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The Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World

by FrogBlog on December 4, 2012

By guest blogger Carl Trent of Dad's Guide to Walt Disney World

When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World? That's the number one question I'm asked every year. It's a real good question. In fact it's the first (of many) questions that have to be answered when you are planning that "Perfect" vacation.

My standard answer to the question is "anytime you can," but really that's not a really helpful answer. It's true, but not real helpful.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® ParkLet's talk about this a bit. There can be a vast difference in crowd levels from week to week. For example, one of the busiest weeks of the year at Walt Disney World is Presidents' Day week (an American Holiday, which in 2013 will be Feb. 17-23).

During Presidents' Day week, all of the parks will be packed. Lines can reach three to four hours on some of the big rides and over an hour on some of the "short" line rides. But, if you were to arrive at Walt Disney World the week before Presidents' Day or the week after (and most of the weeks around that time), you would find almost no crowds. You could walk on to almost any ride (except Toy Story Mania!® Attraction, which always has a line). It's an incredible contrast.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas ParadeCrowds make a big difference in the best time to visit, but you also might want to consider some of the great Disney World events when you are trying to decide when to visit.

Our favorite time of the year at Walt Disney World is Christmas time. Christmas is filled with great shows, great decorations and a magical spirit. All of the parks, all of the hotels, all of the restaurants, everyone gets all dolled up in their Christmas finest and celebrate the holidays in style. Christmas is a wonderful time to plan a Disney World vacation. (Just avoid the week of Christmas Day. Trust me.)

Halloween in OrlandoChristmas isn't the only great time to visit. During the year there are big events like the Flower and Garden Festival, Star Wars Weekends, and the Food and Wine Festival. There are also lots of smaller events like the Marathon weekends, golf tournaments, concerts, Night of Joy, Spring Training (Atlanta Braves) and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Each of the events is a big deal. Disney knows how to throw an event. They make each of them a special occasion. Try one of them out.

Thinking about events, crowds and even weather, I've ranked the best weeks for a WDW vacation and the 5 best weeks to visit WDW are:

1. The week after Thanksgiving

2. The first full week in November

3. The second week in June

4. All of September

5. The first week in May

These are the weeks with the best combination of low crowds and great events, pretty good weather and usually you will get a discount if you book one of these weeks.

The bottom line is, the best time to visit Walt Disney World is truly anytime you can. There are times that are better, if you can arrange it, and some times you should try to avoid. But even if the only time you can manage is Christmas week, you can still have a marvelous trip. All it takes is a really good plan.

When is your favorite time to visit Walt Disney World?

Related: How Much Planning Should You Do for a Disney World Vacation?

Related: When to visit the Orlando theme parks

Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation is a big task. There are hundreds of things to think about. That's where I come in. Hi, my name is Carl Trent, but I'm better known as Dad. The Disney Dad. I run a little website called DadsGuidetoWDW.com. At Dad's Guide we want to help you plan a "Perfect" Vacation. Dad is a self-proclaimed (rarely challenged) Disney World "expert" who focuses on how to develop a plan that will allow you to have the best vacation possible.

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Tim McDaniel Dec 4, 2012 at 9:44 p.m.

Wow, I had no idea that the 2nd week of June would be a good week to come! We also visit in September, which is wonderful, but had no idea that a week during the summer would be on your list. Can you share some of the reasons that week made your list?

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Lora Jan 26, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.

We have been to Disney many times and try to go during the times listed. As a teacher, I can say that most of the schools in my state end that second week of June. There can be exams, graduation, end-of-year activities, and report card distribution that most families don.t want to miss and teachers have required teacher workdays. We have found the best times to go are when the kids were in school and we had to have them miss days to go. When the kids are out of school on breaks everyone else with kids is trying to go then too. It is easier to take them out of school when they are younger. Getting the school to approve the trip is much harder when they get older. Plus I think every kid should go at least once from about age 5 to 8. It is a real magical age and they remember every detail.

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Julie Condy Dec 4, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.

Carl, I can vouch for your option #2, the first full week of November. My husband and I went that week this year (2012) and have a ball. Mild crowds with short (or relatively short waits for popular attractions). School is in session and Thanksgiving is close at hand so it's a great choice for a WDW vacation if that is option for you!

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Carl (Dad) Trent Dec 5, 2012 at 9:42 p.m.

Hey Tim,

Great question.

The reason for the 2nd week of June is I wanted to offer one week during what is the traditional summer break for most families. Yes, during the second week of June not all schools have started their summer break, but for the ones that have this is a great time to miss some of the big summer crowds that start arriving the 3rd week of June.

June is not nearly as slow as September, but it's an early summer WDW vacation is a great way to start the summer.

Carl

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Nancy Jan 12, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

We always took our 3 kids out of school for vacations like this, to avoid crowds. Ask their teachers for assignments to cover work they will miss. It gives you a chance to work with your child on school work and have a great stress free holiday at the same time.

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T.R. Owen Dec 6, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.

The week after Christmas, leadng up to New Years is INSANE! You are shoulder to shoulder with people the whole day, and they run out of fast passes before noon. However, if you can be at Magic Kingdom New Year's eve for the fireworks show, it is AMAZING!

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Karen Greer Howell Jan 18, 2013 at 6 a.m.

I can vouch for all of that! I was there this year from Dec 26-Jan2. The crowd was totally NUTS! Shoulder to shoulder, couldn't even cross the streets without getting run over, or running over someone else. But, at Hollywood Studios on NYE, the fireworks were by far the very best and most amazing ones I've ever seen! The ground shook and the sky lit up like daylight! The Festival of Dancing Lights has to be witnessed in person to be believed! Wouldn't trade that trip for anything, even if it was very crowded!

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Mark Dec 9, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.

We lived an hour away for WDW and had annual passes so we could go and spend a day or two and if it was too crowded we just left. September is great. Our kids came down from Atl in Sept and we met them at WDW. Had a great time. Walked onto many rides. Rode space Mountain twice in 30 minutes. Just a great time.

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Christie Jun 28, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.

Would you say that the first week in September before and on Labor day is still pretty likely to be less busy? Would there be a lot less crowd after Labor day or would it be about the same?

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FrogBlog Jul 1, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.

Christie,

Because school is back in session for most of the U.S., Labor Day isn't as busy as many holidays. We've got it marked at the upper end of medium crowd levels. The rest of the week is less busy.

http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_august-2013.html#disney-opening-hours

Best,

--Leap

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Richard Dec 26, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.

Don't go to Disneyworld during the summer. The heat is unbelievable and if it rains, its like a sauna. Go in Feb, beast weather and small crowds.

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Pete Jan 3, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

We've always loved WDW in September, especially right after Labor Day when the crowds are truly low because of all the kids returning to school after Summer break. Also, late Sept when Food & Wine fest begins is an amazing time for excellent WDW touring.

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Aundrea Jan 5, 2013 at 2 a.m.

Husband and I went for our first trip to WDW just last month, went the tail end of November into the first week of December. It was fantastic, weather was in the high 70's, no rain, very little crowds. Some days were a bit heavier than others but we didn't wait more than 15-20 minutes for any ride and some I just walked right onto.

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Monica May 15, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

We go every year the first or second week in December. We stay on property - my husband scours the sites throughout the second half of the year until he sees the deals popping up - free meal plan is usually the one we get - and have a wonderful, uncrowded, less expensive, much cooler than summer vacation. We look forward to it every year. I don't know about this year, though, since I just got laid off from my company after 25 years, and that's going to hurt big time. I hope we can get at least a couple of days in. We're in Connecticut, so the airfare is an expense, too -

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Garyschnid Jan 5, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

The best time I ever had was a trip I left on May 31st. I got the off season rates for everything (lodging, airfare, rental cars, etc.) The parks hours went to the extended summer hours on June 1st, so we got the cheapest rates with the longest hours, and there were hardly any lines since most kids were still in school, and families hadn't started their summer vacations. I think the longest line we waited in was 10 minutes. The weather in Orlando isn't super hot yet, but warm enough for the water rides, so it was a win all around for us! If you go on the Memorial Day weekend, the local people will be at the parks for the 3 day weekend causing some lines, but after Monday, things thin out alot.

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Leslie Culhan Jan 5, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

I went this past December 7-9 and it was packed! I've gone in November about a week before Thanksgiving, and it was much better.

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George Feb 18, 2013 at 12:55 a.m.

We were there that week also. I agree it was quiet busy. That is the week of Pop Warner football and cheerleading contests. There were also many South American soccer groups there. That used to be one of the best weeks, but no longer. Free meal package was not available that week either.

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Melissa Jan 14, 2013 at 5:34 a.m.

How would you guys think one of the last two weeks in August will be? It's within days of September but I think that there might be the 'just before school starts' crowds that will be there.

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FrogBlog Jan 14, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.

Hi Melissa,

The last two weeks of August look pretty good because of the kids starting up school. Check out the crowd calendar for specific dates. http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_august-2013.html#disney-opening-hours

-- Leap

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Jim Jan 14, 2013 at 8:54 a.m.

I highly recommend going on Labor Day. All the kids are back in school, and the park is deserted. When I was there on Labor Day a couple years ago, the rides all had signs that indicated a 10 minute wait, but it was generally less than five minutes. About noontime, a light rain started falling and the rides all changed to saying ZERO minute wait when the few vistors took off back to their hotels. As someone who grew up in Orlando and who has been to WDW dozens of times dating back to opening day, I can certainly say I've never seen zero minutes for the wait time, it was the coolest thing ever!

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AM Jan 20, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

After years of WDW trips, I totally agree with the Labor Day weekend suggestion.. Most southern states including Florida have already started classes and schools in the north will be the following week. Another good time is a week or so before Christmas. You can enjoy all of the Christmas festivities & decorations without the school break crush.

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Devona Jan 14, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.

Hi,

We're planning a trip for several family members and we are thinking about going the 3rd week in July. Is that a good time to go and how is the weather in July??

Thanks in advance!!!

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FrogBlog Jan 14, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.

Hi Devona,

July is a very busy time to visit the theme parks, but rest assured you won't be alone! The Frog Family made a visit last July, and we found it to be a pleasant (but crowded) experience. The most important thing you can do to avoid crowds is get to the park by opening. If you can, try to follow the individual park recommendations on our crowd calendar. The afternoons generally see a fairly quick downpour; otherwise it's pretty hot.

http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_july-2013.html#disney-opening-hours

As Dad's Guide mentioned, the best time you can visit is "anytime you can!"

Let us know how it goes!

-- Leap

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Ken L Jan 26, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.

I have found that the week after spring break is over and all the little kids and collegians are back in school is great. There are few if any lines at the best rides.

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Gary J Jan 30, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

We used to go to Orlando twice a year starting in 2000. We have cut it back to once a year. but our times to go was late January, early February and September. We tried Easter one year, HUGE MISTAKE, and we tried July one year -- UGH.

If you do have to go on a busy time, try and go later in the day. The time we went in July we waited until 4pm to leave the resort and head over to the park. We had 20 minute waits instead of 2 hour waits.

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FrogBlog Jan 30, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.

Hi Gary,

Thanks for the suggestions! Also, another tip for visitors during the summer months is that the parks typically clear out during the afternoon storms. If you can wait inside somewhere until the rain is gone, you should then find pretty low waits on rides immediately after that.

-- Leap

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Lily Feb 2, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

My family and I are going from 10th July too 31st July how bad are the crowds thanks

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FrogBlog Feb 4, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

Hi Lily,

Great name, by the way! My daughter's name is Lily.

The crowds are pretty high during that time. That said, we've made the visit during that same time range and had a great time. It will make a huge difference if you can get to the parks before opening and follow the crowd calendar suggestions on which park to visit. We were able to ride just about everything we wanted to by 11 a.m.

It's also worth watching for updates on FASTPASS+, which hasn't launched yet, as it may also factor into your touring plan.

-- Leap

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Sharon Feb 5, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

I definitely agree with your 5 best weeks, but I can't agree about Disney World during Christmas. We took our kids during Christmas and it was horrible. There were too many people, most of them were tired, angry, and frustrated. We actually were in a restaurant in the park when two families started to get physical over a table.

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Lisa Feb 12, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

Hello,

I am a school teacher in upstate New York. With all teachers, we are limited on the dates we can travel. We are considering the last two weeks in August. I looked at your temperature calendar and see that the average temperature is 92 degrees. Is that pretty accurate? We were also thinking about coming when school gets out; the last week in June. It seems from your calendar that that is a pretty crowded time. True? If you were to have to pick (February break, April break, last week in June or last week(s) in August) which would you suggest?

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FrogBlog Feb 12, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

If we're basing the decision solely on crowds, the last weeks in August would have the lowest crowds (assuming Feb. break falls during President's Day week and April break falls during Easter), which generally makes for a more relaxed vacation. The average high for August is correct.

-- Leap

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Ed Angel Feb 17, 2013 at 7:09 a.m.

My wife and I went to DW in May 1975 for our honeymoon. The weather was cool to warm. The park was celebrating Senior Citizens week/month. The prices were right. The lines were minimal. We had such a great time. Back then, we moved faster so we raced each other to every attraction.

Now I think we'll be more sedate. LOL

We also went a couple of times with my wife's sister and her family. We stayed at the Camp Grounds in our pop-up trailers: 2 couples/ 9 kids. Cool weather, shorter lines, great time.

I have to mention that one year we went with our in-laws my wife was 6-7 months pregnant. DW provided a wheelchair and put us at the front of every line (ALL of us), That was 1985. DW was so friendly and accomodating.

I don't agree about "any time is great time" though. We have been there in June, July and August and the weather has been brutal!! Even at night the heat/humidity was withering. We don't go in those months, I promise you.

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Missy Feb 20, 2013 at 8 a.m.

We are thinking about late November (the week before Thanksgiving). When does the Christmas party start at Disneyworld? I know Halloween started in mid September, so I was hoping maybe Christmas was the same.

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FrogBlog Feb 20, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.

Hi Missy,

The Christmas Party will be in full swing the week before Thanksgiving, and that should be a great time to visit. Usually, the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and first Very Merry Christmas Party are separated by a week.

-- Leap

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Joseph Feb 21, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.

I was in Disney World on Super Bowl Sunday 1-20-1985, the Miami Dolphins were in it. The park was empty, during the game. You had your pick on which ride you wanted to go on with no line.

The next time I was in Orlando was Sept 9th, 10th, 11th-16th 2001. During the 9-11-01 attack every park was empty, as was most hotels. Everything was free, I was their on a military conference. It was no fun with out the crowds, and the people in fear.

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Chris Feb 28, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.

So my family is planning our second trip to WDW at this time. Our first trip was the end of July- first of August. BIG MISTAKE, the heat and humidity was horrible. We are now planning on going in the about 2 weeks after Easter (Mid- April). Any idea what the crowds will be like at that time?????? I'm hoping that all Spring Breaks will be done and kids will be back to school for the most part.

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FrogBlog Feb 28, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.

Hi Chris,

Check out our crowd calendar for your specific dates (http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_april-2013.html#disney-opening-hours), but you should see neutral crowds during your visit. It should be a great time to visit, especially with the Flower & Garden Festival in full bloom!

-- Leap

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Carl Mar 20, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.

as a florida resident, i can tell you the BEST day to go is Superbowl Sunday.. the place is deserted. (as are all the other theme parks)

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Laura Mar 21, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

I have taken my son to Disney World three times and am planning our fourth trip for late fall. The first time we went was at Christmas and while the crowds were CRAZY it was totally worth the holiday magic!! That was our shortest trip as well (3days) Then we went for a full week the second full week of January (I believe) and ran into small crowds for a few days due to the marathon but even at that the lines were rarely longer than 30 min. The final time was also a week and right before memorial day. It was still cool (we are from Texas though) and while much more crowded then January no where near as bad as I remember the summer crowds being as a child. This year we will be visiting with our new 4 month old and really don't want to fight crowds as we will be taking extra breaks for the little one, but want to spend as much time on the rides for our 8 year old. We are stuck and don't know whether to go with the week before Thanksgiving or the week after Thanksgiving. Any suggestions??

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FrogBlog Mar 21, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.

Laura,

Both of those weeks look pretty good, but the week after Thanksgiving has a slight edge over the week before based on predicted crowds.

I would suggest looking at the crowd calendar to help you plan: http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_november-2013.html#disney-opening-hours

Cheers!

Leap

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Emily Mar 31, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

Hi,

We are planning a trip Sept 19 - 21 with our just turned 4 year old. I see that Sept. 19 is projected to have a high crowd level at Magic Kingdom. I know that Sept is generally a less crowded month. Are the daily crowd levels in Sept relative to other Sept days or will a red day in Sept be just as crowded as a red day in July? We are really looking to minimize line time. My husband and I visited alone the day after Labor Day back in 2004 and it was empty and SO nice!

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FrogBlog Apr 1, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.

Hi Emily,

The daily crowd level is consistent across the months from 1-10, 1 being the least crowded and 10 being the most crowded.

It's important to look at daily crowd levels to gauge how busy the parks will be overall vs. the park-vs.-park recommendations. For example, Sept. 19 has a crowd level of 3 (out of 10), so the parks are on the low scale for crowds. Magic Kingdom is expected to be more crowded than Epcot, but it still will not be anywhere close to a red day in July.

Hope this helps!

-- Leap

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DisneyMom Apr 1, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.

We are considering going over Halloween. I know the Magic Kingdom closes early a few days that week due to Mikey's Halloween party, but our kids are still young and we probably wouldn't stay till close anyway. Your thoughts on that week? Crowds? Weather?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Apr 1, 2013 at 9:57 p.m.

Hi DisneyMom,

The weather is normally very pleasant and crowds are low the week of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Magic Kingdom is generally recommended on days of MNSSHP because folks who don't have a ticket to the party avoid that park because of the shorter hours.

Hope that helps!

-- Mommy Frog

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jason Apr 6, 2013 at 2:15 a.m.

We have been in March for spring break and Oct for fall break but only had 1 week there.The problem we seemed to have was we felt rushed because of limited time we had.Therefore we didn't have much choose on which days to go,crowed or not.We like to go in the summer at the end of May or by the 1st or 2nd wek of June when we can go for 2 or 3 weeks and spreed the days around and not fill rushed.Is it more crowed at this time?Yes,but we don't mind a crowd,after all we prefer to have more people around than have none at all.People watching is just as fun.Is it more hot and humid during this time of year?Yep, but that is ok with us because we are from the South anyway.Now lets get this party started.

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Jimbo Apr 9, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.

we are thinking about going for a week beginning Nov 10th 2013. are the parks in their full christmas decorations at that time???

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FrogBlog Apr 9, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.

Hi there, Jimbo,

That is a great question! Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios should be decorated by then, but the other parks may not by fully decorated by that time. Last year, the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights actually kicked off Nov. 10, and there should have been a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party or two by that week.

--Leap

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Jey Apr 24, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.

Hey, me and a couple of friends were planning a trip out to WDW. We have planned Aug 6th -12th in order to not be caught up in other activities during the summer. I've heard that this is a crowded time to go with plenty of precipitation. I was wondering if this would still be an enjoyable time.

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FrogBlog Apr 24, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.

Hi Jey,

It will still be pretty crowded and, yes, there will likely be precipitation. I wouldn't let either of them stop you -- if you follow our advice on touring, you can still have a great time. Here is a great post about it: http://blog.undercovertourist.com/2013/04/the-secret-to-avoiding-disney-world-crowds/

As far as the weather, it is hurricane season, but more often what you encounter is a downpour in the afternoon that then clears up.

Hope this helps,

--Leap

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Muttsy May 10, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.

The first full week in November can be a problem. The NJ teacher's convention is often at the end of the week and the park fills up with people from NJ who have no school.

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Nancy Jun 20, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.

We visited in September a couple of years ago and it was still a bit too humid for us. We visited WDW in late October last year and I enjoyed myself a lot more with the weather being a few degrees cooler.

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Lisa Jun 26, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Hello,

We are taking our first trip to DW with my 9 year old daughter. We will be going Sept. 29 to October 6, 2013. I wouls have thought october during the week would be fairly low crowds considering kids are in school.

Also any must do's or dont's for our first trip.

Thank you

P.S. I have been to Disneyland many times since i use to live in Cali.

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FrogBlog Jun 26, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

That week will see low to lower-medium crowd levels. It should be a great time to visit. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party are both happening during your visit and are a ton of fun!

Best,

--Leap

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Cristina Jun 27, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

We visited last year mid October. Weather was great, mid 80's but it did rain 3 out of the 6 days we were there on and off. Very mild crowds as well and not to mention the food and wine festival!

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Desaree Oriani Jul 2, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.

Absolutely Favorite time is the day after labor day. There is NO lines at all and the weather is still nice but not unbearable. There was no rain all sunshine. I actually went on labor day too and must have waited 2 hours for buzz lightyear . Next day we just sat on it several times ! AWESOME

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Tory Western Jul 5, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

If you really want to maximize your "party" time, the 1st week of November can be pretty neat. The last Halloween Party this year is Friday Nov 1st , and the first Christmas Party is Friday November 8th. If you coordinate your days correctly and stay for 8 days, you can catch both. In 2012, my family was able to do this and the Halloween party was not crowded at all. The Christmas party was sold out, but I believe this was because of the new Fantasyland openings. We have been to the first Christmas party in the past, and it is usually not crowded at all.

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Karen H. Perez Jul 26, 2013 at 6 p.m.

I love visiting Disney at Christmas, but as far as best weather/escaping the crowds, I like early November and early February best.

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Lynn S. Vasquez Jul 28, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

The first week of December is also a good week to visit. I've been with my family three times and the weather is in the 70's and no crowds in the park.

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Mike Jul 29, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

What about first full week of October? 5-12? I thought the crowds would be very low. Per your chart, I think they should be, no?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Jul 30, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Hi Mike,

The crowds for that time are in the medium range, with a few in the lower end and a few at the higher end. There are some great events going on, and they do bring in more crowds. I would factor in the daily crowd level as well as the individual park recommendation in planning which park to visit on which day. Let me know if you have more questions!

Best,

--Leap

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Kimberly Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 p.m.

Hello, We are a family of 4 coming to visit WDW Sept. 5 - Sept.16. I see during this time... Night of Joy and MNSSHP is happening. And Universal is having Rock the Universe. If we don't have tickets to those parties/events...What time do they close the parks. Is this a Good time to go, or should we avoid those days?

Thanks So Much

- Kimberly

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

Hi Kimberly,

These are separately ticketed events. The parks' regular operating hours are noted on our crowd calendar, so I would recommend looking at those individual days. Generally, these are good days to go to the parks as people tend to visit parks with longer operating hours on these days.

Best,

--Leap

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Diana Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

In 2009 was my first trip to WDW, at age 59! We, 13 of us, went the end of Sept. and beginning of October for 10 days. Weather was beautiful, lines were not long. We enjoyed 2 of the Halloween parties. Had so much fun at the first, we went again! In 2011 all 13 of us moved to Florida and we are season pass holders. Now, that being said, we have only went 3 days this summer! The lines are too long, and the weather is just too hot. The afternoon storms, you can almost set your clock by them, are torrential downpours! But, the MAGIC is still there! During the summer months my family prefers to go to Quest in Downtown Disney. And, don't forget the Boardwalk and their street performers. WDW is the happiest place on earth!

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Joann Aug 11, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.

I have to say that November has to be carefully planned not to overlap with Jersey Week. we went last year (2013) during the 2nd week and it was Jersey week and was far more crowded than we anticipated!

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Ellen Nov 13, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

I am planning on coming in for Marathon weekend January 10-12th, 2014. Cheapest ticket options and best day and time to go to MK? Love Epcot but don't want to wear myself out pre 26.2 mile run...

What about weather for kiddos (5 and 10) to swim? Free fun stuff to do??

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FrogBlog Nov 13, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.

Hi Ellen,

So much fun! So much work running all those miles!

Friday wil be the best of your dates to go to Magic Kingdom. You would start to see savings off of gate price at a 3-day ticket. The pools are heated at the Disney World Resorts, and if your kids are like Tad and Lily, it will never be too cold to swim!

Tons of free fun stuff to do. Check out this post:

http://blog.undercovertourist.com/2012/09/free-stuff-at-disney-yep-the-frog-familys-favorite-free-disney-activities/

-- Mommy Frog

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monica Ryan Dec 5, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.

Carl

We are planning a trip from sept 14-28 2014, will the food and wine festival be on? Also what time does Mickys not so scary Halloween party usually start? What is the weather usually like? We are traveling from Australia so are used to temperatures in the high 90's - low 100's.

Thanks Monica

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FrogBlog Dec 5, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.

Hi Monica,

Although next year's dates have not been announced, you will likely be able to catch the start of Epcot International Food & Wine during your trip. The Halloween party normally starts in early September, and you should expect rain, at least during many of the afternoons of your trips. You should feel right at home with the temperatures.

-- Mommy Frog

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Angie Jan 4, 2014 at 12:48 a.m.

Wondering how crowded February 20th through the 25th 2014 would be. I'm planning a first time Disneyworld Vacay for my little family of four we have a 5 and 2 year old and this may be our once in a lifetime type of vacation and want to visit during a not so crowded time...Thanks:)

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FrogBlog Jan 6, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

Hi,

Take a look at our crowd calendar for each day's crowd levels and individual park recommendations. You will be arriving on a busy week because of President's Day and the Princess Half Marathon. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be the least crowded days.

http://www.undercovertourist.com/planning/when-to-visit/disney-world-crowds-calendar_february-2014.html#disney-opening-hours

Best,

Leap

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manda Jan 16, 2014 at 10:50 p.m.

How is Memorial Day weekend? We are looking at going May 18 and coming home May 24. I am concerned how are last few days may be. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jan 17, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

Hi Manda,

That week will see medium to high crowds. I recommend checking out the crowd calendar to plan your specific dates.

-- Mommy Frog

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Amber Jun 17, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

HI! We are looking at the last week in January 2015 which appears to be low on crowds. I am wondering if the water parks are open then or if it is usually too cold for the water parks? We will have a 2 yr old, 7 year old and 12 year old so trying to juggle entertainment for everyone!

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.

Hi Amber,

Sorry for the delay. Your comment was caught in our spam filter. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Aquatica and Wet n' Wild will be open, and the water is heated. That being said, on really cold days, the water parks do get closed.

Best,

Leap

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Amy Jun 28, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

We are considering the end of June or around July 9th. I am a teacher and don't get out until June 22nd. Which, in your opinion, would be better? We want to avoid the Brazilian tour groups. I know it will be hot and crowded no matter when we go.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

Hi Amy,

We have read that the tour groups come in January and July.

Best,

Leap

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Keyuna Jul 25, 2014 at 10:48 p.m.

Hi. My family is planning to go Nov 7-9 2014 for my cousins 16th birthday party. How would the weather be? Crowd? Any deals or special events?

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FrogBlog Jul 28, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.

Hi Keyuna,

The weather should be just about perfect with average highs around 79 and lows near 59. Friday will be the best day to avoid the crowds, and you have the option of attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Check our crowd calendar for more details!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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sarah Aug 2, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

We are looking to go the first week of March 2015 for my daughter's 5th birthday. I was hoping this will be before most of the spring breaks, it that true? Or am I totally off base?

I also heard that Cinderella's castle (dining) will be closed for renovation during then, are there rumors of anything else closed?

I know I need to start planning....

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FrogBlog Aug 4, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.

Hi Sarah,

The first week of March will be low crowds, so enjoy! You can check out closures on this post, which is updated twice a month!

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Ashley Sep 10, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

My boyfriend and I are looking to go to the Magic Kingdom for our one year anniversary but can't decide on going October 25th or November 1st! We are looking to go when there are little crowds!

Any opinions?

Thanks!

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Bryan Sep 16, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

My fiancee and I are going on our first big trip together alone (usually go with family/friends) and we could not be more excited that is Disney World. We are going on the 10th of November; Jersey week and the F&W festival will have ended the day before. Will we see remnants of those crowds or is this a great week to go?

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FrogBlog Sep 17, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

Hi Bryan,

You've picked a good week!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Lisa Dec 10, 2014 at 1:40 a.m.

We went the first full week of November and the crowds were crazy. I would definitely take that week off of your list.

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Denise Jan 22, 2015 at 8:05 p.m.

Which do you think would be a better time to go….Easter weekend 2016, March 24-28 (kids have a 5 day weekend) , or the week of April 23-30, 2016(passover/Spring break)?

Thank you

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 8:08 a.m.

Hi Denise,

With Easter falling in March in 2016, I think April 23-20 would be the best option.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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