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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on December 12, 2019 1404 Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

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

When planning the best time to visit Disney World, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

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

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

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

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park has been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019.) Because of the popularity of this ride and now the land fully open, we're expecting 2020 to be busier than 2019, especially the first part of the year.

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Magic Kingdom

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

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

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

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

  • Jan. 6-9, Jan. 13-16, Jan 27-Feb. 13
  • Feb. 25-March 6
  • The second half of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

  • Jan. 5-13, Jan 25-Feb. 11
  • Feb. 22-March 5
  • The second half of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September
  • Most weekdays in October
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the very best month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit, but it has become a more popular month to visit, most likely because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly even more rain.

The days after Thanksgiving leading up to the week of Christmas are also a good time to visit Disney World, although not as good as they used to be. With the popularity of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which is held on select nights in November and December, and other factors, those days are also getting busier.

Some days in January, and some in February, are also great times to visit. The least crowded time we have ever experienced was in January, the week after the Walt Disney World Marathon. The big drawback to visiting at this time is reduced park hours and often scaled-back entertainment. While there isn't much rain, there are cold fronts that can make swimming chilly (but still doable most of the time.) Finally, this is when many rides go through refurbishment. Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids and Disney's Blizzard Beach have annual Disney World refurbishments around this time.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Epcot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jan. 1-4, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 12-21
  • March 6-April 11
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2020, it falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

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

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

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 12, 2020, and April 4, 2021
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 26, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2020 and 2021 are:

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

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

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Jul 26, 2019 at 3 p.m. Lesa Says...

We are planning a trip to WDW the 2nd of June 2020. Do you think I should push it back to the second week of August instead? As far as crowds and discounts?

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesa!

We think that's a great idea - most kiddos will be hopping back to school by then, so things should start thinning out (with the exception being weekends). Enjoy!

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Jul 26, 2019 at 10:36 a.m. Julie Says...

looking to go july 2020 what is the weather like, want to avoid the wet weather if possible get enough of that in the UK, when would you suggest is the best time to go?

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Jul 26, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Orlando's rainy season is from June - September, so you'll definitely experience some showers in July! These tend to occur daily in the afternoon at a minimum, though some stronger storms do roll through. If July is the only time you're able to visit, be sure to bring your ponchos, have a backup plan and have a radar app ready to keep an eye on things. We're sure others in the Frog Pond can weigh in, as well!

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Jul 18, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. Tony Says...

Booked for March 15-22 2020 hope we get don’t get swamped

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Jul 17, 2019 at 7:01 p.m. Catherine Says...

We are looking to go around 24th October 2020 for 2 weeks, will we get a flavour of Christmas as well as Halloween at this time? And will it be super busy?

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Jul 17, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

You definitely will get Halloween, but Christmas decorations tend to go up the first week of November or so, so Christmas decorations will be a little more up in the air (though we're hopful!) According to our Crowd Calendar, most days should be very mild in terms of crowds (4s or 5s), with the exception being weekends and party days, as well as Halloween itself. Enjoy!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 11:39 a.m. Jessica Says...

Hello

We have our pick of any dates in 2021 for 2 weeks with 2 girls aged 5 and 4. We would just be doing Disney. We have been thinking last week of Feb and first week of March but will that be manic with spring break given Easter is earlier? If not then when would you suggest? Thanks

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

End of February/early March looks to be a good time, since you'll be leaving right around the time that official spring break season begins! Most of September also looks to be a good time to hop by, according to our Crowd Calendar :) Have a frogtastic time!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 7:06 p.m. Jessic Says...

Planning our first spring trip for 2021. Would like to go for Easter, would you recommend going the week leading up to Easter (March 28- April 4) or coming just before Easter and staying a week (April3-10)? I know the crowds will be bad (we have been to Disney for Christmas so we can handle it), but would prefer the least crowded time if possible. TIA

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The week leading up to Easter (April 3-10) looks to be slightly less busy, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. RD18073 Says...

If my choices are Easter Week or summer, would Easter be less crowded (can do last two weeks of June, any week in July, first two weeks of August or April 5-12). Thanks

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, April 5-12 will be your best bet in terms of crowds.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 11:22 p.m. Barbara Says...

There is some bad info here! The summer months were horrible years ago, but not so anymore. They are actually the least crowded and have experienced attendance drops for the last few years.

Additionally, October, since 2016, has been one of the busiest months to visit. The crowds have surpassed summer by far and are now on-par with holiday weeks (Not Spring Break, Christmas and New Years, of course)

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Aug 9, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. Shawn Says...

I have to agree. I think you can throw the conventional wisdom out the door with the opening of Star Wars Land. In checking the resort room availability for mid-October 2019 I found that the only rooms available were going for $700 and up! That's an indicator to me that the combination of free dining plans and Star Wars equals very heavy crowds in the fall this year. I also found that during the first and second week of December 2019 that value resort rooms were going for almost $200 per night with the moderates starting at $300. It appears to me the demand will be very high this fall and that crowds will be quite excessive.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. David Prince Says...

While these crowd projections can be helpful do not let your vacation be determined just based on the prediction of crowd size. There is so much more to what makes a Disney vacation great, We have been during all times of the year including when the crowds were low and when they were at the highest levels and some of our best trips have been when the parks were the most crowded. A couple of years ago we visited during August for my sons Birthday and while the trip was OK it just did not have the same feeling as visiting during Christmas. We said right then no more summer trips. The next time we went was at Christmas when all the park predictions were at 10 and to us there was no comparison to how much more we enjoyed the trip with not only the cooler weather but the Christmas spirit that was in the air. I am not saying that crowd projections should not be a factor just do not let that become the driving force for your whole vacation.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

We toadally agree! It's all about what works best for each frog family :)

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Jul 2, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. Ben Says...

Hi, we are planning a family visit for 2020 and due to U.K. School holidays and work it looks like July is the most likely time we can make it. I know July 4th weekend is very busy but if we arrived just after for 2 weeks how would the crowds be? Last time we went we were at the parks before opening and the crowds were fine, would this work in July?

Thanks

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Jul 3, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben!

The Fourth is the busiest time in July, so the two weeks afterwards would be a great plan if July is the only time you can make it. Since most tadpoles are out of school, July tends to be a pretty time to visit, but as you noted, if you take advantage of early hours at the park and your FastPass+ reservations, you'll be in good shape. If you'd like day-to-day crowd forecasts, you can see them here.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 7:47 p.m. Amy Newberry Says...

If a family is planning a trip as far out as 2022, is there a way they can do a pay ahead as you can deal? Just curious. Amy

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Jul 3, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

When you make a Disney World room-only reservation, you'll only need to place a deposit; the remaining balance will be due upon check-in. If you are booking a Disney World vacation package, you'll only need to place a deposit to secure your reservation, but your balance will be due 30 days prior to check-in. Hope this helps!

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Jun 30, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. Aimee-Lee Roberts Says...

Hi, we were just looking for advice. I know you're crowd calendar is not out yet for 2021 but we were thinking of visiting for 3 weeks in May 2021 (staying off site) and wondered how busy this month is regarding crowds and queue times for rides? We are only concerned as have been told Cheerleading competitions are on around this time? thank you

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Jul 3, 2019 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee!

In general, May is a good time to visit! Things will be starting to heat up temperature-wise, and as you noted, cheer competitions sometimes occur in the beginning of the month. Crowds are manageable on weekdays otherwise, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, where you'll notice crowds are much higher. If you're staying off-site, we wouldn't worry too much about the cheer competitions :)

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Jun 26, 2019 at 8:52 p.m. Carissa McDonald Says...

We have never experienced WDW at Christmas, and have to work around our daughters college breaks. So, our only options are either Thanksgiving week or between Christmas and New Years 2020. I know it will be very crowded, but I was wondering if you could tell me which choice would be the BEST choice. Thank you so much!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carissa!

As you noted, both are very busy times at Disney World, but Thanksgiving is slightly less busy than the week between Christmas and New Year (when the park sometimes hits capacity), so our recommendation is Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful time!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. Kim Says...

Hi: I have been to Disney many times and at different time of the year. Looking for week after Thanksgiving 2020. I know Thanksgiving week is crowded. What about the following week 11/29 - 12/5? Depending, we might go 12/6 - 12/12. Would love to know your thoughts

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Nov 6, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. JayBee Says...

Hi

Use the yearly timetable chart....there is a coloured block version that's easy to follow.

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Jun 26, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

12/6-12/12 looks to be a better option according to our Crowd Calendar, with all days being 4s and 5s except the weekend. Enjoy!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 11:28 p.m. Adria Says...

Hi! I’ve been to Disney many many times. The difference for our next trip is that we will have a 2 yo with us. I have a 9 yo(by then) and we have seen everything. My concern is the new Star Wars and toy story land in Hollywood studios. We were thinking of skipping that park altogether and waiting for another trip. We were thinking of going March 1-7 2020. What do you think the crowds will be like in the other parks?

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Jun 20, 2019 at 6:41 p.m. Cyndia Ellis Says...

We are planning a Disney World vacation mid to late September 2020. We are in our early 60's and Hubby has never been! I said wait no more. No kids with me this time (although I loved taking them very much, back in the day). It will be a Senior play date this time.

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Jun 21, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndia,

Sounds like a frogtastic trip you've got planned! We hope your husband enjoys his first time at the parks, and hoppy planning in the meantime :)

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Jun 20, 2019 at 3:36 a.m. Jonathan Qin Says...

Hi there,

This was fantastic and really helped me in planning my trip. I just have one question. The week I have spring break in 2020 is from April 13 - 20. I was wondering how you think the crowds will be since this is after Easter.

Thank you so much!

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Jun 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for sharing your kind words! We're so hoppy you found it to be useful. The parks may be still be busy due to the Easter/Spring Break crowds, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for further planning.

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Jun 15, 2019 at 7:34 p.m. Carrie Says...

Hi,

We are planning a trip to Orlando next year and have to stick to the kids’ school schedule. If we go to DisneyWorld next year we will have two choices: around Memorial Day weekend plus a few days (May 22-29) or mid March (13-20). Does one seem better in regards to crowds? Since spring break varies, is it logical to think it might be lighter crowd wise? Is certainly would be cooler but then it probably isn’t warm enough for water parks, right? What is your advice?

Thanks a bunch!

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Jun 18, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

This is a tough one. May 22-29 will be likely slightly better, but I would go with the one that fits your schedule best. Mid-March should be OK for the water parks since the water is heated, but late May would be better.

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Jun 14, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. Ella Says...

Why is Feb. 14-23 2020 a bad time to visit? Thanks for clarifying.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 11:08 p.m. Mike B Says...

Feb 14-18 is President's Day weekend.

Feb 20-23 is the Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

The combination of the two make that entire span of dates much busier.

The different marathon and running events in Disney World are extremely popular. Unless you want to participate in them (which would be a lot of fun), I'd recommend trying to avoid any running event weekends/weeks.

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Jun 9, 2019 at 8:49 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi, we are planning a 2 week trip next spring, but I am concerned about the lovebugs , when does the lovebugs season start?

We are trying to avoid to many crowds and wanted to go in late april, but I am concerned about the lovebugs, hope you can give some pointers on What to do?

Thanks

Michelle

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Jun 10, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Lovebug season generally falls in late April/early May and lasts for about a month. The exact timeframe can vary. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot that can be done about them in that time! They don't sting or bite, but they certainly can be an annoyance. If you're driving, be sure to wipe them off of your car once you reach your destination (soak with water for about 5-10 minutes, then wipe off so as not to negatively impact the paint). Others in the Frog Pond may have some love bug tips for you, as well!

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Jun 8, 2019 at 9:33 p.m. Mandi Says...

We are planning for February 28th-March 7th, 2020, is this a good time? I see there are cheer competitions during this time. Thank you!!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandi!

According to our Crowd Calendar, things will be pretty moderate until your last day! There are generally cheer competitions around that time, though dates for next year have not been released just yet (from last year's dates, there's only one that would overlap with your trip). Most of the cheer crowds tend to be noticeable at the resorts (especially Coronado Springs) rather than the parks.

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Jun 8, 2019 at 10:18 a.m. Says...

Hey me and my husband are visiting may 2020 anyone one know what the crowds are like at this time?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for date-specific crowd details, as well as park hours, for your May trip dates. Have a wonderful time!

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Jun 6, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Sil Says...

Hi! Sorry, did I miss why the time period between Feb. 14 & 23 2020 is one of the worst dates? This is exactly when me and my sisters were planning to visit. Any insights? Thanks!

PS - This is the first time I visit Disney World in 25 years! All tips welcomed ;)

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sil,

This is the time of President's Day.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 7:17 p.m. Daniell Says...

Hello, we are planning our Disney holiday for 2020, we will have a 4 year old and 2 year old, we wanted to avoid the busiest times but want to be there in the warmest weather's but has to be before September as our eldest starts school then. When would you say would be the best 2 weeks to go? Many thanks

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Jun 7, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniell,

Late August or early June.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Tammy eshenour Says...

I would say early June over August. It's so hot the kids will be miserable. Trust me, we had 5 of them.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. Amanda Lewis Says...

We are planning to book a trip as soon as next year’s packages are available in a few days. We wanr to go January or February. Any preferences as far as crowds, events, weather, etc?

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Jun 7, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

You are choosing a fantastic time to go! The end of January (after the Marathon) and the beginning and end of February tend to see lower crowds (though they may be slightly elevated this year due to Galaxy's Edge). You can find specific dates on our Crowd Calendar here. Temperatures may be slightly warmer in February, but both months will be comparable. Others in the Frog Pond may weigh in on their faves, too! Have a frogtastic time!

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Jun 2, 2019 at 5:01 a.m. Nate Says...

I’m a Disney nerd. Love Disney love everything about it. For the last three years, I’ve made at least one Disney Trip (including two to Disneyland). But I’ve never been during the fall because I work for Walmart and our inventory is always right before Halloween. This year, it’s earlier in October so I’m trying to make the most of seeing all of the HAlloween parties. I’ll be arriving October 13 and checking out the 18th, heading to Tampa for Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Looking at everything I want to hit, it looks like October 15 for MNSSHP and October 17 for HHN. Would these be good days to hit these two parties?

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Jun 4, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nate!

We're so excited for you that you'l get some Halloween time in! Yes, those dates look great for both Mickey's Not-So-Scary and Halloween Horror Nights, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 29, 2019 at 7:28 a.m. Craig Says...

We are restricted to traveling after June 26th and before August 5th in 2020.....taking everything into account would it be better to go straight away on 26th or hold on until end of July???

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May 29, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig!

Those dates look to be pretty similar in terms of Crowds, so we'd pick what works best for you and your family and head to Disney World then! It will be slightly warmer as the summer goes on, and be sure to look out for Fourth of July. Have a wonderful trip!

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May 23, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. Nikki Says...

First timer here .. well, at least that I’ll be able to remember (I was quite little when I went). This is, however, my first time planning & will be my sons first time there. We are staying off property. It will be myself & my 9 year old son. I am looking at Nov 10(ish) of this year. I know the more time the better, but we are looking at 5 days at the parks. Will that be sufficient to get a magical experience, especially if we do the park hopper? Or what is some advice you can offer to make his & my first trip a success? Thanks in advance!

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May 23, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki!

We are toadally excited for you and your tadpole! Five days is perfect for a first trip, especially if you have park hoppers. Our best advice is to take advantage of advance FastPass reservations and Extra Magic Hours (if you're able). Be sure that you take some time to relax and soak it in, too! Whether that's taking a break for a dining experience, heading back for a nap mid-day before you hop back in the night hours, or taking a dip in the pool, make sure you do some recharging, too. Our littles really love to be involved in the planning, so it might be fun to prioritize together when thinking about FastPasses. We have a ton of ride videos on our YouTube channel! We have found Memory Maker to be a worthwhile investment, but it's best to purchase in advance to save some extra green. We're sure others in the Frog Pond have some hop tips, too! Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 21, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. Anne Says...

Hi, we are planning a family holiday for 2020, kind of stuck with dates and no time seems great!!

We are planning 12 days.

Anywhere between 27th of March to 24th of April.

Or between 27th of May to 13th June.

Getting bogged down with spring breaks, Easter, school holidays, thunder storms!!

What would you recommend.

1st timers so want to make the best of it.....

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May 21, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

We toadally understand - there really is no "off" season anymore! There are more moderate crowd days at the end of May, according to our Crowd Calendar, than the other periods you mentioned. Likewise, the week leading up to Easter is fairly moderate. Keep weather in mind, as well, as May and into June will be pretty warm, whereas it'll still cool down in the evenings in March and April. Ultimately in that timeframe, we'd just choose what works best for your family and run with it! Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 16, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

We’ve booked for November 11th 2020 for ten any tips for how the crowds will and what to expect weather wise in November many thanks for any tips and help

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May 16, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale!

November 11, 2020 is Veterans Day, so we expect that crowds will be on the high side. Be sure to use your FastPass+ reservations and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you are eligible! As far as weather goes, it should be pretty temperate, with highs of 78 and lows of 59, and an average three days of rain. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 18, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

Thanks for the reply we won’t be arriving until late in the afternoon from the UK on the 11th so we won’t be really doing much on the 11th. What will the crowds be like the week after the 11th of November Thanks again

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May 20, 2019 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale!

Monday and Friday will certainly be the busiest days! However, because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and because the rest of the week is attached to a holiday (where folks will tack on additional vacation days), we still expect that crowds will be moderate to high the remainder of the week.

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May 24, 2019 at 5:28 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

Thanks again for the reply, kind of regret booking November 2020 now ???? will just have to make the best of a bad timing

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May 24, 2019 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

It is our pleasure, Dale! Even with crowds, you should still have a magical time. Using the tools available to you, like we talked about previously, will be immensely helpful! Be sure to hop back and let us know how it was :)

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May 15, 2019 at 7:04 p.m. Michelle Madsen Says...

Hi

We are going to book vacation in March-April ( maybe even May) 2020, we will be Stauning in Orlando for 2 weeks, can you recommend 2 weeks that are better and not to crowded?

Preffered would be April 13th-24th, but is that to close to Easter?

We want to be sure the weather is warm ( since we are from Scandinavien :) ) so I am a bit nervous about March..

I hope you can help, thanks so much.

Best regards Michelle

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May 15, 2019 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

You will have no problem with the warm weather at that time of year :) You may need a light sweater in the evenings (but then again, maybe not since you're used to the cooler temps!), but for the most part, things will be beautiful at that time of year. According to our Crowd Calendar, the best two weeks in that timeframe is going to be April 26-May 10. The first week of March is also pretty mild in terms of crowds, and paired with the end of February, you'd be in even better shape if you can swing it. Have a wonderful trip!

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May 11, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Natty Says...

I was looking at Feb 17-21 but I see that’s in the worst times to visit. Why is that? I thought it would be a sort of off season week.

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May 14, 2019 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natty,

This is the week of President's Day.

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May 8, 2019 at 12:29 a.m. Shelley Says...

I am planning to take my daughter and my 4 year old granddaughter to disney world. Would Aug or Sept be better? What is the weather like then? what parks would you recommend for only 2-3 days we are going to st petersburg after that

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May 8, 2019 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley!

This answer is a little tricky and depends on whether you are planning to go in 2019 or 2020! Our short answer is to visit in early August of this year, or September of next.

August and September are comparable in terms of weather (hot with some rain in the afternoons), but September generally has our vote since tadpoles will largely be back in school and Halloween activities will be available. However, the new Star Wars Land, Galaxy's Edge, opens in late August 2019, which will result in some elevated crowds (as you can imagine).

We expect that your granddaughter will have a magical time in any of the four parks! However, you really can't beat Magic Kingdom for tadpoles. If she is an animal-lover, Animal Kingdom is also a fun one for littles. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 5, 2019 at 10:06 p.m. Peta Gaye Granston Says...

Well i booked my vacation from July 11th to 18th 2019 so how do i beat the crowd at magic kingdom without fastpass? this is my family first time and i would like to make the most of it.

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May 6, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peta!

FastPass reservations are included with your ticket (3 per day in advance), so we highly recommend taking advantage of them! Outside of FastPass, our best tips to maximize your time are to hit the parks early to get the most in-demand rides done and to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if they are available to you. I am sure others in the Frog Pond have suggestions, as well!

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May 7, 2019 at 9:36 p.m. Peta Gaye Granston Says...

I'm sorry I'm not staying at a Disney resort so i dont think I'm qualified to but i just want to make sure the kids get the most at magic kingdom

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May 8, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's no problem at all! We recommend rope dropping on a day that Magic Kingdom doesn't have Extra Magic Hours (there's a cool opening ceremony for the tadpoles and everything!) From there, try to hit the big ticket items that you don't have FastPass+ reservations for before the crowds roll in (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, etc.). We have a handy-dandy Crowd Calendar that lists park hours (as well as EMH) that you may find hopful. Have a wonderful trip, Peta! (And let us know if we can help with anything else :) )

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May 5, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. Dale Hawkes Says...

We’ve just booked up for 10 days from 11th November. Looking at this we should be ok anything we should look out for at that time? many thanks for the great information ????

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May 6, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dale!

The 11th of November is Veterans Day, which is a US holiday, so it'll likely be crowded over the first few days you are there (with things trickling off as the week progresses). There may be more crowds than usual due to the opening of Galaxy's Edge, but overall, November is a great time to visit! Be sure to check out Epcot's Food and Wine Festival (included with general admission) and perhaps a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (separately ticketed but lots of fun!) at Magic Kingdom. Enjoy!

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May 5, 2019 at 2:12 a.m. Christy B Hunt Says...

we are looking to plan another trip to DW in 2020 we are looking at either the last week of that Jan. or the first week of that Feb.. Keep in mind that we are taking our 25 year old son with autism and would prefer the least crowded time possible, which of these weeks do you think would be better?

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May 6, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar here. It looks like both weeks are pretty comparable in terms of crowds, so our recommendation is to do what works best for your family.

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May 4, 2019 at 12:37 a.m. Michael Salerno Says...

Is there a better week in September to visit Disneyworld?

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May 6, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Weekdays in September, with the exception of Labor Day, tend to be pretty good days to head to the parks! Kids are back in school and things slow down just a bit as the month progresses. If you are planning on going in 2019, the one X factor you'll need to keep in mind is that Galaxy's Edge will be opening at the end of August, so crowds may be elevated throughout the year.

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May 2, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. Celia Says...

Hi,

We will be visiting WDW and Universal the first 2 weeks of December and will buy park hopper passes (for several days). If we want to visit Mickey's Christmas Party also, do we have to buy an extra ticket for the party or can we entree with our "normal" ticket that day before 6 p.m.? Hope to hear from you.

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May 2, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Celia!

Your regular park admission will still grant you access to Magic Kingdom on party days prior to party time! The park will then close at party-time, and party goers will be permitted to stay, and those without wristbands will start being shepherded towards the exit.

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May 1, 2019 at 3:16 a.m. Leo Buganski Says...

Originally my family and I booked a trip for late September in order to avoid crowd of families with a school age kids but now with Star Wars opening and promotions of free meal plans for Disney cc holders were thinking August 15-21. What are your thoughts? My one kids will be 3 in late August but will still be two if we go in the dates I said. Please let me know, thanks!

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May 1, 2019 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

If you're looking to avoid crowds and don't mind missing Galaxy's Edge, we think August 15-21 will be your best bet (not to mention, you'll have one less ticket to purchase!)

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Apr 30, 2019 at 1:28 a.m. Olivia Says...

Hello! In 2020, I'm taking my boyfriend to Disney for his first-ever Disney World trip! I can't wait!

I have the week of March 2nd-March 6th off of work. We probably won't be staying in the parks so we will only be able to book fast passes 30 days in advance. Since he's never been, we want to do as much as we can. Star Wars is also really important to us. I am looking to go any time between January and that first week of March.

Will crowds be similar enough that we should just go on the days I have off? Or should I bite the bullet and take time off of work to go in January or February to have fewer crowds?

I keep hearing mixed reviews on that first week of March. Some say it will be packed, and others say it will have low crowds. What do you think?

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Apr 30, 2019 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

You are correct in that the first week of March can be hit or miss, but it IS spring break season. February or select times in January are less crowded. You can check out our crowd predictions using our Crowd Calendar here. Of course, if early March is what works best with your schedule, don't sweat it too much, as things still look pretty do-able :)

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Apr 29, 2019 at 7:36 p.m. Ruth Says...

First timers to Disney: 6 kids...4, 6, 7, 12, 14, 16...How do the weeks of 3/16/20 look OR 11/15/19 OR 11/18/19 look? crowds, decorations, and weather??? Thanks for your help!

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Apr 29, 2019 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth!

According to our Crowd Calendar, the week of 3/16/20 ranges from a 7-9/10 in terms of crowds due to spring break. There may be some Easter events, like an egg hunt, at this time since Easter will be around the corner, but no special decorations will be in the parks at that time. The average high is 78 degrees, with an average of 5 rainy days.

November will also see some crowds due to Veterans Day, but looks to have slightly lower crowds. Holiday decorations will be beginning to go up, and the weather will be similar to March (although a little on the cooler side potentially). Ultimately, we recommend heading to Disney World in November.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 2:35 a.m. Claire Says...

Howdy!

I am absolutely itching to treat my young niece to her first of hopefully many Disney trips! I'd like to go just before her 3rd birthday which will be in early May of 2021. I obviously have a LOT of time to decide, but my two options are either February or April. I'll monitor the situation as time passes, but what is your opinion?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

It's never too early to plan ahead in our book! :) Our Crowd Calendar currently only goes through 2020, but keep an eye out. In general, February tends to be less busy than April depending on when Easter falls, so that'd be our recommendation (plus, the weather is beautiful!).

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Apr 28, 2019 at 2:08 a.m. Maureen Says...

My family will be visiting WDW either in mid October or early December. Which would you recommend?

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Apr 29, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen!

That somewhat depends on the year! If this year, early December is a better time to try because of Galaxy's Edge opening. Both can be comparable depending on the exact dates in terms of crowds; keep an eye on Columbus Day in October, as well, as that will hike crowds up. Our Crowd Calendar will show you the estimated crowd levels on each day (as well as any holidays or special events taking place).

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Apr 25, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. Abi Says...

Hi. We have been looking at quotes for stays in June around the 8-22nd. Is this a bad time to visit? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abi,

The earlier in June you go generally the better. This June will likely be pretty good (compared to past Junes) since Star Wars Land isn't opening until August.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 7:55 p.m. Mike Says...

Hello! You mentioned the weekends in May are heavy for crowds, what about weekdays? We'll be there May 28-29th which is a Thursday and Friday. Thanks!

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Apr 18, 2019 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Those days look to be a 6/10 according to our Crowd Calendar; keep in mind that some folks may make a week's vacation out of Memorial Day. Weekdays that tend to be the least busy in May are the in-betweeners (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

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Apr 17, 2019 at 6:47 p.m. casey Says...

Any thoughts on veterans day week (nov 11-17) in regards to crowds getting worse than predicted due to a possible phase 2 opening of star wars land? My family does not do Star wars stuff bc we have a little one that is scared of all things Star Wars, so do you think the crowds will be ok in non-HS parks?? Also, does the MVMCP for that week in november sell out? should we buy those tickets now? Or can we wait a bit?

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Apr 17, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey,

We do not yet know when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge phase 2 will happen, but it's safe to say this fall will be more crowded because of the opening in general. The parties do sell out, and we would recommend you purchase as soon as you know which date you would like to go! We are selling them now.

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Apr 15, 2019 at 2:10 a.m. JM Says...

Just to make sure I understand, Star Wars will not be opening at Disney World until the end of August 2019? TIA

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JM!

That's correct - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be opening August 29 at Disney World.

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Apr 10, 2019 at 6:24 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello,

We have booked our trip! Yay! We are surprising our kids (10,12) September 14-29th spending 6-7 days in disney. Right now we have a 7 day hopper plus, but I may change it to a 6 day and purchase 2 after hours if they become available, for MK and AK. We plan to do 1 day in Epcot, and one day in DHS, the rest will be AK and MK. I noticed you said in one of your articles it’s the height in rainy season in September. But other places I have read that by mid September it doesn’t rain as much. Is that true? We are hoping the weather will cooperate of course. But I know you can’t predict it either especially with this whole climate change. What about crowds, do you think they will be bad even in September this year due to Star Wars opening? I have a pretty good game plan. Fast pass strategies etc. But hoping crowds won’t be 7/10 or anything. Look forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks for these blogs they are truly so helpful. I have put together a DisneyWorld binder and a lot of my info is from you.

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Apr 11, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We are so hoppy we've been able to help! May-September is considered Orlando's "rainy" season, and by September, the average amount of rainy days "dips" to 20 ... which means there's still going to be some rain in the forecast for you, most likely! Bring a poncho and an umbrella and know what your "rain" plan is (eating a Dole Whip under an umbrella while it passes? Heading to an indoor ride? Heading back for a nap?) Keep an eye on the forecast and have a plan, and you'll be right as rain.

As for crowds, we're anticipating that things will be pretty busy in Orlando, especially as Galaxy's Edge opens at the end of August. Like you said, have a plan and utilize those FastPasses!

Have a frogtastic trip, Stephanie! Don't forget to tag us @themeparkfrog on Instagram so we can hop along with you!

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Apr 7, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Jacqui Mann Says...

Hi We are looking at going to Orlando for our family holiday next year (2 × adults & 1 X 10yr old), I've always visited Easter time in the past but it's my husband's first time. When is the best time to visit for cost, crowds & weather?

Also is there much difference between Disney Orlando or California?

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Apr 8, 2019 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui!

Unfortunately, there's not really much of an "off" season anymore in the parks! There are, however, times that are better than others in terms of crowds. Late in January (Marathon weekend notwithstanding) is generally pretty mild in terms of crowds and cool weather-wise. However, with the opening of Galaxy's Edge this year, that may change. Disney World is much, much larger than Disneyland, and you'll need to take advantage of transportation options to hop from park to park since there isn't an esplanade like there is between Disneyland and California Adventure. Others in the Frog Pond can weigh in on their favorite (and most cost-effective) times to visit, as well!

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Apr 6, 2019 at 4:44 a.m. Marlene Says...

I trying to figure the best time to come for 2 adults been looking around ain't coming till 2020 and been looking at vacation packages motel tickets and flights is that the way to go or just do motel and tickets and do Expedia for a flight

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