If you hate crowds, then this article is for you! Disney World is an extremely popular vacation spot, but even Disney has times during the year when you can experience lower crowds and really exciting events. It’s no surprise that the summer and spring breaks are crowded since that is when kids are out of school, but there are various time of year when you can plan your WDW vacation and get the benefit of lower crowds , meaning shorter lines for your favorite attractions and usually better package deals from Disney! You can take advantage of room discounts, the coveted free dining plan and various discounted add-ons. The lower crowds are the primary benefit for some, since you can do and experience more without as much of a wait!
1. January (after New Year’s and Marathon Weekend)
If escaping the snow sounds like a good idea, mid-to-late January is a great time to visit! Just after New Years and Marathon Weekend are crowded, but after that the crowds thin out. School is back in session and the expensive holiday season just passes, so it can be a hard time for a lot of people to plan a Disney vacation.
A lot of February experiences lower crowds. This is generally for trips scheduled in the first half of the month. The weather is cooler for Florida temps, but still much warmer than northern areas, making it a very appealing time to visit for the weather and low crowds, plus kids are still in school before Spring break season starts.
3. Late April to Early May
After the spring break crowds have left and before the summer crowds arrive is a great time to plan your vacation. You get the benefits of the warm weather, while it may still be cooler at your home state or country, but it won’t be as hot as it gets during the heart of the summer.
4. Late August
If you can wait until all of the kids go back to school, this can be a great time to visit. Parents especially don’t want to take their kids out of school the first couple of weeks, so the crowds go down drastically from what they were, depending on school starting times.
5. September and October
Kids are still in school and some parents aren’t willing to pull them out mid-year for vacation. This can be one of the best times to visit. It is still quite hot in Florida, but if you time your trip right, you can experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and see the parks with more fall-like decorations. You get a little different experience that you can’t get other times of the year, plus without the crowds.
6. Early November
The parks and resorts are changing over from fall to Christmas-style decorations. You have the opportunity to experience both themes if you time your trip right. You may be able to go to the Halloween party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the same vacation.
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7. Early December
Christmas and the winter holidays are amazing at Disney. The parks are decorated, there are extra events and experiences centered around celebrating the holiday season. You can get the benefit of these experiences without the crowds. Christmas week is the busiest week of the year for WDW, and you get to experience the holiday magic while all of the kids are still in school.
I always say that there is really NO bad time to visit Disney, but definitely consider your travel preferences. If you prefer certain times of the year, you can probably find a time that aligns with the low crowd seasons and pick up a great deal on your vacation. Happy travels!