Short planning guide to Walt Disney World
Finding the perfect time to plan a Disney Vacation can be tricky, as many people have the same ideas…
Here are some easy steps to ensure good weather and less crowds on your magical vacation to Disney World!
Decide what kind of weather you would like.
If you want to get a tan and spend part of the day by the pool, avoid November through beginning of February.
If you want to stay warm but dread 100% humidity and unbearably hot days, avoid July and August.
Next, is it important to you to be apart of Holiday festivities? Even though it is gorgeous at Christmas, as the parks decorate to the max and parades and events are countless, expect heavy crowds and colder weather. My favorite time of the year.
Very Busy: (reminder the parks will close down if they are overfilled)
June – School’s out, it’s the middle of the year and vacation time begins being used
August – The last of the summer months… Again, kids are still off and people want to get in their last minute vacations
December – Tons of time off for both students and employees. Lots of attractions draw crowds and families are together for holidays.
Avoid Holiday Weekends:
January – New Years Eve/New Years Day
February – Presidents Day Weekend
May – Memorial Day Weekend
July – 4th of July
Sept – Labor Day Weekend
October – Columbus Day Weekend
November – Thanksgiving/Black Friday
Avoid Summer months if possible:
Disney Resorts have MANY specials going on August-September. To get more people in the parks, they offer discounted hotel stay and free meal plans to guest staying in their resorts. As it may look desirable to anyone on a budget, the lines are extremely long and the weather is extremely hot!
The Best Times to go:
January – 1 week AFTER New Years until the end of the month
February – Until week 3
April – Every week but the week of Easter (if it falls in April)
May – Until week 2
September – Last week
October/November – Until Thanksgiving
|Average hours of sun||Best time to go|
|January||71ºf / 22ºc||49ºf / 9.5ºc||2.3||7||A very quiet time of year.|
|February||73ºf / 23ºc||50ºf / 10ºc||3.0||8||Crowds still quite small, until mid-Feb.|
|March||78ºf / 26ºc||55ºf / 13ºc||3.2||8||Crowds high during Spring Break.|
|April||83ºf / 28.5ºc||59ºf / 15ºc||1.8||9||Crowds high during Spring Break & Easter, which is very busy.|
|May||88ºf / 31ºc||66ºf / 19ºc||3.6||10||Crowds are moderate, but towards the end of the month, there are more school groups visiting.|
|June||91ºf / 33ºc||72ºf / 22.5ºc||7.3||9||Starts to get very busy as schools break up for the summer.|
|July||92ºf / 33.5ºc||73ºf / 23ºc||7.2||8||One of the busiest times of year. July 4th is traditionally one of the busiest days at WDW.|
|August||92ºf / 33.5ºc||73ºf / 23ºc||6.8||8||The early part of the month is still very busy, but starts to quiet down towards the end of the month.|
|September||90ºf / 32.5ºc||72ºf / 22ºc||6.0||8||One of the quietest times of year to go.|
|October||85ºf / 29.5ºc||66ºf / 18.5ºc||2.4||8||Another quiet month|
|November||79ºf / 26.5ºc||58ºf / 14.5ºc||2.3||8||Still quiet, up until Thanksgiving week, when the parks can be quite busy.|
|December||73ºf / 23ºc||51ºf / 11ºc||2.2||7||Early December is a very quiet & beautiful time, the Christmas decorations are up & there are events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Things start to get busy as Christmas approaches, with Christmas week through to New Year being one of the busiest periods at WDW.|