If you are planning a Disney World vacation, one of the hardest things to do is choose when to visit. You may want to visit during a peak time like summer, when the kids are out of school and Disney's entertainment and event offerings are in full swing; or choose and save by traveling in the fall and winter value season.
Travelers without school-aged children, particularly with preschoolers will appreciate the slower pace of the value season.
While the parks won't be open quite as long and the entertainment offerings are less extensive, visiting at a time of low attendance can allow you to relax and enjoy each day with little strategic planning.
How do you find out which month is best for you? Click on through for an overview of each month of the year to get an idea of the temperatures, crowd levels, and events offered. You'll also get an idea of some of the down-sides of each month to help you make the right decision as you plan your Disney vacation.
Month-by-Month Guides to Disney World:
- January - Travel early in the month to enjoy holiday decorations before they come down.
- February - Romance is in the air during the month of February.
- March - Celebrate Spring at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival beginning this month.
- April - Follow these spring break survival tips for visits in April.
- May - Spring break crowds may be gone, but Florida's summer heat has arrived.
- June - Longer park hours and top entertainment offerings are highlights this month.
- July - Water park visits help you beat the Florida heat in July.
- August - Mid-month or later may be your best bet during August.
- September - Get a sneak peek at fall decorations and Halloween fun this month.
- October - Special events at Epcot and Magic Kingdom highlight October.
- November - Thanksgiving and holiday decorations bring crowds at end of month.
- December - Visit early in the month to enjoy holiday decorations without the crowds.
Of course, those traveling solo, as a couple, with home-schooled children or visiting with an infant may have the flexibility to visit any time of the year. If the time of the year and crowds are of little importance to you, you may want to plan your vacation around these popular Disney World special events:
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March thru May
- Disney's Night of Joy - September
- Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - September & October
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - October & November
- Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional at Epcot - November & December
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - November & December
Edited by Dawn Henthorn