The Best Time to Visit Disney World
Walt Disney World really is one of the happiest places on earth so, arguably, anytime is the best time to visit Disney! The yummy food you won’t normally have on a regular day, kids dressed up in their favorite Disney characters, thrilling rides, and an explosive sight of fireworks to end the perfect day! It is no wonder that over 58 million people visit Disney World each year.
However, a few things can put a damper on any vacation: long lines, crowds, and bad weather. So, when will be the best time to visit Disney?
Even though many people expect the Florida heat, the humidity can take you by surprise. The summers are hot, reaching temperatures in the 90s and more than 80% humidity. If you prefer the hot weather, then July through August is the way to go but remember to stay hydrated. However, expect afternoon showers in the afternoon.
Fall and spring offer excellent temperatures. It is still warm with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and winter can be cold in Orlando, so bring a sweater along. Hurricane season is between June and October. While the likelihood that a hurricane will affect Orlando is slim, there is still a lot of rain, and it can affect travel plans. Keep an eye on the weather forecast before planning your vacation there.
Beat the Crowds
There is nothing more disappointing than standing in lines for hours while on a Disney vacation, but there are certain times of the year that can minimize this frustration.
The least busy time of year to visit Disney include:
- Late January and early February: This is right after the winter holiday break.
- Late April: Spring break has just ended in Florida.
- Early December: Before winter break.
- Labor Day until before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The goal of your Disney vacation includes fun and bonding time with friends and family. Choose the time of year that has the best weather and off-peak times to avoid the crowds. Also, pay attention to when new attractions, lands, or rides open in the park. The anticipated new attractions can increase the number of visitors and lines.
The least crowded time of year to visit Disney is in January. However, there is most likely to be reduced park hours.
Before booking your trip, take a look at Disney’s calendar and see what events they have going on when you want to visit. Big events such as Walt Disney World Marathon draw large amounts of people. So, unless you are interested in participating or watching the event, it’s best to avoid large events.
Epcot has amazing events throughout the year, such as the International Flower & Garden Festival between March and May. You may even attend the Wine & Dine Festival in the fall. Of course, these events attract more crowds, but they are still fun to attend.
Visiting Walt Disney World in Orland, FL, is a fantastic adventure for the whole family! Choose the time of year with weather conditions that you love the most and with the least crowds to make it more enjoyable.
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Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is co-Founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel storytelling content hub she runs with her husband, Ian, that has been recognized as Best Social Impact Travel Media Company by CEO Monthly. She is an award-winning travel and business journalist, global public speaker, and 3-time TEDx speaker. Tonya regularly shares her insights on career transitions, DEIA in travel and the transformative power of travel to audiences all over the world. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year—an honor she shares with Ian, Tonya contributes her time and leadership to several boards and commissions in the travel community including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and JourneyWoman.