These are the best times to visit Disney World

There’s no bad time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in
Florida — but some times are better than others. After the
closure of Walt Disney World in mid-March because of COVID-19
concerns, many would-be visitors are probably looking to reschedule
trips, so now is a good time to revisit the best times of the year
to visit Disney World.

Every day is magical at Disney World (once the gates reopen, of
course), but some days have higher odds of
thunderstorms
, temperatures exceeding 100 degrees or five-hour
waits
for rides than others.

People leave Disney(Photo
by Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images)

A Disney World vacation is optimal when prices are lower, the
thermometer hovers between 70 and 80 degrees and the crowds are
thinner. There’s no true off-season at Disney World, but there
are times of the year when those favorable conditions are more
likely to occur.

In This Post Best time of year for weather at Disney World

This will shock exactly no one, but it’s hot in Orlando in
summer. Temperatures typically
sizzle in the 90s
during the day and the humidity surges up to
100%, according to Weatherspark.com. Those factors combine to
create a heat index that can exceed 100, according to the National
Weather Service.

From June through August, you’ll get a break from the heat
most afternoons for an hour or so … during monsoon-like rains
with thunder and lightning. Once the storms end, you’ll be
comfortable outdoors for about another hour before the oppressive
heat return — but expect some extra humidity while everything is
damp.

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For the best weather at Disney, visit between late fall and
early spring. Beginning at the end of October and lasting until
late March, you can expect sunny skies and moderate temperatures on
most days. Hurricane season runs from June through November, but
it’s rare for a storm to significantly affect Disney World,
though it does happen. It also occasionally gets cool in the
winter, but usually not uncomfortably so if you just pack a jacket.
Plus, the cold rarely sticks around for more than a day or two.

Best time for certain activities

Price aside, plan your visit around what you like to do.
Waterparks are most appealing during the hot summer months
(and
Disney has some really great waterparks
) unless you’re OK
shivering in the pool. Golf is best in spring and fall – unless
you like hitting the greens in the cool of dawn. If you’re headed
to the massive ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, time your visit
by the calendar of events to watch tournaments you’ll enjoy. And
if someone invites you to a wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
or elsewhere, bring a hat for the sun and a sweater for the
air-conditioning.

(Photo courtesy of Disney)(Photo
courtesy of Disney)Seasonal events at Disney World

From themed parties to food and wine festivals, special events
are big at Disney World and the best time to visit could be when
your favorite event is on.

Spring events

Learn new gardening techniques and see detailed topiaries that
resemble Disney characters at the
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
. It runs more
than a dozen weeks and features not only Disney topiaries, but also
festival-specific eats and concerts by your favorite bands from the
’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Image by Ross Binkley / The Points Guy(Image
by Ross Binkley/The Points Guy)Summer events

There are fewer events during the summer at Disney World, in
part because the parks are already filled with families on summer
vacation. For a few days every summer, however, the LGBTQ community
holds its Gay Days gatherings in Orlando. That event can draw tens
of thousands of excited visitors and increase attendance at the
designated park each day.

Fall events

Culinary travelers time their visits for Epcot’s annual
International
Food & Wine Festival,
with its food stands, multicourse
meals, food-and-wine parties, lectures, seminars and wine tastings
spanning several weeks starting in late August and stretching into
early November.

Alternatively, pack a costume and join the ghoulish crowd at

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
, a ticketed evening at
the Magic Kingdom that runs from August until Halloween.

(Edward Pizzarello/The Points Guy)(Edward
Pizzarello/The Points Guy)Winter events

Starting the day after Halloween, Disney magically
transforms overnight from a spooky destination to a winter
wonderland
Mickey’s
Very Merry Christmas Party
at the Magic Kingdom is a great way
to get into the holiday spirit. This party is a ticketed event at
the Magic Kingdom that runs from November through Christmas. Disney
also embraces the holiday spirit at the Epcot International
Festival of the Holidays with several global incarnations of St.
Nick, plus the Candlelight Processional nightly that features
celebrity readings of the biblical story of the birth of
Christ.

Of course, there are holiday decorations all around the Disney
World theme parks and resort hotels from early November until early
January.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)(Photo
by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

January’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and February’s
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend offer multiple races —
short, long and kids-only affairs so the entire family can
participate.

When Disney World crowds are smaller

You can’t completely escape the crowds at Disney World. Its
four theme parks get roughly 60 million visits through the virtual
turnstiles a year, according to the
Theme Index and Museum Index of the Themed Entertainment
Association
. That’s not even including folks who show up only
for the golf, waterparks, shopping, dining, spas, wedding pavilion,
entertainment and conferences. The Orlando area in total receives
approximately 75 million visitors annually.

During big holidays, such as around New Year’s Eve, Disney
World gets so packed that the Magic Kingdom — the most iconic of
the theme parks – can reach maximum capacity. The sister parks,
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot,
draw hordes, too. You’ll wait (much) longer for rides, food and
character encounters. Frankly, on the most crowded dates, your
experience will be nowhere near as enjoyable as on a less busy
day.

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(Summer Hull / The Points Guy)(Summer
Hull/The Points Guy)

Although it isn’t always feasible, try to visit when most kids
are in school to avoid the worst crowds.

The ideal times are weekdays during the week or two after
Thanksgiving break, before families descend for winter break. The
weather will be cooler and the lines will be shorter.

The weeks after Labor Day but before school breaks begin in the
fall can also be good times to avoid crowds — just know that
September weather is still steamy in Orlando.

Other less-busy times can be in late January and early May —
again, especially during the midweek days. Use the crowd
calendars on Undercover Tourist
for a crowd estimate on any
given date.

Cheapest dates to visit Disney World

It’s no coincidence that when the crowds are lighter, ticket
prices are lower. In late 2018, Disney World moved to a ticket
pricing system that features higher prices on some dates than
others.

On less-busy midweek dates in September, for example, you can
find single-day tickets for $109. However, during peak demand times
between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, ticket prices can jump to
$159 per day. Weekends also tend to cost more than weekdays.

You’ll save in subtle ways, too. Notably, buffet restaurants
and character meals can cost a tad less during so-called “value
seasons” than during peak times — they can also be easier to
get into.

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are the best restaurants at Disney World

More affordable airfare

If you have the luxury of flexible dates, you can find cheap
flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO) during those slower
times at the theme parks. According to statistics from the flight
search engine Skyscanner, January after New Year’s Day through
early February has the least-expensive airfare to MCO from major
U.S. cities coast to coast, with September a close second.

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to find cheap airfare

When hotel prices are lower

Disney has more than 20 hotels and vacation villa resorts that
provide extras such as complimentary transportation to and from the
airport; extended hours in the parks; and the ability to book
FastPass+ reservations further in advance. As with all hotels,
prices ebb and flow with demand — and this includes when you book
with
rented Disney Vacation Club points
.

Disney World’s value hotels such as
Pop Century
or
Art of Animation
offer prices that can start at or below $100
per night during the slower season. During peak season, even those
value resorts can see rates start around $300 per night.

Art of Animation (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)Art
of Animation. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

If you have your eye on a deluxe resort — such as Disney’s
Animal Kingdom Lodge
, the Contemporary
or the Riviera
Resort
— prices can start under $300 per night during the
slow season and soar to over $500 per night during peak
periods.

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How to save money at Disney resorts by renting DVC
points

During less busy times of the year, Disney
offers free Disney Dining Plans
for eligible reservations, so
that’s another factor to consider.

Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)Animal
Kingdom Lodge. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

How many Marriott points it will cost to stay in the on-property
Disney
Swan or Dolphin
properties also varies based on standard, peak
or off-peak dates, so when you go will affect the total cost of
your trip to Disney World.

Related: How
much does a trip to Disney World cost?

Bottom line

We hesitate to say there’s a bad time to visit Disney World,
but there are times that are definitely less crowded and easier to
enjoy. By finding the sweet spot for your schedule, factoring in
Disney’s slower seasons and any special events you want to
experience, you can maximize the magic while saving money — and
your sanity.

For more inspiration:

Additional reporting by Summer Hull.

Featured image by David Roark/Disney Parks

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These are the best times to visit Disney World