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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on August 3, 2020 1539 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? That question has become even more complicated in the last few months as the parks shut down. They have now all reopened with limited capacity, mask requirements, additional health and safety measures, and fewer character and entertainment options. While the crowds are lower than they ever have been, many of you are now asking a different question: "When will Disney World be back to normal?" At this point, we don't have an answer to that, although we will explore it in more detail below. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

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

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. The good news is that as far as crowds go, the rest of this year — and probably most of 2021 — should be a great time to visit!

When Will Disney World Return to Normal? What Will Crowds Look Like for the Rest of This Year?

Oh how we wish we had an answer to this question. Unfortunately, we don't have a Magic 8 Ball. While we have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, we are in new territory. None of us could have predicted the impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact the rest of the year, 2021 and perhaps years more to come, including the virus, the development of a potential vaccine, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, worry.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

All of these factors combined will likely translate into the lowest crowds in history at Disney World. It is a different experience now, but not all of the changes are bad. If you are big on low ride wait times and OK with waving to characters rather than getting hugs or autographs from them, there has perhaps never been a better time to visit. Characters are, in many ways, more visible now than they have ever been. You can’t meet with them, but they’re out and about everywhere — even on Cinderella Castle! It’s an experience like no other right now, if you’re comfortable with it. More importantly, Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, reduced capacity and made other changes to insure the health of guests.

While some will say "not this year," that will also make for even lower crowds for those who do opt to visit Disney World. And, it also means, unlike many other years where you needed to plan months and months in advance, this year you can actually book a last-minute trip and still have a great experience. Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for your family.

What we can tell you is we expect that low crowds will continue from now through mid-November. Disney World has limited attendance at its parks since reopening and is managing this by requiring guests to make park reservations. So far, park availability has been good for regular park-goers (though passholders have seen more limits). And while attendance will likely pick up in 2020, especially at the end of fall and winter, overall we expect crowds will be significantly lower than in years past. Most likely, most of 2021 will also see lower crowd levels. The week of Thanksgiving has always been one of the busiest weeks for Disney World, and we think it will still be busy, just not nearly as busy as usual. The same goes for the week of Christmas.

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, which we've recently amended based on our more recent trips after the parks reopened. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

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

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

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. Now, this year with so many school districts moving to online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), all bets are off. Will the flexibility of online schooling result in an influx to the parks (school by day, parks by evening)? Or will parents opt to hang back this year? Again, the decision is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgement policy. We've got out eyes out and will continue to update as we know more. But we'd expect to see that 2021 will have more of a return to previous years.

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

Epcot Flowers

Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit Disney World, and they are also displayed on the Crowd Calendar. Disney World offers some spectacular events, such as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. You just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them! (In fact, this year's modified A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is going on now through fall, the longest event yet!) Likewise, the cancellation of events, such as this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, is one reason we expect fall crowds to be even lower than normal. By the way, Disney has not made the call on whether it will have Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and we expect this decision will influence whether people visit Disney World this Christmas. We expect that seasonal decor, merchandise and food offerings will still be available to enjoy in both fall and winter.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer 2019, and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park had been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019, through its closure in the spring. Since the park's reopening, Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has continued to be a major draw, and we expect this to be the case for years to come. However, with lower crowds and two opportunities to snag a Boarding Group, Rise of the Resistance is more accessible now than ever.

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

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

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

*Not typical

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

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

Historically, September has been the very best month of the year to visit Disney World in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit, but it has become a more popular month to visit, most likely because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Do keep in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly even more rain. With the cancellation of Mickey's Not-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, we expect a much lighter September and October for 2020, but we expect 2021 to be a little busier.

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Epcot

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-March 15
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 14, 2020 at 6:53 a.m. Moana Says...

Planning a long-overdue family vacation to Disney World if prices cooperate, or Disneyland if everything gets too costly since we’re flying from Hawaii. Ideally, I am trying to accomplish 2 holidays while at either locations. Are there any set dates for the Halloween party and the Very Merry Christmas party? Would an arrival date of 10/30/20 and departing on 11/9/20 enable us to do both occasions?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Moana!

Those dates haven't been released for 2020 just yet, but in 2019, the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was Nov. 1, while the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the season was Nov. 8. That said, we think it's likely you'd be able to do both!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 1:57 p.m. Lisa Goebel Says...

Thinking of visiting Disney. Coming from Michigan. Looking at possibly February 2020. Why would February 14-23 be one of the worst times?

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Jan 15, 2020 at 2:58 p.m. Chris Says...

Some schools have a winter break the week of Feb 17-21. We do, and that's when we're going! Temperature-wise, a great time to go!

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Jan 15, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Woohoo! Thanks for sharing with us, Chris!

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Since that's Presidents Day weekend, most families will have a long weekend and will be hopping to the parks to take advantage of a day off. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is also the following weekend, so there may be some racers heading in early, as well. Hope this helps!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 1:09 a.m. Michelle Says...

We will be going with family in 2021 and are deciding between May 31 (Memorial day!) - June 6

Or the week prior, May 23-29th.

Which one is likely to have the least amount of crowds?

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

May 23-29 will be your best bet, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a great vacation!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 12:36 a.m. Mike Says...

I think you forgot to mention that Disney World 50th anniversary will be Oct. 1, 2021 and with additions to Epcot and 3-4 new rides as well as restaurants, that part of 2021 will most likely be insane.

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Jan 14, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We toadally agree - thanks for the catch!

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Jan 11, 2020 at 1:36 a.m. SarA Says...

Hi! I know it’s only a week difference, but which of these weeks might have slightly better crowds this year?

10/25-10/31 : flying home early on the 31st.

Or

11/1-11/8 : jersey week (I know not a big deal) and also election day week.

We’ve been to Disney for Christmas celebrations before, and would really enjoy seeing Halloween and going to a not so scary party, so I know what week I prefer. But if it’s a huge crowd difference, I might change my mind.

Thank you for your opinion!

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

The week leading up to Halloween will be pretty busy, especially since Halloween falls on a Saturday. But if you are in it for the Halloween atmosphere, we think it's worth it to go! Crowds will be lighter the following week, but you'll also miss out on Mickey's Not So Scary. As long as you go in with a gameplan, we think it will be toadally manageable! Is it possible for you to hop to the parks right in between those two timeframes to get a bit of Halloween but also enjoy the lower crowds afterwards? You can see a direct comparison of the two weeks on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Jan 10, 2020 at 6:09 p.m. Megan Says...

I'm headed to Disney March 3-8, 2020. I'm headed to Hollywood Studios on March 4 to ride ROTR, but I noticed that the new ride is opening that day as well (Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railroad). I noticed on your crowd calendar that you have it as a 6/10 for crowds. Will that be higher with a new ride opening or do you think the crowds will still be moderate at that point?

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Jan 14, 2020 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

With Rise of the Resistance still keeping the park pretty busy, plus the opening of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway like you mentioned, we anticipate a pretty busy spring! Head in early and be sure to take advantage of FastPass and Extra Magic Hours (if you're able). Have fun!

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Jan 9, 2020 at 10:41 a.m. Kirst Says...

Hi! We are planning our first trip to Disney World. My kids will be 9 and 10 when we go. We will be taking the kids out of school so we can really go at any time. After reading your site we narrowed it down to 3 times during 2021:

1) 24-29 January

2) 7-12 February or

3) 9-14 May

We were hoping to go when it's less crowded and the weather will be good.

Thank you!

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Jan 10, 2020 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirst!

All of those look to be great options in terms of crowds! Weather-wise, we'd avoid May and opt for January or February instead - January looks to be slightly better, but both are optimal times, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd defer to whatever works best for your family! Have fun!

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Jan 7, 2020 at 10:04 p.m. Jaime H. Says...

In 2021, what is going on Jan 18-20 to make it a worst days to go? Do MLK Jr day crowds continue on Tuesday and Wednesday? Do you think Universal will be as crowded? Thanks!

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Jan 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime!

That's exactly it - MLK Day crowds can continue on into the week, so you may see a surge in all theme parks during that time. Hope this helps!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Kaysie Says...

We usually like to visit Disney World late November/Early December but last time in 2018 it was absolutely terrible due to the cheer crowds that were brought in. We had a terrible time at our resort and ran into some issues in the park as well. We want to come back in 2021 for the anniversary but I am struggling to find information on groups that are expected and what hotels they will be booked at. We always book a Value resort as we usually enjoy the atmosphere, pricing and we usually score a great free dining deal. Any tips for 2021 to avoid this issue again? or a calendar for expected groups that come each year? THANKS!!! We love undercover tourist and rely on your information and tickets for Universal.

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Dec 30, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaysie!

We're so hoppy you stopped by - thanks for the kind words! Most cheer competitions take place from early Dec. through May, and as you noted, many teams stay at the value resorts and/or Coronado Springs. While 2021 dates haven't been released just yet, you can find a full schedule of athletic events coming to Disney World here. We hope this helps!

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Jan 8, 2020 at 8:38 p.m. Tiger Says...

Was just looking at that was the 2019 schedule. Was told that it will most likely be 12/5/20-12/12/20

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Jan 8, 2020 at 8:34 p.m. Tiger Says...

We are trying to decide on 11-29-12/8 or 12/6-12/15 for a 2020 trip to Disney. We would like to go when the crowds are the least. I think I saw that the Cheer and Pop Warner is in town the week of 12/7-12/11 so should we stay away from that time frame and pick the first choice? Thanks!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 5:01 p.m. Janet Says...

We are fostering (4) children who have been through hell and back. We had plan tickets given to kids to either Disney World or Disneyland. BUT my husband and I have to plan the remaining of the trip. HOW MUCH is this going to cost us? I need to know the cheapest

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Jan 15, 2020 at 3:28 p.m. Renea Says...

I have been to Disneyworld 26 times. Have you been before? There is a lot to see and it also depends on the age of the children. You are welcome to email me for lots of tips. God Bless you for fostering the children! They are blessed to have you. :-)

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Dec 26, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. Shar Says...

Hi,

My daughter will be turning 5 at the end of June 2020 and I plan on surprising her by taking her to Disney World. It will be the first time for her and for me. Seeing that kids are out of school then, is it extremely crowded during that time? And what recommendations do you have for first timers?

Thanks in advance!

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shar!

Hoppy birthday to your tadpole! What a fun way to celebrate. Yes, you can expect crowds then, and be sure to pack a poncho or umbrella. You can see a day-by-day crowd breakdown on our Crowd Calendar here. Be sure to take advantage of your advance FastPasses!

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Dec 18, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Mark Says...

Looking to visit Disney parks with 3 daughters around 7 April 2021 for my 50th birthday. Would be there for 2 weeks. Last visit was in 2017 from 6 Aug to 21 Aug. Crowds were bearable but weather hot so wanted to visit at a cooler time. As early April is Easter will after 7th April be reasonable for crowds. Trying to compare to mid August previously.

Thanks

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Dec 23, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

April after the week of Easter should be a great time to visit crowd-wise.

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Dec 17, 2019 at 3:19 a.m. david stembridge Says...

We want to gift 3 day DW trip in 2020 (Jan thru April) for son and wife, both are 34. He to be deployed in summer. She has never been, he as a child. Please advise preferences on hotels but I bet they will be in parks almost full time til fireworks so not a lot of hotel time. We will buy tickets and give cash for room, etc. Probably a Resort hotel but only if you think that is a good plan. Thanks

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Jan 4, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. Retired Army Says...

If he is to be deployed, I assume he's a service member. Explore Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center. Quite affordable, especially in pay grades E-1 to E-3, but still reasonable at higher grades

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Dec 17, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

What a wonderful gift! We definitely recommend a Walt Disney World Resort hotel for all of the toadally awesome benefits offered! It can be tough to narrow them down, since there are 20+ to choose from! We'd recommend starting with a budget in mind and narrowing from there. From there, we have guides dedicated to choosing the right Value, Moderate or Deluxe hotel. Hope this helps!

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Dec 9, 2019 at 3:26 a.m. Landon Says...

It says the best days to visit in 2020 are Jan. 13-16, but then it says the worst days to visit are Jan 14-24. Those dates overlap. Is Jan 13-16 a good time to go or a bad time to go? Thanks.

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Landon!

Good catch! Jan. 13-16 is good time to go!

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Dec 5, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. calvin Says...

going to start going to parks on Feb 23 -25 2020 i understand that the marathon ends on the 23rd. any suggestion on what park might be less crowded that day? also does that Monday fall in the category of a good day to be there or a bad one since its in between one of the worst times and one of the best times?

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Calvin!

The race should be done by the time the parks open, so it's a toss up in terms of which will be the most crowded on Sunday. Monday should be a good day!

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Dec 4, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. Christy Says...

Why is mid Feb always listed in your "worst times to visit"?

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Dec 4, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

Presidents Day weekend and week bring in more crowds due to the holiday. In 2020, Presidents Day is Feb. 17. Hope this helps!

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Nov 26, 2019 at 9:06 p.m. bengi Says...

Why is January 14-24 worst days to visit in 2020?

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Nov 27, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. TD Says...

Marathon

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Nov 26, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Tracy J Says...

Someday I'd love to visit at the least busiest time of the year !! == The days of Old !

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Nov 26, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. hollyfamilyof6 Says...

We really wanted to come early January 2021. Are the crowds always bad for the first week?

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Nov 26, 2019 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Crowds tend to linger the first week of January until the tadpoles hop back to school. As long as folks are on winter break, crowds tend to stay elevated.

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Nov 25, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Jodie Daugherty Says...

What week in 2020 is has lower crowds? November 10-13 so day after Veterans Day or December 8-11. I’m going on weekdays not weekend

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Nov 25, 2019 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie!

December 8-11 will be a better bet due to the holiday. You can check out details for specific days on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Nov 19, 2019 at 5:46 p.m. Lex Says...

I'm looking to go to Orlando, January 30th to February 6th, what are the crowds like?

My son is only two, where should I take him?

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Nov 19, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lex!

Crowds should be low at that time, except for the weekends, according to our Crowd Calendar. We'd suggest Magic Kingdom for the widest selections of rides for your son, then Disney's Animal Kingdom for some animal adventures :) Have a great visit!

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Nov 19, 2019 at 2:21 a.m. Scott Says...

Hello,

So I'm thinking about a boys trip, just me and my 7-year old son, staying at a Disney resort from Feb 26-March 1st. I also have a Orlando wedding to attend (with adults this time) from April 26th to May 2nd, The plan is at least 3 of those days at Disney.

Right now I'm at least 7 or 8 days in the parks and 4 nights at a Disney resort in early 2020. I feel like I'm at the point for an Ohio resident to buy an annual pass, considering the park tickets, possible resort discounts, photo package, and meal and merchandise discounts.

Am I thinking straight? I also feel like I'm overthinking it :)

Thank you so much

Scott

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Nov 19, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

We love the boys' trip idea - so fun! With the mileage you'll get this year, we think an Annual Pass would be worthwhile. One way to scale back would be to just have one member of your family (you would be the best candidate, it sounds like!) get the AP so that you can get the discounts, parking, PhotoPass, etc. without needing to make that investment for everyone. For the tadpoles, you would be able to stick to regular park admission (or discounted through your favorite frogs!) to save some extra green. The only downside we've found with this setup is that not everyone can go through the AP entrance line at the parks together ;)

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Nov 18, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Crystal Says...

Hi, I'm planning our very first trip to WDW for December 2020 (7th - 13th), for my son's golden birthday. I'm more concerned about weather versus crowds. Does it rain often in December and is it very cold? Or would you suggest going in October for better weather? Thank you!

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Nov 18, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

December is one of the driest months in Orlando, so the chance of rain is a bit lower than October. As for the cold, December can be a little more iffy. The average high is in the low 70s, while the average low is in the low 50s. Meanwhile, October has an average high in the mid-80s and an average low in the mid- to high-60s. It depends on your preferences, but if you don't mind those December temperatures, we'd suggest sticking as planned so you have a lower chance of rain.

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Nov 15, 2019 at 12:16 p.m. Simon Reilly Says...

How busy is 1st April 2021 to 14th April going to be. I see Easter is the 4th April. Will that make it mega busy as its so early???

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Nov 11, 2019 at 10:42 p.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi,

Me and my hubby is planning to visit Orlando Disney World from May 10-15, 2020 and would love to celebrate my birthday over there. Is that a good period to visit? What's the resort and theme parks do you recommend us to go? Thank you!

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Nov 12, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

That looks to be a great time to visit, according to our Crowd Calendar! It is so hard for us to pick a favorite park - if you are Star Wars fans, definitely pop over to Disney's Hollywood Studios! Magic Kingdom is a birthday staple for us (what better way to say "Happy Birthday" than a castle pic!), and Epcot is always fun for adults. If you love animals, Animal Kingdom is also a great pick. You can see our guide to celebrating a birthday at Disney World here. We're sure others in the Frog Pond have some suggestions, too. Have a great time - Hoppy birthday!

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Nov 8, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. Eden Says...

Hi! We're trying to decide between going either March 1-7th or May 10-16th. I feel like my brain is turning to mush trying to decide! What would you recommend?

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Nov 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eden!

The two look to be pretty comparable according to our Crowd Calendar, but your May dates should be slightly less crowded than March (with Saturday as the exception). It'll be warmer in May, but you'll also have access to the Flower and Garden Festival (which begins March 4).

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Nov 6, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. JayBee Says...

Hi

We've been to Orlando a host of times, mostly in the summer....kids schools etc.This time 6th Feb 2020 so even though we may miss a few rides we're hoping it will be far less busier and wont be as humid of course. On site in Disney also for a change, so expecting a different experience as we usually stay in Universal.

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Nov 1, 2019 at 2:06 a.m. amanda Says...

thoughts /of going to Disney Dec 5-11 2019 or wait until next year? I had no idea that Star Wars was launching the same date and Disney had offered free dining this week?

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

We think it'll be busy, more so because of the long weekend for Veterans Day. That said, we still think it'll be manageable, especially if you take advantage of your FastPasses. If anything over about a 7 or 8 is a dealbreaker, we'd make a trip next year instead. Hope this helps!

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Oct 28, 2019 at 8:22 p.m. Maggie Says...

HI-

Are there dates in May 2020 that you recommend? I originally picked May thinking the crowds would be lighter during the week since school won't be out of session yet. Any advice is appreciated!

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Oct 29, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

Weekdays look great until the end of the month (about the 19th) as holidays start to kick in (such as Memorial Day and summer breaks). You can see a full breakdown of days on our Crowd Calendar, but the 4-15 look to be the best options. Enjoy!

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Oct 22, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Ashley S Says...

We are planning our next vacation for 2020! I am stuck between 2 weeks... 10/25-10/31 and 11/8-11/14. Would you recommend one week over the other? I know season-wise, we'd be going from Halloween in October to Christmas in November, but was wondering if one is more favorable crowd-wise or about the same? I know October has become pretty busy over the years! Thanks so much!

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Oct 23, 2019 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

They both should be pretty comparable, with both Halloween and Veteran's Day being pretty busy. We'd opt for November just to avoid some of the increasing Halloween party crowds if you aren't interested in attending :)

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Oct 19, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. Ellouise Says...

We are coming to America for 4 weeks in 2020, Sep 14-Oct 9. On balance of rain/crowds etc. which week would you recommend for Orlando? Thanks

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Oct 21, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellouise!

The average high in September is 80 degrees, with a low of 67, though September is still considered Orlando's rainy season, with an average of 11 rainy days. October is a little cooler, with an average high of 73 and low of 59 and 5 rainy days. However, keep in mind that stray showers are still possible in Orlando, no matter when you go - you'll want to pack a poncho or umbrella for safe keeping! In terms of crowds, the first week of your vacation is forecast to have crowds as low as 2s as the tadpoles hop back to school. You have a better chance of not having rain in October, though crowds will be about a 5/6 according to our Crowd Calendar - so it's toadally up to you and which you'd prefer!

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Oct 16, 2019 at 4:10 a.m. Priscilla Says...

Looking to plan a trip beginning of June 2020 bad or good time need some advice

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Oct 17, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

Since most tadpoles are hopping off for summer vacation then, the parks tend to see a surge in crowds, leaving the majority of the beginning of June at an 8/10 according to our Crowd Calendar. It's also the start of the rainy season in Orlando, so expect some showers and bring a poncho or umbrella! That said, if it's the only time available to you, it can still be a magical time. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance and take breaks in the AC!

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Oct 14, 2019 at 10:03 p.m. Leslie Says...

I’m going to Disney February 4-11 staying at Pop Century. The calendar looks ok. I’m nervous though. A lot of resorts are sold out and the high school cheerleading completion is going on. Is it going to be crazy busy?

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Oct 15, 2019 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

You may notice a bit more activity overall, but it shouldn't be bad. Those days are still slated to be about 4/10 in terms of crowds. The competition itself looks like it takes place from Feb. 7-9, so on competition days, most of the squads will be busy with competition, and there may be increased activity at Coronado Springs or the All-Stars. You may see things pick up after the 9th in terms of crowds, but we still think it'll be a good time to visit overall.

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Oct 11, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. SuziQueues Says...

We love using Undercover Tourist to make plans... We will be at Disney World in February to celebrate my son's 6th birthday! Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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Oct 9, 2019 at 6:16 p.m. Javs Says...

I have a week from March 31 to April 7, 2020, at Disney, if I am planning to go 4 days to the parks which would be the best days to go?

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Oct 10, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Javs!

That time looks to be a busy one, with most days sitting at a 7/10 in terms of crowds, so we'd largely say to do what works best with your schedule! If you will be staying on-site, we'd hop over on the days that the parks you'd most like to visit have Extra Magic Hours; if you are staying off-site, be sure to hop to the parks that don't host EMH that day to avoid crowds. Rope drop and plan your FastPasses in advance to make the most of your time! For complete details on park hours and crowd levels, you can check out our Crowd Calendar here.

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Oct 4, 2019 at 7:12 p.m. Keli Says...

Hi, we are planning a 2020 trip looking at March 25th-31, April 18-24 , November 14-21. Weather and crowds wise which would be the best time to go. Last year we went in August and The heat was brutal. Any advice appreciated!!!

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Oct 4, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keli!

In terms of crowds and weather, according to our Crowd Calendar, November 14-21 looks to be the best time to visit. Crowds will start ramping up for the Thanksgiving holiday later in the week, but overall, it looks to be the best option!

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Sep 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Jim Says...

We have to stick to our schools calander when we go. If you had to pick between then end of March (our spring break), the end of November, or the end of December when would you go to WDW? Crowd to fun wise.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

We'd pick March! It'll be busy, but it's the least busy time of your three options :) Others from the Frog Pond may have preferences, as well. Have a great time!

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Sep 28, 2019 at 10:08 p.m. Says...

Planning on a trip April 18-25,2020. Since Easter is on April 12 and most Spring breaks over, Will it be still busy during this time or not too bad?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, things are expected to still be busy during that time. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you're eligible!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 2:17 p.m. Caryn Faulkner Says...

Why is Jan 1-6 of 2020 one of the worst times to visit? We were planning on going on Jan 3? I realize it may still be crowded from the holidays but is that the main reason or is there something else? Thanks for all the helpful info!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caryn!

Yes, it'll still be crowded from the holidays (as most school districts hop back to school the second week of January).

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Sep 25, 2019 at 8:42 p.m. Bridget Says...

Hi there! I'm looking at heading to WDW when you aren't supposed to...Spring Break. Ours falls the week of March 16th-20th. We only want to hit Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom for this visit. Any guidance on which of those days would be best is very appreciated! :) I'm hoping our spring break is a little before everyone else's??

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Sep 25, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridget!

While spring break is busy, it is not the absolute busiest time of the year (and we tend to hop there regularly during spring break, because tadpoles!). Our spring break is actually a little earlier than yours this year! The 16th and 18th look to be good days for Hollywood Studios, while the 19th is the best day for Magic Kingdom, according to our Crowd Calendar. Be sure to book your FastPasses in advance to maximize your time - and have a wonderful trip!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. A Says...

Not sure if this is too early, but i'm planning to go April 3rd through the 10th in 2021. Do you have any tips or is it too early to tell? I'm prepared for it to be busy.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi A!

We aren't sure it's ever really TOO early to plan a vacation :) You are correct that it'll be busy, especially in the beginning, but depending on when spring breaks fall that year (and it's looking like many will stick to mid-March), things may lighten up towards the end of your vacation. Be sure to use FastPasses to your advantage, Extra Magic Hours if you can, and have a Plan B in case you want a quick break from the crowds. Have fun!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 5:35 a.m. Bec Says...

I’m planning a trip with friends but it is really important to us to be able to see the firework show at magic kingdom in January or February 2020. I can’t find info on the website, but here it says there is “scaled back entertainment”. Does WDW do a firework show during these months? Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2019 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bec!

The nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom, Happily Ever After, will hoppen in the winter, as well. Enjoy!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 1:40 a.m. Rachel Sweet Says...

Hello. Why is Feb 14-23 the worst? We were looking to go about that time since our daughters birthday is on 02/12. We thought Disney 02/12-02/18. We can shift our days though as we have not booked just yet. Thanks.

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Sep 19, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Monday, Feb. 17 is Presidents Day, which is a holiday for most schools, so there will be a lot of folks hopping there beginning Friday, Feb. 14 to take advantage of the long weekend. Just after that is the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which takes place from Feb. 20 -23 and will also bring in some extra crowds. Hope this helps!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 10:53 p.m. April Says...

We are coming January 18 through 24. Please tell me if it going to be crowded days and the weather will be like?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

The weekend will be a little more crowded than the weekdays (7/10 vs. 5/10, according to our Crowd Calendar) due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Be sure to take advantage of your FastPasses and Extra Magic Hours, if you're able.The weather historically has had a Monthly Average of 69° (high) / 51° (low) so be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater for the mornings and evenings before the sun warms things up.

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Sep 15, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. Carlee Says...

Just going for a day trip. I'm a local with a park hopper ticket. Was thinking December 17th of this year. I read that weekday in December are good time to go eluding the week of Christmas and New Years Eve. The crowd calendar says this will be crowded. Whats your opinion on Tuesday, December 17th? Too close to Christmas?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlee!

Crowds will build throughout December, so we expect that day to be a 7/10, like you mentioned. If you do decide to go, be sure to take advantage of your FastPasses and keep in mind that Magic Kingdom will close early that day for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (which may be a nice way to extend your time that day if you love the holidays as much as we do!). If your dates are flexible, we'd aim for the very beginning of December (on a weekday, just like you said) or weekdays in January, after the holiday crowds have left and the marathon is over Jan. 8-12.

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Sep 14, 2019 at 2:08 a.m. Ronnie Voigt Says...

How will crowds be week of April 26, 2020 at WDW? When might we see discounts? Any suggestions for four senior citizens going then?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronnie!

According to our Crowd Calendar, April 26 looks to be a great time to visit, with crowds at a 5/10. Our best recommendation is to take advantage of FastPasses in your booking window so that you're able to skip the line a few times while you're there (as well as Extra Magic Hours if you'll be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel), to take things at your own pace, and of course, to have fun! We have lots of resources we'd be hoppy to share - let us know how we can help!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Chris Says...

Was looking to go to WDW the week of June 14, 2020. In your opinion, is that a good time? Not too concerned about weather. Been there in Aug and Sept in the past.

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Sep 16, 2019 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Summer vacation will be in full swing, so expect some crowds; our Crowd Calendar predicts that week will mostly be 8/10.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:32 p.m. Shannon Morris-Anderson Says...

We will be there 2/22-2/23/2020. These are apparently right in the middle of “good” times to go in February. Why? What is going on to make the crowds go up from 2/14-2/25/2020? TIA. Shannon

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Great question. Presidents Day is Feb. 17, so we anticipate that crowds will increase due to the holiday and long weekend. The Princess Half Marathon weekend follows that from Feb. 20-23, which will result in an increase in visitors, as well.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. Lily Says...

Hi! This was very helpful. I plan on going to Disney World 2/15 to 2/23 in 2020. I see it listed as a bad week, could you explain why it would be a bad time to go? Thank you in advance!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily!

Those dates are right in the middle of a big Disney World event and a holiday. Presidents Day is Feb. 17, so we anticipate that crowds will increase due to the holiday and long weekend. The Princess Half Marathon weekend follows that from Feb. 20-23, which will result in an increase in visitors, as well.

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Sep 10, 2019 at 10:59 p.m. Villainous Says...

We are planning to visit Disney World on November 17th through the 22nd. Is the wait times for rides bad and is the weather going to be terrible?

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Crowds are about a 6 most of the time, ramping up to a 7 later in the week, according to our Crowd Calendar. Wait times shouldn't be too bad, with the exception being Galaxy's Edge! Be sure to take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations in advance. Temperatures historically have had highs in the high 70s and lows in the low 60s, so be sure to bring a light sweater for the evenings! There's generally about three rainy days in the month, but bring an umbrella or poncho just in case of a stray storm.

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