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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!

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Droid Dresses at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Galaxy's Edge

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.

Epcot Flowers

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.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Robb Says...

Taking my family to Disney for the first time. Thanks for the calendar link. We have very open and flexible dates. Looking at either May or September. My kids are 2 and 4 (5 if we go in September). How much time do you think we should dedicate to visiting the park? We want to visit some of the other places Orlando has to offer as well, like SeaWorld. Would one day be good for kids that young, or should we plan on 2-3 days? We probably won't be doing too many rides, because of the kids ages, but want to make sure we see and do lots of other things there and make the trip memorable.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 12:01 p.m. Erin Says...

There will be LOTS for a 2 and 4 year old to do at Disney, especially the Magic Kingdom. They will be able to go on most of the rides there and you could easily spend 2 days between the rides, shows, and parades. The other parks also have quite a bit for young kids so I would plan at least 2 days at MK and then 2 more days between the other 3 parks (you could probably combine AK and HS into one day if you're trying to save on days). Sea World is also a lot of fun for young kids. Good luck with your trip!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. Alexandria Says...

My family and I went for the July 4th holiday in 2010 and it was crowded. But still enjoyed our trip.

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:15 a.m. Jessica Says...

My family and I went during Labor Day weekend of 2015 and I found it to be the perfect time to go because it was less crowded. However, out of the 5 days we stayed there, it rained twice. It didn't last long though. Enjoy your trip. We're looking to go during the summer time. Let's see what happens! :-)

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robb,

You will be surprised at how much you can experience with a 2 and 4 year old at Disney. You really need one day for each park, and preferably two at Magic Kingdom. That would be five days for Disney and one for SeaWorld. If you do less than that, you will need to pick your must-see parks. In addition to Magic Kingdom, I would consider Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 22, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. Brian Says...

Hey Leap,

Thinking of planning a trip during sept 3-10, Labor Day Week. Going to take my 6 and 7 yo out of school and hopefully miss only 4 days. Only going at this time for low crowds. Do you think this is a good time to visit crowd wise or would i being myself a disservice by not waiting til later in September or another time to go, thanks so much!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

This is a good time to visit. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 4, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Kristin Says...

Hello,

On the Crowd Calendar, are we supposed to go by the color that the date is highlighted in or the little color strip next to the park name?

Thanks!

Kristin

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

Hi Kristin,

The color at the top with the date (the daily crowd level) is the most important factor in helping you determine when to visit. Once you have your exact dates, you can use the individual park recommendations (color) to pick where you go each day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 11, 2015 at 2:17 a.m. Jess Says...

Hi, how does the week from 18 May 2016 to 26 May 2016 look? Will we miss out anything if we choose to just go during the weekdays and not the weekends?

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

Check out our crowd calendar for May. You won't miss out on anything if you skip the weekends.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 9, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. Kathryn Says...

Hi, some great info here but you don't really mention mid to late April. What's that like for crowds and weather?

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

Mid to late April should see mostly neutral crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 9, 2015 at 2:53 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi there! Flying over from Melbourne Australia for a trip in the first week of May next year; is this an okay time to come? We wanted to be there for Mat 4 so I understand that day is likely to be pretty busy, but will the rest of the time be okay you think? Thank you! Steph :)

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

You can see the whole month at a glance on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 8, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Hello! I am trying to take my family of 5 to WDW and Universal. The optimal dates for traveling would be April 5-12....Is that a busy time?

My next available time would be Feb 23-March 1. I am afraid this will be cold. Also, it is last minute by Disney standards. Which dates would you recommend? I am working around high school and college schedules, as well as graduations, so dates are limited. Thanks!

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

February is a little bit better time from the crowds perspective, but April is still good and would be warmer weather!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 8, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. Blanche Says...

Good Day I was thinking of taking my daughter for a holiday next year round about June July is it when it is hot out there? it will be her first rime as she is very exited about it, we as from SA so just want to know what dates will be nice to go in 2016 June, July...Thanks

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Dec 8, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanche,

Early June is your best bet. It will still be hot, but not quite as humid.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. Malcolm Says...

You didn't mention the week of the Marathon in early January where a ton of people come to run. Or does if have the opposite effect and scare away visitors, making it a good time to visit?

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Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Malcolm,

The weekend of the marathon is very busy, but once the marathon is over the crowds are very low, probably the very lowest of the year.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 16, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. Judith Says...

So pleased I've found this - and especially the dates - we arrive in Orlando on 22nd Feb 2016 in the evening and fly out on 4th March - looks like we've picked the perfect dates... Now we just have to plan what we are doing for each of those 11 days.

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Nov 22, 2015 at 6:06 a.m. Nicole Says...

Hi!! Planning a surprise 21st bday gift for my best friend. Was going to do a one day hopper pass (all we can do cause of time off from work) on Jan 14, 2016. She has never been so this is why its such a big deal!! Advice please?! Is this a good or bad idea. Want it to be magical for her and is it worth waiting for?

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Nov 15, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. Shelly Says...

Hiya I've booked to go on the 29th October 2016 for two weeks will the Xmas decorations be up in Disney

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Jan 6, 2016 at 7:14 a.m. Michele Says...

We visited in 2011 for 2 weeks and left on 9 November, and by then there were Christmas decorations in the parks, and the characters were wearing their festive sweaters! Of course that was a while ago and things could have changed by now!

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. Marissa Says...

What does April 20-24, 2015 look like for crowds? Trying to plan a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there..

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:03 a.m. Marissa Says...

How does April 20-24 of 2016 look? Planning a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there.. Not sure where to stay either or what parks?

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

Unfortunately, no. But you will see Halloween decorations, maybe that is a little bit of consolation.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 13, 2015 at 3:06 p.m. Shanna Says...

I am trying to plan a trip for either the week before thanksgiving or the week before Christmas 2016. Which of these weeks would be better? We would be checking out the Monday before both holidays.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

Both of these should be OK. You would be returning on Dec. 18? Or Nov. 21? If this is the case, December would likely be slightly better as far as crowds go.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 6, 2015 at 2:57 a.m. Shanna Says...

Yes leaving the Sunday or Monday before the holidays. I have also looked into the week after thanksgiving. Which would be better?

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

The week before Christmas would likely be better if you would be returning home by the 18th or 19th.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 8, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. DIANA Says...

I wonder if the tickets expire parks . I travel to Orlando from 13 to 23 , 2016 , which I consider to choose which park to visit every day

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Nov 17, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. tan Says...

I would like to come the start of January i am abit confused It says Best days to visit Jan 3 to 8 then it tellls you worst time to visit first week of jan . Jan 3 to 8 is the first week of jan.

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for any confusion. Jan. 1 and 2 are not recommended and will be very crowded. The 3rd through the 8th will be a good time to go.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

Disney and Universal tickets do not expire. Any ticket terms or expiration information is listed on the details pages for each of the tickets. Here are all of our ticket options:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 7, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. Ronni Says...

I noticed that both 2015 and 2016 each had a 'worst time' in February. What makes these weeks so busy? I thought it might be Marti Gras but in 2016 the busy week is the week after Marti Gras. Love your site!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronni,

It's the weekend and week of President's Day.

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Leap

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Nov 3, 2015 at 2:10 p.m. Jason Says...

Hi Leap! Love your blog. We are planning a trip to WDW sometime in November or December 2016. Is either month significantly better, crowd wise? Are there suggested dates or avenues to get tickets that will save us money? (ie, how far in advance should we buy? Is it like airfare where the price is best at just the right time?)

Thanks!

jason.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 6:01 a.m. Rich Says...

Hey Jason

My family and I went the week of Nov 9th this year and it was great. Not to crowded a bit hot for that time of year. All parks (except Epcot ) decorated for xmas and we went to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party (Parade ) at MK. If you have little kids and love Christmas time this would be a great time to go. It will really get you in the xmas mood!!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

There are good and bad dates in both months, so it really depends on your specific dates. You can look at our current Crowd Calendar to see best dates for those months. As far as tickets go, the sooner you buy, the better. Prices rise annually. Disney tickets do not expire. You can see all of our discount options here. As an authorized Disney ticket seller, we can bring you great rates with free shipping and no worries!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. Laura Says...

when in November 2016 will they switch from Halloween to Christmas. I've heard that the over night switch is amazing and was thinking about going then. Recommendations?

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Nov 10, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, the switch begins after the last Halloween party at Magic Kingdom, but it takes time to get them all in place. The other parks won't be decorated for a couple of weeks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 2, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. Vanessa Says...

We're planning on taking our 3 year old daughter from Nov.13th-20th & plan on taking her to Disney on one of these days.Crowds shouldn't be bad around this time right? I downloaded the app for Orlando,I hope it works!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

This is a good time. Check out the Crowd Calendar. Thanks for downloading the app! Let us know how the trip goes.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2015 at 2:06 p.m. Mitch Says...

Hi, we are looking at visiting Disney World for two weeks in 2017. The potential dates we are looking at are:

27th March - 10th April

22nd May - 5th June

What would be the better option in terms of crowds, weather, etc?

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Nov 2, 2015 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mitch,

Both of these times are fairly busy. You can see daily crowd levels and historic weather for them on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Amy Says...

We just got back from WDW. We were there from 10/19/15 to 10/24/15. I was really surprised at how crowded the parks were. We went 10 years ago for our honeymoon at the same time and were able to get on and off rides with little to no wait. This year, ride wait times were 45 minutes or more...Soarin had 150 minute wait when we went for our fast pass. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train never had less than a 60 minute wait. I expected the same crowd level as when we went for our honeymoon, but was really disappointed. It seemed to be just as busy as the week between Xmas and New Year's when we went in 2007. Is that what we can expect even during the "low crowds" time of the year? If so, I may not be visiting again any time soon. It's not much fun to spend half the day wading through crowds and waiting in long-lines.

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Nov 1, 2015 at 10:31 p.m. Jenny Says...

We were there from the 25th thru yesterday the 31st. Way busier than I expected. I'm not sure if we just weren't doing the right parks on the right days but fast passes did help. We went during Spring Break 2014 and were able to figure it out better than this visit. I wonder how much the free dining plan promotion affects busyness and the reduced hours the parks are open? Oh well, there is always next time!

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

We predicted medium crowds during this time visit, so not low, low crowds. In general, the parks are busier than they were in years past, and this fall has been even busier than expected. Did you use FastPass+?

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 24, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. ara Says...

I am planning to take my 2 year old son to disneyworld nov 8-15 2015 is this a good time? Whats the weather and crowds like?

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Oct 22, 2015 at 11:47 a.m. Matt Says...

We're headed next week and are so excited. Should we expect heavy crowds?

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

Medium crowds are expected this week.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2015 at 2:24 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hello! Planning a stay during the weekend of the marathon into Martin Luther King weekend. Originally booked that week because I read it was low crowds (in between the two holiday weekends). But now I am wondering - is it better to go late January for lower crowds? Basing trip around the crowds entirely. Only doing magic kingdom for a day and staying at port Orleans. Thank you!

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

The week after the marathon before MLK weekend offers very low crowds, but both weekends of the marathon and holiday will be very crowded. Late January is also good.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 2:20 a.m. Kim Says...

We are thinking about going to Disney the first week of December 2015. Is this generally a light time to visit. Also do you think it will be pool weather? Thank you!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 12:50 a.m. Renae Says...

We went last year December 6-13. The weather was much colder than anyone expected. It was cold and overcast or cold and rainy almost every day. We had a few nights that were in the 40's and one really cold night that got down to 39. My advice is pack a few coats, some sweaters, and warm clothes just in case.

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Oct 20, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It is a fairly good time to visit, although it's not quite a good a time as it used to be. As far as the pool goes, you should have some pool days. The pools are heated, so even though it is cooler, it should be OK.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 19, 2015 at 7:12 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi Laura - this will be our first trip to Disney and were planning on going to MK on Veterans Day (Nov. 11th). Do you think this will be a good day to visit the park as far as crowds? Also, because we are not staying on-site, we weren't able to get the fastpasses for the times we wanted. I know my girls want to see Cinderella and Ariel but we don't have a clue about anything else. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any and all advise!!

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Oct 17, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. Erin Says...

I hear the best time to go to Disney world is when the super bowl is on as it's not as crowed is this true ?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Yes, this is a pretty good time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 17, 2015 at 7:04 p.m. Pamela Says...

Is it easy to find an accommodation near Disney or do i need to make prior arrangements for that first ??

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

I would definitely book your hotel in advance. You can read more about it here.

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Leap

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Oct 15, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Laura Says...

Have you seen any discussion publicly or among Q&A with Disney Parks about what their long term plans are for reducing park congestion? Our generation (I'm mid-30s) remembers Disney as someplace more attainable and not so wildly overcrowded, without so much need to strategize, and you could just go and enjoy the rides, and get to ride whatever you wanted! Do you know if there are plans to either expand Magic Kingdom, open another "Disney" in middle america (maybe on some wide open land in the middle of Texas?!) or otherwise manage the congestion, because at this pace, I feel like it won't be long until it will be sold out entirely during school breaks?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Disney is planning on expansion, although the details of how and when have not been revealed. Just last week, it was reported last week that Disney would be expanding on wetlands around Lake Buena Vista. It's not clear yet where Star Wars Land will be at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but there is space to expand the park.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. cici Says...

My three friends and I willl be going on the 29th April 2016 till the 13th of May . I thought these would be ok ?

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Oct 13, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. Amy Says...

I was wanting to plan a trip to WDW the week of my son's birthday BUT its during one of the worst times of year the week of June 23 next year (2016). Do they offer any type of special pricing for birthdays? Is there any other suggestions that you may have when planning? I wanted to go during the off season BUT with school and all its not going to happen that way. Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

There is no special pricing for birthdays, but you can check out some more tips and ideas for celebrating here. Make sure to arrive ahead of park opening, use FastPass+ and our touring plans to make the most of your time.

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Oct 10, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. josie Says...

Hi

Is it too early to have an idea about crowds on March/April 2017? I don't want to take my kids out of school in the UK but the vacation times for Easter are different in different parts of the country. I'm thinking of going for two weeks from around 30th March which means returning the day before Good Friday. Is it pretty hectic for the whole of March until Easter is over every year?

Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josie,

When Easter is later, as it is in 2017, it means that the spring break season is longer and not quite as intense as when Easter is earlier in the season. You will still find elevated crowds during the time you are expecting to visit, but not quite as bad as they could be.

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Oct 7, 2015 at 1:52 a.m. Wendy Says...

We visited magic kingdom on Monday 4th October. We picked this month as it was supposed to be quieter. However, the lines were horrendous all day. Everything had a long line.80 mins jungle cruise, 90 for pooh ride and 30 using our fast pass for thunder mountain railroad. Is this the new 'norm' for October. All in all, it was not pleasant day - even the kids didn't really enjoy it much.

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Oct 22, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. Katie Says...

We picked oct. 17-22 to visit based mostly on expected low crowds. I was mostly disappointed in the crowd levels especially at magic Kingdom with average 30 min waits. And a lot of 60 min + waits. It made it hard to have fun with my small children. Is this the new norm or were there done factors we didn't know about?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. Debbie N U.K. Says...

Totally agree.We visted from Sept 27 until 11 Oct,after the first 5 days the crowds were horrendous everywhere with Magic Kingdom being the worst! This is our usual time to visit have never seen it so busy. However someone mentioned it was holiday time in South America, not sure how true but made sense with what we saw. Still fab though :)

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. Paolo Sinats Says...

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2016 are ...

•Jan. 3-8

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2016 are ...

•The first week in January

So which is it?!?

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Nov 2, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. One L Michele Says...

Hi,

Single Mom, here. Taking 12yo Honors student out of school either first week of Jan. or 2nd week. Saw Paolo's comment re: best week/ worst week. Still unclear? Checked your crowd calendar as well; question: is fast pass necessary on recommended (green) days? (awfully expensive) Thank you Grand Leaper!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

FastPass+ is free, and yes, you should use it, even on green days. The week of the 10th after the marathon will have lower crowds than the first of January.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paolo,

I'm not seeing the reference of Jan. 3-8, but the holiday crowds start dying down after Jan. 4.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 2, 2015 at 7:13 p.m. Godzilla Says...

Hello,

Thank you for the blog and the information. I will be visiting US for the first time in 2016 through London. Which Disney is nearest to London by plane and what are the hotels that you recommend to stay in.

Thanks

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Disney World is your closes choice. We recommend staying on-site. Here are some more resources to help you decide:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/orlando-where-to-stay/

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Sep 21, 2015 at 1:09 a.m. Christian Says...

Hello. I am a fellow disney fan, and I I'm planning a trip to disney world during april 2016. It would be the 24th to the 29th. Or it would be from the 21st to the 29th. Are those dates good to go to Disney world? If anyone could reply, that would be great. Thank you!!

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Sep 25, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian,

Both of these dates look pretty good as far as crowds go. The 24th to 29th looks slightly better.

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. Maria Says...

Does anyone know how it will be during the week of either Feb 15-19 or April 18-22, 2016???

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Sep 16, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. Ana-Lou Says...

We're going through make a wish thanksgiving week. My 8yo daughter is on a wheelchair. Hiw are the lines for the disabled?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. Tese Says...

You can get a Guest Access Card from the first park you visit, at guest services. You will use this at all parks during your trip. They will take a picture of the child. This will act as a "fast pass-ish thing" for attractions that allow this card. But it is on a time scale. For example, if you have a ride with wait times of 45 minutes, they will give you a return time, usually 10 minutes less than the wait time. So, for 45 minute wait, you come back 35 minutes later. This will be good for all in her party. If the wait is short, you will be allowed in the fast pass line.

Shows are great with wheelchair access, and her view won't be obstructed.

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Oct 3, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. Tasha Says...

We just left Disney and we're very disappointed in their treatment of my disabled father, who is also wheelchair dependent. Be prepared to wait in line behind those who simply rented a scooter for the day and are given preference over those who are unable to transfer. This happened at every park, regardless of show we were attending. I wish someone would school the powers that be at Disney that scooter users are NOT the same degree of disability as those who truly are not able to enjoy the entertainment without accomodations. And don't get me started on the rudeness of people while trying to navigate crowds in an electric wheelchair (again, not a rented scooter). If your daughter can transfer, you'll be okay. If she can't, God help you.

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana-Lou,

Most attractions have different entrances/queues for wheelchairs and ECVs. When you arrive at an attraction, simply ask a cast member and they should be able to direct you to the right place. Sometimes you’ll wait in a regular queue up until a certain point and then will be escorted to a special boarding area or entrance. However, since you’re going through Make a Wish, you’ll get to use the FastPass+ queue for every attraction, so a cast member will be able to direct you where you need to go! Plus, you shouldn’t have to ever really wait in much of a line since you’re going through the foundation!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Tracey Says...

Hi, We are looking at Orlando for Dec 19th to 26th and were planning on doing Universal but my girls 5 & 7 want to do Disney to. How many days will Universal parks take? Would you recommend the extra for Universal Express pass? What days would you recommend for what parks (Universal/Disney ) We currently plan to stay at Drury hotel.

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Sep 22, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

With Express Passes, I think you could spend two days at Universal and the rest of your time at Disney. You can check out the Crowd Calendar for park recommendations.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Sarah Says...

Help! My dream is to spend Christmas far, far away from home in Toronto. I was hoping to plan a trip to WDW in 2016, Dec 16-27. Am I being silly? I was hoping to alternate park days with off days to visit other resorts etc. What should I do?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. Jill Says...

We were there on Monday too. The crowds were big because it was the only day this week that was forecasted to have 0% chance of rain. Even with the crowds we were still able to ride every ride we wanted and meet all the characters and princesses. (With the exception of Ana and Elsa) During busy times we wouldn't even get to do half that. Wednesday was perfect! Even lower wait times. Saw Ana and Elsa and even walked right up and got to go straight into Be Our Guest restaurant! Can't wait to go again.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Gui Says...

Hi Sarah

Not silly at all. I've spend Xmas and NYE several times there. Is crowded, yes, but the spirit is there, the parks looks amazing (mostly Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, where great parties are). The only drawbacks are the long lines for popular attractions, just be sure to pick the right one with your fastpass and enjoy it! Weather is great (compared with winter in the North), with almost no rain. Enjoy this prep time, is by far as exciting as the time you'll spend there.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

What's silly? Sounds like a great idea to me. Just bear in mind that the closer you get to Christmas, the crowds will increase. Here are tips from our Holiday Survival Guide:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disney-world-tips-holiday-crowds/

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Sep 14, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. English Family Says...

Hi, every website has said the same, september september september if you dont mind the weather, and yet i have never seen so many people in my life not to mention kids! The schools must be empty? Does anyone have an answer for this? We wasnt expecting empty parks but this feels like school holidays!

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:49 a.m. Michael Says...

Hi we where there for September taking in labour weekend very busy for us as our daughter is in a wheelchair, we found majority of people where Brazilians perhaps it's there annual holiday, fast pass works well, if tickets assistances all know what to do as we had to explain to some of them what to do, can't wait to return next year

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Even at its lowest crowd time, Disney World is never empty. Keep in mind that during less busy times too that waits on the rides are lower, so you see an increase of people on the streets, in the shops etc.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. Kristy Says...

We, too, are hear this week of september and it is so crowded. Definitely not below crowd level at any of the parks. The waits are long. We thought it would be a good time too since school was in session. I'm starting to think everyone had the same idea.

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Sep 27, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. Kim Says...

We just spent the week 20th-26th there and I have never seen such big crowds. We heard that the resorts were at full capacity. Last year at this time the crowds were much smaller and previous visits during this time were also much smaller crowds. This crowd rivaled that to which I've seen in prime summer months. If this is the way it is on "off season" now then I doubt we will ever return. The large crowds took all the fun away.

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Sep 19, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. Deb Finney Says...

I totally agree it was crowded on the 17th ( not by any means a ghost town) and 18th! I've been here on Black Friday a July 5 th and the crowds were about the same!!!!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:02 a.m. MegJ. Says...

We went middle two weeks of September, have done for the last five years. 2015 was very crowded compared to previous years. Noticeably so. There has to be a reason. Cannot be schools as they have all gone back. I am wanting to plan for 2017 butr seriously considering Jan or Feb now. Certainly drawbacks to those months. But from the UK it is expensive holiday and don't want to be plunged into crowds reminiscent of busy times.

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Sep 12, 2015 at 11:03 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Hi!!!

I am starting to plan our trip over to WDW. I live in Australia so I have really no idea when the best time is to go etc. we are a family of 5 (2a + 3c) could you recommend somewhere to stay at WDW. it is very overwhelming when you have no clue where to start. This will be our 2nd trip to the USA we went to Disneyland CA last year and I just found planning that trip so much easier.

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Sep 16, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. Shelly Says...

Your budget will most likely be the deciding factor in where to stay. If your budget allows, I would recommend staying at one of the moderate or deluxe resorts on-site at Disney World. ... From a convenience factor, the Magic Kingdom and Epcot resorts are the best. You will most likely spend less time waiting for busses to the parks if you are at one of these resorts.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 7:58 p.m. Charles Hudson Says...

You may want to consider a nearby resort as Windsor Hills which is only 2 miles from Disney. There you can get a 2 or 3 bedroom condo with 2 baths for great prices during off season. Stayed there many times and it is super close.

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Sep 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Kevin Says...

We, too, are a family of 5. We have gone Labor Day week for the past 3 years. (Free dining plan, or major discounts, very light crowds, little wait times). My 3 favorites are Beach Club, Polynesian, Port Orleans Riverside. POR is inexpensive but beautiful. POLY is gorgeous, on the monorail loop, but expensive. BC was perfect for us. The absolute BEST pool, walk to Epcot, boat ride to HS, Boardwalk right there. Also, Pirate Advenature right there, Beaches not Cream, and on site character breakfast.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

I am guessing you will be staying for at least a week? Some of the hotels have standard rooms that accommodate five people. We like Disney's Caribbean Beach and Disney's Port Orleans Riverside in the moderate category. Most of the deluxes also sleep five, and it really depends on what is important to you and your family and how much time you plan to spend at the hotel. Disney's Art of Animation have terrific suites that would offer more space too. If you provide more details, I can make further recommendations.

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Sep 12, 2015 at 7:53 a.m. Siva Says...

Hi,

We're planning to visit all 4 WDW parks - MagicKingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios using a 3-day Park Hopper. (our plans include Universal resort too in this trip).

After reading all these, I'm wondering if this would be do-able.

What would be your suggestion to cover all 4 Disney parks in 3 days (using Hopper)?

I've come up with this plan considering the crowd + park open hours (avoiding Halloween party days which we don't plan to attend)

3 Oct - Sat: Disney EPCOT (9am-9pm)

4 Oct - Sun: Universal Studios (8am-5pm) + Islands of Adventure (9am-7pm)

5 Oct - Mon: Animal Kingdom (9am-6pm) + Disney Hollywood Studios (9am-7.30pm)

6 Oct - Tue: Universal Islands of Adventure (9am-8pm) + Universal Studios (8am-7pm)

7 Oct - Wed: Disney Magic Kingdom (9am-10pm)

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Siva,

This plan works, although you only end up using the hopper for one day at Disney World, which isn't the most economical. You could split your time at Magic Kingdom to take advantage of less-crowded days (see below). I am assuming you are staying off-site? If not, that changes the recommendations.

Oct. 3 - Epcot day + Magic Kingdom night (use monorail for transport between parks)

Oct. 4 - Disney's Animal Kingdom night + Epcot night

Oct. 5 - Universal's Islands of Adventure + Universal Studios

Oct. 6 - Magic Kingdom day + Disney's Hollywood Studios night

Oct. 7 - Universal Studios day + Universal's Islands of Adventure night

This would be a little more optimized by park recommendation, but does entail more hopping. Another option would be to modify your plan slightly, only get Magic Your Way (not hoppers at WDW). Do one full day at Disney's Hollywood Studios and then split one of your Universal days at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This scenario would probably work best Tuesday through Wednesday when crowds are lower.

Let us know what you decide!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 5:49 a.m. Sarah Says...

I'm planning a trip October 2- October 9 2016 and I'm planning on doing Mickey's not so scary Halloween would this be a good time to go

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Sep 4, 2015 at 8:05 a.m. Eelco Says...

You say here that the worst time will be till 11-04 buth the crowd calender says from 4 april 2016 will be a good time. ? I was planning to go on 4 April, (hole week) good idea or not?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eelco,

Good eye! As you see on the calendar, that week is mostly medium crowds, but the weekends still see elevated days, which is why I included it originally. But I think a little tweaking is in order ;)

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Bizzie Bee,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Emily,

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

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

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

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

Hi JC,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Kelley,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Shaun,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Shar,

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

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

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

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

Hi Angela,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kerri,

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

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

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

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

Woohoo, Peter!!

We're excited for you!

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Ang,

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

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