You can easily find crowd calendars for Disney World online. This post is not one of those. This post is to help you find the best time to go to Disney World for your family. Carefully considering your family’s interests, scheduling conflicts, and other considerations can help pinpoint the perfect time for your family to visit Disney World. Believe it or not, it is not the same for all families.
How to Pick the Best Time To Go To Disney World
Before I started blogging full time I was a teacher. I got tired of all the sites saying the worst times to go were during the summer and during spring break. Those were the only times I could go. I got married during spring break and honeymooned at Disney then. We still celebrate anniversaries at Disney and have never not enjoyed ourselves due to crowds.
School. Like I said I was a former teacher. I am completely ok with pulling kids out for a family vacation as long as your school district allows it, your child has the ability to catch back up, and it is not during testing.
If your child has a hard time in school and being there for the lessons is important then it may be not the best choice to pull them out. If you can meet with the teacher ahead of time and see how a certain lesson is taught and you feel comfortable enough teaching that lesson then that would be ok. Most parents won’t or don’t like that option.
Work. With some jobs, you have to accrue paid vacation time or vacation times are mandated. Go when you can. Some jobs like retail can’t take time off during the Christmas season. My husband is an EMT and scheduling a vacation can be tricky with that as well.
Various times of the year are more budget stretching than others. For my family, February and November are just big expenditure months. Holiday meal prep shopping and gift shopping wipes make our budget bare bones. Back to school time may be a tight time for your family.
Decide what time of the year is less constraining on your budget and figure that in the equation as to when the best time to go to Disney World is for you.
Try to save up paid vacation time if your job offers it. Lots of people live paycheck to paycheck and while you save up for the vacation, you also need to have either vacation time from your job or extra money in your Disney vacation budget to compensate for your days off.
Disney has value pricing where Disney discounts tickets in the off-season like January and off-peak days like weekdays. This is part of the reason the parks seem packed no matter what unlike in years past. These discounts are primarily for one-day tickets.
This is an important and fun thing to consider when planning when to go on your Disney World vacation. What are you into? Do you love Christmas and everything associated with it? Are you all about Halloween? Are you a foodie who would get a lot of enjoyment from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival? Are you into flowers and gardens? All of these things have to be considered.
If you really don’t like Halloween then going when the Halloween party is offered 3 days out of the week is something you may not want to deal with.
These are some of the Special Times Disney Shines:
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
- Star Wars Day – May 4th and May 5th. They no longer do the weekends but it is still a cool place to celebrate Star Wars.
- Dapper Day Weekends
- runDisney Race Weekends
My Favorite Time to Visit Disney World
My favorite time is not based on crowd levels. My favorite times are based on the weather and Christmas.
I love visiting January, February, and March. The weather is mostly pleasant and the rainy season has not started yet. Some weeks are busier than others but you really can’t tell the difference that much since value pricing started. Tickets and rooms are a bit cheaper during the off-season.
Other than the new Epcot Arts Festival there is not a whole lot going on so you can really just explore and experience your favorite rides.
My other favorite time is Christmas and especially New Year’s Eve. These are the busiest times at Walt Disney World and you might not be able to ride all the rides but the entertainment and atmosphere more than make up for it. Christmas at Disney World is just magical.
Other than the big holidays there are other days that I love going just because special stuff happens like Valentine’s Day, Mickey’s Birthday, Star Wars Day, 4th of July, Easter and more. Disney goes big for lots of holidays and makes them all magical.
My Least Favorite Time to Visit Disney World
Honestly, there are very few times I avoid Disney but August is one of them. August is extremely hot. Plus, Magic Kingdom decorates for Halloween so early. I am sorry but 100-degree temps and fake fall leaves just don’t convey fall for me.
What’s Best For You?
After looking at all these considerations, when is the best time for your family to take a Disney World vacation? If you are looking to plan a Disney vacation, please check out my free Disney Vacation Planner Pages.