Trip Preparation

When’s the right time of year to go to Disney World?

When you start thinking about heading down to Walt Disney World for a vacation the answer for you and your family may be completely obvious. You may only have one week during the calendar year that works for everyone to be away from your regular schedule at the same time. If that’s the case, then done, perfect. Start planning and take a look at what events are happening during that time of year to make sure you get the most value of your time spent at Walt Disney World. If you’re more flexible about your dates then I would start by asking yourself a series of questions to figure out what time of year works best for your Disney vacation.

  1. Cost.

Do you have a strict budget you’d like to stick with for your vacation? If so then certain times of year are actually cheaper to vacation at Disney World. Every year they have similar deals at the same time of year. For example, if you want to purchase one of the dining plans, they come for free with a Magic Your Way package between July and end of September. Or just opt for a cheaper room with discounted rooms from May until September. Ticket prices change depending on the time of year. January and September have the cheapest ticket prices. So when you take all these things into account, the least expensive time of year to visit Walt Disney World is September. You can take advantage of either offer, either free dining plan or discounted rooms. Plus with less expensive ticket prices you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit of money.

2. Events.

Each time of year at Walt Disney World is actually different. Each season has special events attached to it, with the exception of the summer months. These events can make your vacation to Disney more magical for you and yours. During the Fall, you can take in the Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom or indulge in the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. During the Christmas season you can take in the Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, or Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. There’s also special nighttime entertainment and characters at Hollywood Studios during the Christmas season. In the New Year, Epcot puts on a special festival called the Festival of the Arts, which hosts live performances from Broadway’s best, special food offerings around World Showcase and art exhibits throughout the park. In the Spring, Epcot hosts their Flower and Garden Festival, which also has special food offerings and beautiful floral displays throughout the park. If you’re a runner, check the runDisney calendar and plan your vacation around one of their race weekends. There is so much to do at Walt Disney World beyond the everyday goings on. So take a look at all the different special events and see if you want to create your vacation around the one that interests you the most.

3. Weather.

Florida is known for its heat. Which can be a nice break from winter weather in the winter season but may be too excessive for some in the summer months. If you’re someone who gets greatly affected by the heat then you may want to consider this factor when picking your vacation dates. The closer to the summer months you visit, the warmer it will be. On the other hand, if you vacation at Disney in December or January you’re taking the chance that it will be cooler. We’ve vacationed in January many times and experienced a variety of weather, on our honeymoon we saw frost, on our Goofy vacation the weather was in the low 70s by the afternoon, and on our last vacation it was in the mid 60s for the first half and then the low 70s by the second half. Make sure to consider Florida’s hurricane history as well. September through to November is their hurricane season, if you’re someone who can become very stressed about such things then maybe you should steer clear of that time of year all together.

4. Crowds.

We’ve noticed over the last number of years that Disney World has become more and more busy. It doesn’t seem to matter when you go, it’s always busy. Not shut down the park busy but busy enough that you’re still waiting in lengthy lines for attractions and moving through crowds. But there are still certain times of year that are busier than others. Here’s a guideline for when things are quietest and when things are busiest, 1 being the busiest and 5 being the slowest:

5. January 1st-31st. September 1st-30th. December 1st-14th

4. October 1st-November 26th. November 30th. December 15th-23rd.

3. February 1st-15th. May 1st-June 10th. August 16th-31st.

2. February 16th-April 13th. April 28th-30th. June 11th-August 15th. November 27th-29th.

1.April 14th-27th. December 24th-31.

Any time of year is really a great time of year to go. As long as you take the time to properly plan ahead, booking dining, FastPasses, creating Must-Do’s and itineraries, you’re going to have an amazing time. I hope to vacation at Disney during each month over the course of our Disney Vacation Club membership. I’ve already got September, October, November, January, March, May and August marked off this list. Happy Planning, Friends.