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What is the Best Time of Year to Visit Disney World?

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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.

On a budget? Travel when Disney resort prices are at their lowest. Note that Disney World ticket prices remain the same all year long.

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
 January  low  low  71
 February  low - high (Winter Break)  low - med  74
 March  med - high (Spring Break)  med  74
 April  high (Easter) - med   high - med  83
 May  med  med  88
 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.

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