When Is The Best Time To Go To Disney World?

When Is The Best Time To Visit Disney World? - Cinderella Castle

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When planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, the first big decision to make is when to visit. The timing of your trip can affect numerous aspects of your vacation, including price, crowd levels, and activities. While there may not necessarily be one specific best time to go to Disney World, you can determine the best time for your family by taking all of these factors into account.

Crowd Levels

For many guests, crowd levels are a huge factor in determining when to visit Disney. Visiting at a time of year which typically has a lower crowd level can mean shorter wait times, better FastPass and dining availability, and even lower prices. Crowd calendars can be essential to planning this aspect of your vacation. Typically the months of January, early February, April, early May, most of September, and certain weeks throughout October and November, and early December see the lowest crowds at Walt Disney World. If you’re looking to visit while crowds are low, you’ll want to avoid traveling around holidays and school breaks. Keep in mind Spring and Fall breaks throughout the country often cover a span of a few weeks. You’ll want to consider this, in addition to the timing of breaks for your local school system.

If you’re interested in more details on Disney crowds, I highly recommend taking a look at Touring Plans’ crowd calendar {affiliate link}. Their researchers have analyzed a tremendous amount of data to help them accurately predict future crowds in the parks. Typically, the Touring Plans predictions are spot on. In addition to predicting the overall crowd level for Walt Disney World, they also tell you the predicted crowd level for each individual park. This is a great tool to help plan each day of your vacation.

Special Events

In addition to crowd levels, you’ll also want to consider the various special events held throughout the year at Walt Disney World when planning your vacation. Epcot offers several festivals throughout the year. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts takes place in the beginning of the year and features numerous types of art including the visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, and more. During the Spring, guests to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will have the opportunity to see beautiful flowers, topiaries, and gardens, in addition to attending gardening workshops. Guests visiting in the Fall can participate in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival where they can sample cuisine from around the world, watch cooking demonstrations, and enjoy the Eat To The Beat concert series.

If you or someone in your family is a runner, you may consider planning your vacation around one of the runDisney events such as the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, the Star Wars Half Marathon, or the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. These events are a fun way to achieve your running goals while getting to experience Disney magic as you run through the parks prior to opening. You can even stop for photos with characters along your run! Some of the runDisney events also overlap with Epcot’s various festivals. For example, you could schedule your vacation to participate in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend and also experience the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival while you’re there!

Holidays

While holidays may see increased crowd levels at Walt Disney World, they can also be some of the best times to visit. In fact, my two favorite times of year to visit are 4th of July and Christmastime. However, it should be noted the week of Independence Day and the week between Christmas and New Year’s are the two most crowded weeks to visit, with New Year’s Eve being one of the most crowded days of the entire year. Growing up, my family would visit Disney over the week of Independence Day. To me, 4th of July just isn’t the same without fireworks above Magic Kingdom and seeing the castle decorated in red, white, and blue.

Though I’ve only visited Disney at Christmas once, it was a truly magical experience getting to see the parks decorated for my favorite holiday. The magic of Disney combined with the magic of Christmas is something everyone should experience and something I hope to experience again soon. In addition to the beautiful decorations, Disney also hosts numerous special events throughout the holiday season. Guests can experience the Candlelight Processional at Epcot where a mass-choir and celebrity narrator tell the Christmas story with traditional carols and a reading from the Bible. Storytellers around World Showcase share holiday traditions from around the world. Gingerbread creations can be found at several Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests can also celebrate the season by attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which includes a special Christmas parade and holiday fireworks.

Disney also celebrates several other holidays throughout the year. At Easter, the Grand Floridian hosts a gorgeous display of Easter Eggs. During the Fall, Magic Kingdom is decorated with jack-o-lanterns and the colors of autumn. Guests can also attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which includes the Boo To You Parade and HalloWishes fireworks show. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes for the party. If you time your vacation just right, you can experience both the Halloween and Christmas festivities during your vacation since Disney typically begins their Christmas celebration in early November.

Your Thoughts

When is your favorite time of year to visit Disney World? Comment below to let me know which factors you consider when determining the time of year for your next Disney vacation.

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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