Best Time to Visit Disney World
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
December 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
Photo by the WDW Shutterbug
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.
It rains in Orlando
They even have a Rainy Day Parade by WDW Shutterbug
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.
Fall is a great time to visit
The Magic Kingdom gets all dressed up Photo by WDWOW
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.
Some places have Christmas year round
Christmas all the time - Photo by WDW Shutterbug
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 ...
Crowds Month by Month
Check out Dad's month by month comparison of the crowds at WDW...
Dad's Monthly Crowd Calendars
Click on the month to visit that page
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.
The Festivals at Epcot are about the best
Photo 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.
Check in on Sunday
Photo by Mike Billick
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 ...
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.
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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 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.