What’s the best time to go to Walt Disney World? When people ask me questions about Walt Disney World, one of the most common questions I’m asked is what’s the best time to go.
The answer really varies – depending on who is traveling and what specifically you are trying to see and do. There are multiple “best” times to go to Walt Disney World, based upon your situation.
Here are some guidelines to review when deciding what’s the best time to go to Walt Disney World.
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The Best Time to Go to Walt Disney World To Avoid Crowds
If you want to avoid crowds, it’s usually best to visit when school is in session. School vacations, weekends, and summer break can be extremely crowded. The holidays are also a busy time.
I have found that early May is my favorite time to visit the Disney parks, because the weather is warm (but not usually TOO hot), and the crowd level is fairly low. If you live in the Northeast, late August can be a good time because Southern schools are usually back in session, but Northeast schools aren’t. But keep in mind that it’s likely to be hot.
Other busy times of the year are spring break and long weekends like Presidents’ Day and Labor Day.
Before committing to a specific week, take a look at the special events that are being held. Marathon weekend and festival weekends can often be very busy in the parks and the resorts. Sometimes you’ll be surprised that hotels are booked up, and often that’s because a major event is happening.
To Have Good Weather
I like to visit Florida when it’s warm but not super hot. I find that March and October are the best months of the year to visit if you want to experience that type of weather. I recommend looking at this page from the Weather Channel to see average temps (but keep in mind that temperatures can vary).
October, of course, is still hurricane season, so that’s something else you’ll need to keep in mind. In addition, while you may plan for a specific type of weather, often Mother Nature in Florida has other plans. Be prepared for any changes in weather.
To Experience Peak Magic
The holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, is when you can experience peak magic. The resort hotels are decorated for the holidays (including a gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian and a carousel at the Beach Club), as are the parks.
You can also attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (an extra fee applies) and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot (book one of the meals that includes VIP seating).
Keep in mind that the holiday season at Walt Disney World is an extremely popular time to visit. As a result, you’ll probably find larger crowds. Be prepared by making early plans, and consider staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel so you can make your FastPass+ reservations earlier.
To Experience a Specific Event
Of course, if you want to experience a specific event, such as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival or the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll want to visit during that time. Check out the event schedule in advance so that you can attend on the perfect day. These events are offered over multiple weekends, so you’ll have lots of options.
What Specific Days to Visit Walt Disney World
Once you’ve decided the month to visit Walt Disney World, you may be wondering what specific days to visit.
SAP* recently conducted a study with guests at the parks over the summer, to see when the parks were the most crowded. While conventional wisdom would say that weekends would be the most crowded, the research showed that it’s the opposite in the summer. Wednesday, Tuesday, and Saturday were the most crowded in the summer, according to the research, and Sundays were the best day to visit to avoid crowded.
What is your favorite time to visit Walt Disney World?
*“The insight for this [story/infographic] was gathered using SAP Consumer Insight 365 and SAP Digital Consumer Insight. By capturing mobile moments in and around specific locations, these offerings allow users to better understand their customers and markets with aggregated insights based on anonymized data about consumer demographics and behavior,” says Jonathan Becher, Head of SAP Digital and Chief Digital Officer, SAP.