Being the Disney nerd I am, I constantly get asked the question [regarding crowd size] “When is the best time to visit Disney World?”. Although I would love to say the Halloween and Christmas seasons due to the festivities, decorations, and vibes, it can be very busy during these times of the year. People are well aware of the large crowd volumes in the parks as a whole, so what is the answer?
I want to first start off with stating that there is no longer a “slow” season in WDW. Crowd levels vary from moderate to extreme, but no matter when you go there will be crowds and there will be 45+ minute waits for beloved attractions. However, going during a time where there is a moderate crowd level will make your trip much more enjoyable. Below are the top three best times to avoid extreme crowds in WDW.
- The end of January. December into the beginning of January is one of the most busiest seasons for the resort, if not the busiest. With the Christmas and New Years celebrations as well as the Run Disney marathons, crowd levels can be unbearable. However, once the festivities and marathons are over and children are back in school, the end of January marks one of the best times to visit the resort. Not only are the crowds bearable, but the weather is cooler-than-normal for central Florida temperatures.
- Middle-End of May. Spring break is over and children are still in school, so this makes a great time to head to WDW. Although not as low of crowd levels as number 1, this is the “calm before the storm” before the summer months. It’s also not during the rain season and not unbearably hot, which makes the weather easy to manage! An added bonus, this is when Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom, which is a fun and beautiful can’t-miss event!
- End of September/Beginning of October. Although it can still be very hot and during the rain season, this is another great time to visit and avoid large crowd levels. Students are just starting school and it isn’t too close to Halloween, which makes this the perfect time to visit. What makes this time of the year even better is that Magic Kingdom is decorated for fall and you can still hit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party if you’re looking for some added fun!
Once again, I would like to point out that none of these three times is a slow season. Unfortunately, there will be crowds and longer wait times for popular attractions. However, these different times of year have wait times and crowd levels that are easier to manage compared to the summer months and the holidays. Below are a few pro tips to get the most out of your vacation even during these moderate times of year!
- Visit parks during the week days. During the weekends, locals (like myself) often frequent the parks, adding to the crowds. The best times to go are during the week days, where children are in school and parents/adults are working.
- Use Fastpass+ Reservations. It is always nice when you don’t have to wait an hour or more to ride your most favorite attractions. Be sure to use the open window (60 days out with a resort reservation, 30 days out with just tickets) to book your allotted 3 Fastpass+ reservations per day.
- Expect to wait in lines. If you are going during these times of year, or any time of year, and expect to wait little-or-no time to ride an attraction, meet a character, or even to order food you will be highly disappointed. For literally everything you do on property, you will be waiting in lines. Be prepared for this by downloading fun games to play in line, bringing something to keep the kids busy, or just go in with the understanding that there will be a wait so that your time in WDW isn’t ruined!
I hope these tips help you plan your future WDW adventure! Thanks for reading 🙂 Be sure to like this post, and follow my blog to get updates on new posts. See ya next time!