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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on December 12, 2019 1404 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? While you can have a magical visit no matter the crowd level, visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is the easiest way to ensure a great trip! We've only got a few weeks left of 2019. This post will guide you through them plus the best time to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021!

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. That said, most of this year has seen lighter crowds than recent years, although fall and winter crowds have picked up!

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

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

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

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, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Galaxy's Edge

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer 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 has been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019.) Because of the popularity of this ride and now the land fully open, we're expecting 2020 to be busier than 2019, especially the first part of the year.

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Magic Kingdom

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

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

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

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

  • Jan. 6-9, Jan. 13-16, Jan 27-Feb. 13
  • Feb. 25-March 6
  • The second half of 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)

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

  • Jan. 5-13, 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.

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 2019 are ...

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

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-April 19
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

  • Jan. 1-4, 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, it falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

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

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - Santa and Mrs. Claus

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 12, 2020, and 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
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's 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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Jul 2, 2015 at 3:34 a.m. Jo Says...

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

Hi Jo,

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

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

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

3. SeaWorld is a solid weekend choice.

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

Michel

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

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

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Mia,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Katherine,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Richard,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Kerri,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Violet,

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

Keep hopping,

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Jen,

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

Leap

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Anita,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Lee-Anne,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kristy,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Jenny,

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

About when are you thinking of going?

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Bekah,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

Thanks So Much

Crystal

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

Hi Crystal,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

1. are there better days to see which park?

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

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

which way will they be able to see the most?

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

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

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

Hi Renee,

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

Let us know what you decide to do!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Angie,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hello!

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

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

Hello!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi,

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

thanks!!

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

Hi Natalie,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Mike,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Dean,

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

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

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

Your page has been invaluable thank you.

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

Hi Chayna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Chayna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicola,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Shaifali,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Shawn,

It is the start of Spring Break.

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

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

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

Hi Anna,

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

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

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

Thanks. :)

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

Hi Nazaret,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sally,

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

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

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

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

Hi Joni,

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

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

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

Oh my.... how we were disappointed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Magic Kingdom just permanently busy?

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

Hi Darren,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Albious,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiffany,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Adri,

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

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

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

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

Hi Glenda,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Milagros,

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

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