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Best and Worst Times to Visit Disneyworld

Disneyworld is fantastic – but it’s even more fantastic when it isn’t too crowded.

Labor Day is traditionally one of the least crowded holidays each year. I was there taking pictures of the Fall decorations (and riding “Big Thunder Mountain”) when I got thinking: when are the best and worst times to visit?

Well, I did some research and this is what I came up with for you:

The Best Times to Visit

You’ve still got nearly 4 months left in 2015 and between the “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Parties and the fantastic Christmas decorations, it’s worth coming.

Your best bets are:

  • Anytime in  September
  • Most weekdays and the last week in October
  • Weekdays in November (except the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December until the week of Christmas and New Year’s Eve

If you are looking ahead to 2016, shoot for the following:

  • Middle and late January (Either Jan. 3-8 or Jan. 20-31. MLK week is unpredictable)
  • Most of February (Feb. 1-11 and Feb. 23-March 3 are fine. Really any time but President’s Day week)
  • The second half of August (even though it’s hot, folks are heading back to school)
  • Anytime in  September
  • Most weekdays and the last week in October
  • Weekdays in November (except the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December until the week of Christmas and New Year’s Eve

And of course any visit can be made better by leveraging your FASTPASSes, taking advantage of Magic Hours as a resort guest and, of course, doing a little planning.

(Hint: Tuesday and Thursday are often the lightest days at the Magic Kingdom. If you don’t like parades, the parade time are a great opportunity to ride rides)

I personally love the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas as they are beautifully decorated and the lines are very short. September is absolutely peaceful at Disney, as is mid-January (though January has much shorter park hours).

The Worst Times to Visit

The short answer is “Christmas and Spring Break,” but of course the details are a bit more nuanced.

For the rest of this year, just be careful during the week of Thanksgiving and the week of Christmas through New Year’s. Way too many people like to give a trip to Disney to their family for Christmas – so many that the parks often hit capacity and they stop letting people in.

As for 2016, keep these dates in mind:

  • The first week in January (lots of folks stick around after New Year’s)
  • Martin Luther King Holiday week (Jan. 15-18)
  • President’s Day week (Feb. 12-21)
  • Feb. 29 (Disney has their big 24-hour “One More Disney Day” event for the Leap Year)
  • Spring Break (March 5-April 10 approximately)
  • Weekends in May – particularly Memorial Day Week (May 27-June 6)
  • All of June
  • All of July
  • August until about the middle
  • The week of Thanksgiving (11/19-11/27)
  • The week of Christmas through New Year’s

Nothing of course is set in stone and your experience may vary. Just keep these dates in mind as you are planning – particularly if you hate crowds.

You can find more information on sites like mousesavers.com, forums.wdwmagic.com or www.wdwinfo.com.

Best of luck and we’ll see you at Disneyworld.

Corey Jenkins
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Corey lives three miles from Disneyworld. He loves Batman, but hates Superman. He loves Star Wars but is indifferent to Star Trek. He's the last one to go into a Frozen sing-a-long and the last one to leave. He actually owns a Wii-U and uses it.
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Corey lives three miles from Disneyworld. He loves Batman, but hates Superman. He loves Star Wars but is indifferent to Star Trek. He's the last one to go into a Frozen sing-a-long and the last one to leave. He actually owns a Wii-U and uses it.

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