When is the Best Time to Travel to Disney World?

disney-vacationsSo, you have made the decision: You and your family are going to Walt Disney World!!!

You are straight up giddy with excitement — this is a dream trip for you and your kids. But when you pull out the calendar to map out what days your dreams will actually come true, you are a bit stumped.

When should you go? What is the best time of year to travel to Disney World?

Summer would be nice because the kids are out of school… but, this is Florida we are talking about. Will it be too hot? What about the crowds?

Here are some things to consider as you make the big Disney trip scheduling decisions.

1. Weather
Sunshine makes us all happier. It is the background of a perfect day. Except of course, if it is also 100% humidity and 100 degrees.

I have visited Disney World in July, and it is still a magical, wonderful experience. Don’t get me wrong. This is Disney. It is hard to complain any time of year.

Disney-VacationBUT, I have also done Disney World in January, February, and May. And I must say, I enjoyed the weather a lot better when it wasn’t so hot and humid.

And don’t forget the thunderstorms. With those hot, humid Florida summers, come afternoon thunderstorms and rain. Again, not the end of the world, but it can dampen the day.

I haven’t had the chance to visit during the fall, so I can’t speak to the fall weather personally, but I have heard that from September on is lovely. (September of course is still quite humid with chance of thunderstorms.)

However, if the water parks are in your plans, remember that it can actually be quite cold in January and February. We have worn winter coats and fleeces on some winter trips! So, don’t count on it to be hot enough in January for water play.


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  1. says

    We went to Disneyland this year in April during spring break. I thought it would be super crowded, but since we did the 3 day pass, it was actually not too bad. We were able to have an early entrance day, which helps a lot to knock out popular rides like Finding Nemo (the submarine ride). I have heard that the middle of May and the middle of January are the least crowded times to visit Disneyland and Disney World. However, when you go during the down times, the park usually closes at 8pm rather than midnight, so its a toss up. Since we went in April, we were able to stay until 11pm one night, which was really fun. :)

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