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

by Leap on February 29, 2024 3838 Orlando   Video

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

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Infographic

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

Spring — February, March, April

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

Spring is in the air!

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

Highlights

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

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

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

Things to Consider

The biggest variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier, you can expect a shorter, more intense "spring break" season — and therefore, more crowds at Disney World. When it's later, there is generally a longer but less intense season as school districts vary more on when they let kids out. In 2024, Easter falls on March 31, and in 2025, it will fall on April 20. Because it's a more condensed period, 2024's spring break season will feel busier than in 2025. You'll see these noted on our Crowd Calendar, as well.

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Princess Half Marathon Runner

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

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

Least Busy

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

Most Busy

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

Cheapest

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

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

Summer — May, June, July

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

School's out for summer!

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

Highlights

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

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

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

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

Things to Consider

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disney World - H2O Glow

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

Fall — August, September, October

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

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

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

Winter — November, December, January

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Batuu

Don't panic!

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

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

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

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

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

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2024 and 2025. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation in our Jump Start guide.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 6:24 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello,

We have booked our trip! Yay! We are surprising our kids (10,12) September 14-29th spending 6-7 days in disney. Right now we have a 7 day hopper plus, but I may change it to a 6 day and purchase 2 after hours if they become available, for MK and AK. We plan to do 1 day in Epcot, and one day in DHS, the rest will be AK and MK. I noticed you said in one of your articles it’s the height in rainy season in September. But other places I have read that by mid September it doesn’t rain as much. Is that true? We are hoping the weather will cooperate of course. But I know you can’t predict it either especially with this whole climate change. What about crowds, do you think they will be bad even in September this year due to Star Wars opening? I have a pretty good game plan. Fast pass strategies etc. But hoping crowds won’t be 7/10 or anything. Look forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks for these blogs they are truly so helpful. I have put together a DisneyWorld binder and a lot of my info is from you.

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Apr 11, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We are so hoppy we've been able to help! May-September is considered Orlando's "rainy" season, and by September, the average amount of rainy days "dips" to 20 ... which means there's still going to be some rain in the forecast for you, most likely! Bring a poncho and an umbrella and know what your "rain" plan is (eating a Dole Whip under an umbrella while it passes? Heading to an indoor ride? Heading back for a nap?) Keep an eye on the forecast and have a plan, and you'll be right as rain.

As for crowds, we're anticipating that things will be pretty busy in Orlando, especially as Galaxy's Edge opens at the end of August. Like you said, have a plan and utilize those FastPasses!

Have a frogtastic trip, Stephanie! Don't forget to tag us @themeparkfrog on Instagram so we can hop along with you!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 7, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. Jacqui Mann Says...

Hi We are looking at going to Orlando for our family holiday next year (2 × adults & 1 X 10yr old), I've always visited Easter time in the past but it's my husband's first time. When is the best time to visit for cost, crowds & weather?

Also is there much difference between Disney Orlando or California?

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Apr 8, 2019 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui!

Unfortunately, there's not really much of an "off" season anymore in the parks! There are, however, times that are better than others in terms of crowds. Late in January (Marathon weekend notwithstanding) is generally pretty mild in terms of crowds and cool weather-wise. However, with the opening of Galaxy's Edge this year, that may change. Disney World is much, much larger than Disneyland, and you'll need to take advantage of transportation options to hop from park to park since there isn't an esplanade like there is between Disneyland and California Adventure. Others in the Frog Pond can weigh in on their favorite (and most cost-effective) times to visit, as well!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 6, 2019 at 4:44 a.m. Marlene Says...

I trying to figure the best time to come for 2 adults been looking around ain't coming till 2020 and been looking at vacation packages motel tickets and flights is that the way to go or just do motel and tickets and do Expedia for a flight

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Apr 5, 2019 at 7:35 p.m. Neal Crutchfield Says...

Why do the November days 20 -25 look so bad? isn't this the week before Thanksgiving week?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neal,

We are expecting this fall in general to be busier than usual because of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:25 p.m. Khalid Says...

Planning to visit Disney mid of April, do you think that is a good time and any deal is going on that time.

Thanks ®ards

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Apr 11, 2019 at 11:06 p.m. Skyla Douglas White Says...

I can’t wait to Move to Walt Disney Worlds Resort Somedays for over a Year

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Apr 1, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Khaled!

Mid-April looks to be a mix of moderate and heavy crowds according to our Crowd Calendar, mostly due to Easter. You can see all of our current deals here.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 29, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Christina Says...

I'm thinking of buying 2 day base ticket but is it possible to leave the park and take a break at the hotel and then go back to the same park later that evening or do you have to have a park hopper ticket to be able to leave the park?

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

You can certainly take a break and come back! As long as you're returning to the same park, that's totally fine.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 27, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Merritt Says...

We are going january 1-10 for our daughters birthday on the 2nd. Why is the 1-5 a bad time to visit. I know there is the marathon. I thought january was one of the slowest months.

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Mar 28, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Merritt!

The week between Christmas and New Year tends to be the busiest time of the year. Lots of folks are on school break and head to the parks either during or after the holidays before returning back to school the second week of January. Later in the month (outside of marathon time, as you noticed) will see significantly less crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 27, 2019 at 6:31 p.m. Brenda Says...

Does anyone know what the weather is like in

Mid April? I’ll be there in 3 weeks and never been to Florida and just want to have an idea what kind of clothes to pack for the kids? Thanks

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:17 a.m. Eva Higdon Says...

It should be warm you may need a sweater at night..The sun is very different even when it’s chilly you can get burned so put on your sun screen..Sun glasses and hats..Stay safe..Have fun..

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Mar 27, 2019 at 3:21 p.m. Rhiann Says...

We have booked to take our 6 and 11 year old to WDW July 12 - 27th! Are we making a huge mistake! We knew it was going to be very hot and humid but lots of comments say how it's the worst. I want my kids to have fun

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Mar 27, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhiann!

Absolutely not! It is going to be hot and humid, and it may rain - but it's still the Most Magical Place on Earth! Your touring strategy may be a little different, though. We went with a group last summer in August that included a 6 and 8 year old and had a frogtastic time. Keep them hydrated, and be ready to take some breaks for either air conditioning, the pool, or a nap. During the hottest parts of the day, we either tried to opt for indoor rides and shows (the exception to this is of course, water rides), had a character lunch, or hopped back to the hotel to relax. Then, we headed back to the parks once the sun was going down to take advantage of the cooler nights. Summer may not be the best time to head to the parks weather-wise, but there are certainly ways to do it that keep the fun intact.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 25, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Raquel Says...

Hi! My family and I are planning a trip from Sept 2, 2019 to Sept 7. Because of Star Wars land opening we were thinking of pushing our trip 2 weeks later. Do you think it would be significantly different 2 weeks later in regards to crowds? I appreciate your input! Thank you! ????

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Apr 17, 2019 at 9:47 p.m. Jm Says...

We are planing our vacation to Disney world in mid May is it a good time to visit?

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Mar 26, 2019 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

If you've got the bandwidth to push it back, we do think it would make a difference, only because early in the month you'll have the double whammy of the new opening plus Labor Day crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. Courtney C Says...

I booked a trip for my son and I the week Galaxy Edge opens... Do you think crowd wise we will still be ok if we do the parks Monday, Tuesday, and Wed... and then head to water parks on the 29th?

Thanks!

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

We think that sounds like a good plan! Keep in mind that crowds will likely still be elevated in the parks most of the week in preparation for opening. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Zach Jewkes Says...

Hi there,

My girlfriend and I are getting there on the 30th of August for 2 weeks (had it booked since last year because it seemed as though it would be quieter, which obviously is now not the case is Galaxy's Edge) but do you feel that it will affect all of the parks or some may be a little quieter because people are going to be drawn to HS?

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Mar 20, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach!

We expect that crowds will be elevated throughout all of the parks once Galaxy's Edge opens (though Hollywood Studios will remain the busiest).

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Mar 20, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. Lori Says...

Hey,

We are looking to come to DW from UK for 2 weeks in 2020. Whilst initially looking at late April it now looks like timings mean we will go in early-mid March... which you say is one of worst times to go! Could you let me know why this is so we can factor into our planning? Thanks so much!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

Sure, hoppy to help! Starting in mid-March, many school districts across the US have a spring break, which results in increased crowds in the parks.

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Mar 19, 2019 at 12:49 a.m. Vanessa Sanchez Says...

Going to be traveling to Orlando in June 10-June 14 any deals you recommend wanted to do disney n universal

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Mar 19, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

We've got lots of great deals going on now when you bundle your hotel stay and tickets with us! You can find those here.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 9:06 p.m. Brandon Says...

Looking to visit Disney world late August 19th-22nd before Galaxy Edge opens or mid September 16th-19th ,what do you think would work better for lighter crowds.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 5:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

Heading to Disney World before Galaxy's Edge opens will have lighter crowds.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 2:05 a.m. Greg Says...

Hi there!

Would you avoid the parks the first week in November due to the Star Wars Galaxy opening and wait until fall 2020 to go? We have younger kids who aren't interested in Star Wars but we are worried the crowds would take away from the other attractions. What do you think? Your crowd calendar says normal during that week - is that based on current bookings for this upcoming fall?

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Mar 18, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Greg!

We do expect that things will be inflated overall throughout the year with the opening of Galaxy's Edge (and we agree with you that the crowds won't be limited to Hollywood Studios)! With kids back in school, that week looks to be more manageable than later in the month with the holidays coming, but we still expect that things will be busier than usual. With their tiered approach to opening, it's hard to know how this year and even next will pan out, depending on when the second ride will open.

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Mar 16, 2019 at 5:03 p.m. Teresa Raymond Says...

We are thinking of going to Disney World mid June 2019. I know June is a busy time of year, but do you think Disney World will be less busy this June (or July and August even) with people going to Disneyland instead for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Also is the weather tolerable in June. June temps where I llive are warm, but not humid. Thanks!

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Mar 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa!

Summer crowds will definitely still be around at Disney World this summer! Galaxy's Edge is slated to open in Orlando at the end of August, as well. When it comes to weather, you can expect high 80s/low 90s with about 11 rainy days (and humidity!) in June.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 6:11 p.m. Macy Says...

Hey there! I had a trip planned for Nov. 2-Nov.6. How do you think the wine and dine marathon will effect those dates and also how to you think star wars galaxy edge effect the other parks (i know Hollywood studios will be packed) but was curious how the others will be effected. Thank you in advance!!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 12:22 a.m. Julie Says...

We were there last year at the same time and it was insane. There was the race, food and wine, and it was “Jersey week”. It was absolutely insane everywhere, but especially Epcot.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Macy!

You'll likely see an increased amount of crowds at that time because of both of the events you mentioned. While a lot of folks will be heading to Hollywood Studios, the volume in general in the area will be increased, as well (as many people will still park hop).

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Mar 11, 2019 at 8:24 p.m. Brett Says...

My wife and I are planning to bring our three kids (ages 10, 7, and 4) to DW January 17 - 21, 2020. We are considering staying at the the Art of Animation Resort, but I am a little concerned about the distance between the resort and DW. How long does it take to travel, via disney transportation, from the Art of Animation Resort to DW? Will the Disney Skyliner be open by the time we go? Will that cut down on travel time? Thanks!

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brett!

The bus times from Art of Animation to the parks are approximately as follows: Magic Kingdom: 22 minutes; Disney's Hollywood Studios: 15 minutes; Epcot: 15 minutes; Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 20 minutes

As you mentioned, the Skyliner WILL be open by the time you visit, and will have access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios (though we aren't quite sure what the travel time will be like just yet).

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Mar 10, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Tara Says...

Hi

We just got back from Disney a few weeks ago and want to plan for next year. If I go January 24, 2020 to January 31, 2020 will I be able to avoid the competiton crowds? The parks were full of cheerleaders when we went and they were cheering in the parks and hitting people.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

Traditionally (as you noted) cheer competitions take place in early January, though nothing is on the calendar just yet for 2020 to be completely certain (the marathon tends to take place around this time, too). The end of January tends to be a pretty good time to visit, but I'd keep an eye on the events calendar just to be safe.

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Mar 8, 2019 at 4:46 p.m. Tamara Says...

Hi,

My family (13 people) and I want to come to DW during Christmas, I know your calendar says that is the busiest time, however, with all the kids that is really the only time we can come down. Do any of the hotels have suites that can accommodate such a large group? I read that DW had to turn away customers last year because they reached capacity? We wanted to rent a house outside of Disney but am worried we may not get in. What would your suggestion be? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tamara

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Mar 8, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tamara!

You are correct that the Magic Kingdom has hit capacity in the past during that timeframe. It is for sure a busy time, but certainly not impossible with some planning. Most Disney Resorts have options for one, two, or three bedroom villas (that can sleep up to 12), so not everyone may be able to fit in the same lodging (though you can always mix and match!) From a cost perspective, you'll likely find it more wallet-friendly off-site, though that does mean you'll need to get everyone on-site each day (via rental car or ride sharing service). That also means you won't be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, which would certainly give you a leg up in terms of getting to the parks early. I'd suggest calling a Cast Member at (407) 939-4357 to review your options for lodging (and get an idea of cost), and then go from there to plan what works best with your family.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. Sandip Says...

I am planning to Visit first time to Orlando from May 10 to May 18 with 2 kids (10 yr Boy and 4 yr daughter). Please suggest which resorts we should visit in 7 days. Also can you suggest where we can stay, Do you suggest any package deal which will save on accomodation, travel and park tickets.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandip!

There are lots of options for your family! We suggest you start here to get information on the right itinerary for your family. You can find our current specials (with even more savings included when you bundle your tickets and hotel reservation!) here.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. Devin Says...

I have a family of four and we are looking to come visit both disney and universal. I have a deal with my company for buy 2 get 2 free days at universal. We plan to be there for 7 days. Since most of the time will be at universal, can you advise which disney attractions are the must see? If we wanted to see Magic Kingdom, can you see all of MK in one day?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Devin!

We have the perfect guide for you to be able to hop over and see Magic Kingdom in one day, with the most popular rides checked off of your list! You can find that here.

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Mar 1, 2019 at 6:01 a.m. ANGELA P. Says...

Hi!

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

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

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

Hi Angela!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Angie!

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Here's my inquiries:

1. Is one day enough for every park?

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

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

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

Thank you so much.

Clar

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

Hi Clar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jean!

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

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

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

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

Hi Stacey!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Julie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Wendy,

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

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

Hi Wendy,

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

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

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

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

Hey!

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

Thank you!

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

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

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

Hi Amber,

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

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

Hi

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

Lori

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

Hi Lori!

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

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

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

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

Hi Kim!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tanja,

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

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

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

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

Hi Emma!

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

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

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

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

Hi April!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jessica,

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

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

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

Waits are also accessible through our iphone app.

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

Perfect! Thank you so much!!

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

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Autumn,

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

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

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

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

Hi Autumn,

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Claire!

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

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

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

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

Hi Katie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracie,

Thanks for sharing!

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

Tracie,

Thanks for sharing! This is great info.

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie,

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Michelle!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there!

We recommend heading in on the 18th.

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

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

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

Hi Raquel!

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Lauren!

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

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

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

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

Hi Linda!

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

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