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

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

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

Donna,

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

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

Hi Donna,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Katie,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Sara,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Angelique,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Shelley,

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

Have fun!!

Keep hopping!

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

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

Hi Suzanne,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Beena,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Trina,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Dana,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

Makes sense! Thanks for the reply!!

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Martyn,

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

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

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

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

I understand a lot of people from overseas where here then

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

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

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

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

Thanks Heather

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

Hi Heather,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Mabel,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi MC,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

book a holiday on this site.

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

looking to try I drive next time( LOVE ORLANDO)

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

Hi George,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenn,

Thanks for the catch! I've corrected!

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Robb,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

Hey Leap,

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

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

Hi Brian,

This is a good time to visit. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

Hello,

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

Thanks!

Kristin

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

Hi Kristin,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Jess,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Kathryn,

Mid to late April should see mostly neutral crowds.

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi Suzanne,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Blanche,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Malcolm,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Shelly,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Shanna,

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

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

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

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

Hi Shanna,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

Hi Diana,

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

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Ronni,

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

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

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

Thanks!

jason.

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

Hey Jason

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

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

Hi Jason,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Laura,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Vanessa,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

27th March - 10th April

22nd May - 5th June

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

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

Hi Mitch,

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

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Amy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Matt,

Medium crowds are expected this week.

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

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

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

Hi Sarah,

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

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kim,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Erin,

Yes, this is a pretty good time.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Pamela,

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

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

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

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

Hi Laura,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Amy,

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hi

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Josie,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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