Looking for the perfect time to visit Disney World? While there are several factors to consider, the first step is to figure out which ones are most important to you.
Hate crowds? Plan your trip when the parks are less congested. The very best resource for predicting Disney park attendance is the Disney World Crowd Calendar at TouringPlans.com. Unsurprisingly, crowds are generally higher during holiday periods, school breaks and summer vacation.
Can't stand the Florida heat? Travel in the winter, when temperatures and humidity are more moderate. This calendar from Weather.com shows the average weather in Orlando by month. While hurricane season runs from June through October, it's good to remember that Florida has not been hit by a hurricane in more than eight years.
Also, consider choosing your travel dates to coincide with, or avoid, popular special events at Disney World, such as Star Wars Weekends, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
The following table offers a general overview of typical factors that may help you decide when is the best time for your family to visit Disney World. As you can see, January and September are particularly fantastic times to visit—if your kids are not yet in school or if you're willing to pull them out of school.
|Month||Hotel Prices||Crowds||Avg. High Temperatures|
|February||low - high (Winter Break)||low - med||74|
|March||med - high (Spring Break)||med||74|
|April||high (Easter) - med||high - med||83|
|June||high (Summer)||high||91 *most rainfall|
|July||high (Summer)||high||92 *second highest rainfall|
|August||high (Summer) - low||high - low||92 *third highest rainfall|
|September||low - med||low||90|
|October||med||low - med||85|
|November||med - high (Thanksgiving)||med - high||79|
|December||med - high (Christmas)||high||73|
Whenever you decide to visit Disney World, be sure to consult the Smart Parent's Guide to Walt Disney World for great tips and planning advice.
Note: Disney World doesn't exist in a bubble. September is also a great month to visit the rest of Orlando, because hotel rates are at their lowest of the year, crowds have thinned, and there are hundreds of terrific deals on the table. See: Why September is the Best Month to Visit Orlando.