Best Time to Go to Disney World

Living close to the magic, I am lucky to visit Disney a lot. Because I live so close, I’ve learned about the best time to visit. Whenever I think about the best time to visit, I consider 3 things: affordability, weather, and crowds. Each of these can affect crowds and the best time to go to Disney. Promotions and vacation discounts get released. Crowds can vary. Weather can be mild or really hot. Schools may be out for vacation. When you choose to go to Disney depends. Consider your own personal vacation preferences. Here are my recommendations for the best time to go to Disney World.

Early February

This is statistically one of the best times to visit. The weather is milder but still in the 60’s and 70’s. It may not be quite pool weather, but it will still be relatively warm. There is less chance of rain than in January, which can be a wet month. And cold! The crowds are still fairly low since most schools are in session. Go before President’s Day weekend. You’ll experience fairly low crowds and pleasant weather. And bonus. The prices for visiting in early February are reasonable too!

First Two Weeks of December

Do you love Disney’s holiday festivities? Consider visiting the first two weeks of December. The temperatures are fairly reasonable. In the past few years, Orlando has had record high temperatures too. I love park touring the first two weeks of December. While still busy, the crowds are manageable. Plus,  you get to experience the holiday decorations and entertainment. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select dates at the Magic Kingdom. Or, you can enjoy the Candlelight Processional. Prices for vacations are a little higher at this time. But, with seasonal atmosphere, moderate crowds, and reasonable temperatures, you’ll find this a good time to visit.

Disney World Christmas

January

This one is debatable, depending on who you talk to. January can be a great time to visit the Disney Parks. Crowds are low, and the prices are affordable. Generally, January is one of the least crowded times to visit. The holidays are over, and school is back in session. Spring Break is still a few months away. The Disney Marathon does increase crowds a bit in January. Otherwise, expect lower than normal waits for attractions. Disney considers January value season for guests. This means your resort accommodations will be more affordable too.

The only issue visiting in January? The weather. It can vary each year. I’ve experienced pleasant temperatures and sunshine in January. But, I’ve also experienced cold temps and rain. January’s weather can be unpredictable. So, if you have your heart set on swimming and wearing shorts, you may be out of luck. I personally think January is a great time to visit. Just plan ahead for potentially chilly and rainy weather.

May

For nearly perfect temperatures, low humidity, and moderate crowds, visit in May. Next to February, May is the ideal time to visit the Disney Parks. Spring Break is over. Summer Break hasn’t started. Plus, Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. It’s one of my favorite times of year, and you’ll think so too after you visit. Do avoid the last week of May. The closer it is to Memorial Day weekend, the more crowded it will get.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

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September

Next to January, September is one of the least crowded times to visit. Summer break is over, and school is back in session. If you’re looking for a deal, September is one of the most budget-friendly months. Late-August through September is known for deals such as “Free Dining.” Many guests repeatedly visit the resort during this time just for the deals. But, with impressive discounts comes one negative. Really hot weather. September can be very hot and humid. This means, you’ll want to take lots of breaks, hydrate, and spend lots of time at your resort pool. It’s a good excuse to get in your favorite water rides too! September is also during Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. You’ll want to weigh these pros and cons of September when considering going.

Other Considerations

Though these are some of the best times to go to Disney in my opinion. However, you may want to consider some other factors. Here are some important tips to think about when deciding the best time for your visit to Disney.

Crowds

Disney tends to be the most crowded when school is out. If there’s a school break, chances are Disney will be more crowded. The same applies to holidays. Christmas Week, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July are heavily attended times. Crowds will be at their peak. This is important if you’re looking to maximize your time riding attractions. You may have prepare to wait longer than normal.

Affordability

Like crowds, when school is out or it’s a holiday, prices go up. Expect to pay more for resort stays, flights, and other travel expenses. You’re visiting during the most popular times. This means hotel rooms and other amenities will be at a premium. Prices go down from mid-late August through September and January through early February. Disney has multiple “seasons” for pricing.

Weather

If you are sensitive to warm and humid climates, consider visiting Disney in the late fall, winter, or spring. Temperatures will be milder. If you’re worried about Hurricane Season, you may also want to avoid visiting from August through November. Cooler seasons may have their downside though too. January and February are the months when attractions are placed under refurbishment for general repairs and maintenance. This means you may miss out on some of your favorite attractions. Thankfully, Disney does post refurbishment schedules in advance, so you can plan. No matter when you go, make sure to bring a variety of clothes. The weather can and does change during seasons.

Disney World

Have a Magical Vacation…Whenever You Visit

These are just a few tips and recommendations for the best time to go to Disney World. Want to find out more tips? Check out our Buying Guides. They are the perfect pre-trip planning source.