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  1. Anonymous
    August 19, 2019

    Planning a visit Feb 27th- March 5th. What are the best days to visit which park? Thanks for your help!

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  2. Karie
    August 10, 2019

    Hi Dave,

    We are planning our first trip to WDW nov3-8 with my in-laws and two boys 2.5 &5.5yo. Trying to figure out which days and FP. To book. So far we have dining reservation Mon. At Hollywood& Vine and includes Fantasmic and another on Thurs. at Tusker house so I was thinking maybe. HS on Monday and AK thurs. the other days are up in the air. Oh we were also thinking a pool day mid week to give the kids a little down time. Any help is appreciated. It all seems very overwhelming.

    Thanks!

    Karie

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    • Dave
      August 11, 2019

      Hi Karie, with kids that age you’d want to focus on 2-3 half days at Magic Kingdom, with perhaps additional half days at HS and and AK. Unless you have the “park hopper” add on, you can only go to one park per day (you can leave and come back to that same park), so any park dining has to be in the same park you see.

      11/3 avoid HS
      11/4 avoid AK
      11/5 avoid Epcot
      11/6 avoid MK
      11/7 avoid Epcot
      11/8 avoid MK

      Short days are more important than days off. Also, if you have not already seen it, see this.

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  3. Samantha
    August 8, 2019

    Hi Dave,

    I am going from 11/12 to 11/18. I saw your recommendations through the comments for for a few of the days so I’m most worried about 11.15 through 11.18 if you don’t mind? Thanks for all of your effort – you’ve always been truly helpful!!

    Just confirming also that HS is probably best option for 11/13 and MK for 11/14?

    We also are definitely doing MK on our first day. We’ve handled MK last year during spring break and Easter so i think we can get through anything lol

    Thanks!

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    • Dave
      August 9, 2019

      Hi Samantha!

      11/15 avoid HS. Avoid NMK unless you are eligible for, and willing to arrive before, the EMH
      11/16 there sar eno good choices. Epcot may be best
      11/17 MK is best, avoid HS
      11/18 avoid MK and HS.

      Yes, your dates HS will be best 11/13, and the best park 11/14 will be MK.

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  4. Heather
    August 2, 2019

    Dec 11-15 w/ a car and hoppers
    11 Wed AK 9a-6p (leave @5p) MK 7p-11p emh [HEAP FW]
    *12 Thu MK 9a-6p (leave by 7p) [MVMCP FW from Contemp’]
    *13 Fri HS 9a-8p [JingleBAM]
    14 Sat EP 9a-9:30p [Epcot Forever]
    15 Sun 1/2 day, choose park to fix any FP holes [8pm flight]

    Dave, thank you for sharing your time and insight. Very helpful to hear how Florida Pass pre-blockout affects GE open. We only have 4 nights to try covering all 4 fireworks shows and considered doing above (HS on Thurs, switch w/MK), but with your advice this can work:

    11 Wed HS 9a-4p (check-in); MK 7p-11p emh [HEAP FW]
    12 Thu MK 9a-6p (leave by 7p) [MVMCP FW from Contemp’]
    13 Fri EP 9a-9:30p [Epcot Forever]
    14 Sat RD AK emh 8a-12p; HS 2p-8p [JingleBAM]
    15 Sun AK 9a-3p [8pm flight]

    If WDW releases some EEMH for Dec before our 60 day FPs, that’d be nice :^)
    Thanks again & Best Regards!

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    • Dave
      August 4, 2019

      You bet, Heather!

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  5. David
    August 1, 2019

    Hi Dave,

    we are going to Disney from Nov 10 – 16. i have been trying to plan days and dining reservations. here is what i have. Any suggestions for improvement?

    10th MK ( A must. my daughter Bday)
    11 HS
    12 MK
    13 Epcot
    14 AK
    15 OPEN

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    • Dave
      August 2, 2019

      David, ignoring 11/10–which will be a zoo at MK, but I get your point about your daughter:

      11/11 will be best at MK, OK at Epcot, so-so at AK, and worst at HS
      11/12 will be best at MK, worst at HS and Epcot
      11/13 will be worst at MK. This is the best HS day among your options.
      11/14 will be best at MK, worst at HS and Epcot

      As you can probably guess, I;d suggest flipping your HS and Epcot dates…

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  6. Dina
    July 29, 2019

    Hello Dave,
    I’ve just come across your website and am petrified with all the information you give. It’s very detailed. My daughter is flying from Ireland with her 3 girls (6 and 9) and we will be going to WDW on October 25 – Nov 2. We plan to visit Universal for Harry Potter on one day, but plan to spend the rest of the time mostly at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. We travel on Oct 25 and Nov 2. We are staying at the Treehouse Villas (3 children, 5 adults). Can you suggest best days for the different parks so we can optimize our time, please? We will be buying park hopper tickets. Thanks.

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    • Dave
      July 30, 2019

      Hi Dina! Here’s my thoughts:
      10/25 AK is best, avoid MK and HS
      10/26: no good choices. Epcot may be best
      10/27: MK is best, avoid HS
      10/28: Avoid AK and MK. One of the better HS days of your dates.
      10/29: MK is best. Avoid Epcot and HS
      10/30: Avoid MK. The best HS day of your dates.
      10/31: Avoid all but AK
      11/1: MK is best. Avoid HS
      11/2: No good choices. Epcot may be best

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  7. Heather
    July 27, 2019

    Hi Dave, hope you’re having a magical summer! Re: Our Dec 11-15 trip-
    Is Fri better than Sat for our visit to the newly finished GE at HS?

    11 Wed AK 9a-6p (leave @5p) MK 7p-11p emh
    12 Thu MK 9a-6p (leave by 7p, party nite)
    *13 Fri HS 9a-8p
    *14 Sat EP 9a-9:30p
    15 Sun 1/2 day, choose park to fix any FP holes

    I’m thinking EP will be easier to navigate on Sat. Keep plan or Switch? Thank you =)

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    • Dave
      July 28, 2019

      Heather, I don’t see either day as a good day at HS.

      There are precisely two December weekends that occur after the opening of Rise of the Resistance on 12/5 and the when the blockout dates for the most popular Florida resident passes begin on 12/19, so I expect HS to be quite mobbed on Saturday, since it is one of them.

      And the early close at MK on 12/13 means that people will crowd the other three parks.

      If HS is a priority for you, Wednesday will be, by far, the best day, as you will have less local traffic and the late close at MK will draw people there.

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  8. Michael Hanley
    July 22, 2019

    Thanks Dave for your feedback! I guess I’m in a pickle … If you had the option of HS on Saturday 11/30 or Monday 12/2, what would you would pick? I think my best option is Tuesday 11/25 MK, Wednesday EC, off Thursday, AK Friday, DS Saturday, off Sunday, and HS Monday. One last question; do you think that a park with a lot of open restaurant reservations for multiple time and multiple restaurants tends to have less crowds? I have thought of this theory; however, never saw any data to prove or disprove the theory. Cheers!

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    • Dave
      July 23, 2019

      Hey Michael, of the two, I guess Monday.

      On the reservations, I have no data, but have conclusions anyway. The most basic point is there is not enough capacity at the most popular ones to serve as an indicator of crowds, and the least popular–like the ones in Morocco–are almost always available day-of.

      I believe that the pace at which popular dining is booked up is principally a function of how many returning visitors are intending a visit that period, and secondarily whether or not free dining is out. Most first timers have no idea that the popular venues book out so far in advance, and conversely, many returning visitors now know enough to avoid the most crowded dates, and also know that free dining has little value if they end up eating some place the would rather not have…

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  9. Michael Hanley
    July 20, 2019

    Happy weekend Dave! Headed down to WDW for Thanksgiving week and staying at Pop Century (new Gondolas!) from 11/25 to 12/3. This is a birthday surprise for my soon to be 9 year old love of Frozen and Tangled little girl and a extra special surprise for my Thanksgiving birthday Mother.

    I grabbed some great ADRs like breakfast and dinner at 1900 park, BOG for Tuesday, Chef France on Wednesday, Bon Voyage Adventure and Toledo (timing HS and EP fireworks) Thursday, Hoop-dee-Doo at 4pm on Sunday, and Yak-Yeti on Monday.

    My question is should we do HS on Friday or Saturday or Monday? I was thinking HS on Saturday, but I can switch AK for any of these days; however, I’m worried that many of the ppl visiting for the opening of Rise of the Resistance on 12/5 will run ppl to HS all week long even before there 12/5 opening. Any recommendations will truly be helpful.

    I’m wondering if it would be worth it to do the Mickey Xmas that Sunday after Hoopdee or will it be to late to truly enjoy the entire night and make it for EMM at AK if we desire on that park for Monday. I am organizing this myself for a group of 4 adults and 1 child – I’m starting to get stressed … Lol … Help!!!

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    • Dave
      July 21, 2019

      Hey Michael!

      On your HS, question, my guess is that soft opens before 12/5 will get rid of the issue you note of folks either delaying their HS visit to the 5th or after, or moving it up to before the 5th. So when to go there reverts to first principles for this time of year, which would be 1. after the Thanksgiving crowds have left (so 12/1 or later) 2. a weekday and 3. a day that MK is open late. Unfortunately, around your dates the only day that fits these criteria is 12/4, which is outside your window.

      So frankly I see no good choices your dates. Of the bad choices, worst are Saturday (holiday crowds) and Monday (particularly early MK close.) Sunday is probably best.among a bad set of options, and the next best may in fact be Thanksgiving day, as Epcot and MK traditionally are where people go on major holidays.

      On your Sunday night party question, my guess is that by then you will need the break much more than another late night.

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  10. Krystal
    July 18, 2019

    Thank you!

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  11. Krystal
    July 17, 2019

    Thanks for all of the tips on your website! We’ll be in Disney world Nov 17-Nov 23 (3 adults and a one year old). We have 6 day park hopper tickets and are staying on site. We’d also like to attend either the Tuesday or Thursday MVMCP and will be doing one day offsite (Kennedy space centre). Which parks do you recommend each day, which party and which day should we spend offsite? Thank you so much in advance for any and all advice!

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    • Dave
      July 18, 2019

      Hi Krystal, there’s commonly not much difference between Tuesday and Thursdays–both are school nights, making them equally less attractive to locals. The general sense is that Tuesdays are best, but if some other choice leads you to Thursday, that’s fine.

      11/17 avoid HS
      11/18 avoid MK and AK
      11/19 avoid Epcot
      11/20 avoid MK–probably the best HS day
      11/21 avoid Epcot
      11/22 avoid MK unless you plan to arrive early, before morning EMH
      11/23 there are no particularly good choices.

      I would target 11/23 as your offsite day. If that won’t work for travel or other reasons, WDW is in general busiest Friday-Monday, so heading off site might be best one of those days.

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  12. Kristen
    July 12, 2019

    Hi Dave, I’ve followed your plans for years and recommend your site highly to friends. Now that my children are older (I’ll have a high school freshman in the fall), I can’t pull them out of school for low-crowd weeks anymore. So, we’re booked for MLK weekend. Our park days are Friday, January 17- Monday, January 20. It’s a tight trip, at a crowded time and my husband has his heart set on the attractions in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Every crowd calendar I’ve consulted recommends different parks on each day. I know it’s just going to be ridiculously crowded everywhere. So, what’s your guess for the best parks each day? This is not our first visit, but it’s been several years since our last visit. I think we can chop Epcot completely off of our itinerary…my kids have been to actual Europe, and we’ve done Soarin’ multiple times, including at Disneyland last summer. How would you plan those four days, given that information?

    Thanks so much!!
    Kristen

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    • Dave
      July 14, 2019

      Oh Kristen, thanks for the kind words!!

      Right now, frankly, I would not overthink it. There is way too much information still missing/subject to change. If you can’t help yourself, my best guess is that Friday morning or Monday evening will be best…

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  13. Angie
    July 7, 2019

    What parks for which days would you pick for 11/8-11/12? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      July 8, 2019

      Hi Angie!

      If you are EMH eligible, the best park 11/8 is MK. The worst is Epcot, especially in World Showcase in the evening
      There’s no best park on 11/9.
      11/10 AK is best, and HS worst
      11/11 MK is best, avoid AK
      11/12 MK is best, avoid Epcot

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  14. Amy
    July 4, 2019

    What parks for which days would you pick for 12/3-12/11? All rope drops. Thanks for your help!

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    • Dave
      July 5, 2019

      Amy:

      Tues 12/3 avoid all but MK
      Weds: Avoid MK, other three should all be OK
      Thurs: avoid Epcot, HS
      Fri: avoid HS and MK
      Sat: avoid all but Epcot
      Sun: avoid HS, MK is best
      Mon: avoid MK, other three should all be OK
      Tues 12/10 avoid all but MK
      Weds: avoid MK, other three should all be OK

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  15. Mark C
    April 3, 2019

    Thank you, Dave. That is reassuring.

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    • Dave
      April 4, 2019

      🙂

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  16. Mark C
    April 2, 2019

    Hi Dave – How do the “special event hours” affect wait times at rope drop? We will be at WDW June 1-7, 2019. I noticed that they have added “special event hours” to the parks we are visiting on 3 of the days: MK on 06/02 (morning), AK on 06/04 (evening), and HS on 06/05 (morning).

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    • Dave
      April 3, 2019

      Hi Mark, they sell so few tickets to these that have have next-to-no impact.

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  17. Lin
    January 6, 2019

    Awesome!! Thank you.

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  18. Lin
    January 6, 2019

    Any advice on parks to see avoid arriving 9/27-leaving 10/1 -we have 4 day hoppers. Thank you!

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    • Dave
      January 6, 2019

      Lin, I will be able to help, but only after Disney’s calendar for then comes out, which won’t be for threeish months–it’s out 180 days before.

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