The Best Times to Go to Disney World for Fewer Crowds and Beautiful Weather

Planning a Disney vacation? Here are the best times to visit Disney World.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Mariah Tyler

There’s always a reason to visit the "Most Magical Place on Earth," Walt Disney World. Deciding exactly when to visit comes down to what matters most to you. Looking to spot Magic Kingdom’s famous Mickey pumpkins lining the iconic walkways of Main Street, U.S.A. during Halloween? How about visiting when the temperatures are at their coolest in the winter months? Timing your vacation around seasonal festivals or holiday celebrations can also factor into your decision. Whether traveling with a group of friends or your family, here are the best times to go to Disney World.

Best Time to Go to Disney World to Avoid the Crowds

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be complicated — from booking theme park tickets and dining reservations to navigating Disney Genie+. The last thing you want to add to that list is heavy crowds.

While Disney parks consistently draw guests year round, there are a few times to visit that are typically less crowded. After the holiday rush, January proves to be a quieter time to visit. Those planning a trip then will have the added bonus of cooler temperatures — which means Spirit Jersey weather. If you can handle the higher temperatures, mid-August scares away locals, and many families around the world are dealing with back-to-school activities at home. The end of summer lag usually lasts until mid-September, as many guests gear up to revel in the Halloween festivities. 

Epcot at Disney World in Orlando, Florida

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Best Time to Visit Disney World for Good Weather

Florida lives up to its Sunshine State nickname, and Central Florida, specifically, experiences nearly 365 days of sunshine, making for ideal vacation weather almost year round. It’s not uncommon for summer days to reach temperatures in the triple digits, which can quickly hinder your planned marathon park-hopping day. 

Temperatures reach their coolest in January, often as low as 50 degrees. Yes, it does get chilly in Florida. While this may limit some activities, like visiting your resort’s pool or one of Disney World’s water parks, it does make for a more comfortable time in the theme parks. The winter months are also typically low in precipitation, relieving you from the stress of dealing with pricey ponchos and umbrellas during one of Florida’s afternoon thunderstorms that happen frequently during the summer. This mild weather can last until March. 

Slinky dog roller coaster in Toy Story Land at Disney World in Orlando, Florida

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Best Time to Go to Disney World to Save Money

The most important piece of any Disney vacation is theme park tickets. Disney World uses a dynamic ticket pricing system, meaning park ticket prices are tiered and will cost less during slower times. One-day, one-park admission starts at $109 but can increase significantly from there, especially if visiting on a holiday or busy weekend. A visit on Christmas Day will set you back $159 per ticket. 

Off-peak times fall around January, February, August, September, and early November. Discounts on vacation packages (which combine park tickets and hotel stays) booked directly through Disney World and deals on accommodations are regularly offered throughout the year, typically during these less-crowded times. Many travelers will need to factor in airfare costs, and these off-peak times will offer more fruitful deals, further adding to your savings. 

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Best Times for Adults to Visit Disney World

Walt Disney World can be an adult’s playground all year round, with standout dining and experiences specifically catered to its guests of age. One of the best times for adults to visit is during the late summer when the crowds tend to dissipate. This also coincides with Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. At their longest-running and largest festival, you can nibble on globally inspired bites from dozens of outdoor kitchens. As the sun sets, enjoy concerts from national acts as part of the Eat to the Beat concert series, included in admission. 

One of its most underrated festivals, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, is also not to be missed. Celebrating culinary, performing, and visual arts, this falls during one of the slowest points of the year, typically mid-January through February. While more intimate, it delivers standout food and entertainment, with the bonus of Florida’s coolest temperatures. 

Avatar's Pandora at Disney World in Orlando, Florida

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Best Times to Visit Disney World for Families

Holidays at Disney are truly magical. While you may have to deal with more crowds than usual, the reward is a whimsical transformation of the parks and numerous limited-time offerings — from incredible decor to delicious seasonal foods. This is also the time to take advantage of special events, including holiday-themed after-hours parties inside the theme parks, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Tickets for these events also work on a tiered dynamic pricing system, meaning that it will almost always be cheaper to visit earlier in the party’s season. While visiting the Halloween party in August may seem odd since summer is still in full swing, families can enjoy hefty savings by embracing the spooky spirit a little early. 

Summer's hot temperatures are ideal if your family loves to spend afternoons by the pool. Disney’s deluxe resorts — like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — offer the most elaborate pool complexes, complete with slides and poolside lounges. If taking full advantage of your resort’s amenities is a priority, you may get more value out of a splurge stay during these warmer months.

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