The Best Time of Year to Visit Disney World

It's the most magical place on earth to many, the happiest place to be with friends and family, a home away from home; but to some it is also humid, crowded, and expensive. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is an exciting destination for families of all sizes, from singles to large groups. The trick to having the best vacation possible is to know when to go to avoid the things people may not love so much, like overcrowded theme parks, stifling heat, and spending a months worth of paychecks for just a few days of fun. Knowing the right time to go to stay comfortable and have the best time possible is more than just knowing when the crowds will be the smallest. Guests should consider crowds, prices, weather, and special events.

While they may not all fall during the slowest seasons, Disney World provides visitors with special events that bring something fun to everyone. During the holidays guests visiting the Magic Kingdom can enjoy Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This party brings the Christmas spirit to the park with a special fireworks show, a parade, special live entertainment that can only be enjoyed during the party, and hot cocoa and cookies. In Epcot, with Christmas comes the Candlelight Processional. This retelling of the Christmas story is told by celebrity narrators that are accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra and a mass choir.

The Disney Hollywood Studios bring the holiday magic with the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights where literally millions of twinkling lights dance to music. If your favorite holiday isn't complete without ghosts, ghouls, and grave diggers than Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party is the ideal time for your visit. This Halloween celebration takes place in the Magic Kingdom and lets guests enjoy trick or treating in the park, special shows, a parade, and a fireworks spectacular that can only be seen during the party. For the sci-fi fans planning a visit, Star Wars Weekends, which take place in June, may be an ideal reason to visit, while artists may enjoy the Festival of the Masters, taking place in November. 

Two of the biggest and most anticipated events that take place each year are exclusive to the Epcot theme park. From March to May the International Flower and Garden Festival provides incredible topiary displays bringing some of the most beloved Disney characters to the garden forefront. This festival also newly brings tastes of the seasons to the park with exclusive food samplings available only during the festival. Foodies and gardeners alike will rejoice and have the opportunity to enjoy live music with the Flower Power concert series. If the Flower and Garden Festival doesn't provide enough culinary delights, foodies can attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This festival brings with it a large sampling of special food and beverage carts that feature dishes from around the globe, as well as special signature dining experiences and the Eat to the Beat concert series. 

If visitors to Walt Disney World are less concerned with the special events and more interested in the weather some of the least crowded weeks can be found during some of the most comfortable times of the year. It is expected that summer time is not only one of the most crowded times to visit the parks, but one of the hottest and most humid times as well. If you still want warm weather and want to avoid the crowds, consider visiting Disney World during September. Families with school age children are less abundant thanks to the beginning of the school year. Summer and early September do bring thunderstorms and rain, though storms and showers rarely last longer than a few minutes. It is safe to bet that any school vacation weeks will be crowded. Off season is also the time guests can expect the best deals on flights, and may even be able to book special package deals to save money on hotels, theme parks, and even dining.

For additional information on visiting Walt Disney World, visit the following resources:

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Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival

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Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World