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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on August 3, 2020 1539 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? That question has become even more complicated in the last few months as the parks shut down. They have now all reopened with limited capacity, mask requirements, additional health and safety measures, and fewer character and entertainment options. While the crowds are lower than they ever have been, many of you are now asking a different question: "When will Disney World be back to normal?" At this point, we don't have an answer to that, although we will explore it in more detail below. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

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

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. The good news is that as far as crowds go, the rest of this year — and probably most of 2021 — should be a great time to visit!

When Will Disney World Return to Normal? What Will Crowds Look Like for the Rest of This Year?

Oh how we wish we had an answer to this question. Unfortunately, we don't have a Magic 8 Ball. While we have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, we are in new territory. None of us could have predicted the impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact the rest of the year, 2021 and perhaps years more to come, including the virus, the development of a potential vaccine, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, worry.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

All of these factors combined will likely translate into the lowest crowds in history at Disney World. It is a different experience now, but not all of the changes are bad. If you are big on low ride wait times and OK with waving to characters rather than getting hugs or autographs from them, there has perhaps never been a better time to visit. Characters are, in many ways, more visible now than they have ever been. You can’t meet with them, but they’re out and about everywhere — even on Cinderella Castle! It’s an experience like no other right now, if you’re comfortable with it. More importantly, Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, reduced capacity and made other changes to insure the health of guests.

While some will say "not this year," that will also make for even lower crowds for those who do opt to visit Disney World. And, it also means, unlike many other years where you needed to plan months and months in advance, this year you can actually book a last-minute trip and still have a great experience. Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for your family.

What we can tell you is we expect that low crowds will continue from now through mid-November. Disney World has limited attendance at its parks since reopening and is managing this by requiring guests to make park reservations. So far, park availability has been good for regular park-goers (though passholders have seen more limits). And while attendance will likely pick up in 2020, especially at the end of fall and winter, overall we expect crowds will be significantly lower than in years past. Most likely, most of 2021 will also see lower crowd levels. The week of Thanksgiving has always been one of the busiest weeks for Disney World, and we think it will still be busy, just not nearly as busy as usual. The same goes for the week of Christmas.

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, which we've recently amended based on our more recent trips after the parks reopened. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

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Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. Now, this year with so many school districts moving to online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), all bets are off. Will the flexibility of online schooling result in an influx to the parks (school by day, parks by evening)? Or will parents opt to hang back this year? Again, the decision is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgement policy. We've got out eyes out and will continue to update as we know more. But we'd expect to see that 2021 will have more of a return to previous years.

When planning the best time to visit Disney World, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and 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 and Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest (they aren't currently being shown to ensure social distancing). When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

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Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit Disney World, and they are also displayed on the Crowd Calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, such as 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! (In fact, this year's modified A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is going on now through fall, the longest event yet!) Likewise, the cancellation of events, such as this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, is one reason we expect fall crowds to be even lower than normal. By the way, Disney has not made the call on whether it will have Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and we expect this decision will influence whether people visit Disney World this Christmas. We expect that seasonal decor, merchandise and food offerings will still be available to enjoy in both fall and winter.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer 2019, and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park had been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019, through its closure in the spring. Since the park's reopening, Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has continued to be a major draw, and we expect this to be the case for years to come. However, with lower crowds and two opportunities to snag a Boarding Group, Rise of the Resistance is more accessible now than ever.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021?

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
  • July and 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)

*Not typical

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan 25-Feb. 11
  • Feb. 22-March 5
  • The second half of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • 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. With the cancellation of Mickey's Not-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, we expect a much lighter September and October for 2020, but we expect 2021 to be a little busier.

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 2020 - Epcot

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-March 15
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 1-11, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 12-21
  • March 6-April 11
  • 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 2020, Easter falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

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 4, 2021
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 26, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021
  • 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 2020 and 2021 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020, and Sept. 6, 2021
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 12, 2020, and Oct. 11, 2021
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 9, 2020 (observed) and Nov. 11, 2021

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021. 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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Mar 25, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Caitlin Says...

When is the best time to visit in october near Halloween time in 2016?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin,

Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 2:11 p.m. Whitney Says...

My boyfriend and I are thinking about going to DW either Oct 24-28 for our Anniversary OR Dec 5-9 for my birthday.

Which dates would be best. Weather is ok but l'm more worried about the crowds.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney,

December is slightly better, but you can check out all of the dates here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Apr 2, 2016 at 5:04 a.m. Katie Says...

I am looking to book our Disney vacation either November 28th through December 2nd or December 12th through December 16th. I am trying to avoid the Pop Warner crowd. It looks like their events will take place the week of December 5th-9th. When do their crowds usually arrive before and when are their crowds usually gone after the event? Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 10:43 p.m. Jessica Says...

Going from June 7th to June 15th. I know it will be crowded and I don't care. My kids aren't little anymore so they won't have an issue with waits. Just happy to be going to Disney one last time before my son leaves for boot camp!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 3:40 p.m. Sherry Says...

I am planning a trip with college age boys May 11-15, 2016. Riverside is showing only rooms available are princess rooms. Is there something going on at that time? I am scheduling just room, not any kind of special. May have to consider a change. Thanks!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 2:19 p.m. Janine Says...

My husband is a teacher and we are looking into going to Disney next April 2017 the week before Easter and leaving the day after easter since it is hard to take off. Break for the my two son's and husband are falling all the same time which is great since it is not always the case. I read that is supposed to be the worst time to go. We were considering the last 2 weeks in August but we are afraid it will be to hot and will rain. I also have one son with special needs. Any recommendations. Would August be better then April?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janine,

It really comes down to whether you want rain or crowds. August will see rain, almost daily and usually just in the afternoons, but there could be more. That week just before Easter will be very busy.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:27 a.m. Jacqueline Says...

Hi, we are planning our vacation the week before Thanksgiving, Nov. 13th - 19th. My fear is that this week is becoming more popular and WDW will be more crowded. We went at the end of April last year and crowds were low. Do you think the week before Thanksgiving has become more popular?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

I think this is still a pretty good time to visit.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Isabella Says...

Would the day after President's day through the 26th in 2017 be an ok time to visit Disney World?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabella,

It's a busy time to visit.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2017/#calendar

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Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 a.m. April Says...

Looking to go to Disney for the first time with a family of 4 (two children ages 8 and 5). We are trying to decide between November 12-20, November 26-Dec 4 or we could wait for September 2017. In your opinion, which would be the best time to go for crowds/weather? We don't want it to be blistering hot, but not crowded either. I have checked out the crowd calendars...any opinions?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

I think the first dates are generally a little bit better.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. Natasha Says...

Hello!

I excited for Disney! I have just booked our family vacation for April 19th - 23rd. Will this time be okay? I also reserved our fastpasses for the mornings at each park. Our last pass ends at 1:25 pm. Should I look into changing the times for our fastpasses for the afternoon through the evening? I am reading mixed reviews where people say it is best to get them in the morning since your are able to get more throughout the day by visiting a fastpass kiosk. Other say that I will not be able to get any fastpasses for the afternoon not even at a kiosk because those will most likely be taken. We are also staying at Disney Resort and with the stay I believe we get Extra Magic Hours from 11-1am. Will there still be a large crowed by then? What do you think is my best bet for the fast passes? I have a 10 year old sister and I would really want her first time at Disney World to be as Magical as possible without massive wait times.

Thanks for your help! ;)

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

Magic Kingdom is the one park where it's pretty easy to get additional FastPasses, so it is the one park we'd recommend for earlier FastPasses. For the other parks, moving them to afternoon would likely be a little more optimal, but I would only do that if you don't lose any critical rides in the process.

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Mar 18, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Grace Says...

Why will January 13-16 2017 be a bad time to visit? Won't most children be back in school by then?

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Mar 22, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. Jennifer elswick Says...

Thanks... I'm taking my nieces & nephew in Aug/sept. Obviously, I want them to miss school!! But their mom isn't really on board. Your info will help me win the fight. What do u think bout getting a guide? Is it worth it? I'm so over-whelmed. Finally picked. Bungalows at the Polynesian place but there's so much to do.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

On the question of a guide, do you mean for the park? I don't think you necessarily do, but depending on the ages of your nieces and nephew, you might want to consider hiring a sitter to help you. Some will even accompany you in the parks. Here is some info about the on-site Children's Activity Centers.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

It's MLK Day weekend, and most schools will have that time off.

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Mar 15, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. Barney Says...

We are planning to go to Orlando from August 17th to the 31st 2017 is it to crowded or will it be ok for universal and Disney?

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:16 p.m. STEPHEN CASEY ONEILL Says...

WDW IS SO MAGICAL DURING SEPTEMBER AND MOST OF OCTOBER SO BOOK NOW

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:12 p.m. casey oneill Says...

I love wdw so much

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barney,

This should be a good time to visit, and such a good idea to start planning so early!

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Mar 12, 2016 at 11:12 p.m. Susan Says...

I was wondering what the crowds are from March 12 - April 16?

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:42 p.m. Kelsey Says...

Hi there! Thanks for all of the work you put into coming up with these! We are looking at our first disney trip in early 2017. Our kids will be 5,4, and our youngest turns 3 on April 22. We want to go before she turns 3. I was thinking April 2-7 might be good because a lot of schools are out the week before/after easter and that will be 2 weeks before easter. Is that really a bad time? Im stuck! Thanks so much.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. It will be a busy time, but should not be as busy as the weeks you mentioned.

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. Cindy Gomez Says...

Very excited to make your first trip to Disney Orlando, I have been looking online to find the best days to visit and there is always a different answer. I have made our reservations for the week of May 30, 2016 thru June 3rd and am going to just hope for the best. I have the calendars for peak times at the parks and will try to find a day that is not too busy.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. Rose Says...

I know it's a ways off but we are planning a trip for February 2017. Tentatively our dates are Feb. 26 - March 4th. Mardi Gras falls in our dates and I am wondering if those will impact crowds, it looks like our dates are pretty slow but I'm just curious what to plan for. These are the dates that work best for us due to wanting to avoid horrible heat and spring break crowds. Thanks.

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Mar 13, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Jess Says...

We went during Mardi Gras in 2014 and severely regretted it. Everything I read prior to going said that Mardi Gras wouldn't impact the parks and that crowds were predicted to be low but it was the busiest we have ever seen it! Everything had a long wait and the crowds were unbearable. It seemed like about half of the people there were wearing LSU, Saints or Mardi Gras clothing, so it was clear that Louisiana schools being on break heavily impacted the crows. I would never go during Mardi Gras ever again!!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

Mardi Gras doesn't have a huge impact on crowds, although it adds to a more festive visit, since many families will dress up for the occasion!

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Mar 3, 2016 at 10:38 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello. We have planned a trip to Disney Sunday September 18 - Friday 23rd 2016. With tickets for the 19-22. We will have a 1 year old and 3 1/2 year old. We just really want to focus on a character breakfast, the magic kingdom and the electrical parade. Nothing is up on the official Walt Disney World calender yet, however every site I look on shows no electrical parade while we are there! This is one of the main reasons we are going! I know Mickey's not so scary Halloween event will be starting at that time of year, but I thought it wasn't every night! Please tell me we will have the opportunity to see the parade! I would consider rescheduling our trip if we can't see it! Thank you.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Times have not yet been released for the parade, but it is normally held on the nights when there is no Halloween Party, and we expect the same this fall.

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Apr 4, 2016 at 5:13 p.m. Camille Matranga Says...

Hello there! I am also going September 18-24 as is another traveler you replied to. You mention that September can be very rainy, or have more rain than other months. This may be a big factor for me. Does the rain come and go with sunshine, or is it cloudy and rain all day in September? I know we can't predict weather, but historically, has it always rained in September? Any info helps. Thanks a bunch!

Camille

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camille,

Thunderstorms typically blow through in the afternoon and then out quickly.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 7:49 p.m. Jul Says...

Hello. I'm excited to be planning a trip to WDW from April 5-12, 2016. We are hitting the parks with 4 kids for 4 days from 4/6-4/11 leaving the other days for travel. Should we go to MK on 4/6 or 4/7? MK has EMH on 4/6 but is a lower crowd date. I think we will go back to MK again, which other day would you recommend? Thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jul,

Are you staying on-site at a Disney hotel? If yes, and you will visit the park during EMH, then the 6th would be fine. Otherwise, I would opt for the 7th. All of those days are about the same, with the exception of Saturday, so I would not visit MK that day. Sunday is better than Friday.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hi we are going to Orlando april 10, 2017 thru april 21st. I know its going to be a busier time while we are there since it will be easter. I was wondering what days you think would be best to go parks. we plan on doing all the Disney parks and the 2 water parks, universal studios, LEGOLAND and seaworld.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Our Crowd Calendar for April will be up in May, so you can check it out and see the recommended parks by day.

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Feb 29, 2016 at 8:50 p.m. Alan Says...

I am looking to take my wife and 9 year old daughter to DW for 9 days in October. This will be our third trip. We have done most of the main attractions on our past vacations and are looking for a much more relaxing trip this time. What would be your ideal dates for a 9 day trip in October 2016 regarding crowd levels specifically. I appreciate in advice you could offer me. Thanks, this a great website...I've also enjoyed your YouTube channel. Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan,

Most of October sees medium crowds, with higher crowds on weekends. Last year was busier than normal, likely in part because of the popularity of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/october-2016/#calendar

So glad to hear that you like the blog and YouTube channel—I will let Tad know;)

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Feb 29, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Jenni070 Says...

Hi! We are going to WDW during our daughters' fall break October 2016. Wondering if w/o October 8th or w/o October 15th would be better? (wasn't sure if Columbus Day being October 10th would make first week really busy). Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni,

Both days are about the same, and are expected to be fairly crowded:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/october-2016/#calendar

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Feb 28, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Pam Says...

My family and I have always gone to Disney last week of April into May. Last year we noticed an increase in crowds and cheerleaders :p we have a vacation booked for early this May, but we are considering changing it to early September. I really like May weather, and the hours of the parks, also not worrying about the extra party cost ect.. I can not for the life of me make this decision. I need some more pros for September. not really a fan of rain daily.

thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

I think you will find May is quite lovely, but you may again run into the cheer groups, which will be at Disney from April 21 to May 1.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. Erin Koenig Says...

Have the 2017 dates for the cheer competition been released yet? I can't seem to find them online yet. I'm thinking about planning our first trip to Disney with our 3 and 5 year olds from May 6-12 of 2017 and would love to avoid this competition if possible. We are some what flexible with our dates but also trying to avoid Easter/spring break crowds and the hot summer weather of June-August.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

These dates have not yet been released. We recommend you check out this site:

https://www.espnwwos.com/events/

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Feb 27, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Jason Walker Says...

Hi

Based on your advice i am thinking of going this year on May 9th-23rd. My Family want to go the week later from May 16th-30th but on your website it says to avoid May 24th- 31st. Could you elaborate on why this would be a week to avoid. Thanks Jason

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

Most of your dates would be OK, but toward the end of your stay it gets busier because of the long Memorial Day weekend.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:31 p.m. Josh Says...

At WDW right now, trying to figure out why the crowd is SO bad, never been this bad this time of year. Just FYI

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:58 p.m. Amanda Says...

I'm planning our first wdw trip. It's gonna be April 10th, 2017 till the 21st. I understand from everything i've read that its gonna be a busy time since it's gonna be around easter. But I want to know if it's gonna be really busy then since easter falls so late that year. And when would you suggest to visit what parks on what days. We plan to visit all 4 disney parks and the 2 waterparks, plus universal, seaworld and legoland. i do plan on going to the ocean on easter since im sure that will be the craziest day at any park.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

It's actually not a bad time to visit the parks—we are expecting medium crowds. You can plan which parks to visit on your days by looking at our Crowd Calendars.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:03 p.m. Jodie Says...

Hi we're planning a holiday to Orlando around 30th may 2017 - 10th June 2017 we will be taking our two children aged 6 and 3 as a surprise will the weather be too hot for them? From the uk

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Feb 26, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

We've got the historical weather information on our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

It will definitely be hot, but not as hot as it gets later in the summer.

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Feb 23, 2016 at 5:20 a.m. Tim Says...

Hi

What about go on 10 Apr to 16 Apr 2016

Is it good time for famliy trip to diesny world?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

It should be a good time, although gets better toward the end of the week for the first-ever Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. Anita Says...

Hi, me and my boyfriend have booked Orlando a for the first two weeks in October. Can I expect some nice warm weather? Also, whats your view on using the Uber app to get from Disney to Universal? As we are staying on site at Disney. Iv'e read taxi journey form Disney to Universal are expensive!

Many thanks- love the blog!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 8:58 p.m. Joe Says...

Hello, I have been in WDW on May, September, October, December, let me tell you going in October is the best time I experienced with my family, weather is nice and crowds are low

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

Yes, the weather will be plenty warm. We offer historical temps on our crowd calendar.

Uber is a good option.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. Steve Says...

Looking at going November 13-18 is this a good time to go?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

You can find that information on our Crowd Calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/november-2016/#calendar

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Feb 16, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. Ronda Says...

We are going to disney in aug 14-21 is that a good time to go has far as crowed and storms

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda,

It's a good time as far as crowds, but it's also a good time for storms. Typically, though, you'll see afternoon showers or storms that roll through and then clear out.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 8:51 p.m. Donna leonhardt Says...

Were planning a 10 day trip November 2016 the first two weeks to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Will we be there for the epcot wine event?

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Feb 22, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. Kim Norman Says...

Donna,

We are looking at March 13th for 7 days. This looks to be well before any of the published spring break dates. I checked Florida and the area spring break looks to be starting the 27 of March which is the same for New Mexico. I was hoping this would mean fewer crowds. What do you think?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Yes, the festival will run Sept. 14 to Nov. 14.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. Katie Says...

We just planned our vacation for May 4-12th of this year. It was very last minute. Everything I've looked at says it's a "low crowd" time of the year...but it's not on your list...do you anticipate large crowds during this time?

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Feb 26, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

It's a pretty good time to go! Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. Sara Says...

Could you elaborate on "pretty good time" in reference to going in May? With the exception of Memorial Day weekend, why isn't May considered a great time to go? Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

It's not the least busy time and generally sees medium crowds. That's still not bad and sure beats summer and the holidays. Without Star Wars Weekends this year, it should be even less crowded than it has been in the past, but do keep in mind that there are quite a few sporting events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, including the Invictus Games, which do bring in additional people.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Angelique Says...

Hi, I am planning my first trip to Orlando but would like to avoid hurricane season:( so what would be the best time ?

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Feb 11, 2016 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelique,

August through October are the most likely months to experience a hurricane, but the season is a bit longer than that.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 1:10 p.m. Shelley Says...

We got our tickets (thanks for really fast service) and are days away from fastpass signups. I'm using the touring plans and have the app. Understanding that Spring Break will be very crowded, what is the best way to approach traffic around the Parks? We are staying off site in a house south of WDW. Also, when mapping a route, what destination do we use to get to parking, or is there ample signage? Thanks for the great info here, and the live chat operator (sorry, forgot name) for some very savvy advice! 35 days !!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

There is ample signage once you're inside Disney World property to get to each of the parks, but I would suggest a mapping app to help you navigate. During spring break, the earlier you can arrive, the better.

Have fun!!

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Feb 5, 2016 at 2:47 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Why is February 12-21, 2016 so busy? What should we expect?

Thanks!

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Feb 11, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. meesh Says...

Because it's president's week, most kids/teachers are off from school!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

Many families use the week of President's Day for vacation, and then toward the end of the week is the half marathon, which brings in more visitors.

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:04 p.m. Christina Says...

Hello! Me and my family are planning on being at WDW Oct. 10-14 of this year since that is my son's Fall Break. I'm crossing my fingers that this a great time to come!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 1:51 a.m. Megan Says...

Is October 1st to the 5th a good time to go?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Dianne Says...

We went during these dates in 2015. The weather was unbearably hot and humid. It was also very crowded. This surprised us, as we thought most kids would be in school. To our surprise, the park was swamped with children. The Wine and Food Festival was going on. This could explain the crowds. The weather was great for swimming in the pools, due to the heat. Lines were generally long. I would not go in Oct. again, due to the high heat. It might have been unusually hot, however. I will have to check the normal temps for that time period. In spite of the heat and crowds, we still had a great time and memorable vacation. Dianne

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Feb 1, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. Beena Says...

We are planning on going Feb 18 or 19, 2016 for the day. Is thurs or fri better? How are the crowds? We have a 2yr old and 5 so wont be doing any big rides. thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beena,

The 18th is better from the perspective of recommended parks.

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Jan 27, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Trina Says...

You recommendation that weekends in May are a worst time...is that based on Star Wars weekends (which I've heard are no longer happening)? Or are there other factors?

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

They will not be as bad as they have been in the past without Star Wars Weekends, but you would still see an uptick in crowds on weekends because of locals who won't be braving the crowds in the busier summer months.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Dana Says...

Planning a trip for my family with a 10 and 8 year old. Wanted to get thoughts on first or second week of April 16 vs first week of November 16. Thanks!!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

Check out our crowd calendar. It can help you pick dates.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 8:56 p.m. Trina Says...

Makes sense! Thanks for the reply!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. Ismael Hernandez Says...

I'm planning a trip for early May, from the 7th to the 14th. I saw the crowds are mostly medium but was wondering about the weather. Is it going to be extremely hot by then?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We offer the historical weather on our Crowd Calendar. Hot is a relative term when talking about Orlando, but average highs are in the upper 80s and lows are in the upper 60s.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Jan 27, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. Danny M Says...

What is going on? Been here during this time many years and the crowds are almost summer like this week. Wait times on Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster exceeded 90 min. Space Mountain was 60. Rock n Roller Coaster was 75, Toy Story Mania was over 100 minutes. Never seen crowds like this in January.

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Jan 29, 2016 at 6:03 a.m. Kirsten Says...

I just returned from Disney World and also very stunned at the intense crowds and long wait times. I've come several times and always in September or January. Never experienced it this busy at the end of January before ever! Why? I did lots of research and reading. One hour after opening on a late January weekday and wait times are 45 minutes?? Any ideas anyone?

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Jan 31, 2016 at 10:54 p.m. Kimberly H. Says...

We went 1/19/16 through 1/30/16 for the first time in January due to everyone saying the end of January has low crowds. It was more crowded in Magic Kingdom on 1/29/16 than when we were there Thanksgiving week 2015. The wait for the train (regular old train) at the Frontierland station was an hour! We had Fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise (which had a 70 minute wait) and the que for the Fastpass+ line took us 25 minutes before we got on the ride. We will not be going at this time again. We'll stick with September and early December (another "season" that's getting pretty crowded but at least there's the gorgeous decorations!). We were bummed by the amount of crowds during our trip especially when we hadn't expected 60+ minute waits at most rides. We did our 3 Fastpass+ selections every day and then pretty much waited around until the last hour or so of park opening to ride the other rides or left the park and came back. We felt like we were visiting during the summer again.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. Martyn Says...

Hi, thinking of visiting from UK and would love to see Disney with Christmas theme and decorations. Off for a week from 27th November - is that a good week to visit? Will it be festive? Thanks.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martyn,

That is a fairly good week to visit, but there will be some trickle of folks from the week before, which is Thanksgiving. As far as decorations go, it will be a great time to visit. All of the resorts and hotels will be fully decked out.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:24 a.m. Julie Says...

Holy moly, why is Disney world so busy right now? We haven't seen almost any rides that have less than an hour wait the entire time we have been here. This was supposed to be a calm time to visit. Even the Disney employees are wondering what is going on. It's really put a damper on our trip. Anyone know?

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Feb 4, 2016 at 8:33 p.m. Anthony Says...

I understand a lot of people from overseas where here then

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Jan 27, 2016 at 9:31 p.m. Connie Says...

I was there as well and it is probably because Disney is understaffed. They anticipated lesser crowds and didn't take into account people would be coming.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 7:53 p.m. Heather Says...

We are looking to go to Disney April 30th, 2017 do you think this will be a okay time to go? We will have two 2 year Olds and a 14 year old along with 4 adults on 2 of us have been to Disney before.

Thanks Heather

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Your arrival day is expected to be fairly busy, but otherwise you should see medium crowds.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Mabel Says...

We are planning a vacation to Disney world this year how does the 2 weeks at the end of April look? Mostly the week before the end of April the week of the 18th, it is our first time as a family and we will be bringing an 11 month old :)

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mabel,

This is a pretty good time to visit. Expect medium crowds and plenty of sunshine.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. MC Says...

You've picked out March 5-April 3, April 9 as being some of the very worst times to visit. We arrive in Orlando on 2nd April so just after the period you've mentioned. Just wondering what's happening on April 9 for it to stand out?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MC,

In this case, there is no event causing the higher crowd level, but we are basing it off of historic data, seasonality, park hours and other factors.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 15, 2016 at 7:02 p.m. George Somerville Says...

T thought from the way it was presented on T V in the u k we would be able to actually

book a holiday on this site.

My wife and I have been 5 times before, and always stayed in Kissimmee,

looking to try I drive next time( LOVE ORLANDO)

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Jan 20, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We offer discount tickets and car rental for Orlando and Southern California attractions, and you may have seen that we just launched discounts for Disney World hotel bookings! What show did you see us on TV?

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Jan 12, 2016 at 8:27 p.m. Becky Says...

Gonna have to say the "least crowded after Disney World Marathon" suggestion is little off this year. At least for Magic Kingdom today! We've been in the parks since Jan 3rd and Magic Kingdom was about the busiest we've ever seen people wise. Any idea why the crowds are still so high?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jenn Says...

The February dates for the Best times in 2017 overlap with the Worst times in February 2017. Can you specify?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

Thanks for the catch! I've corrected!

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Jan 8, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. Sabrina G. Says...

Ok, so I finally have the opportunity to take my kids to Disney this year but I am torn between dates. Both dates show high crowds. I need some recommendations as to which would be a better time. Spring Break: March 19-25 or Summer: June 6-30th. Has anyone been there during these dates?

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Jan 18, 2016 at 4:55 a.m. Tina Says...

Do not go in the summer. I live in Florida and the humidity alone will make your trip not so magical.

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Jan 16, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Maya m Says...

i have been in the end of June it is an okay time with the crowds,but it is very hot and my 6 year old daughter got heatstroke so it might not be the best time for little children.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 10:35 p.m. Angie Says...

That's tough, I'd probably take the spring break trip because I've been there in June and it was oppressively hot and humid. The kids don't want to walk around or wait in lines, everyone was cranky

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Jan 13, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. Emma Says...

The Florida heat in the summer is crazy! Unless you are used to it;-) we went 3 years in a row for spring break and I didn't find it too terrible to be honest! It was still hot and yes it's crowded but if you plan accordingly and use fastpass+ you can have enjoyable days. Pool time, touring the resorts and downtown Disney are also great activities for days that the parks might be super crowded...

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Jan 10, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. Charles Moore Says...

I would take the earlier date because of the heat in June.

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Jan 8, 2016 at 3:31 a.m. Christina Says...

Thinking of planning a trip to WDW and have three possible times to choose from. The dates are 3/27 thru 4/1, 6/12 thru 6/17, and 12/18 thru 12/23. Out of these dates which one would be the best choice for crowds and weather? Thank you.

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Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Kristy Says...

I would personally choose December. You will love the weather and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the castle lit up in lights.

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Jan 19, 2016 at 4:25 a.m. Jody A Says...

I would also say December because of the decorations. The crowds were unbelievable when we went Dec 20-Jan 1. Most rides had over an hour wait with some up to three hours! We planned, planned, and planned months ahead of time and it paid off. Read the blogs and take their advice! Our family had a fantastic time and did everything we wanted. Truly magical!

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Jan 6, 2016 at 1:08 a.m. Jodi Says...

Hi. We are planning to visit WDW the first week of February. Last year it seems we went the same week. We followed the calendar and thought that we were going on a green day (2/10). When we got there it was the WDW ESPN HS Cheerleading competition. Magic Kingdom was slammed with very long wait times. They even kept the park open an extra hour because it was so crowded. It appears that the same competition is going on the first weekend in February. There also appears to be a big dance competition the last weekend in January. Would it be best to go early in the week when the dance competition is over and before the cheerleading competition or the middle of the week in between competitions? The value hotels still have availability so I am guessing the middle of the week is best, but would LOVE some advice on this issue. Our daughter is 7 years old. Thank you.

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