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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 1366 Orlando

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

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

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. That said, most of 2019 has seen lighter crowds than recent years, although the fall and holidays are picking up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land's opening at the end of summer and the phased opening of this land's two attractions added an unknown as far as crowds go. Thanks to that and Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios crowds have been mostly manageable these first couple of months. But that will likely change starting this fall and especially this holiday season when both Star Wars rides are open. (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will debut Dec. 5, 2019.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Denise,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Martin,

It is expected to be a very busy time.

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

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

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

Hi Mariana,

Yes, those are good dates!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck with the storm!

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

Hi Sylvia,

No, it should be a good time.

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Nancy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mimi,

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

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

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

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

Hi Andrew,

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

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

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

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

Hi Andrew,

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

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

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

Hi Andrew,

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

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

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi Tyler,

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

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

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

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

Hi Troy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sophie,

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

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

Those dates look pretty good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Emily,

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

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

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

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

Hi Ali,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mary,

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

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

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

One last

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

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

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

Thanks so much!

Julie

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

Hi Julie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rachael,

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

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

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

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

thanks,

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

hellow,

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

Liesbeth (Belgium)

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

Hi Liesbeth,

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

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

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

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

Hi Craig,

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

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

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Jul 3, 2016 at noon Lee Says...

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

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

Hi Lee,

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

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

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

Hi Tayla,

The week of Jan. 29 is the very best.

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

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

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

Hi Jessica,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Sal,

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

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

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

Hello,

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Kandy,

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

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Jun 11, 2016 at 7:18 p.m. Jessica R Says...

We usually go mid/end of April but with Easter falling mid-April it put a little damper in our plans and changed our dates to the first week of April b/c that looked like a slower time. Now I see a few states are going to have spring break. Do you think the first week will be horrible?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

It will be busy, but if you go the week of April 2, it should be less busy than the week before or after.

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Jul 14, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. Billy Says...

Keep in mind the British school calendar. They have a newer law that fines parents for unexcused absences. We went 2 weeks after Easter this year & crowds were higher than predicted, seemingly due to the high proportion of UK guests. This was a week their schools were closed, while most in the US were in session.

For 2017, most UK schools are off from April 8th to the 23rd. Though Brexit & any currency rate changes it causes might impact travel.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy,

Great point! Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 8, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. PAH Says...

We're planning to visit Fall 2017, either the week starting with Labor day (my dad's birthday) or the first week of October, right before Columbus day (my daughter's birthday). From the calendar, it looks like the crowds are about the same. How about prices? Which week would be better?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PAH,

The week of Labor Day would be better, and the prices for hotels would likely be better too.

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi Melissa,

The decorations will still be up at this time.

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

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

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

Hi Kim,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Becky,

Yes, it is :)

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

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

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

Last week of September & first week of October

2 weeks in November (likely the first two weeks)

2 weeks in December

Thank you so much for your input!

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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Jun 4, 2016 at midnight Lynne Says...

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

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

Hi Lynne,

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

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

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

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

Hello!

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

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

Hi Karlee

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

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

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

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

Hi Karlee,

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

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

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

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

Hi Hallie,

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

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

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

Amber

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

Hi Amber,

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Kathryn,

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

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

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

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

Hi Deanna,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Adriana,

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

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

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

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

Hi Cindy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Martha,

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

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

Hi Tara,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kirstie,

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

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

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

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

Hi James,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Dave,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Katie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Cami,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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