Disney World Travel Tips: Time of Year

If you’re anything like me, you know that feeling you get walking up Main Street, USA and seeing that big, beautiful castle straight ahead of you. The sound of cheerful music surrounds you and the smell of sweets fill the air. Everyone sporting their ears and taking pictures to save the precious memories of being in the most magical place on Earth. To get to that moment, though, can be overwhelming and, at times, confusing. For part one of my tips for planning your trip, I will talk about the best times of year to go.

So what time of year should you go?

Picking the time of year to go all depends on what you are wanting to experience while at Disney World.

If you want low crowd numbers and low wait times for the rides and attractions, off-peak days are ideal. My absolute favorite time of the year to go is October up through just before Thanksgiving. At this time of year, Florida weather seems to be at it’s best with barely any rain, lots of sunshine, and not too hot, with low humidity. There are always low crowd sizes and short wait times. Not to mention Epcot’s Food and Wine festival going on at this time and the holiday parties (Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party). One year, my family went the last week of October through the first week of November and got to see all the Halloween decorations at the beginning of the week, and all the Christmas decorations were up by the end of the week. January through Feburary is also a good time, with the weather being a bit colder but crowds are low!

April through May can also be a lovely time of year to go, with wait times being not too bad and Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival throughout those months. I did find the weather to be more humid and it did rain quite a lot when I went in mid-May, so be aware of that while picking your date.

If you are wanting peak times (Holidays, Spring Break, and Summer), make sure to utilize your fast passes (more on those coming up) and book things you want to do far in advance to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

Keep in mind of Florida weather patterns when booking your trip. If you don’t like the extreme heat or humidity, you should probably avoid a summer trip and opt for booking in the fall or winter. Here is a guide to average weather at Disney World throughout the year.

Picking the time of year to book your Disney World vacation is the first important step to making your trip as magical as you have dreamt of it being.

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