from Australia with 2 kids (13 & 11). In Orlando for a week from 23rd June which l see is a terrible time, wanting to do both Harry Potter parks with a 3 day pass. Was in Disneyland a couple years ago during Halloween party time, l assume l should expect even bigger crowds then that? Should l add express passes?

Your page has been invaluable thank you.

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Mar 9, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chayna,

You have to make the call on Express Passes, but yes, during peak travel season is the right time to consider purchasing them :)

Keep hopping!

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Mar 14, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. Chayna Says...

Thanks, have now booked at Cabana Bay so can access extra hour entry. Will now purchase the 2 day with 1 free Universal park to park tickets as this looks like the best deal. Especially going for Harry Potter attractions and many are listed as not having express lines available so may not buy express passes & just try to make the most of the 3 early day entry hours. One last question, l am buying 3 passes ( myself & 11 / 13 year old) as husband not into theme parks & will explore Orlando. If after 2 days l have had enough can l send him with kids on 3rd day ticket?

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Mar 16, 2015 at 6:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chayna,

Sounds like a plan! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, you cannot. Each ticket can only be used by one person.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 2, 2015 at 11:19 p.m. Nicola Says...

Hi we're going on the 12 of May to the 26 of May what will the crowds be like then as this is are first time to florida x x

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Mar 6, 2015 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicola,

This is a pretty good time to visit! If you look at our Crowd Calendar, you will see a mixture of green and yellow days.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 24, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. Michelle Says...

Trying to finalize dates for our trip to Disney with 7 year old and 2 year old. We are looking at Nov29-Dec3, The week of December 5 (Pop WarnerWeek?), or the week of April 26-30. Suggestions for lowest crowds, best weather?

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Mar 2, 2015 at 7:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Dec. 5 should be the best week, followed by Nov. 29-Dec. 3. Weather should be nice then, although most definitely cooler than April. The pools are open and heated year-round, but on some of the colder winter days us grownup frogs prefer the hot tub :)

Keep hopping!

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Feb 24, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Shaifali Says...

We are planning to go April 13 - 17 - any input on how crowds will be like ? I was told this should be ok as spring break crowds leave around 12th.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shaifali,

You are correct. The spring break crowds should be gone by then, and medium crowds are expected. Have fun! Write back and let us know how the trip goes!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 24, 2015 at 4:52 p.m. virginia Says...

We went feb14th-19th and it was NIGHTMARE. SO this article is spot on with those dates. It was so crowded there were workers directing people where and how to walk there were soooo many people.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. Shawn Lawson Says...

Why is mar 8 a bad time that's when we are going?

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Mar 2, 2015 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn,

It is the start of Spring Break.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 22, 2015 at 6:10 a.m. Anna Says...

I would like some help me and my kid's went to go these year but they never flight. And also we're can I get the best deal for flight and hotels and sea world,university studio, Disney world.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

You can search our Orlando ticket page for the best deals on tickets.

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Feb 20, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. Nazaret Says...

What is like to go on the first week of March? (2 - 9 of March exactly)

Thanks. :)

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Feb 23, 2015 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nazaret,

It should not be too crowded at the start of your trip as spring break will not have started for most schools, although it will get much busier toward the end.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 19, 2015 at 2:34 p.m. Rosemary Says...

My husband and I want to visit for the Xmas decorations and Mickey party but the week we originally were thinking of seems to be predicted for Pop Warner week... Can anyone tell me if we should be looking at a different time to visit. We are interested in lower park crowds and can be flexible on when we travel. Thanks!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 9:14 p.m. Sally Says...

We are going the first week of March. Please tell me that is a good time. We are taking are little girl for her birthday. Plus at the Magic Kingdom where is the best places that don't cost so much.

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Feb 23, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Sally,

What a great way to celebrate! The first week of March should be a pleasant time to visit with medium crowds. Are you looking for dining recommendations in Magic Kingdom? The quick-service options would be more affordable than the table-service restaurants.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 8:08 p.m. Joni Says...

Hello, we have a trip coming up for Tuesday after Memorial Day thru the following Monday. Compared to other crowded times , can anyone tell me how this will stack up. We have been many times to Disney; April, June , July and October. July was the absolute busiest out of those visits and Fall Break Oct 2014 was busier than we expected and April was the best. Just want to make sure we are not going to be wall-to-wall.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joni,

It is expected to be crowded during your visit, but not quite as busy as June and July.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2015 at 1:11 p.m. Darren Says...

We have recently got back from our trip to Disney. We stayed 26th Jan '15 - 10 Feb '15 and specifically used the undercover tourist crowd calendar to choose one of the emptiest periods in the year. According to the calendar it was pretty much GREEN every day and let's remember this is supposed to mean pretty much empty with lines that are straight on or around 5 mins.

Oh my.... how we were disappointed!

Magic Kingdom was the worst by far. We went on 3 separate days (all supposed to be green) and it was RAMMED! The "7 Dwarfs Mine Cart" was at worst 2 hours long and at best 45 mins (not taking into account the first 20 mins of the park opening). Average for everything was around 30 - 45 mins. Walking around was a pain too, shuffling through shops was awful and being bustled all the time.

Epcot was better with most things being 5-10 mins but Soarin' was always over an hour and Test Track hovering around 45-60 mins.

Hollywood Studios was similar with all the good stuff 30-45 mins and the best ride (Toy Story) being well over an hour. Some bits were 10-15 mins.

Animal Kingdom, same again. Good stuff (Expedition Everest & Safari) being 45 mins+ and other bits 10-20mins+.

Now, for the majority of rides those times are not actually too bad. But far far from the stated GREEN periods which we had based the whole holiday around.

What went so horribly wrong? The only thing that seemed consistent was that there were thousands of Brazilians/Argentinians and hordes of Cheerleader/Twirler groups. Is this now a school holiday for those countries?

The only saving grace for us was that due to my son's Autism we get Accessibility Passes; Universal's version is brilliant because if the line is less that 30 minutes you can go straight on. Coupling the power of that with the existing FastPass+ system and being a bit savy about getting there early and following "how to avoid the queues" we got pretty much everything done. It was however, far from the empty experience I was expecting.

Is Magic Kingdom just permanently busy?

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Feb 23, 2015 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darren,

Thank you for sharing your feedback. It’s not your imagination, the parks are getting busier, and Magic Kingdom receives the lion’s share of visitors. Disney has stated that they are letting more people in the parks because of My Disney Experience and FastPass+, so there are more people on a crowd level 4 now vs. a 4 in the past.

That said, we were in the parks two weeks before you arrived, and it was the least crowded time we have ever experienced, with same-day FastPass+ availability for big attractions (Anna & Elsa, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster). Waits were lower than busier times, but there were still waits for stand-by guests.

Green days are the best days to visit, but it’s good to keep in mind that even on green days, the parks are not empty.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 15, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Albious Latior Says...

What is the weather during March (spring break?) in Disney World? This will be our first vacation to Disney World.

Thanks

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Feb 16, 2015 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Albious,

Expect the highs to be in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s/low60s. Definitely pack a sweatshirt and poncho for rain, but don't forget the swimsuits. The pools are open and heated!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 13, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. Tiffany Says...

Geez I wish I would have found this site earlier!! :) I'm a first time Disney Go-er. Visiting May 26-30, 2015 with my Husband and 4 children (ages 1,5,7,8). I see that I chose a HORRIBLE time to go based on the chart and info provided here. Are there any tips, guidance that anyone could provide that could make this trip as fun, but as painless as possible? Especially with what will be large, busy crowds. Planning to stay at one of the Value resorts.

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Apr 17, 2015 at 6:49 p.m. Erin Says...

Yes, Memorial Day weekend/week is busy, but don't worry, you guys will still have a blast! Just pace yourselves.. especially with the little ones. All the resorts have great pools (and other kid-friendly activities) so enjoy some down-time there in the afternoons. Allow enough time to get around, whether you're driving or taking Disney transport. I'm not a big believer in the Extra Magic Hours, but I'm sure people would debate me on that. Try to plan a few must-do's, but then just have fun! You can't PLAN everything, it takes away from the fun. Just be sure you stay for the Magic Kingdom fireworks... they really are magical. :)

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Feb 16, 2015 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

This post is just for you! You can still have a great trip, it's just important to have realistic expectations about the crowds and follow our tips! The values are a good choice for first-time visitors who are planning on spending most of their time in the parks.

We'd love to hear back from you after the trip!

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Feb 12, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. Jamie Says...

I have booked for our first trip to WDW Oct 10-16 at the Bonnet Creek Resort. How is this time of year? Is any water activities open? My son is 10 years old is there anything I should prepare for before then? Thank you

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Feb 13, 2015 at 6:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Bonnet Creek is a terrific location. October is generally very nice, and your son will be able to enjoy plenty of water activities. It might get cooler in the evenings, but daytime will be plenty warm, and the pools are heated anyway. You might consider adding on a night at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. If it's a first visit for you all, I'd make sure you are doing at least one day at Magic Kingdom and then add on the party. It's one of the Frog Family's favorite events, and a lot of fun, but you'd want to experience all of the party highlights and you'd want another full day to experience the rides.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 9, 2015 at 7:22 p.m. Steven Corriveau Says...

My fiancee and I are getting married on September 19th and our honeymoon will be from September 22th to October 1st at Walt Disney World and Sea World.

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Feb 10, 2015 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Best wishes! What a terrific way to spend a honeymoon.

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Feb 8, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. Leah Says...

I think this year will be our 12th time to visit Orlando from Ireland from 2001 & we have always travelled in late August/Sept/October timeframe. Thankfully we have been quite lucky with the weather & the crowd levels, I now realise, have been amazing. With a sensible use of the old fastpass we rarely would've had to queue longer than 10 mins for anything. We would've always done the MK stressfree in under a day. Last year we got cheap flights & changed our usual routine & visited during which we thought would be a quiet time, March 8th for 19 nights. It turns out our "quiet time" was smack bang in the middle of Spring Break & OMG it was horrific (dramatic I know but bear in mind my comment above about previously rarely having to wait longer than 10 mins for anything!!!!). Lines for absolutely everything (even parking/monorails/restaurants/shops & don't get me started on the fastpass+ booths (at the time we had no option to book in advance online as we weren't staying on Disney property)) & crowds everywhere (there were times I felt more like I was in a cattle herd than the happiest place on earth). To sum it up, we went to the magic kingdom on 4 separate days & didn't even get close to finishing it (bear in mind that we were travelling with a 3 (her 3rd visit) & 2 (her 2nd visit) year old & a 9 month old so their needs slowed things down a little too :-) ). Anyhow sorry for the rant but the bottom line is stick with September/October all the way. This year we have flights booked to go back in very late October thru 13th November (our edest is now in school so we have to take her holidays into account) & I am hoping that November is good too??

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Feb 4, 2015 at 9:51 p.m. adri Says...

Do you think the week of june 1st will be bad. Everyone is pretty much still in school. Any thoughts?

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Feb 5, 2015 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adri,

It is still expected to be pretty crowded. Check out the Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 3, 2015 at 8:18 p.m. Glenda Says...

Hi there, we are planning our very first family vacation for Easter 2016. Our children will be 8, 6 and 3 we will be travelling from Northern Ireland. we were wondering which would b best?7 days,10 days or 14 days? And could you perhaps recommend an hotel to cater for 5 of us?

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Feb 5, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Glenda,

How wonderful for you and your family. The longer your visit, the more time you have to explore the parks not to mention enjoy the resort activities, and visit the other theme parks and Florida attractions. You will also see your pay day ticket costs go down the longer you stay, but ultimately that is your call about what will work best for your family.

With your length of stay, I would suggest staying at a moderate or deluxe Disney hotel, which will offer more resort activities than the values. All of the hotels offer different theming, so without knowing more specifics about your needs/wants, it's hard to narrow down the choices from there.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 3, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. Leanne wareham Says...

I agree with rochelle above, halloween is fabulous. We went for last 2 weeks in October in 2013 and it was fantastic. Really low crowds, just walked through lots of empty zig zag queuing pens to get straight on rides, and weather was amazing, hot (90s every day) but not too humid and no rain at all. Parks were all decked out for Halloween and mickey's not so scary Halloween party was awesome

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Feb 3, 2015 at 10:32 a.m. louis Says...

We went January 6th 2015 thinking it would be empty. The Magic Kingdom and Hotel were packed! Once we got the hang of fast pass and got to know the park it was still smooth sailing.

We are going again the end of March. Even though im sure it will be crowded it should go good now that we're a little experienced

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Jan 31, 2015 at 4:38 a.m. Milagros Says...

We are going to Disney from March 25 to April 1. We didn't realize that those dates were the worst we can choose!! We are on panic now! What did you recommend?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Milagros,

These aren't the worst days you could choose, but there are better days. That said, don't panic! You can still have a great trip. Here are some tips for handling the spring break crowds. The single best thing you can do is arrive ahead of park opening each day and ride the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 18, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. Liz Says...

We are planning to go for the first week of December and we are a family of 6. My kids ages are 11,9,7,and 6; we are trying to pay everything in advance. What parks would be good to visit for their age range? What hotel should I look into? This is our first vacation and I wanted to be a memorable one. Thanks

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Jan 20, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

All of the Disney parks are geared for your children's age ranges, and I would recommend you plan on visiting each of the parks at least once. For the hotels, I would definitely recommend staying on site. Which hotel depends on how much time you plan to spend at the hotel, what amenities you are looking for and, of course, your budget. Given the size of your party and the ages of your children, I think you'd like Disney's Art of Animation. It's the newest resort property, and its family suites sleep up to 6. I especially love the Cars section, but there are family suites themed to Finding Nemo and The Lion King too.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 16, 2015 at 3:29 a.m. Melissa Says...

Soooooooo excited we will be visiting Jan 23rd thru the 30th. Was hoping for this to be a good time and it appars that it will be:)

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Jan 10, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. Joxty Says...

We have just booked two weeks from the 17th August 2015, based on the information from this super helpful site. Can we expect the crowds to be considerably lower than they are in the first two weeks of August? Does anyone have any experience of the last two weeks in August?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joxty,

This is a terrific time to visit, and crowds should be much lower than the first two weeks of August.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 9, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Molly Says...

Why is February.15-21 one of the worst weeks to visit? We are planning on going that week.

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly,

You have President's Day on one end and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which both bring in additional crowds. We've got some tips for handling similar crowds in this post!

Best,

Leap

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Jan 8, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. Rodrigo Says...

Hi Frogs!

I am planning a 15 days visit to both Disney Parks and Universal...

My daughters birthday is on 23th Sep, and I wanna be there by that date...but the question is...crowd-wise... Is it better to go beginning of Sep and ending by 23th....or beginning by around 23th and ending in October?

Thanks and best regards

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Jan 8, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rodrigo,

What a terrific birthday present for your daughter! I am sure she is going to love it :) Crowds wise, it is better to end your trip on the 23rd than start it on the 23rd.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 6, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. Rochelle Tatnell Says...

The best time to visit is Halloween. Love all the sweets at sea - world and Mickeys not so scary Halloween party.

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Dec 18, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. shenandoah Says...

We are planning to be at Disney DEC 28th thru the 1st. What are the crowds like ?

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Dec 19, 2014 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shenandoah,

Our Crowd Calendar is the best guide to crowd levels, but we probably don't have to tell you that it is going to be packed! Merry, but packed! Here are some tips for navigating the parks during the busy holiday season.

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Dec 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. Adam McKinney Says...

My wife and I went Oct 16th-21st in 2000 and we never waited more than 15 minutes for rides that we didn't have fast pass.

Now... 15 years later... We want to take our 3 boys there. We were thinking the same time frame of the 3rd week in October.

I've read all the comments. I seen the 1st week is horrible in October. But is the 3rd week still as fantastic as it was 15 years ago?

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Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

From comments I have read from others you may find that it feels more crowded than it did the last time you were there. Please check out the crowd calendar for your specific dates. September is generally better than October for crowds, although you have more rain chances.

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Dec 10, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. sara Says...

hi from canada wondering what the weather is like in nov and jan ?

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

You can find information about the weather in our month-by-month guide Disney World. Links on this page.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 9, 2014 at 1:47 a.m. Marianne Says...

My husband and I and my 73 year old mother want to come 2015. Is April the week of the 19th a good low crowd time. Is the weather warm them? What a bout the 1st week in May?

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marianne,

You will have just missed the spring break crowds, and we expect them to be medium during this time. The weather will be warm, but not too hot. We offer more details on weather and crowds in our month-by-month guide to Disney World. The link is here.

Best,

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Dec 3, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. Burt Ward Says...

We visited DW as hosted guests (friend is in upper management). He suggested we visit the last week of May. It turned out great. Lines were short, restaurants were not jammed, you didn't have the log jam of endless baby prams, and the monorail was half full for nearly all transfers between the parks. It was the funnest time I had ever had there.

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Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. Tammy Says...

On our way home today from a 7 day stay (first timers). Beautiful weather! The Fast Pass was a lifesaver- if we had not done that, we may not have been able to ride anything! It was very crowded, especially if you needed to navigate a stroller (we took our 3-year-old). The Very Merry Mickey Party was awesome and well worth the $. Take their advice- go early! And the Magic Bands are so convenient! All in all, it was a great experience, however, don't expect to go and ride most of the rides - unless you are only going to one park the entire time- you need time to get throughout the crowds to get to your destinations. The breakfast with the characters at Tusker House Restaurant was awesome (buffet was delicious). Also- if you can swing it- rent a stroller instead of packing it- kingdom strollers was great and each park has rentals too! One final thought- the Memory Maker is well worth the $ as well. Happy travels!

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Nov 10, 2014 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Tammy,

Thanks for all of the advice and so glad you had a great time!

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Oct 14, 2014 at 4:23 p.m. Margie Says...

We went September 27th -Oct 3, 2014. Crowds were extremely high. I was disappointed because I had done soooo much research to avoid this. Fastpasses were a lifesaver. It also rained everyday except Oct 3 for hours on end. None of the 1 hour then gone rain. It stuck around. Worse trip unfort so far to Disney. I think I may go back to going in January. Any thoughts?

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Oct 10, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. Dan Says...

Just got back from 5 day visit to WDW in the first week of October. Crowds were hectic, made for a lot of work with 3 kids. All popular rides were long waits (45-60min) Thank goodness for fast pass and Disney app was helpful. Never again will I go in October. Will do more careful research next time.

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Sep 26, 2014 at 9:36 p.m. Dennis Says...

We are at the parks right now. Been here sept. 24,25,26.... seems overly crowded, more than other years we have come in sept. Maybe its because the teacher planning days squeezed in between this week. We will try coming back early Dec. Hopefully its not as crowded.

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Sep 22, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. Hollie Says...

Traveling with kids ages 2 years and 1 year old we can go any time trying to pick the dates with less crowds and good hotel prices what do you think about jan2015

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Sep 22, 2014 at 4:41 p.m. sue Says...

I was thinking of going in 2015. When is the best time...Not too croweded..and the heat!!!

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Sep 22, 2014 at 3:11 a.m. Yuya Says...

I went Aug. 25-27 and it was great. Compared to May 12-14 that I also went. I believe it was because of the back to school week. All parks were good to walk and the longest time we wait was 30 min. compared to other date when you can wait for up two 2 hours. Of course, we got fast passes for the most popular rides such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine and Buzzlighter in Hollywood Studios( I don't recall the name of the ride). We had a got time this August. We are planning to repeat one week before Thanksgiving or the second of December before Christmas season gets crazy.

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Sep 21, 2014 at 9:52 p.m. Anna Says...

I just got back today from a four day trip starting on the 18th. It seemed overly busy for this time of year. MK was...wow. The food and wine festival at Epcot really brought in a lot of people, and Hollywood studios was busy too. I've been before in September, but the 9th - 16th, and remember the crowds being really low. I planned this trip thinking it would be the same. I used fastpass, which helped a lot. I am wanting to go back in the beginning if December for a couple of days, but just don't know which week will be the best. Any suggestions would help!

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Sep 21, 2014 at 9:31 p.m. Katelyn Says...

We are thinking of going November 11-16, thoughts on crowds?

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Sep 16, 2014 at 1:45 a.m. Craig Says...

We're going Nov 20-25. Crowds should be okay, correct?

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Sep 14, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. Gail Marcantonio Says...

Comments about the crowds to be expected December 7th through December 10th?

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Sep 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

Crowds should be veery good during your visit!

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Sep 14, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. Tony Says...

Have been there the last 6 straight years. Seems to me that the first or second week of December is just perfect for low crowds and great weather. See you in 3 months!

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Jul 15, 2014 at 1:08 a.m. rebecca Says...

What do you think crowds will be like from September 25 - 28?

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Jun 1, 2014 at 5:31 a.m. Kathy T. Says...

Oh dear, sounds like this might be bad timing for our trip.! We are going to be there in July. My brother and I decided to take a sibling trip to WDW for 5 days, following my birthday celebration with family in Panama City, FL. He and I are in the Senior Citizen category, but when we get together, we act like a couple of kids! Looking forward to a fun time.

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Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Sounds like a lot of fun! Get to the park ahead of opening, and you will have a few hours of touring when crowds are at their lowest. Take a break in the afternoons and then come back in the evening.

Best,

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Oct 25, 2014 at 4:53 p.m. patty Says...

Was wondering how the parks are after christmas

And before new year?

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Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. Danny Says...

I've been to WDW about a million times and found that the first and second weeks of September and December were the best for crowds but December is extra special because the parks are decorated for the holidays.

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Sep 21, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. Tom Says...

First timers. Looking at October or December of 2015. Would love to talk to you.

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Apr 5, 2015 at 2:48 a.m. carol Says...

Is it too cold in October to enjoy water rides. I am a first timer. Personally for me heat and crowds don't mix.....so avoiding summer months however so many people comment on September.

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Apr 7, 2015 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

October should be fine still for water rides, and the pools are heated.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 p.m. Tricia Says...

Hello there! I am planning our second trip to Disney. We went in late Sept last time and will be going to Magic Kingdom on 10/16, 17, and 18. Any suggestions?

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Jul 20, 2015 at 8:13 p.m. Josey Says...

We planned our trip Aug 17th thru 22nd. How is the crowds then? We know it will be hot tho.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josey,

Crowds should be easing back considerably.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 13, 2015 at 12:38 a.m. Kathy Says...

Oct would be better in terms of crowds and weather. We went this past year in early December and could not believe how crowded and chilly at night it was. We have been many times in October and would definitely prefer that month.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:05 p.m. Darren Says...

i am planning the first week oct I hope your right :)

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Mar 9, 2015 at 1:54 a.m. Melissa Says...

Keep in mind on certain nights the park closes for Mickey's not do scary Halloween, you have to purchase tickets for this event.

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Dec 26, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. Jacqui Says...

Hi there I am reading all the comments on recommendations and because of work commitments and school holidays the only time we can go in 2015 will be at Christmas! Although we are very excited we are very apprehensive about booking and welcome ANY advice as this will be our first time. Would you recommend villa or hotel??

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Feb 17, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. Linda Says...

We rent a house about 5 miles from disney worked out perfect.My whole family went 6 adult 3 kids would do that again have stayed at contemporary and carribean and all sports.Like the house sure saved us a bundle!

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui,

Christmas is absolutely spectacular in the parks. It is just very busy, so it helps to know what to expect going in. You did not mention how many people will be in your party and how long you are going, so that would be a factor in the villa vs. hotel debate. If you have a larger group and will be staying longer, the villas might be the better option.

Best,

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Feb 18, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. Stacey Says...

Thinking of May 22-25

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Apr 15, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. Kelly Says...

Stacey, Keep in mind that weekend is Memorial Day therefore a lot of kids will be out of school. May 22nd is the BIG 24 hour celebration as well. They will close Magic Kingdom is the crowd is too much. Happened twice when I was there and I live here in Florida.

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Apr 3, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. Daryl Says...

We used you guys last year to plan our trip. We went the week after labor day and it was fantastic! This year we are planning on going Sept 7th-13th! So far our planning is perfect!

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Apr 3, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daryl,

So glad we could help!

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