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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1251 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, including the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on 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. This will be especially true after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens.

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 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 in 2019 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 opening of this land — and two new rides (set to open in phases) — inside Disney's Hollywood Studios will bring in a lot of people. You can bet the big fans are planning vacations during the Christmas holidays, so it could be the busiest holiday season Disney World has had in years! For this reason, we've gone ahead and adjusted our crowd levels from Aug. 29 through the remainder of the year.

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 until Aug. 29
  • 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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Nov 21, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I thought I had posted this question last week, but cannot find the post or a response. My family is going to Orlando Jan. 10-17th. I am trying to plan the days we visit the parks- We are going 4 days of our trip. Magic Kingdom 2x's, Epcot, and the Animal Kingdom. Based on your calendar I chose these dates: January 11th - Animal Kingdom

12th Magic Kingdom

15th Epcot

16th Magic Kingdom

We are flexible on what park we visit on a particular date. My brother in-law does not want to go to the parks on back to back days, but looking at your calendar if we visit a park on the 13th it will have large crowds and will mean much longer wait times for lines. Is that correct? What is the typical change in wait times for the 13th versus the 12th? Is it just 10 minutes are we talking about 2 -3 hours? I am bringing my two young children (2 and 4) and line wait times are important.

What do you think about the order of parks?

Thanks!

Rebecca

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Nov 18, 2017 at 2:40 p.m. Nadia Says...

We are thinking of going to Disneyland Sunday, November 26th. The last day of the thanksgiving week. Is it even worth the try?

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Nov 18, 2017 at 10:31 a.m. Charlotte McDonagh Says...

Hiya,

Do you think between 18th Oct 2018 and 4th November 2018 is a good time to go?

Thanks,

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Nov 17, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We are planning to go to Orlando January 10th-17th. Looking at your crowd calendar I chose the 11th Animal Kingdom, 12th Magic Kingdom, 15th Epcot, and 16th Magic Kingdom. My brother in-law doesn't want to go back to back and feels there will be no major difference in crowds if we went to the Magic Kingdom on the 13th instead of the 12th. We are open to changing the days we visit the parks. What would you recommend? How much of a difference is there in the crowds and the wait times for those dates?

Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2017 at 1:02 a.m. Maryann Rizzo Says...

Will the Hall of Presidents be reopened by December 11th 2017?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maryann,

We are unsure of when The Hall of Presidents will reopened. Keep checking our Disney World refurbishments post for any updates!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2017 at 12:59 a.m. Tony Ferrone Says...

We have been to DW the last 8 years, we normally book our trip for the first full week in December. I noticed that the crowds look to be slightly higher in the recent years (since 2014) for that week. This year we are booked to attend 12/12 thru 12/15, looks to be a few (2) GREEN days there on Weds & Thurs. We ALWAYS go to Universal on Wednesday when we travel there. Can't wait to go. Any reason for the slight increase in attendance for the 1st week of December for the last few years?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

Increase in attendance can be due to several reasons. We think one of those reasons is the addition of new holiday events and updates to the original events. Have a hoppy time!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 16, 2017 at 12:04 a.m. Tasha Downes Says...

We will be there January 1-January 6. We thought it’d be quieter because schools go back January 2. Why is that such a busy week if schools are due to be back on January 2? We’ve booked already but didn’t know about this site before booking. What do we do? We have a 1 year old and a 4 year old and both my parents will be joining us. How can we make the craziness any easier? HELP!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasha,

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is January 3-7, which has a significant impact on crowd levels. Hop over to this post to navigating the parks and managing crowds for some tips.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 14, 2017 at 6:48 p.m. Jackie Says...

Disney World is the busiest during the Holiday season hands down! I was just there with my family two days ago and the parks were super busy, however, we used a vip tour company called MagicVipTours and they made our trip completely stress free! We got to fastness every single ride, and didn't have to wait longer then 5 minutes it was amazing. I highly recommend using them, its worth every penny! Hope this helps :)

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Nov 11, 2017 at 10:59 p.m. David Gill-Collis Says...

When is the best time of year to avoid the swarms of obnoxious Brazilian kids ?

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Nov 10, 2017 at 12:46 a.m. Kara Says...

We are visiting the first week in December 2017 which we have always heard is one of the quietest times. However we are finding that hotels are all booked, fast passes gone already, etc. Any idea what might be taking place that week to make it so busy this year? Thank you!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

There have been a lot of updates and additions to many of the holiday events. It could be possible this has caused an increase in attendance!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 9, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. Serenity72 Says...

I'm planning to visit December 2018 but having a hard time choosing between the first and second week. This will be my first time visiting the Christmas season. I've read that no discounts are offered the first week due to Pop Warner competitions. I would like to stay at POFQ if possible but would depend on a discount to make that happen. I know discounts are never a guarantee but are they historically offered any particular time in December?

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Nov 8, 2017 at 3:14 a.m. Boymom Says...

We are looking at going Feb 14 -20 why is the crowds large during part of that time? Are there parts of the park that will be closed.

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The weekend of the 16th is President's Day weekend, so many people often take advantage of the Monday off from school and work to go to the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 7, 2017 at 4:48 a.m. Teresa Johnson Says...

Nov 6, 2017, today, was by far on of the busiest and crowded days we be ever experienced at Magic Kingdom. We purposefully travel on off season. Today there were way too many strollers, crying babies and kids, and lines average 45-60 minutes. Very disappointed in our experience today. Lines even for photos were so ling we missed most shots I wanted. My 25 year old son has autism. We did Fast pass but it's not the same as a disability pass. Now wondering what day to visit The other parks.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 10 p.m. ECurry Says...

I totally agree. We went Sunday-Wednesday and the crowds were much larger than expected. Apparently there is now a marathon the 1st weekend of November, so that probably explains the higher than normal attendance.

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Nov 8, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. Booie Says...

We visited on Nov 7th, it was also awful!!! So stressful and very very long waits.

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Oct 29, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. Nicole Says...

I'm hoping that my picking April 25 th -may 2nd 2018 was a good time Easter is April 1st most spring breaks are during March and mothers day is later in May praying for not to busy or to many crowds

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Oct 24, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Kristina Says...

Debating between last week of September and first week of October 2018 to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Seems like September is less crowded, but an average of 89 degrees and high humidity may be uncomfortable? Also concerned about the rain/lighting and water parks. Do they often close this time of year due to lighting concerns? Of course, October’s weather is better but it seems busier due to Halloween events and an event going on at Epcot that week. Suggestions? Thanks!!

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina,

While the water parks will not close, they will ask guests to leave the water in the event of lighting. You never can tell what Florida weather will bring! It really depends on how you handle rain and humidity. Some people come prepared with water bottles and ponchos. There are definitely less crowds during September. Know those rainy days at the parks means shorter lines!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 14, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

We plan to visit WDW anytime between 7th April to 30th April 2018 but we noticed your post that it is not mentioned if it is the worst or the best time. We do noticed that March 2018 to 6th April 2018 is the worst time. If we were to plan the trip to be 8th April to 15th April, what do you think the crowd traffic be?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Banjamin,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds from April 8-15 due to Spring Break. We've added those days into the post.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 15, 2017 at 2:18 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

Thanks for the link! Surprising 19th to 22nd April 2018, the crowd key is between 5 and 6. Shouldn't the crowd be higher then with the star wars half marathon weekend?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benjamin,

With Spring Break ending the week before the race, we're not anticipating high crowds. That could change, and we'll adjust accordingly.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 4, 2017 at 6:54 p.m. Shelly Says...

We are planning a trip in from January 8th thru January 13th. I was interested in the Animal Kingdom attractions especially the Kimimanjaro Safaris. Is this not available during the month of January?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

As of today, Kilimanjaro Safaris is scheduled to be running during that time. Please note that the refurbishment schedule is subject to change at any time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 2, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. Brendan Says...

Hi leap-we are travelling to Orlando October 19th - Nov 3rd 2017. Were staying offsite on International drive- what are the expected crowd levels like at that time for Disney and Universal and any tips -thx love the site

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendan,

Depending on the day and park you're visiting, crowd levels will be different. Check out our Orlando Crowd Calendar for detailed crowd forecasts by date.

For tips, start with our Planning page. Plenty of great tips await you.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 24, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Lina Says...

We have gone to Universal Studios in high season and thought the front-of-line passes were highly worth it. Now, we are planning on going midweek in September (on a recommended day)... would front-of-the-line passes be worth it, even on a slower day?

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Aug 24, 2017 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lina,

You should be fine without FOL at Universal during a slow day in September. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 21, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. Jay Says...

Going to WDW in May 20-25, 2018. I'll be in the parks on weekdays (Monday - Thursday). What kind of crowds should I expect?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during most of that week. Check out the calendar to see specific days.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 12, 2017 at 1:31 a.m. kiwilei Says...

Always a good time to go in Mid-February to Mid-March

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Aug 10, 2017 at 12:11 a.m. Giovanni Says...

Hoping that its not too chaotic during our trip of March 2018.

We've been during July, but its been manageable. Thanks for all the great trips!

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. debbie B Says...

We have always gone middle of feb, beginning of March. We have been 6 times and the last 2 years it is getting more crowded. School vacations must be changing

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Thank you for reading our blog. We're hoppy you enjoy it!

Keep Hopping!

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Aug 5, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. steve white Says...

what are the best days of the week (less expensive) to book disneyworld hotels? Over a weekend or M-F?

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

It really varies, but much of it depends on WHEN you're visiting. A M-F will be more expensive during Thanksgiving week than a M-F during a slower February week.

Keep Hopping!

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Jul 26, 2017 at 1:12 p.m. Maggie Says...

Hello! I'm so glad I found your site. We are debating and first and maybe only trip to WDW (we live in California) in 2018. Our choices are the week of Feb. 19th or the week of April 16th. I did consult your very information crowd calendar. The crowds are higher in February because it's President's day on Monday, some people have that whole week off. The week in April is much lower for crowds because most people have their spring break around Easter which is in the beginning of April. But the temperatures are higher and everyone from CA says the humidity is so bad in Florida. So in your professional opinion, which is better? Higher crowds and better temps? Or lower crowds and warmer temps? Thanks for your advice!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

You'll always encounter humidity in Florida, no matter the time of year! April will be a tad warmer, but it still isn't nearly as hot as summer time. You'll definitely get to experience more with less stress if you go during a time with lower crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 9, 2017 at 12:16 p.m. geraldine Says...

Hi, what are your thoughts about visiting WDW on November 4 - 11 . How's the crowd and the weather ? We are coming from NJ ? is it safe to travel on that time even though it is hurricane season ? thanks

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Jul 9, 2017 at 7:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geraldine,

That's a good time to visit. Check out our crowd calendar to see crowd and weather forecasts. There's always a chance of rain in Florida.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Charlotte Says...

Hi All,

We are visiting from the UK May 2018. What will crowds be like then? Weather? etc?

Thanks

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlotte,

Our May Crowd Calendar lists crowd and weather forecasts. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 21, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. Valerie G Says...

How bad are the crowds around Memorial Day weekend? We're thinking of going from May 23, 2018 to May 29, 2018.

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Jun 21, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valierie,

Memorial Day weekend is very busy. Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds for the majority of those days.

Keep hopping,

Leap

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:08 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hola, pienso viajar desde República Dominicana y llevar a mi hijo de 7 años, cuáles 3 parques me recomiendas para su edad, y si crees que del 01 al 04 de marzo 2018 es una buena fecha.

Gracias!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Sarah

Recomendamos Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom y SeaWorld. Echa un vistazo a este post para obtener más información. En cuanto a sus fechas, nuestros pronósticos de Calendario de Multitudes del 1 al 4 de marzo de 2018 tienen multitudes altas a medias.

Sigue saltando

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May 31, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Karina Says...

Hola, estamos planeando estar una semana en Orlando entre el 17 y el 24 de Julio. Es la temporada con más gente pero habrá algunos días preferibles para ir a los parques. Vamos tres días a Universal, Isla de la Aventura y Volcano, un día a Animal y un día a Hollywood Studios.

Gracias!!!

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May 31, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Karina,

Sí, estará muy ocupado esa semana. Para ayudar, nuestro Calendario de Multitudes indica qué parques que debe evitar y los que están bien para visitar todos los días. La marca de verificación verde significa GO, mientras que el punto de exclamación rojo significa que debe evitar ese parque.

¡Sigue Saltando!

Leap

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May 27, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Cristian Says...

hi frog blog

estoy planeando para noviembre 2017 Orlando 6 días total: pienso en 4 días en disney y 2 en Universal.

6 noviembre: DHS

7 noviembre: MK

8 Noviembre: EP

9 Noviembre: AK

10 Noviembre: IOA

11 Noviembre: US

tickets disney 4 días (1 parque por dia) y para universal ticket de 2 dias (park to park)

que dices respecto a los días asignados en noviembre respecto al parque elegido ???

mi idea estar lo menor gente posible tanto en el parking o estacionamiento como en los mismos parques.

nota: alojare afuera de disney

Saludos

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May 30, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Cristiano

Mirando nuestro Calendario de Multitudes, estamos pronosticando una multitud promedio durante esa semana en noviembre.

¡Sigue Saltando!

Leap

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May 9, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. Vladimir Says...

Hello, We will only be able to go to Orlando in July. Does it make difference in terms of crowds at Disney World and Universal Studios during the month of July - whether it's a week day or week end? Thank you.

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May 9, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vladimir,

Nope. It's the busy summer season so every day will have crowds.

Keep Hopping!

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May 9, 2017 at 2:14 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi,

We are planning our trip for either the last week in April 2018 or May 5-11. Which is better weather and crowd-wise please.

Thanks!

Rebecca

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May 9, 2017 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

While we won't have full crowd forecasts for May 2018 until June, you can get a peek at April 2018 here. The calendars also list average temperatures.

Keep Hopping,

Leap

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May 4, 2017 at 12:23 p.m. Rebecca Lewis Says...

We are looking to travel in August 2018 to Disney Animal Kingdom.

Why do you suggest it's best to travel after August 12th?

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May 4, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Some school districts will be back in school by August 12th. We forecast that the parks will be less crowded after that time.

Keep Hopping,

Leap

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Apr 28, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Jen Says...

We are torn between 11/11 - 11/16 or 12/4 - 12/9? I'm not sure if the end of the Veterans Day or Pop Warner would be worse. I'm also worried about the ABC Christmas taping. Any advice?

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Apr 28, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Last year the ABC Christmas taping was Nov 9-12. No word on if that will be the same case this year. Looking at our crowd calendar, Dec 4-9 features average crowds. That may be good if you're worried about the tapings at Magic Kingdom.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 12:47 a.m. JD Says...

What makes May weekends a busy time?

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JD,

The Epcot International Flower and Garden festival runs on weekends, as well as warmer weekends being a fun reason to visit any Orlando park!

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. Katie Says...

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are visiting Orlando first week of May from Canada. We were planning to do Universal Studios (park-to-park) on Monday, May 1st and Epcot on Wednesday, May 3rd. Would you recommend these dates? Thanks :)

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Looking at our May Crowd Calendar, we do recommend those parks on those dates.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. Alex Says...

We are considering visiting Magic Kingdom in February 2018. what type of crowds and weather can we expect?

Thanks

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our February crowd calendar has weather and crowd forecasts!

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 16, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. Sam Says...

Hi we're planning a trip with the three families from November 18th thru November 24th is this a good time to visit Magic Kingdom.

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Apr 17, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

Nov 18-14 is the Thanksgiving holiday week, and we're forecasting heavy crowds at all Orlando parks at this time. It will be very busy.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 12, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi! What are your thoughts on going to Magic Kingdom on June 14th 2017? Or better yet, what would be the best park to visit that day in terms of less crowded.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric

Looking at our June Crowd Calendar, Disney's Hollywood Studios is our recommended park for June 14.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 10, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Katie S Says...

Hi! First off, great article! My hubby and I have just decided last minute to go to Magic Kingdom on Good Friday, April 14th! I saw a response to another comment that Easter Sunday will be a big day for families. What are your thoughts on Good Friday crowds? And what about Good Friday crowds compared to early June crowds as that's what I'm used to. Thanks!!

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Apr 11, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Glad you liked the article. Many families use the Easter weekend to visit Disney World, so we are forecasting heavy crowds every day through Easter Monday.

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Apr 8, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. Dee Says...

why is Feb. 16-25 one of the worst times to go please? and would you recomend the week before or after as being less busy? =)

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Apr 9, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

Many New England school districts have a February break, taking place Feb 18-25 in 2018. Many families head to Disney World. Looking at our Feb 2018 Crowd Calendar, the other weeks look good.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Natasha Says...

With school, sports, and work schedules we are only able to make a trip in June. Looking at 6/15-6/19 or 6/29-7/3; I am just not sure if the parks are incredibly busy on the second option as it would be the holiday weekend.

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Apr 15, 2017 at 4:43 p.m. Mike Says...

Yes, the lines are terrible and it is extremely hot, and humid

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

It's going to be busy every day in June and July, with perhaps more visitors for the 4th of July weekend. If we were choosing, go with your first set of dates.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. Kevin Says...

My family and I are making our 7th WDW trip next week (4/12 through 4/18), but it's the first time we'll be at the parks during a major holiday (Easter). I've heard everything from "the crowds will be fine" to "you've just made the biggest mistake of your lives." We're pretty good at arriving early, utilizing Fastpass and navigating through the parks. How do you think the crowds will be this Easter? Thank you.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Many families enjoy spending the Easter holiday at Disney World. With that in mind, we're forecasting heavy crowds on Easter Sunday. Easter is a big holiday, but not as busy as Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. We suggest making a plan, utilize FastPass+ and have fun!

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Mar 30, 2017 at 4:38 a.m. Alex Pucci Says...

We are trying to plan a trip and are thinking about either April 21st-28th 2018 or April 28th- May 5th 2018. Which week do you think would be less crowded?

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Mar 30, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our attendance forecasts for 2018 are based on the previous year. Take a look at projections for April and May for 2017 for an estimate. Right now, both of those times show average crowds!

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Mar 29, 2017 at 6:34 a.m. ed Says...

would you recommend either oct 3rd to the 7th

or would oct 30th to nov 3rd be a better time at WDW? also will the xmas decorations be up by nov 3rd?

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for the majority of those days.

Historically, there have been Christmas decorations up Nov 3, but very minimal.

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Mar 26, 2017 at 4:55 a.m. Dunkiepunk Says...

What are your thoughts on March 2-10, 2018 for a trip to Disney? Any pluses or minuses? Do they ever offer discounts on march?

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Mar 26, 2017 at 8:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We don't have 2018 attendance forecasts yet. Historically, the first two weeks of March have seen average crowds, so that would be an ideal time to visit. Look for our March 2018 forecast in mid-April! We'll always have discounted tickets available!

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Mar 23, 2017 at 6:18 p.m. Lindsey Says...

How does February 9th-16th look? We just got back from a mardi gras at disney and while we were able to ride everything we wanted, it was very crowded. Do you think next year might be better since there will be no marathon at that time?

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Mar 23, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Right now we are forecasting low to average crowds during those days in February 2018.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 6:21 p.m. Evan Says...

first, thanks so much for the great resource. I have used your app and plans my last 2 trips.

For FL residents the "Discover Disney" tickets are a pretty great deal but have limited dates. I think that would make an early or late February 2018 trip very attractive even compared to September. Aside from checking refurbishment schedule do you have any other thoughts on that plan? This is assuming they have the "discover disney" tix available again next year.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evan,

You've got it. Besides refurbishments, those are great times. We even have crowd forecasts for February 2018 right here!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. Lacie Says...

When do they publish the 'events' that are being held during the year? For ex, we are planning for spring of 2019 (i know..its awhile from now) and was thinking either late feb or early march. Wanting to know when runs are and sporting events (cheer, football, etc- i feel like you can't really avoid these that time of year). When are thinkings posted about crowd predictions? thanks!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacie,

It really depends on the event. The Marathons are usually announced a year or more in advance. As for crowd projections, we'll update them one year in advance, after we look at the data from the month (We have Feb 2018 up now)!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 2:02 p.m. Tracey Says...

We are planning a trip for 2018. My ideal time would be end of February beginning of March, But it's looking like it might have to be during our Canadian March break, March 12-16. I have been many times, but never at peak times. Will the crowds be really bad at that time? Thanks!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

That time looks like it will fall during spring break for many schools around the US, and Disney World will have heavy crowds.

Check out our Crowd calendar (With Feb 2018 projections) to learn more.

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