One of the number one questions I get asked as a travel agent is when is best time to visit Walt Disney World.
In short there is no simple answer to this question, as it depends on your individual needs and traveling party. For example, families without children, and families with small children can easily take advantage of the lower times of the year such as mid-fall, early December, and prior to spring break. Those with school ages children, particularly those in middle or high school, and teachers, often have school district policies in place that are designed to keep kids and teachers in school during the academic year, (I’m a teacher, so I am well acquainted with these!), making it very difficult to visit during these times of the year. Also coming into play are special events that you and your family may be particularly interested in, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. And still another factor is the weather. I grew up in Minnesota, so the winter in Florida is still pretty warm by those standards, but I currently live in Texas where that isn’t necessarily true. So, the kind of weather you expect is dependent on what your norm is, if that makes sense.
Personally, I like to visit over either Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Since I’m a teacher I will always be there during peak times. But, what I like about the holidays is the weather and the decoration! I can deal with the heavy crowds when the weather is hovering between 55 and 85 for most of the visit. There have been times when the weather has been chillier than I would prefer, and/or drizzly, but a hoodie or jacket has almost always been enough for me.
If you do wind up going over the summer, try to go as early as possible. When I take my students we tend to leave on early in week following graduation. This way we avoid some of the crowds that get out a bit later in the month, and sometimes beat the humidity. But, truly, anytime spent at Disney is an enjoyable time!
Trying to fit in a special event?
Disney offers something for everyone, and this could have a significant impact on when you want to travel. Look for a post in this section soon on Disney Special Events.