When Are the Best Times to Visit Disney in 2021?
As we joyfully enter a new year and try to forget the last one, everyone is ready for life to go back to normal.
Yes, that means we’re ready to return to Disney. Some of us visited during 2020, while others waited. We all want to go in 2021, though.
This impulse leads to a logical question. When are the best times to visit Walt Disney World in 2021? Well…
I’ll start with an obvious suggestion followed by a less predictable one.
On October 1st, 2021, Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th-anniversary.
On that date, proud cast members will point out all the opening day features that remain in operation 50 years later.
Guests will walk down Main Street, U.S.A. and feel connected to the park’s history and heritage.
People staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will know what it was like for opening day guests.
For the first time in 18 months, Magic Kingdom is sure to sell out on October 1st.
So, you’ll want to book early to avoid missing the festivities. This is when I remind you to contact a MickeyTravels agent.
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Thanks to MickeyTravels, you’ll guarantee that your 50th-anniversary vacation provides memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Here’s where we get a bit sneaky. I just mentioned the appeal of an October 1st to Walt Disney World.
The parks will throw parties and parades and host sellout crowds.
Well, you may want to avoid all that. Instead, you might prefer a more intimate visit where you’re not fighting the crowds.
Maybe you’d rather watch the 50th-anniversary celebration from your home or on your phone.
I understand the appeal of this argument. The times when I’m most likely to miss significant Disney stories, memes, and viral videos are when I’m at the parks.
Since I’m having such a great time, I sometimes lose track of time and forget to check my phone. On October 1st, that would be bad.
So, a different strategy would involve a park visit a couple of weeks before the festivities begin.
Most people who want to visit in the fall will time their trip around the 50th-anniversary events.
You can avoid those folks by heading out days before they arrive. You’ll get the run of the place.
Then, on October 1st, you can live vicariously through MickeyBlog, as I’m sure we’ll livestream at least once that day!
My wife and I have gone back and forth about visiting Walt Disney World at the end of this month.
We have hotel reservations and would certainly rather be at the parks, all things being equal.
However, we just vacationed at Disney in November, and COVID-19 numbers have surged recently.
So, we’ve engaged in quite a bit of debate about how to proceed.
Thus far, the winning argument is simple. With a vaccine on the horizon, Disney parks will gradually swell in traffic in 2021.
January qualifies as perhaps the last time to enjoy dramatically reduced crowds.
The pandemic won’t be over by then, while Coronavirus will restrict park capacity to 35 percent.
Also, the folks who wanted to vacation at Disney will have likely done so during the holidays.
Late January looks like a sweet spot on the calendar.
There’s a sliding scale factor here, and it’s somewhat challenging to anticipate.
Two different pharmaceutical companies have created COVID-19 vaccines. Each one has begun distribution in the United States.
The timeline for these treatments will involve six-to-eight weeks for maximum effectiveness, as you’ll take two shots with a delay in between.
The unknown is how quickly Moderna and Pfizer can meet the demand for their products.
Should these companies fall behind schedule, some guests will stay away from the parks.
Their decision benefits you, as a less crowded park provides more appeal.
You know that Disney is safe, as no outbreaks have been connected to the parks. Conversely, more guests mean fewer rides and longer lines for you.
As such, I’m eyeing late April as a terrific spot for a Disney vacation.
You’ll avoid any risk of Spring Break or Easter crowds, but the weather shouldn’t overwhelm you with heat.
Much of what I just said applies to a mid-June visit as well. Yes, the temperatures will be higher, but it’s still not the heart of summer yet.
As such, you will probably avoid the worst days for oppressive heat.
Meanwhile, I’m dubious that Disney will operate at maximum capacity by then.
I suspect that crowd control methods will remain in place through September. Disney has published the Park Pass schedule through 2021.
So, most of us would feel surprised if they switched plans midway through the year.
From a guest perspective, taking a vacation in June is a lot easier to schedule, especially for guests with school-aged children.
I haven’t mentioned Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) yet. Disney has yet to announce any ticketed events for 2021.
I fully expect that we will get a Halloween after-hours party in 2021 if no COVID-19 related surprises are in the offing.
None of this matters with regards to the early November booking window.
Disney added spooky decorations last October, and they’ll do so again in the fall of 2021.
Similarly, I watched with glee as Magic Kingdom cast members added yuletide decorations in early November.
I had family and friends at three different parks that morning. We were giddily texting pictures of park decorations to one another.
When you arrive on or around Halloween, you’ll get a couple of days of Halloween decorations. Then, you’ll notice the parks switching to Christmas.
This timeframe is magical and an annual tradition for my family.
Early December definitely qualifies as another smart time for a visit.
Crowds target the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas week.
The lull after Thanksgiving through mid-December has become a target date for many frequent Disney guests.
You receive all the benefits of a holiday visit, including decorations and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.
However, you avoid the worst crowds of the year, which usually happen in late-November and late-December.
Given everything that happened in 2020, you want to spend the holidays with your loved ones this year.
More importantly, you want to do so in a stress-free environment where someone else cooks all food and provides the entertainment.
You just want to feel happy and catch up on lost time with your friends.
Try to think of a place that fits the bill better than Walt Disney World. Go on. I dare you. It can’t be done.
For families, a Disney theme park provides the ideal setting for a holiday get-together.