Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019 & 2020

by Leap on March 1, 2019 1300 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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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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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:24 a.m. Julie Says...

Holy moly, why is Disney world so busy right now? We haven't seen almost any rides that have less than an hour wait the entire time we have been here. This was supposed to be a calm time to visit. Even the Disney employees are wondering what is going on. It's really put a damper on our trip. Anyone know?

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Feb 4, 2016 at 8:33 p.m. Anthony Says...

I understand a lot of people from overseas where here then

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Jan 27, 2016 at 9:31 p.m. Connie Says...

I was there as well and it is probably because Disney is understaffed. They anticipated lesser crowds and didn't take into account people would be coming.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 7:53 p.m. Heather Says...

We are looking to go to Disney April 30th, 2017 do you think this will be a okay time to go? We will have two 2 year Olds and a 14 year old along with 4 adults on 2 of us have been to Disney before.

Thanks Heather

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Your arrival day is expected to be fairly busy, but otherwise you should see medium crowds.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. Mabel Says...

We are planning a vacation to Disney world this year how does the 2 weeks at the end of April look? Mostly the week before the end of April the week of the 18th, it is our first time as a family and we will be bringing an 11 month old :)

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mabel,

This is a pretty good time to visit. Expect medium crowds and plenty of sunshine.

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Jan 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. MC Says...

You've picked out March 5-April 3, April 9 as being some of the very worst times to visit. We arrive in Orlando on 2nd April so just after the period you've mentioned. Just wondering what's happening on April 9 for it to stand out?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MC,

In this case, there is no event causing the higher crowd level, but we are basing it off of historic data, seasonality, park hours and other factors.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 7:02 p.m. George Somerville Says...

T thought from the way it was presented on T V in the u k we would be able to actually

book a holiday on this site.

My wife and I have been 5 times before, and always stayed in Kissimmee,

looking to try I drive next time( LOVE ORLANDO)

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Jan 20, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We offer discount tickets and car rental for Orlando and Southern California attractions, and you may have seen that we just launched discounts for Disney World hotel bookings! What show did you see us on TV?

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Jan 12, 2016 at 8:27 p.m. Becky Says...

Gonna have to say the "least crowded after Disney World Marathon" suggestion is little off this year. At least for Magic Kingdom today! We've been in the parks since Jan 3rd and Magic Kingdom was about the busiest we've ever seen people wise. Any idea why the crowds are still so high?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jenn Says...

The February dates for the Best times in 2017 overlap with the Worst times in February 2017. Can you specify?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

Thanks for the catch! I've corrected!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 8, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. Sabrina G. Says...

Ok, so I finally have the opportunity to take my kids to Disney this year but I am torn between dates. Both dates show high crowds. I need some recommendations as to which would be a better time. Spring Break: March 19-25 or Summer: June 6-30th. Has anyone been there during these dates?

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Jan 18, 2016 at 4:55 a.m. Tina Says...

Do not go in the summer. I live in Florida and the humidity alone will make your trip not so magical.

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Jan 16, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Maya m Says...

i have been in the end of June it is an okay time with the crowds,but it is very hot and my 6 year old daughter got heatstroke so it might not be the best time for little children.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 10:35 p.m. Angie Says...

That's tough, I'd probably take the spring break trip because I've been there in June and it was oppressively hot and humid. The kids don't want to walk around or wait in lines, everyone was cranky

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Jan 13, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. Emma Says...

The Florida heat in the summer is crazy! Unless you are used to it;-) we went 3 years in a row for spring break and I didn't find it too terrible to be honest! It was still hot and yes it's crowded but if you plan accordingly and use fastpass+ you can have enjoyable days. Pool time, touring the resorts and downtown Disney are also great activities for days that the parks might be super crowded...

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Jan 10, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. Charles Moore Says...

I would take the earlier date because of the heat in June.

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Jan 8, 2016 at 3:31 a.m. Christina Says...

Thinking of planning a trip to WDW and have three possible times to choose from. The dates are 3/27 thru 4/1, 6/12 thru 6/17, and 12/18 thru 12/23. Out of these dates which one would be the best choice for crowds and weather? Thank you.

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Jan 12, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Kristy Says...

I would personally choose December. You will love the weather and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the castle lit up in lights.

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Jan 19, 2016 at 4:25 a.m. Jody A Says...

I would also say December because of the decorations. The crowds were unbelievable when we went Dec 20-Jan 1. Most rides had over an hour wait with some up to three hours! We planned, planned, and planned months ahead of time and it paid off. Read the blogs and take their advice! Our family had a fantastic time and did everything we wanted. Truly magical!

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Jan 6, 2016 at 1:08 a.m. Jodi Says...

Hi. We are planning to visit WDW the first week of February. Last year it seems we went the same week. We followed the calendar and thought that we were going on a green day (2/10). When we got there it was the WDW ESPN HS Cheerleading competition. Magic Kingdom was slammed with very long wait times. They even kept the park open an extra hour because it was so crowded. It appears that the same competition is going on the first weekend in February. There also appears to be a big dance competition the last weekend in January. Would it be best to go early in the week when the dance competition is over and before the cheerleading competition or the middle of the week in between competitions? The value hotels still have availability so I am guessing the middle of the week is best, but would LOVE some advice on this issue. Our daughter is 7 years old. Thank you.

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Jan 4, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. Robb Says...

Taking my family to Disney for the first time. Thanks for the calendar link. We have very open and flexible dates. Looking at either May or September. My kids are 2 and 4 (5 if we go in September). How much time do you think we should dedicate to visiting the park? We want to visit some of the other places Orlando has to offer as well, like SeaWorld. Would one day be good for kids that young, or should we plan on 2-3 days? We probably won't be doing too many rides, because of the kids ages, but want to make sure we see and do lots of other things there and make the trip memorable.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 12:01 p.m. Erin Says...

There will be LOTS for a 2 and 4 year old to do at Disney, especially the Magic Kingdom. They will be able to go on most of the rides there and you could easily spend 2 days between the rides, shows, and parades. The other parks also have quite a bit for young kids so I would plan at least 2 days at MK and then 2 more days between the other 3 parks (you could probably combine AK and HS into one day if you're trying to save on days). Sea World is also a lot of fun for young kids. Good luck with your trip!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. Alexandria Says...

My family and I went for the July 4th holiday in 2010 and it was crowded. But still enjoyed our trip.

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:15 a.m. Jessica Says...

My family and I went during Labor Day weekend of 2015 and I found it to be the perfect time to go because it was less crowded. However, out of the 5 days we stayed there, it rained twice. It didn't last long though. Enjoy your trip. We're looking to go during the summer time. Let's see what happens! :-)

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robb,

You will be surprised at how much you can experience with a 2 and 4 year old at Disney. You really need one day for each park, and preferably two at Magic Kingdom. That would be five days for Disney and one for SeaWorld. If you do less than that, you will need to pick your must-see parks. In addition to Magic Kingdom, I would consider Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

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Jan 22, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. Brian Says...

Hey Leap,

Thinking of planning a trip during sept 3-10, Labor Day Week. Going to take my 6 and 7 yo out of school and hopefully miss only 4 days. Only going at this time for low crowds. Do you think this is a good time to visit crowd wise or would i being myself a disservice by not waiting til later in September or another time to go, thanks so much!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

This is a good time to visit. Enjoy!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Kristin Says...

Hello,

On the Crowd Calendar, are we supposed to go by the color that the date is highlighted in or the little color strip next to the park name?

Thanks!

Kristin

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

Hi Kristin,

The color at the top with the date (the daily crowd level) is the most important factor in helping you determine when to visit. Once you have your exact dates, you can use the individual park recommendations (color) to pick where you go each day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 11, 2015 at 2:17 a.m. Jess Says...

Hi, how does the week from 18 May 2016 to 26 May 2016 look? Will we miss out anything if we choose to just go during the weekdays and not the weekends?

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

Check out our crowd calendar for May. You won't miss out on anything if you skip the weekends.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 9, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. Kathryn Says...

Hi, some great info here but you don't really mention mid to late April. What's that like for crowds and weather?

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

Mid to late April should see mostly neutral crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 9, 2015 at 2:53 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi there! Flying over from Melbourne Australia for a trip in the first week of May next year; is this an okay time to come? We wanted to be there for Mat 4 so I understand that day is likely to be pretty busy, but will the rest of the time be okay you think? Thank you! Steph :)

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

You can see the whole month at a glance on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 8, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. Suzanne Says...

Hello! I am trying to take my family of 5 to WDW and Universal. The optimal dates for traveling would be April 5-12....Is that a busy time?

My next available time would be Feb 23-March 1. I am afraid this will be cold. Also, it is last minute by Disney standards. Which dates would you recommend? I am working around high school and college schedules, as well as graduations, so dates are limited. Thanks!

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Dec 15, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

February is a little bit better time from the crowds perspective, but April is still good and would be warmer weather!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 8, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. Blanche Says...

Good Day I was thinking of taking my daughter for a holiday next year round about June July is it when it is hot out there? it will be her first rime as she is very exited about it, we as from SA so just want to know what dates will be nice to go in 2016 June, July...Thanks

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Dec 8, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanche,

Early June is your best bet. It will still be hot, but not quite as humid.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:06 p.m. Malcolm Says...

You didn't mention the week of the Marathon in early January where a ton of people come to run. Or does if have the opposite effect and scare away visitors, making it a good time to visit?

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Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Malcolm,

The weekend of the marathon is very busy, but once the marathon is over the crowds are very low, probably the very lowest of the year.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 12:42 p.m. Judith Says...

So pleased I've found this - and especially the dates - we arrive in Orlando on 22nd Feb 2016 in the evening and fly out on 4th March - looks like we've picked the perfect dates... Now we just have to plan what we are doing for each of those 11 days.

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Nov 22, 2015 at 6:06 a.m. Nicole Says...

Hi!! Planning a surprise 21st bday gift for my best friend. Was going to do a one day hopper pass (all we can do cause of time off from work) on Jan 14, 2016. She has never been so this is why its such a big deal!! Advice please?! Is this a good or bad idea. Want it to be magical for her and is it worth waiting for?

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Nov 15, 2015 at 8:43 a.m. Shelly Says...

Hiya I've booked to go on the 29th October 2016 for two weeks will the Xmas decorations be up in Disney

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Jan 6, 2016 at 7:14 a.m. Michele Says...

We visited in 2011 for 2 weeks and left on 9 November, and by then there were Christmas decorations in the parks, and the characters were wearing their festive sweaters! Of course that was a while ago and things could have changed by now!

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. Marissa Says...

What does April 20-24, 2015 look like for crowds? Trying to plan a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there..

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Nov 18, 2015 at 1:03 a.m. Marissa Says...

How does April 20-24 of 2016 look? Planning a trip for my 7 year old nephew and I've never been there.. Not sure where to stay either or what parks?

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Nov 17, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

Unfortunately, no. But you will see Halloween decorations, maybe that is a little bit of consolation.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 13, 2015 at 3:06 p.m. Shanna Says...

I am trying to plan a trip for either the week before thanksgiving or the week before Christmas 2016. Which of these weeks would be better? We would be checking out the Monday before both holidays.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

Both of these should be OK. You would be returning on Dec. 18? Or Nov. 21? If this is the case, December would likely be slightly better as far as crowds go.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 6, 2015 at 2:57 a.m. Shanna Says...

Yes leaving the Sunday or Monday before the holidays. I have also looked into the week after thanksgiving. Which would be better?

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shanna,

The week before Christmas would likely be better if you would be returning home by the 18th or 19th.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 8, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. DIANA Says...

I wonder if the tickets expire parks . I travel to Orlando from 13 to 23 , 2016 , which I consider to choose which park to visit every day

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Nov 17, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. tan Says...

I would like to come the start of January i am abit confused It says Best days to visit Jan 3 to 8 then it tellls you worst time to visit first week of jan . Jan 3 to 8 is the first week of jan.

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for any confusion. Jan. 1 and 2 are not recommended and will be very crowded. The 3rd through the 8th will be a good time to go.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

Disney and Universal tickets do not expire. Any ticket terms or expiration information is listed on the details pages for each of the tickets. Here are all of our ticket options:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Keep hopping!

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Nov 7, 2015 at 6:48 a.m. Ronni Says...

I noticed that both 2015 and 2016 each had a 'worst time' in February. What makes these weeks so busy? I thought it might be Marti Gras but in 2016 the busy week is the week after Marti Gras. Love your site!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronni,

It's the weekend and week of President's Day.

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Nov 3, 2015 at 2:10 p.m. Jason Says...

Hi Leap! Love your blog. We are planning a trip to WDW sometime in November or December 2016. Is either month significantly better, crowd wise? Are there suggested dates or avenues to get tickets that will save us money? (ie, how far in advance should we buy? Is it like airfare where the price is best at just the right time?)

Thanks!

jason.

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Dec 25, 2015 at 6:01 a.m. Rich Says...

Hey Jason

My family and I went the week of Nov 9th this year and it was great. Not to crowded a bit hot for that time of year. All parks (except Epcot ) decorated for xmas and we went to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party (Parade ) at MK. If you have little kids and love Christmas time this would be a great time to go. It will really get you in the xmas mood!!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

There are good and bad dates in both months, so it really depends on your specific dates. You can look at our current Crowd Calendar to see best dates for those months. As far as tickets go, the sooner you buy, the better. Prices rise annually. Disney tickets do not expire. You can see all of our discount options here. As an authorized Disney ticket seller, we can bring you great rates with free shipping and no worries!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. Laura Says...

when in November 2016 will they switch from Halloween to Christmas. I've heard that the over night switch is amazing and was thinking about going then. Recommendations?

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Nov 10, 2015 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, the switch begins after the last Halloween party at Magic Kingdom, but it takes time to get them all in place. The other parks won't be decorated for a couple of weeks.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 2, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. Vanessa Says...

We're planning on taking our 3 year old daughter from Nov.13th-20th & plan on taking her to Disney on one of these days.Crowds shouldn't be bad around this time right? I downloaded the app for Orlando,I hope it works!

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

This is a good time. Check out the Crowd Calendar. Thanks for downloading the app! Let us know how the trip goes.

Keep hopping!

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