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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.

@undercovertourist From Hook to Tiana, these topiaries are absolutely flowertastic! 🌸 Catch them from now until July in EPCOT! Which one is your fav? #epcot #epcotflowerandgarden #epcotflowerandgardenfestival #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #wdw ♬ original sound - Undercover Tourist

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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Feb 19, 2022 at 4:10 p.m. Richard Naples Says...

Hi, Why is Feb 18 - 27 a bad time to visit? Thanks in advance for your insights.

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Feb 22, 2022 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Richard!

Presidents Day weekend brings in more crowds since it's a holiday weekend, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place Feb. 24-27.

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Mar 2, 2022 at 2:09 p.m. Tony Says...

Yes I can confirm that Presidents Day week timed with the marathon is a bad week. We went that week in 2020 not realizing those two events mattered and it was pretty crowded, although not as bad as the week of Christmas through New Years.

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Feb 17, 2022 at 2:33 a.m. Mike Says...

I know my dates are a long way off (Dec 3-10, 2022) but with the recent move for Pop Warner Championships moved to Universal in 2021, how were the crowds then? I'm hoping that week in Dec 2022 would be much less crowded with pre-teen football players and cheerleaders.

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Feb 17, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

That same week last December was still relatively busy, though it's important to point out that it was near the beginning of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Historically, the first week of December has had low to average crowds since it's right after Thanksgiving and before the Christmas crowds, but crowds have been harder to predict lately due to the pandemic. We'd still prepare for higher crowds than normal since travel has been picking up more and more due to pent-up demand. As for Pop Warner Championship week, while the teams will be at Universal for the competition, many may still make the short trip to Disney during the weeklong tournament (though the hotels wouldn't necessarily be crowded with the traveling teams).

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Feb 12, 2022 at 9:17 p.m. Meg Says...

Hi there! Just curious about your reasons for listing the week of March 6th, 2022 as a bad time to visit? I just changed my vacation to this week..it was originally planned for the previous week, but i moved it because I was worried about crowds around Mardi Gras. Thanks!!

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Feb 14, 2022 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg!

We consider March 5 to April 24 as the entirety of the "spring break season" since spring breaks for school districts around the country vary (and how long it lasts depends on when Easter falls). Because of this, it can fluctuate and some weeks could be busier than others. Since Easter is later this year, the spring break season lasts longer, but that should also spread crowds out a bit more (as opposed to a year when Easter is earlier, thus more concentrated crowds in a shorter "season"). For the week of March 6, we think there could be potential for slightly elevated crowds (some colleges in Florida, including University of Central Florida, have spring break during that week of March), but March 12-20 should be one of the busiest times, considering that's when local public school districts are out. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2022 at 1:32 p.m. Chris Says...

Any specific opinion on march 31 to April 4?

Also if we slept on dining reservations are we out of luck or any advice? (Still, dining didn't a big deal to us)

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Feb 16, 2022 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend is taking place from March 31 to April 3, so you'll want to factor in extra time for transportation around Disney World. However, the races are typically either late at night or early in the morning (the 5K is at 10 p.m. March 31, the 10K is at 5 a.m. April 2 and the 10-Miler is at 5 a.m. April 3), so the races shouldn't have too much of an impact on your day unless perhaps you were wanting to rope drop. We do expect crowds because of the race weekend and the general spring break season.

You're not toadally out of luck for dining reservations! We encourage you to keep checking every so often (we've had success at random times of the day), even up to the day of. You may be able to snag last-minute reservations when families are firming up their plans and canceling reservations before the 24-hour period.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 6, 2022 at 7:05 a.m. David Says...

WE want to visit Presidents week (Feb 20/21). Is it imperative that we buy tickets in advance or can we buy them at the box office at arrival ?

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Feb 7, 2022 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Since it is a holiday weekend, we would recommend purchasing tickets and getting your park reservations in advance.

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Feb 5, 2022 at 6:02 a.m. Krissy Says...

I am here now (2/1-2/9, 2022). It is unbelievably crowded in the parks.

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Feb 8, 2022 at 5:09 p.m. Janice Priess Says...

We went yesterday (2/7/22) to Hollywood Studios. It was extremely crowded.

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Feb 7, 2022 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for reporting in, Krissy — we've been hearing the same! We've adjusted our dates and our Crowd Calendar accordingly.

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Feb 4, 2022 at 1:03 a.m. Stacie Says...

Can you tell me roughly when Disney will release their 2023 rates? We're looking into going towards the end of January 2023.

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Feb 7, 2022 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacie!

At this time, our best suggestion is to keep hopping back and checking the availability.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 2, 2022 at 2:05 a.m. Danelle Says...

How busy is the week leading up to Halloween? We were thinking Oct 22-29. Would the prior week (15-22) be better, or is the difference pretty negligible?

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Feb 2, 2022 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danelle!

We think those two weeks would be about the same. Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day can draw in crowds over the long weekend, but that falls earlier on the 10th.

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Feb 1, 2022 at 10:44 a.m. Thomas Says...

Hi,

i´m planning to visit disney world and universal studios with my better half for our honeymoon. We are a bit uncertain how much time we should plan for the different parks. Right now we are planning with 5-7 Days Disney World and 2 Days Universal. Currently we are trending to 7 days just because of the park tickets that are only buyable for 7 days or 14 days and we dont want to waste any money. Also we are probably visiting in the 2nd half of August, so we don´t know if it would be worth to get Genie+. Should i take more days into considoration for Disney World and Universal? Or even less days? And how about Genie+?

Greetings from Germany

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Feb 2, 2022 at 7:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thomas!

First of all, an early congratulations to you both! If you're wanting to visit all of the theme parks at Disney and Universal and you're able to stay for a week, we'd recommend at least a full day at each park (4 days of Disney, 2 days of Universal). But if you have a deal for tickets that are for 7 days, we'd go for that (rather than 14 days). Since you'll likely be visiting in the second half of August, that's usually right at the very end of the summer season because kids will start going back to school in mid-August. As for Genie+, if you do end up spending 7 days at Disney, Genie+ would be nice to have but not necessary. And if you change your mind, you can always purchase the day of! Hope this helps :)

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Jan 28, 2022 at 7:44 p.m. Amanda Says...

Why are the weekends in May not a good time to visit? What is happening then?

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Jan 31, 2022 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

There isn’t a specific reason, but crowds start to pick up on the weekends during May, particularly in the second half of the month. (Generally, weekends are more popular than weekdays!) Most colleges and universities in Florida start summer breaks by the first weekend in May, so grad visits may be a small factor as well.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 24, 2022 at 7:42 p.m. Liz Says...

Hello! I love your site, thanks for all the great tips. I am coming with my friends for my bday-I've never been before. We will be in town March 4-7. We want to do all four parks in two days. I see those are supposed to be busy dates though. Which parks would you suggest doing together and on what days? Thanks in advance!

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Jan 25, 2022 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Hoppy (early) Birthday! :) Yes, we expect those dates to have elevated crowds since it would be the first week of "spring break season," but it shouldn't reach peak spring break crowds until March 12-20. We'd suggest ending the two days with EPCOT and Magic Kingdom because those two parks are typically ones that stay open later (plus you'd get to see both of the nighttime spectaculars, Disney Enchantment and Harmonious, if you stay until park close!). Animal Kingdom is a great park to start your morning with because it usually opens the earliest, as well as Hollywood Studios (so you can rope drop Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, if that ride is a priority). As far as pairing goes, it'd be easy to do Hollywood Studios and EPCOT on the same day since you can just take the Skyliner over (though if you're driving yourself, we'd recommend moving your car to EPCOT's parking lot), leaving you with Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom on the other day (take the bus if you don't have a car, or drive over if you do). If you're planning these park days on the 5th and 6th, then either plan works, as crowds would be about the same. Hope this helps!

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Jan 24, 2022 at 5:24 p.m. Jon Melloway Says...

I'm looking to take my family to Disney World during the month of September. Are there any weeks I should Avoid??

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Jan 25, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon!

September is a great month to visit! We'd suggest avoiding Labor Day weekend, but other than that, crowds should be relatively low all month long, with the middle two weeks being some of the best days to go.

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May 4, 2022 at 7:46 p.m. Kathy Says...

We are planning on going to all 4 Walt Disney parks and both Universal parks 9/18-9/23. (Basically a park a day). Will it be worth it to get the Genie+ and park to park tickets at Universal?

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May 4, 2022 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Mid-September, especially mid-week, is generally a great time to go with lower crowds. While Genie+ could still be beneficial, you may find that you won't need it (though you could always purchase once you're there if you change your mind!). As for Universal, we think park-to-park tickets would be worth it because 1) you must have a park-to-park ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express and 2) if you go to Universal on 9/18, 9/21, 9/22 or 9/23, Universal Studios Florida will close early (5 p.m.) for Halloween Horror Nights. So if you have a park-to-park ticket and don't want to leave that early, you would be able to hop over to Islands of Adventure, which typically stays open for a few more hours.

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Jan 24, 2022 at 4:02 p.m. Tina Says...

In 2022, do you think crowd size will be less 11/7-11/11 or 11/14-18? Thanks!

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Jan 25, 2022 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Both weeks are just about the same in terms of expected crowd levels. The only thing about 11/7 through 11/11 is that Friday would be a holiday (Veterans Day), so it could be busier that day. If you're flexible and want to avoid that entirely, then we'd go with 11/14 through 11/18.

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Jan 23, 2022 at 11:25 p.m. Lori Edwards Says...

We have scheduled our visit for the week of March 7-11, weekdays, because I read that was the last good week before spring break. Now I see on your site that March 5-April 24 are one of the worst times to visit in 2022. Could you give some insight on that? Do you really think the last week in April would be better as far as crowds go even though we plan to visit the parks on weekdays, not weekends?

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Jan 24, 2022 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

We consider March 5 to April 24 as the entirety of the "spring break season" since spring breaks for school districts around the country vary (and how long it lasts depends on when Easter falls). Because of this, it can fluctuate and some weeks could be busier than others. Since Easter is later this year, the spring break season lasts longer, but that should also spread crowds out a bit more (as opposed to a year when Easter is earlier, thus more concentrated crowds in a shorter "season"). During the time that you plan to be there, we think there could be potential for slightly elevated crowds (some colleges in Florida, including University of Central Florida, have spring break during the very first week of March), but March 12-20 should be one of the busiest times, considering that's when local public school districts are out. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Jan 21, 2022 at 3:19 p.m. Liz Says...

We are looking to book Nov 2 - 6, 2022 and couldn't be more excited! From what I read is that the parks will have been transformed and decorated for Christmas, is this true? We would really like to be there when decorated! Do any other "holiday" events start this early in November?

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Jan 23, 2022 at 8:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Yes! In the past, including just this past holiday season, Magic Kingdom has an overnight magical transformation the day after Halloween. The other parks usually should have at least some decor by then (Hollywood Studios often sees the very first Christmas decor in mid-October). The holiday festivities, such as special entertainment, treats and Santa, might not arrive until later in November (last year, the first After Hours holiday event was Nov. 8 and official holiday hoppenings started Nov. 12). So you'll definitely experience some of the Christmas magic!

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Jan 16, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. Julie Says...

Our trip is planned May 7-14 ! What are the best days to go to each park. Thank you in advance :)

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Jan 19, 2022 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

May is a great time to visit, particularly the first half of the month on weekdays, so you really can't go wrong with whichever park you choose for the day! The weekends might be busier, but the crowds during the week should be fairly average. Are you going to each park twice? If not and you have to pick which parks to visit twice, then we'd devote two days to Magic Kingdom because there's so much to do. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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Jan 14, 2022 at 4:14 p.m. Josh Says...

This is a great resource so thank you for putting it out there! My question is about October. You said weekdays in October are best but are some weeks better than others? Family and I currently have a tentative plan for October 1-9 and those end dates are Columbus Day weekend so I'm considering moving it to October 15-23. Do you think that would be better or is the difference in crowd levels negligible? Thank you!

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Jan 19, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh!

Thank YOU for hopping by! Columbus Day weekend is usually the busiest part of October. It's certainly doable if you have to go then, but given the option (and if you have the flexibility), we'd suggest the following week.

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Jan 13, 2022 at 4:42 p.m. caitlin Says...

We had to move our trip to May 26 - June 1. How bad are the crowds going to be? Is it going to be peak summer busy? I've only ever been during slow times like right after Halloween

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Jan 13, 2022 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin!

Generally, holiday weekends tend to draw in more crowds, and Memorial Day is no exception. While it will likely be more crowded than what you're used to, it still shouldn't reach peak summer crowds, as most schools' summer vacations have not started yet. (It typically gets the busiest from mid-June to the first week of August, with the week of Fourth of July in particular.) The crowds should also be more concentrated on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. You may want to consider scheduling an off-day on one of those days if you have the time to do so.

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Jan 12, 2022 at 4:41 p.m. Yoly Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip on september, deciding either sept 10 - 17 or 17 - 24. Thinking about buying 5 day ticket to go 2 days to MK, and one for each of the other parks. I have not gone to WDW in over 10 years so this is a lot of information! Would either week work for less crowds? Is the weather a bit better from 17-24? Is it worth it to go to MK for 2 days? We do not want to miss anything so we are planning way ahead and checking the way we should cover the most popular rides on each park. Also deciding if due to less crowds, should we get the Genie+ and purchase Lightning Lanes for the dates we are going? We are a family of four and kids will be 12 and 14. Thank you!

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Jan 12, 2022 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yoly!

Yes, either week would work for fewer crowds (Sept. 10-17 is only slightly better, but it truly isn't too much of a difference, according to our Crowd Calendar). The weather is just about the same as well. Your plan for two days at Magic Kingdom and one day at the other parks sounds good to us! As for the Genie+ and Lightning Lane services, we've found them to be useful when we park hop or for specific parks (Magic Kingdom, in particular, because there are many rides available). If you think you'd like the Genie+ benefit regardless of low crowds, then go ahead and purchase tickets with Genie+ included (if you do, it will be for the entire length of your trip). But you also have the option to wait and purchase day-by-day during your trip. You also can't purchase individual Lightning Lane selections until the day of, so you may want to play that by ear too (just know that Rise of the Resistance is the most likely to book up quickly, and possibly Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind once it opens in summer).

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Jan 12, 2022 at 5:59 a.m. Jt Says...

Why is the last week of April In 2022 so good? My trip is planned April 25th- May 1st

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Jan 12, 2022 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JT!

The end of April/early May is generally a great time to visit because it's right after the spring break season and is still a bit early for summer vacations to start (as many families will plan their trips around school breaks).

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Jan 10, 2022 at 8:46 a.m. Katrina Says...

Planning on a trip Feb 22-24. I see that’s a very busy time, sadly. Will do MK only for two days. Staying off property. What can we expect as far as wait time in lines? Are masks required in lines that are outdoor but under a roof? As far as meals, can we bring our own food in coolers? And are there designated picnic areas?

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Jan 10, 2022 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina!

This particular time is busy because of Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 19-21) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend (Feb. 24-27; however, there are no races taking place on the 24th, just Sunrise Yoga at 5:30 a.m. inside Magic Kingdom). Since you're visiting Feb. 22-24, which falls right in between the two different weekends, you may find elevated crowds that are slightly above average since some people may stick around for a couple of days after Presidents Day weekend or arrive early for the race weekend. But we'd expect that crowds wouldn't be at their busiest during this time since it is still mid-week. If the ride's queue is outdoors, no masks are required. You can bring in outside food, but the containers or coolers must not be glass and cannot be larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high. (Loose or dry ice is not permitted, but reusable ice packs are recommended.) There aren't any specifically designated picnic areas, but you're welcome to find a park bench or outdoor seating area to enjoy your meal.

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Jan 9, 2022 at 7:19 a.m. Aarthi Says...

Hi - We are planning to take my 6 year old to Disney World on her birthday and planning to stay in Animal kingdom resort inside between Apr 28 to May 3rd. Is the Savannah Room with wildlife view worth the extra price ?

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Jan 10, 2022 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aarthi!

We love Animal Kingdom Lodge — it's one of our froggy favorites! If you're staying in a standard room, there's a chance you might have a limited view of the savanna (though not guaranteed), whereas the savanna rooms have guaranteed views of the animals. We think the savanna rooms can be worth it, particularly if you or your tadpole loves animals. It's so fun to be able to sit back and relax as you watch them from your balcony! That said, if you're planning to be at the parks and not at the hotel for most of the day (early morning until dark), then you may want to book a standard room to save money and use the hotel's viewing areas to see the animals instead.

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Jan 6, 2022 at 2:46 p.m. Tas Says...

Hi there! This is a wonderful site! We are planning to take our daughter to Hollywood Studios for Galaxies Edge as she is a huge Start Wars fan! We are planning to go January 25 or Feb 1. I have read in some places about lines being so long people don’t get on some rides. Do you think these dates would be good for being able to do the whole park? Thank you so much for your help!

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Jan 6, 2022 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tas!

Tuesdays (or truly any weekday) in January/early February are generally some of the best days to go with less crowds, so we think either date would be fine!

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Jan 6, 2022 at 3:59 a.m. Tim Says...

Thank you so much for all the great information on this website! We are first time Disney goers driving in 01/15/22 and staying at Art of Animation. We currently have MK on Sunday, AK on Monday, Hollywood on Tuesday, and Epcot on Wednesday. My wife didn't notice Monday was a holiday when picking out our days. Our kids are 7, 5, 3, 1. Should we move MK out into the week day to avoid some of the larger crowds, if any? We are also considering adding an additional day. We are so excited!

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Jan 7, 2022 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

We'd suggest switching Magic Kingdom with EPCOT! EPCOT can handle larger crowds better because the park has a higher capacity, plus the Festival of the Arts will be going on (and some artists or activities may only be available or hoppen over the weekends). And then you can end your trip at Magic Kingdom during the week when it should be less busier! Generally, long holiday weekends mostly affect the weekend only (some families may stay for a few more days but most have to go back to school or work), so we think by going to EPCOT and Animal Kingdom for the first two days, an extra day isn't necessary unless you can swing it and want to ensure more time. Hope this helps!

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Jan 5, 2022 at 4:11 p.m. Vivian Says...

Hi, We're planning on going to Disney world from April 1-7. The plan was to go to Epcot on Fri Apr 1st and Epcot Apr 2nd and HS on Apr 3rd and AK on Apr 4th.. What are your suggestions on what parks to visit during the marathon to run into the least crowds? Thank you!!

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Jan 5, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vivian!

Your plan sounds good, though we might switch EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on the 2nd and 3rd. There are no races taking place on the morning of the 1st, while the 10K finishes at EPCOT on the 2nd and the 10-Miler finishes at Hollywood Studios on the 3rd. That said, both races start at 5 a.m. so road blockages and traffic may not even affect your mornings (unless perhaps if you're planning to rope drop early — you might hit some traffic from the end of the 10-Miler race). Hope this helps!

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Jan 5, 2022 at 10:49 a.m. Jeanette Says...

Hi!

We have our first Disney trip ever planned next week already (eek!) from Jan 12-15. I planned ahead based on your crowd calendar & now my only dilemma is if I should purchase park hopper option. I have already reserved Animal Kingdom on the 13th & Magic Kingdom on the 14th. I’m traveling with a family of 5 (kids ages 14,5,2) I read Epcot has this the Frozen ever after ride & my 2 littles are huge Frozen fans & that is the sole reason why I’m going back & forth about purchasing park hopper & plan on Animal Kingdom & Epcot on the same day. But then I’ve read some blogs about it not being a good idea to park hop with toddlers. What would you suggest?

Thanks in advance!

Jeanette

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Jan 5, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanette!

Park hopping can sometimes prove to be more of a challenge with tadpoles, mainly because of transportation as it takes time to hop between parks and could even be a bit more difficult if you have your own stroller. There's a lot to see and do in each park that one park can be enough. That said, since it is your very first trip and the littles love Frozen, it could be toadally worth it for your family to park hop! Generally, Animal Kingdom and EPCOT would be the parks that are easier to split up into half days. Plus, Animal Kingdom opens two hours earlier and EPCOT stays open two hours later, so you could take time in between to go back to the hotel midday and get some rest, if needed, without feeling like you're losing too much time. Ultimately, it's up to you and how much you think your tadpoles could handle!

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Jan 5, 2022 at 9:39 p.m. Jeanette Says...

You’re so sweet, Thank You so much for the prompt reply! I really appreciate your input!

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Jan 5, 2022 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We're hoppy to help, Jeanette! Have a magical visit, and be sure to stop by Guest Relations or a gift shop along Main Street to get your 1st Visit celebration buttons!!

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Jan 3, 2022 at 6:02 p.m. Elizabeth Johnson Says...

Ok so you said the first 1.5 weeks in jan is the best and the 15-18th is the worst in 2022 Why is that? it doesn't show as very crowded on your calendar. Is something closed or anything else? We have planned to go the 14th-19th really based on your crowd calendar and now I'm reconsidering. Please help everything is refundable at this point but wont be for long.

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Jan 3, 2022 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Overall, January is a relatively quieter month, and correct, the first week or so is one of the best times to visit! As far as Jan. 15-18 goes, there will be elevated crowds due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. While it's not one of the most popular holidays (it won't necessarily reach the highest level on our Crowd Calendar), any long weekend can bring in more crowds when kids and parents have the day off from school and work. We hope this helps!

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Dec 30, 2021 at 1:04 a.m. Deb Says...

Hi! Unfortunately due to schedules, August is the only time my partner and I can make it. We will be at Disney from 9th-16 August and Universal from 16-19th. I was wondering if this is considered the first half?

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Jan 4, 2022 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

Usually the first week of August is the busiest, and then it starts to wind down until the last couple of weeks, when crowds are at their lowest of the month. While there still may be some crowds (due to school districts across the country having various back-to-school dates — northern schools often return as late as early September after Labor Day weekend), we do know that the local school districts in the surrounding Orlando area will be back in session by Aug. 10, which would likely cut down the local crowds, particularly during the middle of the week. Hope this helps!

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Dec 22, 2021 at 1:35 a.m. Katrina Says...

Hi there! Our trip is planned for April 2nd thru April 9th 2022. Since Easter is not until April 17 is it possible that crowds won't be too bad this week since there is a longer period between spring break and Easter?

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Dec 22, 2021 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina!

Since spring breaks vary across the country, it's hard to say definitively if/when there would be any slow weeks during the spring break season. But typically what happens is that the later Easter is, the more spread out crowds are. That said, when looking at some of the largest school districts in the country, many districts will have spring break from March 14-18 (including all of the local schools) or April 11-18 so we would anticipate those weeks would be some of the busiest. We do know that schools in Georgia will have spring break from April 4-8, which could bring crowds, and the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend is March 31 to April 3. But comparatively speaking, it could be one of the quieter weeks.

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Dec 15, 2021 at 2:53 p.m. EAJ Says...

We plan on spending our time at Disney World In July. We plan on arriving July 4th and spending the days at the park July 5,6,7th. With all your knowledge, what are your thoughts and what do you recommend we purchase to make the experience better? We plan on doing Magic Kingdom, Hollywood studios, and animal kingdom.

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Dec 15, 2021 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EAJ!

Fourth of July is a popular time to visit, so you will likely run into high crowds that week considering it's a holiday during the peak summer months. While you should prepare for some crowded days, it doesn't mean you won't have fun! It's just important to set realistic expectations. Since many people spend Fourth of July at Magic Kingdom for the special fireworks show, we'd suggest going to Magic Kingdom on the 5th (the very next day). You can purchase Disney Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane selections to skip the lines for popular attractions and save time. If you're only visiting one park per day, then we'd definitely recommend Genie+ for Magic Kingdom. If everyone meets the height requirements at Hollywood Studios, then it could be worth getting Genie+ at that park, but keep in mind there are fewer rides so Genie+ selections could fill more quickly. If Rise of the Resistance, Seven Dwarfs and Avatar Flight of Passage are top priority rides, then we'd recommend purchasing the individual Lightning Lane access for each. But if you're park hopping, then we'd suggest Genie+ for any day. Also, if certain outdoor rides are a priority (such as Slinky Dog), then we suggest getting them done earlier in the day before the weather turns bad (summer often brings brief but heavy rainstorms in the afternoons/early evenings).

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Dec 6, 2021 at 9:16 p.m. Haley Bunio Says...

Hi! We will be going to the parks February 13, 2022 - February 18th, 2022. I know President's Day can cause large crowds the week following President's Day, but will it also affect the week before greatly? Will we experience high crowds the 13th-18th?

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Dec 7, 2021 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley!

The week after is usually busier than the week before, though some people may opt to arrive early. However, overall, we'd expect average crowds (with crowds potentially picking up on Friday).

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Dec 5, 2021 at 10:47 a.m. Tyson Says...

Hi, I'm really enjoying your site. We're planning a trip to WDW on February 22-24, 2022. I thought that this would be a good time because it would be after the President's Day break. But, your site said this will be one of the worst times to go. I was wondering why? Thank you for all the great info!

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Dec 7, 2021 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyson!

While we don't think those weekdays would be as busy as Presidents Day weekend, some people stay a few days following the holiday weekend. Also, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend starts Feb. 24, so there may be some overlap during the week.

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Dec 1, 2021 at 7:42 p.m. Anita Says...

Hi

Great website! I am travelling to WDW with my husband for a mini honeymoon which we weren't able to celebrate last year due to covid. We plan on being in Florida either Jan8/9/10-14. How many days would you say would be great to see animal kingdom, magic kingdom, harry potter world, and pandora? We've heard 2 days vs 4 days. Is getting a pass to skip lines worth it? This time of year seems quieter so possibly not necessary.... I feel so overwhelmed by all of this.

Any must do/sees for honey mooners?

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Dec 1, 2021 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita!

First, I just want to point out that Pandora is a themed land inside Animal Kingdom and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is at Universal Orlando (plus it's divided into two separate parks — Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade/Hogwarts Castle in Universal's Islands of Adventure). If you stick with only the three places you mentioned, then we'd recommend one full day at Magic Kingdom, another for Animal Kingdom, and at least one full day at Universal Orlando (if you're only interested in the Harry Potter areas, then you can easily fit both parks in one day — but if you want to explore more of Universal Orlando, then we'd recommend two days to cover the entirety of both parks).

As for any other must-sees, it really depends on your interests! If you like "Star Wars," then we'd recommend Hollywood Studios too. EPCOT is also popular for its food and drinks from different parts of the world, which is popular with the adult crowd. So if you decide to add one of these options, we think you could include it on the same day that you go to Animal Kingdom.

Since you'll be visiting in January (and most of those are weekdays), this can be a great time to go with low crowds, so we don't think getting Genie+ at Disney World and Universal Express at Universal Orlando is a necessity, but with shorter park hours (meaning less time in the parks), it might be nice to have if you really want to maximize your time and make sure you get the most done. Hope this helps, and let us know if you have any more questions!

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Nov 30, 2021 at 8:22 p.m. v Says...

why is Jan. 15-18 2022 one of the worst time to vist WDW?

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Nov 30, 2021 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi V!

Jan. 15-18 is a holiday weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Usually, these three-day weekends can bring in more crowds since kids are off from school and some parents have the day off for work.

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Nov 30, 2021 at 8:53 p.m. V Says...

thank you so much

please....

what would be the best advice to save $ in meals.... i am staying in a disney hotel. to buy a plan meal or just make me 3 day meals at the parks?

which recomendation would you give me to save $ for 5 day ticket park for a family of 5. where to buy them? whick ticket plan? or deal

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Nov 30, 2021 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, V! Disney has not yet announced when the dining plans will be coming back, but we have a couple of blog posts that may help you out — Eating on a Budget and Top Spots for Cheap Food.

As for tickets, you can check out our current deals here. We have 5-Day Base Tickets, Park Hopper Tickets and Base/Park Hopper Tickets with Genie+ included. Hope this helps!

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Dec 1, 2021 at 7:10 p.m. v Says...

thank you so much!

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Dec 1, 2021 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're toadally welcome! Have fun!

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Nov 30, 2021 at 12:54 p.m. Keri Mackiewicz Says...

Hi! My family of four (two boys 10 and 12) is planning our first trip to Disney (Universal based hotel) for 2022. Our options are February 23rd-27th or May 25th-29th. Which is the lesser of two evils? Thanks for your help :)

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Nov 30, 2021 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri!

We expect both to be busy due to the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend or Memorial Day Weekend, but if we had to pick, we'd go with Feb. 23-27! The weather is nicer then (if that happens to be a factor), and even though the races will be going on, not everyone has those days off, unlike Memorial Day. Since you're not staying on-site, that should help because transportation and hotels are particularly busy during runDisney events. You may deal with traffic and blocked-off roads in the early mornings though, so keep that in mind if you're planning to rope drop. Hope this helps!

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Nov 30, 2021 at 12:54 a.m. Todd Says...

Using your crystal ball (and past experience), what would you project the best times of year to visit in 2023? Using the above as a guide, I'd guess:

Jan 9-13

Jan 23-Feb 10

Feb 27-Mar 3

The second half of April

Weekdays in the first half of May

The second half of August

Most days in September

Most weekdays in October

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Dec 8, 2021 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Todd!

You are very close! We are predicting:

Jan. 5-11 (depending on when the marathon falls)

Jan. 23 - Feb. 15

Feb. 27 - March 8

The last week of April

Weekdays in the first half of May

The second half of August

Most days in September

Most weekdays in October

Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

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

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Nov 22, 2021 at 6:47 p.m. Gary McQuaid Says...

Which is worse for crowds? Marathon or Mardi Gras, ie Would you recommend a trip for 4 from Ireland from:

1) Tue 22nd Feb - Sat 26th

2) Tue 1st to Sat Mar 5th

Is Mardi Gras @ DisneyWorld fun?

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Nov 23, 2021 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

Out of those two options, we'd go with March 1-5. Disney World typically doesn't have too much going on for Mardi Gras (though if you wanted to celebrate, we'd suggest stopping by Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter to get some Mickey beignets!).

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Nov 22, 2021 at 5:44 p.m. Rhonda Wirtz Says...

Last year we followed the advice of going at the end of April and discovered the cheer competitions. I usually look out for them but did not think they would happen because of COVID. We were at Coronado Springs and the pool/grounds were very crowded. The parks were also more crowded as teams stayed to visit. This year they are weekends starting April 21. Do you still think it would be better to go at the end of April versus April 3-13?

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Nov 23, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhonda!

It's a tough call. The beginning of April is still in the middle of the spring break season, which lasts from the beginning of March until about the week after Easter, and crowds will vary throughout these weeks since schools' breaks vary. Generally, when it's a longer spring break season (like it will be in 2022), then crowds can be more spread out (versus a short spring break season when Easter is at the end of March or early April — crowds are usually more concentrated during this shorter period of time). It is toadally possible that early April would be far enough from Easter that there could be a small lull during the spring break season, so if you don't want to go around the cheer competitions again, then early April could be a good option. But if you want to guarantee that you wouldn't run into any of the spring break crowds, then we'd go with the end of April, as the spring break season should be entirely over by April 25. Hope this helps with weighing your options!

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Nov 21, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. Gary Says...

Hey,

We are travelling from Ireland to Florida, Feb 14 - Mar 7, we are basing the trip around some tourist attractions but DisneyWorld is right on top,

What would be the 3/4 best days in that period to visit the park? And we can base the rest of the trip around this,……

Thanks so much in advance and amazing website,

Gary

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Nov 22, 2021 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

Thanks so much for hopping by! We have two toadally different options for you, either Feb. 14-17 or Feb. 28 - March 4. Essentially you'll want to avoid Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 18-21) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Feb. 24-27), and weekdays are best. These two timeframes should be relatively equal in crowd levels, so we'd recommend whichever one works best with your schedule. Have fun!

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Nov 20, 2021 at 7:28 p.m. Cat Says...

Hi we’re visiting over Easter next year. What would you recommend to do over the Easter weekend it’s self ? Would water parks or the parks or something else entirely be the lesser evil ?!

Thanks

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Nov 24, 2021 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cat!

There are still some activities that hoppen only around Easter, so if you don't mind the crowds, we'd suggest going to Magic Kingdom to meet the Easter Bunny (in the past, there has also been a pre-parade featuring Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny right before Festival of Fantasy) or EPCOT which usually has an Easter egg hunt. If you'd rather not deal with crowds, then we'd suggest Animal Kingdom or Blizzard Beach (if you still want to go to the parks) or resort hop (several hotels — such as Disney's Yacht and Beach Club, Grand Floridian, BoardWalk Inn and Saratoga Springs — have fun Easter egg displays).

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Nov 17, 2021 at 10:56 p.m. A. Avi Says...

Hi we are planning for 12 of us to go to FL June 15-21. We are purchasing 2-day hopper tickets and have 4 days from the first day we use them. So my question is: Is it better as far as crowds go, to visit Thurs/Fri, Thurs/ Sun, or Fri/Mon? Hope that makes sense ; )

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Nov 19, 2021 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi A. Avi!

Typically it doesn't affect crowds significantly, but keep in mind that Father's Day is Sunday. We'd go with Thursday & Friday, as Mondays can be busy with families arriving on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Nov 12, 2021 at 2:58 a.m. Sophia Says...

Hello! I'm doing a project for school about the best times to go to Disney World based on the number of people there monthly. I was wondering where I can find discrete data from the parks about how many people visit the parks monthly to use for my project.

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Nov 11, 2021 at 3:12 p.m. Marianne Says...

Planning on going to Disney world 2022 don't know which week to pick for less crowds...oct 5 to the oct 10 or nov 8 to nov 13?

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Nov 12, 2021 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marianne!

We'd choose November (since those dates in October overlap with Columbus Day). Have fun!

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Nov 11, 2021 at 1:59 p.m. Erica Says...

I am debating between Sunday, 11/14/21 and Monday, 11/15/21 to go to Magic Kingdom. Crowd Calendars show Sunday as 6/10 and Monday as 5/10. I have read that Mondays tend to be worse than Sundays at Magic Kingdom but I know this year may be a little different due to COVID. Any suggestions on whether I should do Sunday or Monday?? Thanks!!

BTW, I love your daily Disney plans!!

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Nov 12, 2021 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

We'd recommend going on Monday based off wait times from the past couple of weeks, as well as the fact that Very Merriest will be taking place on Sunday night so you would be getting an additional hour in the park since it's not closing early on Monday.

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Nov 7, 2021 at 7:52 p.m. GR Says...

I see you don't have marathon time Jan 5-11 2022 listed as worst time to visit. Are you expecting this coming marathon not to impact crowds as much as in the past?

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Nov 8, 2021 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi GR!

Thanks for pointing this out - we've shifted our dates accordingly! We definitely expect the marathon to increase crowds.

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Nov 6, 2021 at 10:31 p.m. Tiffany Says...

I am looking to schedule for our family to go to disney world next you but it would have to be summer time as kids are in school. I was looking at going around June 3-10, is that time frame still going to be busy or is that before the big rush? Also any thoughts on weather at that time of year?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

While you should still expect crowds, early June is better than later in the month, July or the first half of August. By June, the weather will be hot, humid and rainy (unfortunately, there's no way to avoid it in the summer) but July and August can reach even higher temperatures. So a summer vacation during early June would be your best bet! (Alternatively, you could also consider the second half of August if your kids are still out of school.)

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Oct 27, 2021 at 11:10 p.m. Jackie Says...

Thanks for all the helpful information! I just booked the resort (Port orleans) and tickets for 2/20-2/25/2022, now that I see it's on the worst time to go list....oh my gosh I feel bad LOL. Is it only because of the crowd level or also because some rides would be unavailable because of the half marathon happening that week? THanks again for your input!

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Oct 28, 2021 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

It'll be busy because of Presidents Day weekend earlier in the week and then the Princess Half Marathon later in the week, but most rides should be available (unless they're under scheduled refurbishment). The race shouldn't affect or cause any ride closures since the races start early in the morning, but transportation might be the trickiest with road closures so we'd suggest to account for extra time (and maybe Uber or drive yourself to the parks) if you want to rope drop.

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Oct 23, 2021 at 11:36 p.m. Katrina Says...

Looking to take a 7 day Disney trip in 2022 either April 23-30 or May 21-28. Which week would have the lowest crowds? And what about the weather/heat?

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Oct 25, 2021 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina!

Crowds will be fairly similar, though you might start running into Memorial Day Weekend crowds on the last day or two of your proposed May trip. April would have the better weather as well, so we'd go with April!

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Oct 21, 2021 at 2:37 a.m. Diane Says...

Is there any discount for seniors for any of the parks Thank you This would be for June 2022

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Oct 21, 2021 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

At this time, we aren't aware of any discounts for seniors - but you can see all of our discounted ticket rates here!

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Oct 18, 2021 at 8:23 p.m. Joyce Martinez Says...

Hi, we are planning our trip to Disney March 7-11. Is this a good time or will it be too crowded? Should we change it to September? Thanks! ????

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Oct 18, 2021 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joyce!

You'd be catching the first week of the spring break season, so it may be more crowded than the previous weeks leading up to it, but there won't be peak spring break crowds just yet since local schools have spring break scheduled for the following week, March 14-18.

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Oct 15, 2021 at 1:56 a.m. Pame Says...

Hi! I was planning to visit from Argentina from Feb 24 to Mar 10 2022 but might have to postpone as bf has to renew his passport and it looks like that's taking about 4 months to do *sigh* def won't go later in March or April bc of Spring Break but is the last week on April + first week of May a little better? Thanks!

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Oct 15, 2021 at 5:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pame!

The last week in April & first week of May is generally a good time to visit, as it's well past the spring break season but is still before schools are out for the summer.

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