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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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Feb 3, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. Leanne wareham Says...

I agree with rochelle above, halloween is fabulous. We went for last 2 weeks in October in 2013 and it was fantastic. Really low crowds, just walked through lots of empty zig zag queuing pens to get straight on rides, and weather was amazing, hot (90s every day) but not too humid and no rain at all. Parks were all decked out for Halloween and mickey's not so scary Halloween party was awesome

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Feb 3, 2015 at 10:32 a.m. louis Says...

We went January 6th 2015 thinking it would be empty. The Magic Kingdom and Hotel were packed! Once we got the hang of fast pass and got to know the park it was still smooth sailing.

We are going again the end of March. Even though im sure it will be crowded it should go good now that we're a little experienced

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Jan 31, 2015 at 4:38 a.m. Milagros Says...

We are going to Disney from March 25 to April 1. We didn't realize that those dates were the worst we can choose!! We are on panic now! What did you recommend?

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Feb 2, 2015 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Milagros,

These aren't the worst days you could choose, but there are better days. That said, don't panic! You can still have a great trip. Here are some tips for handling the spring break crowds. The single best thing you can do is arrive ahead of park opening each day and ride the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 18, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. Liz Says...

We are planning to go for the first week of December and we are a family of 6. My kids ages are 11,9,7,and 6; we are trying to pay everything in advance. What parks would be good to visit for their age range? What hotel should I look into? This is our first vacation and I wanted to be a memorable one. Thanks

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Jan 20, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

All of the Disney parks are geared for your children's age ranges, and I would recommend you plan on visiting each of the parks at least once. For the hotels, I would definitely recommend staying on site. Which hotel depends on how much time you plan to spend at the hotel, what amenities you are looking for and, of course, your budget. Given the size of your party and the ages of your children, I think you'd like Disney's Art of Animation. It's the newest resort property, and its family suites sleep up to 6. I especially love the Cars section, but there are family suites themed to Finding Nemo and The Lion King too.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 16, 2015 at 3:29 a.m. Melissa Says...

Soooooooo excited we will be visiting Jan 23rd thru the 30th. Was hoping for this to be a good time and it appars that it will be:)

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Jan 10, 2015 at 11:39 p.m. Joxty Says...

We have just booked two weeks from the 17th August 2015, based on the information from this super helpful site. Can we expect the crowds to be considerably lower than they are in the first two weeks of August? Does anyone have any experience of the last two weeks in August?

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joxty,

This is a terrific time to visit, and crowds should be much lower than the first two weeks of August.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 9, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Molly Says...

Why is February.15-21 one of the worst weeks to visit? We are planning on going that week.

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly,

You have President's Day on one end and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which both bring in additional crowds. We've got some tips for handling similar crowds in this post!

Best,

Leap

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Jan 8, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. Rodrigo Says...

Hi Frogs!

I am planning a 15 days visit to both Disney Parks and Universal...

My daughters birthday is on 23th Sep, and I wanna be there by that date...but the question is...crowd-wise... Is it better to go beginning of Sep and ending by 23th....or beginning by around 23th and ending in October?

Thanks and best regards

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Jan 8, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rodrigo,

What a terrific birthday present for your daughter! I am sure she is going to love it :) Crowds wise, it is better to end your trip on the 23rd than start it on the 23rd.

Best,

Leap

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Jan 6, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. Rochelle Tatnell Says...

The best time to visit is Halloween. Love all the sweets at sea - world and Mickeys not so scary Halloween party.

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Dec 18, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. shenandoah Says...

We are planning to be at Disney DEC 28th thru the 1st. What are the crowds like ?

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Dec 19, 2014 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shenandoah,

Our Crowd Calendar is the best guide to crowd levels, but we probably don't have to tell you that it is going to be packed! Merry, but packed! Here are some tips for navigating the parks during the busy holiday season.

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Dec 14, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. Adam McKinney Says...

My wife and I went Oct 16th-21st in 2000 and we never waited more than 15 minutes for rides that we didn't have fast pass.

Now... 15 years later... We want to take our 3 boys there. We were thinking the same time frame of the 3rd week in October.

I've read all the comments. I seen the 1st week is horrible in October. But is the 3rd week still as fantastic as it was 15 years ago?

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Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

From comments I have read from others you may find that it feels more crowded than it did the last time you were there. Please check out the crowd calendar for your specific dates. September is generally better than October for crowds, although you have more rain chances.

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Dec 10, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. sara Says...

hi from canada wondering what the weather is like in nov and jan ?

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

You can find information about the weather in our month-by-month guide Disney World. Links on this page.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 9, 2014 at 1:47 a.m. Marianne Says...

My husband and I and my 73 year old mother want to come 2015. Is April the week of the 19th a good low crowd time. Is the weather warm them? What a bout the 1st week in May?

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Dec 10, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marianne,

You will have just missed the spring break crowds, and we expect them to be medium during this time. The weather will be warm, but not too hot. We offer more details on weather and crowds in our month-by-month guide to Disney World. The link is here.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 3, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. Burt Ward Says...

We visited DW as hosted guests (friend is in upper management). He suggested we visit the last week of May. It turned out great. Lines were short, restaurants were not jammed, you didn't have the log jam of endless baby prams, and the monorail was half full for nearly all transfers between the parks. It was the funnest time I had ever had there.

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Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. Tammy Says...

On our way home today from a 7 day stay (first timers). Beautiful weather! The Fast Pass was a lifesaver- if we had not done that, we may not have been able to ride anything! It was very crowded, especially if you needed to navigate a stroller (we took our 3-year-old). The Very Merry Mickey Party was awesome and well worth the $. Take their advice- go early! And the Magic Bands are so convenient! All in all, it was a great experience, however, don't expect to go and ride most of the rides - unless you are only going to one park the entire time- you need time to get throughout the crowds to get to your destinations. The breakfast with the characters at Tusker House Restaurant was awesome (buffet was delicious). Also- if you can swing it- rent a stroller instead of packing it- kingdom strollers was great and each park has rentals too! One final thought- the Memory Maker is well worth the $ as well. Happy travels!

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Nov 10, 2014 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Tammy,

Thanks for all of the advice and so glad you had a great time!

Leap

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Oct 14, 2014 at 4:23 p.m. Margie Says...

We went September 27th -Oct 3, 2014. Crowds were extremely high. I was disappointed because I had done soooo much research to avoid this. Fastpasses were a lifesaver. It also rained everyday except Oct 3 for hours on end. None of the 1 hour then gone rain. It stuck around. Worse trip unfort so far to Disney. I think I may go back to going in January. Any thoughts?

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Oct 10, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. Dan Says...

Just got back from 5 day visit to WDW in the first week of October. Crowds were hectic, made for a lot of work with 3 kids. All popular rides were long waits (45-60min) Thank goodness for fast pass and Disney app was helpful. Never again will I go in October. Will do more careful research next time.

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Sep 26, 2014 at 9:36 p.m. Dennis Says...

We are at the parks right now. Been here sept. 24,25,26.... seems overly crowded, more than other years we have come in sept. Maybe its because the teacher planning days squeezed in between this week. We will try coming back early Dec. Hopefully its not as crowded.

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Sep 22, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. Hollie Says...

Traveling with kids ages 2 years and 1 year old we can go any time trying to pick the dates with less crowds and good hotel prices what do you think about jan2015

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Sep 22, 2014 at 4:41 p.m. sue Says...

I was thinking of going in 2015. When is the best time...Not too croweded..and the heat!!!

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Sep 22, 2014 at 3:11 a.m. Yuya Says...

I went Aug. 25-27 and it was great. Compared to May 12-14 that I also went. I believe it was because of the back to school week. All parks were good to walk and the longest time we wait was 30 min. compared to other date when you can wait for up two 2 hours. Of course, we got fast passes for the most popular rides such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine and Buzzlighter in Hollywood Studios( I don't recall the name of the ride). We had a got time this August. We are planning to repeat one week before Thanksgiving or the second of December before Christmas season gets crazy.

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Sep 21, 2014 at 9:52 p.m. Anna Says...

I just got back today from a four day trip starting on the 18th. It seemed overly busy for this time of year. MK was...wow. The food and wine festival at Epcot really brought in a lot of people, and Hollywood studios was busy too. I've been before in September, but the 9th - 16th, and remember the crowds being really low. I planned this trip thinking it would be the same. I used fastpass, which helped a lot. I am wanting to go back in the beginning if December for a couple of days, but just don't know which week will be the best. Any suggestions would help!

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Sep 21, 2014 at 9:31 p.m. Katelyn Says...

We are thinking of going November 11-16, thoughts on crowds?

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Sep 16, 2014 at 1:45 a.m. Craig Says...

We're going Nov 20-25. Crowds should be okay, correct?

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Sep 14, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. Gail Marcantonio Says...

Comments about the crowds to be expected December 7th through December 10th?

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Sep 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

Crowds should be veery good during your visit!

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Sep 14, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. Tony Says...

Have been there the last 6 straight years. Seems to me that the first or second week of December is just perfect for low crowds and great weather. See you in 3 months!

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Jul 15, 2014 at 1:08 a.m. rebecca Says...

What do you think crowds will be like from September 25 - 28?

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Jun 1, 2014 at 5:31 a.m. Kathy T. Says...

Oh dear, sounds like this might be bad timing for our trip.! We are going to be there in July. My brother and I decided to take a sibling trip to WDW for 5 days, following my birthday celebration with family in Panama City, FL. He and I are in the Senior Citizen category, but when we get together, we act like a couple of kids! Looking forward to a fun time.

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Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Sounds like a lot of fun! Get to the park ahead of opening, and you will have a few hours of touring when crowds are at their lowest. Take a break in the afternoons and then come back in the evening.

Best,

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Oct 25, 2014 at 4:53 p.m. patty Says...

Was wondering how the parks are after christmas

And before new year?

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Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. Danny Says...

I've been to WDW about a million times and found that the first and second weeks of September and December were the best for crowds but December is extra special because the parks are decorated for the holidays.

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Sep 21, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. Tom Says...

First timers. Looking at October or December of 2015. Would love to talk to you.

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Apr 5, 2015 at 2:48 a.m. carol Says...

Is it too cold in October to enjoy water rides. I am a first timer. Personally for me heat and crowds don't mix.....so avoiding summer months however so many people comment on September.

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Apr 7, 2015 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

October should be fine still for water rides, and the pools are heated.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 p.m. Tricia Says...

Hello there! I am planning our second trip to Disney. We went in late Sept last time and will be going to Magic Kingdom on 10/16, 17, and 18. Any suggestions?

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Jul 20, 2015 at 8:13 p.m. Josey Says...

We planned our trip Aug 17th thru 22nd. How is the crowds then? We know it will be hot tho.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josey,

Crowds should be easing back considerably.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 13, 2015 at 12:38 a.m. Kathy Says...

Oct would be better in terms of crowds and weather. We went this past year in early December and could not believe how crowded and chilly at night it was. We have been many times in October and would definitely prefer that month.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:05 p.m. Darren Says...

i am planning the first week oct I hope your right :)

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Mar 9, 2015 at 1:54 a.m. Melissa Says...

Keep in mind on certain nights the park closes for Mickey's not do scary Halloween, you have to purchase tickets for this event.

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Dec 26, 2014 at 3:57 p.m. Jacqui Says...

Hi there I am reading all the comments on recommendations and because of work commitments and school holidays the only time we can go in 2015 will be at Christmas! Although we are very excited we are very apprehensive about booking and welcome ANY advice as this will be our first time. Would you recommend villa or hotel??

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Feb 17, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. Linda Says...

We rent a house about 5 miles from disney worked out perfect.My whole family went 6 adult 3 kids would do that again have stayed at contemporary and carribean and all sports.Like the house sure saved us a bundle!

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui,

Christmas is absolutely spectacular in the parks. It is just very busy, so it helps to know what to expect going in. You did not mention how many people will be in your party and how long you are going, so that would be a factor in the villa vs. hotel debate. If you have a larger group and will be staying longer, the villas might be the better option.

Best,

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Feb 18, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. Stacey Says...

Thinking of May 22-25

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Apr 15, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. Kelly Says...

Stacey, Keep in mind that weekend is Memorial Day therefore a lot of kids will be out of school. May 22nd is the BIG 24 hour celebration as well. They will close Magic Kingdom is the crowd is too much. Happened twice when I was there and I live here in Florida.

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Apr 3, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. Daryl Says...

We used you guys last year to plan our trip. We went the week after labor day and it was fantastic! This year we are planning on going Sept 7th-13th! So far our planning is perfect!

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Apr 3, 2014 at 6:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daryl,

So glad we could help!

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Feb 22, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. Patricia Lynch Says...

We have gone the first week of May several years now and I feel it is the best time. Weather is warm to hot but not yet humid, and the crowds are quite low. Second favorite time to go is mid-late October. I would love to go in January or February but Splash Mountain is usually down for maintenance then and there is NO way I will go without getting my Splash Mountain fix!

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Feb 4, 2015 at 12:53 p.m. Marcos Says...

Agreed! Disney World and Disneyland are dead to me in January, because the Splash Mountain refurbishment..

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Feb 21, 2014 at 4:11 a.m. Steph D Says...

We've been in or around the end of April the last two years and are heading back in a few months, and each time we can't believe how quiet the parks are at that time. Avoid the Easter weeks and you'll be in great shape. Both in Disney and Universal parks, we barely had any line-ups anywhere, and most of the 'line-up' time was spent walking through empty rope paths to finally get to the front!

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Aug 29, 2014 at 7:37 p.m. caryn Says...

Hello , I was reading your post im trying to plan my first trip to WDW how was the weather when you went , Im just trying to gather info I have no idea when a good time to go if u have any info u like to share would be great thanks

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Feb 21, 2014 at 1:33 a.m. Kim McQueen Says...

We went over the week of thanksgiving 2013 and the crowds were fairly large but with fast pass and spending two days at magic kingdom and Epcot, we had a great time with very little waiting. Pace yourself and do the early in-ready in the middle and stay late plan and it will be very enjoyable for you. Can't wait to go back!

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Feb 21, 2014 at 1:30 a.m. Kristin Says...

I have to say Although Christmas is THE WORST for Crowds....ITs truly a magical time of year. Really makes you remember all thats special about Christmas....FAMILY! I also cant believe how absolutely amazing the decorations are.

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Feb 13, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. Peggy Says...

I'm planning on going December 20th this year. Hoping it's not too bad! Nervous though because I've heard the parks are to their max capacity by 10.00! Ant tips anyone?

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Dec 12, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Timmy Mims Says...

We were there in November thru 27th...and it was packed....9 was on app for Undercover Tourist and i will never return during this time

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Apr 8, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Brad Says...

We have gone 2 times in the past 3 years for Christmas in the beginning of December. What was once a low crowd time, now has become a moderate to heavy (on the weekends) time. But the Christmas season has that extra magic that makes you keep coming back.

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Nov 19, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. Lori Says...

I'm with you. It's very crowded but we are going again. It's so beautiful.

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Oct 9, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. Sue Says...

The very best time to do Holiday Disney is the week after Thanksgiving to the week before Christmas. Everything is decorated. All the shows and parades are up but the crowds have either been there over Thanksgiving or are waiting for Christmas week.

I've been in early December a couple times with no complaints, although once I got caught in a cold snap, so be prepared for that possibility

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Feb 21, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. beth Says...

We are going 1st week of May, we did the same week last year and even though it was rainy we had NO WAIT in lines at the Magic Kingdom we literally got off space mountain and walked around and got back on! it was great!

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Apr 12, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. Scott Says...

We are going to Disney the 1st week of May, and have never been that early in the season. Does anyone know if the typical afternoon showers usually pop up that early like they do during the Summer months?

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Apr 17, 2015 at 6:37 p.m. Erin Says...

I have been to Disney a few times in May and haven't experienced the afternoon rain showers that are so prevalent later in the summer. I was there the first week in May 2 years ago and the weather was perfect, but Magic Kingdom and Epcot were both packed.. and it was during the week. I'm guessing it had a lot to do with New Fantasyland opening, but still, lines in MK were pretty crazy. Hopefully it'll be good for you guys this year.

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Mar 13, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. Kira Says...

We are going 1st 2 weeks in May also, that's made me feel much better. Being from Australia I don't think we ever experience anything like the crowds at disney land. :)

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Apr 4, 2015 at 5:16 p.m. Meagan Says...

We are going the first week of May as well and I have only heard good things about this time of year at Disney. My kids have been going diligently to school this year and not missing so they can be out this week. Think it's worth missing the crowds!

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Feb 20, 2014 at 7:50 p.m. Katie Says...

Just did Jan 19-24 2014! It was great! We saw an influx of people Mon-Tues for those that had done a long weekend with the MLK holiday. But otherwise it wasn't crazy! We followed tips from here and we were able to get around pretty good and didn't wait long for much of anything. Saw lots of characters too!

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Feb 20, 2014 at 7:02 p.m. Mary Says...

We used to go early September and it was great. This year we are limited to our dates so for the first time we are going in March for Spring Break. I am already having anxiety about it!

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Mar 10, 2015 at 3:44 p.m. Erin Says...

Hi. My family and I are planning to go to Disney World in September. You said you have gone before in this month. Did you have weather or hurricanes to worry about at that time of the year or are they further enough inland to not have to really worry about hurricanes?

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Jun 17, 2015 at 1:27 p.m. Linda Says...

We went in September 2014. It rained... a lot... every single day we were there. We lived in our ponchos. It was miserable. I will never go again in September.

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Jul 15, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Stan Says...

Not all Septembers are the same. I have been there 2 times(around 9-11) and one it rained a good amount and the next time it rained for 20 min once the whole week.

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Apr 6, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Nikki Says...

I've been in September. There was a period of rain that would come almost like clockwork, you could see it coming in time to take cover, and would pass through in about 30 minutes. In my mind, totally workable!

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Mar 16, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. Jenny Says...

I have been there in Sept. and I believe they are to far inland to make much of a difference. I have seen some damage but never at Disneyworld.

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Feb 12, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Brittany Says...

I took my kids during Spring Break '14 and it was actually fine. WE experienced some very slow lines, but for the most part, the lines moved extremely quickly. To be honest, the only lines that were rough were the waits to see characters. We had to wait over an hour to meet Jasmine and Aladdin and at Princess Hall (or whatever) the wait would have been even longer. If you have a child who has BTDT with the characters (or if it's just adults) there is literally nothing bad about this time. The waits aren't even bad because it's not that hot yet.

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Oct 12, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. Maria Says...

What break do you mean, April Vacation?

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Jan 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Kristi gaarling Says...

Mary was the crowds bad during spring break?

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May 1, 2015 at 4:27 p.m. Brenda Says...

We had 2 to 3 hour waits !!

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Sep 27, 2014 at 6:48 p.m. Cowboy Davy Says...

We have gone at Spring Break at both Disneyland and Disney World and we have had good weather and smaller crowds. Just check to see which rides or attractions are closed so there are no suprizes. Many times the rides are down for upgrades or repairs. Just make sure you dress in layers and pack a pair of long pants, a sweatshirt and a light jacket.

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Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 p.m. Beth Says...

Planning on going the first week of September. We know its around Labor Day but hoping it will be very lean compared to the rest of the year.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. Lois McGurk Says...

We go in September almost every year. We will be there the second week of September this year. It is very hot, but the crowd levels make it worth it for us. Many walk on attractions. Get there early, take a break after lunch, return when it's a bit cooler in the evening. Stay hydrated! Have fun!

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May 19, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. Judianne Says...

We went that week last year- be prepared it.was.scorching hot!!

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. CASEY ONEILL Says...

the princesses in wdw are all so unique and magical they are so nice the villains are nasty

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Feb 20, 2014 at 4:25 p.m. Akajako Says...

Oh Man....my WDW vacation is book for September 14 - 24....

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