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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!

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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.

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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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Sep 9, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Cat Says...

Taking my 7 and 5 yr olds for the first time. We can travel any time of the year, with the exception of late Dec through mid-January (will be abroad). I’m debating dates in in Jan and Feb 2020. Or do you suggest going in early Nov 2019 instead?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cat!

We'd definitely go for Jan./Feb. over November, only to try to let the Galaxy's Edge crowds die down a little bit (no guarantees, but worth a shot!). There are two times to avoid: Jan. 8-12 and Feb. 20-23. MLK Day (Jan. 20) and Presidents' Day (Feb. 17) will also see higher crowds since they are holidays. The very last week of both January and February are primarily 5s and 4s, though the last week of February does have a few 3s and will be a tiny bit warmer, so if we had to choose, we'd opt for the last week of February. You can check details for exact dates in our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Sep 8, 2019 at 7:36 p.m. Paige B Says...

Hi, were thinking of going in October 2020 with children aged 8,5,3, & 2. Do you think October will be ok?

Thanks

Paige

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paige!

October is a great time to visit! You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see details on exact dates, but there are a lot of 5s :)

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Sep 8, 2019 at 2:34 a.m. Brittany Says...

Hello! Was looking to go end of February, beginning of march, was wondering about weather and crowds. Would that be a good time to go?

Thanks in advance! We are so excited

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Sep 9, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

That looks to be a great time to go, according to our Crowd Calendar! You'll want to head there after the Princess Marathon from Feb. 20-23. The last week of February looks to be awesome (4s and 3s), before ramping up for the weekend and settling at 6s for the first week of March. It's also prime Spirit Jersey weather, but nothing too chilly - just right, with a few sprinkles! Have fun!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Shane Says...

We’re concerned about the crowds since we will be at Disney around Thanksgiving from November 20-25. Will Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 be large crowds as well?

What are your thoughts?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shane!

Thanksgiving tends to be a pretty busy time around the parks, and crowds will start to roll in the weekend before as folks begin to take off for the holiday. Saturday is forecast to be an 8 and Sunday a 9, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Aug 29, 2019 at 4:13 p.m. Kate Says...

My husband, grandparents (age 85) and I are traveling with my 2 children (ages 2 & 5) in April. We are staying at an off-site hotel. We will have a rental car and likely drive to all locations (parks). Due to my kids ages, we are planning to hit the parks as early as possible and will spend time at the resort in the evening. We will not be looking to go out much at night with the exception of a night or two during our trip. We plan to visit all 4 parks with a repeat day of magic kingdom (monday-friday).

With this information, I am wondering if you can help me choose between the following weeks:

April 18-25 (I am concerned about the lingering spring break crowds from the NE as well as some of the star wars half marathon crowds)

April 25-May 2 (I am concerned about the cheer and dance competitions that seem to be going on the entire week. It looks like to changed some dates of one of the competitions. wondering if this changes the crowd predictions)

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Aug 29, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

April 18-25 looks to be a better option according to our Crowd Calendar (with mostly 5s rather than 8s), so that's our recommendation. You may run into some cheer squads, but with the Summit beginning the day you leave, we think it'll be minimal outside of the resorts. Have fun!

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Aug 29, 2019 at 9:50 p.m. Kate Says...

Thanks? Did you mean April 25-May2? That’s when the cheer stuff is.

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Aug 30, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Oh my goodness, sorry about that - yes, you're correct that we meant April 25-May 2. Have a great time!

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Aug 29, 2019 at 1:03 p.m. Ian Says...

We are heading to Orlando in August 2020 (2nd half) but have been worried by the rain and thunderstorm levels - Is this a valid reason not to go at this time of year?

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Aug 29, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian!

August can definitely be a rainy time of year. If your schedule is flexible, we'd suggest hopping to Orlando outside of the rainy season. For us personally, we're okay with an umbrella and poncho, watching the radar and adjusting our schedules as necessary when it's the only time we can visit - but you'll definitely get some rain! It's certainly possible to visit during the rainy season and enjoy your time, but if it's a concern, we'd reschedule.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 7:35 a.m. Maggie GLodde Says...

I came across an article about what would be the best times to use the fastpass in Magic Kingdom, it gave the times that would be best for certain rides because of the low number of persons riding at that time, can you help me as I now

cannot access that article.

Thanks so much,

Maggie

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Aug 20, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

That may have been our Park Plan! You can find those here.

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Aug 18, 2019 at 6:36 p.m. Kelly Burns Says...

Hi we’re thinking of planning a trip Jan. 24-28 th is that a good time ? Which is your favorite resort? We are thinking Disney yacht club or port Orleans riverside any insight? We have stayed at animal kingdom savana view and dolphin in the past ? Thanks

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Both Yacht Club and Port Orleans Riverside are great options! Keep in mind that Yacht is a Deluxe and Riverside is a Moderate, so the amenities offered will differ slightly (as will the price point). Those dates also look good in terms of crowds, with the weekends being a little busier than weekdays. Enjoy!

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Aug 18, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. Kathy Says...

Going to Disney World October 18for one day. How will the crowds be??

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day will be a 6/10. Enjoy!

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Aug 17, 2019 at 9:47 p.m. Kris Says...

My friend went last year ended up going the week of Mardi Gras and she said it was extremely crowded with visitors from New Orleans...can this be expected every year? Mardi Gras for 2020 lands on one of the typically less busier weeks at the end of February- should we expect that crowds will be atypically higher that week next year due to Mardi Gras?

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris,

Because of the day it lands in 2020, Mardi Gras should be slightly less busy than it was in 2019.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 8:51 p.m. Nas Says...

Hi, I was wondering about how Jersey Week will affect the crowd for Disney from November 7 to 12, 2019. Or would November 17 to November 23, 2019 be a better time to visit Disney ?

Which would you recommend?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nas!

Jersey Week doesn't generally have a huge impact on crowds, though this year those dates will definitely be affected by Veterans Day crowds. The following week you may also run into some early Thanksgiving crowds. Both look to be pretty mixed, according to the Crowd Calendar, so we'd pick whichever works best for you. If you do opt for Nov. 7-12, the 11 (Veterans Day) may be a good day to hang by the resort and swim or check out on-site dining to avoid the crowds.

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Aug 11, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. Denny Says...

When would be the best time to visit the Epcot center in the fall

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Aug 12, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denny!

These dates skip around a bit, but most of September (once the kiddos have gone back to school), early-to-mid October and early November all look to be good times to make a visit according to our Crowd Calendar. You can see date-specific forecasts laid out in the previous link if you have any certain dates in mind! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be going on from Aug. 29 - Nov. 23. Have fun!

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Jul 31, 2019 at 8:24 p.m. Ramon Says...

Im planning my daughter firts trip, she will be almost 5.

my nephew (12) is gonig with us. Will be staying 5 days, 1 day per park and repeating magic kingdom.

my dates are 28 july to aug 1, planinig on staying on a disney resort. any advice or sugestion?

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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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