I’ve spent a lot of time planning out my Disney vacations. Do you go at Christmas when the entire world is there, when the decorations are just stunning and Cinderella Castle is twinkling? Do you go in the summer when the kids are out of school but you might melt in the Florida sun? Is there a perfect time to visit Walt Disney World? The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, who also run the popular touringplans.com, offer specific times to make your trek to see the Mouse more enjoyable, and since I’ve read their 854 page book twice, I’ll pass on their suggestions. This doesn’t mean I always follow these dates, but I do think they offer a good set of guidelines.
The LEAST busy time to visit Walt Disney World is the week after Thanksgiving until the week before Christmas. Things start to get a little crazy at this point, so it’s probably not wise to over-extend your stay.
The next best times, or slowest weeks, are as follows:
- The second full week of November through the weekend preceding Thanksgiving
- After Labor Day in September
- The month of October
- January 4 through the first week of February. (Except Martin Luther King holiday weekend)
- The last week of April through early June.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World points out that late February, March, and early April are “dicey.” Crowds will come and go because of spring break and Presidents Day weekend. Also, because Disney has done promotions aimed at the local residents and the international markets, crowds have grown in September and October. But as far as touring the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, the Unofficial Guide suggests you go during the week and save your weekend visits for Epcot.
Now the fact remains, if everybody is passing out relatively the same advice for when to visit, attendance should rise during these certain times. But not everyone can take time off work the first of November and lots of families opt to go during holidays because they have family obligations.
The general rule is that if kids are in school, it’s a better time to visit The Mouse House.
Now if you were thinking about going to Disney right after Christmas, here’s an article you need to read. Planning a Disney Christmas Vacation? Here’s the “Crowded” Facts You Need to Know. The pictures alone might have you thinking twice.
Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you on a monorail headed over to the Magic Kingdom. Hopefully, there will be enough room to have a seat!
See ya soon!
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