Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 Los Angeles

Best Time to Visit DisneylandIt’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time.

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

Is It Packed at Disneyland? Here's the Easiest Way to Tell

This post is going to dive into all the nitty gritty details, and the whys and hows of crowds, but let's just cut to the chase. The easiest way to know if it will be crowded at Disneyland is to ask yourself:

  • Is it a major U.S. holiday?
  • Are most kids out of school?

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds.

Want to Know for Sure?

  • Hop straight to our Disneyland Crowd Calendar. You can view the busiest times on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the day, month or year.
  • If you're planning a visit, but don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments. We frogs — and some of the hardcore Disneyland community — are hoppy to share answers.

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits!

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

Depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because these are the times when most passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing for one-day tickets several years ago has more of an impact on crowds than at Disney World. Think about it — more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do at Disney World. Now each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off-seasons, Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar — which is yet another indicator of the best and worst days to visit.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - 1-Day Tiered Tickets

Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2019, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season.

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

Here are other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine, but they do bring in more locals. July 17 is the exception to this, as it is already a busy time. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in comments below.

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

*The Utah Education Association Board will no longer hold its annual convention, although Utah school districts may elect to hold a fall recess.

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee!

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 7, 2020)
  • April 20-30; May 1, 2020
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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May 15, 2018 at 12:52 a.m. emilijalouise24 Says...

Cannot wait to visit Disneyland someday!

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May 15, 2018 at 12:21 a.m. Allyson Says...

My husband and I just moved back home from living in Kissimmee, Florida (about 15 minutes away from Disney World) for a year and are reaaaally looking into Disneyland since we spent so much time in Disney World. Looking into November when it's Christmas and we can see Haunted Mansion and Small World all decked out! Flights seem to be pricey. What's the best airport to fly into for Disneyland?

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May 16, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allyson,

The closest airport to Disneyland Resort is John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA). It's only 14 miles from the park! The other big airport option is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). You might also check out some of the smaller airports including Long Beach Airport (LGB), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR). They might offer more competitive prices, but you'll have to see which ones you can fly into from where you're coming from.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. Ryan Alexander Says...

Would love to visit Disneyland

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May 14, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. Stephanie C. Says...

Can't wait to go to Disneyland!

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May 14, 2018 at 11:47 p.m. Angie Says...

Awesome

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May 14, 2018 at 11:40 p.m. Jennifer L T Says...

Thanks for all the awesome tips and deals

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May 14, 2018 at 11:14 p.m. Carol Says...

Still in the planning stages but your site is so helpful!

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May 14, 2018 at 10:21 p.m. Jessica Says...

Just wanted to thank you for all the tips and blog pos tr s! Definitkey helps plan out the trips!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:40 p.m. Rik Says...

Just been to Orlando. Can't wait to go back.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:04 p.m. Tiffaney Lindsey Says...

Disneyland looks like so much fun!!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

We're so HOPPY to hear it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. Tracy Eau Claire Says...

I'm going to bookmark this post! We went in 2017 during the week after Columbus Day and it was packed. Like you could not take a single step without navigating the space all around you. Couldn't get into stores, cause you might have to cross the sidewalk to do that. It was like real life Frogger! :) So glad we had the MaxPass to make the trip a success.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

MaxPass is AMAZING! Be sure to check out our Crowd Calendar as well to help plan your trip. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 9:55 p.m. Stephanie Jobe Moore Says...

Your crowd calendar is a life saver!!

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May 14, 2018 at 9:42 p.m. Rachel Keith Says...

Is there any possibility that the Pixar Fest would be extended into Halloween celebrations? Or do you think they will definitely shut it down to get ready for Halloween?

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May 14, 2018 at 5:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Ooooh - that's a tough question! We'll keep you posted if anything changes, but our best guess is that Pixar Fest will come to a close to make way for Halloween celebrations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 9:38 p.m. Mandy Maloo Says...

This is super helpful! I grew up only about an hour from Walt Disney World in Florida, so that’s typically where we go. But we’ve been talking lately about taking our 4 year old to Disneyland to see where it all began. This is incredibly helpful since we knew there would be several differences between the two parks, but not really sure what they would be and how they’d impact travel.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Aimee Munoz Says...

Great info!

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May 14, 2018 at 9:29 p.m. Deborah McClure Says...

The best times seem similar to DisneyWorld. Looks like best time to go is when kids are in school.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. raymond kimmell Says...

we are going to Universal some time in July

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May 14, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Terry Stebbins Says...

I love the Electric Parade!!!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:54 p.m. anna mitchell Says...

id love to go to Disney land with my son! neither of us have ever been. he's almost two.

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May 14, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. Terrance Carroll Says...

Thanks!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Brittany Says...

Christmas and Halloween are our family favorites. Midweek trip all the way

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May 14, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. Janice Brady Says...

I would love to get back to Disneyland. This information is a great help for planning.

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May 14, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Tina M Says...

We would love to take our family to Disneyland (first time for all of us!) in August. Will it be super busy? ????

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May 14, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

It just depends on when exactly you visit in August - check out our Crowd Calendar for a better idea of what we expect!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Keri Lynn Says...

I was just looking for a calendar for the best days to stay to get some relief from Midwestern cabin fever during the beginning of 2019. Love that I can refer back to here for those great dates.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri!

Awesome! We're so HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 8:04 p.m. shannon fowler Says...

This is so helpful! We live right by disney world, so we are those season pass holders who pop in at least once a week. However, we really want to go to disneyland. This will definitely help us plan a trip at a time it can be more enjoyable.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Awesome! We're so HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. Tammy Studt Says...

Thanks for all the info

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May 14, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Jeffrey Franco Says...

It's always nice to see that Undercover Tourists is always providing nice insights for the Disney community

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May 14, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeffrey!

We're always HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 14, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. Jan Myers Says...

Hello! We are visiting Disneyland in June. Are there discounts for one day tickets? We are not from the SoCal area or military.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:50 p.m. Ted E Says...

thanks for the contest and the blog post. I've bought my Disneyland and universal Orlando tickets through you guys. i plan on buying my Disneyworld tickets when i can take my daughter

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May 14, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ted!

Great! We have tons of great Disney World tickets to choose from. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Hi Liam!

Yay! That makes us very hoppy frogs as well!

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Great App. !!!

Lots of helpful functions & easy to navigate.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony!

Let us know how you enjoy your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. Birdita Says...

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Hi Birdita!

Hoppy to help! Let us know if you have any questions.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. jason whitaker Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Deborah Beyer Says...

I would love to visit Disneyland again. I haven't been there since I was a child a long time ago. It would be great to hook up with family over there as well.

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May 14, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. Isabel J Torres Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 5:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

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May 14, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Katie Says...

This is perfect! We are planning a spring 2019 trip and are just starting to look at dates. Thank you!

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May 14, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Mandie C Says...

This is awesome! We'll be taking our kiddo next year (finger's crossed).

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May 14, 2018 at 6:23 p.m. robin s. Says...

This is such a great guideline to help pick out the best dates to plan a vacation to Disney. This has always been my burning question as to when is the best time to visit. Thanks so much for this great information.

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May 14, 2018 at 6:17 p.m. Barbara Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Humberto Says...

I love this article because it shows you the crown calendar, this helps you to plan better your vacations, it also talks about the best dates to go, and when not to go.

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May 14, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. Christie W Says...

Thanks for the help. I love being able to come and see the best ties to plan for our trips!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. TheFrenchCorder Says...

Great article, thank you! One question I have is regarding Dapper Day events, if you are familiar with them. I know there is one in the spring and one in the fall - which do you feel would be the least crowded and best to attend? We have never been to Disneyland, but attended Dapper Day in Disney World on my son's wish trip last year. We were told that the events are even better at Disneyland. Thank you in advance!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:34 p.m. Keri andrews Says...

We are WDW frequenters, and are getting ready to plan our first trip to Disneyland for our anniversary next year!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:21 p.m. Iris Says...

I dont have plans yet but we would love to visit there one day

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May 14, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. K Disney Fan Says...

We are looking at going to Disneyland the first week of June (1st-5th) 2018. Will is be crowded? Worried about the days that Grad Night occurs on.

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May 14, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Madeline Says...

Will be using this article to plan my trip!

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May 14, 2018 at 4:39 p.m. Adam Davi Says...

September is by far the best time to visit Disneyland. I've visited in September multiple times and the crowds are always light, especially if you go on a weekday.

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May 14, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. Bethany Robben Says...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've always wanted to go to Disneyland!

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Thank you for all the work you put in. It makes it so much easier to plan a family vacation with real information about crowds and best times to visit!!! Thank you!!!

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May 14, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. Hilary Says...

Your blog and website was so helpful on my family vacation to Disney World. Thank you!

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May 14, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. Stacey U Says...

I used all Undercover Tourist information to plan trip and we pretty much saw and did all we wanted without a lot of wait!! Thanks!!

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