Head to Walt Disney World this winter for lower crowds, cool weather, holiday festivities and more (Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

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Fall tends to be our go-to season for traveling to Walt Disney World, but Winter is beginning to look more and more promising. Here are our Top 5 Reasons why Winter may just be the best time to visit Walt Disney World.

The Weather
While it's true that Florida does see some classic winter temperatures down to the 40's in November and December, a 50-70 degree range from November to February is more typical. After a stifling Spring, Summer and sometimes Fall months, the breezes and perfect weather is a such a welcome change. And since it's Florida, you can usually still count on the sunshine. 

The Prices
As prices do climb nearer the holidays, Walt Disney World has something called Adventure Season which includes dates from Dec 1-14 and the entire month of January. Adventure Season is what is known to Disney Vacation Club members as the cheapest time to visit Walt Disney World. The second cheapest time to visit is called Choice Season and includes Oct 1- Nov 26 and Dec 15-23. This means almost the entire months of November, December and January are cheap. Room and package prices are the lowest during this time of year, so if you have a longer trip or a lot of family members this is the best time to visit. 

The Lack of Crowds
Strangely, just as prices drop in the parks, so do guest numbers. Again, apart from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, other dates in the winter find the parks emptier. We love that this means we can fit in more rides, get better fast passes and hard-to-get dinner reservations. Lower crowds also means less time waiting for the bus and monorail, so you can make the most of your vacation time. 

The Holidays 
Nothing says magical like the holidays! The Cinderella Castle Dream lights, The giant Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort, and all those holiday treats across the parks. If you're hoping to experience the holidays at Walt Disney World you can count on decorations at Magic Kingdom being complete by the first date of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, or by the end of the 1st full week of November. The other Disney Parks usually get dressed up by the 2nd week and Disney Resorts by the 3rd week. The International Festival of Holidays also starts right after Thanksgiving. And with that comes the Candlelight Processional, outdoor kitchens, the Cookie Stroll and the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs. Decorations start to come down across the parks the first Monday after New Year’s, but you can see from the variety of holiday festivities here, that almost all of them happen during less expensive times!

International Festival of the Arts
Thankfully, just as Walt Disney World says goodbye to the holidays, the International Festival of the Arts arrives the 3rd week in January and runs until the 2nd week in February. This festival honors the culinary arts, performance arts and fine art. A newer festival at Epcot, this is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Featuring artists, chefs and performers guests can try beautiful foods, see acrobatic, artistic and musical shows, and meander through numerous galleries. And of course, the lower crowds make this festival even more enjoyable, without the long waits we see at other festivals throughout the year. 

Perks of Visiting Walt Disney World in the Winter
Sure, Walt Disney World is magical at all times of year. But if you're looking for better weather, a chance to make your vacation budget go farther and a little less crowd chaos then you may want to consider flying south for the Winter! Add in events and holidays exclusive to the season and you may experience Walt Disney World in a whole different way. Dare we say it could be the calm, whimsical, and budget-friendly vacation you were looking for?