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Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1251 Orlando

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

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

Now, in our book, it's always a good time to visit Disney World. We've been to visit in every season and have found we can manage crowds just fine — by following our own tips for skipping the lines at theme parks, including learning about FastPass+ at Disney World. If you take our advice, you will find crowds can be manageable even during the busiest times! Now, we should set expectations up front: There is no "dead" time at Disney World. Even during the best times to visit Disney World, there are still more crowds than you would probably want or expect. This will be especially true after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens.

It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020 generally falls along school schedules, which is to say, when the kids are in school. Generally, any time there is a school holiday, there will be crowds at Disney World. If you want to experience the lowest waits, you will likely need to take your kids out of school. Now, we personally have a no-judgment policy over here for you parents who want to pull your kids out of school for a Disney vacation, but here are some things to consider.

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

When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2019 and 2020, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. The yearly, monthly and daily crowd levels are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations and park hours. Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. Also, key shows, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom aren't always shown daily when crowd levels are lowest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later, and key entertainment might have two showtimes each evening.

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

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

And again, this is probably a good time to bring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The opening of this land — and two new rides (set to open in phases) — inside Disney's Hollywood Studios will bring in a lot of people. You can bet the big fans are planning vacations during the Christmas holidays, so it could be the busiest holiday season Disney World has had in years! For this reason, we've gone ahead and adjusted our crowd levels from Aug. 29 through the remainder of the year.

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

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

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

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25-March 8
  • The second half of August until Aug. 29
  • Most days in September*
  • Most weekdays in October*
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi there,

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

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

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

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

Hi Anna,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi RDW,

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

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

What are the best days in april to go or may

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

Hi Lizeth,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

You can easily see the best times to visit!

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You!

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

Hi there,

Here are the crowd predictions for those days:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mardi Gras is also very very busy.

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rachel,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi MJ,

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

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

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

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

Hi Caitlin,

Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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

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

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

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

Hi Whitney,

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

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Janine,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jacqueline,

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

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

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

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

Hi Isabella,

It's a busy time to visit.

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

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

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

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

Hi April,

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

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

Hello!

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

Thanks for your help! ;)

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

Hi Natasha,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer,

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

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

Hi Grace,

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love wdw so much

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

Hi Barney,

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

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

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

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

Hi Susan,

Check out our Crowd Calendar:

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Kelsey,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rose,

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

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Mar 3, 2016 at 10:38 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello. We have planned a trip to Disney Sunday September 18 - Friday 23rd 2016. With tickets for the 19-22. We will have a 1 year old and 3 1/2 year old. We just really want to focus on a character breakfast, the magic kingdom and the electrical parade. Nothing is up on the official Walt Disney World calender yet, however every site I look on shows no electrical parade while we are there! This is one of the main reasons we are going! I know Mickey's not so scary Halloween event will be starting at that time of year, but I thought it wasn't every night! Please tell me we will have the opportunity to see the parade! I would consider rescheduling our trip if we can't see it! Thank you.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Times have not yet been released for the parade, but it is normally held on the nights when there is no Halloween Party, and we expect the same this fall.

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Apr 4, 2016 at 5:13 p.m. Camille Matranga Says...

Hello there! I am also going September 18-24 as is another traveler you replied to. You mention that September can be very rainy, or have more rain than other months. This may be a big factor for me. Does the rain come and go with sunshine, or is it cloudy and rain all day in September? I know we can't predict weather, but historically, has it always rained in September? Any info helps. Thanks a bunch!

Camille

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camille,

Thunderstorms typically blow through in the afternoon and then out quickly.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 7:49 p.m. Jul Says...

Hello. I'm excited to be planning a trip to WDW from April 5-12, 2016. We are hitting the parks with 4 kids for 4 days from 4/6-4/11 leaving the other days for travel. Should we go to MK on 4/6 or 4/7? MK has EMH on 4/6 but is a lower crowd date. I think we will go back to MK again, which other day would you recommend? Thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jul,

Are you staying on-site at a Disney hotel? If yes, and you will visit the park during EMH, then the 6th would be fine. Otherwise, I would opt for the 7th. All of those days are about the same, with the exception of Saturday, so I would not visit MK that day. Sunday is better than Friday.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hi we are going to Orlando april 10, 2017 thru april 21st. I know its going to be a busier time while we are there since it will be easter. I was wondering what days you think would be best to go parks. we plan on doing all the Disney parks and the 2 water parks, universal studios, LEGOLAND and seaworld.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Our Crowd Calendar for April will be up in May, so you can check it out and see the recommended parks by day.

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Feb 29, 2016 at 8:50 p.m. Alan Says...

I am looking to take my wife and 9 year old daughter to DW for 9 days in October. This will be our third trip. We have done most of the main attractions on our past vacations and are looking for a much more relaxing trip this time. What would be your ideal dates for a 9 day trip in October 2016 regarding crowd levels specifically. I appreciate in advice you could offer me. Thanks, this a great website...I've also enjoyed your YouTube channel. Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan,

Most of October sees medium crowds, with higher crowds on weekends. Last year was busier than normal, likely in part because of the popularity of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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

So glad to hear that you like the blog and YouTube channel—I will let Tad know;)

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Feb 29, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Jenni070 Says...

Hi! We are going to WDW during our daughters' fall break October 2016. Wondering if w/o October 8th or w/o October 15th would be better? (wasn't sure if Columbus Day being October 10th would make first week really busy). Thanks!

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni,

Both days are about the same, and are expected to be fairly crowded:

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

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Feb 28, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Pam Says...

My family and I have always gone to Disney last week of April into May. Last year we noticed an increase in crowds and cheerleaders :p we have a vacation booked for early this May, but we are considering changing it to early September. I really like May weather, and the hours of the parks, also not worrying about the extra party cost ect.. I can not for the life of me make this decision. I need some more pros for September. not really a fan of rain daily.

thank you!

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Mar 8, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

I think you will find May is quite lovely, but you may again run into the cheer groups, which will be at Disney from April 21 to May 1.

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Mar 31, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. Erin Koenig Says...

Have the 2017 dates for the cheer competition been released yet? I can't seem to find them online yet. I'm thinking about planning our first trip to Disney with our 3 and 5 year olds from May 6-12 of 2017 and would love to avoid this competition if possible. We are some what flexible with our dates but also trying to avoid Easter/spring break crowds and the hot summer weather of June-August.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

These dates have not yet been released. We recommend you check out this site:

https://www.espnwwos.com/events/

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Feb 27, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Jason Walker Says...

Hi

Based on your advice i am thinking of going this year on May 9th-23rd. My Family want to go the week later from May 16th-30th but on your website it says to avoid May 24th- 31st. Could you elaborate on why this would be a week to avoid. Thanks Jason

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

Most of your dates would be OK, but toward the end of your stay it gets busier because of the long Memorial Day weekend.

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

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:31 p.m. Josh Says...

At WDW right now, trying to figure out why the crowd is SO bad, never been this bad this time of year. Just FYI

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:58 p.m. Amanda Says...

I'm planning our first wdw trip. It's gonna be April 10th, 2017 till the 21st. I understand from everything i've read that its gonna be a busy time since it's gonna be around easter. But I want to know if it's gonna be really busy then since easter falls so late that year. And when would you suggest to visit what parks on what days. We plan to visit all 4 disney parks and the 2 waterparks, plus universal, seaworld and legoland. i do plan on going to the ocean on easter since im sure that will be the craziest day at any park.

Thanks, Amanda

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

It's actually not a bad time to visit the parks—we are expecting medium crowds. You can plan which parks to visit on your days by looking at our Crowd Calendars.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 7:03 p.m. Jodie Says...

Hi we're planning a holiday to Orlando around 30th may 2017 - 10th June 2017 we will be taking our two children aged 6 and 3 as a surprise will the weather be too hot for them? From the uk

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Feb 26, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

We've got the historical weather information on our Crowd Calendar:

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

It will definitely be hot, but not as hot as it gets later in the summer.

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Feb 23, 2016 at 5:20 a.m. Tim Says...

Hi

What about go on 10 Apr to 16 Apr 2016

Is it good time for famliy trip to diesny world?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

It should be a good time, although gets better toward the end of the week for the first-ever Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. Anita Says...

Hi, me and my boyfriend have booked Orlando a for the first two weeks in October. Can I expect some nice warm weather? Also, whats your view on using the Uber app to get from Disney to Universal? As we are staying on site at Disney. Iv'e read taxi journey form Disney to Universal are expensive!

Many thanks- love the blog!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 8:58 p.m. Joe Says...

Hello, I have been in WDW on May, September, October, December, let me tell you going in October is the best time I experienced with my family, weather is nice and crowds are low

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

Yes, the weather will be plenty warm. We offer historical temps on our crowd calendar.

Uber is a good option.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. Steve Says...

Looking at going November 13-18 is this a good time to go?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

You can find that information on our Crowd Calendar:

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

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Feb 16, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. Ronda Says...

We are going to disney in aug 14-21 is that a good time to go has far as crowed and storms

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda,

It's a good time as far as crowds, but it's also a good time for storms. Typically, though, you'll see afternoon showers or storms that roll through and then clear out.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 8:51 p.m. Donna leonhardt Says...

Were planning a 10 day trip November 2016 the first two weeks to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Will we be there for the epcot wine event?

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Feb 22, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. Kim Norman Says...

Donna,

We are looking at March 13th for 7 days. This looks to be well before any of the published spring break dates. I checked Florida and the area spring break looks to be starting the 27 of March which is the same for New Mexico. I was hoping this would mean fewer crowds. What do you think?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Yes, the festival will run Sept. 14 to Nov. 14.

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Feb 15, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. Katie Says...

We just planned our vacation for May 4-12th of this year. It was very last minute. Everything I've looked at says it's a "low crowd" time of the year...but it's not on your list...do you anticipate large crowds during this time?

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Feb 26, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

It's a pretty good time to go! Check out our Crowd Calendar.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. Sara Says...

Could you elaborate on "pretty good time" in reference to going in May? With the exception of Memorial Day weekend, why isn't May considered a great time to go? Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

It's not the least busy time and generally sees medium crowds. That's still not bad and sure beats summer and the holidays. Without Star Wars Weekends this year, it should be even less crowded than it has been in the past, but do keep in mind that there are quite a few sporting events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, including the Invictus Games, which do bring in additional people.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Angelique Says...

Hi, I am planning my first trip to Orlando but would like to avoid hurricane season:( so what would be the best time ?

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Feb 11, 2016 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelique,

August through October are the most likely months to experience a hurricane, but the season is a bit longer than that.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 1:10 p.m. Shelley Says...

We got our tickets (thanks for really fast service) and are days away from fastpass signups. I'm using the touring plans and have the app. Understanding that Spring Break will be very crowded, what is the best way to approach traffic around the Parks? We are staying off site in a house south of WDW. Also, when mapping a route, what destination do we use to get to parking, or is there ample signage? Thanks for the great info here, and the live chat operator (sorry, forgot name) for some very savvy advice! 35 days !!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

There is ample signage once you're inside Disney World property to get to each of the parks, but I would suggest a mapping app to help you navigate. During spring break, the earlier you can arrive, the better.

Have fun!!

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Feb 5, 2016 at 2:47 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Why is February 12-21, 2016 so busy? What should we expect?

Thanks!

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Feb 11, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. meesh Says...

Because it's president's week, most kids/teachers are off from school!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

Many families use the week of President's Day for vacation, and then toward the end of the week is the half marathon, which brings in more visitors.

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:04 p.m. Christina Says...

Hello! Me and my family are planning on being at WDW Oct. 10-14 of this year since that is my son's Fall Break. I'm crossing my fingers that this a great time to come!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 1:51 a.m. Megan Says...

Is October 1st to the 5th a good time to go?

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Feb 19, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Dianne Says...

We went during these dates in 2015. The weather was unbearably hot and humid. It was also very crowded. This surprised us, as we thought most kids would be in school. To our surprise, the park was swamped with children. The Wine and Food Festival was going on. This could explain the crowds. The weather was great for swimming in the pools, due to the heat. Lines were generally long. I would not go in Oct. again, due to the high heat. It might have been unusually hot, however. I will have to check the normal temps for that time period. In spite of the heat and crowds, we still had a great time and memorable vacation. Dianne

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Feb 1, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. Beena Says...

We are planning on going Feb 18 or 19, 2016 for the day. Is thurs or fri better? How are the crowds? We have a 2yr old and 5 so wont be doing any big rides. thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beena,

The 18th is better from the perspective of recommended parks.

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Jan 27, 2016 at 5:37 p.m. Trina Says...

You recommendation that weekends in May are a worst time...is that based on Star Wars weekends (which I've heard are no longer happening)? Or are there other factors?

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

They will not be as bad as they have been in the past without Star Wars Weekends, but you would still see an uptick in crowds on weekends because of locals who won't be braving the crowds in the busier summer months.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Dana Says...

Planning a trip for my family with a 10 and 8 year old. Wanted to get thoughts on first or second week of April 16 vs first week of November 16. Thanks!!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

Check out our crowd calendar. It can help you pick dates.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 8:56 p.m. Trina Says...

Makes sense! Thanks for the reply!!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. Ismael Hernandez Says...

I'm planning a trip for early May, from the 7th to the 14th. I saw the crowds are mostly medium but was wondering about the weather. Is it going to be extremely hot by then?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We offer the historical weather on our Crowd Calendar. Hot is a relative term when talking about Orlando, but average highs are in the upper 80s and lows are in the upper 60s.

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

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Jan 27, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. Danny M Says...

What is going on? Been here during this time many years and the crowds are almost summer like this week. Wait times on Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster exceeded 90 min. Space Mountain was 60. Rock n Roller Coaster was 75, Toy Story Mania was over 100 minutes. Never seen crowds like this in January.

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Jan 29, 2016 at 6:03 a.m. Kirsten Says...

I just returned from Disney World and also very stunned at the intense crowds and long wait times. I've come several times and always in September or January. Never experienced it this busy at the end of January before ever! Why? I did lots of research and reading. One hour after opening on a late January weekday and wait times are 45 minutes?? Any ideas anyone?

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Jan 31, 2016 at 10:54 p.m. Kimberly H. Says...

We went 1/19/16 through 1/30/16 for the first time in January due to everyone saying the end of January has low crowds. It was more crowded in Magic Kingdom on 1/29/16 than when we were there Thanksgiving week 2015. The wait for the train (regular old train) at the Frontierland station was an hour! We had Fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise (which had a 70 minute wait) and the que for the Fastpass+ line took us 25 minutes before we got on the ride. We will not be going at this time again. We'll stick with September and early December (another "season" that's getting pretty crowded but at least there's the gorgeous decorations!). We were bummed by the amount of crowds during our trip especially when we hadn't expected 60+ minute waits at most rides. We did our 3 Fastpass+ selections every day and then pretty much waited around until the last hour or so of park opening to ride the other rides or left the park and came back. We felt like we were visiting during the summer again.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. Martyn Says...

Hi, thinking of visiting from UK and would love to see Disney with Christmas theme and decorations. Off for a week from 27th November - is that a good week to visit? Will it be festive? Thanks.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martyn,

That is a fairly good week to visit, but there will be some trickle of folks from the week before, which is Thanksgiving. As far as decorations go, it will be a great time to visit. All of the resorts and hotels will be fully decked out.

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