What are the best weeks to visit Disney World in 2014? That's a good question. Yes, of course Dad's got the answer. Let's dive right in.
Over the last few years, Disney has been really effective in bringing in crowds during some of the slower times of year. 2014 will probably follow that pattern, but there are still a few weeks that will stand out from the rest.
There are several factors I consider when choosing the best weeks to visit Disney World in 2014. First there has to be low to moderate crowds. Being at Disney World just isn't as fun when you're standing in line all the time. Next there is the price factor, but that's usually determined by the crowds so when the crowds are low so are the prices.
Then we have to think about the weather. I don't know about you, but I prefer comfortable temperatures not the sauna that is Florida in the summer. Finally we look at the events. Disney has some really great events during the year and if you can combine low crowds with great events you have a winner.
The best time to visit Disney World is ... Photo by Tom Bricker
Month by Month
In the January 2014 issue of WDW Magazine, Dad and Dave from YourfirstVisit.net go month by month and choose the best week to visit WDW each month. It's really a good interview. You might want to check it out.
What are the best weeks to visit Disney World in 2014? Let's just take a look ...
The Week after Thanksgiving - Yes, the number one week of the year to visit Disney World is the week after Thanksgiving. It has all the elements covered. Crowds are light, prices are low, the weather is usually really nice and there is the best event of the year.
Dad loves Christmas at Disney World, in fact, it's just "the most wonderful time of the year" in all ways. Everything is so decorated. Everywhere you turn, Christmas is in the air. You can almost hear Andy Williams singing that song. Come on sign along with Andy and Dad ...
"It's the most wonderful time of the year ...
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer ...
It's the most wonderful time of the year!"
Doesn't Dad sing good?
The first full week in November - What could be better? November (except for Thanksgiving week) is a really slow time at Disney World. The weather is just about perfect AND you get a taste both Christmas and Halloween at Disney World.
Two of the best events Disney puts on each year are Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and as we've already said, Christmas at Disney World. The first week of November you might be able to see both.
The last Halloween Party is usually the First or Second of November and the Christmas Decorations should be all up by Friday the 7th. So in one week you can watch an amazing transition especially in the Magic Kingdom.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, the International Food and Wine Festival (which is really, really good) will be wrapping up over in Epcot. That's another not to be missed event. What are you waiting for?
February (except for Presidents Day Week) - From after the Martin Luther King Holiday Week until around Mrs. Mom's Birthday (March 12) is a really great time to visit Walt Disney World. (Except for the week of Presidents Day which is February 15-22.)
That's 6 or 7 great weeks of low crowds, the lowest prices of the year, and nice weather. There aren't really any special events during that time, but it's really a nice time to be at the best vacation destination on earth.
The first two weeks in June - OK Dad's going to really throw you a curve-ball here. This year I'm making a whole new recommendation. Yes, I'm recommending you go to Disney World the week of Gay Days.
For years, I've been telling everyone to avoid Gay Days week and apparently it's working. According to the live reporting I saw on Touringplans Lines app this year, no one at all was in the parks during Gay Days. Any of the parks. That means if you want to miss the crowds, Gay Days week is a good time to do it. (It's pretty easy to avoid the festivities. They have a set park for each day.)
These two weeks give lots of families with school aged children a great window to visit before the summer crowds arrive to clog everything up. That also gives you a couple weekends to enjoy Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. If you are Star Wars fans, it's a once in a lifetime experience.
All of September - September is a lot like February. It's a month will very small crowds and usually pretty great prices. It can be pretty hot and there aren't any events, but it's a really good time to have some quality time at Disney World.
The first week in May - April Shower bring May Flowers the old adage goes. Well that's certainly true at Epcot. The Flower and Garden Festival ends a long run the first week of May. Not only are there some really neat topiaries (Disney characters in flowers) there is some good food and some great music.
Crowds are low and prices are pretty nice. Another great week to be at Disney World.
Special Mention - Don't tell anybody, but Dad, Mrs. Mom and the kids are going to Disney World in 2014 and we want to meet you. We'll have more details in the future, but the current plan is for us to be in our favorite place the week of December 14th. We can't wait.
The rest of the year has some weeks you should try to avoid at all costs. There are HUGE crowds these weeks. I'm talking wall-to-wall people. Gazillions, or so it seems. You can wait an hour just to get a hot dog. It's not a lot of fun.
The week between Christmas and New Years - Christmas Day starts the busiest week of the year at Disney World. The seven days between Christmas and New Years will have the largest crowds for the whole year. Several days, the Magic Kingdom will close to new guests during the day. Lines are incredible.
The 4th of July week - speaking of a Gazillion people, the 4th of July draws almost that many people to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom as Christmas Day does. The whole week is very busy, but not quite as busy as Christmas week.
President's Day Weekend - a weekend that should be avoided if at all possible is President's Day weekend. Friday through Tuesday will be hugely busy and then the crowds will all go away again.
Of course there are several weeks in the summer where the temperatures are hot, the crowds are large and the prices are high. Most of the summer should be avoided (if possible). But other than the 4th of July week there aren't any outrageous weeks.
If you have to go in the summer, go as early or late as possible.
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