Best Time to Visit Disney World
The best time to visit Disney World is May. No that's not a question, but a statement. That's Dad's opinion and he's sticking to it. May is the best time of the year to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World.
Why? Mmmm? Let me see. What happens in May? Star Wars Weekends happen in May. That's what makes May special. Who wouldn't want to see Chewbacca and all the Star Wars characters. May the force be with you.
Heigh Ho ...
Best Time To Visit
Mayis the best time to visit Disney World. That's the truth. You might want to avoid Memorial Day Weekend but the rest of the month expect low crowds. In addition to Star Wars Weekends, the Epcot International Garden and Flower Festival is in full bloom.
When it comes to crowds, May is complicated. The month begins with really low crowds. The first 4 weeks crowds during the week are pretty light, weekends crowds pick up but it is still not to bad. Then you get to the last week of May and bam the crowds are really high.
The last week of the month of May gets a little tricky depending on when the Gay Days celebration hits town. It's always held the first weekend in June. For example in 2013, Saturday is June 1, so Gay Days starts on May 30. Without Gay Days crowds are really light throughout the month.
- Light - the green color - no waiting in most lines, no real crowds.
- Moderate - the blue color - short wait in all lines, 30 minutes on the big rides.
- Heavy - the yellow color - 30 minute wait on all rides, 1-2 hours on the big rides, must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to shows.
- Wall-to-Wall - the red color - 1 hour + waits on rides not unusual. 2-3 hours for the big rides. Even 30 + minute waits for "fast" food.
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Yes, even the bad guys show up
There are 2 big events at Walt Disney World in May are Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and the beginning of Star Wars Weekends in Disney Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World are the most awesome event for fans of the Star Wars Series. Fans pack Disney Hollywood Studios dressed as their favorite characters to hear actors from the movies and cartoon series discuss Star Wars.
There are special parades for Star Wars fans. Just imagine all the characters from the movie parading up and down the streets of Disney Hollywood Studios. The characters interact with all of the fans during these weekends.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
The past 20 years Epcot has been home of the International Flower and Garden Festival. Special designers from HGTV come in and host seminars. The Flower Power Concert series is a great addition to this festival. Groovy sounds coming America Gardens Theatre.
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May has some of the best deals of the year. Summer prices don't start until June. There are great packages available during May.
If you are looking for a "Perfect" vacation, you'll probably need some professional help. That's why Dad has teamed up with the Disney Vacation Planners over at Destinations to Travel. They can help you plan a Magical Vacation experience.
Everyone gets into the act
The best time to visit Disney World is May because of the weather. The weather in Orlando in May can be spectacular. Most days at beautiful sunny days. There are a few scattered showers. The temperatures are not to hot yet but just about perfect.
The average low in May is 66ºF. The average high is 88ºF . This is perfect for strolling through the parks in shorts and a tshirt. A light jacket or sweater might be needed during chilly evenings or early mornings.
Pros and Cons
The best time to visit Disney World is May because -
- Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios
- Epcot's International Garden and Flower Festival
- Low Crowds
The reasons to avoid a trip to Disney World in December are -
- Big crowds in Disney Hollywood Studios on the weekends
- Crowds visiting the Flower and Garden Festival
There are drawbacks to every month and almost every week.
Dad's Bottom Line
I don't know how any month can be prettier than May. The old saying "April showers bring May flowers" is certainly true at Walt Disney World. No crowds, great events, perfect weather. What could possibly beat May at Disney World. (Maybe Christmas.)