DETERMINING WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
A Quick Search on the internet will bring up hundreds of articles, blogs and opinions on the best time to visit Walt Disney
World. Here at As You Wish Vacations we don’t believe there is a Best Time to go only a Best Time for Your Family.
From weather, crowds, personal and school calendars, and special activities, there is so much to think about. If your dates are flexible, take a look at the factors below that may help with your decision. If your dates are not flexible, make sure you know what to expect so you go into your trip prepared. Now, in my book, it’s always a good time to visit Disney World. I’ve been to visit in every season and have found with a good touring plan you can manage crowds just fine. Your Travel Agent is here to help!
CHECK YOUR CALENDAR
Before you start doing research on when is the best time to go, look at your own calendar. As long as you are prepared you can have a great time on even the busiest days. Consider personal commitments, school schedules and family activities. This is a good time to discuss if you are ok pulling your kids out of school for a week or if you are limited to summer or school vacation weeks. Make sure you understand the truancy laws in your state before you consider this. At the end of the day only YOU know what is best for your child.
No matter when you go Walt Disney World is going to be crowded. Since Disney World is a family destination the crowd calendars typically align with school schedules. Traditionally the crowds are lowest from Labor Day until Thanksgiving, Early December, portions of January and February and Late April. The busiest times are MLK weekend, Super Bowl Weekend, President’s Week, the week leading up to and after Easter, Mid-March to Mid- April (Spring Break,) June through Mid-August, Columbus Day Week, Thanksgiving Week and Christmas through Marathon Weekend. Check Out our crowd calendar here.
Resort prices at Walt Disney World rise and drop with demand. The least crowded times of the year will offer the best resort prices, but also the shortest park hours, and the least number of operating park attractions-often with many favorites undergoing refurbishment. Also night-time entertainment may not be available every night during value season. If you don’t want to miss your favorite make sure you check park hours, refurbishment and entertainment schedules before booking Value Season.
EXPLORE WEATHER TRENDS
Florida is famous for it’s sunshine but many may not be prepared for the heat and humidity that comes with it. If you have a hard time in the heat stick to January- February where it is usually a comfortable 60-70°. Expect Frequent Short Showers in the afternoons most of the year. Rainy Season is August- October so that is when you can usually find the best deals. Disney Resort Pools are heated so you can swim all year long. Winters still have hot days but will usually get a little cooler at night – make sure you pack a light sweater or jacket unless you want an excuse to buy Disney Sweatshirts! Always pack sunscreen!!!
|Month||Hotel Rates||Crowds||Avg. High Temperatures|
|February||Regular – Peak||Low- Medium||74|
|April||Easter – Peak||Medium – High||83|
|June||Summer – Peak||High||91 *Most Rainfall|
|July||Summer – Peak||High||93 *High Rainfall|
|August||Regular||High – Low||92 *Hurricane Season|
|October||Regular||Low – Medium||85|
|November||Regular – Peak||Medium – High||79|
|December||Regular – Holiday Peak||Low – Highest||73|
Adapted from: About Travel (travelwithkids.about.com)
LOOK FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
A lot of people plan their vacations around special events at Walt Disney World. These are Parties, Marathons and Festivals that enhance standard offerings. Most of the events were designed to bring in crowds during quieter times but are typically centered in one park (with the exception of Christmas) so the impact is mostly only felt in that park. There is a list of popular events below – Make sure you check the calendar if you want to attend or avoid any of these events.
Christmas at Walt Disney World is one of the most magical times to visit. It is also the most crowded. As long as you don’t try to do it all and focus on what is most important to you, Disney is a wonderful way to spend the Holidays! Make sure to take some time away from the crowds and explore the resorts. The Deluxe Resorts in particular have amazing decorations and activities.
Winter Events – WDW Marathon, Festival of the Arts (EPCOT), Disney Princess Half Marathon
Spring Events – Flower and Garden Festival (EPCOT), Star Wars Half Marathon
Summer Events – Gay Days, Sounds Like Summer
Fall Events – Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, International Food & Wine Festival (EPCOT), Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Holiday Events – Thanksgiving, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Holidays Around the World, Candlelight Processional