Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World in 2022
Every family must decide for itself when to visit Walt Disney World. Still, you come to MickeyBlog for pro tips and advice about Disney vacations.
So, here are my suggestions for the best times to Walt Disney World in 2022.
As 2021 progressed, EPCOT festivals gradually returned to normal. By the start of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, it was like the pandemic had never happened.
I mention this because the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts opens on January 14th and runs through February 21st.
This year, unlike in 2020, we’ll get the DISNEY ON BROADWAY concert series. That’s reason enough to want to visit.
These shows star many performers from Disney’s wildly successful Broadway plays. So, it’s like the real thing, only you’re watching it at EPCOT!
On top of that, you can enjoy all the various amenities of the Festival of the Arts, including those breathtaking artistic deserts. They’re always showstoppers on social media.
Look, the past two years have been hard on everybody. Even people in the healthiest relationships have struggled occasionally.
Don’t you deserve a lovely romantic getaway to the Most Magical Place on Earth? Of course, you do!
I’m happy to report that Disney’s relatively inexpensive in mid-February. Sure, you will pay more for February 13th-15th, but it’s still cheaper than other holidays.
More importantly, you can do lots of romantic stuff at Walt Disney World beyond the parks!
I’m talking about romantic dinners, Cirque du Soleil shows, and all the dancing you can stand!
The hidden benefit of this approach is that you don’t have to plan anything where you live on Valentine’s Day. By picking Disney, you’ve already made plans!
Okay, some of these suggestions presume that you can take a vacation whenever you want.
For many parents, the school schedule defines when you can book a trip.
I’m not referencing any specific date here since Spring Break varies across North America.
Still, the vacation break generally occurs sometime in March or early April.
By that point, the weather in Orlando has usually changed to the point where you won’t have to worry about cold days.
Conversely, you shouldn’t need to fret over too-hot days.
Now, I should warn you that crowds are likely to increase during Spring Break. After all, when you’re on holiday, other people are as well.
Still, that’s a trivial concern, as wait times are rarely problematic during the first half of the year.
Some dates on the calendar count as sweet spots, at least for me. I know that when I visit on these days, I’ll “beat the system,” so to speak.
My definition of that is waiting less than usual in lines while not worrying about the heat.
I can tell you from experience that Florida can turn scorching toward the end of May.
The parks have had many consecutive 100-degree days toward the end of the month. So, the sweat on my body was real on those dates.
When you travel early in May, you needn’t worry about heat. Instead, you can focus on what’s happening at the park at the time.
Specifically, you can enjoy the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, the longest-running festival at Walt Disney World.
During this exhibit, Disney hosts a concert series featuring bands you know, albeit ones you probably haven’t thought about in a while.
Also, cast members create artistic shrubberies that look like your favorite Disney characters. It’s quite impressive.
Again, many of us must wait until school ends before we can think about Disney.
That applies to college students and people working on post-graduate degrees as well.
So, June works as a viable time for Disney fans. Yes, the weather can be problematic at times, but it’s nowhere near as bad as July and August.
Also, the summer crowds really don’t kick into high gear until the start of July. Then, Disney goes through a 10-week run of heavy traffic.
Oh, and the Flower & Garden Festival is probably still going on, too!
September after Labor Day
I think you can tell how I evaluate park visits. I just cannot get into July/August trips due to the heat.
If that doesn’t bother you, mid-August becomes another viable option here. In 2021, crowds started lessening around August 15th.
Still, I’d suggest that if you can visit in September, you should. It’s secretly the best month for small crowds.
For years, people assumed the answer was January…and it usually was. However, the Festival of the Arts has tipped the balance.
Now, you’re likely to ride more stuff in September. Plus, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival ran through mid-November in 2021.
You’re almost certain to experience the most famous of all EPCOT festivals, along with its decadent foods and wines.
I haven’t mentioned the best part yet, either. Disney After Hours – Boo Bash should have nights available throughout the month…and they’re cheaper than in October!
Still, for many of us, we want to attend Halloween events at Disney on and around Halloween.
That makes late October the ideal visitation time, and I say that as someone who has spent Halloween at Magic Kingdom most of the past decade.
This past October, I gave out Ring Pops at my front door, and it just wasn’t the same. I prefer for Disney to give me candy instead.
Also, when you stay into November, you’ll receive a happy bonus. On November 1st, the parks will switch their decorations from Halloween to Christmas!
You’ll double up with your vacation, savoring spooky season and then the yuletide celebration!
Then again, maybe you’re someone who doesn’t like to merge your holidays. If so, you should plan to visit in early December.
Oddly, there’s a calm before the storm element to this time of the year. People show up at Thanksgiving and spend the week at Disney.
Then, the crowds tend to lessen until around December 17th. That’s good news unless you’re waiting for school to end.
Kids don’t get the same December vacation time as previous generations did.
Still, you should be able to work something out to spend several days at Walt Disney World.
The weather isn’t cold in early December, but the entertainment is outstanding. Plus, you can attend Disney Very Merriest After Hours.
Also, you can watch the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and visit the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!
As you can see, there are plenty of great dates you can choose for the 2022 Disney vacation of your dreams!
Speak with a MickeyTravels agent to start planning your well-deserved getaway today!