The Best Dates To Visit Walt Disney World in 2021
2021 packages for Walt Disney World ARE NOW ON SALE. For those giving travel plans in 2020 a miss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought we’d share with you some of our “preferred” times to visit Disney next year.
We’re firm believers that there’s no bad time of year to visit Walt Disney World. You can go anytime and have a magical visit. But, for those looking to beat the crowds, we have some suggestions!
Our Favorite Dates to Visit Disney in 2021
- January- The second half of the month
- February – The first two weeks of the month before Valentine’s Day
- April – The second half of the month
- May- The first three weeks of the month
- August- Last two weeks of the month
- September – Anytime after the 7th
- October – The first half of the month
- November – The first two weeks
- December – The first two weeks
The times of year highlighted above are typically known for their lower crowd levels. As a general rule, if your schedule is flexible, the best times to plan a Disney getaway is when most families are focused on school-Late January/early February, in May right before Summer vacation, late August and the month of September.
Late Spring (late April) is also a nice option for those looking to avoid Spring Break crowds. For those looking to enjoy seasonal offerings, guests visiting in late September, early October can attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. Similarly, the second weekend of November and the first two weeks in December is perfect for those looking to enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party without the crowds!
What are Some of Disney World’s Busier Times of Year
January 6– 10, 2021- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This is a busy weekend for Walt Disney World as the resort plays host to several running events. This means an influx of runners and spectators. If you’re not a participant or family member than you may want to plan your January visit after this event as crowds are larger and there will be traffic disruptions and closures.
January 15 – 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend – Crowd levels are much higher this week as families look to take advantage of the three day weekend.
February 12 – 15, 2021- Valentine’s Day/President’s Day Weekend – The combination of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day make these dates popular with families looking for an Early 2021 getaway.
February 15- 18, 2021- Mardi Gras Week – Mardi Gras falls during the middle of February in 2021. This means lots of Southerners will be taking advantage of the time off from school to plan a Disney getaway. Combine that with President’s Day and the Princess Half Marathon below and you can expect slightly larger-than-average crowds during this period.
February 18 – 23, 2021 – Princess Half Marathon – Similar to the Marathon Weekend in early January, this is another highly popular runDisney event that brings in runners and crowds.
March 13 – 31, 2021- Spring Break- Beginning the second full weekend of the March, Spring Break crowds start to arrive in droves making the month of March one of the busiest times of the year.
April 1 – 5, 2021– Easter falls on April 4 in 2021 making it another popular time of year for families looking to maximize school holidays.
April 15th – April 18th, 2021 – Star Wars Rival Run Weekend- With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge we can expect a surge in running enthusiasts signing up for this always popular runDisney offering. (Please Note, Rival Run dates for 2021 have yet to be announced. This is our est guess based on previous years.
May 28 – 31, 2021 – Memorial Day Weekend – This is another hugely popular time to visit Walt Disney World. Memorial Day (officially May 31, 2021) marks the start of Summer and the parks can get pretty packed.
July 2- 5, 2021- Fourth of July Week- The 4th of July falls on Sunday in 2021 meaning the Friday through the Monday will be very busy.
September 3-6, 2021- Labor Day Weekend – This September weekend marking the end of Summer can be a popular time for families looking to take advantage of the holiday weekend.
October 08 – 11, 2021- Columbus Day Weekend- This weekend coincides with the start of Fall Breaks at schools and can mean heavier crowd levels.
November 4 -8, 2021- Wine and Dine Half Marathon – Though dates for this Autumn runDisney event haven’t been announced for 2021 yet, it typically falls on the first full weekend in November. Similar to other races listed above this can mean larger crowds and disruptions.
November 21 – 27, 2021. Thanksgiving Week- With Thanksgiving falling on November 26th, the entire week will see a huge influx of holiday crowds
December 19 – 31, 2021. The lead in to Christmas through New Year’s boasts some of the largest crowds Walt Disney World will see all year. This means parks can near capacity. Having a destination Christmas at Disney World can be a magical experience however, a bit of forward planning goes a long way!
I Can Only Visit During the Summer. What Are Crowds Like?
Summer is typically a very busy time to visit the theme parks. June, July and August tend to be the peak months for families visiting Disney World. Though crowds may be heavier during this time of year, with a bit of forward planning you will have an amazing time. If your schedule is flexible you can beat the crowds a little bit by visiting in Early June or Late August!
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