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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

by Leap on November 17, 2022 2055 Orlando

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Summary

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? 2023 is gearing up to be another exciting year at the Most Magical Place on Earth! With the continuation of the World's Most Magical Celebration, the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run, and more, the magic (and fun) is definitely calling! Understandably, some of you are wondering: "When is the best time to visit Disney World?"

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, unfortunately. What we can say, and what has always been true, is this:

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

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. But there are other factors, such as Disney World weather, special events, park hours and, of course, your family's availability, that factor into the right time to make your magical trip.

Keep in mind that Disney is requiring that guests book reservations for park visits through January 2024. If you have not bought tickets or made your Disney Park Pass reservations, you should do so as soon as you know you want to go, especially if that's during one of the peak periods listed below, such as spring break, summer or Christmas.

In our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited during every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine by following our own tips and park plans at the theme parks, which we've continued to update (including taking Genie+ into account). If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

Best Time to Visit Disney World - 50th anniversary banner in front of Tree of Life

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2023 - Dates by Season

It should come as no surprise that the best time to go to Disney World has historically fallen along with 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. The decision to take kids out of school, even virtual school, for Disney is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgment policy. It may also come as no surprise that many families are ready to travel again; we expect that 2023 will see elevated crowds throughout the year.

Check out Undercover Tourist's #1 ranked Crowd Calendar to see projected crowd levels, park hours, event dates and weather all in one place!

When planning the best time to go to 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 Disney World 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 the shortest. Also, key shows, such as Disney Enchantment at Magic 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 Go to Disney World - Kids in 50th Outfits

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 the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration is in full swing, and the event will continue until March 31, 2023. In our special events guide, you can see a full list of all of the events hoppening at Disney World in 2023 and 2024.

New rides, attractions and lands — major openings — can also impact crowds. We've seen this in recent years with the openings of Avatar: Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. All of these rides continue to see higher wait times and demand. With Slinky Dog and Rise of the Resistance inside one park — Disney's Hollywood Studios — this is another reason it is important to make your reservations as soon as you buy your Disney World tickets!

In 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be the big attraction opening at Magic Kingdom in the spring, as well as the return of a reimagined version of "Happily Ever After" nighttime spectacular. EPCOT will also unveil several new additions, including  Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana, a new nighttime spectacular and the Dreamers Point area. Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024, and as such, Splash Mountain will begin its refurbishment Jan. 23, 2023.

So When Is the Best Time to Go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024?

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 18 – Feb. 15
  • March 1-10
  • April 17-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • 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 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 17 – Feb. 16
  • March 1-8
  • April 15-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • 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 the best month to visit, but it has become a more popular month to visit, most likely because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween PartyHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind the Disney World weather. September is the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly even more rain. Pack those ponchos and extra socks!

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, especially since Disney World Resort hotel pools are heated). Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment, including Kali River Rapids.

The Worst Times to Go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Go to Disney World - Food & Wine

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 1-8, Jan. 13-17
  • Feb. 16-27
  • March 11 - April 16*
  • 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 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 1-9, Jan. 13-16
  • Feb. 17-28
  • March 9 - April 14*
  • 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 2023, Easter falls on April 9, making it a slightly longer season than in 2024, when it falls on March 31. Because it's a more condensed period, 2024's spring break season will feel slightly busier than 2023. You'll see these noted on our Crowd Calendar, as well.

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Go to Disney World - Castle at Christmas

Let's hop over to the holidays. These are popular times 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 9, 2023, and March 31, 2024
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 23, 2023, and Nov. 28, 2024
  • 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 tips and tricks for visiting during spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. These holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above.

  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 16, 2023, and Jan. 15, 2024
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 20, 2023, and Feb. 19, 2024
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023, and Sept. 2, 2024
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 9, 2023, and Oct. 14, 2024

Upcoming runDisney Events

Best Time to Go to Disney World - RunDisney Finish Line

runDisney events also have an impact on traffic, hotel bookings and crowds, bringing both spectators and runners to the parks before and after their races — especially the headlining Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in early January, which we take into consideration when making our predictions for the year.

Races will take place on the following dates in 2023:

  • Jan. 4-8: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 23-26: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • April 13-16: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
  • Nov. 2-5: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Races will take place on the following dates in 2024:

  • Jan. 3-7:Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Feb. 22-25: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • April 18-21: runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
  • Nov (TBD): Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024. 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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May 2, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. Dave Says...

Just out of curiosity, why is the first couple of weeks in August a bad time to go? The heat?

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May 7, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Jen Says...

I am planning our Disney vacation for spring 2017. We are 90 percent sure we are looking into March 4-11. Is this a good time for preschoolers? We are looking lower crowds. We went the second week in September 2015 and the heat was too much for our kids. We also were interested in using the pool too. Thank you for your advice!!!!

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May 6, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. kylie Says...

I would think its because the kids go back to school in the middle of August...?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

The parks are still really, really crowded with summer vacationers. There is also the heat, but you can experience that most months in Orlando ;)

Keep hopping!

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May 4, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Dave Says...

Thanks for the insight, guess I'll be experiencing it regardless.

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May 1, 2016 at 12:57 a.m. Katie Says...

I've never been to WDW so am new to picking the right time to go. I know not to go during school holidays, so I was thinking of bringing my family (husband, teenage son, his friend, my parents, and my in-laws) out January 8-15th, 2017. Will that be pretty low traffic? And will Christmas decorations still be up?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

During the week, crowds should be low. Some decorations should still be up in the parks, although the decorations will most likely be down at the resorts.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 29, 2016 at 8:52 p.m. Cami Says...

Hello! I have looked at the Crowd Calendar, but was wondering if I could get feedback from The Frog Family and others on which dates noted would be better (crowd level). Either May 28-June 4, July 25-July 31 or Aug 3-Aug 9. I know these are busy times, just wondering which date may be better. Thank you for the help!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami,

From a crowds perspective, all of these dates are about the same. For this year in particular, I would opt for July or August, because there is so much new stuff coming to the parks that will debut in June.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 29, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Michelle Says...

Kind of having a hard time deciding on best time to visit in 2017. Easter week, April 24-28, May 1-5 or May 8-12. Also is the heat bearable at those times? We went this year during Texas Spring Break in March and it was crowded, but not horribly crowded for us. We did wait 2 hours in a couple of lines, but I've gone in the summer many times before and it was way worse. Because Easter is in April this year and almost 5 weeks from TX school spring break, do you think it will be insanely busy then? My son will be 6 in March, but 7 after April and I just wanted to be able to see the things we didn't and enjoy our time this time as we had a bigger group with us this past trip. Thank you, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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May 12, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

I think your April dates are slightly better as far as crowds go, but these should all be pretty good times. At this point, no major events have been announced for May, which previously got busy during Star Wars Weekends.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 28, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. julian Says...

Hello, I was planning a trip to WDW this july from the 22nd to 31st. I was told it was going to be too hot with long lines. Is september better? If so, what part of the month? THANK YOU!

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May 8, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julian,

Both months are quite hot, but crowds are better in September. Keep in mind that the rain chances do increase in September.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 27, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Jamie Says...

I have looked at your crowd calendar (by the way, thank you so much!) and still can't decide... should we do the week before Thanksgiving or the week after?? Any suggestions or advice? Thank you!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

I would do the week before over the week after—the latter has become more popular in the last few years with people extending their T-Day trips in order to attend the Christmas parties. The week before is less busy, as is the first part of T-Day week.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 5, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Shawn Says...

I've currently got Nov. 29 through Dec. 6 planned. Hear that PW can be a pain sometimes and weather snaps a fair amount from mid-Nov. considering changing to week before Thanksgiving Nov. 14-21.

Would you recommend? What would we miss out on if anything regarding Xmas stuff?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn,

You would miss out on Epcot Holidays Around the World and the Candlelight Processional, and the resort decorations (if you wanted to see those). Those dates would be slightly better, so the switch may make sense for you.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 26, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. Michele Says...

Hi there! I have a trip planned for Nov 6-12 at the Poly. Totally bummed that free dining isn't available then and doesn't look like any other discounts either. But my biggest question is.....is that week Jersey week? And if so, how bad are the crowds during that time. Not sure if I should cancel or switch dates? What are your thoughts? Thank you!

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Jul 10, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Theresa Mendelson Says...

We went last year (2016) during Jersey week and it was very crowded. Not sure if it was completely Jersey visitors. I believe the Food & Wine Festival also had a lot to do with it as well especially on the weekends. We made up for a lot of lost time in the lines during the day by going back to Magic Kingdom at night after the parade. It empties out considerably, and we only had 5-10 minute waits (if that long) on the most popular rides. Also, if you are staying at the Disney resorts, check with your travel agent. A Fall discount came out in July and she was able to apply it to our package. It helped a little, since the free dining wasn't available that week either.

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May 12, 2016 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

It is Jersey Week, but I wouldn't let that stop you. It has some impact on crowds, but it's not horrible, and we've already accounted for it in our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 21, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. Seaglass At Bonita Bay Says...

Thank you for the very descriptive post on when to visit Disney World. Looks like we will have to go in September!

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Apr 18, 2016 at 1:07 a.m. First timer Says...

I'm in the process of planning a trip for myself and my two kiddies to Disney. I'm playing around with dates...middle of Oct 2016 or Feb/March 2017....I want nice weather if at all possible. And trying to determine if I should purchase a meal plan....help :-) :-)

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrice,

This really all depends on the specific dates you choose. Generally, though, February and the very first week of March is a better time in terms of crowds. October can still be rainy and February can be cooler. March is a little better.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 29, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. John Says...

I've been twice in early-mid October and attended the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We've had excellent weather on both these trips, though it can be a little chilly (50's-60's) in the late evening and early morning, so I'd recommend a light jacket/windbreaker over sweatshirts as these will serve double duty during rain and be better at repelling any rain or water from rides. The parks and grounds are decorated for fall and Halloween, so it's a little extra bonus added in.

I'd recommend getting the special hard ticket (can't use regular park admission) to the party event in lieu of a day's park ticket and schedule the time prior to the party that day as an "OFF" day from the parks and visit Disney Springs, your resort pool, the resorts, etc. and take an early afternoon nap so the kids can better handle the late night.

Usually admission to the event starts at around 5-6PM and after that time, the only people that are allowed on rides and attractions are those that have the special wrist band, and Cast Members politely usher those who don't have them towards the front of the park to exit, which helps lessen the crowds a bit. Everyone can dress up in their Halloween costumes (check on masks) and participate in Trick or Treating in the park between rides, parades, fireworks, and dance parties. It's really fun to see everyone in costume, including the characters (Winnie the Pooh was dressed up as a Bumble Bee, etc.) While they provide Trick or Treat bags, I'd recommend bringing a fairly empty backpack to dump the loot in between Trick or Treat stations.

We've done this event two ways, Trick or Treating and hitting the rides, skipping the parade and fireworks, and attending a dance party, the parade, and watching the fireworks, hitting as many of the rides as possible. We enjoyed both, so it's really up to your personal preference, though I will say that the wait times for the attractions are minimal throughout the event and some like Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Speedway, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin we were able to walk right on and ride multiple times without a wait (Thunder Mountain Railroad was during a parade and the Speedway was during the fireworks, so we kind of got to see them anyways while driving around the track which was pretty special to my then 8 year old son.)

I'd recommend bringing a backpack with snacks for the kids (fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, etc) that are light and you don't have to worry about being smashed like crackers, and two water bottles per person with individual drink mix packs in a ziplock bag. You can refill at any quick service location or water fountain and add low calorie flavor!! This will save you a TON, though I always allow my kids to get one special treat that is unique to Disney per visit (Dole Whips are AMAZING, or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar, etc.)

This year we're going in late November/early December when the parks will be decorated for Christmas!!!

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I hope that helps you out!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Thanks so much for sharing!!

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Apr 16, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. Matt Says...

Me and my girlfriend are looking at travelling to Disney World from the UK from April 27th 2017 - May 11th 2017. What is your opinion on these chosen travel dates?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

This should be a good time to visit. Enjoy!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Junie Says...

You were correct on April 9, 2016 being one of the very worst times to visit Disney. We just got back from our trip and it was horrendous. The lines were extremely long. We waited 80 minutes to ride Peter Pan...80 minutes!! Some of the rides were 120 minutes..I mean it was nuts, crazy packed. I wish I had seen your blog before booking my trip!!!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. Bisney Says...

Hello! Thanks for all the helpful tips. We are going in November for the first time ever. I found out that we will be there during the Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon. Is this going to be an issue? Are the crowd levels higher during this?

Thank you!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, they are higher during this race weekend, but not the worst time to visit by any stretch.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:57 a.m. Anna Says...

We have a teacher in our group and the only time we can go is Feb 18 - 25. I notice that is NOT the best time to go. Is it crazy busy then? Thanks

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes, President's Day and the days around it are very popular times to visit the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 8, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. RDW Says...

We are planning to be in FLA 11/22-11/28 (arriving night before, leaving day after) and want to have about 2-3 days in Orlando either at the beginning or the end. Universal is our priority, but ought to do something WDW while in the area. Can you give a recommendation for whether first few days (T, W before Thksgiving) or last few days of our time period (Sa, Su, Mon after Thksgiving) would be better? Also, on your calendar, why do the two Universal parks appear to have such different crowd levels (one red when the other is green, or vice versa)? Thanks!

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Apr 24, 2016 at 8:09 p.m. Emmy Says...

NEVER go during July; this is when Brazilians have off from school.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RDW,

Earlier in the week of Thanksgiving is better as far as crowds. Friday is typically the busiest day that week. The park color system denotes the recommended park for that day!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. Lizeth Says...

What are the best days in april to go or may

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizeth,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

You can easily see the best times to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 6, 2016 at 11:34 p.m. Robin Says...

I have found alot of great tips on here. We are planning out trip to WDW for the 2nd week in July. I know that is probably the "Worst" time to visit but thats the only time we could squeeze out of our schedule. We have been many times and we are strategically planning this one. So bring on all the madness were ready for it. After all how bad can it be at the happiest place on earth. So excited we will let you know how it goes.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Love your attitude! That is 90% of having a great trip :)

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Apr 5, 2016 at 4:33 p.m. ChiDisneyFan Says...

I am planning a quick trip to Magic Kingdom with my four year old daughter on May 2nd, 2016. I have picked the fast passes and am ready to go. I am hoping it will be less crowded than normal. Any insight on how crowded it will be that day?

Also, do you have any suggestions on meeting Elsa/ Anna? The fast passes were gone by the time I signed up the morning after they were available.

Thank You!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Here are the crowd predictions for those days:

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

We have a whole post with tips for meeting Anna and Elsa:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-meeting-elsa-and-anna-at-disney-world/

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Apr 4, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Arielle Says...

A great perk with being a resident of New Orleans is that most schools are closed during the Mardi Gras holiday and many people take advantage of that to go to Disney World because it's not nearly as busy as other holidays. Next time I plan a trip to Disney World, I will be planning it during Mardi Gras, we went during the week of Easter 2016 and I will never make that mistake again!

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Apr 5, 2016 at 6:21 p.m. Carol Says...

Mardi Gras is also very very busy.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 10:44 p.m. LaurenB Says...

Hello: We are booked to visit 12/6-12-11 of this year, staying at our fave resort, the Polynesian. What day would you recommend for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party? Would that Thursday the 8th be okay? I've read it gets busier as the weekend approaches. Thanks!

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Apr 4, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

The 8th would be OK, but the 6th would be better.

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Mar 29, 2016 at 9:58 p.m. Rachel Says...

We're planning our 5th visit for next year but getting so confused! Looking to visit during Feb and possibly into March, either starting or ending with school holiday which is 20-24 February. No crowd calendars seem to take Mardi Gras into account, yet previous experience tells us that this time gets super busy. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Mardi Gras isn't typically super busy, although there is a lot of spirit ;) We visited on Mardi Gras in 2015, and it was good for us.

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

Keep hopping!

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Mar 28, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. MJ Says...

Planning to go between 11/5-11/12 (Jersey Week). How were the crowds during Jersey week in 2015? We are also planning to attend a MVMC party session. Do you have a recommendation on which day we should get tickets?

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MJ,

Mondays and Tuesdays are generally the best dates. Overall the Jersey Week is still a good time to go, but keep in mind there are more crowds over the weekend, which is also the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 25, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Caitlin Says...

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

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

Hi Caitlin,

Check out our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi Whitney,

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

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Janine,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jacqueline,

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

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

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

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

Hi Isabella,

It's a busy time to visit.

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

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

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

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

Hi April,

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

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

Hello!

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

Thanks for your help! ;)

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

Hi Natasha,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer,

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

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

Hi Grace,

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love wdw so much

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

Hi Barney,

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

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

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

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

Hi Susan,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelsey,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rose,

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

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

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

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

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

Camille

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

Hi Camille,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jul,

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

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

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

Thanks, Amanda

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

Hi Amanda,

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

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

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

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

Hi Alan,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenni,

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

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

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

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

thank you!

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

Hi Pam,

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

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

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

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

Hi Erin,

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

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

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

Hi

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

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

Hi Jason,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Amanda

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

Hi Amanda,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jodie,

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

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

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

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

Hi

What about go on 10 Apr to 16 Apr 2016

Is it good time for famliy trip to diesny world?

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

Hi Tim,

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

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

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

Many thanks- love the blog!

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

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

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

Hi Anita,

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

Uber is a good option.

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

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

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

Hi Steve,

You can find that information on our Crowd Calendar:

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

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

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

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

Hi Ronda,

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

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