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Best Time to Visit Disney World

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One of the most asked questions I see is "when is the best time to visit Disney World?" Duh! That's pretty obvious, the answer to that question is "anytime you can". OK, I know, that's not very helpful, if you're trying to make a decision on when to go, so let's check it out.

 


 

If we are really going to figure out the absolute best time to take a wonderful trip to the happiest place on earth, we need to look at a few pesky details (crowds, weather, events and prices). OK, I accept the challenge. This is going to be fun.

Not the best time to visit Walt Disney World

The December 30 crowds at the Magic KingdomDecember 30 crowds. Photo by WDW Shutterbug

 

Here's how we're going to figure this thing out. First, we have to look at crowd levels, then we need to check the weather and prices, and special events. Then after all of that I'll reveal the real best times to go on a great WDW vacation.

That looks better

The Magic Kingdom emptyPhoto by the Temporary Tourist

Crowds

The crowds at Walt Disney World are legendary. Over 50,000,000 people visit WDW every year. When you're trying to choose the best time to visit Disney World, you need to know something about the crowds. That's pretty basic.

 

If you want to miss all of the crowds at Disney World, you will want to visit when the schools in the United States are in session. Usually the last week in January and the first week or two of February have the smallest crowds. September is another month will small crowds.

 

To find out how to avoid crowds at Walt Disney World you'll want to check out Dad's Disney World Crowds page. It will tell you all you need to know.

Dad's Disney World Crowds page

It rains in Orlando

The Rainy Day parade at the Magic KingdomFrom the Rainy Day Parade by Disney Image Makers

Weather

Orlando (home of Walt Disney World), is in the smack dab middle of the state of Florida. Florida can have some extreme weather. Orlando isn't exempt from the extremes. Florida is also well know for rain. Yes, it rains in Florida. A lot. You can expect to have at least one rain shower during your stay. Sometimes it rains every day. Even in December. So come prepared. (Bring your own ponchos.)

 

To be sure you find the best time to visit Disney World, know what the weather is going to be when you arrive so you can pack accordingly.

Walt Disney World weather page

Fall is a great time to visit

Minnie holding a Jack O' LanternPhoto by Disney Image Makers

Special Events

Walt Disney World differs from other amusement parks by the quality of it's special events. Disney puts on celebrations almost year around. Some of them draw small crowds. Some draw very large crowds. There are celebrations that last for only one day, like the 4th of July or New Years Eve. But some last for months, like Epcot's Food and Wine Festival or Flower and Garden Festival.

 

Choosing the best time to visit Disney World could be highly influenced by the events going on. You have to check out Christmas at Disney World at least once.

Dad's Disney World Events page

Some places have Christmas year round

The Christmas Store in Disney Hollywood StudiosPhoto by Disney Image Makers

Discounts

Getting a discount on a Disney World vacation can be an easy task (depending on the time of year), but it can also be almost impossible. Changing your arrival day by a day or two might save you thousands.

 

Disney offers discounts for most weeks of the year. See how to get yours ...

Dad's Disney World Discounts page

Crowds Month by Month

Check out Dad's month by month comparison of the crowds at WDW...

 

Dad's Monthly Crowd Calendars

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Dad's 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendars
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WDW Magazine

The cover for WDW Magazine - the Best Time to visit WDW

As you probably know, Dad runs WDW Magazine too. The January 2014 issue of WDW Magazine was titled "The Best Time to visit WDW". It's all about when to go, the crowds, and everything else about choosing when to visit the most magical place on earth.

Each month in WDW Magazine we look at the Best of Walt Disney World. There is just a ton of great information and amazing pictures every month.


Check it out.

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The Festivals at Epcot are about the best

The Canada booth at the Flower and Garden FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Best weeks to visit

OK, "Anytime You Can" is not very helpful, so let's talk a bit about the best weeks of the year to visit Disney. I"ve picked out 5 (or so) weeks that have low crowds, great events, good weather (usually) and low crowds (oops, I think I said that already).

 

When you take all of these factors into consideration, the best times of the year to visit Disney World are ...

 

Well let's just take a look.

Dad's Best Weeks to visit Disney World 2014 page

Disney knows how to throw a party

Toy Soldiers marching in the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party paradePhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Best Time in 2014

Over on the blog Dad wrote a whole big article about the best time in 2014. You've got to see this. Don't tell anyone, but Dad himself is going to be there. Maybe we'll see you there.

The best time to visit WDW in 2014

Check in on Sunday

The Check in Sign at the Contemporary ResortPhoto by Jeff Bergman

The best day of the week to arrive

The best day of the week to arrive at Walt Disney World is Sunday. Sunday is cheapest day to arrive. Disney charges more for Friday and Saturday nights.

 

So unless you stay exactly 7 days, avoiding Friday and Saturday nights will save you some money.

 

The other reason the best time to visit Disney World starts on Sunday is that that's typically the cheapest day to fly. Business travelers don't fly much on Sunday so there are more seats available at a cheaper price. It's also when the traffic around Orlando is the slowest.

All part of the Plan

Choosing the best time to visit Disney World is all part of the grand plan you should have every time you visit. Walt Disney World is an immense place and a vast undertaking. For a Perfect vacation you'll need a plan. We'll help (that's what Dad does, he helps). We've gathered a lot of what you need to make a perfect plan into one simple location. Check out ...

Dad's Plan a Disney Vacation page

As part of planning your vacation, there is one resource everyone should have. That's a subscription to Touringplans.com. Touringplans has over 100 plans to to help you put together an itinerary for your trip. They'll also help yo u choose the best time to visit Disney World.

Dad's Touringplans.com page

Get started today

If you are ready to take a Disney World Vacation, why not let Dad give you some help. Dad has teamed up with some really great Disney Vacation Planners and hopes you'll give them a shout and let us help you put together a Magical Vacation.

Dad's Destinations to Travel page

Dad's Bottom Line - The real answer

When you look at crowds, weather, Special Events, and pricing, when is the best time to visit Disney World?

Whenever you can.

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