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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 1366 Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2019, Easter is on April 21. In 2020, it falls on April 12. 

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

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

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

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 21, 2019 and April 12, 2020
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 28, 2019 and Nov. 26, 2020
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides for spring breakThanksgiving and Christmas. The other holidays also see an increase in crowds, although they are less pronounced than the ones above. The least busy holidays for 2019 and 2020 are:

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

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

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 8, 2019 at 5:01 p.m. Skinny Says...

Great website and grid!

One little thing (maybe you mentioned this, I tried to find it before leaving this comment)

To avoid crowds avoid the park with Extra Magic Hours (EMH). They are pretty solidly busier than the other parks, no matter the season. I’ve seen it be slightly busier sometimes to being wildly lopsided at the EMH parks.

On most occasions when I go - which is always at slowest times when possible- I’ll see a pleasantly peaceful three parks and one jammed park, and upon further investigation find out it’s EMH;)

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Jan 14, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Skinny,

This is a great tip! Thank you for sharing :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 7, 2019 at 3:21 p.m. Betina Catanzaro Says...

Hello,

Were headed to Disney May 4th thru May 12th. What are your thoughts on crowd levels?

Thanks,

Betina Catanzaro

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Jan 14, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betina!

How fun to celebrate Star Wars Day at Disney World! Our Crowd Calendar has all kinds of hopful information about crowd levels per park, as well as park hours, for your trip. Have a frogtastic time!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jan 6, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. Gbrown Says...

I am seeing mike things about our trip from March 2-9. Some sites have 9 of 10 and others have it okay to visit. The cheer and dance thing and Mardi Gras both going on - what are your thoughts on the crowds during this time with those events going on.

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Jan 16, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We think it's still a good time to visit. You'll avoid the biggest spring break crowds, and the competitions won't impact all of your days.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 2, 2019 at 1:22 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are pretty flexible with trip dates and are planning on a 2020 trip for approx. 10 days. We would obviously like to avoid large crowds, but we also want nice warm swimming weather without being too hot or humid! From what I’ve seen we may be considering end of February into March or Mid-May and leaving before Memorial Day. I would love to see the Epcot Flower Festival, but it’s not a must compared to crowds and weather! Any advice or recommendations? Thank you!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Mid-May with most of the dates over the weekdays would be my pick for the best swimming weather and low crowds combination (plus Flower and Garden!), but end of Feb to early March would also be good.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 31, 2018 at 6:17 p.m. Danielle Mueller Says...

We just booked the first week of December 2019, which is the week after Thanksgiving. I saw someone mention that it might be Pop Warner week. We are staying at AKL and plan to utilize FastPasses and dining reservations for a lot of character dining. Our agent mentioned that the main concern would be our resort choice. Is this the case? Should we move our reservation? We have a 5 year old so we hope to not run into too many issues as her interests are way different than a high school students.

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Jan 26, 2019 at 11:47 p.m. Danielle Basilone Says...

We were there in 2018 during Pop Warner (stayed at All Star Movies) & didn’t even notice they were there until our last day. In our case they didn’t have any affect on crowds, lines, dining or even our hotel. Most of them must have been staying at Music & Sports. You will have a great time!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Pop Warner dates have not yet been confirmed, but most of these attendees stay at the nearby value resorts, particularly the All-Stars. I would not change the resort hotel (as an aside Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our very favorites), but I suppose from a proximity standpoint, Animal Kingdom Lodge is the closest deluxe hotel to the ESPN Sports Complex (although not by too much).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 31, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. ynita Says...

Jan 10-17 2020 will the Christmas decorations still be up and will the entertainment still be Christmas themed? Thanks

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Dec 31, 2018 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

By then, they will likely be either down or in the process of coming down (it takes awhile to get them all up and down!).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 30, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. Amanda Says...

We are thinking of going August 12th-15th 2019....how terrible would the crowds be?

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Dec 31, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Check out our Crowd Calendar! They should be pretty manageable at this time. Keep in mind that the Star Wars land opening date hasn't been revealed (it's set for fall, so we wouldn't expect it to open in August), and that will affect crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 29, 2018 at 11:49 p.m. Nicole Says...

We are looking at visiting Disneyworld the end of April to May 12th for 7 nights. I have looked at the expected crowds and its medium except for weekends. We figured spring breaks are over and colleges haven't ended for the semester. Any thoughts what would be better, more towards the 1st part of the date range or the last? We are visiting our daughter who will be doing the Disney college program.

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Dec 31, 2018 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Yes, that week of April into May should see lower crowds compared to the weeks before, since most spring breaks will be over.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 16, 2018 at 8:25 a.m. Kitty Says...

Hello. We have been going in the month of October for the past 14 years. Before that, it was the dreadful June, July, or August. Next year, we were planning a trip for the week after Easter (April 27th - May 4th. I'm seeing conflicting reports on the different crowd calendars for that week. With Easter being the 21st, I figured most folks would be leaving the 26th or 27th but some calendars are showing that as a very busy week. What are your thoughts?

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Dec 30, 2018 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kitty,

Most of the major school districts will have had their spring breaks, so we think crowds will be manageable the week of April 27-May 4, especially on weekdays.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 13, 2018 at 4:48 a.m. Sarah Says...

It says that February 15- 24, 2019 are the worst time to visit Disney. Can you explain why please?

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Dec 14, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

We factor in a variety of things - weather, holidays, events and more - but it looks like Presidents' Day may be the culprit here. Lots of families head to Disney when the little ones have an extra day off!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 12, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. D McCoy Says...

I have gone to Disney the past 4 years the week after Thanksgiving and I thought it was the perfect time to go (decorations, lower crowds and all the holiday festivities are happening) but the crowds noticeably higher in 2018. I try to leave by the beginning of Pop Warner, which I understand is the first weekend of December. In 2019, December 1 is the Sun after Thanksgiving. Will Pop Warner be the weekend of the December 8th? Do you recommend a better week than the week after Thanksgiving for all of the Christmas festivities without all the crowds or the hotels full of high school athletes?

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It doesn't look like the 2019 Pop Warner dates have been released yet. We still think the week after Thanksgiving is a fairly good time to go, but the week after is likely a bit better as far as crowds go.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 11, 2018 at 11:44 p.m. A Says...

Hello - I am curious why January 17-21, 2019 is not a good weekend to go? It is the weekend after the marathon. Will someone please enlighten me? Thank you!

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Dec 30, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. Sonia Says...

Plus it's MLK weekend so schools are closed Monday 21st.

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Dec 12, 2018 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi!

We factor in many variables when calculating our Crowd Calendar (weather, school breaks, holidays, events, festivals etc.) but it looks like Jan. 17-21 in particular may be busy due to it being the first weekend of Epcot's Festival of the Arts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 11, 2018 at 12:48 a.m. Tony Ferrone Says...

Hi! We have been going to Disney world every year since 2009. We normally go for the first full week of December (The Christmas decorations are AMAZING), and attend the Christmas parade/party during our visit. Since 2011 we have noticed attendance very noticeably increased during that time. We are now booked to go in 2019 from 1/27 thru 2/2. What are the average temps at that time. Thank you again - Tony & family

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Dec 11, 2018 at 10:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony!

You're in luck ... our Crowd Calendar displays the historical average temperature on each day. :) Looks like it will be in the 60's during your trip. We LOVE bundling up and not dealing with the crazy Florida heat.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Daniel Bosters Says...

Hello. We were there the last five days of April this year. We thought it wasn't that busy on those days either. Though that can depend on our perception of 'crowded' as well :-)

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Dec 5, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. Leanne Says...

Hello! We are going on a 4 day cruise in November or early December 2019 and are planning 3 days for Disney. Unfortunately since the cruise is M-F we have to do the park on a weekend. You mentioned mid-November and early December was good *during the week, but was just curious if the weekends are still ok during this time? If so do you recommend early/mid-November weekend or Dec 7th weekend? Thanks!

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Dec 5, 2018 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leanne!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for an idea of what December looks like for this year, and November of next year. Hoppy this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2018 at 7:25 a.m. Margaret M Riley Says...

If we visit WDW from Oct 30 to, say, Nov 7, 2019 would it be possible to attend the Not So Scary Halloween event and Mickeys Christmas event during our stay?

We've recently taken in a 13 yr old girl who would LOVE to see both.

Thank you,

MAGGIE

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Nov 26, 2018 at 2:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

Yes, toadally! This year, the first Christmas party wasn't until Nov. 8, so that was a bit of a stretch ... but yes! Lots of people are fans of doing this and we certainly recommend both :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Grayce Says...

Hi, my family is planning a trip to Disney World for Nov. 2019. Do you think that there would be less crowds the week of 11/10-11/16 or 11/17-11/23? Also, any thoughts on when Galaxy's Edge will open?

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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grayce!

The parks will likely be similarly busy these two weeks. Keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar in the next month or so once our November 2019 dates are up for our best predictions. We'll let you know as soon as a date is confirmed for Galaxy's Edge, but for now, all we know is that it will be late fall 2019.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2018 at 4:05 a.m. Annie Says...

Hi!

What are your thoughts on the week of April 15, 2019. I saw an asterisk, but couldn’t find out what it was related to.

Thanks!

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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like the parks will be a bit on the busy side due to Easter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. Rachel Says...

We are going to Disneyworld Aug 11-18, 2019. Thats as close to the second half of the month that we could do with school schedules.. Do you think we will do okay with crowd levels and what month do you advise buying our park tickets?

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Nov 8, 2018 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that crowds will be easing up this week after the summer craziness, so it's a great pick! If you have your dates locked in, we recommend hopping on our discounted tickets as soon as you can :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. Shana Says...

We are planning a trip either July 15 - 23 or August 11 - 19. I see that the crowd levels are very high. Do you have a recommendation as to which week would be better. Also, I have heard the summer months aren't as bad currently as they have been in the past. Is this true? Thank you!

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Nov 8, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shana!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like August will be a better choice. Summers are still peak season at the parks, but this is closer to school starting so it will be a bit less busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2018 at 1:37 a.m. Caroline Says...

I have planned a trip for November 10-16, 2019 but wonder if I should go the following week due to Jersey weeks.

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline!

The sweet spot between Jersey weeks and Thanksgiving is a great time to visit! We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar for November 2019 to drop early next month for our best predictions for crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2018 at 11:36 p.m. Sue Carr Says...

Hi there- we will be planning a trip Feburary 22-26. Do you think that will be super crowded. And we will have my 86 year old mom with us. Any tips for traveling with a frail but spirited octagenarian and her 4 grandkids (who are all young adults now)

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We think our Tips for a Fun Multi-Generational Trip to Disney World will be a huge help for you! Via our Crowd Calendar, crowds look pretty moderate, with just one super busy day that Saturday.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2018 at 7:52 p.m. Don Says...

Not sure I agree with September being the best time to visit. I went to Disney parks Sept 19th- 24th. It was my first time there. And it will likely be my last time. All parks were very crowded, lots of kids (wtf, shouldn't they be in school?) temps in the 90s muggy, humid, rain every afternoon. It was just horrible.

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Oct 26, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don!

It was both unusually hot and crowded this year. We appreciate your input!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. Brenda Says...

Is there anyway to get in on the tail end of fall celebration and then the next day or two able to do Christmas celebration?? Last of November first December. ??

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Oct 24, 2018 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

Fall decorations come down and (some) Christmas decorations start popping up literally overnight after Halloween. It's tough to experience both in their prime!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2018 at 9:49 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hello,

When are the cheapest times to visit Disney as far as hotels go? Was planning a trip in late January due to lower crowds and was wondering if the hotel prices dropped then as well. Thanks

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Oct 17, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Great question. Hotel prices are typically lower during slower seasons. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best predictions :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 11, 2018 at 8:33 a.m. MiciMouse Says...

Hi there!

Me and my family will be visiting Florida (we are from Austria) from Dec 20th 2018 to Jan 9th 2019. We have a three year old and a 5 month old baby. Given that this time is probably the worst to visit disney when would you recomend is the least worst time? We would like to see Magic kingdome, Avatar world and Toystory land. Is Avatar and Toystory land fun for a 3 year old?

Thanks a lot!!

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Dec 19, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. Daisy 2 Says...

Hi, Just saw your post by chance, so guess you are packed and ready to go now. We have just returned from 6 weeks in Orlando and Disney crowds horrendous on lots of days. We visited Christmas day 2014 and parks closed due to capacity by mid-morning and you could only walk round like a penguin. (Never again) Hope it's better for you and your little ones. Unless you have your fast passes booked for Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios you are unlikely to get on the rides without a 2 hour line and they do have height restrictions which you ought to look up. Same with Avatar in Animal Kingdom but see The Lion King Show and shows in other parks, parades and fireworks at night (let your little ones sleep earlier and stay)

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for what we expect to be the best days to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Sam Says...

Your crowd calendar seems to be completely different from others out there, and you state no reasons why some of those dates are the worst to visit. How do you get your information? And why is it so opposite of the rest of them?

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Sep 27, 2018 at 6:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi, Sam!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for more details on how we predict crowd levels.

We use wait time data that we’ve collected for more than 10 years in predicting crowd levels—taking into consideration seasonality, holidays, special events, opening hours and other factors that go into planning Disney vacations. We also have unique insight into crowds based on hotel reservations and ticket trends.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Laura G Says...

We are planning to visit March 31-April 6 2019. What does that look like

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess of how busy the parks will be each day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. florida_blob Says...

This is so, so wrong. September has the absolute worst weather of all months in Florida. Look up the only times Disney has ever closed, all during September because its hurricane season. and its still extremely crowded. I've lived near Orlando my entire life. The weather here is absolutely disgusting in September, its so humid you can hardly breathe. The best times to visit Disney is anytime after mid October when the weather is nice. I go 2-3 times a month to Disney world and I really would never recommend anyone go during august or September. Its still very busy?? like wtf are you talking about. Just went yesterday and it was hot as hell, humid and crowded. Went the Thursday before too as well. I only went because I have an annual pass thats about to expire. I love Disney but I feel bad for anyone who takes this advice and spends thousands on their trip during the absolute worst time of the year

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Feb 2, 2019 at 9:21 p.m. Autumn Says...

Ty for ur honest input for the best time to visit Orlando for Disneyworld my cousin n I r thinking about taking a vacation there next year or soon so we were trying to find out the best time to go for weather wise n crowd wise so ty I will let my cousin know this information

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your experience. It is hot in September, and it seems like it's been especially muggy this year. It is still one of the best times to visit as far as crowds, but to each his or her own!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 21, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. Krystal Dehli Says...

We are planning a our 1st family trip with our 5 and 7 year old girls to disney . Looking at a couple different dates the Feb 12th-19th or 19th- 26th which dates would be better and lower crowed for doing 2 day park hopper tickets to.get the most out of our experience. and will prades and shows be going as well?

Thanks

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Oct 3, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. Kristen Saunders Says...

Watch out for the 2nd week you picked. That is winter break for the entire Northeast. I made that mistake last year. They are on winter break from 2/18-2/22 2019.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Thanks so much for your input! We'll definitely take this into consideration :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystal!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for what we predict will be the best days to visit :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 2:24 a.m. Laura Says...

My family is planning on coming to Animal Kingdon February 18 -22.My adult son has sensory issues. Would this be a lower crowd week?

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be fairly busy this week. We recommend stopping by guest services to see if any accommodations can be made for you. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 1 a.m. jesse moreira Says...

Hey me and my girlfriend are planning on going from january 29th to the 5th of Feb. Was wondering on your thoughts? will their be alot of rides closed? also what about parades and shows any during this period? And finally beat time to book is it October? Thanks

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this is a GREAT time to visit. We recommend booking as soon as you are able. Shows and parades should be running normally, while there may be a few routine refurbishments taking place.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. Lindsay Says...

I don’t understand the tourist link left for crowds. We are planning a vacation in April 2019. Before I knew it was Easter we had planned on April 21st-27th... but I heard crowds will be crazy so I want to switch to April 7th-13th. When you look at the tourist link it reads the opposite on crowds. Says the week after Easter is 5/10... doesn’t make sense to me. Please help lol!! Now I’m wondering if we should just move it to May

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Overall, it is because Easter next year falls later in the season ... historically it is less busy than when Easter falls closer to March. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. marie Says...

our family is going to Disney World Feb 10th to 15th 2019

is this a good time?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Our Crowd Calendar is showing a variety of crowd levels this week, but overall, looks like a great time to go!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 2:46 p.m. Jen Says...

Ooops forgot to mention in my last comment that we are planning for December 2019! not 2018.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Jen Says...

We were looking to visit WDW the first week of December (after Thanksgiving weekend). Should we consider this week because of the SW Land opening, and also I read about something called "Pop Warner Week"?

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

We saw your comment about this being in reference to 2019 (we're hoppy we don't have to break the news that Star Wars Land isn't opening this year) and this is a great question. Pop Warner Week (a cheer and football competition) usually comes into town early December, but dates have not been announced for 2019. Nor has a confirmed opening date for Star Wars Land. SO much to consider! However, if visiting during the holiday season, the first two weeks of December are your best bet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2019 at 8:44 p.m. Lorena Says...

...not any more. December of 2017 , first 2 weeks was extremely busy. I really don't know what happened to my quiet December weeks but those days appear to be gone. All of December is now busy. I have found that September seems to be the only month that is doable. Try it - if you can.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. Kate ONeal Says...

We were thinking about going to Disney the week after Easter. You have indicated that it would be considered "the worst week" to travel. Seeing that Easter is so late this year - April 21, we were hoping it wouldn't be so bad.... Thoughts?

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that week won't be quite so bad. Moderate crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Becky Callegan Says...

Hi we are considering visiting the week after the marathon in 2019. I see the article said the least crowded was in fact this week in January in years past. However also in the current article it list these dates as bad days to visit in January in 2019. Wondering why that was? I know MLK falls on the 21st but would we be safe with thin crowds the week following the marathon, 1/14-1/18, in your professional opinion. My biggest decision maker will be crowd size, not park hours, closures, etc. Thanks!!

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for all of the answers you week!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2018 at 9:35 p.m. Jason Says...

Considering January 1 to 6 of 2019. Curious as to why this is one of the times with the biggest anticipated crowds, yet the week between Christmas and New Year's isn't?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

We factor in a variety of considerations such as refurbishments, park events, holidays, school closings and more when we make our Crowd Calendar predictions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Mala Says...

My family and I plan to visit Disney World March 1-March 8, 2019. Is the crowd expected to be heavy?

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mala!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks will be moderately busy during these dates.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:41 a.m. Kristi Says...

We are going to Disney may 12-18 in 2019.. is the park open late those days may and ww are staying at disney reaort and would like the after hour park days and hours and cant find any anwers to any of my questions in order to book.

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

It's a bit too soon to tell the exact hours of the park for May 2019. If you're staying on-site at a Disney World hotel, then you will get access to Extra Magic Hours at the park. Hop over to our blog post for more information!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 14, 2018 at 1:55 a.m. Trish Says...

We were thinking of going the exact same dates (May 12-17 2019, so only in the park during the weekdays). Curious why you have May listed as a bad time to go? We thought that would be low crowds and warm enough to swim with no hurricanes.

We were also planning on going the first week or two of November 2019, but I am guessing that will backfire as Star Wars will open and the place will be swamped.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish!

Our Crowd Calendar takes into consideration a variety of factors such as holidays, school breaks, weather, events and more. It looks like May 12-17 will be a good time to visit with moderate crowds.

Since we don't know any specifics on the Star Wars Land opening date, it's tough to make predictions for November. Usually the first couple weeks of the month are a great time to visit otherwise!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 4, 2018 at 5:24 p.m. Eliane Says...

As far as price the above the dates May 12-17 is it an expensive time to go, considering staying in the low cost hotels inside Disney (rates)? Also any hotel recommendations?

Thank you

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Sep 5, 2018 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that crowds won't be too bad. You can check out all of our awesome Disney hotel options, and we point out our faves!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2018 at 12:47 a.m. Karen Says...

I noticed you didn't include the Disney water parks on your crowd calendar. Does that mean there isn't much variation and if not, what are the like at the start of December?

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

You can typically use our overall crowd predictions as a gauge for what to expect at the water parks as well. For example, summer peak months are most busy! However, you are correct in that there isn't a HUGE variation in crowd levels. We would expect the beginning of September to be fairly crowd-free!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2018 at 4:29 a.m. Beth Says...

I’m considering arriving on 11/28/19 (Thanksgiving Day) with our first park day being Fri 11/29, and staying through Sun 12/8.

When should we expect the Thanksgiving crowds to die down?

Which parks would you suggest for the busiest days? (We would also spend 1-2 days at Universal.)

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Jul 25, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

The answers to all of your questions can be found in our Crowd Calendar!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2018 at 6:13 p.m. Alyson Says...

If we plan on visiting Disney in February 2019, when should we purchase tickets/book hotel to make sure we get the best deal?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyson!

Great question. We always like to start planning sooner rather than later, especially since your dining reservations can be made up to six months in advance! Check out our great hotel deals and discounted tickets to get your trip moving. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2018 at 8:17 p.m. Ryan M Says...

Hi there!

My family has been looking at going November 17-22, 2019. Looking at the Crowd Calendar, this seems to be the busiest week in November, even busier than the week of Thanksgiving (11/28/2019). Is this correct? Thank you.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. Judy Says...

We are looking at the same weeks in 2019. It looks like they didn't update the 2019 crowd calendar for November.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019, but we do anticipate the week of Thanksgiving (falling on the 28th) to be the busiest of the month.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019, but we do anticipate the week of Thanksgiving (falling on the 28th) to be the busiest of the month.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 4, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. Emma Says...

Hi,

My family are looking at visiting 9th April 2019 - 1st May 2019 I know easter break is in April however will it be just the week 20-27th April that will be busier?

Many thanks

Emma

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Jul 5, 2018 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

You can check out Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like it will be a pretty busy month overall. Check out our FastPass+ strategies for tips on maximizing your time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 28, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. Julia Says...

I’m looking at worst times for Disney for 2019. Why is it that the second to last week in February (the 16th through the 24th) is brutal for crowds when all the other weeks of February are considered the best times to visit Disney with low crowds? Is there an external event going on or something?

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Sep 21, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Anna Says...

Also February 21 - 24, 2019 is Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

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Jul 3, 2018 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia,

The week of President's Day sees elevated crowds!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. SS Says...

Hi,

Planning on the 2nd week of Sepember of this year. Any idea if Halloween decorations will be up in any of the parks at this time? Thanks

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party officially starts on Aug. 17, so there will definitely be decorations up by your visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 22, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. Christy Says...

Is October 28-Nov 2 2019 a good time to visit? I'm reading more and more that October is now extremely busy and wondering if we should instead go the week after Thanksgiving. Any thoughts?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess on how busy the parks will be.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2018 at 2:59 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hello! My family is planning on going April 8 - April 12th. Ive looked at a lot of school districts and they seem to be Late March or the week in April before. We are in Augusta, GA and our spring break is dictated by the Master's tournament...any chance you think we will luck up and get a light/mod week? I know the Star Wars Marathon is the weekend before and expect a pretty high crowd on the 8th! Thank you!!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess on how crowds will be during your visit ... we factor in events, school breaks, holidays and more!

Keep hopping!

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