Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1300 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Mar 8, 2017 at 11:26 p.m. Adrian Says...

I'm planning on taking my girlfriend to Disney World for her birthday next year. Her birthday is April 1st so will probably spend that in Ireland & take the trip a few days later. I see you have listed that up to April 6th is a bad time to visit. So would April 10th - 21st be a good time?

And what's the weather like in Orlando in April? I'd hate to go & be washed out for the 10 days.

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Mar 9, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

We base our April forecasts on the previous year's attendance as well as Spring Break schedules. We don't have quite enough information—since April hasn't happened yet—but you may want to think about late April/Early May. Schools will be back in session.

As for the weather in April, there's always a chance of everything from light rain to thunderstorms.

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Mar 6, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Zach Says...

We will be returning from a cruise on April 23rd. So, the last day of April vacation. I see you still list this as one of the worst days to visit.

I was hoping it would not be so bad as I would assume most folks would be leaving. If we only have 5-6 hours in the afternoon (we have a 10:30 flight out that night) is it even worth going to MK with our 2 year old?

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Mar 6, 2017 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach,

It's worth visiting MK with your daughter if you manage your expectations, know that you won't be able to see everything, and know that you'll need to leave with plenty of time to get back to the airport.

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Mar 2, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. marcy Says...

Due to the fact that we have 2 teachers in our family we are forced to visit in June. Normally we visit in the Spring. Are the crowds really that much worse in June than in April?

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Mar 2, 2017 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

Over the past few years, we've seen a big leap in Disney World attendance after Memorial Day. With school districts staggering end-of-year dates, we don't see June becoming less crowded.

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Mar 2, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. Kelly Says...

Hi I'm looking to do Mickeys not so scary and getting free dining this year if possible. What do you think would be my best week as far as lowest crowds. We are flexible. Thanks

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Mar 2, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party usually starts in mid-September. September after Labor Day through the end of October has historically, seen low to average crowds. Consider going at that time!

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Mar 1, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. Taylor Says...

I've decided that I want to risk the rainy weather in exchange for the low crowds in September. However, I'm being super indecisive and can't decide what week in September would be best. Does the latter half of September start to see less rain than the first half? Or is September altogether very rainy? Also, is September a big month for refurbishment? I've gone in October/Nov in past years and haven't had any problems with ride closures.

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Mar 1, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor,

It's hard to pinpoint or predict rainfall in Florida in September. Looking at Weather Spark, they suggest that rainfall will be heaviest in early September.

Disney can occasionally close down attractions for refurbishment once the busy season ends, so you may see a few things closed during September.

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Feb 27, 2017 at 4:26 a.m. Monika Says...

We are planning our first family trip to Disney (with 4 small children), and trying to decide between March 10-12, or March 17-19. We'd be going to Magic Kingdom on the Saturday, as we will only have partial days there on the other two days. Of those two date ranges, is one a significantly better option in terms of the crowds? The kids have a teacher work day on the 17th, making it a more ideal date however I am concerned that might mean larger crowds and waits as well. TIA!

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Feb 27, 2017 at 6:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monika,

We're forecasting High Crowds on the majority of those days. While we have Mar 10-11 as Average Crowds, they could reach into High if families choose to start their vacation early on those days. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more details.

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Feb 25, 2017 at 6:17 p.m. Heidi Says...

We are planning our Disney vacation from Dec 5 to Dec 11. How is the weather and crowd during that time? Is there any special things going on at the parks during that time? Hours? Are the water parks open like Blizzards Beach during that time?

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Feb 25, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi,

Allright, let's tackle these one at a time!

A) Our Crowd Calendar can give you an idea of the crowds and weather.

B) December will have lots of holiday activities. Check them out here.

C) Park hours vary on date and which park you're visiting. Openings usually between 8-10 a.m. and close from 6 p.m. to midnight.

D) At least one of the water parks will be open at that time.

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Feb 22, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Paul Says...

hi. how crowded will the first Sunday of May be? I plan on getting to magic kingdom around 1 pm.

what about the Monday and Tuesday that follow?

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Feb 22, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

We're forecasting average crowds through May. Check out our Crowd Calendar to see the days during your trip!

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Feb 24, 2017 at 1:31 p.m. HeelsandNoles Says...

I was wondering what was going on around Disney that first week of May. Started searching for on-site hotels, but most on-site hotels (value and moderate) are full. Should we be aware of any events that week?

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Mar 1, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. Brittany Says...

a huge cheerleading competition! they buy out the resorts

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Feb 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

The first week of May features the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

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Feb 18, 2017 at 2:20 a.m. Summermeg Says...

Hi

Can you advise when will the christmas festive deco be up in Nov for 2017 and when is a good to to visit from Singapore to beat the crowd yet can enjoy christmas theme?

Thanks

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Summermeg,

Disney World rolls out their Christmas decorations beginning in November, with everything up by the first week of December. The first few weeks of December, up until Dec 20, would be the best time for you to experience the Christmas decorations and avoid the crowds. Check out our Crowd Calendar to get an idea of the crowds during December.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 7:36 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are family of 5and we are planning to go 2nd week of June. 6/9-6/15 to be exact. It will be our first time inWDW/Florida. My main concern is the weather second is the crowd. Though I know that the weather nowadays is so unpredictable, any feedback about the weather in Orlando in month of June will be very much appreciated. (e.g. how much rain can we expect?) Big THANKS!

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Feb 17, 2017 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

June is rainy season in Orlando. Here's some more detailed information. Know that everything at theme parks will still operate unless there is lightning.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 p.m. mackenzie Says...

Im taking my younger sister and brother they will be (15,12) and myself boyfriend and 2 year old in 2018 none of us have ever been.

we need to go in summer break so would end of august be our best bet?

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Feb 16, 2017 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie,

Disney World is busy from Memorial Day through the first two weeks in August. Your best bet for Disney World in the summertime would be after those times.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Dawn Says...

Is the last week in May really that bad? I wanted to take my daughter leaving on May 25 after she gets out of school for the summer.

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Feb 15, 2017 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

Memorial Day Weekend tends to be the start of the busy season for the Orlando-area parks.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 8:04 p.m. Patrick G. Says...

Any chance of the renovations at the Wilderness Lodge being complete by September?

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Feb 13, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick,

Disney hasn't released a timeframe for the renovations to be wrapped up at Wilderness Lodge.

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Feb 11, 2017 at 3:33 a.m. Michelle Says...

Struggling with making a decision on when to go...last week of September or first week of October. Does it really make a difference?

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Feb 11, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both those weeks are fine. Kids are back in school and the only WDW even is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

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Feb 6, 2017 at 9:52 p.m. Bailey Says...

Planning to go this year (last week of Nov but after two days after thanksgiving to last day of Nov.) How is the weather like? Is it rainy/stormy? I dont think it will be too hot but most worried about rain. Also, I would be a first timer and I would like to see MVMCP. Is MVMCP worth the extra money? Cause I would already be at MK but paying extra to experience the party. Also, wondering if you go to MK on a christmas party day but don't have the special ticket. Will there still be regular fireworks or just the holiday version of the fireworks?

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Feb 6, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bailey,

Woo. Lots of questions. Here we go...

1)Average November temps are 68 degrees. Historically, not very rainy/stormy.

2)MVMCP is the only opportunity to see the Christmas Parade, Frozen Wishes, and see the characters in their festive holiday attire.

3)Non-Christmas party days have the regular fireworks show.

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Feb 10, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. Shannon T Says...

Why is that one week in February 2018 one of the worst times to go?

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Feb 9, 2017 at 10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

Many school districts in the Northeast/New England states have a winter break, and some families visit Disney World during that week.

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Feb 7, 2017 at 6:11 p.m. Dawn Says...

Deciding between Sept or Oct. Which will be least rainiest?

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Feb 7, 2017 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

We looked at some data, and historically October will see the least amount of rainfall.

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http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/florida/united-states/3179

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Feb 3, 2017 at 7:24 p.m. Steph Says...

I'm torn between the week of April 24th or the week of May 8th. Which would you recommend crowd wise?

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Feb 3, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Both times are really good, with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival running during both the times you're thinking of visiting!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Emily Says...

Our trip is Feb 25th-March 4th. I see on your crowd calendar that Sunday the 26th crowds are expected to be high, yet Magic Kingdom is the recommended park that day. Was just curious why that is? Is the other parks are busier that day?

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Feb 1, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We use historical data to forecast crowds and recommended parks. We're just seeing that Magic Kingdom will be the best park to visit on that day during a very busy weekend.

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Feb 2, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi! Just curious why it mentions one of the best times to visit in 2017 is Feb. 27-Mar. 2, then it says one of the very worst times is Feb. 17-26. Why is that since the 26th & the 27th are just a day apart?

Thanks!

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Feb 3, 2017 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

With many East Coast schools on February break, some families will still try to get in one last day or few hours of fun on Sunday the 26th before heading back when schools are back in session on Monday the 27th.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Katy P. Says...

Our trip is scheduled for Jan. 2018! A long ways away, traveling for our companies convention! The dates are Jan. 15 for arrival, and departure of Jan. 21! I saw where the NFL is doing something there during January and I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the crowds during this time next year!! This is my first trip in a long time, and my kids first trip (will be 12 & 5) and I want to try to make it the best trip ever, as going back could be a long wait from here on!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katy,

Your dates should largely be a great time to visit. Do keep in mind that Jan. 15 will be a high crowd day due to the holiday. Here's our crowd calendar for that month!

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Jan 30, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. Nicole Says...

Planning trip for Move 29th to Dec 6th 8 days of Disney World even with that I'm wondering how bad it will be line wise and crowds was hoping being after thanksgiving and before Christmas it wouldn't be to bad

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Jan 30, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

That's a good week to go. We're expecting average size crowds during that time. Use FastPass+, our Park Plans and Wait Time App to help make the most of your time!

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Jan 30, 2017 at 3:54 p.m. Romi Says...

I will be going to Disney on Feb. 22nd, and Universal Parks on the 23rd. do you recommend the express pass for universal on that date? I want to make sure I can get on most of the rides if not all.

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Jan 30, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Romi,

If you can afford the added charge, we recommend the Universal Express pass. While it's not valid for all the attractions, it will definitely save you time over the regular lines.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:53 p.m. Jane Says...

We were there from Jan. 7-14, 2017, and it was very crowded...very long wait times. We were surprised because we had been there December 5-12, 2015, and found the crowds much lighter. The weekend before our visit this year, there was a big marathon that is apparently an annual event, and I read after our trip that many people from the marathon stick around afterwards. So I don't think it's accurate as far as the second week in January being a good time to visit.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Jane,

Thanks for the tip! We'll look at some more information and look to update that for 2018.

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Jan 26, 2017 at 1:55 a.m. Henry Says...

I am thinking of going to WDW during the last week of August to the 2nd day of September 2017. It indicates a low-med crowd during this time. I'm a Canadian resident and school doesn't start until after Labour Day. Is this different from American school schedule, causing there to be a lower crowd?

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Jan 26, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Henry,

Depending on the school district, many school schedules begin the school year during the last two weeks in August.

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Jan 25, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Trina B Says...

Hi,

Can you please tell why Feb 16-25 is worst time to visit in 2018? What is happening during those dates?

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Jan 25, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

Many school districts in the Northeast have a mid-February break, and many of them choose to visit the Orlando theme parks. We're projecting those will be busy.

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Jan 30, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Therese Says...

Hello! What are your thoughts on crowds at WDW for this upcoming Super Bowl weekend??

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Jan 30, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Therese,

We're forecasting mid-size crowds during that weekend. Check out our crowd calendar to see more details.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 4:21 a.m. Wendy Says...

I see Space Mountain closes in early September for holiday overlay, we plan to go to Disneyland the last week in September will it be reopened by then? As far as availability of rides and attractions is that a good time to go? This will be a significant family trip with three generations, none of the kids and a couple of the adults have never been! Thanks

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Jan 23, 2017 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

September is a good time to hop down to Disneyland. Generally, Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion will be down in September for their Halloween holiday overlays. Refurbishment dates and timetables aren't usually known until a few months before they occur.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. Mindy Says...

we are planning a trip in May the first week and I heard from my friend that they went in May and had several rides closed for refurbishment. Is there a way to see what rides may be closed down during our visit times? It's one thing to avoid crazy crowds but to the expense of not having all the rides open is something else to think about....

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Jan 12, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mindy,

We keep a pretty close eye on refurbishments at Disney World. Here's our Refurbishments page.

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Jan 14, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Mindy Wright Says...

sorry i meant disney land in CA...:) do you have that refurbishment page??

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mindy,

Here's the link to our Disneyland refurbishments page.

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