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INTERCOT > Info Central > When To Visit Disney World

When To Visit Disney World


The number of visitors to Walt Disney World varies greatly throughout the year. Generally, the busiest times are at holiday times: Christmas, Easter, and the summer months. The advantages at these times are longer park hours and more parades & fireworks scheduled. The downside is that the lines for attractions will be very long and parks will be very congested. If you don't mind the parks closing early, then you can benefit from going during the quieter months, when there will probably be very short waits for the rides.

*Please note: These are general guidelines. Disney often offers vacation discounts and specials throughout the year. These can increase the crowds. In addition, Disney has done a good job (maybe too good) of coming up with special events (such as Run Disney) for the "off months", so it is rare to find a "quiet" time at WDW these days.

MOST CROWDED TIME OF THE YEAR
Christmas through New Year's

EXTREMELY CROWDED
Easter Week (Before and After)

REALLY CROWDED
Fourth of July Week

CROWDED
First week of January (Due to the Run Disney Marathon)
Spring Break (first week of March until mid April)
Memorial Day Weekend
Summer Break (second week of June until second week of August)
President's Day until the end of February
Early December

A GOOD TIME TO GO
End of April
Early February
Labor Day Weekend

THE NEXT BEST TIME TO VISIT

Beginning of October until Thanksgiving
Week before Christmas

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Second half of January
September-middle two weeks

What days are historically the busiest at the Parks?
Walt Disney World parks tend to be the busiest on the following days:

Magic Kingdom: Monday, Saturday & Sunday
Epcot: Wednesday & Friday
Disney-MGM Studios: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
Animal Kingdom: Monday, Tuesday & Friday

Extra Magic Hour  will have an impact on the crowds. You can find more details and information on those specific days by clicking here.

2016 United States Holidays
United States holidays will often have an affect on the daily attendance levels at the Parks. Monday holidays will add to the weekend numbers. Also increasing the crowds on that given day.

 

Day Date Holiday Comments
Friday January 01 New Years Day  
Monday January 18 Martin Luther King Day 3rd Monday in January
Tuesday February 02 Groundhog Day Not a National Holiday
Monday February 15 Presidents Day 3rd Monday in February
Friday April 15 Emancipation Day Washington DC Only. Weekday closest to April 16th
Sunday May 08 Mothers Day 2nd Sunday in May. Not a public holiday
Monday May 3 Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Sunday June 19 Fathers Day 3rd Sunday in June. Not a public holiday
Monday July 04 Independence Day  
Monday September 05 Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Monday October 10 Columbus Day 2nd Monday of October
Friday November 11 Veterans Day  
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving 4th Thursday in November
Friday November 25 Day after Thanksgiving 4th Friday in November
Monday December 26 Christmas Day (in lieu)  

 

Monthly Statistics

MONTH JANUARY
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 71f / 22c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 49f / 9.5c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 2.3
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: The largest Run Disney event of the year, the Walt Disney World Marathon, is held the first weekend of the month. This event brings a large number of guests. Crowds lessen considerably mid month.

MONTH FEBRUARY
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 73f / 23c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 50f / 10c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 3.0
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Crowds still quite small, until mid-Feb surrounding the President's Day holiday.

MONTH MARCH
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 78f / 26c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW : 55f / 13c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 3.2
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Crowds high during Spring Break and considerably higher when Easter falls in March.

MONTH APRIL
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 83f / 28.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 59f / 15c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 1.8
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Crowds high during Spring Break & Easter, which is very busy. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival causes increased crowds on weekends at Epcot.

MONTH MAY
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 88f / 31c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 66f / 19c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 3.6
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Crowds are moderate, but towards the end of the month, there are more school groups visiting. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival causes increased crowds on weekends at Epcot.

MONTH JUNE
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 91f / 33c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 72f / 22.5c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 7.3
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Starts to get very busy as schools break up for the summer.

MONTH JULY
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 92f / 33.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 73f / 23c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 7.2
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: One of the busiest times of year. July 4th is traditionally one of the busiest days at Walt Disney World.

MONTH AUGUST
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 92f / 33.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 72f / 22.5c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 6.8
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: The early part of the month is still very busy, but starts to quiet down towards the end of the month.

MONTH SEPTEMBER
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 90f / 32.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 73f / 23c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 6.0
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH:  Early month, just after Labor day is still one of the quietest times of year to go. However, towards the end of the month, the Halloween Party starts and the crowds begin to increase.

MONTH OCTOBER
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 85f / 29.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 65f / 18.5c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 2.4
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Once a quiet, slow month, October has been very busy over the past few years. A combination of school fall breaks, "New Jersey Week", the expansion of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party and the Food & Wine Festival makes October significantly more busy than September.

MONTH NOVEMBER
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 79f / 26.5c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 58f / 14.5c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 2.3
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: A moderately busy month up until Thanksgiving week, when the parks can be quite busy. The Food and Wine Festival and related Run Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon are a HUGE draw, particularly on weekends.

MONTH DECEMBER
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - HIGH: 73f / 23c
TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE) - LOW: 51f / 11c
RAINFALL (AVERAGE) - IN INCHES: 2.2
COMMENT ABOUT THE MONTH: Early December is a 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 Walt Disney World. The first two weeks of the month are farily busy as of late, due to Pop Warner and Cheer competitions, as well as low point requirements for DVC owners.

 
 
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