INSIDER SECRET: September can be a great time of year to visit Disney because the weather is cooling off and most kids are back in school.

Disney parks are some of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, but popularity means people, lots of them. How can you enjoy a Disney getaway with smaller crowds? I’ll share the magic dates.

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Disney parks will always be busy to some degree. There will likely never be a time where you’re strolling through a theme park, thinking, “Where is everyone today?” There are, however, optimal times to visit a Disney park. Here are the top dates in 2020:

  • In January, there is a small window of weekdays after New Year’s Day: January 7 to January 10
  • Any day starting the Wednesday after Martin Luther King day until Valentine’s Day: January 23 to February 13
  • After Valentine’s Day there’s a window between school vacations: February 25 to March 8
  • Anytime in September after Labor Day: September 3 and beyond
  • Weekdays in October are usually good
  • Weekdays in November are even better, with the exception of Thanksgiving week: November 1 to November 21
  • Weekdays in December are also generally uncrowded until after Christmas Eve

One of the best parts of visiting Disney on a less-crowded day is that the pricing is relatively low. The more popular the day, the more expensive the ticket.

But, we’ve got great travel secrets to keep your costs low and to avoid those ridiculous prices!

I recommend staying at a local hotel and visiting the park a couple of different days. That way you can see more of the park and experience the ebb and flow of the crowds.

Bottom line 

Don’t fret over the crowds at Disney. It’s part of the experience.  Disney is a popular destination and it’s only going to get more popular with the new Star Wars attraction in the coming months.

We have listed the days when crowds should be smallest. Now, here are the most popular (i.e., crowded) times of year:

  • Holidays, especially major holidays like New Year’s Eve
  • Winter school vacations, generally between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Spring school vacations, scattered throughout March and April
  • Summer Break, middle of May through Labor Day
  • Disney Event Days, like the “Not-so-Scary Halloween Party”

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