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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on December 12, 2019 1404 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020

It's a playground full of magic kingdoms, future worlds and galaxies far, far away. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, the only question is ... when do you visit? 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! We've only got a few weeks left of 2019. This post will guide you through them plus the best time to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021!

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. That said, most of this year has seen lighter crowds than recent years, although fall and winter crowds have picked up!

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World 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. 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.

Determining the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

When planning the best time to visit Disney World, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations 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 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!

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Galaxy's Edge

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer and the phased opening of its two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to the phased opening and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios, crowds were mostly manageable in fall, but the park has been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019.) Because of the popularity of this ride and now the land fully open, we're expecting 2020 to be busier than 2019, especially the first part of the year.

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021?

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 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
  • 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: Galaxy's Edge has raised 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 April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • 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)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 5-13, Jan 25-Feb. 11
  • Feb. 22-March 5
  • The second half of April
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • 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 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. 18-26
  • 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 very worst times to visit Disney World in 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 1-4, Jan. 18-20
  • Feb. 12-21
  • March 6-April 11
  • 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 2020, it falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - Santa 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 12, 2020, and April 4, 2021
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 26, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021
  • 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 2020 and 2021 are:

  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020, and Sept. 6, 2021
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 12, 2020, and Oct. 11, 2021
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 9, 2020 (observed) and Nov. 11, 2021

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2020 and 2021. Let us know your favorite time of year to visit Disney World in the comments below! Curious how busy Disney World will be when you plan to visit? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Leap

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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.

Keep Hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Leap

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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.

Keep Hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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/

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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/

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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.

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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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Aug 9, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Nancy Says...

We have always gone the first week of June (after Memorial Day and B4 schools let out) and this has always been a great crowdless time to go...what has changed?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy,

This is still a good time to go, just not the very best times.

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Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 p.m. Mimi Says...

I'm going with my boyfriend on August 19th to August 22nd. According to your calendar it shows moderate crowds 5/10. Do you know how long average wait times would be for those rides? Can I expect to be able to walk onto some rides or should I expect wait times for all rides? I've already scheduled some fast passes, but would like to know what to expect :)

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimi,

If you arrive in the morning when the parks open, you may find some walk-on or very short wait times, but generally there are always waits for most rides no matter what the crowd level is.

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Aug 5, 2016 at 6:29 p.m. Andrew Says...

I noticed that you said one of the worst weeks in 2017 for Disney World is the first week of January this year. Why is that? Couldn't find a reasoning. Getting married on January 1st and we were thinking of honeymooning there that week, but I'd rather not if it looks to be that terrible.

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

Typically, that is because of the MLK day holiday. Check out the Crowd Calendar. There are still good dates to visit!

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Aug 10, 2016 at 7:12 p.m. Andrew Says...

MLK Weekend? That's not until the 16th. We were looking at going the 2nd-6th of January, 2017, but I suppose that looks like a terrible time with bad crowds, the marathon, school still being out, and a lot of ride closures. Oh well, maybe we'll find another time to go! Just wanted to take advantage of all the good perks you get for doing it on a honeymoon, but it doesn't sound worth it considering it's one of the worst weeks of the year :)

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The 2nd-6th should be good. Check out the Crowd Calendar:

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

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The 2nd-6th should be good. Check out the Crowd Calendar:

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

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Aug 4, 2016 at 12:33 a.m. Tyler Says...

Hello,

How will the crowds be 6-10 March 17? The crowd calendar says average 6/10 but it is not recommended in this article. How bad do you think it will be considering it should be before spring break?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler,

Crowds should just be starting to pick up. I think it's a pretty good time to go, especially in the spring.

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Aug 2, 2016 at 11:31 p.m. Troy Says...

Are there any times of the year that full character appearances wouldn't happen? If we went and Anna and Elsa weren't there, we would have one dissapointed little girl. We were thinking January/ February, or October. What do you think?

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Troy,

No, there are no times of year when the regular characters, especially those who have permanent locations, have refurbishments. But there are some characters that are temporary, who might not still be in the parks by the time you visit. For example, Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" and Baymax from "Big Hero 6" are all meeting at Epcot right now, but may not still be there when you visit.

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:18 a.m. Sophie Says...

Hey! I was thinking about going to Disney next October 19th-28th, what will the crowds and hear be like? I've been at the end of may/beginning of June and the heat was unbearable, will it be cooler? Thank you!:)

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophie,

Check out our new year-view of the Crowd Calendar:

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

Those dates look pretty good!

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Jul 31, 2016 at 4:36 p.m. Larry Says...

going to hollywood studios for the day on august 17th Is this a good day to visit as far as crowd level

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Jul 29, 2016 at 11:19 p.m. Maru Says...

I was planning on visiting WDW from Jan 11-15 2017 since its my boyfriends 40th Bday. Why do you say its the worst dates to go? what recomendations do you have that can make those days extra special for him?? thanks!!

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Jul 28, 2016 at 3:07 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi- we've booked a trip January 25-30, mainly because of low crowds, but I'm concerned about the Pro Bowl.(I didn't know about it when we booked). How do you think the Pro Bowl will affect crowds/ transportation? Similar to marathon weekend?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We've added information about the Pro Bowl to this post! We don't fully know the impact, but still expect medium crowds. The dates/activities have not yet been announced, but the Magic Kingdom parade day with players will be crowded!

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Jul 25, 2016 at 6:34 p.m. Ali Says...

What about the first week of April. I read multiple places that most spring breaks will be done and it will be before the Easter crowds arrive. I read it will be low crowds but you are saying the opposite??!

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Aug 2, 2016 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali,

There will be a dip in crowds over the peak spring break weeks and Easter, but we still expect some crowds.

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Jul 24, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. Mary Says...

Planning on DW trip 2017 from Feb 23 arrival night and leave 27 - will the rides be open or under construction - do you recommend that time period? crowds?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

We aren’t sure yet on what exact rides might be closed, so keep an eye out for that. However, that is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend so you can expect crowd levels to go up during that weekend!

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Jul 21, 2016 at 2:58 a.m. Julie Says...

Hi- I'm planning a trip 1/28- 2/4 based on crowds being somewhat lower. It's our kids' 3rd visit and I use your site to maximize our time. It's been great- thank you!!!

One last

How does extra magic hours factor into your crowd calendar? EMH aren't up yet for our dates. Do you factor that in- are we better off going to a park with EMH that is yellow vs a green if staying on property to use EMH?

Do you change the crowd calendar when EMH days come out?

Also - you have 1/29 as a MK day- but it's a Sunday- which worries me- I thought I should be avoid . We will do parks Sunday - Friday with one day off in middle of week- 2 days MK, 1 day Epcot, 1 AK and 1 HS. What would you recommend- doing- should I wait for EMH to decide? I am going to book just a few dinner reservations- so I will need to decide which park I will be in shortly (not doing hopper pass)

Thanks so much!

Julie

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Disney does periodically adjust its EMH days, although not often, and that could possibly change the park recommendations. You may notice that we just changed our Crowd Calendar format to try to make it a bit easier to plan. Please let us know what you think! For your dates, I would pick the lowest crowd level day for Magic Kingdom—the green dates.

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Jul 15, 2016 at 7:34 p.m. RachaelS Says...

How do you think the Probowl in Orlando will impact crowds for 1/28-2/4/2017?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

I don't think it's going to be a huge impact, but there would be some boost from it.

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Jul 15, 2016 at 2:28 p.m. M Says...

we are considering going to disney 11/4-11/8

how much does "jersey week" affect the crowd and enjoyment levels?

thanks,

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Jul 13, 2016 at 12:36 p.m. Liesbeth De Decker Says...

hellow,

I only can go once to Disney, so I want to do it right!! We want a vacations with parks but also a little bit of sunbading in the hotel. We wanted to go from 2 may 2017 till 16 may 2017 ... is this oké for the crowds in the parks? and I believe it's 30 degrees than? Or is june of july better for the weather? First I was thinking september? but I hear there is a lot off rain? not very nice for sunbading I think? Thank you for your response...

Liesbeth (Belgium)

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Aug 2, 2016 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liesbeth,

May is a good time! I would definitely do that, and enjoy fewer crowds. The weather is nice!

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Jul 8, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. craig Says...

was just curious why Feb 17-26th of 2017 is such a busy time was thinking of booking that week. never been to Florida but thought that would be a slow time?

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Jul 8, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig,

Check out our Crowd Calendar: https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/february-2017/#calendar

That is the week of President's Day and the Disney Princess Half-Marathon.

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Jul 3, 2016 at noon Lee Says...

Hi, we are planning to visit first 10 days of February 2016. From what I see crowds be too bad but is it a good time for weather and overall?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee,

It is a good time, but keep in mind that it can be cold, and when crowds are super low, there are fewer show times.

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Jun 28, 2016 at 9:29 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi, We are planning a trip May27-June 1st. Do you think this is a good time for us? That will be Memorial weekend, but we will still be there Monday thru Friday

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

It's a fairly good time in terms of summer crowds go. The parks should be neutral.

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Jun 26, 2016 at 11:12 p.m. Tayla Says...

My family is planning to go on a trip to Disney in January. Which week is the absolute best week to go? I'm trying to go when there are no crowds! :)

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tayla,

The week of Jan. 29 is the very best.

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Jun 23, 2016 at 10:19 p.m. Jessica Says...

Planning a large family trip in 2017. Depending on who can make it there will be 8-10 adults, 3 teens and 2 kids (1.5 and 4.5). We're considering 1/30-2/6, 5/1-5/8, or early to mid Sept but can't decide which would be best. Planning 5 days in Disney parks and 2 at Universal. Thinking Jan/Feb would be cheapest and less crowded but still might be too cold. Sept might be too hot. And we're concerned may might be too busy. What is your suggestion?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

All of these dates are good. Jan/Feb could be cold, but there are usually some warm days, and the pools are always heated. May is a good time, but crowds are lower in Jan/Feb and September, which is a good time but can be wet and hot.

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Jun 14, 2016 at 7:23 p.m. Jessica Says...

We have always been either in Sept or Oct and have loved both months, but would love to go for the Christmas season next year. Would December 2-10 be a good week to visit? Low crowds, good weather, and all Christmas decorations up? We love using the pools, but I am concerned it will be too cold in Dec. Can someone give me some insight to the weather.... shorts, long sleeves, coats?

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Jul 22, 2016 at 3:49 a.m. kim Says...

We were there during that time in 2015 and it was wonderful. Warm enough to go in the pool (even in the evening) and we wore summer attire while at the parks. It was definitely a warm winter overall though. Crowds were very low. Loved it!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. Lois McGurk Says...

We went the same time period in 2010 and endured record breaking low temps of 32 degrees two days. We wore shorts once and couldn't swim at all. That being said, we had a great time!

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Jun 13, 2016 at 7:37 p.m. Sal Says...

I'm planning on going to Disney from 4/15/17 to 4/23/17 while my kids are on spring break, is it crowded at this time and is it hot enough for the water park. Thanks

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal,

It will be warm enough for the water parks, and the pools are heated year-round. It will be crowded though.

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

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Jun 12, 2016 at 3:51 p.m. Kandy Says...

Hello,

I was thinking about taking my 4 year old to DW on 27 Feb or sometime the beginning of March. Do you know if the weather is usually good during that time of year in FL? Are most of the attractions open? My son is really into the characters are they normally out during this time or should I go later in the year? I just want to make sure I pick the perfect time.

Thank you!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kandy,

It's a good time to go as far as crowds are concerned, most of the annual refurbishments are wrapping up, and the characters will be out.

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