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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 & 2021

by Leap on August 3, 2020 1539 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020 - Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020It'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? That question has become even more complicated in the last few months as the parks shut down. They have now all reopened with limited capacity, mask requirements, additional health and safety measures, and fewer character and entertainment options. While the crowds are lower than they ever have been, many of you are now asking a different question: "When will Disney World be back to normal?" At this point, we don't have an answer to that, although we will explore it in more detail below. What we can say, and what has always been true regardless of crowd level or circumstance, is this:

You can have a magical visit to Walt Disney World no matter the crowd level.

Visiting when the crowds are low (or lower) is still one of the best ways to ensure a great trip. The good news is that as far as crowds go, the rest of this year — and probably most of 2021 — should be a great time to visit!

When Will Disney World Return to Normal? What Will Crowds Look Like for the Rest of This Year?

Oh how we wish we had an answer to this question. Unfortunately, we don't have a Magic 8 Ball. While we have years of data and insights we've amassed about crowds at Disney World, we are in new territory. None of us could have predicted the impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact the rest of the year, 2021 and perhaps years more to come, including the virus, the development of a potential vaccine, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, worry.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

All of these factors combined will likely translate into the lowest crowds in history at Disney World. It is a different experience now, but not all of the changes are bad. If you are big on low ride wait times and OK with waving to characters rather than getting hugs or autographs from them, there has perhaps never been a better time to visit. Characters are, in many ways, more visible now than they have ever been. You can’t meet with them, but they’re out and about everywhere — even on Cinderella Castle! It’s an experience like no other right now, if you’re comfortable with it. More importantly, Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, reduced capacity and made other changes to insure the health of guests.

While some will say "not this year," that will also make for even lower crowds for those who do opt to visit Disney World. And, it also means, unlike many other years where you needed to plan months and months in advance, this year you can actually book a last-minute trip and still have a great experience. Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for your family.

What we can tell you is we expect that low crowds will continue from now through mid-November. Disney World has limited attendance at its parks since reopening and is managing this by requiring guests to make park reservations. So far, park availability has been good for regular park-goers (though passholders have seen more limits). And while attendance will likely pick up in 2020, especially at the end of fall and winter, overall we expect crowds will be significantly lower than in years past. Most likely, most of 2021 will also see lower crowd levels. The week of Thanksgiving has always been one of the busiest weeks for Disney World, and we think it will still be busy, just not nearly as busy as usual. The same goes for the week of Christmas.

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've visited in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, which we've recently amended based on our more recent trips after the parks reopened. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times!

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Droid Dresses at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Galaxy's Edge

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

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World has historically fallen along school schedules, which is to say, the best time to visit is generally when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be bigger crowds at Disney World. Now, this year with so many school districts moving to online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), all bets are off. Will the flexibility of online schooling result in an influx to the parks (school by day, parks by evening)? Or will parents opt to hang back this year? Again, the decision is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgement policy. We've got out eyes out and will continue to update as we know more. But we'd expect to see that 2021 will have more of a return to previous years.

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 and Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest (they aren't currently being shown to ensure social distancing). When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

Epcot Flowers

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! (In fact, this year's modified A Taste of Food and Wine Festival is going on now through fall, the longest event yet!) Likewise, the cancellation of events, such as this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, is one reason we expect fall crowds to be even lower than normal. By the way, Disney has not made the call on whether it will have Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and we expect this decision will influence whether people visit Disney World this Christmas. We expect that seasonal decor, merchandise and food offerings will still be available to enjoy in both fall and winter.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

This is a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land opened at the end of summer 2019, 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 had been hopping since the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance on Dec. 5, 2019, through its closure in the spring. Since the park's reopening, Galaxy's Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has continued to be a major draw, and we expect this to be the case for years to come. However, with lower crowds and two opportunities to snag a Boarding Group, Rise of the Resistance is more accessible now than ever.

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

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
  • July and 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)

*Not typical

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

  • 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. With the cancellation of Mickey's Not-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, we expect a much lighter September and October for 2020, but we expect 2021 to be a little busier.

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 2020 are ...

  • Jan. 1-5, Jan. 18-26
  • Feb. 14-23
  • March 7-March 15
  • 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. 1-11, 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, Easter falls on April 12. In 2021, it is April 4. 

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

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 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
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans 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.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. Serenity72 Says...

I'm planning to visit December 2018 but having a hard time choosing between the first and second week. This will be my first time visiting the Christmas season. I've read that no discounts are offered the first week due to Pop Warner competitions. I would like to stay at POFQ if possible but would depend on a discount to make that happen. I know discounts are never a guarantee but are they historically offered any particular time in December?

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Nov 8, 2017 at 3:14 a.m. Boymom Says...

We are looking at going Feb 14 -20 why is the crowds large during part of that time? Are there parts of the park that will be closed.

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The weekend of the 16th is President's Day weekend, so many people often take advantage of the Monday off from school and work to go to the parks.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 4:48 a.m. Teresa Johnson Says...

Nov 6, 2017, today, was by far on of the busiest and crowded days we be ever experienced at Magic Kingdom. We purposefully travel on off season. Today there were way too many strollers, crying babies and kids, and lines average 45-60 minutes. Very disappointed in our experience today. Lines even for photos were so ling we missed most shots I wanted. My 25 year old son has autism. We did Fast pass but it's not the same as a disability pass. Now wondering what day to visit The other parks.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 10 p.m. ECurry Says...

I totally agree. We went Sunday-Wednesday and the crowds were much larger than expected. Apparently there is now a marathon the 1st weekend of November, so that probably explains the higher than normal attendance.

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Nov 8, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. Booie Says...

We visited on Nov 7th, it was also awful!!! So stressful and very very long waits.

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Oct 29, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. Nicole Says...

I'm hoping that my picking April 25 th -may 2nd 2018 was a good time Easter is April 1st most spring breaks are during March and mothers day is later in May praying for not to busy or to many crowds

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Oct 24, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Kristina Says...

Debating between last week of September and first week of October 2018 to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Seems like September is less crowded, but an average of 89 degrees and high humidity may be uncomfortable? Also concerned about the rain/lighting and water parks. Do they often close this time of year due to lighting concerns? Of course, October’s weather is better but it seems busier due to Halloween events and an event going on at Epcot that week. Suggestions? Thanks!!

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina,

While the water parks will not close, they will ask guests to leave the water in the event of lighting. You never can tell what Florida weather will bring! It really depends on how you handle rain and humidity. Some people come prepared with water bottles and ponchos. There are definitely less crowds during September. Know those rainy days at the parks means shorter lines!

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Sep 14, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

We plan to visit WDW anytime between 7th April to 30th April 2018 but we noticed your post that it is not mentioned if it is the worst or the best time. We do noticed that March 2018 to 6th April 2018 is the worst time. If we were to plan the trip to be 8th April to 15th April, what do you think the crowd traffic be?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Banjamin,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds from April 8-15 due to Spring Break. We've added those days into the post.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 2:18 a.m. Benjamin Khor Says...

Thanks for the link! Surprising 19th to 22nd April 2018, the crowd key is between 5 and 6. Shouldn't the crowd be higher then with the star wars half marathon weekend?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benjamin,

With Spring Break ending the week before the race, we're not anticipating high crowds. That could change, and we'll adjust accordingly.

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Sep 4, 2017 at 6:54 p.m. Shelly Says...

We are planning a trip in from January 8th thru January 13th. I was interested in the Animal Kingdom attractions especially the Kimimanjaro Safaris. Is this not available during the month of January?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

As of today, Kilimanjaro Safaris is scheduled to be running during that time. Please note that the refurbishment schedule is subject to change at any time.

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Sep 2, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. Brendan Says...

Hi leap-we are travelling to Orlando October 19th - Nov 3rd 2017. Were staying offsite on International drive- what are the expected crowd levels like at that time for Disney and Universal and any tips -thx love the site

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendan,

Depending on the day and park you're visiting, crowd levels will be different. Check out our Orlando Crowd Calendar for detailed crowd forecasts by date.

For tips, start with our Planning page. Plenty of great tips await you.

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Aug 24, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Lina Says...

We have gone to Universal Studios in high season and thought the front-of-line passes were highly worth it. Now, we are planning on going midweek in September (on a recommended day)... would front-of-the-line passes be worth it, even on a slower day?

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Aug 24, 2017 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lina,

You should be fine without FOL at Universal during a slow day in September. Have fun!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. Jay Says...

Going to WDW in May 20-25, 2018. I'll be in the parks on weekdays (Monday - Thursday). What kind of crowds should I expect?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during most of that week. Check out the calendar to see specific days.

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Aug 12, 2017 at 1:31 a.m. kiwilei Says...

Always a good time to go in Mid-February to Mid-March

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Aug 10, 2017 at 12:11 a.m. Giovanni Says...

Hoping that its not too chaotic during our trip of March 2018.

We've been during July, but its been manageable. Thanks for all the great trips!

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. debbie B Says...

We have always gone middle of feb, beginning of March. We have been 6 times and the last 2 years it is getting more crowded. School vacations must be changing

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Aug 10, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Thank you for reading our blog. We're hoppy you enjoy it!

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Aug 5, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. steve white Says...

what are the best days of the week (less expensive) to book disneyworld hotels? Over a weekend or M-F?

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

It really varies, but much of it depends on WHEN you're visiting. A M-F will be more expensive during Thanksgiving week than a M-F during a slower February week.

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Jul 26, 2017 at 1:12 p.m. Maggie Says...

Hello! I'm so glad I found your site. We are debating and first and maybe only trip to WDW (we live in California) in 2018. Our choices are the week of Feb. 19th or the week of April 16th. I did consult your very information crowd calendar. The crowds are higher in February because it's President's day on Monday, some people have that whole week off. The week in April is much lower for crowds because most people have their spring break around Easter which is in the beginning of April. But the temperatures are higher and everyone from CA says the humidity is so bad in Florida. So in your professional opinion, which is better? Higher crowds and better temps? Or lower crowds and warmer temps? Thanks for your advice!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

You'll always encounter humidity in Florida, no matter the time of year! April will be a tad warmer, but it still isn't nearly as hot as summer time. You'll definitely get to experience more with less stress if you go during a time with lower crowds.

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Jul 9, 2017 at 12:16 p.m. geraldine Says...

Hi, what are your thoughts about visiting WDW on November 4 - 11 . How's the crowd and the weather ? We are coming from NJ ? is it safe to travel on that time even though it is hurricane season ? thanks

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Jul 9, 2017 at 7:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geraldine,

That's a good time to visit. Check out our crowd calendar to see crowd and weather forecasts. There's always a chance of rain in Florida.

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Jul 5, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Charlotte Says...

Hi All,

We are visiting from the UK May 2018. What will crowds be like then? Weather? etc?

Thanks

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlotte,

Our May Crowd Calendar lists crowd and weather forecasts. Have a great trip!

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Jun 21, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. Valerie G Says...

How bad are the crowds around Memorial Day weekend? We're thinking of going from May 23, 2018 to May 29, 2018.

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Jun 21, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valierie,

Memorial Day weekend is very busy. Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds for the majority of those days.

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:08 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hola, pienso viajar desde República Dominicana y llevar a mi hijo de 7 años, cuáles 3 parques me recomiendas para su edad, y si crees que del 01 al 04 de marzo 2018 es una buena fecha.

Gracias!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Sarah

Recomendamos Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom y SeaWorld. Echa un vistazo a este post para obtener más información. En cuanto a sus fechas, nuestros pronósticos de Calendario de Multitudes del 1 al 4 de marzo de 2018 tienen multitudes altas a medias.

Sigue saltando

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May 31, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Karina Says...

Hola, estamos planeando estar una semana en Orlando entre el 17 y el 24 de Julio. Es la temporada con más gente pero habrá algunos días preferibles para ir a los parques. Vamos tres días a Universal, Isla de la Aventura y Volcano, un día a Animal y un día a Hollywood Studios.

Gracias!!!

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May 31, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Karina,

Sí, estará muy ocupado esa semana. Para ayudar, nuestro Calendario de Multitudes indica qué parques que debe evitar y los que están bien para visitar todos los días. La marca de verificación verde significa GO, mientras que el punto de exclamación rojo significa que debe evitar ese parque.

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May 27, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Cristian Says...

hi frog blog

estoy planeando para noviembre 2017 Orlando 6 días total: pienso en 4 días en disney y 2 en Universal.

6 noviembre: DHS

7 noviembre: MK

8 Noviembre: EP

9 Noviembre: AK

10 Noviembre: IOA

11 Noviembre: US

tickets disney 4 días (1 parque por dia) y para universal ticket de 2 dias (park to park)

que dices respecto a los días asignados en noviembre respecto al parque elegido ???

mi idea estar lo menor gente posible tanto en el parking o estacionamiento como en los mismos parques.

nota: alojare afuera de disney

Saludos

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May 30, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hola Cristiano

Mirando nuestro Calendario de Multitudes, estamos pronosticando una multitud promedio durante esa semana en noviembre.

¡Sigue Saltando!

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May 9, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. Vladimir Says...

Hello, We will only be able to go to Orlando in July. Does it make difference in terms of crowds at Disney World and Universal Studios during the month of July - whether it's a week day or week end? Thank you.

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May 9, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vladimir,

Nope. It's the busy summer season so every day will have crowds.

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May 9, 2017 at 2:14 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi,

We are planning our trip for either the last week in April 2018 or May 5-11. Which is better weather and crowd-wise please.

Thanks!

Rebecca

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May 9, 2017 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

While we won't have full crowd forecasts for May 2018 until June, you can get a peek at April 2018 here. The calendars also list average temperatures.

Keep Hopping,

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May 4, 2017 at 12:23 p.m. Rebecca Lewis Says...

We are looking to travel in August 2018 to Disney Animal Kingdom.

Why do you suggest it's best to travel after August 12th?

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May 4, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Some school districts will be back in school by August 12th. We forecast that the parks will be less crowded after that time.

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Apr 28, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Jen Says...

We are torn between 11/11 - 11/16 or 12/4 - 12/9? I'm not sure if the end of the Veterans Day or Pop Warner would be worse. I'm also worried about the ABC Christmas taping. Any advice?

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Apr 28, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Last year the ABC Christmas taping was Nov 9-12. No word on if that will be the same case this year. Looking at our crowd calendar, Dec 4-9 features average crowds. That may be good if you're worried about the tapings at Magic Kingdom.

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Apr 22, 2017 at 12:47 a.m. JD Says...

What makes May weekends a busy time?

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JD,

The Epcot International Flower and Garden festival runs on weekends, as well as warmer weekends being a fun reason to visit any Orlando park!

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Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. Katie Says...

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are visiting Orlando first week of May from Canada. We were planning to do Universal Studios (park-to-park) on Monday, May 1st and Epcot on Wednesday, May 3rd. Would you recommend these dates? Thanks :)

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Looking at our May Crowd Calendar, we do recommend those parks on those dates.

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. Alex Says...

We are considering visiting Magic Kingdom in February 2018. what type of crowds and weather can we expect?

Thanks

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our February crowd calendar has weather and crowd forecasts!

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Apr 16, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. Sam Says...

Hi we're planning a trip with the three families from November 18th thru November 24th is this a good time to visit Magic Kingdom.

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Apr 17, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

Nov 18-14 is the Thanksgiving holiday week, and we're forecasting heavy crowds at all Orlando parks at this time. It will be very busy.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi! What are your thoughts on going to Magic Kingdom on June 14th 2017? Or better yet, what would be the best park to visit that day in terms of less crowded.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric

Looking at our June Crowd Calendar, Disney's Hollywood Studios is our recommended park for June 14.

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Apr 10, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Katie S Says...

Hi! First off, great article! My hubby and I have just decided last minute to go to Magic Kingdom on Good Friday, April 14th! I saw a response to another comment that Easter Sunday will be a big day for families. What are your thoughts on Good Friday crowds? And what about Good Friday crowds compared to early June crowds as that's what I'm used to. Thanks!!

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Apr 11, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Glad you liked the article. Many families use the Easter weekend to visit Disney World, so we are forecasting heavy crowds every day through Easter Monday.

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Apr 8, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. Dee Says...

why is Feb. 16-25 one of the worst times to go please? and would you recomend the week before or after as being less busy? =)

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Apr 9, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

Many New England school districts have a February break, taking place Feb 18-25 in 2018. Many families head to Disney World. Looking at our Feb 2018 Crowd Calendar, the other weeks look good.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Natasha Says...

With school, sports, and work schedules we are only able to make a trip in June. Looking at 6/15-6/19 or 6/29-7/3; I am just not sure if the parks are incredibly busy on the second option as it would be the holiday weekend.

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Apr 15, 2017 at 4:43 p.m. Mike Says...

Yes, the lines are terrible and it is extremely hot, and humid

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

It's going to be busy every day in June and July, with perhaps more visitors for the 4th of July weekend. If we were choosing, go with your first set of dates.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. Kevin Says...

My family and I are making our 7th WDW trip next week (4/12 through 4/18), but it's the first time we'll be at the parks during a major holiday (Easter). I've heard everything from "the crowds will be fine" to "you've just made the biggest mistake of your lives." We're pretty good at arriving early, utilizing Fastpass and navigating through the parks. How do you think the crowds will be this Easter? Thank you.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Many families enjoy spending the Easter holiday at Disney World. With that in mind, we're forecasting heavy crowds on Easter Sunday. Easter is a big holiday, but not as busy as Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. We suggest making a plan, utilize FastPass+ and have fun!

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Mar 30, 2017 at 4:38 a.m. Alex Pucci Says...

We are trying to plan a trip and are thinking about either April 21st-28th 2018 or April 28th- May 5th 2018. Which week do you think would be less crowded?

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Mar 30, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

Our attendance forecasts for 2018 are based on the previous year. Take a look at projections for April and May for 2017 for an estimate. Right now, both of those times show average crowds!

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Mar 29, 2017 at 6:34 a.m. ed Says...

would you recommend either oct 3rd to the 7th

or would oct 30th to nov 3rd be a better time at WDW? also will the xmas decorations be up by nov 3rd?

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for the majority of those days.

Historically, there have been Christmas decorations up Nov 3, but very minimal.

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Mar 26, 2017 at 4:55 a.m. Dunkiepunk Says...

What are your thoughts on March 2-10, 2018 for a trip to Disney? Any pluses or minuses? Do they ever offer discounts on march?

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Mar 26, 2017 at 8:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We don't have 2018 attendance forecasts yet. Historically, the first two weeks of March have seen average crowds, so that would be an ideal time to visit. Look for our March 2018 forecast in mid-April! We'll always have discounted tickets available!

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Mar 23, 2017 at 6:18 p.m. Lindsey Says...

How does February 9th-16th look? We just got back from a mardi gras at disney and while we were able to ride everything we wanted, it was very crowded. Do you think next year might be better since there will be no marathon at that time?

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Mar 23, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Right now we are forecasting low to average crowds during those days in February 2018.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 6:21 p.m. Evan Says...

first, thanks so much for the great resource. I have used your app and plans my last 2 trips.

For FL residents the "Discover Disney" tickets are a pretty great deal but have limited dates. I think that would make an early or late February 2018 trip very attractive even compared to September. Aside from checking refurbishment schedule do you have any other thoughts on that plan? This is assuming they have the "discover disney" tix available again next year.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evan,

You've got it. Besides refurbishments, those are great times. We even have crowd forecasts for February 2018 right here!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 5:03 p.m. Lacie Says...

When do they publish the 'events' that are being held during the year? For ex, we are planning for spring of 2019 (i know..its awhile from now) and was thinking either late feb or early march. Wanting to know when runs are and sporting events (cheer, football, etc- i feel like you can't really avoid these that time of year). When are thinkings posted about crowd predictions? thanks!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacie,

It really depends on the event. The Marathons are usually announced a year or more in advance. As for crowd projections, we'll update them one year in advance, after we look at the data from the month (We have Feb 2018 up now)!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 2:02 p.m. Tracey Says...

We are planning a trip for 2018. My ideal time would be end of February beginning of March, But it's looking like it might have to be during our Canadian March break, March 12-16. I have been many times, but never at peak times. Will the crowds be really bad at that time? Thanks!

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Mar 15, 2017 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey,

That time looks like it will fall during spring break for many schools around the US, and Disney World will have heavy crowds.

Check out our Crowd calendar (With Feb 2018 projections) to learn more.

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

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

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

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

Hi Adrian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Zach,

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

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

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

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

Hi Marcy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelly,

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

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

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

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

Hi Taylor,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Monika,

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

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

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

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

Hi Heidi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

what about the Monday and Tuesday that follow?

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

Hi Paul,

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

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

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

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

a huge cheerleading competition! they buy out the resorts

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi

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

Thanks

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

Hi Summermeg,

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

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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