There are so many things to consider when thinking about the best time of the year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. We’ve put together a list of some things we think will help you determine what time of the year might work best for you and your family.
When can you travel?School/Work: It can be challenging to find the perfect time to travel when you’re dealing with work and especially school schedules. If you’re considering taking kids out of school for vacation, it’s a good idea to check with their teacher(s) to see if they can give your child work ahead of time or if your child will just need to catch up when they return. Some kids have no issue with this while others will struggle with it more than it might be worth. This is a very personal decision and in some states, it’s even illegal to take kids out of school for vacation.
How long should my vacation last?Take a look at what is available during the time you’ve chosen to visit then prioritize the shows and attractions according to the needs and wants of your family.
What about the weather?The weather in Central Florida varies throughout the year and it’s important that you are aware of what to expect. Planning plays a HUGE part in being able to deal with the weather. Here is a rough outline of what you might be able to expect, but always check weather reports for your specific dates as it can always change.
Cost?When planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, it’s important that you realize that this is not an inexpensive vacation. The good news is that there are different seasons and the rates on your resort hotel will vary depending on which season you are planning to visit. Value season falls on different dates each year and can even vary from one resort to another, so you’ll want to check the pricing carefully for your specific dates. You can also tell when Disney thinks they’ll be the busiest depending on what the rates are.
Special Disney World Events
There are many special events going on throughout the year at the Walt Disney World Resort and other theme parks around central Florida. Some of them were planned specifically during what used to be considered a slower time of the year where others have been around for many years.
runDisney Marathons: There are multiple marathons that take place throughout the year. The races take place from Thursday - Sunday for the most part. You can plan on seeing big crowds during marathon weekends as runners often extend their stay either before or after the actual races.
Also, hoards of people come strictly to support runners and to cheer them on throughout the courses. While the actual races take place very early in the mornings or very late at night, you can expect to see traffic delays throughout the property as setting up will take place during daylight hours, for the most part. There could be transportation delays as well, so just be prepared.
January: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
February: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
April: Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - The Dark Side
November: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
To chat with other runners about upcoming marathons at the Walt Disney World Resort, stop by our runDisney discussion forum on DISboards.com.
Winter Disney World events:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party - Magic Kingdom Park (select nights in November and December)
Candlelight Processional - Epcot (select nights in November and December)
Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Epcot (select days in January and February)
Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort (November, December, January)
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration (select nights in November and December)
Spring Disney World Events events:
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Epcot (March, April, May)
Mardi Gras Celebration - Universal Orlando Resort (February and March)
Fall Disney World events:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Magic Kingdom Park (select nights August, September, October)
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Epcot (August, September, October, November)
Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Orlando Resort (September, October, November)
We hope that all of these things help you decide when the best time is for your visit to Walt Disney World! And, if you need some more help from one of the experts, let us know by clicking the button below to request a quote on your next Walt Disney World vacation. We’ll put you in touch with one of our experienced travel planners who will walk you through all the details and help you plan a pixie-dusted vacation for your family!