How do you decide when the best time is for your family to visit Walt Disney World? Most people are limited by school or work schedules. These limitations will help narrow down your choices. School breaks, such as spring break, summer, and the holidays tend to be the most crowded at the parks. Do you love hot weather and want to take advantage of the water parks or your resort pool? Summer would be perfect for you. Spring break or the holidays are pleasant weather but among the most crowded times of year. If you have more flexibility in your schedule check out late January, February, late September or early October. These are less crowded times and the weather is pleasant. There are pros and cons to every season and every month at Disney World. We’ve given you all the information you need in our season by season, month by month guide to help you decide the best time to visit Walt Disney World.
Winter days at Walt Disney World are warm and pleasant while nights are cooler. Rainfall is low and humidity is tolerable. Winter also brings fewer daylight hours which means shorter park hours. The water parks are closed, resort pools won’t be as inviting and park grounds won’t be as lush and beautiful as other times of the year. It is also likely that you will run into more attractions shut down for refurbishment. On the plus side, the holiday crowds are long gone and many people stay away because of the cooler weather. You’ll also enjoy off-season rates and short lines.
Temperatures are rising but still pleasant and flowers are blooming everywhere creating some lovely scenery. Water Parks will reopen just in time for Spring Break and Easter. Crowds will be heavy to start the season but by the end of April and early May crowd levels will return to moderate levels.
If you or your family members suffer from seasonal allergies, now is the time that you’ll want to have your allergy medication on hand. Guests with allergies and asthma can request a special VIP cleaning for your hotel room by calling Guest Services at 407-939-5277.
Summer is the longest season at Walt Disney World stretching all the way from late May to late September. The positive side of going during the summer are the long days, extended park hours, fewer ride refurbishments and more entertainment options. Also, crowd levels are at moderate levels so wait times are reasonable. The only downside to Disney during summer is the heat. In addition, high humidity and frequent rain showers will keep you hot, sweaty, sticky and uncomfortable all day long. However, if you’re willing to take some extra steps to make the heat tolerable and structure your day wisely, you can still have a wonderful trip.
*Hurricane season begins in Florida on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Please see our Hurricane Information page for more information.*
Fall does not truly begin until October at Walt Disney World. However, it’s a wonderful season with pleasant weather, long days and mostly moderate crowd levels. Mid-September (after Labor Day) until Mid-October (before Halloween) and early November are some of the best times of the year to visit.
Also, there are several big events that happen in Fall. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts late August until end of October. Mid October brings Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and all the other holiday festivities.