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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Jun 7, 2016 at 3:37 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hello,

I am planning on taking my family to WDW on Jan 2-5th 2017. With the holiday season late this year, do you know if they will keep the decorations up or take down right after New Year's ?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The decorations will still be up at this time.

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Aug 20, 2016 at 2:22 a.m. Kim Says...

Are there still the holiday themed shows and parades as well?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Yes, there are. You can see all of the holiday activities here.

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. Becky Says...

Is it still hot enough around the end of September/ beginning of October to go to a WDW waterpark?

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Jun 27, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Andy Says...

October is good for waterparks i visited both typhoon lagoon and blizard beach on october

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Jun 24, 2016 at 11:35 p.m. Cmac Says...

We go to waterpark every Oct when we go to the Halloween Party. Have also been in December!!

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Jun 6, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

Yes, it is :)

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:01 a.m. Michelle Says...

First let me say that your blog is awesome! Thank you so much for all the work put you put into it! And I've noticed that the Frog Family does a great job at answering people's questions...thank you!

My question is this: we are planning our first trip to WDW for fall 2018. We have complete flexibility, so we're trying to figure out the best dates. We'll go for 14 days with 7-10 day park passes. Our kids will be 4, 6, and 8. We'll be staying off-site and I want them to be able to swim and relax on our off days. So when would you choose for good crowds/weather AND decent swimming weather?

Last week of September & first week of October

2 weeks in November (likely the first two weeks)

2 weeks in December

Thank you so much for your input!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Generally you can swim year-round in Orlando. The pools are heated, so even during cold months, there are days for swimming. That said the September and early November dates would definitely be better as far as that goes. You can also look at our Crowd Calendar to get an idea of what would be the best times to visit.

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Jun 4, 2016 at midnight Lynne Says...

I really want to take a trip to WDW for my birthday, February 20th. I know you say it's really crowded that week, is it more expensive as well? Would it be better to go the week before?

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynne,

Yes, room rates, airfare and car rentals increase around holidays and busier times.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. Danielle Says...

How far out should I book my trip to get the best prices? We were thinking the last week in July. Is this a super crowded time?

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Jun 1, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Karlee Says...

Hello!

We are planning an Orlando trip for later this year, but haven't decided on dates yet. What is your opinion on November vs December? We would go the week before Thanksgiving, the week after Thanksgiving, or early-mid December. Most likely a Tuesday - Sunday (starting at the parks on Tuesday late afternoon or Wednesday). We are wanting to visit all Disney parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

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Jun 17, 2016 at 4:47 a.m. Courtney Says...

Hi Karlee

We went one year two days leading up to thanks giving & spent thanks giving there which was amazing then the day after thanks giving you wake up & the whole place is covered in Christmas decorations .

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Jun 4, 2016 at 1:41 a.m. Trevor Says...

I can say that having done the week after Thanksgiving. I totally recommend it. The place is usually light on crowds and all the Christmas decorations are out. Think about going to the Magic Kingdom night time Christmas event also. So very cool:) Hope you have a blast.

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karlee,

We think the week before Thanksgiving are the better dates, but there isn't a huge difference in those dates. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Aug 10, 2016 at 5:25 a.m. Hallie Says...

How crowded do you think it'll be for September 3 and 4 2016v?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hallie,

Not as bad as typical holidays, since many parents are focused on kids returning to school. We are expecting medium crowds.

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May 24, 2016 at 9:36 p.m. Amber Says...

Hi! We visited Disney World the second week of October in 2014 and LOVED it! We're planning another trip next year but we're thinking about going May 20-31. Are the crowds much worse this time of year than in October? We were there around Columbus Day and it was pretty crowded but still manageable. We know a family that is there right now and not enjoying themselves at all. It has us rethinking a visit in May and considering another October vacation instead. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Amber

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May 31, 2016 at 5:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

There is less difference between May and October crowds than there used to be, but the later in May you go, the more crowds you generally start to see. I think early October is still better.

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May 23, 2016 at 9:12 p.m. Kathryn Olson Says...

Why is February 18 - 26 the worst time in 2017 to visit? My 6 year old and I are planning a trip there.

Thanks!

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May 31, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

This is around the time of President's Day holiday.

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May 18, 2016 at 6:09 p.m. Deanna Says...

Hi, we are going the week before Thanksgiving starting Sunday for the Christmas party and Mon-Thurs. I am hoping for low crowds that week with the exception of it being busier for the Christmas party.

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May 30, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanna,

It is not dead, but still a pretty good time to go!

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May 16, 2016 at 5:52 p.m. Adriana Says...

Hi My family is planning our first visit March 1-6 (arrive 2/28 at night.. 1st day in the park March 1) leave Monday March 6 ( holiday weekend in illinois but no where else!). It is both best and worst.

what are your thoughts When can I start booking the rooms for the BEST deals?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana,

I'd wait just a bit, perhaps end of summer and early fall, for the best rates. Those are good dates to visit before the parks get crowded because of spring break.

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May 13, 2016 at 9:44 p.m. Cindy Says...

We are going to Orlando the week before Thanksgiving. We were planning on doing Animal Kingdom on 11/13, Magic Kindgdom on 11/15 and Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure on 11/17. We were planning on Animal Kingdom for Sunday thinking it would be more crowded and would leave us more time at the other two parks during the week. Your crowd calendar doesn't seem to agree. Do you think we should switch some of our days?

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May 16, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

I think you've got good days picked out. Disney's Animal Kingdom is neutral for the day you want to visit, although a little higher daily crowd level. The real key is Magic Kingdom, and you've picked the best day for it. Your day at Universal should be good too since the overall crowd level is low.

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May 6, 2016 at 3:49 p.m. Tara Says...

Hello...we are going 12/10-12/14, and we are not going to the Christmas Party. I don't mind going to MK and leaving by 7:00, since we can see the fireworks at 6:15. My question is, is MK more or less crowded the days of the christmas party? Thanks

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May 12, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Martha Says...

My 8yo an I will be there the week after 4th of July. 5/07/16-15/07/16. Do you think is a good week?. Now i am scared.

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May 12, 2016 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha,

This is a busy time, but we've been there during this time and have found it can be quite manageable. We recommend that you arrive at your chosen park ahead of official opening hours to experience the lowest waits and make sure to use FastPass+. If you haven't yet, download our app, which includes wait times and pre-set and customizable touring plans.

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May 8, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

Definitely less crowded. If you don't mind leaving early, it's a good time to go.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 2:11 a.m. Holly Giles Says...

Hi

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Mar 12, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment :)

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May 6, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. Kirstie Says...

Hi! We're thinking of coming from March 1st - 15th 2017 - I know we are going to overlap with Spring break a little.... is it worth waiting and coming after spring break and before UK Easter holidays? xx

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May 16, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirstie,

I still think early March would be better than before Easter.

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May 6, 2016 at 2:43 a.m. James Says...

Considering a surprise trip for our daughters fifth birthday in 2017. Her birthday is March 4. While it would be great fun to wake her up on her bday and say "we are going to dismeyworld". We would really rather not deal with crowds.really don't want crowds. Would we have better luck with a trip sometime in May 2017?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James,

Yes, the end of April or May would be better unless you go that first week in March.

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May 2, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. Dave Says...

Just out of curiosity, why is the first couple of weeks in August a bad time to go? The heat?

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May 7, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Jen Says...

I am planning our Disney vacation for spring 2017. We are 90 percent sure we are looking into March 4-11. Is this a good time for preschoolers? We are looking lower crowds. We went the second week in September 2015 and the heat was too much for our kids. We also were interested in using the pool too. Thank you for your advice!!!!

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May 6, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. kylie Says...

I would think its because the kids go back to school in the middle of August...?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

The parks are still really, really crowded with summer vacationers. There is also the heat, but you can experience that most months in Orlando ;)

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May 4, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Dave Says...

Thanks for the insight, guess I'll be experiencing it regardless.

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May 1, 2016 at 12:57 a.m. Katie Says...

I've never been to WDW so am new to picking the right time to go. I know not to go during school holidays, so I was thinking of bringing my family (husband, teenage son, his friend, my parents, and my in-laws) out January 8-15th, 2017. Will that be pretty low traffic? And will Christmas decorations still be up?

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May 2, 2016 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

During the week, crowds should be low. Some decorations should still be up in the parks, although the decorations will most likely be down at the resorts.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 8:52 p.m. Cami Says...

Hello! I have looked at the Crowd Calendar, but was wondering if I could get feedback from The Frog Family and others on which dates noted would be better (crowd level). Either May 28-June 4, July 25-July 31 or Aug 3-Aug 9. I know these are busy times, just wondering which date may be better. Thank you for the help!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami,

From a crowds perspective, all of these dates are about the same. For this year in particular, I would opt for July or August, because there is so much new stuff coming to the parks that will debut in June.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Michelle Says...

Kind of having a hard time deciding on best time to visit in 2017. Easter week, April 24-28, May 1-5 or May 8-12. Also is the heat bearable at those times? We went this year during Texas Spring Break in March and it was crowded, but not horribly crowded for us. We did wait 2 hours in a couple of lines, but I've gone in the summer many times before and it was way worse. Because Easter is in April this year and almost 5 weeks from TX school spring break, do you think it will be insanely busy then? My son will be 6 in March, but 7 after April and I just wanted to be able to see the things we didn't and enjoy our time this time as we had a bigger group with us this past trip. Thank you, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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May 12, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

I think your April dates are slightly better as far as crowds go, but these should all be pretty good times. At this point, no major events have been announced for May, which previously got busy during Star Wars Weekends.

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Apr 28, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. julian Says...

Hello, I was planning a trip to WDW this july from the 22nd to 31st. I was told it was going to be too hot with long lines. Is september better? If so, what part of the month? THANK YOU!

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May 8, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julian,

Both months are quite hot, but crowds are better in September. Keep in mind that the rain chances do increase in September.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Jamie Says...

I have looked at your crowd calendar (by the way, thank you so much!) and still can't decide... should we do the week before Thanksgiving or the week after?? Any suggestions or advice? Thank you!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

I would do the week before over the week after—the latter has become more popular in the last few years with people extending their T-Day trips in order to attend the Christmas parties. The week before is less busy, as is the first part of T-Day week.

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Jun 5, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Shawn Says...

I've currently got Nov. 29 through Dec. 6 planned. Hear that PW can be a pain sometimes and weather snaps a fair amount from mid-Nov. considering changing to week before Thanksgiving Nov. 14-21.

Would you recommend? What would we miss out on if anything regarding Xmas stuff?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn,

You would miss out on Epcot Holidays Around the World and the Candlelight Processional, and the resort decorations (if you wanted to see those). Those dates would be slightly better, so the switch may make sense for you.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. Michele Says...

Hi there! I have a trip planned for Nov 6-12 at the Poly. Totally bummed that free dining isn't available then and doesn't look like any other discounts either. But my biggest question is.....is that week Jersey week? And if so, how bad are the crowds during that time. Not sure if I should cancel or switch dates? What are your thoughts? Thank you!

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Jul 10, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Theresa Mendelson Says...

We went last year (2016) during Jersey week and it was very crowded. Not sure if it was completely Jersey visitors. I believe the Food & Wine Festival also had a lot to do with it as well especially on the weekends. We made up for a lot of lost time in the lines during the day by going back to Magic Kingdom at night after the parade. It empties out considerably, and we only had 5-10 minute waits (if that long) on the most popular rides. Also, if you are staying at the Disney resorts, check with your travel agent. A Fall discount came out in July and she was able to apply it to our package. It helped a little, since the free dining wasn't available that week either.

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May 12, 2016 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

It is Jersey Week, but I wouldn't let that stop you. It has some impact on crowds, but it's not horrible, and we've already accounted for it in our Crowd Calendar.

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Apr 21, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. Seaglass At Bonita Bay Says...

Thank you for the very descriptive post on when to visit Disney World. Looks like we will have to go in September!

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Apr 18, 2016 at 1:07 a.m. First timer Says...

I'm in the process of planning a trip for myself and my two kiddies to Disney. I'm playing around with dates...middle of Oct 2016 or Feb/March 2017....I want nice weather if at all possible. And trying to determine if I should purchase a meal plan....help :-) :-)

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrice,

This really all depends on the specific dates you choose. Generally, though, February and the very first week of March is a better time in terms of crowds. October can still be rainy and February can be cooler. March is a little better.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. John Says...

I've been twice in early-mid October and attended the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We've had excellent weather on both these trips, though it can be a little chilly (50's-60's) in the late evening and early morning, so I'd recommend a light jacket/windbreaker over sweatshirts as these will serve double duty during rain and be better at repelling any rain or water from rides. The parks and grounds are decorated for fall and Halloween, so it's a little extra bonus added in.

I'd recommend getting the special hard ticket (can't use regular park admission) to the party event in lieu of a day's park ticket and schedule the time prior to the party that day as an "OFF" day from the parks and visit Disney Springs, your resort pool, the resorts, etc. and take an early afternoon nap so the kids can better handle the late night.

Usually admission to the event starts at around 5-6PM and after that time, the only people that are allowed on rides and attractions are those that have the special wrist band, and Cast Members politely usher those who don't have them towards the front of the park to exit, which helps lessen the crowds a bit. Everyone can dress up in their Halloween costumes (check on masks) and participate in Trick or Treating in the park between rides, parades, fireworks, and dance parties. It's really fun to see everyone in costume, including the characters (Winnie the Pooh was dressed up as a Bumble Bee, etc.) While they provide Trick or Treat bags, I'd recommend bringing a fairly empty backpack to dump the loot in between Trick or Treat stations.

We've done this event two ways, Trick or Treating and hitting the rides, skipping the parade and fireworks, and attending a dance party, the parade, and watching the fireworks, hitting as many of the rides as possible. We enjoyed both, so it's really up to your personal preference, though I will say that the wait times for the attractions are minimal throughout the event and some like Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, the Speedway, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin we were able to walk right on and ride multiple times without a wait (Thunder Mountain Railroad was during a parade and the Speedway was during the fireworks, so we kind of got to see them anyways while driving around the track which was pretty special to my then 8 year old son.)

I'd recommend bringing a backpack with snacks for the kids (fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, etc) that are light and you don't have to worry about being smashed like crackers, and two water bottles per person with individual drink mix packs in a ziplock bag. You can refill at any quick service location or water fountain and add low calorie flavor!! This will save you a TON, though I always allow my kids to get one special treat that is unique to Disney per visit (Dole Whips are AMAZING, or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar, etc.)

This year we're going in late November/early December when the parks will be decorated for Christmas!!!

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I hope that helps you out!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Thanks so much for sharing!!

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Apr 16, 2016 at 7:25 p.m. Matt Says...

Me and my girlfriend are looking at travelling to Disney World from the UK from April 27th 2017 - May 11th 2017. What is your opinion on these chosen travel dates?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

This should be a good time to visit. Enjoy!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. Junie Says...

You were correct on April 9, 2016 being one of the very worst times to visit Disney. We just got back from our trip and it was horrendous. The lines were extremely long. We waited 80 minutes to ride Peter Pan...80 minutes!! Some of the rides were 120 minutes..I mean it was nuts, crazy packed. I wish I had seen your blog before booking my trip!!!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. Bisney Says...

Hello! Thanks for all the helpful tips. We are going in November for the first time ever. I found out that we will be there during the Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon. Is this going to be an issue? Are the crowd levels higher during this?

Thank you!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, they are higher during this race weekend, but not the worst time to visit by any stretch.

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:57 a.m. Anna Says...

We have a teacher in our group and the only time we can go is Feb 18 - 25. I notice that is NOT the best time to go. Is it crazy busy then? Thanks

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes, President's Day and the days around it are very popular times to visit the parks.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. RDW Says...

We are planning to be in FLA 11/22-11/28 (arriving night before, leaving day after) and want to have about 2-3 days in Orlando either at the beginning or the end. Universal is our priority, but ought to do something WDW while in the area. Can you give a recommendation for whether first few days (T, W before Thksgiving) or last few days of our time period (Sa, Su, Mon after Thksgiving) would be better? Also, on your calendar, why do the two Universal parks appear to have such different crowd levels (one red when the other is green, or vice versa)? Thanks!

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Apr 24, 2016 at 8:09 p.m. Emmy Says...

NEVER go during July; this is when Brazilians have off from school.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RDW,

Earlier in the week of Thanksgiving is better as far as crowds. Friday is typically the busiest day that week. The park color system denotes the recommended park for that day!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. Lizeth Says...

What are the best days in april to go or may

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizeth,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

You can easily see the best times to visit!

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Apr 6, 2016 at 11:34 p.m. Robin Says...

I have found alot of great tips on here. We are planning out trip to WDW for the 2nd week in July. I know that is probably the "Worst" time to visit but thats the only time we could squeeze out of our schedule. We have been many times and we are strategically planning this one. So bring on all the madness were ready for it. After all how bad can it be at the happiest place on earth. So excited we will let you know how it goes.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Love your attitude! That is 90% of having a great trip :)

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Apr 5, 2016 at 4:33 p.m. ChiDisneyFan Says...

I am planning a quick trip to Magic Kingdom with my four year old daughter on May 2nd, 2016. I have picked the fast passes and am ready to go. I am hoping it will be less crowded than normal. Any insight on how crowded it will be that day?

Also, do you have any suggestions on meeting Elsa/ Anna? The fast passes were gone by the time I signed up the morning after they were available.

Thank You!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Here are the crowd predictions for those days:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

We have a whole post with tips for meeting Anna and Elsa:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-meeting-elsa-and-anna-at-disney-world/

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Apr 4, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Arielle Says...

A great perk with being a resident of New Orleans is that most schools are closed during the Mardi Gras holiday and many people take advantage of that to go to Disney World because it's not nearly as busy as other holidays. Next time I plan a trip to Disney World, I will be planning it during Mardi Gras, we went during the week of Easter 2016 and I will never make that mistake again!

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Apr 5, 2016 at 6:21 p.m. Carol Says...

Mardi Gras is also very very busy.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 10:44 p.m. LaurenB Says...

Hello: We are booked to visit 12/6-12-11 of this year, staying at our fave resort, the Polynesian. What day would you recommend for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party? Would that Thursday the 8th be okay? I've read it gets busier as the weekend approaches. Thanks!

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Apr 4, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

The 8th would be OK, but the 6th would be better.

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Mar 29, 2016 at 9:58 p.m. Rachel Says...

We're planning our 5th visit for next year but getting so confused! Looking to visit during Feb and possibly into March, either starting or ending with school holiday which is 20-24 February. No crowd calendars seem to take Mardi Gras into account, yet previous experience tells us that this time gets super busy. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome!

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Mardi Gras isn't typically super busy, although there is a lot of spirit ;) We visited on Mardi Gras in 2015, and it was good for us.

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

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Mar 28, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. MJ Says...

Planning to go between 11/5-11/12 (Jersey Week). How were the crowds during Jersey week in 2015? We are also planning to attend a MVMC party session. Do you have a recommendation on which day we should get tickets?

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MJ,

Mondays and Tuesdays are generally the best dates. Overall the Jersey Week is still a good time to go, but keep in mind there are more crowds over the weekend, which is also the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Caitlin Says...

When is the best time to visit in october near Halloween time in 2016?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin,

Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 25, 2016 at 2:11 p.m. Whitney Says...

My boyfriend and I are thinking about going to DW either Oct 24-28 for our Anniversary OR Dec 5-9 for my birthday.

Which dates would be best. Weather is ok but l'm more worried about the crowds.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney,

December is slightly better, but you can check out all of the dates here:

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

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Apr 2, 2016 at 5:04 a.m. Katie Says...

I am looking to book our Disney vacation either November 28th through December 2nd or December 12th through December 16th. I am trying to avoid the Pop Warner crowd. It looks like their events will take place the week of December 5th-9th. When do their crowds usually arrive before and when are their crowds usually gone after the event? Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 10:43 p.m. Jessica Says...

Going from June 7th to June 15th. I know it will be crowded and I don't care. My kids aren't little anymore so they won't have an issue with waits. Just happy to be going to Disney one last time before my son leaves for boot camp!

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Mar 24, 2016 at 3:40 p.m. Sherry Says...

I am planning a trip with college age boys May 11-15, 2016. Riverside is showing only rooms available are princess rooms. Is there something going on at that time? I am scheduling just room, not any kind of special. May have to consider a change. Thanks!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 2:19 p.m. Janine Says...

My husband is a teacher and we are looking into going to Disney next April 2017 the week before Easter and leaving the day after easter since it is hard to take off. Break for the my two son's and husband are falling all the same time which is great since it is not always the case. I read that is supposed to be the worst time to go. We were considering the last 2 weeks in August but we are afraid it will be to hot and will rain. I also have one son with special needs. Any recommendations. Would August be better then April?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janine,

It really comes down to whether you want rain or crowds. August will see rain, almost daily and usually just in the afternoons, but there could be more. That week just before Easter will be very busy.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:27 a.m. Jacqueline Says...

Hi, we are planning our vacation the week before Thanksgiving, Nov. 13th - 19th. My fear is that this week is becoming more popular and WDW will be more crowded. We went at the end of April last year and crowds were low. Do you think the week before Thanksgiving has become more popular?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

I think this is still a pretty good time to visit.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Isabella Says...

Would the day after President's day through the 26th in 2017 be an ok time to visit Disney World?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabella,

It's a busy time to visit.

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

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Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 a.m. April Says...

Looking to go to Disney for the first time with a family of 4 (two children ages 8 and 5). We are trying to decide between November 12-20, November 26-Dec 4 or we could wait for September 2017. In your opinion, which would be the best time to go for crowds/weather? We don't want it to be blistering hot, but not crowded either. I have checked out the crowd calendars...any opinions?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

I think the first dates are generally a little bit better.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. Natasha Says...

Hello!

I excited for Disney! I have just booked our family vacation for April 19th - 23rd. Will this time be okay? I also reserved our fastpasses for the mornings at each park. Our last pass ends at 1:25 pm. Should I look into changing the times for our fastpasses for the afternoon through the evening? I am reading mixed reviews where people say it is best to get them in the morning since your are able to get more throughout the day by visiting a fastpass kiosk. Other say that I will not be able to get any fastpasses for the afternoon not even at a kiosk because those will most likely be taken. We are also staying at Disney Resort and with the stay I believe we get Extra Magic Hours from 11-1am. Will there still be a large crowed by then? What do you think is my best bet for the fast passes? I have a 10 year old sister and I would really want her first time at Disney World to be as Magical as possible without massive wait times.

Thanks for your help! ;)

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

Magic Kingdom is the one park where it's pretty easy to get additional FastPasses, so it is the one park we'd recommend for earlier FastPasses. For the other parks, moving them to afternoon would likely be a little more optimal, but I would only do that if you don't lose any critical rides in the process.

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Mar 18, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. Grace Says...

Why will January 13-16 2017 be a bad time to visit? Won't most children be back in school by then?

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Mar 22, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. Jennifer elswick Says...

Thanks... I'm taking my nieces & nephew in Aug/sept. Obviously, I want them to miss school!! But their mom isn't really on board. Your info will help me win the fight. What do u think bout getting a guide? Is it worth it? I'm so over-whelmed. Finally picked. Bungalows at the Polynesian place but there's so much to do.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

On the question of a guide, do you mean for the park? I don't think you necessarily do, but depending on the ages of your nieces and nephew, you might want to consider hiring a sitter to help you. Some will even accompany you in the parks. Here is some info about the on-site Children's Activity Centers.

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Mar 21, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

It's MLK Day weekend, and most schools will have that time off.

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Mar 15, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. Barney Says...

We are planning to go to Orlando from August 17th to the 31st 2017 is it to crowded or will it be ok for universal and Disney?

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:16 p.m. STEPHEN CASEY ONEILL Says...

WDW IS SO MAGICAL DURING SEPTEMBER AND MOST OF OCTOBER SO BOOK NOW

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Mar 19, 2016 at 10:12 p.m. casey oneill Says...

I love wdw so much

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barney,

This should be a good time to visit, and such a good idea to start planning so early!

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Mar 12, 2016 at 11:12 p.m. Susan Says...

I was wondering what the crowds are from March 12 - April 16?

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:42 p.m. Kelsey Says...

Hi there! Thanks for all of the work you put into coming up with these! We are looking at our first disney trip in early 2017. Our kids will be 5,4, and our youngest turns 3 on April 22. We want to go before she turns 3. I was thinking April 2-7 might be good because a lot of schools are out the week before/after easter and that will be 2 weeks before easter. Is that really a bad time? Im stuck! Thanks so much.

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. It will be a busy time, but should not be as busy as the weeks you mentioned.

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. Cindy Gomez Says...

Very excited to make your first trip to Disney Orlando, I have been looking online to find the best days to visit and there is always a different answer. I have made our reservations for the week of May 30, 2016 thru June 3rd and am going to just hope for the best. I have the calendars for peak times at the parks and will try to find a day that is not too busy.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. Rose Says...

I know it's a ways off but we are planning a trip for February 2017. Tentatively our dates are Feb. 26 - March 4th. Mardi Gras falls in our dates and I am wondering if those will impact crowds, it looks like our dates are pretty slow but I'm just curious what to plan for. These are the dates that work best for us due to wanting to avoid horrible heat and spring break crowds. Thanks.

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Mar 13, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Jess Says...

We went during Mardi Gras in 2014 and severely regretted it. Everything I read prior to going said that Mardi Gras wouldn't impact the parks and that crowds were predicted to be low but it was the busiest we have ever seen it! Everything had a long wait and the crowds were unbearable. It seemed like about half of the people there were wearing LSU, Saints or Mardi Gras clothing, so it was clear that Louisiana schools being on break heavily impacted the crows. I would never go during Mardi Gras ever again!!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

Mardi Gras doesn't have a huge impact on crowds, although it adds to a more festive visit, since many families will dress up for the occasion!

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