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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on February 29, 2024 3838 Orlando   Video

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It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World! The only question is ... when do you visit? 2024 and 2025 at the Most Magical Place on Earth are nothing short of exciting! With TRON Lightcycle / Run now welcoming programmers to the grid, a new nighttime spectacular illuminating EPCOT and Tiana's Bayou Adventure splashing into summer 2024, and more, the magic (and fun) is definitely calling! Understandably, some of you may be wondering: "When is the best time to visit Disney World?"

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, unfortunately. What we can say, and what has always been true, is this:

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

For over 20 years, Undercover Tourist has been helping families plan toadally magical vacations — and along the way, we've also gained some insight into the hows and whys of crowds. That historical knowledge, coupled with our Crowd Calendar, makes up our recommendations on when to visit each year. But in the past few years, typical rules of thumb have stopped applying as often — things tend to ebb and flow a little less "by the old rules" these days, and that's OK! Plus, more and more families are looking at seasons or timeframes versus specific days to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Around the pond, we've decided to organize this post a little differently so that no matter which criteria you're taking into account for your next trip, we can help! Maybe you're flying solo or with a small group of adults who can adjust their schedules based on the least crowded time to visit. Maybe you and your family really want to experience the twinkling magic of the holidays at Disney World (complete with hot cocoa and cookies!). Maybe you've always wanted to see the character topiaries at EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, or take your mom to EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Maybe you're a frugal frog like us and want to know the cheapest days to go to Disney World. No matter the reason or the season, the frogs are here to help!

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2024 and 2025

It should come as no surprise that the best time to go to Disney World has historically fallen along with school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school.

Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World.

Check out Undercover Tourist's #1 ranked Crowd Calendar to see projected crowd levels, park hours, event dates and weather all in one place!

When planning the best time to go to Disney World, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations, Disney World hours and even events that are taking place. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are the shortest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Our recommendations take into account historical trends (and wait times), plus factors we believe will draw in more people, including ride openings, school schedules across the nation, runDisney events, sports competitions, special events, refurbishments, weather and more to come up with a holistic look at each timeframe. We get so many great questions from you about why certain dates are green, yellow or red, so we hope peeling back the curtain gives you a little more insight to make the best decision for your family. (But we're still all ears — drop us a comment if you have questions!) Since saving you some green is kind of our thing, we also wanted to call out the dates with the cheapest tickets (and now that tickets are available through October 2025, we've got deets for 2025 visits too!)

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

New rides, attractions and lands — major openings — can also impact crowds. In 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run was the big attraction opening at Magic Kingdom in the spring, as well as the return of a reimagined version of the "Happily Ever After" nighttime spectacular. Even Figment drew quite a crowd when his new meet and greet debuted! This means the biggest draw will be Tiana's Bayou Adventure in summer 2024.

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Infographic

Just looking for the TLDR? Check out the infographic above for a cheat sheet of the least busy times to visit Disney World in 2024. Now, let's hop into the fun stuff!

Spring — February, March, April

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Fesitval of the Arts signage at EPCOT

Spring is in the air!

Say hello to warmer weather, rainbows, flowers, bunnies and spring breakers. Two gorgeous EPCOT festivals take place in the spring, and of course, these months also hold Easter and spring break.

Highlights

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts continues into February, bringing colorful displays, live art installations and the incredible Disney on Broadway Concert Series, with real Broadway performers showcasing their talent. Blossoming shortly thereafter is EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, kicking off Feb. 28, 2024, and running through May 27, 2024. Snap a selfie with intricate and impressive horticultural displays (including some of your favorite characters) or catch a Garden Rocks concert.

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While Easter and spring break are busy times, they are also unique opportunities to catch the Easter Bunny in the parks, participate in an egg hunt, check out huge confectionery egg displays or celebrate St. Patrick's Day from the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Things to Consider

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 2024, Easter falls on March 31, and in 2025, it will fall on April 20. Because it's a more condensed period, 2024's spring break season will feel busier than in 2025. You'll see these noted on our Crowd Calendar, as well.

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Princess Half Marathon Runner

February brings a three-day weekend for Presidents Day (Feb. 19, 2024), and a runDisney event (Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Feb. 22-26, 2024). Many school districts have the entire week of Presidents Day off, so expect elevated crowds even after the holiday officially ends. The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend will follow April 18-21, 2024.

Our Overall Pick: We think there are two great options here, largely depending on which EPCOT Festival you'd like to see. If you'd like to see Flower and Garden, we recommend the first week of March, before spring break largely happens across the U.S. Plus, the weather is still fresh and breezy, with an average high of 79 and a low of 57. Bask in that Florida sunshine, but pack a light sweatshirt for the cooler evenings. If you'd prefer Festival of the Arts, we recommend the first half of February, just before the holiday weekend; the averages in February are a bit cooler, with expected highs of 75 and lows of 54.

Least Busy

  • Feb. 5-8, 26-29, 2024
  • March 4-8, 2024
  • April 23 and 30, 2024

Most Busy

  • Feb. 2-4, 9-12, 14-25, 2024
  • March 9-31, 2024
  • April 1-10, 18-22, 24-29, 2024

Cheapest

  • Feb. 1-4, 2024
  • March 1-9, 2024
  • April 25-30, 2024
  • Feb. 26-28, 2025
  • March 1-4, 2025
  • April 28-30, 2025

*prices based on a 4-day base ticket from Undercover Tourist and are subject to change

Summer — May, June, July

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Food and Wine Pickle Milkshake

School's out for summer!

The summer months are pretty consistently well-attended, as the final school bell rings. Orlando weather is also pretty consistent in these months — expect higher temps and afternoon showers. There is plenty of summer fun to go around, including pool parties, After Hours events and more. Let's dive in!

Highlights

It's been announced that Tiana's Bayou Adventure will debut in summer 2024! We don't have an exact date yet, but we'll keep you updated.

Over the past couple of years, EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival has taken over for Flower and Garden in July (but with Flower & Garden ending May 27 this year, we'll see if Food & Wine continues the July start date pattern). Sample bites and vino from around the world, plus a hoppin' concert series (Joey Fatone and Friends is Mommy Frog's 90s dream come true each year!).

That summer sunshine also means peak pool weather, making it an amazing time to visit the Disney World water park, Typhoon Lagoon (Blizzard Beach is often undergoing refurbishment in the summertime). In past years, this is also one of our favorite times to attend Disney After Hours events to capitalize on the cooler nighttime temps. There's even an After Hours event AT the water park, with specialty food and beverages, glowing dance parties and more.

Fourth of July is generally a busier time around Walt Disney World — but as with other busy times, there are also some really fun activities going on! Catch special Fourth of July fireworks on July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom, and a special presentation of "Heartbeat of Freedom" at EPCOT on July 4, plus red, white and blue treats and specialty entertainment around the resort.

Things to Consider

In the month of May, things stay fairly quiet until Memorial Day (May 27, 2024). Most schools are out across the nation by the second week of June, meaning that things will ramp up and stay consistently busy until school is back in session in mid-August. Fourth of July is typically an extra busy time — but again, there are special foods, fireworks shows and more to celebrate Independence Day.

The main consideration during this timeframe is the weather. Park hours are a little longer, but the heat and rain in Orlando are in their element. Pack your ponchos, fans and extra socks and think through your park strategy for the day to incorporate AC, water breaks and rest and you'll be sitting pretty. Note that in 2023, summer months saw some sparser periods due to record-breaking temperatures.

Best Times to Visit Disney World - H2O Glow

Our Overall Pick: This timeframe offers up some consistent weather patterns, crowds and events. Either weekdays in the first half of May or the first half of June are equitable in our eyes, though May is slightly cooler than June, with an average high of 88 versus 91, with fewer rainy days overall.

Least Busy

  • M-Th in the first half of May
  • First week of June

Busiest

  • Weekends in May, especially around Memorial Day (May 27, 2024, and May 26, 2025)
  • Elevated crowds June + July, especially around July 4

Cheapest

  • May 2-7, 31, 2024
  • June 14-20, 2024
  • July 21-23, 2024
  • May 2-6, 30-31, 2025
  • June 1-4, 2025
  • July 21-25, 29-31, 2025

*prices based on a 4-day base ticket from Undercover Tourist and are subject to change

Fall — August, September, October

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Train Station Lit up for Halloween

You may be saying to yourself, "August? Why is August lumped in with fall?"

Well, at Disney World, the spooky season gets into full swing in mid-August as Mickey pumpkin lantern wreaths adorn the lampposts in Magic Kingdom and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins. Mid-August, most of the nation sees tadpoles hoppin' back to school, making the end of August a particularly good time if you're looking for low crowds. Along that same line, expect things to be busier around holidays — in this timeframe, that's Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Highlights

Pumpkin spice and Halloween mice! Fall is such a fun time at Disney World. You'll find seasonal decor and frighteningly fun foodie finds. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (a separately ticketed event) gives families the chance to trick or treat around Magic Kingdom and enjoy exclusive entertainment offerings, including character meet and greets, fireworks and a parade that aren't available to daytime guests. Plus, EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is still in full swing, giving you even more opportunities ... to eat.

Things to Consider

If you won't be attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, know that Magic Kingdom closes early to park guests — 6 p.m. You'll want to plan to hop to another park before 4 p.m. (as party guests begin to be admitted to the park) if you have a park hopper ticket, or will want to plan to spend that day in a different park. You can see exactly which days are party days on our Crowd Calendar to plan accordingly. (And don't froget that we've got discount Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets!)

Fall in Orlando can still be pretty warm, and August and September make up the tail end of Orlando's rainy season. Be sure to check the weather before you visit ... and pack those fans and ponchos! If you'll be in costume, be sure to take the heat and rain into consideration when planning. (Looking for our best rainy day tips? We've got you!)

While long fall breaks are prevalent on the West Coast, the East Coast also sees some shorter spurts of crowds in the fall, most on the week of Indigenous Peoples' Day — which means we expect slightly elevated crowds that week, even after the official holiday ends. Halloween crowds increase around the holidays and grow leading up to Halloween.

Unlike Halloween Time at Disneyland, Disney World's Halloween decor and festivities are mostly concentrated in Magic Kingdom.

Our Overall Pick: When it comes to fall, September is our favorite time to visit Disney World. The weather is slightly cooler than August, crowds are lighter and you get to enjoy those fall feels in the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Least Busy

  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Indigenous Peoples' Day)

Busiest

  • Days around Labor Day (Sept. 2, 2024, and Sept. 1, 2025)
  • Days around Indigenous Peoples' Day (Oct. 14, 2024, and Oct. 13, 2025)

Cheapest

  • Aug. 20-23, 2024
  • Sept. 10-13, 2024
  • Oct. 1-2, 27-31, 2024
  • Aug. 19-22, 2025
  • Sept. 2-5, 11-15, 2025
  • Oct. 1-4, 2025

*prices based on a 4-day base ticket from Undercover Tourist and are subject to change

Winter — November, December, January

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Mickey on holiday parade float down Main Street

Practically overnight, Disney World transforms from a pumpkin patch to a winter wonderland in November.

Orlando typically follows suit, with cooler weather moving in (aaaahhh). If you're looking to take a dip in the Disney World pools, don't worry — they're heated. This time period also sees some of the busiest times of the year — Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. It's also stuffed with special events.

Highlights

Unlike Halloween, you'll find the entire Walt Disney World Resort decks its halls for the season. In 2024, you can expect decor at all four theme parks, Disney Springs and the Disney World Resort hotels beginning in early November. No matter the year, the holidays at Disney World wrap up on Dec. 31, with some epic New Year's Eve festivities, including the opportunity to ring in the new year around the world (and plenty of opportunities to toast to the new year).

  • Jan. 9, 2024: Both a highlight and a consideration — you no longer need to make a Theme Park Reservation if you have date-based tickets. Plus, all-day park hopping returns!
  • Jan. 12, 2024: EPCOT International Festival of the Arts typically begins mid-January, celebrating creativity in all of its incredible forms — the culinary, performing, visual and more. It's the shortest EPCOT festival but one of our very favorites to attend. 
  • Select nights in November and December: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is another separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom, with free cookies and cocoa as you take in the glimmering holiday festivities (my suitcase is usually full of gingerbread when I head home — don't judge). In 2023, there was a new "Frozen"-themed castle show!
  • Select nights in November and December (*if returning): In 2023, an all-new separately ticketed event joined the lineup — Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios! It offered party-exclusive entertainment, special character greetings, short ride lines and tons of holiday dining options. We'll keep you updated if the event becomes a tradition in 2024!
  • Daily in November and December: Typically the day after Thanksgiving, Festival of the Holidays begins. Enjoy holiday food and traditions around the world and maybe even catch a Celebrity Narrator such as Jordan Fisher or Neil Patrick Harris retelling the story of Christmas with a live orchestra and choir in the Candlelight Processional. (And EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, like all of the EPCOT Festivals, is not a separately ticketed event — your general admission is all you need to access the delicious food and festivities!)
  • Dec. 30-31, 2024: New Year's Eve celebrations are in full swing, with special fireworks presentations on both Dec. 30 and 31 at both Magic Kingdom at EPCOT. On New Year's Eve, you'll find beach parties at the Bay Lake resorts (one year we even spied Chip 'n' Dale in tuxedos!), as well as special DJs in each pavilion of World Showcase, allowing you to celebrate the new year in each country in real-time. 

Things to Consider

The weather is beautiful, holiday celebrations are in full swing and kiddos are out of school — which means that the week of Thanksgiving and the weeks of Christmas and the new year see a lot of visitors. These are the busiest weeks of the year around Disney World ... but there are still some sweet spots to get a visit in!

If you won't be attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, know that Magic Kingdom closes early to park guests — 6 p.m. You'll want to plan to hop to another park before 4 p.m. (as party guests begin to be admitted to the park) if you have a park hopper ticket, or will want to plan to spend that day in a different park. You can see exactly which days are party days on our Crowd Calendar to plan accordingly. Jollywood Nights will impact crowds when mix-in begins from party guests at 7 p.m., and the park closes only an hour early to daytime ticketed guests.

There are also a few holidays and events that draw in larger crowds during the season, including:

  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend - Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2024
  • Veterans Day - falling on a Monday in 2024
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2024, and Nov. 27, 2025
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Jan. 8-12, 2025
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 20, 2025

The Walt Disney World Marathon is the biggest runDisney event that takes place. Know that there may be longer waits for transportation, as well, as certain roads and routes are closed to make way for runners.

Much like other seasons and EPCOT festivals, there are a few weeks between festivals when EPCOT is in its true evergreen form. Trust us when we say you'll still find an incredible array of food and entertainment! But if you'd like your trip to include Food & Wine, Festival of the Holidays or Festival of the Arts, keep an eye on run dates.

Beginning mid-January, a few water rides close for refurbishments, and you may notice that park hours are reduced until things heat up again in the spring.

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Our Overall Pick: Holiday decorations are typically taken down in January before the marathon — so if you're in it for the holiday hoopla, our best recommendation is to visit early to mid-December, before schools let out (noted in our recs below), or the week before Thanksgiving. Mid to late January is another great time to visit if the holiday decorations aren't on your wish list!

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Busiest

  • Veterans Day — Nov. 11
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day -  Jan. 20, 2025

Cheapest

  • Nov. 1-3, 2024; 2025 pricing not available yet
  • Dec. 10-12, 2024; 2025 pricing not available yet
  • Jan. 5-7, 2024; 2025 pricing not available yet

*prices based on a 4-day base ticket from Undercover Tourist and are subject to change

I'm Going During a Busy Time — Now What?

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Batuu

Don't panic!

In our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. And let's be real: The best time to visit Disney World is when you can go! We've visited during every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine by following our own tips and park plans at the theme parks (which we've continued to update, taking Genie+ into account). The key is going in with realistic expectations and a solid plan for your days.

If it's going to be hot, plan donut days. Take a break at the hottest times of the day, whether that's kicking your feet up and enjoying the AC at a table-service restaurant or heading back to the hotel for a nap or splash in the pool.

If you're going during the winter months when hours are reduced, plan for more park time and take your downtime in the evenings around the hotels. There are plenty of fun activities to take in — piano sing-alongs with Yeehaw Bob, gingerbread house hopping at the Grand Floridian and monorail resorts, woodworking at Fort Wilderness, Sangria University at Coronado Springs — and that's just scratching the surface!

During busier times, consider Genie+ and make sure to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry if you're staying on-site (and if you aren't, be sure to arrive at the parks before they open to get a head start!). You've got this — and we can't wait to hear all about your magical trip!

And if you want even more froggy insight planning your next Disney World vacay, we're more than hoppy to help! We know there's a lot to consider when planning a Disney World vacation, so we've created a Jump Start guide so everything you need to know is all in one place.

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2024 and 2025. 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 in our Jump Start guide.

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Sep 1, 2022 at 2:26 p.m. John Says...

Hello, I hope all is well. I am looking at the possibility of Early November or late January start of February for 2 weeks. I visited in October and found it too hot and in March when we got beautiful weather. Which of the two would you recommend and why Weather, Park being busy etc

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Sep 1, 2022 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

In terms of crowds, both are great times to go! Late January and early February will likely have colder weather (though more unpredictable), if that is a priority for you.

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Aug 29, 2022 at 7:36 p.m. Cheryl Says...

Thinking of going to Disney world beginning February. Are weekends a lot busier than weekdays ?

Besides Epcot Can you recommend the best 2 parks for fun adults over 50????

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Aug 30, 2022 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl!

Generally, weekends are busier than weekdays, particularly the second half of February due to Presidents Day weekend and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend. If not counting EPCOT, then we'd recommend Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Unless you like thrill rides (or Star Wars or Toy Story), Hollywood Studios would probably be the one to skip.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 10:22 a.m. Emily Nesbitt Says...

Hi guys,

Firstly, thanks for the great job you guys do running this page, it is such a help :) We have just booked to go Feb 23rd to March 9th 2023. Can you give your opinion on if this is a good time to go? Are there any fun events on in Orlando?

Thank you :)

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Aug 22, 2022 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Aww, thank you for the kind hoppy words! Generally, yes it should be a good time to go :) The Disney World parks in particular may have elevated crowds from February 23-26, as the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend will be taking place that weekend. You'll be sneaking in before the major Spring Break crowds (local schools will be out from March 13-17), but there's a chance that it could start getting busier toward the end of your trip due to the spring break season (as schools across the country have varying spring breaks). At Disney, the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT typically begins the first week of March. For Orlando in general, Universal hosts Mardi Gras from February through April, and SeaWorld has a Seven Seas Food Festival from February to May.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 6:25 p.m. John Knight Says...

Is 67 to old to experience the park, to be honest not into fast rides anymore, when is the best time after Christmas and how many day's is best to book, many thanks

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Aug 24, 2022 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Disney World is definitely for all ages! You can find slow-moving rides at each park, plus enjoy all the entertainment that they have to offer (including shows, parades, characters and fireworks at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom). The week between Christmas and New Year's is usually the busiest time of the year. Things start to slow down after New Year's but the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend still draws in some crowds for the first weekend in January. After that, most of January (with the exception of MLK Jr. Day weekend) sees fewer crowds. We'd recommend at least one full day in each park (for a total of four days) if you're able to!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 20, 2022 at 1:33 p.m. Mary Price Says...

We are planning a trip in May next year I'll have a 7-year-old 5-year-old and a one-year-old is around May 1st a good time to take these little kiddos these are my grandkids and they'll be four adults

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Aug 23, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yes :) early May is a great time to visit! It falls after the busy spring break season, but is still early enough before summer crowds that begin toward the end of the month with Memorial Day weekend.

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Aug 8, 2022 at 4:26 a.m. Brandon Says...

Looking to visit Magic Kingdom on Thursday Dec. 8th 2022, are crowds typically large on a weekday in early December?

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Aug 8, 2022 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

Early in December - especially on weekdays - is typically a great time to visit. Have fun!

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Aug 5, 2022 at 7:09 a.m. Pete Says...

Would crowds for Feb. 17-28, 2023 only be a problem for the weekends, or would you expect weekdays to be busy as well?

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Aug 5, 2022 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pete!

Those two weekends will be the most affected by crowds since it'll be Presidents Day weekend followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. People may linger or arrive early for the marathon weekend, plus there may be people visiting due to Mardi Gras — all of which is why we kept the entire timeframe as a higher crowd level.

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Aug 2, 2022 at 2:53 p.m. Alana Says...

Hello! Can you explain to me what to expect when the crowd calendar has a prediction of 4/10 but it says that it is a busy day for a certain park, ie. Hollywood Studios? Does that mean you should expect a higher number than the overall number in that park? We are planning to be there on the Nov. 10 and 11 and are most interested in Hollywood Studios. Does it matter which day we go?

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Aug 9, 2022 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey Alana!

We're glad you asked! Historically, we've seen patterns in which parks visitors hoppen to head to on certain days of the week, which is why you may find us recommending certain parks (green check) or not (red exclamation point) on particular days of the week. For your dates, since Nov. 11 is a holiday, we think that Thursday the 10 will be your best bet to visit Hollywood Studios (crowds overall will be lower than Friday). Hope this helps!

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Jul 30, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. Erik Says...

Hello, I plan on visiting Disney World during August 1-4. What should I expect in terms of crowds/weather and pricing?

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Aug 1, 2022 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erik!

In terms of crowds, the first week of August still falls within the summer season, so crowd levels remain high (check out our Crowd Calendar for more details!). The weather is hot and humid in August, often with afternoon rain. We've got a guide on how you can pack for the Orlando weather in summer (and year-round).

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Jul 28, 2022 at 4:22 p.m. Leigh Says...

Just starting to plan a trip between now and the end of October. Is this even possible. Life has thrown a few obstacles the last couple of years and we really want to make it happen before thanksgiving. Thoughts?

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Aug 2, 2022 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leigh!

We think it's still possible! The biggest thing you'll need to look out for is checking availability for your theme park reservations and booking those as soon as you know your dates. You can book reservations for dining and special experiences (such as Savi's lightsabers) up to 60 days in advance, so you're still before that time window even opens for most dates in October and November.

Let us know if you need any help or have additional questions!

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Jul 21, 2022 at 10:22 p.m. Gary Milks Says...

we are looking to visit WDW from March 1st - 8th. How is the weather? I hate getting wet. I understand that it rain, but don't want to miss days because of heavy rain.

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Jul 22, 2022 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

The winter months (November through February) generally have the lowest average rainfall. March's rainfall is still low, compared to the summer months, but it can be just a tad more unpredictable than the winter months. While we can't guarantee that there won't be any rain at all, there's still less of a chance of the daily rain that you get in the summer. We also have a guide about how to pack for the weather year-round that you may find to be hopful!

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Jul 17, 2022 at 11:30 p.m. Ronde Brushart Says...

We are visiting Disney jan 17,18 (tue,wed). Will it still be crowded from MLK? Magic Kingdom and Hollywood are the parks we want.

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Jul 19, 2022 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronde!

There may be some lingering crowds from the holiday weekend, but we think it'll be manageable. Enjoy!

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Jul 14, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. michelle Says...

Hi

Any idea when spring break is during 2023 and 2024, we are trying to arrange a holiday for 9, grandkids under 4 and i have a disabled hubby with a lung condition so need the temp at night not to drop too drastically and not too much humidity in the day, we went October 2017 and he found the drop in temp at night as opposed to daytime temp made him poorly. We are from the UK. Thanks for any advice.

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Jul 14, 2022 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Spring Break varies by schools all over the country (plus public and private schools, even from the same town or city, may have differing breaks), so it creates more of a "Spring Break season" that lasts from early March to a week after Easter (which falls on April 9, 2023, and March 31, 2024). Overall, expect the parks to be busy through early to mid-April both years, but some weeks may be busier than others, particularly when local schools are out (these weeks would be March 13-17, 2023, and March 18-22, 2024).

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Jul 10, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. Joe Says...

Why is late February one of the worst times to visit?

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

The end of February sees both Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 17-20) and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (Feb. 23-26), which bring in crowds during the later half of that month.

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Jul 10, 2022 at 12:31 a.m. Jack Says...

Hello! My wife and I are thinking about going to Disney world at the end of February, but it looks like you have it flagged as a bad time to go. Why is that?

Thanks!

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack!

The end of February sees both Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 17-20) and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (Feb. 23-26), which bring in crowds for the later half of that month.

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Jul 9, 2022 at 6:57 a.m. Kathryn Says...

Hi

We want to take our daughter for her first Disney trip next year and are undecided between February and March - which is better for quieter parks? Thanks ????

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Jul 11, 2022 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn!

Early February is generally a quieter time to visit! If you decide on February, then avoid Feb. 17-20 (Presidents Day weekend) and Feb. 23-26 (the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend). If you need to go in March, then we'd recommend the first week over the rest of the month, which sees Spring Break crowds for the majority of March. You can compare crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar!

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Jun 30, 2022 at 7:13 p.m. Carly Says...

Hi I'm thinking about planning a trip to go to magic Kingdom this year on Labor Day 9/5/22. I was curious if this was a terrible idea or not? As far as they're being a very large crowd of people that particular day? Thank you for your help.

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Jul 1, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly!

Holiday weekends do tend to draw in larger crowds, so we expect it to be busy on Labor Day. That said, there is still a reservation system in place that controls capacity — be sure to get your tickets and make your park reservation sooner than later! We'd recommend getting Genie+ to use for that day, especially for Magic Kingdom (which has the most Genie+ rides available).

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Jun 18, 2022 at 8:37 p.m. Brad Says...

Going 4th of July week any advise?

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Jun 21, 2022 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad!

We have a post about visiting Disney in the summer, which may be most helpful for you in terms of tips and tricks for managing crowds. We also have a post about Fourth of July and the ways you can celebrate at Disney World.

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Jun 17, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. Brandi Says...

Where can I find the park hours for the off season dates. The family would like to visit the second week in February. Thank you.

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Jun 24, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Typically, with off-season hours, the theme parks can close as early as 5 p.m. (Animal Kingdom usually closes first, while the others stay open a few hours later) and as late as 9 p.m. For holiday weekends, such as MLK Jr. Day and Presidents Day, hours can extend.

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Jun 15, 2022 at 3:21 a.m. Ami Says...

I’m booking a vacation for Dec 4-10th, with our visit focusing on Universal and one day at Disney Hollywood Studios. Would you recommend express passes or genie plus for these days? Do you have any tips or info on this week that could be helpful?

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Jun 17, 2022 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ami!

Usually, we recommend early December (right after Thanksgiving but before mid-December) if you want to experience the holidays without the largest crowds, so you'd be in a good spot. That said, there still may be moderate crowds, so we'd recommend Genie and/or Express if you can swing it (especially since you're only planning one day at each). Using Genie+ at Hollywood Studios in particular is one of our recommended parks, as you can use the stacking strategy. The Pop Warner Championships typically take place around this time, and last year, Universal hosted the families at the hotels, so that may be something to keep in mind. We also have a guide about doing Universal in one day that may be helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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Jun 9, 2022 at 3:34 a.m. Vicki Says...

Planning on a possible trip March 1-5 2023. Parks 4 days and a rest day. Would I be able to buy a one day park hopper on the day I went to AK so I could go to another park that is open later.

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Jun 9, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicki!

If you purchase a 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket and a 3-Day Base Ticket, that would be toadally fine! Our only caveat is that if you have multiple tickets in your account, you'll want to stop by Guest Relations (or have a cast member with an iPad at the entrance touchpoints scan your MagicBand/MagicMobile pass) before you scan in at your very first park to make sure the right ticket is being activated. They would be able to tell which ticket is being prioritized — if the ticket you want to use first is prioritized, no need to do anything; if the other ticket is being prioritized, you'll need to ask the cast member to re-prioritize the tickets before entering the park. (That way, you can avoid accidentally activating the 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket on a day that you weren't planning to park hop or vice versa!) For this reason, we'd recommend your park hopping day to be first or last.

That said, if you've already purchased your tickets, then you could upgrade to a Park Hopper ticket, but it would need to be for the length of your ticket (it cannot be upgraded for just one day out of four).

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Jun 4, 2022 at 11:25 p.m. April Says...

My son wants to go the Disney World for his 21th. He Birthday is January 31 Is that a good time to go? We've been there once before and Honestly it wasn't the Best experience. But he wants to give it any try.b

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Jun 6, 2022 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

We think it's one of the best times to go, especially if you want lower crowds. It does have some trade-offs, such as shorter park hours since it's considered the off-season. Weather, which is another important factor, is a bit more unpredictable during the winter. It can be very nice, but if a cold front comes through, it can dip down to the low 40s. What do you consider a priority (low crowds, weather, special events)? If you can narrow it down, it may help you decide when to visit.

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May 22, 2022 at 1:36 a.m. Erin Says...

Hi there! Our family is thinking of visiting for the 2nd time in September 2023. I know that September as a whole is a generally slower month, but would you recommend the beginning, middle, or end of the month based on weather (heat/rain)? Thanks so much!

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May 23, 2022 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

Ooh, good question - it can be a bit of a wild card, but we feel the end of the month will give you the best chances weather-wise :) Have a great trip!

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May 13, 2022 at 4:48 p.m. Beth Field Says...

I have a daughter who is 28 and autistic and I want to bring her to Disney. Heat is rough on her and of course crowds. When would be the best time to visit

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May 13, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

With heat and crowds in consideration, we'd recommend looking into late January/early February, November (aside from Veterans Day and Thanksgiving week) or the first week of December. September is another recommended time to visit, but the weather can still be quite hot. It doesn't usually cool down until much later in October or November.

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May 12, 2022 at 9:41 a.m. Kirst Says...

We were thinking of going Jan 9th-Jan 13th. Do you think it’ll be worth it with the 9th and 13th being considered the worst times at Disney?

Thank you for all of your helpful info :)

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May 16, 2022 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirst!

Despite it being the tail end of the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and the start of MLK Jr. Day weekend, midweek should see lower crowds than those weekends. Though we'll add that this most recent January had higher crowds than usual throughout the month, likely due to more and more families traveling. Due to this, we're not sure if Jan. 2023 will follow a similar pattern, but midweek should not be as bad as those two weekends.

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May 11, 2022 at 9:31 a.m. John Says...

Hello. We are going to Disney World Tue-Wed-Thur May 17-18-19th. What is a good game plan on the best times of the day to go visit the park?

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May 11, 2022 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

We always recommend arriving early to take advantage of lower wait times. If you're staying on-site, use Early Theme Park Entry, which will allow you to enter 30 minutes early at any park, any day.

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May 10, 2022 at 12:47 a.m. AlaskaMom Says...

I just booked an airbnb for Jan 19-24 2023....do you guys approve?? =) Is that a decent time to go? Its after the marathon, its after the cheerleading thing, its after the christmas decorations are put away...my only concern is the hours. I read that Magic Kingdom could close at 4:30?! That would be horrible. We have flexibility with the dates we go do Disney (Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom) since we will just lounge around the resort some days. My question would be, is there a way to figure out this early if Magic Kingdom will be closing early on either the 20th,21st,22nd?? Thank you!!!

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May 10, 2022 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AlaskaMom!

Historically, yes, that has been a great time to go! Though lately, we will say it's been a bit harder to predict crowds since this year has not been following past trends as closely. We think it's due to various factors such as the 50th Anniversary and the pent-up demand for traveling (many families who had to reschedule in 2020 are now taking their trips). That said, it should still be a less busier time when compared to peak times, such as spring break, summer and the holidays. As for park hours, since it is an off-peak time, the parks do usually have shorter hours (though not typically as early as 4:30 p.m. for Magic Kingdom — though it can close that early due to a special cast member event which usually takes place midweek at the beginning of the year). Park hours are usually not confirmed until a month or two in advance. For instance, right now, we can only see park hours through July 20.

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May 3, 2022 at 8:47 p.m. Kristen Says...

Hi! We have a trip book for November 5-10 with 3 day park hopper passes and plan to have a rest day. I know that is the end of a race weekend and am struggling to decide on park reservations. Do you have any suggestions on which parks would be best on those days? We will do Animal Kingdom and Epcot on the same day. Thanks for any help or tips!

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May 5, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

We'd avoid EPCOT on the 5th and 6th as that's where the 10K and Half Marathon are based, and since the runDisney event is Food & Wine themed, most people will likely go to EPCOT, especially on the 6th. The Half Marathon (the 6th) does go through Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios briefly but since the races start at 5 a.m., there shouldn't be a huge impact. If you want to avoid altogether, we'd suggest Magic Kingdom while the race weekend is going on. During the week, you should be good to book however you want.

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Apr 29, 2022 at 9:51 a.m. Tory Says...

Hi! We arrive in Orlando from the UK very late on 01 August and are there until the afternoon of 16 August. I didn't get a choice on dates as my partner's a teacher otherwise I'd have opted for a quieter time of year. What are the best tips for when it's busy? Has covid had an impact on the number of people likely to be there? Thank you in advance.

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May 5, 2022 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tory!

We're actually going to be having a new post all about maximizing your time at Disney World coming real soon, so keep hopping back for that one! In general, we're big advocates of arriving early for rope drop (or Early Theme Park Entry or Extended Evening Hours, if you're staying in the designated hotels), using mobile ordering during off-peak meal times, utilizing Genie+ (if it's in your budget — even if it's just for a few days during your trip, though since you're sticking around for a long time, you may not even need it), following our park plans and using Single Rider lines.

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Apr 28, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. Karolina Says...

Looks like we are going during the worst time...

1-11th April 2023. We have already planned Easter weekend to be "no park days" so we will see how it turnes out :)

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Apr 28, 2022 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

It is still toadally possible to have a great time, even when it's busier - we're sure you'll have a magical time, Karolina!

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Apr 27, 2022 at 8:06 p.m. Mary Says...

First, we love using undercover tourist. We've used it for years. We can only go to Disney world the first week in June 2023. I hope that it will not be too crowded then. What is your opinion and strategy? Thank you

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Apr 28, 2022 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yay, we are so glad to hear it - thank you for sharing with us! Typically, that first week of June is a little slower than the rest of the month - but it can also be hot and wet, so you'll want to pack accordingly! Schools are just starting to get out for the summer, and families will start to trickle in, but things should be manageable. If you are planning rest days, we'd save those for the weekend, if possible, and plan our park days for the weekdays. If you are staying on-site, make sure you take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry (or Extended Evening Hours if you're staying at a Deluxe hotel or Swan Dolphin). Have a great time!

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Apr 27, 2022 at 1:26 a.m. Alicia Says...

I was thinking about the week of Halloween. I know Halloween will be busy, but how about the rest of the week? Thank you so much!

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May 3, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia!

Generally, weekdays in October have moderate crowds, even during the week of Halloween. However, with the recent announcement of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party's return, we'd expect that it may be busier than usual during the week leading up to Halloween, as there are several parties scheduled that week. The weekdays during the week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, with the exception of Halloween, may fare better than the week before (though also keep in mind that the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is Nov. 3-6, and the event may bring in some crowds).

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Apr 22, 2022 at 12:55 a.m. PJ Says...

Hello. I wish we could go in an off season, but our only dates for 2022 are either Nov 18-25 or Dec 16-22. What advice would you give us?

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Apr 22, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PJ!

We would go with Dec. 16-22! While it's still definitely a peak time, it should be the most manageable, as it's noticeably different than the weeks of the actual holidays - both Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year's.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. Julie Says...

Hey!!

I am new to all of the magic of Disney as we are going for the first time January 1-8th 2023. I noticed there is a marathon taking place on some of those days. Does the marathon actually go through the parks? Or is it separate from Magic Kingdom, which is where we will be for a few days. Thank you so much!

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Apr 19, 2022 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

The marathon race does go through all of the parks (the half-marathon, 10K and 5K races also go through select parks, depending on the race). However, since all of the races start at 5 a.m. before the parks officially open, the races tend to have the greatest impact on transportation in the mornings since they have to block off roads. We'd suggest taking that into consideration if you're planning to rope drop and allot some extra time in case you are diverted.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 10:03 a.m. Maddie B Says...

Hi! We are booking our first international trip since Covid for March/April 2023 (Australian here).

We have two dates in mind - March 3 to 8/9 or March 23 - 28/29 of 2023 (undecided on whether we will do 5-6 Nights)

What would you recommend?

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Apr 19, 2022 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maddie!

We would go with March 3 to 8/9, as it's earlier in the spring break season. You can check out predicted crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar!

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Apr 15, 2022 at 8:06 p.m. Matt Says...

I know there is only a weeks difference but wondering what would be better in 2023:

February 18th to March 5th

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February 25th to March 12th

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Apr 18, 2022 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

That's a bit of a tough one, but we'd go with February 25 to March 12. Feb. 18 to March 5 would include Presidents Day Weekend and the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend (both of which can bring heavily concentrated crowds on those weekends). While you might run into the beginning of the spring break season if you go February 25 to March 12, the crowds likely won't be as concentrated until the following week, March 13-17. You can reference our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels.

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Apr 11, 2022 at 7:52 p.m. Mara Says...

Hi!

We are thinking of going to Orlando the first week of August. Our plan is to go Universal for two days, MK for one day and HS for one day. I saw you think that the beginning of August is a bad time to go. Is that because of crowds or the heat? Thanks!

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Apr 11, 2022 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mara!

Bingo! Both the summer crowds and weather are factors to consider during this time. Summer crowds usually don't slow down until the middle of the month when it's time for kids to go back to school, and as far as the weather goes, you would deal with high humidity, heat and afternoon thunderstorms. However, that doesn't mean you can't have a good time — you would just need to prepare!

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Apr 6, 2022 at 7:44 p.m. Liz H Says...

Disney just offered 25% off on select resorts to its Disney plus subscribers from July 8 to September 30th. I am sort of new to all this: are your deals even better than that? Also, if we were already considering going in July (because it’s the only month that my husband also has off to go) is there a certain time of the month that would be least expensive (and maybe also least crowded)? We really could go anytime in July

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Mar 25, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. Maddie Says...

Hi Frog Family! Which of these dates might you recommend in 2023:

February 13-17

August 21-25

or October 23-27

Thank you enormously!

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Mar 26, 2022 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maddie!

While we think any of those times would be a good time to visit, there are several factors to consider. February would probably have the best weather (cooler temps and less rain chances) and your visit would still fall during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. August has the best crowd levels out of the three options, according to our Crowd Calendar (due to kids going back to school, starting mid-August), but the weather will be more hot, humid and rainy compared to the other two times. However, the Halloween festivities should start by then, and it would also have the lowest crowds for the Halloween event. October can still be hot and rainy but is less intense than August. It's still a great option if you're wanting to visit during the Halloween season (though since it's closer to the actual holiday, it may be a little bit busier than an August visit).

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Mar 24, 2022 at 1:42 p.m. Liz S Says...

Hi! Hoping to head with my partner and 9.5 and 6.5 yos for the first time EVER in 2023 sometime. If we have the speed passes (they are being gifted to us), when is the BEST time to go? We are fully flexible to go any time of the year and ideally weather is nice enough for some down time at hotel pool, too. (we're coming from Canada) Thanks :)

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Mar 29, 2022 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

It toadally depends on what you want to prioritize! When planning a vacation, some of the big things to consider are crowd levels, weather and park hoppenings/special events. If you want low crowds, we'd recommend late January to mid-February, late August and most of September. If you want ideal weather, we'd recommend springtime (March/April — if considering crowds, we'd do the second half of April so you miss the majority of spring break crowds). As for special events, if you want to visit during the 50th Anniversary Celebration, you'll want to go before the end of March (there isn't an official end date, but it's supposed to go on for 18 months and it started Oct. 1, 2021). And if you enjoy Halloween or the holidays, those are some great times to visit as well! For lower crowds during those times, we'd recommend earlier in the season — so late August/early September or early November/week after Thanksgiving through the first couple weeks of December. It's hard to pick just one best time to visit when there are several factors that come into play, but we hope this helps narrow down some timeframes for you.

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Mar 31, 2022 at 5:51 p.m. Liz Says...

Thanks for the reply, Leap! I guess there's not great BEST time for everyone, but appreciate you options! Will give more thought to what we think is the most important!

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Mar 31, 2022 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy to help, Liz! It's honestly hard to pick the BEST time since it varies too much — even Mommy Frog would disagree with what I think is the best time. But no matter when you go, it will be the best time for you, and I'm sure you'll have a frogtastic time!

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Mar 19, 2022 at 9:13 a.m. KaydeeG Says...

Hi,

Would you have any suggestions as to when would be a good time to WDW in 2024?

Cheers.

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Mar 21, 2022 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaydee!

We'd still apply similar logic for dates in 2024 — avoid major holidays, summer and spring break. (In 2024, Easter will be March 31 so that means most of March will likely have higher crowds in a more concentrated, shorter "spring break season" and April would probably see lower crowds for most of the month compared to 2022 and 2023.) We'd consider the following: most dates in January, the first half of February, most dates in April after the first week, the first half of May, the second half of August, most dates in September, as well as most weekdays in October, November and December (minus major holidays).

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Mar 16, 2022 at 9:25 p.m. Lori Says...

We are going to be in town June 9-16. Should I expect it to be peak craziness, or does it pick up as the month goes on? Are we better planning the parks for weekdays over weekends, or does it not make a difference? Thanks!

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Mar 17, 2022 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

Summer crowds usually peak around late June/the week of the Fourth of July, so the beginning of the month may still attract crowds but it does pick up as the month goes on. Weekdays are generally better, but during summer, you may not see a huge difference. That said, keep in mind that more and more families are becoming comfortable with traveling now and are taking their postponed trips, so the parks have been busier than normal and crowds have been harder to predict based on past trends.

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Mar 16, 2022 at 11:13 a.m. Joe Says...

Hi, we were thinking of going with a large family group of about 15-20 people just for one day, Wednesday April 20th 2022 (we thought spring/ Easter break was over by then). I noticed you mentioned it may be crowded until the 24th, can you explain more about that time? Also, would the genie help? Thanks so much!

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Mar 17, 2022 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

We include the week following Easter in the "unofficial spring break season" because many Catholic schools schedule their breaks around Easter (can vary from the Thursday before Easter to the entire week following Easter). Since you're going for just one day, are you planning to go to one park or will you try to park hop? We've found that Genie+ can be more useful in certain parks (such as Magic Kingdom because there are more rides available). Also, keep in mind that Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane reservations can only select 12 people at a time, so you would need to split up into at least two groups. Then the two groups can try to get reservations within the same return window so everyone can go at the same time.

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Mar 14, 2022 at 2:22 a.m. Lena Says...

One more question: just saw the Disney reservation calendar for end of March/beginning of April, and I’m surprised to see that some parks are showing up reserved and busy on weekdays, but “green” and completely wide open for all 4 parks on the weekend! Do they increase capacity over the weekend and take more people and that’s why it’s free? It was my assumption that weekends were always more crowded, so I was planning on avoiding them, but now I’m second guessing myself. Any insight on this?

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Mar 15, 2022 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lena!

We think this is likely due to the spring break season. Since schools have varying breaks, the unofficial "spring break season" lasts from the beginning of March to the week after Easter.

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Mar 13, 2022 at 12:15 a.m. Nancy Says...

Without realizing it I had booked our trip for one of the worst times to visit in 2022. We were there from Feb 21-26. It is a mistake I will not make again. Disney says the parks aren't at capacity. Well, if that wasn't capacity, I hope never to be there when it is at capacity. It was shoulder to shoulder people during the day. The only thing that made it worth it was the extra evening hours, and Genie+, and I have very mixed feelings about Genie+.

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Mar 12, 2022 at 1:57 p.m. Lena Says...

Family of 4 (2 kids: 8 & 10). We will be in Orlando from Mar 29-Apr 9. We are really struggling on whether to buy the 4 day pass or splurge for the 5 or 6 days. If we choose 4 days, we know that we would be in Disney World Apr 5-7. Would you recommend the Mon (4th) or Fri (8th) for the 4th day? If we add on the two other days, when would you recommend attending? 31st/1st? I want to try to avoid weekend crowds. Thanks, your website is a wealth of info!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lena!

We think either would be fine! We'd also recommend that you get your tickets and Disney Park Pass reservations ASAP. Currently, there is availability on the days that you wish to visit (with the exception of Magic Kingdom on the 4th and Hollywood Studios on the 6th). As for choosing four or six days, it's ultimately up to you! But we'd suggest taking into consideration that it is in the middle of the spring break season.

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Mar 12, 2022 at 4:04 a.m. lisa Says...

Hi guys! Thank you so much for having this super informative blog. We decided with everything going on in the world it may be time for us to pull all our money together and take our kids to DW. Do you have a recommendation of some hotels for a family of 5? We have one teenager daughter and two boys, one with a rare genetic disorder. We need a kitchen for sure to cook all his medical food. Thank you soooo much. Cheers

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Mar 14, 2022 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

We'd suggest searching for hotels here and filter the results for "Kitchen" under Amenities (and anything else you want to filter) on the left side of the page.

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Mar 10, 2022 at 6:08 p.m. Tim Says...

I'm a FL resident and planning a 3-night trip towards the end of the year to enjoy a little Disney Holiday. Looking at Tuesday - Thursday night either from 11/15-11/18 or 12/6 -12/8. Any suggestions on which one would be less crowded? Crowd Calendar shows the dates in December to be a little better but I've heard that week before Thanksgiving is relatively quiet. I don't think the resorts are decorated for Christmas until after Thanksgiving either so something to consider as well. Thoughts?

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Mar 11, 2022 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

Both are generally quieter times around that timeframe since most families take their trips during Thanksgiving week or wait until closer to Christmas. It's toadally possible that some of the resorts may have decorations up by mid-November (the Grand Floridian gingerbread house was open by Nov. 11 last year), but it's just guaranteed that hotel decor would be in place by Thanksgiving. However, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays doesn't usually start until the day after Thanksgiving. In the past, the Pop Warner National Championships took place at Disney during the first week of December, but it moved to Universal, beginning in 2021. That said, some may take the opportunity to hop over to Disney as well, though it shouldn't be as crowded as years past (especially the hotels). And for this year in general, so far, we have seen more crowds than usual due to families being more comfortable with traveling again.

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Mar 1, 2022 at 10:22 p.m. Jeff H Says...

The 1st week in March is not the best time to visit Disneyworld. Contrary, it is one of the worst times due to the entire state of Louisiana being here due to school Mardi Gras vacations. We are here now and it is worse than any spring break we have been here. Never go the first week in March!!

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Feb 25, 2022 at 3:51 p.m. Leo Says...

Hi what’s the best dates in November 2022?

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Mar 1, 2022 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

Historically, November has moderate crowds for most of the month with the exceptions of weekends (which includes the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend), Veterans Day (this year, it's part of a holiday weekend) and Thanksgiving week. You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see expected crowd levels.

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Feb 22, 2022 at 7:49 p.m. Bin Says...

Hi, you have Jan 1-9th 2023 as a bad time to visit. Jan 1st is on a Sunday, so I'm assuming most kids are back in school the next day and the entire rest of the week, so why is this a bad time to visit? Thanks

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Feb 22, 2022 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bin!

Since it does fall on a Sunday, Monday is considered New Year's Day (Observed) so many schools and workplaces will likely have the day off to observe the public holiday. And since school calendars vary greatly, there are some school districts or colleges & universities that may not start right away (either mid-week or the following week), including the local school districts - Orange County and Osceola County — which both start Jan. 4. Another reason is due to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is taking place from Jan. 5-8. Hope this helps with your planning!

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