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The Very Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on February 1, 2021 1688 Orlando

Disney World Crowd Calendar Shows the Best Time to Visit Disney WorldIt'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 became even more complicated last year after the theme parks closed temporarily. The resort now has new procedures in place — lowered capacity, mask requirements, additional health and safety measures, and fewer character and entertainment options. Things look and feel a little different for sure, but there are signs that things are getting back to "normal," or at least as normal as they can be. While we're not here to convince you to go now, we do want to look at the predicted crowds over the next few months and years.

We know 2021 will bring continued transition as a COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely distributed around the U.S. and beyond. While many travel restrictions remain in place both domestically and internationally, many people who have held off on travel over these last few months will begin venturing out again. While we saw a slower start to 2021, crowds have started picking up again at Disney World, and we believe spring and summer will be pretty hopping and consistently hitting those (still lower) capacity limits. Spring break dates from March 8 through mid-April are already filling up for some parks! If you have not bought tickets or made your Disney park pass reservations, you should do so as soon as you know you want to go!

Understandably, some of you are wondering: "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 circumstance or 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 first half of 2021 is almost certain to be less busy than it would normally be! Crowds have been picking up, although not to pre-pandemic levels. Keep in mind that in order to limit capacity and maintain social distancing, Disney is requiring that guests book reservations for park visits through Jan. 14, 2022. So far, there is availability for all parks for most days in 2021, but we expect this will change, especially on holidays, holiday weeks, spring break and summer. The park that fills the fastest is Disney's Hollywood Studios. We expect this trend to continue, in no small part because of interest in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but also keep in mind that Disney's Hollywood Studios is simply the smallest park and therefore has the smallest capacity. For this reason, if you plan to visit in the next few months, we highly recommend you purchase tickets and make your park reservations now.

If all of this talk of parks at capacity has you worried, keep in mind that this is an artificial "capacity," not what the parks can hold. While Disney does not release attendance numbers, we do know it severely reduced capacity when the parks reopened in accordance with state and local guidance. While the state of Florida has now removed attendance restrictions from theme parks, we don't expect to see Disney World remove its restrictions any time soon. After all, no theme park in the world — especially not Disney World — wants to have to shut down again.

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 lasting impact of COVID-19. There are so many factors at play that will impact 2021 and even years more to come, including the virus, the rollout of the vaccines, the economy, unemployment, mask rules, travel restrictions (international and domestic) and, yes, worry.

Best Time to Visit Disney World - Cinderella Castle

It is a different experience in the parks now, and will likely be for most of this year, but not all of the changes are bad. Disney has introduced social distancing and safety measures, reduced capacity and made other changes to ensure the health of guests. If you are big on lower 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!

With so much still in flux, it also means you can actually book a last-minute trip and still have a great experience, unlike past years that required lengthier planning. This is making visiting Disney World more like visiting Disneyland. And speaking of, with Disneyland still closed, some people who usually visit the West Coast parks may consider heading east (here is some key info you Disneyland fans need to know about visiting Disney World). Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for your family.

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 2021 and 2022

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, with so many school districts still doing online school or hybrid (online and in-person options), this is allowing for more flexibility. The decision to take kids out of school, even virtual school, for Disney is toadally personal, and we frogs have a no-judgment policy.

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! Starting Oct. 1, 2021, Disney World is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration, and some parks are already booked for this date! Not to worry, though, the event will continue for 18 months!

Disney's Hollywood Studios Character Cavalcade

New rides, attractions and lands — major openings — can also impact crowds. We've seen this in recent years with the openings of Avatar: Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. All of these rides continue to see higher wait times and demand. With the latter three inside one park — Disney's Hollywood Studios — this is another reason it is vitally important to make your reservations as soon as you buy your Disney World tickets!

So When Is the Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022?

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

  • Jan. 6-14
  • 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)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 5-13
  • Jan 24-Feb. 10
  • Feb. 28-March 4
  • 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 2021 are ...

  • Jan. 1-5, 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 very worst times to visit Disney World in 2022 are ...

  • Jan. 1-4, Jan. 15-18
  • Feb. 19-27
  • March 5-April 24*
  • 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 2021, Easter falls on April 4. In 2022, Easter falls on April 17. For this reason, we expect an overall more crowded but shorter spring break "season" in 2021 than in 2022. Some parks are already at capacity March 8 through mid-April in 2021, so be sure to book your park reservations ASAP if you have not!

Best and Worst Holidays to Visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022

Let's hop over to the holidays. These are popular times 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, and April 17, 2022
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving -  Nov. 25, 2021, and Nov. 24, 2022
  • 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. Let me throw out a caveat, though. All of the following holidays will likely be busier than normal in 2021, assuming COVID is mostly under control. This is because we expect that most Americans who want a vaccine will have gotten it and that many travel restrictions will have been lifted.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022

Well, there you have it — the best times to visit Disney World in 2021 and 2022. 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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Oct 20, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. Brenda Says...

Is there anyway to get in on the tail end of fall celebration and then the next day or two able to do Christmas celebration?? Last of November first December. ??

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Oct 24, 2018 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

Fall decorations come down and (some) Christmas decorations start popping up literally overnight after Halloween. It's tough to experience both in their prime!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2018 at 9:49 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hello,

When are the cheapest times to visit Disney as far as hotels go? Was planning a trip in late January due to lower crowds and was wondering if the hotel prices dropped then as well. Thanks

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Oct 17, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Great question. Hotel prices are typically lower during slower seasons. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best predictions :)

Keep hopping!

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Oct 11, 2018 at 8:33 a.m. MiciMouse Says...

Hi there!

Me and my family will be visiting Florida (we are from Austria) from Dec 20th 2018 to Jan 9th 2019. We have a three year old and a 5 month old baby. Given that this time is probably the worst to visit disney when would you recomend is the least worst time? We would like to see Magic kingdome, Avatar world and Toystory land. Is Avatar and Toystory land fun for a 3 year old?

Thanks a lot!!

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Dec 19, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. Daisy 2 Says...

Hi, Just saw your post by chance, so guess you are packed and ready to go now. We have just returned from 6 weeks in Orlando and Disney crowds horrendous on lots of days. We visited Christmas day 2014 and parks closed due to capacity by mid-morning and you could only walk round like a penguin. (Never again) Hope it's better for you and your little ones. Unless you have your fast passes booked for Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios you are unlikely to get on the rides without a 2 hour line and they do have height restrictions which you ought to look up. Same with Avatar in Animal Kingdom but see The Lion King Show and shows in other parks, parades and fireworks at night (let your little ones sleep earlier and stay)

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for what we expect to be the best days to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Sam Says...

Your crowd calendar seems to be completely different from others out there, and you state no reasons why some of those dates are the worst to visit. How do you get your information? And why is it so opposite of the rest of them?

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Sep 27, 2018 at 6:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi, Sam!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for more details on how we predict crowd levels.

We use wait time data that we’ve collected for more than 10 years in predicting crowd levels—taking into consideration seasonality, holidays, special events, opening hours and other factors that go into planning Disney vacations. We also have unique insight into crowds based on hotel reservations and ticket trends.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Laura G Says...

We are planning to visit March 31-April 6 2019. What does that look like

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess of how busy the parks will be each day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. florida_blob Says...

This is so, so wrong. September has the absolute worst weather of all months in Florida. Look up the only times Disney has ever closed, all during September because its hurricane season. and its still extremely crowded. I've lived near Orlando my entire life. The weather here is absolutely disgusting in September, its so humid you can hardly breathe. The best times to visit Disney is anytime after mid October when the weather is nice. I go 2-3 times a month to Disney world and I really would never recommend anyone go during august or September. Its still very busy?? like wtf are you talking about. Just went yesterday and it was hot as hell, humid and crowded. Went the Thursday before too as well. I only went because I have an annual pass thats about to expire. I love Disney but I feel bad for anyone who takes this advice and spends thousands on their trip during the absolute worst time of the year

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Feb 2, 2019 at 9:21 p.m. Autumn Says...

Ty for ur honest input for the best time to visit Orlando for Disneyworld my cousin n I r thinking about taking a vacation there next year or soon so we were trying to find out the best time to go for weather wise n crowd wise so ty I will let my cousin know this information

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your experience. It is hot in September, and it seems like it's been especially muggy this year. It is still one of the best times to visit as far as crowds, but to each his or her own!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 21, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. Krystal Dehli Says...

We are planning a our 1st family trip with our 5 and 7 year old girls to disney . Looking at a couple different dates the Feb 12th-19th or 19th- 26th which dates would be better and lower crowed for doing 2 day park hopper tickets to.get the most out of our experience. and will prades and shows be going as well?

Thanks

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Oct 3, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. Kristen Saunders Says...

Watch out for the 2nd week you picked. That is winter break for the entire Northeast. I made that mistake last year. They are on winter break from 2/18-2/22 2019.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Thanks so much for your input! We'll definitely take this into consideration :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystal!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for what we predict will be the best days to visit :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 2:24 a.m. Laura Says...

My family is planning on coming to Animal Kingdon February 18 -22.My adult son has sensory issues. Would this be a lower crowd week?

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be fairly busy this week. We recommend stopping by guest services to see if any accommodations can be made for you. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 1 a.m. jesse moreira Says...

Hey me and my girlfriend are planning on going from january 29th to the 5th of Feb. Was wondering on your thoughts? will their be alot of rides closed? also what about parades and shows any during this period? And finally beat time to book is it October? Thanks

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this is a GREAT time to visit. We recommend booking as soon as you are able. Shows and parades should be running normally, while there may be a few routine refurbishments taking place.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. Lindsay Says...

I don’t understand the tourist link left for crowds. We are planning a vacation in April 2019. Before I knew it was Easter we had planned on April 21st-27th... but I heard crowds will be crazy so I want to switch to April 7th-13th. When you look at the tourist link it reads the opposite on crowds. Says the week after Easter is 5/10... doesn’t make sense to me. Please help lol!! Now I’m wondering if we should just move it to May

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Overall, it is because Easter next year falls later in the season ... historically it is less busy than when Easter falls closer to March. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. marie Says...

our family is going to Disney World Feb 10th to 15th 2019

is this a good time?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Our Crowd Calendar is showing a variety of crowd levels this week, but overall, looks like a great time to go!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 2:46 p.m. Jen Says...

Ooops forgot to mention in my last comment that we are planning for December 2019! not 2018.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Jen Says...

We were looking to visit WDW the first week of December (after Thanksgiving weekend). Should we consider this week because of the SW Land opening, and also I read about something called "Pop Warner Week"?

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

We saw your comment about this being in reference to 2019 (we're hoppy we don't have to break the news that Star Wars Land isn't opening this year) and this is a great question. Pop Warner Week (a cheer and football competition) usually comes into town early December, but dates have not been announced for 2019. Nor has a confirmed opening date for Star Wars Land. SO much to consider! However, if visiting during the holiday season, the first two weeks of December are your best bet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2019 at 8:44 p.m. Lorena Says...

...not any more. December of 2017 , first 2 weeks was extremely busy. I really don't know what happened to my quiet December weeks but those days appear to be gone. All of December is now busy. I have found that September seems to be the only month that is doable. Try it - if you can.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. Kate ONeal Says...

We were thinking about going to Disney the week after Easter. You have indicated that it would be considered "the worst week" to travel. Seeing that Easter is so late this year - April 21, we were hoping it wouldn't be so bad.... Thoughts?

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that week won't be quite so bad. Moderate crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Becky Callegan Says...

Hi we are considering visiting the week after the marathon in 2019. I see the article said the least crowded was in fact this week in January in years past. However also in the current article it list these dates as bad days to visit in January in 2019. Wondering why that was? I know MLK falls on the 21st but would we be safe with thin crowds the week following the marathon, 1/14-1/18, in your professional opinion. My biggest decision maker will be crowd size, not park hours, closures, etc. Thanks!!

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for all of the answers you week!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2018 at 9:35 p.m. Jason Says...

Considering January 1 to 6 of 2019. Curious as to why this is one of the times with the biggest anticipated crowds, yet the week between Christmas and New Year's isn't?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

We factor in a variety of considerations such as refurbishments, park events, holidays, school closings and more when we make our Crowd Calendar predictions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Mala Says...

My family and I plan to visit Disney World March 1-March 8, 2019. Is the crowd expected to be heavy?

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mala!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks will be moderately busy during these dates.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:41 a.m. Kristi Says...

We are going to Disney may 12-18 in 2019.. is the park open late those days may and ww are staying at disney reaort and would like the after hour park days and hours and cant find any anwers to any of my questions in order to book.

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi,

It's a bit too soon to tell the exact hours of the park for May 2019. If you're staying on-site at a Disney World hotel, then you will get access to Extra Magic Hours at the park. Hop over to our blog post for more information!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 1:55 a.m. Trish Says...

We were thinking of going the exact same dates (May 12-17 2019, so only in the park during the weekdays). Curious why you have May listed as a bad time to go? We thought that would be low crowds and warm enough to swim with no hurricanes.

We were also planning on going the first week or two of November 2019, but I am guessing that will backfire as Star Wars will open and the place will be swamped.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish!

Our Crowd Calendar takes into consideration a variety of factors such as holidays, school breaks, weather, events and more. It looks like May 12-17 will be a good time to visit with moderate crowds.

Since we don't know any specifics on the Star Wars Land opening date, it's tough to make predictions for November. Usually the first couple weeks of the month are a great time to visit otherwise!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 4, 2018 at 5:24 p.m. Eliane Says...

As far as price the above the dates May 12-17 is it an expensive time to go, considering staying in the low cost hotels inside Disney (rates)? Also any hotel recommendations?

Thank you

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Sep 5, 2018 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that crowds won't be too bad. You can check out all of our awesome Disney hotel options, and we point out our faves!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2018 at 12:47 a.m. Karen Says...

I noticed you didn't include the Disney water parks on your crowd calendar. Does that mean there isn't much variation and if not, what are the like at the start of December?

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

You can typically use our overall crowd predictions as a gauge for what to expect at the water parks as well. For example, summer peak months are most busy! However, you are correct in that there isn't a HUGE variation in crowd levels. We would expect the beginning of September to be fairly crowd-free!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2018 at 4:29 a.m. Beth Says...

I’m considering arriving on 11/28/19 (Thanksgiving Day) with our first park day being Fri 11/29, and staying through Sun 12/8.

When should we expect the Thanksgiving crowds to die down?

Which parks would you suggest for the busiest days? (We would also spend 1-2 days at Universal.)

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Jul 25, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

The answers to all of your questions can be found in our Crowd Calendar!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2018 at 6:13 p.m. Alyson Says...

If we plan on visiting Disney in February 2019, when should we purchase tickets/book hotel to make sure we get the best deal?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyson!

Great question. We always like to start planning sooner rather than later, especially since your dining reservations can be made up to six months in advance! Check out our great hotel deals and discounted tickets to get your trip moving. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2018 at 8:17 p.m. Ryan M Says...

Hi there!

My family has been looking at going November 17-22, 2019. Looking at the Crowd Calendar, this seems to be the busiest week in November, even busier than the week of Thanksgiving (11/28/2019). Is this correct? Thank you.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. Judy Says...

We are looking at the same weeks in 2019. It looks like they didn't update the 2019 crowd calendar for November.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019, but we do anticipate the week of Thanksgiving (falling on the 28th) to be the busiest of the month.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019, but we do anticipate the week of Thanksgiving (falling on the 28th) to be the busiest of the month.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 4, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. Emma Says...

Hi,

My family are looking at visiting 9th April 2019 - 1st May 2019 I know easter break is in April however will it be just the week 20-27th April that will be busier?

Many thanks

Emma

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Jul 5, 2018 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

You can check out Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like it will be a pretty busy month overall. Check out our FastPass+ strategies for tips on maximizing your time.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 28, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. Julia Says...

I’m looking at worst times for Disney for 2019. Why is it that the second to last week in February (the 16th through the 24th) is brutal for crowds when all the other weeks of February are considered the best times to visit Disney with low crowds? Is there an external event going on or something?

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Sep 21, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Anna Says...

Also February 21 - 24, 2019 is Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

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Jul 3, 2018 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia,

The week of President's Day sees elevated crowds!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. SS Says...

Hi,

Planning on the 2nd week of Sepember of this year. Any idea if Halloween decorations will be up in any of the parks at this time? Thanks

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party officially starts on Aug. 17, so there will definitely be decorations up by your visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 22, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. Christy Says...

Is October 28-Nov 2 2019 a good time to visit? I'm reading more and more that October is now extremely busy and wondering if we should instead go the week after Thanksgiving. Any thoughts?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess on how busy the parks will be.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2018 at 2:59 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hello! My family is planning on going April 8 - April 12th. Ive looked at a lot of school districts and they seem to be Late March or the week in April before. We are in Augusta, GA and our spring break is dictated by the Master's tournament...any chance you think we will luck up and get a light/mod week? I know the Star Wars Marathon is the weekend before and expect a pretty high crowd on the 8th! Thank you!!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess on how crowds will be during your visit ... we factor in events, school breaks, holidays and more!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 15, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. Tina Says...

We are planning a trip for Jan 8-15th. That happens to fall during the marathon weekend. What would some of the draw backs be for visiting during these dates.

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Jun 17, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. Dave Arnott Says...

Hi

Looking at traveling to Disney 26th December for 3 weeks - we are travelling from the UK and would want it warm enough to go to the beach and use pool in villa - we’ve heard so many contradictions about the weather.....any of you good people been at this time??

Thanks

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

Weather can vary in Orlando's winter months, but we'd say there's a pretty good chance of at least a few pool days during your visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 15, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

The main drawbacks are that crowds may be heavier and parking may be more limited, as some of the lots are used for marathon activities. You can check our Crowd Calendar for details.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 9, 2018 at 10:11 p.m. Louise Says...

We have no option but to visit during school holidays and every one seems to fall within the very worst times to visit! Which uk school holiday is the best of the worst? I’m thinking Feb. Thanks ????

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louise,

You're right - school holidays always bring in some crowds! February might be the best choice. Hop over to our Crowd Calendar to check out predicted crowd levels!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2018 at 9:11 a.m. Lisa Says...

Looking to go end of September start of October 2019 when is best time pleas x

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Jun 4, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Our Crowd Calendar hasn't reached September 2019 yet, but you can check out our predictions for 2018 for some insight. Late September is a great time to visit, and you get to enjoy the Halloween fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Kirby Coon Says...

I have read most of the comments on this post but haven't seen one that addresses my question in particular. I am single and wondering if there is a best time for a singleton to visit the park, other than just finding a time when the crowds are slightly less intense?

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Jun 4, 2018 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirby!

Truly ANYTIME is a great time to visit by yourself. It just depends on what you're interested in! Check out our Guide to Disney World Events to see what sounds best to you - the Flower and Garden Festival, the holidays - there are so many options.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. Valerie Says...

We are thinking about attending the MNSSHP on Labor Day (9/03/2018). I can't find where there has been one actually on Labor Day in past years. What do you think the crowd level will be that night?

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Jun 1, 2018 at 6:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie!

We would definitely anticipate heavy crowds for this night. However, we have attended sold out Halloween Parties in the past and still had a blast! Since this is a limited-ticketed event, it never gets TOO busy. We always have so much fun and certainly recommend attending!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 25, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. Jose Montano Says...

Perhaps the 2019 recommendations may be a bit tempered by the fact that Galaxy's Edge is slated to open in the Fall, no?

That's basically the reason why I want to bring my clan to WDW in 2019, although I'm thinking that perhaps late Jan. early Feb. 2020 may be better given Star Wars.

Your thoughts?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose,

If you're wanting to visit Star Wars Land, then we would recommend going after the land opens (sometime in fall 2019)!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 19, 2018 at 3:07 a.m. Autumn Says...

Hi! I know this is way in the future, but for the 50th anniversary, 2021, when do you expect would be the best time to go? I've got college kids to work around, so we wanted to start a rough outline in advance! I understand if it is far to early to even begin to think about! Thanks!

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May 22, 2018 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Autumn,

That is pretty far in advance! But it's great you're planning early. Mid to late January (after Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend), early to mid May and early to mid December (before the 20th) are usually good times to go and are during times most colleges are out for breaks. You can take a look at our Crowd Calendar to get an idea of crowds during these times, even though the calendar doesn't go that far in advance. Keep in mind, though, crowd predictions could change up within the next couple of years!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 16, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. Leslie Vega Says...

I'm Looking to go to Disney next May or April (2019)

What would be the best month to go?

Is gonna be rainy?

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May 16, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie,

Historically, early to mid-May (before school is out for the summer) is usually a fine time to go. There is always a chance of rain in Orlando, so be prepared! We usually always encounter a rainstorm at some point during our time in Florida, no matter the time of year.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. Karina Hernandez Says...

Hi, I have lots of questions but the most important besides less crowded months are the weather factor thats not too hot, cold or rainy and best hotels that have reasonable prices and amenities would you consider to be

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May 17, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina!

We particularly love visiting in April or November for comfortable weather, and highly prefer staying on-site! There are tons of benefits, even at the value resorts!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2018 at 4:37 a.m. Caz Says...

We are planning on going to Disney World in July 2019 when is the best time to book hotels?

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May 17, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caz,

You can book online about a year out, and this would help insure availability!

Keep hopping!

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May 3, 2018 at 1:28 p.m. CJ CALA Says...

Looking to go to Disney next May (2019)

What are the best times during the month to go.

I have 2 young kids and don't want to spend the entirety waiting in busy lines.

Thank you!!

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May 3, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Usually the earlier during the month then the better off you will be in terms of crowds! Check out our Crowd Calendar to see crowd predictions.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 3, 2018 at 12:56 p.m. Mark Says...

On some forums (like Trip Adviser, Reddit) I am being warned that "crowd calendars" are not very accurate anymore. I booked my trip yesterday basing it around all of the calender's projections (which are pretty close to each other). But I wanted to find out IF my chosen dates give me a good chance to have "lighter" crowds. I booked for Dec 8th through the 14th 2018. All of our park days will be during the week. I had a slightly better offer if I would've booked a week later running my family up to the 21st. But felt like that week leading into the XMAS insanity might be heavier. My wife is a bit annoyed with me after she read some comments that said "they wont be much different". Due to spending a bit more money. Any thoughts on this? Did I make a better choice of dates?

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May 3, 2018 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

We think you made a good choice on dates! You'll miss the holiday crowds and most kids aren't out of school for the break yet, so you should enjoy light crowds. Hope you have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:16 p.m. Daphanie Monroe Says...

I need some help please. I would like to take my family back to Disney but our last summer trip we spent way too much time in lines and the crowd was a bit much. I was wanting to take the kids the 1st week in April and thought it would possibly be less crowded since Easter is at the end of April, but according to all I've read it looks like Feb 26th is the closest time where the crowd is the lowest. Any suggestions???

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see how busy we predict your desired dates to be. And check out our FastPass+ tips and theme park strategies to help maximize your time!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 29, 2018 at 3:28 a.m. Judy Says...

I am beginning to plan a Disney vacation for 2021 far away I know but I was thinking of end of January beginning of February as my daughter's b-day is February 1st from past experience should this be okay

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

We can't make any promises for 2021, but our Crowd Calendar usually predicts late January/early February to be a slower time in terms of crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 7:08 a.m. Linda Coaley Says...

My daughter and granddaughter are coming from Australia and I will be taking them to Disney on 18 to 22nd December, will it be ‘manic’ or do-able?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that it will be fairly busy, but as long as you strategically use FastPass+ and book dining reservations to maximize your time, you'll toad-ally enjoy your trip! And Christmastime is our FAVORITE time to visit - it's absolutely worth it!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 25, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. Anne Says...

Hey there! I'm a Disney veteran but this is my first time planning a trip with my daughter! We want to go before she turns 3 but are between 2 weeks in 2019 - either 2/3-2/7 or 9/8-9/12. I am wondering what your recommendation would be to get the lowest crowds but most importantly the best room rates! We want to stay in a family suite in all-star music, it looks like February will be slightly cheaper than September unless they are offering special deals in September? I'm just not sure which would be best!!!

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

Our Crowd Calendar hasn't yet predicted September 2019, but it looks like February 3-7 won't be too busy at all! This usually means a better deal in room rates as well ... a win-win! We'd go for your February trip, unless you're interested in something exclusive to the fall, such as the Halloween party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2018 at 3:12 p.m. Tina Says...

We are visiting Disneyworld for the first time 12th to 19th May can you let me know what to expect in terms of crowds? Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will be moderately busy for most of this week! A great time to visit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 16, 2018 at 7:54 p.m. Leah soffian Says...

Hey there! Awesome site, super informative. My partner’s birthday is June 26th which falls during the week. Would is be absolutely horrible for me to plan a tirp durin that week?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leah!

The summer months are always pretty crowded due to kiddos being out of school, and our Crowd Calendar predicts that week to be no different. The good news is, with Toy Story Land not opening until the following Saturday, this may be the calm before the storm and a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2018 at 8:16 p.m. Norman Says...

Apologies I meant to include the year 2019 in my last post

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Apr 11, 2018 at 8:11 p.m. Norman Says...

We were planning on visiting from Ireland April 12-26 during my sons easter holidays. From reading your article is that an insane time to go? I also noticed you recommended the second half of August, is that not very hot? Thanks a lot in advance!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Norman,

You'll probably encounter some crowded days during the first part of your trip, but it should settle down closer to the end of April. August is very hot, but most summer vacations are over and kids are back in school, so the parks are less crowded! Have a fantastic trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 10, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. Lisa Says...

We are planning to go Jan 6- Jan 13, 2019 I know the Disney marathon and the college cheer leading competitions are that week Do we still plan our trip (my mom is in a wheelchair so crowds are not friendly sometimes) or try a different month?? Please Help :)

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Apr 10, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

If you have the flexibility to choose a less crowded time, then yes, you might want to look into it! However, if this is the only time you're able to swing it, then don't let it stop you. There will be crowds during that time, but it's not as bad as going during the summer or the holidays.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2018 at 1:09 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Hi Leap,

I submitted a comment over the weekend and again yesterday about a Jan 2019 trip to DW. I didn’t see a response - not sure if you are getting my comments? In looking at the best and worst times to visit DW, the dates of the marathon are on the best time section to visit DW. Is this an error or maybe I’m reading things wrong? Trying to work around the marathon and Pro-Bowl (thanks Lisa for mentioning the cheer teams event as well! Didn’t know about that.) Than you, Melanie

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

While it does get busier during the marathon weekend, it's still not one of the worst times to visit, especially compared to holiday and summer crowds. We've found if you're strategic about when you're in the park, you can beat most of the crowds. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 8, 2018 at 6:46 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Hi Leap! Great site you have here! Just what I was looking for!

We are looking at going to WDW in January 2019 and I know we have to be strategic to avoid the crowds with the marathon, MLK Jr. day, and the Pro-Bowl.

With that said, I’m wondering why Jan. 9-13 (2019 WDW Marathon) and the time around the Pro-Bowl (Jan 27th) are not on the “worst time to visit WDW?” Unless I am reading things wrong? Thank you for your feedback!

Kind Regards,

Melanie

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Apr 6, 2018 at 1:54 a.m. Rina Says...

Just read your article, now I'm worried I picked a bad time to go. This my family's first time going and we're going July 17-24, it's kinda too late to change, any suggestions for me? My family consists of 2 adults and 2 teenagers??

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rina!

No worries - anytime is a great time to visit Disney World! You're still sure to have a blast, even if the parks are a bit more crowded. Check out our FastPass+ tips and dining reservation guide to help make the most of your time.

Keep hopping!

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