If you are thinking about a Disney World vacation, chances are the first thing you will be deciding on is when to go. It may seem like an easy decision to make, but actually it is not easy because there are a number of factors to consider. So how do you choose the best time of year to visit Disney World?
Deciding on the time of year for your visit affects everything else about your Disney vacation, including cost. Certain seasons are just more expensive than others. And if you have school-age children, like the majority of families that visit Walt Disney World, then traveling during school vacations is often a necessity. Not surprisingly, summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, and spring/Easter breaks are the busiest times to visit…and accordingly the most expensive. If you simply must travel during those peak times, then you must be prepared for resort accommodations to be more expensive than they would during other non-peak times of the year. And while there are always lots of options for affordable lodging in the Orlando area, you may find that your choices may be limited if you do not plan ahead.
Crowd levels are important to consider as well, as they can dramatically affect the enjoyment of a Disney World vacation. If you hate crowds, and don’t like standing in line, do not plan a visit during peak times! It is a surefire recipe for a miserable, rather than magical vacation!
Don’t overlook the weather factor. Most people are well aware of how hot and humid Florida can be in the summer: if you are visiting Disney World during this time of year, be prepared to go early, take mid-day breaks, and relax in your pool. And if you just can’t handle heat and humidity, choose another season to go. Winter months, on the other hand, can be very unpredictable: a glorious and sunny day in the 70s one day, and 30s at night the next. Visiting during the winter requires a different kind of pre-planning, with special attention paid to packing wisely before you leave home!
Lastly, Disney offers many fun and interesting events that are scheduled throughout the entire year. Are you a runner? You might want to consider the Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. Love flowers and gardening? Then take a look at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival every spring. Is the Force with you? If so, you may want to think about a visit during one of the Star Wars Weekends each spring. What about great food and wine? Lots of people find the Epcot Food and Wine Festival each fall to be their favorite time of year. The fall also brings the fun Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties at the Magic Kingdom. And of course, if you love Christmas, then you will join the thousands who can’t celebrate the Holiday Season without a Disney World visit.
So now you know the things to think about, what is the best time of year for your family to visit Walt Disney World?
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