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The Very Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019

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The Very Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2019

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While you’re searching for discounted theme park tickets, and taking advantage of free Walt Disney World dining, have you considered what are the best times to go to Disney?

Holiday peaks, Disney crowd sizes, weather, and a few other factors have a lot to do with your Disney experience, including how long you’ll be waiting in line for your favorite rides. Here are a few tips to get you started on picking the ideal times to travel to Disney alone, or with friends and family.

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Best and worst days to visit DISNEY WORLD. Epcot monorail riding above lagoon.

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6 Tips for Picking the Best Time to Visit Disney World

Best times to go to Disney World in 2019 – WDW Prep School

1 – Avoid All Holidays

If you’re a solo traveler, this one’s especially for you. Avoiding the Disney Holiday crowd (especially in November and December) means shorter lines and less traffic. For parents, this can be a bit tricky. Taking your child(ren) to Disney World sounds like the best gift ever!

The only issue is every other mom and dad has the same exact idea.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take your kids to Disney for Christmas season or any other holiday for that matter; it just means you’ll need to be prepared for a lot of company.

 

Christmas Vacation Disney

2 – Avoid Peak Seasons

The winter season (Christmas and Thanksgiving breaks especially) as well as spring break and the general summer season are all pretty popular times for the parks. If you don’t mind long lines and you feel welcome in large crowds, this may not be a deal breaker for you. Otherwise, I recommend checking out the chart below that compares the months of the year by seasonal weather and crowd size.

 

Best and worst days to visit disney. Cinderella Castle in the midst of Main Street U.S.A

3 – Know What are the Best Times to Go to Disney

 

Disney crowd calendar. The best time of the year to visit Disney World.

*Based on Disney Parks in Orlando, Florida, USA

 

You’ll notice that April has crowd sizes ranging from low to moderate, while March has crowd sizes ranging from Moderate to High (mostly due to the influx of Spring Breakers). While you’re planning that perfect day to go, don’t forget to download the official Disney Crowd Calendar to view the crowd level of each day!

 

Best Times to Visit Disney

  • January
  • February
  • April
  • November

These months are closely followed by March, May, September, and October as still pretty decent visiting times.

Worst Times to Visit Disney

  • June
  • July
  • August

December and March aren’t too bad, especially since December is typically a very festive time for the theme parks.

 

Florida Weather at Disney World

Florida is mostly filled with perfect weather; however, there are moments when I question my sanity of living here.

Summertime in Florida is like no other state, especially for theme park goers. If you’re a resident of an area that experiences all four seasons with mild summers, then you will definitely be taken aback by the hot, humid, indescribable weather that Florida is known for.

You’ll want to be prepared for surviving the Disney heat, but don’t worry I have some summertime survival tips here.

 

January

Gorgeous weather (temps around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and lower crowd level makes January a top month to visit the parks. January is one of the last remaining months considered to be the off-season with Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach usually closed for refurbishment.

Overall, late January is one of my favorite times to visit the Disney parks.

 

January Events:

 

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January Days to Avoid:
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday

 

 

February

February is still a slow month with mild weather and is usually better than January in regards to crowd level. The Disney waterparks may still be closed during this time.

 

February Events:
  • Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon weekend

 

February Days to Avoid:
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Valentine’s Day

 

March

In March, temperatures are starting to warm up, but still manageable. Park attendance begins to pick up this month, but not as bad as summer months.

 

March Events:

 

March Days to Avoid:
  • Daytona Bike Week
  • Easter (if it falls in March)
  • Local School (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk, Volusia, and Lake Counties) Spring Breaks

 

April

Temperatures continue to rise peaking around the mid-80s during the month of April. The crowd level is still mild to moderate due to the last of the spring breakers.

 

April Events:
  • The Star Wars Rival Run Half-Marathon weekend
  • Earth Day at Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

 

April Days to Avoid:
  • Spring Break days
  • Easter (if it falls in April)

 

 

May

The season of thunderstorms and downpours starts in May. Not to mention the introduction of the torturous Florida humidity and heat peaking in the 90-degree Fahrenheit range. Crowds are usually moderate during this time since it’s the month prior to theme park tourist season.

 

May Events:
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

 

May Days to Avoid:
  • Memorial Day

 

June

This is the month to have your patience ready as the tourist season kicks into full gear along with the never-ending Florida sun rays and constant rainy days. It’s during this time that water, sunscreen, sunglasses, an umbrella and a well-ventilated hat are a must!

 

June Events:
  • Epcot’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

 

June Days to Avoid:
  • Days after mid-June (school release for summer break)

 

July

This is one of the busiest times at Walt Disney World. Not only are most kids out of school, you have to deal with one of the major holidays in America, which is Independence Day.

The parks are opened much longer during July, but you still have to fight the crowds and the unforgiving Florida sun.

 

Hipster Power Tip: Take a break midday after 12 p.m. to avoid the most dangerous U.V. rays from the sun and return towards the evening after 5 p.m.

 

July Events:
  • Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios

 

July Days to Avoid:
  • Independence Day

 

August

Believe it or not, by August temperatures are still rising in Florida which makes you feel miserable being outside. The crowd level is still heavy with a dip coming towards the end of the month as kids head back to school.

 

August Event:

 

August Days to Avoid:
  • The first two weeks of the month
  • Opening weekend of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

 

September

In the early part of September lines began to die down only a little bit. The weather in September is the same as August, so come prepared as if you’re visiting Florida in the middle of summer. Plus, it can also be a peak month for hurricane season.

 

September Events:
  • Epcot International Food & Wine
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

September Days to Avoid
  • Labor Day

 

October

During the month of October, the Florida weather starts to cooperate…well, slightly. Days may start off cool (in the mid-60s) and end pretty warm (in the upper-80s). This is one of the best times to book a trip to Walt Disney World. You’ll be able to see all of the fall décor lining the famous Main Street U.S.A. of the Magic Kingdom theme park.

The crowd levels tend to pick up mid to late October as everyone gets in their quick Epcot Food and Wine Festival visits.

 

October Events:
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

 

October Days to Avoid:
  • Halloween

 

November

November is my favorite time to visit the Disney parks. Not only do you get to see both fall décor and Christmas décor all in one month, the weather is absolutely gorgeous in Florida. Perfect mild days complete with cool evenings are the ideal formula for an amazing theme park day.

 

November Events:
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas
  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

 

November Days to Avoid:
  • Thanksgiving Week

 

December

December in the magical Walt Disney World Resort is the idea time to visit the parks. Only problem is that everyone wants the same enchanted experience for the holidays. The parks are decked out in holiday cheer and the Florida weather is oh so dear.

If you must attend in December, then I recommend coming during the first two weeks of the month as these dates are still fairly quiet at the parks.

 

December Events:
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
  • Holidays at Disney Springs
  • Sunset Season’s Greetings at Hollywood Studios
  • Resort hotel holiday decorations

 

December Days to Avoid:
  • Last two weeks of December
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

 

 

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Even with this guide, sometimes running into a sea of visitors is unavoidable. There are constant field trips and sometimes just a random influx of visitors.

 

For times like these, I wanted to share a few more tips to make the best of a situation where beating the crowd isn’t possible.

 


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4 – Book FastPass+ Early

soarin around the world epcot

 

FastPass+ (or just FastPass) is a feature in the My Disney Experience App that lets you to book your time slot on select rides either 30 or 60 days in advance. Any Disney ticket or Annual Pass holder can book rides up to 30 days in advance. Guests of the onsite Resort Hotels can reserve their time slots on rides as far as 60 days in the future.

The FastPass+ is a great time saver and even more helpful during peak seasons. So even if you find yourself in the park with tens of thousands of other people, you can still avoid those long twisted lines.

You can read more about FastPass+ here.

 

5 – Use Mobile Ordering For Food

 

disney mobile ordering in pandora world of avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

 

Any day you’re at one of the theme parks, you can plan your meals ahead of time using Disney Mobile Ordering. Like FastPass+, it allows you to plan your day first so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying the magical experience.

It’s for same day service only and includes beverages. You can access the Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering service from the My Disney Experience App. If you’re not familiar with the feature, we have a pretty detailed article and step-by-step guide here.

 

6 – Make Reservations to Special Events and Restaurants Early

Reserving your seat at special events and highly-coveted restaurants is always a good idea, and Walt Disney World is certainly no exception. Because the parks are so large, special events book quickly, and the better restaurants fill just as fast.

 

Japan Pavilion at Epcot hibachi chef with onion volcano.

Japan Pavilion at Epcot

 

In the article The 35 Best Walt Disney World Tips, I cover how you can use the My Disney Experience app to get into special events that are otherwise difficult to book. Just check the app on the site around 7 a.m. and try your luck. You might not get in, but it’s definitely worth a shot.

With the app, I was able to get into the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and a beverage seminar that was booked for a full month!

 




 

These are just some of the ways get around thick crowds and the infamous Disney theme park lines. For more tips, check out the full article here.

 

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom roller coaster.

Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tips Recap for Picking the Best Days to Visit Disney

  1. Avoid ALL holidays
  2. Avoid peak seasons (summer time, spring break, and Christmas break)
  3. Know when to visit Disney World
  4. Book FastPasses early
  5. Use mobile ordering for food
  6. RSVP to special events or restaurants early

If there are any more you’d like to see, let me know!


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JOIN NIKKYJ ON THIS SOLO THEME PARK JOURNEY NikkyJ is the author of The Solo Theme Park Traveler's Guide who loves ALL things amusement park related. She was born and raised in Florida which attributed to her passion for theme parks. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like she used to, you may find her in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Noir and a delightful book! NikkyJ enjoys traveling solo to theme parks and wants to show you how you can overcome any of your fears and TAKE THE SOLO THEME PARK CHALLENGE!

4 Comments so far

Keri|FlipFlopWeekendPosted on  11:21 am - Dec 22, 2018

Great, informative post! We love going in February! Less crowds and the weather isn’t too warm, but also not as cold as December and January.

enjoyingthedays17Posted on  11:03 pm - Dec 22, 2018

How true it is that the days we pick to be at the park can make such a difference in how enjoyable our time there may be. We aim to visit The Mouse during the slower seasons and avoid being there during the busiest seasons.

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