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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 1366 Orlando

Crowd Calendar Orlando - Best Time to Visit Disney World 2019 & 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms and future worlds. You can stay inside of a rustic wilderness lodge or right in the heart of Disney animation. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? While you can have a magical visit no matter the crowd level, visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is the easiest way to ensure a great trip. This post will guide you through the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, and includes Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which opened Aug. 29, 2019!

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. That said, most of 2019 has seen lighter crowds than recent years, although the fall and holidays are picking up!

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

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

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020

When planning the best time to visit Disney World for the remainder of this year and 2020, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - September and October - Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land's opening at the end of summer and the phased opening of this land's two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to that and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios crowds have been mostly manageable these first couple of months. But that will likely change starting this fall and especially this holiday season when both Star Wars rides are open. (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will debut Dec. 5, 2019.)

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Magic Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Epcot

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

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

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

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-April 19
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The 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 2019, Easter is on April 21. In 2020, it falls on April 12. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 - Mr. and Mrs. Claus

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 21, 2019 and April 12, 2020
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019 and Nov. 26, 2020
  • 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 2019 and 2020 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019 and Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 14, 2019* and Oct. 12, 2020
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2019* and Nov. 9, 2020 (observed)

*This year is likely to be be busier because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020. 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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Mar 1, 2019 at 6:01 a.m. ANGELA P. Says...

Hi!

We are planning to go to Disney Orlando in this year 2019, the only dates we have available are the first half of May or the first half of August. Based on events, weather and crowds Which of the two dates would you advise us and consider What is better for us to travel?

On the other hand we want to stay in a hotel inside Disney but we chose the option of a cheaper hotel to stay more days and not a more expensive hotel for less days. Said that we have been checking out the Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, we would like to know your opinion about this hotel or if you would advise us to choose another one within this category of these "Cheap Hotels".

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Mar 1, 2019 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

As far as both crowds and weather go, the first two weeks of May look to be better than the first two weeks of August (crowds will be higher then, and Orlando averages about 14 rainy days in August vs. 5 in May). All-Star Movies is a good Value choice! For more information about the Value hotels, check out this post. Pop Century and Art of Animations are also great value options.

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Feb 28, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. ANGIE Says...

Hi! My husband and I have been dreaming of taking our daughter (12) to Disney, but we really couldn't plan ahead. This will be our first time and we have no experience in planning for Disney. I have been checking your Crowd Calendar (The very best and the worst times to visit Disney World) and I am very scared to find myself with a date of high crowds.

Now I'm sure I don't want to go on the dates I wanted (Nov. 2019-Feb. 2020) for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, I also know that I don't want to go in the Halloween season, now I know that March and April are dates of high crowds and finally I know that June and July are very busy. What leaves us as the only date May 2019.

What do you think about this? We want to go 10 days, what do you think would be the best date in May 2019 in terms of climate and crowds?

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

Please don't be scared - we promise it'll be okay! As more and more new rides and lands are announced, crowds may become the norm rather than the exception. The trick is planning for alternatives when things get crazy (perfect time for a nap, a swim, or a break for some resort or Disney Springs dining!) Remember to stop and enjoy :) You are also still in the prime planning period when it comes to preparing in advance - you're doing great, and we're here for you!

That said, we agree with you that May 2020 is a good bet, provided it's before Memorial Day. Based on our Crowd Calendar, May 3-16 or so is a pretty moderate period. Like you mentioned, the one caveat is that we don't quite know how the opening of Galaxy's Edge will impact crowds this coming year, but May seems to be a pretty good bet.

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 27, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Clar Says...

Hi there,

We are planning to go to DW Orlando for the first time this August with 17 and 12 years old kids for 4 days only.

Here's my inquiries:

1. Is one day enough for every park?

2. What park should we visit first, any recommendation please?

2. We are travelling from Canada (no car). Is it affordable to stay a hotel inside the park?

3. Any advise or suggestions for us since it's our first time to visit the place?

Thank you so much.

Clar

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clar!

Excellent questions! Your first question is the hardest - you'll certainly get to do a lot of what is offered in one park/per day. After your first visit, you'll get a better sense for your pace and what is offered to find the sweet spot in terms of timeframe (we have gone for a week before and still left feeling like we didn't get to do everything we wanted to, but our kiddos are also younger than yours...so different interests, earlier bedtimes, and a little slower moving :) )

2. I'd take a look at our Crowd Calendar to see which park is recommended on which day. Which park to visit first will depend on crowds and also early entry (aka Extra Magic Hours) if you're staying on-site.

3. Staying on Disney property is a little more expensive than in the surrounding areas, but you'll find transportation is much easier inside of the Disney property "bubble." When staying on property, each hotel will have some sort of transportation to get you to the parks - from bus, to boat, to monorail. Off-site, you may have access to a shuttle, but otherwise may need to Uber. Here's some information on transportation on-site.

4. Our best advice is to read up, have a plan B, and enjoy yourself! Disney World has so many ins and outs - don't let it overwhelm you, but at the same time, know that you'll need to do a little more preparation than you would for, say, Disneyland or Universal. Take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations, too!

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. Jean Says...

We would like to do the Christmas party at Disney and see Grinchmas at Universal. I was hoping to do this during free dining in 2020. When do you think would be the best time?

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean!

Free dining dates have not been announced for 2020 just yet, but in general, the first two weeks of December tend to be the least busy in terms of Crowds (with the exception of weekends, of course) according to the Crowd Calendar. We'll keep our eyes and ears open!

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Feb 24, 2019 at 3:09 a.m. Stacey S. Says...

My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon at Disney World in the beginning of December 2020. We don’t mind crowds and definitely want to make sure we get to see as much of Disney as possible! Do you think this is a good time to go? Any recommendations you think we should especially know about? I appreciate your time and advice!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

The beginning of December tends to be a mild time to go in terms of Crowds (just before the holiday craziness hits!), though this December may be a little different due to the opening of Galaxy's Edge. Since we don't know how that will impact crowds just yet, it's a great opportunity plan some "Plan B" times away from the parks in case things are a little overwhelming. Check out all of the decorations (including gingerbread houses!) at the Disney Resorts, or even head to Fort Wilderness to go "looping" and see how folks have decorated their campsites. We've also heard that the early December Mickey's Very Merry Christmas parties tend to be some of the least crowded, with little to no lines for rides, so you may even do a combination -- head to the resorts during the day to check out the decorations and have some lunch, then head back to Magic Kingdom for the party (and hopefully, minimal wait times!) Each of the parks will be decorated beautifully for the holidays ... it will be a great time to visit!

I'm sure the Frog Pond has lots of advice to pitch in, too! Congratulations, and have a frogtastic trip!

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Feb 22, 2019 at 2:54 a.m. Julie M Says...

We are planning a trip for at least a week in 2020. I have been to Disney more times than I can count, but this will be my first trip with kids (2 and 3 year old). We have flexibility to go at any time during the year. Looking for least crowds possible, and cooler/moderate weather (hot babies in strollers are no fun). Was looking at end of January - beginning of March (avoiding presidents day, Spring Break, and competitions). What would be the best time to go?

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Feb 22, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

How exciting! The end of January is a great time to go. The weather is nice (a little cool, even, but the perfect time to sport a spirit jersey!) You'll just want to avoid Marathon weekend (January 8-12).January 21st, 2020 onward looks to be a nice time to visit, which you can take a peek at on our Crowd Calendars. Crowds may be slightly elevated all of 2020 due to Galaxy's Edge.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 1:10 a.m. Rylee Says...

I’m beginning to plan a possible trip to Disney World late August/early September. I was leaning towards 8/30-9/2 because hotel prices are slightly cheaper and kids won’t miss much school, but am I better off spending the extra couple $100 and missing an extra day of school to go 9/5-9/8? We went this weekend last year and it was great. Thanks so much! Your website has been so helpful!

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Feb 20, 2019 at 8:38 p.m. Wendy Webster Says...

Hi! How do you think Star Wars land will impact the summer months. Unfortunately, that is the only time we can go. I know here in CA they have deeply discounted Disneyland tickets because everyone is waiting...do you think that will happen to Disneyworld as well? Thank yoU!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

This summer will likely be slightly better than past summers just because of people who might delay their trips for the Star Wars openings, but it will still be busy since this is the time most people with kids make these trips. We've got some terrific savings on promo tickets now with the 4 Park Magic, so we recommend you check them out!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

This summer will likely be slightly better than past summers just because of people who might delay their trips for the Star Wars openings, but it will still be busy since this is the time most people with kids make these trips. We've got some terrific savings on promo tickets now with the 4 Park Magic, so we recommend you check them out!

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Feb 19, 2019 at 5:27 p.m. Krish Bala Says...

I am planning to take my daughter to Orlando for about a week this year. I have narrowed down on the dates from 28th Apr to 3rd May 2019. I don't have much flexibility in my dates, but I sure do hope that these dates won't be too bad (i.e. crowded), as it is one whole week after Easter. But yes - if it is still crowded that week too, I guess I would just have to deal with it and go with the flow ....

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Feb 19, 2019 at 5:08 p.m. Katie Says...

Hey!

All my girls want to do is get dressed up like a princess, ride a few rides (Dumbo, small world, peter pan, tea cups, and toy story land) and give Mickey and Minnie a hug, see Anna and Elsa, Finding Dory. When do you think the best time to start planning and when to go? I really want to do the Halloween nto christmas!

Thank you!

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Feb 18, 2019 at 8:25 p.m. Amber Says...

We are planning a winter 2020 trip to Disney. Our preferred dates were Jan 25- Feb 2, but with the pro bowl falling on Jan 26 and the super bowl being hosted in Miami this year on the 2nd, I’m wondering if Disney may get swarmed during that in between time with people coming to Florida for football events anyways. Am I right to worry, should we change our dates?

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

It will be a busy time already with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. With the Pro Bowl returning to Orlando and Super Bowl in Miami, I think you would see a bump from them too.

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Feb 18, 2019 at 4:23 p.m. Lori Frey Says...

Hi

We booked for April 7-12. Any suggestions for least crowd congestion?

Lori

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Feb 20, 2019 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

That week looks to be a mixed bag of levels 6 and 7; check out our Crowd Calendar to see the preferred park for each day. The first two days of your trip are forecast to be the busiest due to the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend.

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Feb 17, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. Kim J. Says...

I'm currently in the planning process for our family. My husband and I will be bringing our four children (9, 5, 2, 1). The 9 yo is the only one who has been before so I'm trying to make this as magical as possible for my 5 yo daughter. My mom is coming too and she's a gardener. When's a good week to visit during the garden festival and also during nice spring weather with low /moderate crowds?? We want to visit spring 2020. Thanks :)

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Feb 20, 2019 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Your mom will love it -- so many fun things to check out during the Flower and Garden Festival! While official dates have not been released for 2020, we can assume the festival will be taking place at roughly the same time as this year (March - June). A few weeks in April and May will be your best bets in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, with April being slightly cooler than May. Keep in mind that crowds in general will be a little more elevated next year because of the opening of Galaxy's Edge this fall.

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Feb 15, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Tim Schade Says...

We are planning on April 28-May 3 2019. Figured the week after Spring break would be a good time since most of the crowds are gone. Is this right?

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Feb 19, 2019 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

Based on our Crowd Calendars, that week looks to have moderate crowds. Enjoy!

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Feb 13, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Tanja J Doucet Says...

We are trying to play a trip between 25 Feb 2020 and 6 Mar 2020. Is this a good time to visit? I still can't get information on hotel or flight because it is too early.

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Feb 22, 2019 at 3:59 p.m. Jackie Says...

We are looking at this time period, as well :). The only thing I noticed is Mardi Gras falls on Feb 25th in 2020. I'm finding conflicting info on whether it will impact crowds.

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Feb 13, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanja,

It's never too early to start planning -- well done! Yes, that timeframe looks like to be a light to moderate mix of crowds , though things may be a little more elevated at that time due to Galaxy's Edge being open.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. Emma Says...

I’m planning to go for 18 days from the 9th of September this year 2019 will Star Wars opening mean that it will be busy just in Disney or other parks aswell

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Feb 12, 2019 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

No opening date for Galaxy's Edge has been announced just yet -- all we know right now is that it's expected to open in "fall," so there's a chance your visit would fall before the opening of the new Star Wars Land in September. When it does open, Disney will certainly be busy, but you may see a slight bump at Universal and SeaWorld as well, just because some folks coming to see Galaxy's Edge may hop elsewhere while they're in Orlando.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. April Says...

Hi! I’m really hoping to attend the food and wine festival this year. Is it always around the same time frame for Florida (so safe to say September and October)? I’d like to plan vacation now so that I can go during the week.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

Dates haven't been announced just yet, but generally speaking, the International Food & Wine Festival has taken place in recent years from mid-September-mid-November (though for the past two years, it's started as early as late-August). The dates should be announced in the next month or so, so we've got our eyes and ears open!

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Mar 4, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. April Says...

Of course now I’ve noticed it’s “late fall” after visiting this weekend. More than likely not open in September. I wouldn’t be surprised if they open it on Dec 20-21 or something like that - during blackout dates for some pass holders hoping to make them want to upgrade.

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Feb 10, 2019 at 11 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hi! My boyfriend and I are thinking are going this fall. I'm deciding between seeing the parks decorated for Halloween or Christmas. When you say the parks won't be as busy as usual, what can we expect for wait times for rides, attractions, etc? I just don't want to get stuck waiting for hours!! This will be my first trip as an adult that I am planning. Thank you!

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

We expect the fall, especially late fall, to be busier than usual. You can see expected crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar. Keep in mind that you will always have a wait for the most popular rides no matter when you go (unless it's first thing in the morning), so it's important to set your expectations.

You can get an idea of current waits of Magic Kingdom rides here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/magic-kingdom/things-to-do/

Waits are also accessible through our iphone app.

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Feb 25, 2019 at 3:13 a.m. Jessica Says...

Perfect! Thank you so much!!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 7:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy to help, Jessica! :)

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Feb 9, 2019 at 8:24 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hi, I heard not to go when there are marathons. Usually January 9-13. We were looking at September dates and January dates. Has anyone been during a marathon? How crowded is it and would September be a better choice? Thank you!

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Feb 15, 2019 at 7:13 p.m. Stacey Says...

Hi Lauren,

We visited during marathon week in 2015 which was a while back, but we really didn’t mind it at all. The only issue was some traffic backup and rerouting getting to the parks one day. In the park, CMs were really good at managing traffic flow. Occasionally we would have to stop and wait a moment for runners to cross our path. It was fun to cheer on the runners and see their costumes too! I didn’t feel that crowd levels were particularly bad due to the marathon. Have a great trip!

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Feb 15, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. Dara Says...

I’ve been for Marathon weekend several times. It’s busy, but manageable. It’s all about planning. The weather has always been enjoyably cooler for us. Jackets needed, but then some warmer days. Quite a mix. If you have the option, go the weeks after the marathon in January. September is great for low crowds, but you need to be okay with high heat and humidity

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Feb 7, 2019 at 12:50 p.m. Autumn Says...

We are thinking of a trip to Disney World in late January 2020.

I checked out the crowd calendar and it looks like a good time to go but....

Do you think crowds will still be higher due to Star Wars at that point? If so, do you think the crowds will be mostly in Hollywood Studios or would it be Disney wide?

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Feb 8, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Autumn,

We think crowds will be elevated for at least the first half of 2020 because of Star Wars Land, across all Walt Disney World parks. While that is still a relatively good time to go, keep in mind, that it will likely be considerably be busier than late January this year.

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Feb 8, 2019 at 4:32 p.m. Autumn Says...

We are thinking of going May 13-19 this year instead. Do you think that would be a better option? I know it's hotter but we really want to avoid the crowds Star Wars may bring, Would there be a large chance of rain? I have only ever gone in January - March so a new month is a little intimidating, but still less intimidating than massive crowds.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Autumn,

Do you mean for 2019 or 2020? We expect it will be more crowded in 2020 than 2019. Weekdays in early May are generally a great time to go, and rain chances aren't as bad as later in the year.

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Feb 6, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Claire Says...

Hi, we are debating going to Disney for Christmas 2019. Is it worth being there for Christmas Day? We're travelling from Ireland so flights are cheaper before Christmas day. We went to Universal on Boxing Day last year but really want to see Disney?

Thanks

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Feb 7, 2019 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

Disney World at Christmastime is beautiful, but Christmas Day is one of the busiest days at the park (and sometimes reaches capacity early in the day at Magic Kingdom). You can find more details about what the crowds were like last year, as well as what to do around the holidays, in this post. There are certainly ways to mitigate the crowds, but it's certainly important to be prepared for them nonetheless :)

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Feb 6, 2019 at 1:51 a.m. Katie Says...

I'm thinking of going Jan 11-18 in 2020. Also considering the first week of Feb but I've heard it gets very busy with cheerleaders. Thoughts?

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Feb 7, 2019 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Those dates are a mix of light crowds and heavy crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar. There will be a cheer competition going on for a few days during that period (this year, it was January 18-20). Maybe others in the frog pond have been during that timeframe and can weigh in on what their experience was like :)

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Feb 15, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. Linda Says...

We just returned from a WDW trip in which we were there 2/5-2/11/19. The first couple days were great with little crowds but on 2/8 the cheerleaders converged on the parks and it was not fun from that point on. We used to always go the last week of January but the weather was cool most days and with the Festival of the Arts, it became very crowded, so we moved it up to the first week of February and dealing with the cheerleaders made it an even worse experience. I checked the World Wide of Sports Calendar online for the rest of 2019 and 2020 and to be honest, it's hard to avoid these groups now. Disney has made it so there seems to be large groups such as this throughout most of the year. :(

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Feb 15, 2019 at 4:54 p.m. Tracie Haddock Says...

Linda we had the very same experience. I left a comment below and meant to hit reply to you, but instead it just went on the general comment thread. Anyway, i could not believe the crowds on February 7 and 8. It was the same as when we went at Thanksgiving of 2012. Literally no difference in crowd levels.

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Feb 15, 2019 at 4:49 p.m. Tracie Haddock Says...

We had a similar experience. We just visited from 2/6-2/12 of this year and the first day was nice, but the remaining days were SO crowded. As in equal to the crowds we experienced at Thanksgiving a few years back. We decided on this most recent trip ‘s time frame based off my kids having a Thursday, Friday, and Monday off of school, and off of Undercover Tourist’s crowd calendars. The crowds were at least an 8 on February 8 at Magic Kingdom. Please consider adjusting your calendars to reflect the recent increase in attendance the 10 days preceding Presidents’ Day.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Tracie,

Thanks for sharing!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Tracie,

Thanks for sharing! This is great info.

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Feb 5, 2019 at 11:57 p.m. Stephanie Soto Says...

Any idea when Star Wars in opening? When you say fall, does that mean Sept/Oct? Trying to plan and don't want to miss it by a week.

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Feb 7, 2019 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Disney has not released official opening dates for Galaxy's Edge -- we'll be sure to update this post when we hear more!

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Feb 5, 2019 at 8:29 p.m. Michelle Says...

Do you anticipate crowds will be lower this July given Star Wars, etc. opening later this year? I've heard summer is slower than it used to be but I haven't been at that time in years. We are considering a trip with extended family and, unfortunately, July is the only time that works for them. Would it be crazy to go at that time of year? (I prefer fall or early spring.) What are your thoughts?

Thanks!

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Feb 5, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Crowds are slated to be slightly elevated in July, but nothing like they are forecast to be once Galaxy's Edge opens. I say go for it! We often do summer visits because of school break; of course we would prefer some beautiful fall or spring weather, like you mentioned, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! It is definitely do-able. Be sure to drink lots of water, and plan some downtime. We generally hit the parks in the morning then head back as it starts to warm up for a nap or a dip in the pool. Then, we'll head back in for some night rides. Take advantage of your FastPasses, water rides and AC rides/queues!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 5, 2019 at 7:47 p.m. PIP Says...

Planning a trip to Epcot between Feb 17, 18, 19.

But if it's super busy, I may postpone. But if I have to pick one day, which day should I pick ? 19 is least crowded, do you think ?

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Feb 5, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We recommend heading in on the 18th.

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Feb 5, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. Raquel Says...

Im planning to go on November.....will the waterparks still be open?? Is my first time going and i would like to be very informed lol

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Feb 5, 2019 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

We are with you -- staying informed makes for good planning! One water park will be open when you visit in November (and the pools are heated!) Disney has a rotating maintenance schedule in the fall for Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, where one park will remain open while the other is serviced. This past fall, the waterpark being serviced was Blizzard Beach, which means if the pattern continues, you'll be able to hop over to Blizzard Beach in November while Typhoon Lagoon has some maintenance work done.

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Feb 2, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hi. We are planning a visit in 2020, looking to go mid end of April. Do you think that will be a good time? Also will it be warm?

Thanks

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Feb 4, 2019 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

The April 26-April 30 2020 appear to be moderate crowds according to the Crowd Calendar (about 5/10). The average high at that time is 77, with a low of 60, so you should have some enjoyable temperatures, as well, for your visit :)

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Feb 1, 2019 at 1:07 a.m. Linda Says...

I am thinking about a trip Sept 24-28 (cheap flying dates). After a very cold trip the end of Nov 2018, concerned about weather. What does your crystal ball say?

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Feb 1, 2019 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

It looks as if the average high around that time is in the 80s, with lows in the 70s, so things should be pretty frogtastic temperature-wise! Of course, like you mentioned, there's always the possibility that a cold front may blow through (and September is still a bit of a rainy time in Orlando). We'll keep our fingers crossed!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Hayley Says...

We are planning a trip with my husband's sister and her family in 2020. My husband and I are WDW regulars just the two of us, so this will be our first family trip including our 2 nephews (8 & 5). Our options are to go the week of Mardi Gras 2/23-2/28 or our Spring Break week 4/13-4/18. I know both will have high crowd levels with the opening of Galaxy's Edge. We are just trying to decide the "lesser" of the two! Any opinions are greatly appreciated!

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Jan 30, 2019 at 10:19 p.m. Shelly Johnson Says...

We are going during the first week of April and I am so anxious about it. Never have we been during these high crowd levels. Just one day at MK, AK and TL. But even though I am by no means green when it comes to Disney, this will be a first.

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Jan 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. Justin Says...

Hi there

Planning a one week trip in late May from the UK, we realise that we will be there for memorial day weekend and we expect that it will be busy, will we see a big drop off in crowds from the Tuesday onwards or will the whole week following memorial day remain busy?

Thanks

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Jan 30, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

Things will drop off slightly after Tuesday, but crowds are still anticipated to be moderate throughout the week. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Jan 28, 2019 at 9:48 p.m. Brad Says...

Hi, I was thinking about planning a 1st time trip for my wife (40) and my daughters 4, 3, and 1. I Was looking for the best week crowd-wise from October-December where the weather will still be warm enough to attend the Water Parks?

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Jan 28, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad,

That is a great question! Weekdays in October look pretty good in the first two weeks of the month, according to the crowd calendar. Of course, there are some Mickey's Not-So-Scary days where Magic Kingdom may close a bit early, but as you mentioned, the water parks will be open at that time. The average daily temperature is in the high 80s then, so it'd still be warm enough to take a dip! You can check out details about specific days/weeks here.

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Jan 28, 2019 at 6:39 p.m. Becky Marcen Says...

Hi: I am planning on going to Disney May 3 to May 8, 2019. Do you think that is a good time to go? I hope it is not too hot or crowded. Also if my dad rents a scooter b/c of his bad ankle do we get on rides faster?

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Jan 29, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

This is a pretty good time to go! Check out our Crowd Calendar. You may seek help with getting a DAS when you arrive at the parks, although it is not guaranteed.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 26, 2019 at 9:38 p.m. Rachel Says...

Can you tell me why January 2020 1st-5th will be super crowded? We went the same dates in 2018 and It didn't seem bad...What am I missing?

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Jan 28, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Those dates tend to have elevated crowds because of the families staying for the holiday break (most tadpoles are off until January 6th or so).

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Jan 25, 2019 at 10:04 p.m. Barbara Weaver Says...

We are coming down March 7 to March 14....doing Disney, Epcot and Universal on weekdays....are we doomed since its spring break in 2020?

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Jan 28, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

Not at all! While things will be crowded, there's definitely ways to ease a little of that stress :) Be sure to take advantage of FastPasses and go in with a game plan. Our planning guides are hopful in determining which rides to tackle when depending on the length of your trip.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 25, 2019 at 6:44 p.m. Nicole Says...

Wow...we went to Disney a couple of weeks ago during the January 7th on time and it was a mess!

Loads of people and loads of waits. It was our worst Disney trip in terms of crowds ever, and we have gone at some peak times. They changed the weekend of the race, so maybe that played into it, but it was definitely one of our worst experiences at Disney. :(

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Jan 23, 2019 at 12:02 a.m. Jessica Says...

What is the reason Feb 15-23 2019 is so busy? Thanks!

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Jan 23, 2019 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

A lot of froggies have Presidents Day off (February 18), making it a long weekend. Just after the holiday weekend is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February 21-24). Of course, people tend to both come early and stay later for both occasions, hence the busy time.

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Jan 22, 2019 at 8:42 p.m. lorena Says...

I "used" to go to Disneyworld every December - first 2 weeks. The last time I went was Dec. 2017. It was extremely busy - why?? ...who knows. It has never been like that in the past but I think that this is what the future holds for Disneyworld in December. In 2018 - I went in September and it was perfect....weather - and wait time (almost non-existent). So it looks like September is my new go - to month.

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Jan 22, 2019 at 6:25 a.m. Dany B Says...

I will be taking my daughter to Disneyworld from February 17 thru February 23, usually how it is the crowd? and why?

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Jan 22, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dany,

According to our Orlando Crowd Calendar, it's a mixed bag during that time, anywhere from a 9 on the weekend to a 6 on Thursday and Friday.

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Jan 21, 2019 at 6:25 p.m. Jacqueline McKnight Says...

We have no choice but to visit during this summer in June or July. Any advice or tips to finding the best time in June or July since they are both crowded months???

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Jan 22, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaqueline!

Don't worry -- a summer trip will still be magical! We like to visit the parks in the morning and leave as it starts to heat up to take a nice afternoon nap or a dip in the pool. Then, once it's cooled down once more in the evening, we head back to the parks for some night rides. You can take a peek at our Orlando Crowd Calendar here for recommendations on which parks to visit and crowd levels, and I'm sure other members of the Frog Pond have some frogtastic tips for you as well :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 21, 2019 at 4:32 p.m. Raza Says...

I had already planned to go this week like 3 months ago and had got the Fast Pass for Avatar as well. With the storm all over USA is it a bad idea travelling with a 8 month old this week on Friday and Saturday. What would be the best first possible week 60 days from now which i should pick so i can reapply avatar. or should i skip avatar and just reschedule 2 weeks from now. Can someone advise.

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Jan 21, 2019 at 2:50 a.m. Pam Beswetherick Says...

Planning a 30th Anniversary for JUST THE 2 of us! Looking at April 11 through 14. Any suggestions on where to stay. My husband not a big traveler wanting everything planned ahead!

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Jan 19, 2019 at 1:21 a.m. Melissa Says...

Hello.. have been reading mixed reviews about crowd levels in March.. We will be there the 11th thru the 20th.. are those both spring break weeks?

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Jan 22, 2019 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

Yes, both weeks you'll be there are spring break weeks for tadpoles across the country. However, according to our Crowd Calendar, it looks like things will be a little lighter during the first week of your visit. Be sure to take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations!

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Jan 17, 2019 at 10:16 p.m. Cambria Says...

So I'm starting planning for my 25th birthday trip which will be next 2020. I was wondering if looking at the calendar for 2019 is still about what the crowds will look like that for the following year. Also any suggestions for the best time to go would be greatly appreciated, my birthday is in March but I'm open to going any time during the year. MY friends and family that I'm going with are hoping to get the most out of this trip since we don't know when we will visit again.

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Jan 17, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cambria!

Hoppy early birthday, and smart thinking on planning ahead :) You can find 2020 dates on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Jan 15, 2019 at 12:09 a.m. Lina Says...

Hi! Since my daughter's 5th birthday falls in the beginning of September when school starts we decided to take her for her birthday at the end of October/early November. Wanted to know if we'll be able to see both Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations? Not sure of the turnaround time. Also want to know best parks to go to with a 7 year old, 5 year old and will be at the time a 6 month old? So many websites with so much info my head is spinning trying to plan the perfect trip LOL!

Thanks for any advice xoxo

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Jan 17, 2019 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lina,

What an awesome birthday present!

If you time it right you could see a little of both Halloween and Christmas at Magic Kingdom (there aren't really any Thanksgiving decorations)! Your trip would likely need to be on or before Nov. 1 to see Halloween/fall decor. Based on how it's been done in the past, the Christmas decorations at Magic Kingdom would most likely be in place (or almost in place) by Nov. 8. Magic Kingdom is definitely a must-do for your kids, but you might want to read this post on best parks by age group for more suggestions.

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Feb 15, 2019 at 3:35 p.m. Vicky Says...

I did this in 2017. You need to check when the last Mickeys Not So Very Scary Halloween party is. The last party in 2017 was November. 1st. The next morning, all Halloween deorations are gone and lots of Christmas decorations are in place.

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Jan 14, 2019 at 9:10 p.m. Megan Says...

Just wanted to leave a suggestion. The first week in November, typically called Jersey week is extremely crowded as well. I'm from NJ and an annual passholder. We made the mistake of visiting that week since my daughter was off from school. Never again. It's A Small World was typically around a 45-50 min wait. All of the Fast Pass lines were extremely long as well.

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Jan 14, 2019 at 4:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

Thank you so much for sharing your suggestion with the Frog Pond! Hopful for us to know :)

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Jan 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. Ryan Says...

How do Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday in early May typically look? Kids still in school, weekdays, between spring break and summer.

Am I missing reasons why this would be a bad time to be at the parks?

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Jan 15, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

Great question! Our Orlando Crowd Calendar shows weekdays in early May to be a pretty good time to visit. Take a look to here to see specific dates, as well as recommended parks and park hours for your trip. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 12, 2019 at 10:03 a.m. Jenn Says...

How is the crowd around April 23-24th midweek I’m hoping will be less crowded

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Jan 14, 2019 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

Our Crowd Calendar is showing things at about an 8/10 most of the week. You can see more details at this link, including which parks we recommend, Extra Magic Hours and park hours. Hope this is hopful!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 12, 2019 at 12:57 a.m. Racheal Says...

Why is after August 12 a slow time? is it because of the heat or because Florida kids are going back to school?

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Jan 16, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Racheal,

Generally, yes, it's because the kids are back in school. For those who aren't back yet, most of their parents are starting to get into "school" vs. "vacation" mode.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 11, 2019 at 11:23 p.m. Carla R Says...

Hi all,

I am taking my 5 (who is autistic; high functioning) and 4 year old April 18-22. Will this be a horrible time to attend? It looks like it will be......

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Jan 16, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carla,

This will be a busy time in the parks! You may consider talking to Disney cast members about getting the DAS for your 5-year-old. Here are some more general hopful tips to help you during busy times in the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 11, 2019 at 3:41 p.m. Crystal Says...

Can someone tell me why mid February is bad time?

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Jan 16, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

Many people plan trips around President's Day in mid-February.

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