The 4 Best Times of Year to Go to Walt Disney World
When looking to go to Walt Disney World, deciding on when to go throughout the year is one of the most important decisions you will make. You need to consider the weather, crowd levels, and events going on around Walt Disney World. You might want to take advantage of some of the best times to go to Disney!
As you guessed, some of the busiest times are spring break, summer vacation, long weekends, and winter break. If you are able to take some time off of school and work, you will be rewarded with lower crowd levels and lower prices at the hotels.
Below is my list of the top 4 best times to go to Walt Disney World
4. First weeks of May
If you are dealing with children in schools, this can be tricky time to take off, but you will be rewarded with great weather, lower crowds and moderately priced resorts. Beginning of May in Orlando for the most part is pleasant, you might need a light coat in the early morning or later a night, but with most days being around 80F, the weather is great for pools and walking around. As you guessed kids are still in school for the most part, and crowd levels are average to lower. In Epcot, they have the International Flower and Garden Festival still in swing, showing beautiful flowers and additional food kiosks. They do sometimes have a Cheerleading/Dance Competition going on at Beginning of May, but this really shouldn’t impact you. Also, make sure to not be there by Memorial Day weekend as it does get more expensive and crowded.
3. Middle of February through the first week March
These dates can be great, as long as you stay away from holidays, such as President’s Day weekend and the beginning of March. Depending on the year, there is a magical week that is before Spring Break madness and after President’s Day weekend. The weather can be cooler during this time, but 80F days are not uncommon. The prices at the resorts can be much lower, before they spike for Spring Break. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival also usually opens on March 1. Look ahead though as some refurbishments tend to happen at this time, so if there is a must ride you have to go on, you can check Disney’s website to see what they plan to refurbish at this time.
2. Middle September through beginning of October
The kids are back in school and summer vacation is over, making these dates fantastic for low crowds, and lower priced resorts. This is also one of the trickiest times to take your kids out of school. If you are fine taking them out, or don’t have kids you will be rewarded with a fantastic trip. The humidity and heat in Orlando starts to fade, leaving pleasant days and cooler nights. Also during these times is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of certain nights. The parks get a Halloween make-over, and delicious treats are seen everywhere! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is on select nights and requires a separate ticket. The other big draw to this time is Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, running all of September and October, Epcot is loaded with culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events and tons of food kiosks to choose from! Depending on if you are more of a Holiday person or Halloween person this might be your #1 time to go to Walt Disney World!
1. Sunday After Thanksgiving until 1st week in December
If you are more of a Holiday person than Halloween, than this is for sure your #1 time to go to Walt Disney World!
This week is the small break between Holidays. Everyone gets home after the Thanksgiving break and gets ready for Christmas, and you could be on your way to Walt Disney World. These dates are great on your bank account; flights are cheaper and resorts are usually offering specials before the holiday season. The weather is cooler and pleasant in Orlando, so make sure to pack a jacket or sweatshirt. The biggest draw to these dates, making it #1 in my book is, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom! This is a separate event and does require a ticket. The parks are covered on Holiday cheer, and gets you in that Holiday spirit. Hollywood studios also just introduced Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! featuring a nighttime show of twinkling fireworks and merry music. It also makes a great early Christmas gift!
No matter what time of the year you chose is best for you and your family, you are sure to have a magical vacation. Contact me for more questions on booking your magical vacation!
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