If your Disney vacation dream includes short lines, easy-to-get dinner reservations, and not bumping into people all day, you can make it a reality! While Disney World is super busy most of the year, planning your trip during one of these times should give you a great vacation with lighter crowds:
1. Late January
While early January can see some big crowds around New Year’s Day and the MLK holiday weekend, they thin out significantly later in the month. The last two weeks in January generally have nice cool weather, so they are a great time to visit the parks!
2. The first two weeks in February
The low crowds continue into early February, up until Presidents Day weekend. Valentine’s Day getaway anyone?
3. The last week of February and first week of March
You might be thinking that they year is full of low-crowd weeks at Disney, with so many in the first two months of the year. But you’ve got to get your trip in by the first week of March, as crowds increase significantly after that and peak during Easter week.
4. The last week of April and first week of May
I’m hesitant to share this, because this is my favorite time of year to visit Disney World and I don’t want the crowds to increase! Florida’s summer heat hasn’t quite hit yet, the days are starting to feel longer, AND you can enjoy the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival!
5. The last week in August
Once most schools in the South are back in session in mid-August, the summer crowds dramatically decrease! This is one of the few low-crowd weeks that can work for families with school-age kids, if you’re lucky enough to live in a state with a later school start date!
6. Week days in September
Almost the whole month of September, or the weekdays at least, have exceptionally low crowds. You will run the risk of dealing with a tropical storm or hurricane, but if you’re willing to take that chance it’s a great time to visit. In addition to low crowds, you can also enjoy the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
7. The first week in October
You get all the great things that September has to offer, with a good chance of having slightly cooler weather.
8. The week before Thanksgiving
While early November can be quite busy, with “Jersey week” (when NJ schools have a few days off and many families take the whole week and head to Disney) and the Veteran’s Day holiday, things slow down significantly for the week before Thanksgiving.
9. The week after Thanksgiving
You’ll notice Thanksgiving week is missing from this list – that is one of the busiest weeks of the year! But once the weekend after Thanksgiving passes, crowds decrease again. The weather tends to be beautiful at this time of year, with average highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. You don’t have to obsess about finding shade and air-conditioning, but can still enjoy a pool day, and the chilly nights provide a great excuse to buy a new Disney sweatshirt!
10. Early December
Disney World is absolutely magical around the Christmas holiday, and all of the holiday-theming is in full swing by early December. While Christmas week itself has the biggest crowds of the year, you can experience all of the magic without the crowds in early December. With the holiday decorations, music, and shows, you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit!