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January or February 2020 Disney trip

by Rhonda

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“Is January or February best for low crowds at Disney World?”

Very Similar

Hey Rhonda,

When it comes to crowds at Disney World, January and February are very similar. I haven’t put together my 2020 crowd calendars yet, but you can see from the 2019 calendar that in both January and February, there are slow times and there are busy times.

Dad's January Disney World Crowd Calendar

January is an interesting month. Typically it starts off with a bang the slows down with just a little bump over the Martin Luther King weekend.

Dad’s January Disney World Crowds page

Dad's February Disney World Crowds page

February is all about Presidents Day Week. It’s one of the busiest weeks of the year. The rest of the month is pretty nice crowds wise?

Dad’s February Disney World Crowds page

Christmas vs. Art

A Festival of the Arts sign

You might want to check this out – Photo by Laurie Sapp

One of the things you should consider when choosing a time to go to Walt Disney World is what events are happening that you might be interested in. For example, in January the Christmas decorations are typically up until the middle of the month. If you like Christmas you might want to go in early January.

In late January the Festival of the Arts kicks off in EPCOT. If you are at all interested in art, you will probably want to go during the Festival. It’s fun.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The model of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is going to be AWESOME, but the crowds… – Photo by Rich Ramos

One of the big things that will affect the 2020 crowds is the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It’s supposed to happen sometime in late 2019. The later it happens, the bigger the crowds will be in January. I think by February things will calm down a little, so I’d probably choose February if it were up to me.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Rhonda, (aren’t you proud I didn’t sing any Beach Boys songs?) either January of February will be a good choice as long as you avoid the holidays. I do think February would be a little better choice, but January is not all that bad.


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Comments for

Feb 05, 2019 January 2019 crowds were not light
by: Wayne

We went to EPCOT on January 30 and Animal Kingdom on January 31, 2019. Both parks had large crowds on those days. For example, the Nemo ride at EPCOT was a 30 min. wait mid-day. We have been to EPCOT many times and never waited more than 10 minutes for Nemo before. Test Track was a 70 min. wait most of the day and Flight of Passage never dropped below 150 min. (but still worth it).

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