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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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Apr 13, 2021 at 2:10 a.m. beth Says...

hey! we are wanting to take our daughter before she starts kindergarten at the end of august. Is august 5-13 a good time to go? or should we do a week in July. So unsure of what to do. I have plugged in dates for early June, but Hollywood studios is booked everyday already.

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Apr 13, 2021 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

As far as crowds go, we'd pick August 5-13 over July. Local public schools will be back in session by August 10 (Orange County) or 12 (Osceola County) so crowds may start to decrease, but we still expect average to high crowds, given that summer vacations vary and usually don't end until after Labor Day.

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Aug 9, 2021 at 7:28 p.m. Liane Says...

We went at the end of Aug. once and had too much rain, and things were canceled

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Apr 9, 2021 at 7:01 p.m. Olivia Says...

Hi there!

I’m think of booking November 7-11th 2021. Hoping to avoid jersey week and Veterans Day traffic. However, I’m worried I may end up getting both! Do you think this a a good time to book or should shoot for a different week in terms of crowds? Mid October was my other thought 16-20 or 23-27. Any advice?

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Apr 9, 2021 at 8:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

We'd opt for mid-October - the sooner, the better, as crowds tend to pick up closer to Halloween. Hope this helps!

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Oct 29, 2021 at 8 p.m. Sarah Says...

I was thinking of booking around that time too. Is there a reason why you preferred mid October rather than the first week of November?

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Apr 8, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. Nicole H Says...

Thank you for creating such an informative page!!

My trip to Disney was cancelled last year and I am looking to re-book for 2022. After researching many websites I have whittled it down to April/May or September/October. Considering weather, crowds and events - what would be your preference??

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Apr 9, 2021 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

That's a tough choice because you really can't go wrong with either option! For weather, we'd prefer April/early May since it doesn't overlap with Florida's wet season as much as September/October does. For crowds, usually it's a toss up between the two, especially when you compare late April/early May to early-mid September (late September and early October had an unusual uptick in crowds back in 2019, so we'll see if that trend continues once things start to go back to normal). Speaking of going "back to normal," 2022 could be a big year for traveling, so it's hard to predict exactly what crowds will be like, but based around typical school breaks, these time periods should remain consistent as far as expecting lower crowds than the remainder of the year. For events, we love Halloween & EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival, so September/October wins in our book (though both options will hoppen during Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration). If the rain & higher levels of humidity wouldn't be major deal breakers for you, we'd choose Sept./Oct. overall. Hope this helps you with weighing your options!

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Apr 6, 2021 at 7:34 a.m. Claire Says...

Hi,

We’re looking at visiting for 2 weeks next year, probably 12th - 26th Feb. Some of this seems to fall in to a bad time to visit and I just wondered why? Is there a holiday around then?

Thanks.

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Apr 6, 2021 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

Presidents Day (which will be Feb. 21 in 2022) usually brings in more crowds during that long 3-day weekend, so just prepare for higher crowds Friday through Wednesday as people may take off some extra time (though the weekend in particular will be the busiest during that period).

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Mar 31, 2021 at 3:14 p.m. Brandon G Says...

Hi there! Just discovered your blog and YouTube channel and am obsessed! Such high quality!

I’m visiting DisneyWorld May 9-13....How’s the crowds around that time? Either way, very excited!

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Mar 31, 2021 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon,

Thanks so much for hopping by! Your planned dates will be a great time to go since it'll be right before the summer season starts. According to our Crowd Calendar, we expect crowd levels from 4 to 6. We hope you have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 30, 2021 at 5:16 p.m. Marty Says...

Hi! We are planning a visit sometime in the first half of June 2021...no small children will be traveling with us...Is this a good time for two adult couples to visit the parks? What is your top recommendation?

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Mar 30, 2021 at 5:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marty!

The first half of June tends to have lower crowds, but make sure you pack your poncho and plan for some AC breaks! Overall, when my wife and I have gone sans-tadpoles in the summer, we plan to hit the parks in the morning, then take a break in the afternoon to cool off, whether that's a sit-down lunch or a nap or swim back at the hotel. Then we hop back in the early evening to take advantage of the cooler weather again :) Hope this helps - have a great time!

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Mar 25, 2021 at 5:40 p.m. Raquel Lara Says...

Im planning a trip the week before Thanksgiving is that a good time. Nov.14-19 2021

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Mar 26, 2021 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

Yes, that should be toadally manageable in terms of crowds, about 5s and 6s throughout your trip. You may see increased crowds towards the tail end, but overall, it should be a great time. Have fun!

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Mar 24, 2021 at 7:21 a.m. Shawna Dorame Says...

Hi, I see that presidents day weekend is not good, but what about the rest of that week after?

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Mar 24, 2021 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawna!

The beginning of the week might see higher crowds due to Presidents Day on Monday, but crowds should decrease later in the week, as well as the following week, before the spring break season starts. Hope this helps!

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Mar 21, 2021 at 7:32 p.m. LFE Says...

Hi! I’m a local looking at Wednesday 4/21 for Magic Kingdom, Wednesday 4/28 for Epcot, Wednesday 5/5 for Hollywood Studios, and Wednesday 5/12 for Animal Kingdom. Do these seem like good dates?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Those look great - you'll see slightly lower crowds in May than April (4s rather than 5s or 6s in terms of crowd level). Enjoy!

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Mar 20, 2021 at 9:21 a.m. Katie B Says...

Thanks for all your great advice!

I have another question. We would like to attend the Flower & Garden Festival in 2022, but we are not fond of love bugs or huge crowds. Is there any good time to visit the festival, where there are lower crowds and no love bugs?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Since Easter will be April 17 next year, the overall spring break season will be longer and more drawn out - but that means crowds won't be significantly higher in any particular week (although it might be busier the week before and after Easter, as well as March 14-18 when the local public schools are currently scheduled to be out on break in 2022). Meanwhile, the love bug season is typically late April through May. So, we'd suggest the first couple of weeks in March 2022 (March 7-11 may be your sweet spot!) since the festival usually starts right at the beginning of March.

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Mar 16, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. Tillie Robery-smith Says...

I am looking at travelling to florida from the UK in 2022 and looking at May 14th-28th is this a good time for crowd levels is WDW and Universal?

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

Weekends will see increased crowds, but weekdays around that time should be manageable, around crowd level 5s and 6s! You may also see increased crowds towards the end of your trip since Memorial Day is May 30, so many folks may head in for the long weekend Friday the 27th.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 9:45 p.m. Sheila Says...

What park would be the least/most busy on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after? Thanks!

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheila!

Most parks in the area will be about the same in terms of crowds at that time - about a level 9 on both Thanksgiving and the day after.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 4:11 p.m. Dinora Says...

I am confused. Please be patience with me. So, if we want to go this year, what dates should we go?

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dinora!

We toadally understand — it's a lot of information! Some of the best times to visit in 2021 moving forward will be the second half of April, weekdays in the first half of May, the second half of August, most days in September, most weekdays in October, weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving) and weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve). Holidays and weekends will be busy. You can see a day-by-day crowd projection on our Crowd Calendar if there's a specific timeframe you're looking at!

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Mar 8, 2021 at 3:54 a.m. Kourtney Says...

First, thank you so much for your wonderful site. It has helped me plan several very successful Disney Trips.

We were planning to visit either the week of Thanksgiving or the week between Christmas and New Years. We know crowds are a beast during both of these times, but any time we can go will be crowded. I am a teacher and therefor can only go when the rest of the US can go. We choose these times so that we could be in the parks during the time of the 50th anniversary celebratio, the cooler weather, and the amazing decorations. However, I went ahead and priced the summer and it is significantly cheaper to go during the summer. My question is, what are your thoughts on the 50th Anniversary Celebration? Do you think they will hold off on opening some of those new rides until then?

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Mar 8, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kourtney!

You are so welcome - that makes us so hoppy to hear! Thank you for sharing with us! Right now, the only attraction set to open in 2021 is Remy's, which may open before the 50th anniversary, but there's just no telling. Harmonius is also expected to debut for the 50th anniversary. Since the celebration will be going on for 18 months, have you thought about going in summer 2022 instead? That would enable you to experience any new rides AND take part in the anniversary fun! :)

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Mar 6, 2021 at 4:47 p.m. Rick K. Says...

We are planning to do the parks from Sunday, May 2nd to Friday, 7th. Our current plan was to do MK, AK, DHS, MK, AK, and DHS. My only concern is that DHS is on May 4th (star wars day "May the 4th be with you"). Will that cause higher crowds at DHS on that day? Is it wise to book DHS on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday to have 3 chances to get the rise of the resistance ride? Then if we don't get the ROS ride on Monday we can switch from DHS to AK? Is it easy to get AK any weekday? I really appreciate any recommendations since my boys are big star war fans.

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Mar 10, 2021 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rick!

While we don't anticipate things to be super busy at that time, Park Passes have been booking up faster and faster these days! We think aiming for two Hollywood Studios days and one Animal Kingdom day would be your best bet just to be safe :) So far, switching FROM Hollywood to another park has been do-able, but we'd err on the side of caution if you'd rather not end up not being able to switch.

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Mar 5, 2021 at 5:10 a.m. Ann Marie Koester Says...

We are planning to be in Disneyworld 4/30-5/6. How are the crowds this time of year, and are they doing fast pass tickets? If so, can we pay to upgrade our tickets once we get there?

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Mar 5, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann Marie!

At this time, FastPass+ service is suspended. Crowds should be moderate at that time, with 4s and 5s on weekdays and 6s and 7s on the weekend. You can see a day by day prediction on our Crowd Calendar. Enjoy your trip!

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Mar 3, 2021 at 3:36 p.m. Katie Vaughan Says...

Hey, I would love your advice

I'm graduating from college on May 7th. So, we are about to plan my graduation trip to disney from May 10th to May 13th. We want to spend a day in each park. what do you think would be the best day to visit each park to avoid high crowds?

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Mar 3, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Congratulations! That looks to be a great time to go in terms of crowds, with all days around a 4 or 5, so we'd arrange your days however you'd like! You can see a day-by-day breakdown here. We sometimes work backwards and plan our days based on which dining reservations we get :) Have a great time!

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Mar 3, 2021 at 10:35 a.m. Patty Says...

When is the best time to visit with low crowds and good weather for a day at the water park?

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Mar 3, 2021 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

Weekdays in early May will be your best shot at sunshine and low crowds. Enjoy!

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Mar 1, 2021 at 7:31 a.m. Katie B Says...

We are trying to decide when to visit WDW. We are looking at the first part of December this year or the first part of May in 2022. What is your suggestion?

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Mar 1, 2021 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Either are great picks in terms of crowds! The weather will be a little cooler in December than in May, and the festivities around the parks will be different - the parks will all be decked out for the holidays in December, including EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, while May will offer EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. Like we said, both are great options - it toadally depends on your interests! :)

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Feb 28, 2021 at 7:39 p.m. Denise Says...

Great article, thanks! We just returned from an early February 2021 trip. Crowds were definitely there (even lots of kids), but it was doable and weather was great! Trying to plan for next year and your article was helpful. Maybe we can do my birthday week in January! :)

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Mar 1, 2021 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Denise! We are so glad you enjoyed this trip - and we hope you get to head back for your birthday! (Birthday trips are the best!)

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Feb 27, 2021 at 11:23 p.m. Holly Simonton Says...

We have a trip booked for 4/13/21 - 4/15/21. We’ll only have 3 days at the parks and plan to do MK twice and HS once (first trip with a toddler so gearing it towards his interests). We originally planned for MK on Monday, then HS Tuesday, and MK again Wednesday but we’ve always heard to avoid MK on Mondays. Should we switch MK and HS so that HS is on Monday? Or is HS a park to avoid on Mondays as well now that it has so many popular new rides? Thank you!!

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Mar 2, 2021 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

It looks like 4/13 is a Tuesday - but we agree with you! We'd put Hollywood Studios on a Monday if that's the case. If your trip does start on that Tuesday, we'd suggest MK, HS, MK instead. Hope this helps!

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Feb 27, 2021 at 1:14 a.m. Wendy Says...

I was thinking april 4-9 in 2022... easter isn't until april 17th

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Feb 25, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. Steph Says...

Was thinking of going next year April 18-25. Since it’s after Easter and later in the month- do you think it’ll still be really busy

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Feb 26, 2021 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Typically when you have a later Easter (like next year), there is a longer, but overall less crowded, spring break season, compared to when Easter is earlier in the year. Since you'll be arriving after the holiday, crowds should start to settle down, but there still may be schools that will schedule their breaks around Easter and the week after.

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Feb 25, 2021 at 12:25 p.m. Tillie Says...

When are the spring break dates to avoid? looking at moving my holiday to May 7th-21st but looking for good crown levels is this a good time to go?

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Feb 25, 2021 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

March and April is when you'll run into spring break crowds, so weekdays in May (especially pre-Memorial Day, which your dates fall under) are good picks :)

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Feb 24, 2021 at 6:42 p.m. K Andre Says...

Does anyone know what week they change over from Halloween to Christmas?

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Feb 24, 2021 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi K Andre!

This varies by year, but generally, the few days after the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the parks (especially Magic Kingdom) magically transform overnight! In 2020, the holiday season kicked off Nov. 6, and decorations were in place; most were already up Nov. 5. Hope this helps!

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Feb 24, 2021 at 7:26 a.m. Susan Says...

In the UK my husband has been shielding for a year as he is deemed extremely clinically vulnerable. We were booked to go for a month to Florida in November. Because of my husband we are reluctant to go this year because of this and we do not know whether the vaccination in the USA will be far enough given to make us feel safe. We were planning on transferring the holiday to 2022 and, as we are older, 60s, don’t know whether to book for November 2022 or earlier. We’ve been many times to Florida and don’t want to go when it’s really busy and too hot. It’s probably going to be our last time because of health issues so we want our holiday to be as lovely as it has been over the years. We will, we are kids at heart, want to go to all the theme parks. What do you think please? Thank you

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Mar 2, 2021 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

It is so hard to forecast what things will be like right now in November, so we toadally understand your hesitation! Our best advice would be to stay flexible, if your reservations allow it; if you’re able, we’d suggest waiting until closer to November to see how things are going stateside. As things progress, you’ll have a better idea of what things are like and whether or not you’re ready to make the jump — at which point you can reschedule for 2022 if you’d prefer. We know this is not exactly a firm answer, but that is how we’ve approached trips this year — a little bit tentative to make sure we’re all comfortable, especially since most airline, hotel and ticket policies are fairly flexible right now. Another timeframe to keep in mind is January and February. The weather is a little chillier (but Florida chilly 😉 ) and crowds tend to be low outside of the holiday weekends and the marathon (which you can easily work around). We will keep our posts up-to-date with new information as it is released so that you’ve always got the latest information! 😊 Sending you frog hugs from across the pond!

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Jun 25, 2021 at 2:31 p.m. Marco Says...

Thank you for the advice! We were both hesitant on it and the reassurance what very helpful! We are looking into going on Nov. 6th through 9th so we hope it won't be too bad. We expect the weekend to be a bit busy but hopefully not that Monday and Tuesday. Thank you again!

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Jun 25, 2021 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Glad we could help, Marco! You may even catch some early holiday decorations then :) Have fun!

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Feb 23, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. Dana Says...

We know Labor Day will be busy but would 9/5-9/12 be a good time to visit? We visited several years back in October and had a blast, but thought this might be a little less busy.

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Feb 24, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana!

You are spot on - Labor Day is a holiday where we see more crowds the weekend before/day of; so past the 6th, it should be smooth sailing!

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Feb 23, 2021 at 10:11 a.m. Tillie Says...

I am looking at moving my trip to April/May 2022.

Would you say 7th-21st May is good for crowds? I am coming from the UK or 16th-30th April?

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Feb 23, 2021 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tillie!

That April timeframe will bring more Easter crowds, as well as potential spring break crowds so we'd personally pick May!

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Feb 21, 2021 at 7:29 p.m. Renee Says...

What are your thoughts for a trip Feb.17-25, 2022? I noticed on your site that you mentioned that this was one of the worst times to attend.

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Feb 22, 2021 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee!

Since those dates will overlap with Presidents' Day weekend, you can expect higher crowds. Hope this helps!

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Feb 20, 2021 at 2:21 p.m. Melissa Pena Says...

I was trying to decide to go to Orlando and Disney World September 18 through the 26th of this year or October 29 through November 6. Which do you suggest is better? I have heard a lot about hurricane season in September but I’ve had my heart set at the time in September. Just looking for pros and cons for those two weeks. Thank you.

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Feb 22, 2021 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

September will still be part of the rainy season, but crowds will be much lighter as kiddos head back to school. The temperature will be about the same both months (maybe a little cooler in October, though this varies every year). You can expect higher crowds during that time in October. If it were us, we'd pack a poncho and plan for September - but we know others that would rather face the crowds than the rain, so it just depends on your personal preference! :) Have a great time!

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Feb 12, 2021 at 3:49 p.m. Sam Says...

We've got a trip booked for November, really hoping that the crowds will be low while we're there!

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Feb 9, 2021 at 11:16 p.m. Chris Says...

Hi there!

We are planning on a March or April 2022 visit and stay at Polynesian Village. Do you know when university, and others, have spring breaks in 2022? Also, which month has better weather? Thanks so much for your input!

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Feb 10, 2021 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Spring breaks for Florida universities are usually the first (sometimes second) week of March (UCF will have spring break from March 6 to 13 in 2022). Orange County Public Schools & Osceola County Public Schools will have spring break from March 14 to 18, 2022. This, of course, doesn't account for families across the country who may hop to Disney World during their spring breaks - but that covers local spring breaks! We'd expect to run into spring breakers most of March and April — very early March and very late April (after Easter) would be your best bets. Weather-wise, both months are very similar – March might be a little more unpredictable with fluctuating temps (particularly in the mornings/evenings) and April might be more consistently warm (potentially hotter toward the end of the month) – but you can expect warm (but not extremely hot) weather in both. Hope this helps!

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Feb 9, 2021 at 3:29 a.m. gregory mcdermott Says...

Was debating a quick trip this March...8-11.....was wondering if you thought it would be typical spring break busy or if schools were even still having spring break? Any thoughts or opinions on how crazy or not crazy it may be would be awesome:)

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Feb 9, 2021 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gregory!

We DO still think that spring breaks will be happening during that time this year! However, since capacity is still limited, it won't be as busy as a typical year. Weekdays will be even better than weekends, so those dates are currently forecast to be a 6/10, according to our Crowd Calendar :) Hope this helps!

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Feb 7, 2021 at 10:18 p.m. ANdrea Luther Says...

Thinking of going the last week of August this year (2021) Do you guys have any predictions on crowds, and if things will be back to normal or something like it will they notify you to make fast pass selections?

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Feb 8, 2021 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

At this time, we don't know when FastPasses are set to return, but we DO anticipate having a heads up before they are reinstated! We do expect things to pick up from spring break through summer, but capacity will still be limited - you can see our day-by-day predictions on our Crowd Calendar. Hope this helps!

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Jan 29, 2021 at 11:11 a.m. Mel Says...

Hi. I was just wondering why the second half of August is a good time to go, as isn't it still school holidays? (It is here in the UK anyway!) Thanks. Mel

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Jan 29, 2021 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel,

The school year starts early in Florida! Generally, students are going back to school around the second or third week of August (for instance, Orange County Public Schools — the local school system — has the first day of school scheduled for Aug. 10, 2021).

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Jan 29, 2021 at 4 p.m. Mel Says...

That's great to know, thank you!

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Jan 23, 2021 at 6:49 p.m. Dana Says...

Will be down feb 2 to feb 6. Trying to figure the best days for HS, MK & Epcot. Hoping for low crowd levels.

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Jan 25, 2021 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

We expect that it will be a manageable time to visit with average crowd levels ranging from 4 to 6, according to our Crowd Calendar. Since Hollywood Studios is one of the more popular parks right now, we'd recommend visiting that park on one of the weekdays you're there.

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Jan 20, 2021 at 4:24 a.m. Karebear Says...

Im visiting Disney World April 6-11th. I saw on your list these are some of the worst times to visit. Cold you explain to me a little more as to why and how to make it more fun despite those circumstances? I will be taking my one year old!

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Jan 21, 2021 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karebear!

We are expecting this to be a busy week as it is the tail end of spring break and many school districts have the week of Easter off. We still anticipate weekdays to be less busy than weekends, so we'd suggest heading to the park at park opening on weekdays to make the most of your time :) Hope this helps!

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Jan 15, 2021 at 11:49 a.m. charlangela Says...

We have booked for 10th May 22 - 24th May 22. How come the end of May is busier? We are going to avoid parks on weekends but worried we've picked the wrong dates now :(

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Jan 15, 2021 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlangela!

Things typically start to pick up at the end of may as kids get out of school, and right around Memorial Day, since it's a long weekend (it'll fall on the 30th in 2022, so we think your dates should be just fine, especially if you're avoiding weekends at the parks!). Hope this helps!

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Jan 14, 2021 at 7:42 p.m. Angela Says...

Hi!

We are looking to go to Universal in Florida in 2022. A few questions I was wondering if you could help me with. Would February or April be better to travel there in 2022? Thanks.

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Jan 15, 2021 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

We'd go with February personally - it should be less crowded and the weather should be lovely!

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Jan 3, 2021 at 5:22 a.m. Jenn Says...

In the process of planning my families first trip to Disney and this calendar has helped so much. We were looking at going in either mid November 2021 or mid feb or first week in March in 2022. Since this is my families first trip to Disney and with all the current restrictions when would you recommend ? Thanks for all your help!!

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Jan 4, 2021 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

There's pros and cons to both! Mid-November 2021 will likely be less busy than March 2022, but there's a better chance that current restrictions will be a little looser by March 2022 than November 2021. If you're wanting the full experience for your first trip, and aren't afraid of spring breakers, we'd personally opt for March :) Hope this helps!

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Dec 18, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. Judith Teague Says...

We love the last week of October and first week of December. Halloween and Christmas all in one trip!

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Dec 17, 2020 at 12:38 a.m. Cindy Taylor Says...

This will be our first trip to Disney, and this website is packed full of information. I love it !!!

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Dec 14, 2020 at 5:24 p.m. Crystal Geraldson Says...

Thank you for all of this information! So many questions answered and answered questions that I hadn't even thought of yet! ha :)

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Dec 8, 2020 at 11:29 p.m. Kerry Says...

Would love to take the grandchildren

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Dec 4, 2020 at 10:27 p.m. April Says...

Do you all believe that February 2021 will be as busy as it has in year's past or less so but still more than it is on any given slower week during coronavirus. We've gone in February every other year and it's always worked out because we spend a lot of time at the parks for multiple days, utilize the fast pass system, and make all of our reservations beforehand. My fear is that Disney will raise capacity despite increasing covid cases and make it a ludicrous idea to attend due to limited ability to physically distance. The larger the crowd the harder to enforce proper mask wearing too.

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Dec 4, 2020 at 7:46 a.m. Danielle H Says...

I would love help getting my family to disney world for the first time

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Dec 3, 2020 at 12:35 p.m. VicB Says...

A lot of great info here. I learned a few things. Cool!

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Dec 3, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. joann Says...

Can't wait to go back

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Dec 2, 2020 at 9:54 p.m. ckelleyd Says...

We visited in October and it was great! Can't wait to go back.

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Dec 2, 2020 at 9:31 p.m. Ashley Says...

I miss Orlando so much!

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