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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1251 Orlando

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

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

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. This will be especially true after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens.

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest waits, you will likely need to take your kids out of school. Now, we personally have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation, but here are some things to consider.

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

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

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

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

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The opening of this land — and two new rides (set to open in phases) — inside Disney's Hollywood Studios will bring in a lot of people. You can bet the big fans are planning vacations during the Christmas holidays, so it could be the busiest holiday season Disney World has had in years! For this reason, we've gone ahead and adjusted our crowd levels from Aug. 29 through the remainder of the year.

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

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

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

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25-March 8
  • The second half of August until Aug. 29
  • Most days in September*
  • Most weekdays in October*
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

Hoppy Planning!

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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.

Hoppy Planning!

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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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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:14 p.m. Jeni Says...

Hi, we have 2 kids who will be 3 and 5 in mid-October. Planning on going to WDW either the last week in September 2017 or the last week in February 2018. Which time would you recommend? Concerned about hurricanes/humidity in Sept, and too cold/not being able to go in the water (I'm a wimp!) in February... Thanks!

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Jan 8, 2017 at 7:23 p.m. Florida Resident Says...

Hi Jeni!

I hope you have a wonderful Disney trip with your family!!

The Florida heat probably won't bother you, but the humidity can make you miserable. That's why the best time to visit Florida is the last week of October to the second week of April to avoid the intense humidity. If I had to pick between September and February, I would pick February hands down. The humidity in September is still outrageous. It usually rains daily and September is still in the prime of Hurricane season. The problems isn't the rain itself. It's the thunderstorms and lightening strikes. That's when you see rides, pools and water park attractions closing for a half hour to an hour at a time. Florida weather can be unpredictable, but September is probably more predictable than other months.

September PRO:

-You can easily spend time in the water parks and pools when the thunderstorms are gone. It's so humid, you will either want to be in the water or in the A/C.

September CON:

-The humidity makes it miserable to walk around the theme parks themselves.

February is cooler, but it's a great month to visit the parks. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt to the parks. During the day, early February highs are around 70 degrees. By late Febrary, the highs are usually in the low or mid 70s. This is perfect theme park weather.

February PRO:

-It's perfect weather to enjoy the theme parks and walk around Disney Springs.

-If you go during the last week of February, you will be able to swim during the day only.

February CON: For most of the month of February, it might be too cool for you to go swimming.

I hope this helps!! Have a wonderful trip!!

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Jan 7, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Angelle Says...

Hi! We went last year in February and stayed on the property. The resort pools are heated and we did spend time in the pool. The weather is as great for the parks. Weekend before and after Presidents' Day are busy!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeni,

Well... would you rather be cold(ish) or wet? Temperatures in February hover around the 70's. September is the height of the Florida rain season. Check out the Orlando crowd calendar to get an idea of the crowds during the dates you have in mind. Is the pool a priority? If not, then pick February. It's all about what you want to see and do on your fun vacation!

Hoppy Planning!

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Dec 13, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. Tammy, Black Creek WI Says...

We have taken our kids to Disney 4 times now, we always go in March or April. Disney during Easter is very busy , this next trip in 2018 we plan on going in April, not sure what week yet will b the best. Best advise i can give to new Disney lovers is you have to go and be open minded to standing in line to get to your favorite ride, cant b in a hurry, get up early and buy hoppers w/your tickets. That way if you have kids or need a rest you can go back to your resort and come back later to enjoy. also, you need to go longer than 4days, you just cant enjoy and do it in that small amt of time because of the lines everywhere.. Enjoy! we LOVE disney and try to get there every 2-3yrs! hmmm, tell me what week will b best in April 2018, dont mind the heat, but we dont need it in the high 80's 90's either :) enjoy!

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Dec 27, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

We haven't released our 2018 Crowd Calendar yet. Take a look at 2017 April Crowd Calendar to get a look at historic crowds and weather. We'll hop right on getting that 2018 information soon.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 5:31 p.m. James Mims Says...

We went to WDW two times in 2016 (our first ever visits to WDW)...we are from SC and used to hot weather...but I am not accustom to walking 10 miles in 100* heat...with a 1 year old and 5 year old...pushing a double stroller through traffic jam packed on top of one another...believe me your patience level is tested to THE MAX...you can expect people who are so rude they will make you want to scream....kids included...walk right in front of you without looking....get in your way...look at you like you are stupid when you try to open door or anything you feel is polite...do not expect a thank you that was so kind of you to help me type reply...

Our dates we visited

June 19th - June 30th (hot and super crowded)

Nov 23rd- Nov 27th (perfect weather and EVEN MORE PEOPLE THAN JUNE)

We will NEVER go during these times again....I hear some people say well thanksgiving is busy, but not bad...that is a lie....do not believe them...it is horrible...

Also, do not and i mean do NOT stay at Pop Century...we stayed there during summer and the room is super TINY....might not be bad for 2-3 day trip...but a week or longer...no way no how....family of 3 may be better, but family of 4 ? NO

We stayed off site second visit in a friends timeshare at sheraton vistana and the 1 bedroom was nice...had full kitchen and washer/dryer which is invaluable....just did not like being on site...having disney bus access...etc...

Our next stay will likely be at contemporary so we can walk to MK...to me that is something that would save so much aggravation...Right now if you drive in you have to park...take a tram...then take a boat or get on monorail....we did boat this last time and it was nice...with castle lit up in the background...if it was not busy taking bus would not be bad...but sometimes you have to wait for 2nd or 3rd bus with screaming kids...= not fun :(

I am going to be actively looking for times to go where the crowd levels are consistently 1-2 on UCT app....friends of ours say they have gone every month and the best time is September after labor day....maybe we will try that time...but I do not like little one missing school to have fun....

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Feb 11, 2017 at 9:11 p.m. Mary Anne Says...

We were there for 12/27/2015-1/3/ 2016...and before you book the contemporary...check out the Poly...the monorail and boats were so fast, and we really never felt like walking an extra foot, so that boat ride home to the poly was glorious! Also, the pools and set up was so nice for littles! I think the Poly may be a better choice for a family with littles!

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Feb 2, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. Momma Says...

Hi James. I can see the convenience of staying onsite. We have before as well, but then once we rented a vacation home, we would NEVER go back! They are so roomy and private, and most have a private pool. The drive is really not bad, especially if you go off season. We usually stay at Sunset Palms Villa in the Greater Groves community, but there are so many out there to choose from. And they cost about the same as a hotel, maybe even less if you are sharing it with another family. Have fun on your next trip!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. Bob Pope Says...

Hi James,

I have been to Disney World 46 times and have found

that Sept/early Oct, early Dec, Jan/early Feb are some of the best time to go. You should try to stay at Art of Animation, family suites. I have taken my granddaughter and friend and it has workout great because of the separate sleep areas and two bathrooms.

Good Luck.

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Jan 16, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Dorothy Says...

Hi James,

My fiancé and I don't have kids but we normally go either the last week in Aug or the middle of Sept. In 2015 - Sept it was in the middle of the Food and Wine Festival. Sept. Weather was rainy and overcast for most of our vacation. We didn't mind it too much since it made it cooler to walk around and the ride lines were shorter since no one wanted to walk around in the rain. It wasn't a hard rain kinda just a drizzle but it's never too fun carrying everything when your wet almost all day. Crowds were pretty low overall. Most of the rides we were able to walk on. The smaller rides for younger children were t that bad either. I do however remember that the drawfs mine train ride was really backed up though even if the other rides in the park. Also it only seemed that Epcot was the busiest one since the festival was going on. I would say though I would not go on a weekend during the food and wine festival since everyone is usually in Epcot during that time. 2016 - Aug. we went the last week. It was a little over cast but the weather was nice. Since the kids were basically back in school there was little to no wait again. I know you said you didn't want to take your kids of of school though but if you were thinking about sept or aug. I just wanted to give some suggestions.

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Nov 16, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. Steve B Says...

Thanks for all your help and advise.

We are planning our holiday next year towards the end of October through second week of November. This is so we can capture the Halloween party at Magic Kingdom and also see the change the the Christmas decorations. We are staying off park at a villa as we did in 2015.

Could you recommend better weekdays to visit the parks please ? We are keeping an eye on the waiting times through the Disney App but looks busy most days. Thanks

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Nov 16, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

If you are targeting that week for the parties, you are are fairly locked into your dates. This week typically sees medium crowds, but there are quite a few people who want to do the same thing you are doing. You could plan days, but at this point, I wouldn't 100 percent lock into them because recommended parks can change based on EMHs, park hours etc.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 6:48 p.m. Deb Says...

I have to say we just came back from Disneyworld. We went during Jersey Week, 2nd week of November. Everyone told us that is a generally quiet week. Even all the blogs I read in the past stated the same, that most schools are in session that week and it's not very busy. Don't believe it. I am generally a positive person and have been to Disney around 8 times and used to love it. This had to be one of the busiest times we ever encountered. It was so crowded, we never expected it. The biggest culprit was the food and wine festival in Epcot and so ridiculously expensive. My daughter and I stood on line at one of the stands to get garlic shrimp. 2 portions and 2 bottles of water added up to almost $20. What we got were 2 tiny containers with 2 little ice cream scoop sizes of rice and 4 small shrimp along with some scattered green Edamame looking beans. Then don't get me started on the Fast Passes. Within the last 2 years or so they started with these Magic Bands, which we paid extra for. We did not know that basically the Fast Passes are geared towards Resort Guests, which we were not. Apparently you can reserve your Fast Passes as a resort guest 60 days in advance and if you purchase the tickets as a non-resort guest you have 30 days in advance. My husband said that when he purchased the tickets there was nothing mentioned about that so regardless when we got to the parks, pretty much every good ride was already booked until the end of the night and we ended up with a couple unpopular rides. The lines were anywhere from 30 minutes and up to 2 hour waits at the more popular ones. Once during a parade we got into the Haunted Mansion in 10 minutes. Other than that, the weather was great and Disneyworld looked really beautiful with the Christmas decorations but I don't think I will ever go that week again. One of the employees told us they hardly ever have slow times anymore. Too bad, we used to go in January and February and hardly anyone was there. I can't imagine the crowds in summer with the heat.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Lynne Says...

I agree. We are Disney vacation club members since 2004. We thought we had a big secret when going the week before Thanksgiving. We bragged to everyone how "uncrowded" it was that week! Well, we went in 2016, the same week, during part of the food and wine festival. The crowds were crazy and we were so disappointed. I just don't understand why it's never enough for Disney. They keep adding more and more festivals and such and it makes the parks unpleasant. The price paid for a hopper pass is through the roof and when the parks get that busy, it's hard to get your money's worth! I don't think it will every be like it was a few years ago. Our next trip is 2018 and the big debate is when to go. We're still weighing our options.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 5:09 p.m. Pam Says...

I was planning on visiting the two Universal Studios Parks Jan 16-19, 2017. The crowd calendar looks okay for those days, but it says not to go to Islands of adventure on Jan 17th, and not to go to Universal studios on Jan 19th. Why should those parks be avoided on those days?

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Dec 23, 2016 at 2:46 a.m. charlene clesi Says...

Go on Wednesdays its always a slow day.

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

These recommendations are based on historical data, time of year, crowd levels, events and other data. Overall crowd levels are expected to be very low during this time, and that is a more important factor than the park recommendations.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 2, 2017 at 5:36 p.m. Therese Says...

Would Jan 14-16/2017 (MLK weekend) be a horrible time to go??

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Jan 2, 2017 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Therese,

We're forecasting big crowds that weekend. Many people using the 3-Day weekend for a visit.

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Oct 29, 2016 at 5:25 p.m. Christine Says...

If you had to choose between going to WDW during the week of April 17-22 or June 5-10, which would you choose? I'm trying to weigh crowd levels and heat for both times for my family of 7. April seems like it will have nicer weather, but I'm worried about the post-Easter crowds. I would appreciate any advice you could give. Thank you!

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Dec 16, 2016 at 6:12 p.m. nancy Says...

I would recommend the week of April 17th and here's why. The weather will be much nicer and much less humid than in June. The Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing at EPCOT (outdoor concert on the weekends in the American section of EPCOT), will still be crowded but slightly less crowds than the week prior to Easter Sunday. ...but i'd recommend getting to the park just before opening, get to the most popular rides asap, use fast passes for mid-morning (book your first daily fastpass around 10am, since you can probably hit rides with lower wait in early morning). ...around 12 or 1pm go back to hotel and relax a few hours, then hit the parks again later in the day (when we took mid-day breaks, it actually felt like we were doubling our vacations days. when we arrived back to the parks in the afternoon it felt like a new day).

June is much warmer and more humid and also summer crowds.

Either vacation, you'll hit the crowds, but i'd much rather do it with milder weather.

...we went last Thanksgiving week and prepared for the worst, but were pleasantly surprised the first part of the week was like any other disney day, but the friday and saturday after thanksgiving were REALLY crowded.

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Oct 29, 2016 at 4:26 a.m. Robert Farrar Says...

I Love Going to Disney World Florida

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Oct 22, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. Jodie Says...

I just read your 'Surviving Thanksgiving week' article and in there it states that the busiest days are Wed, Thur and Fri of Thanksgiving week. But when I check the calendar it shows high travel the entire week. We were planning a last minute trip to go Nov 19th -23rd and be at the parks on Nov 20, 21, 22. I assume the calendar is more accurate than the article. It would be our first trip and with a 4 year old. We are thinking of picking another time as it seems this will be a very very busy time, am I correct? Thank you

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Oct 10, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Dee Says...

We are coming the week after Thanksgiving based upon your crowd calendar. My first and only trip to WDW was 2 years ago and one of my favorite parts was the Osbourne Christmas lights. Has Disney announced anything to replace that huge attraction? Do you have any predictions or insider info for someone like me that fell in love with those lights and now they are gone. I plan to check out the Grand Floridian, Contemporary and the Animal Kingdom Lodge decorations but I will not be paying to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

Nothing has been announced as of yet about a replacement to the Osbourne lights. We'll keep checking!

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Nov 15, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. Antonella Says...

Hi , can you advise weather wise which dates are better : last 2 weeks August or first 2 weeks of October . I'm most concerned about hurricanes . Antonella

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Oct 3, 2016 at 5:34 p.m. Liz Says...

Hello,

We are planning on going 4/3/17 to 4/7. What is your advise on these dates??

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Sep 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Jamie Says...

I'm sorry if this has been asked already... I see from the crowd calendar that on November 17, 2016 MK is not a recommended park. I know that it's only open until 4:30, but I was hoping that would mean lower crowds. Do you think that's not the case? Thanks so much!!

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

Good catch! With the shorter hours, we do think this will keep people from going to the park that day.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. Amanda L Says...

We ieave for Disney World on Sept. 30 and will be going from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10. Am I in trouble when it comes to the weather?

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Oct 5, 2016 at 8:01 p.m. Sarah Says...

good luck with the storm!

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Sep 30, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Sam Says...

No, it's still pretty warm that time of year.

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Sep 19, 2016 at 6:41 p.m. Michelle Says...

Would you recommend the first or second week of February, 2017? I'm guessing we'll be fine regarding crowds, but what about shows, ride closures?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both are good weeks. Our Disney World refurbishments page is updated weekly, and you can also view historic refurbishments.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. nursejackie Says...

My only problem with some of the quieter dates is quite a few of the attractions are closed for refurbishment during those times (probably for good reason) and we would be very disappointed to come home without experiencing all our favourite rides. We always go for 16 days in December (10th-26th) when all attractions are up and running. The first week is okay but the second week is chaos but we just make good use of EMH and fastpasses.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 8:10 p.m. serena Says...

I'm planning on a trip for May 2017 around Mother's Day week. I've always heard that's a good time to visit because of low crowds but my last trip was in mid September 2015 specifically because that was supposed to be some of the lowest crowd days and it was jam packed! I could not believe how crowded it was. Do you think that was just a fluke and do you think the May crowds will be like they have been in the past. It does seem like the more and more people are going on the low crowd dates (which makes them not so low anymore).

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Oct 3, 2016 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Serena,

Last September was a bit of an anomaly, in part because of having a brand-new Hocus Pocus-themed show during the Halloween Party. The timing of Easter and other seasonal events do have an impact on May, but you can see the best times on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 7, 2016 at 11:23 p.m. Megan H Says...

We are planning our trip from June 26 - July 6 2017. I know this is probably the worst time to go for crowds, but it is our honeymoon and we had our hearts set on leaving right after the wedding. If it's just the two of us and we really want to experience all the magic we can, do you think we should wait and have a delayed honeymoon, or do you think we can still have an awesome vacation at this time of year?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

You can have an awesome vacation/honeymoon at Disney World no matter when you visit! We have been during this time and found the crowds to be quite manageable, especially if you follow our touring advice, arrive at the parks ahead of opening, and use FastPass+ and our planning app.

You'll find more resources here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/fastpass-plus-summer-crowds/

Keep hopping!

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Sep 1, 2016 at 5:36 p.m. Natalie Parker Says...

Hello! I am planning a trip for January 8th-13th 2017 and have had trouble looking up ride refurbishments for that time. I am also anxiously waiting for them to announce the special offers for that time as well. Can you give any information on what is normally closed during that time and the type of special offers I can expect? Thanks!

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7:52 p.m. Denise Says...

Hola! Sabes cuando comienza el spring break 2017? Viajamos del 28 de febrero al 17 de marzo y deseo evitarlo!! Gracias!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

With your dates, you will miss most of it. While the spring break season starts around March 11, peak crowds will be later.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/March-2017/

Keep hopping!

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. Martin Says...

Lookink to go at WDW for the fifth time Jan 5-9 2017

It maybe not the best time but it is not the worst?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

It is expected to be a very busy time.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 23, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Mariana Porras Says...

Hi, I'm planning on going from January 29th (we will be arriving late) until February 4th, the days we are going to go to parks to are January 30th until February 3rd, would those be good dates?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mariana,

Yes, those are good dates!

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Aug 23, 2016 at 3:10 a.m. Kaitlyn Coleman Says...

Our family has visited WDW at three different times of the year: early September, late May, and Thanksgiving week. By far, the best of those trips was the one over Thanksgiving. We arrived the weekend before Thanksgiving day and left the weekend after. The crowds were higher than September, obviously, but were not terrible and our longest wait was 45 mins. This is a particularly magical time to visit, in my opinion, because you get to experience the parks as they usually are, but when you wake up on the Friday after Thanksgiving, everything is decorated for Christmas and the Christmas entertainment begins. It was really neat to do both normal Disney and Christmas Disney. I cannot recommend this time of the year enough, but do warn everyone not to spend Thanksgiving Day in MK, but, rather check the projected crowds for the other three parks. We spent the day in EPCOT and had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at the San Angel Inn. :)

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Aug 21, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. Emilie Chang Says...

Thanks for the tip. We are going to Disney in late September. I also linked your article to my blog. Now I can't wait until September.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. sylvia Says...

HI we're going the week of August 27th-September 3rd - would you consider this a bad week to go?

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Aug 31, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. RC Says...

Good luck with the storm!

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Aug 18, 2016 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvia,

No, it should be a good time.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 1:42 a.m. michelle Says...

I have never been and it is a lifelong dream but I have 5 children and three have autism, and I am a a single mom with physical disabilities. I am planning our trip for sept of 2017 based on the crowd element. I have really waited a long time to go due to how difficult it is just to bring my kids out in public to even the grocery store. We also have a very limited budget and will be driving from new york and back. What else might I have to consider for such a monumental trip? Lines and crowds and heat are huge issues for all of us. But we just have to make this dream come true.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Michelle,

I am a mom of four, also with physical disabilities, and I also have kids with physical disabilities as well as aspergers. I am married, but with all the stress sometimes the tension builds and that adds to the tension. Umm...we JUST returned from WDW from Oct 1-7. The hurricane cut our trip short. It was miserably HOT. It was shoulder to shoulder CROWDED. I am hearing that due to schools now having Fall breaks October is no longer a low crowd month. My heart goes out to you, as it was a dream of mine as well to take my kids to WDW. I strongly encourage you to consider going at a cooler time and a lower crowd time so that you can manage everyone and take good care of yourself better, too. Blessings, Lisa

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Aug 18, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

As always, make sure you plan out your FastPass+ reservations so you can experience the attractions you're looking forward to with minimal waits! Not sure what your physical disabilities include, but you might consider renting a wheelchair/ECV or heading to Guest Relations to see what type of accommodations can be made to help make your trip easier and more fun. You can also request accessible rooms at most hotels when booking. Hope this helps!

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