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Best times to visit Disney World 2023 and 2024

Planning a vacation is hard enough and you might be wondering, "When is the best time to visit Disney World?" » 

To know when you should go to Walt Disney World, there are many factors you need to consider.
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Best time to visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024 -

Since 2020, planning a vacation is hard enough and you might be wondering, "When is the best time to visit Disney World?" » 

To know when you should go to Walt Disney World, there are many factors you need to consider.

In this article, we'll explain the best and worst times to go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024, as well as all the considerations you'll need to take into account for your vacation.

While there's never really a bad time to go to Disney World, picking the right time slot can make the experience all the more magical. We've visited every season of the year for as long as we can remember, and while we always have fun, there are certain times of the year when Disney World is better.

Most people say the best times to go to Disney World are when attendance is lowest. While this is an important factor, there are so many more things to consider on top of that. We think a Disney World Crowd schedule is very important, but it's only the first step in deciding when to go.

When is the best time at Disney World for the weather? The cheapest time? The best events, etc? What about the opening hours of the park? Special events and festivals?

A combination of all of these things should weigh into choosing the best time of year to visit and not just when attendance is at its lowest.

In this article, we'll talk about the best times to go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024, though much of the information can be applied to planning your Disney trip for most of the following years. We've ranked each month from best to worst and broken down some of the favorite weeks and days, then those to avoid.

Best times to go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024.

Determining the best time to go to Disney World is often closely tied to the American school calendar. It makes sense that if the kids are in school, the parks tend to be less crowded, and if they're not in school, the crowds will be more.

It's no different for 2023 or 2024, and the first step is to look at the school calendar and figure out when little Americans are least likely to be in school.

Dates of school holidays in the United States USA - All dates of school holidays (dates-vacances.net)

Another important consideration to take into account is the construction and debut of new attractions. Whenever new Lands like Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge or new attractions have opened, there is always an immediate influx of visitors to the parks, regardless of the season.

Then there is also the weather factor. Central Florida's climate is semi-tropical. Summers are swelteringly hot and humid with regular afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are pleasantly mild with sunny weather and comfortable temperatures. Hurricane season between August and December can produce some pretty nasty weather on the rare occasion that a tropical storm happens to turn inland and in the immediate vicinity of Disney World. Many American families brave the heat and choose Orlando as their destination during the summer school holidays, from the beginning of June to the end of August. They invariably fill hotels, amusement parks and restaurants. Foreign vacationers and retirees prefer the winter months, from December to March, to visit Orlando. The low season of fall and spring are often the best times to visit.

The consideration of the tariff is for all families, and which for many remains the most important. But you will have to choose between your budget and the attendance of the parks.

And of course, the last point to consider is the price of the plane ticket.

The choice of the date of your departure on vacation is more than decisive in the price of your plane ticket. So you have to be smart when choosing when to go on vacation.

Thus, for all distances combined (short, medium and long-haul), the best month is January . But beware, it is the 4th week of January which is interesting and not the first. November and March are also recommended for going on vacation at a lower cost. For those who can only go in summer, it is recommended to prefer July to August, voted worst month of the year, the first week being the one to avoid the most to go on vacation. As for the end of August, the crowds tend to drop and so do the prices.

Regarding the preferred days for going on vacation, we remind you that leaving in the middle of the week will save you up to 15% on the price of your plane ticket . Indeed, taking a trip from Tuesday to Tuesday, rather than Saturday to Saturday, allows you to save around 8% on your plane ticket outside school periods and 12% during school periods! Leaving there is therefore preferable if you do not want to pay for your flight full price .

What you need to know about park attendance in Florida, in a nutshell: Busy usually means special events, vacation time for Americans, and parks closing later (higher rates). Fewer people often equals few or no special events and parks that may close a bit earlier (cheapest rates).

The fact remains that, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, no matter when you are going to visit Mickey, you and each member of your family will undoubtedly love your trip!

That's why you need to take a balanced approach when deciding the best time of year to go to Disney and consider weather, park hours, crowds, special events, and entertainment.

In general, we find January and September to be the best months to visit Disney World .

These have the best balance between crowds, cost and weather. Children are very likely to be in school during these two times and as a result crowds will be low and Disney will have great deals on vacation packages.

The times when there are fewer people to visit Disney World in 2023, and when the rates are cheaper, provided you book at least 6 months in advance, are:

  • January 2-12, January 23 – February 9
  • February 27 – March 3
  • April 17-28
  • May 1-12 (weekdays only)
  • August 14-31 (regular promos, lower rates)
  • September (minus Labor Day weekend)
  • Most weekdays in October (except Columbus Day Week)
  • November 1-16 (avoid Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week)
  • Weekdays from December 1 to 15 (avoid Christmas and New Years)

As you can see, we avoided all major holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, as well as Spring Break when the crowds are very high (spring breaks).

Fall is usually a great time to go, as parents don't like to pull their kids out of school during the first two months of school. This is a great opportunity to go there.

2023 is a unique year because during the first few months of the year , the 50th anniversary celebration ends on March 31 and you will see larger than usual crowds. After that, The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th anniversary, and there will surely be plenty of festivities for that too. How much remains to be seen.

The best times to visit Disney World in 2024 are:

  • January 2-11, January 22 – February 8
  • February 26 – March 1
  • April 8-26
  • May 1-17 (weekdays only)
  • August 19-31 ( regular promotions, lower rates)
  • September (minus Labor Day weekend)
  • Most weekdays in October
  • November 1-21 (avoid Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week)
  • Weekdays from December 1 to 13 (avoid Christmas and New Years)

Also in 2024, we're following the same pattern for the best dates to go to Disney World, avoiding all major holidays and the majority of the summer.

There will be new attractions opening like Tiana's Bayou Adventure which will draw large crowds, and there will still be plenty of festivals and plenty of new rides and attractions to enjoy.

The worst times to go to Disney World in 2023 and 2024.

The worst times to go to Disney World are when the parks are busiest and the weather is hottest. You will see in the dates below. We've eliminated all major holidays because that's the most likely time families will go with the kids since they're not going to school.

We also skipped most of the summer because Central Florida is just too hot and while you will always have a great time, it can be very exhausting and unpleasant most days.

The worst times to visit Disney World in 2023 are:

  • January 1, January 13-18
  • February 17-26 (President's Day)
  • March 17 – April 16 (spring break and Easter)
  • May 26 – August 13
  • November 17-26 (avoid Thanksgiving week)
  • December 15-31 (avoid Christmas and New Year's weeks)

Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are always the worst times to visit Disney World.

The worst times to visit Disney World in 2024 are:

  • January 1, January 12-17
  • February 16-25 (President's Day)
  • March 15 – April 7 (spring break and Easter)
  • May 24 – August 11
  • November 22-30 (avoid Thanksgiving week)
  • December 1, 13 -31 (avoid Christmas and New Year weeks)

We are following the same pattern in 2024 as in 2023 and avoiding all major holidays and summer.

Again, I don't want you to think that if you go during one of these times of year you're going to have a bad trip. It's all a matter of expectations and personal taste. Many people like to go there during the holidays, but they realized that there would be longer waits than usual.

Usually, if you have a good itinerary, you can always make the most of those “worst days”.

Crowds - and - Attendance

Crowds and Disney World go together like Mickey and Minnie, and there's no time of year when the parks aren't busy. Walt Disney World is after all the most visited resort destination in the world with over 52 million visitors a year.

Unfortunately, there is no Disney "off season" anymore, and Guests have figured out the times of the year when you used to have short wait times for the rides.

Usually, the whole year is busy at Disney World and there are small lulls when the crowds are slightly less, but they are still there. At this point, the only time you can really get decent ride wait times is when there are hurricanes or similar disasters.

But in a "normal" year, there aren't too many crowd-free windows.

However, that doesn't mean crowds don't matter. Finding times to visit when there are fewer people than normal is always important. This can be useful because instead of waiting 2 hours for an attraction on busy days, you might only have to wait 1 hour during off-peak times of the year. It is also helpful when making your meal reservations and it will be much easier to reserve a table at Be Our Guest or Oga's Cantina .

The busiest times of the year

So what are the busiest times of year at Disney World? Again, follow the children.

The busiest time to visit is when the kids are out of school during vacations or spring and summer break. Parents are usually more hesitant to cut their children out of school and therefore have no choice but to plan a trip during this time.

The busiest holidays at Disney World are Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Crowds usually start coming 3-4 days before the start of these holidays, and stay for 2-3 days after, or at least during the weekend, before returning home on Sunday or Monday.

Of these, the busiest you'll see at Magic Kingdom, and other theme parks are Easter Weeks, Thanksgiving , Christmas and New Year . In our opinion, they should be avoided at all costs, as there are always people hanging around and the parks often fill to capacity.

Also in 2023, one of the busiest days of the year at the Magic Kingdom will be Halloween (for Mickey's not-so-scary Halloween party), that day always sells out in advance.

Finally, if you go to the parks on the opening day of a new attraction, it will also be extremely busy and we recommend that you skip this park and come back the next day. In 2023, that means Disney's Magic Kingdom when the TRON Lightcycle Coaster opens.

Least crowded times

The least difficult times at Disney World are always when the kids are in school. Late August through September tends to be one of the best months to visit because the kids have just returned to school.

January is also one of the least crowded months since children return to school after New Years. It doesn't get too crowded until President's Week (the 3rd Monday in February).

It's also important to know the least crowded days to go to Disney World. Generally, weekdays are less crowded than weekends. This is especially true at EPCOT if one of the festivals is going on.

The cheapest time to visit Disney World

Finding the cheapest time to go to Disney World can be an even bigger motivator than basing your decision on crowds. Fortunately, these two are also connected and the cheapest time to go is also when the crowds are lowest. Disney knows this, which is why there are always offers to try to entice visitors to visit during these times.

Going to Disney World when the cost is lowest will save you money on hotel rooms, theme park tickets, plane tickets and even meals. You could potentially save thousands of dollars just by changing the dates.

  • The cheapest times of year to visit Disney World are August, September, and January, after New Years ends through early February.

Since the crowds move slowly from the summer months into October/November, we've also noticed great deals on certain dates in June and July, which are worth considering.

Hotels

Going to a cheaper time is going to save you the most money on your hotel room. Prices can vary greatly between low season and high season, and some rooms can cost up to 2 or 3 times the normal price.

Here are some examples of Disney World hotel prices and the differences when comparing low season with high season. We've separated them into examples of Value, Moderate, and Deluxe resorts with some potential pricing.

  • Value Resorts (low season) around €120-200 per night
  • Value Resort (high season) up to €300+ per night
  • Moderate resorts (low season) around €250-300 per night
  • Moderate Resort (high season) up to €400+ per night
  • Luxury hotels (low season) around €400-650 per night
  • Deluxe Resort (high season) up to €700-900+ per night

These are huge savings and cannot be ignored!

Hotel rooms always cost more on weekends, so if you are going for more than 7 days try to only include Friday and Saturday once, it will save you money.

Park tickets

Over the past few years, Disney World has introduced a peak pricing model for its theme park tickets , much like they already do with hotel room prices. As crowds grow, park tickets become more expensive. When there are lower times for crowds, Disney lowers ticket prices.

This means that if you come in January or September you will find the cheapest prices, while coming during holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas you will have the most expensive tickets.

Pricing is daily, which means that a Saturday ticket in a "slower" month like September can still be higher than a weekday in a busier month like July. The same month can have 3-4 different prices for tickets depending on the day you come.

Prices for all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks are the same, so it doesn't matter if you go to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.

Here are some ranges between the lowest and highest prices for Disney World Basic tickets, without water park or Hopper park: in 2023 and per person.

  • Cost of 2-day ticket:126 - €155 per day (€252 - €310 in total for 2 days).
  • Cost of the 3-day ticket:105 - €149 per day (€315 - €447 in total for 3 days).
  • Cost of 4-day ticket:95 - €141 per day (€380 - €564 in total for 4 days).
  • Cost of 5-day ticket:82 - €122 per day (€410 - €610 in total for 5 days).
  • Cost of the 6-day ticket:72 - €106 per day (€432 - €636 in total for 6 days).
  • Cost of 7-day ticket:65 - €94 per day (€455 - €658 in total for 7 days).
  • Cost of the 8-day ticket:60 - €86 per day (€480 - €688 in total for 8 days).
  • Cost of the 9-day ticket:54 - €78 per day (€486 - €702 in total for 9 days).
  • Cost of 10 day ticket:50 - €72 per day (€500 - €720 in total for 10 days).

With our Magic Disney 7 or 14 Day All-Inclusive Tickets, you can save and get free Park Hopper and Memory Maker (unlimited photopass valued at $199).

Park Hours

An underestimated factor in deciding when to visit Walt Disney World is park hours. Although the parks may be less crowded during the off season, park hours will be much shorter, meaning you have less time to spend in the parks each day.

Disney World park hours are shortest after New Year's Day in January and remain short until the start of Spring Break in mid-March.

Park hours are extended from March to mid-August. They remain short in September and October, then lengthen around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In January, the Magic Kingdom usually closes at 8:00 p.m., along with Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. EPCOT stays open until 9:00 p.m.

In July, the Magic Kingdom closes between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. depending on the day, while the other parks close between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

So even if you go during the busy season when it will definitely be more crowded, Disney compensates somewhat by giving people more time in the parks. If you like to stay out late, this may be an advantage you can use.

However, if you usually go to bed early and won't take advantage of the park's late hours, then a time like January or September is definitely better.

What's the best weather at Disney World?

Disney World has great weather for most of the year with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures most of the year. The Florida sunshine is certainly positive, but the extreme heat and humidity that comes with it, not so much. That's why knowing when the weather is best at Disney World can make your trip infinitely better.

The weather at Disney World can be extremely unpredictable and can change in 1 minute. With blazing temperatures and sunshine one moment, followed by severe thunderstorms and lightning the next, and seeing the sun return 30 minutes later. On rare occasions, you may even come across hurricanes at Walt Disney World . The only thing you won't find is snow!

Disney World Weather by Season

Winter- Most of the year is t-shirt and shorts weather, but during the winter months it can be chilly on some days, and certainly at night. At this time of year, a jacket and sweater are both good ideas, but bring lighter clothes in case the temperatures are mild.

The average maximum daytime temperature in December, January, February and March is around 21°C. This is actually good news and we prefer to visit the parks when it's not as hot as it is in the summer. The downside is that it's not ideal weather to take a dip in the pool. The flowers and trees in the Resort are not as beautiful in winter as they are in spring or summer, and the days are shorter compared to other seasons.

Spring- This is another great time to visit Walt Disney World and if you visit in April the average daytime temperature is 26-27°C. It's good weather for the pool and good for the parks. Temperatures in May become significantly higher and reach almost 32°C.

Another good thing about spring. It is not too wet a time of year with moderately low rainfall. There is also more sunshine in the spring, which makes it possible to spend more hours in the parks every day.

Packing for the weather is essential when visiting, and depending on when you go, you might need clothes for the heat, the rain, and sometimes even a sweater or jacket. Here's a look at the weather at Disney World for each season.

Summer- This is the worst season for the weather in Central Florida with extreme heat and humidity on a daily basis. This outweighs most of the benefits of longer daylight, longer park hours, and more entertainment options than other seasons. Summer lasts from May to September with average high temperatures above 32 degrees, even reaching 37 degrees on some days.

Humidity is off the charts in the summer months averaging 60% or higher. Disney World has 13 rainy days per month on average in the summer, and 16 cm of rain.

Autumn- is a beautiful time at Walt Disney World, and while daytime temperatures are still quite high in October, things cool down a bit in the second half of the month and get even better in November and December. Average daily high temperatures are around 21°C, again ideal for going to the parks.

Daylight is still good in early fall, remember to bring a light jacket or sweater at night as temperatures drop significantly compared to daytime.

Special Events, Festivals and Holidays

Now that we've figured out the cheapest times, the least crowded times, and the best weather, you definitely want to look at the calendar for any holidays, special events, or festivals that might be happening at Walt Disney World each month.

There are so many cool events happening every year that you and your family might want to plan your trip.

Holidays and public holidays

Many families plan their trip to Walt Disney World over the holidays, even if that means the crowds will be bigger than other times of the year. Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most popular that guests are likely to plan.

Here is a list of dates for the holidays in 2023 and 2024:

  • New Year's Day – 1st January
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – January 16, 2023 and January 15, 2024
  • Valentine's Day – February 14
  • President's Day – February 20, 2023; February 19, 2024
  • St. Patrick's Day – March 17
  • Easter- April 9, 2023 and March 31, 2024
  • Memorial Day- May 29, 2023 and May 27, 2024
  • 4th of July American National Day
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023 and Sept. 2, 2024
  • Columbus Day- October 9, 2023 and October 14, 2024
  • Halloween- October 31
  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2023 and November 11, 2024
  • Action of grace - November 23, 2023 and November 28, 2024
  • Christmas - December 25th
  • New year's eve - December 31st

Keep in mind that if you visit the Disney Parks on the exact days of this vacation, you'll find the biggest crowds of the entire year. The parks will be overcrowded and will likely reach capacity for the day. You have been warned.

If you have to go to Disney World during the holidays, here are the least crowded holidays for 2023 and 2024:

  • Valentine's Day – February 14
  • St. Patrick's Day – March 17
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023 and Sept. 2, 2024

Special events and festivals

Besides the holidays, there are plenty of special events and festivals to keep track of when planning your visit.

Here's a list of all the Disney World 2023 special events to consider:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend : from January 4 to 8, 2023
  • EPCOT® International Arts Festival : January 14 – February 21, 2023
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 24 – February 27, 2023
  • Run Disney Springtime Surprise Marathon – March 31 – April 3, 2023
  • EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival : TBD (early March – mid-July 2023)
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: TBD (mid-August – October 31, 2023)
  • EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival: To be determined (mid-July – mid-November 2023)
  • 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World: October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023
  • EPCOT International Party Festival: To be determined (end of November – December 30, 2023)
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: To be determined (early November – end of December 2022)

If you go from August to December, Disney's Magic Kingdom is hosting 2 special ticket-required events, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are very popular with visitors from around Florida.

All in all, these events can be really fun and worth planning for your trip to Disney World. Just be aware that these events also attract higher crowds, so make sure you know that if you go. If you want to go to one of the EPCOT festivals, go on a weekday, it will be a lot less crowded.

Renovations and new rides

One thing that might not cross your mind when trying to figure out the best time to visit Disney World is the schedule of attraction renovations. This is important because there are certain times of the year when Disney likes to do extended maintenance on the rides, which means your favorite attraction could be closed.

The last thing you want to do is show up at Disney and find that Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean are closed. How can you do this if you plan your trip several months in advance?

The water parks are also likely to be closed for parts of January and February, so don't expect to go to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach during this time.

As for new rides, we're expecting the TRON roller coaster to open at Magic Kingdom, as well as Moana: Journey of Water at EPCOT. In addition to that, EPCOT gets a new fireworks show , and Happily Ever After finally returns!

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider if you plan to visit Disney World during the reopening phase. That's not to say it won't be fun, but you should know what to expect before you go.

Best months at Disney World – ranking in descending order:

It's my favorite part, this ranking of each month at Disney World in 2023 from worst to best.

We want to give you an overview of each month compared to the others, and take into consideration all the different aspects that we have already covered in this guide. These rankings tend to be similar every year, but can change slightly depending on how certain holidays fall and other events unfold.

As a warning, this list looks very different in 2023 than some years. With new park changes, capacity restrictions, pending events, and the end of the 50th anniversary, at least a few of these months are finding themselves higher or lower than they might normally be.

It's also worth noting that the further we get into 2023, the more likely things are to return to "normal" in the parks. That means more potentially relaxed policies and more returning entertainment like shows and fireworks. These factors weighed in our ranking.

This list could be very different in 2024 if everything is back to normal by then. We will update this list later in 2023 to reflect any changes to the schedule.

Ok, now on to the best months at Disney World in 2023...

12. July

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Normally, July is the worst or second worst month to visit Disney World, and that's where it enters 2023 again.

Just like June and August, July is a terrible month for the weather at Disney World, with temperatures rarely dropping below 32 degrees and unbearable humidity. It gets even harder when you're wearing a face mask.

It is also one of the rainiest months of the year with more than 254 ml per year. Ponchos become your best friends at Disney World this July, and you need lots of extra socks.

The 4th of July is always one of the busiest days of the year for parks, and the crowds continue throughout the month. It should be the same in 2023, as many families have started traveling again, and July is just the time when the kids have left school.

  • Benefits : Long park hours, lots of daylight, potentially great deals
  • Against : Extreme weather conditions, higher crowds

11. June

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June hasn't changed one bit from our original list and is still one of the worst months to visit Disney World in 2023.

The weather is excruciatingly hot and humid, so be sure to bring sunscreen and a towel to dry off. The rain also increases in June with about 127 ml per year. This means that you are likely to get caught in quite a few thunderstorms during your trip.

Crowds are lighter in the first half of the month, then pick up again when children start to leave school. On the plus side, June sees long hours of sunshine and extended park hours, as well as entertainment offerings.

In 2023, we expect crowds to be heavy again and things to be completely back to normal by then. We've seen capacity increase dramatically and more entertainment and dining options have returned to the parks and by summer it could be even better.

  • Benefits : Plenty of daylight, most attractions are open
  • Against : Extremely hot weather, high crowd levels, thunderstorms

9. August

How is August different from July? Not much in 2023, or any year for that matter. August has the warmest temperatures of the year at Disney World with slightly less rain than July, although thunderstorms are still a daily occurrence. You will definitely want to spend a lot of time in the resort pool.

Crowds are usually heavy at the start of August, then dwindle considerably as American Labor Day approaches. This leads to low wait times at attractions and wonderful hotel discounts.

In 2023 I think it will be the same and even with the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival in full swing and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party kicking off in August you will see very few people in the parks compared to the number of people who will come in September and October.

  • Benefits : Low second half crowd, potentially low price, long park hours, lots of daylight
  • Against : Extreme weather, high crowds in first half

9. April

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For many years, April at Walt Disney World fell somewhere in the middle of the pack for us, but in recent years it has gotten worse. The most important factor when deciding to go in April is knowing when Easter will be that year.

If Easter is in March, April turns into one of the best months, with very low crowds during Spring Break. If Easter is in April, it becomes less appealing, especially in the first half of the month.

It just so happens, however, that from now until 2024, Easter occurs in April. The second half of the month can be a joy to visit Disney World with warm temperatures and moderate to light crowds. Gardens and flowers are also at their best, with Walt Disney World perhaps at its finest. Plus, since the TRON Lightcycle roller coaster will open in the spring of 2023, there's a good chance it'll be here in April already, or at least in preview.

In 2023, Easter falls on April 9, and if you wait a week longer and go on the 17th or later, this could be a great month to visit.

  • Benefits : Great weather in the park, nice landscaping, lots of daylight
  • Against : Dense crowds depending on the year

8 March

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March is a good to mediocre month to visit Disney World depending on how Easter falls. If Easter takes place at the end of March, avoid this period at all costs. If Easter is in April, the first half of March can be a wonderful time to go with the spring break crowds hitting the second half of the month.

The weather in March might be the best you will find all year. Temperatures are generally between 21 and 26 degrees and are good for any activity you want to do. It also very rarely rains in March in Orlando, which means you don't have to worry about getting wet.

The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival also starts in March, one of our favorite events of the year. There is also a small chance that the TRON Lightcycle roller coaster will open in March, but we are not counting on it.

I warned you though, if you go in the second half when spring break is in full swing, it can be a terrible time to visit. The crowds are absolutely packed even though Easter isn't until mid-April.

All in all, March 2023 should be a good time to visit with good weather and low crowds in the first half of the month. Just be selective in your weeks if you decide on March.

  • Benefits : One of the best months for weather, nice landscaping, low crowds in the first half
  • Against : Crowds high in second half

7. February

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February has been another poorly ranked month in recent years, but in 2023 we've downgraded it a few points. However, it is an excellent choice for visiting Disney, especially in the first half of the month. February has some of the lowest crowds of the whole year, and you just have to avoid the busy President's Day week.

The weather is beautiful and perfect for visiting the theme parks. Some weeks it's even warm enough to go swimming. You also get off-season pricing, again as long as you avoid President's Day.

That said, we went at the end of February last year and it was an absolute nightmare. The crowds were awful and the queues were over 60 minutes for everything, and even using the Genie+ service we couldn't get what we wanted.

Another downside is that water parks are often closed for most of the month and some attractions may be undergoing renovations. That said, February is still one of our favorite months as long as you pick the right week.

  • Benefits : Great park weather, good discount, low crowd in first half.
  • Against : Heavy crowds around President's Day and end of month, water parks closed, likely refurbishment of attractions

6. October

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In theory, October should be one of the best times of the year as the temperatures drop and the kids should be in school. It was one of our favorite months, which has now dropped lower and lower on our list due to increasing crowd levels. It's not as bad as during major holidays, but waiting times for rides are still very long.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival have a lot to do with October's popularity, with many visitors coming to Disney World specifically for these events.

Weekdays are best in October. On the positive side, the temperature is still warm during the day, but much cooler at night than in September.

In 2021, the 50th anniversary celebration kicked off in October, which really kicked up the crowds that year. Without big events like this in 2023, we expect crowd levels to be high, but perhaps not as high as the past two years.

Check prices and availability after Columbus Day in the middle/end of the month. If you can go during the week in the second half of the month, October can be one of the best times to visit. So far overall it lands at #6 overall.

  • Benefits : Hot but not too hot, Popular events
  • Against : Increased crowds, limited discounts

5. May

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We usually have May in the middle of the pack, as the Spring Break crowds have died down and there is a slight drop in attendance before school ends and the summer crowds start to roll in.

The weather gets much hotter in May, often reaching 32 degrees, but not usually to the "melt your skin" points as in the summer. There is tons of daylight in May and thunderstorms are quite common. Overall, as long as you don't go on the weekend, it's normally a wonderful time to visit due to lower crowd levels.

However, instead of increasing crowds in May, the opposite effect has happened in recent years and there are surprisingly low crowds compared to March and April. Spring Break is over and most children are still in school in May, making it a great time to visit. And in 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run will be definitely open by then, which will give yet another incentive to visit.

  • Pros: Low crowds on weekdays, parks are beautiful, lots of daylight
  • Cons: Hot and humid temperatures

4. January

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January is one of our favorite months to visit Disney World due to light crowds and low prices for most of the month. The crowds subside after New Years week, which means great deals on vacation packages, hotels, and park tickets. Also, stay away from marathon week if you can.

It might also have the lowest wait times of the year, which means you'll get more done, in less time.

The weather is mixed and the temperatures are beautiful and ideal for visiting the parks during the day with an average high of 22 degrees. However, the night can get chilly, even dropping below 4 degrees, so you will need to dress warmer than normal. Plus, very little rain means lots of sunshine and blue skies.

Don't expect to do much swimming in the pools, and the water parks are closed. Also, anticipate Disney's refurbishment schedule, as some attractions may be closed for maintenance.

In our opinion, January is one of the best months to visit Walt Disney World with its exceptional combination of low prices, low crowd levels and mild temperatures. Pay great attention to it when planning your trip.

  • Benefits : Low crowds, low prices, great park weather
  • Against : Possibility of attractions being closed for refurbishment, closure of water parks / no time for swimming.

3. December

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December is definitely one of the most popular times to visit Disney World, with Christmas decorations and plenty of holiday-themed events. However, you'll have two completely different experiences depending on which week you choose to go, and it's subjective how much you enjoy parties.

The beginning of the month is very uncrowded once Thanksgiving week is over. It may not be as quiet as it once was due to Disney manipulating the dates to fill in the less crowded weeks of the year. The first two weeks are always one of our favorite times and have no nasty attendance surprises.

Once you approach Christmas week, however, things change drastically and it quickly becomes the busiest time of the year at Disney World. Highly recommend avoiding this week throughout New Years week unless you like waiting in the 3 hour line for Space Mountain.

The cost is just as different with lower prices in early December and the highest prices all year at Disney World from Christmas to New Years.

  • Benefits : Low crowds (early December), seasonal entertainment, low prices (early December), long park hours (late December)
  • Against : Extremely large crowds (late December), sky-high prices (late December), little daylight.

2. November

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We were torn between November and our number one pick for 2023, but there's no doubt that November is one of the best months to visit Disney World. The reasons we love it include a great combination of crowds, weather, cost, and seasonal entertainment offerings.

The first half of November is extremely light on crowds, especially during the week. That means low wait times and room to breathe in the parks.

Because crowds are low, Disney usually has great vacation deals, including the Free Dining promotion that can save you a lot of money.

November also can't be beat for its weather. It has the lowest rainfall figures at Disney World of the entire year, averaging less than 25ml of rain. The temperatures are fantastic, still warm enough to go swimming in most years, but not too hot to be uncomfortable in the parks.

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Seasonal entertainment options are extremely popular as the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival always takes place in the first half of the month, as well as popular Christmas festivities such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which runs throughout the month.

Christmas decorations arrive in parks and hotels at the beginning of November. And a lot of people come to see.

The only bad time to go to Disney World in November is during Thanksgiving week and the few days around it. If Thanksgiving comes around earlier than usual like the 22nd or 23rd, the last days of November are also great times to go once the crowds get home. It is also best to avoid Veterans Day weekend.

Again, it's a throw, but November is our #2 month for Disney World in 2023 for its nearly unbeatable combo of prices, crowds, entertainment, and weather. Don't miss it!

  • Benefits : Perfect temperatures, no rain, seasonal entertainment offerings, long park hours (close to Thanksgiving) Low crowds (first half of month), low price (first half of month)
  • Against : High crowds (near Thanksgiving), high prices (near Thanksgiving)

1. September

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Last year we had September a few notches down, and we realized we were actually crazy doing this. So in 2023, September returns to the #1 spot for us. Very rarely do we drop him below 3 or 4, and you know he will always be in contention.

September always has one of the lowest crowds all year at Disney World since kids have just returned to school and parents are hesitant to take them out at the start of the school year.

Disney always has amazing deals in September, with hotel rooms close to the cheapest you'll find year-round and great promotions like Disney Free Dining. There are plenty of popular entertainment offerings like the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, both in full swing throughout the month.

The only negative point is that September is always a very hot month, with temperatures often reaching 32° and high humidity. The later in the month you go, the less oppressive it is.

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September has lots of rain, but usually just a passing storm from 4-5pm and then it stops. It's also one of those months when it's possible to see a hurricane, like our experience when Hurricane Irma hit Disney World in 2017 . It's a rare occurrence though, and most years it's fine.

After what we saw last year, even though the park capacity has returned to 100%, in September 2023 we expect crowd levels to be low as they usually are. And honestly, you won't find a month with fewer people.

Even though there are a few negatives with the weather, September is almost always one of the best months to visit Disney World. It should still be a great time to visit Disney World in 2023, and it's our favorite this year.

  • Benefits : Very light crowds, historically interesting discounts, good daylight, seasonal entertainment options
  • Against : Very hot weather, rainy weather, risk of hurricanes

Favorite weeks to visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

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Finally, we wanted to share with you what we think are the best weeks to visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024. If we were planning a trip right now, these are the weeks we would choose above all others.

2023

  • Week #3: 1st week of November – Great combo of perfect weather, low crowds and good prices which should return to normal in 2023.
  • Week #2: Last week of September  Still one of the cheapest times of year to visit and with potentially the lowest crowds all year round. You can choose between Mickey's Not So Scary and EPCOT Food and Wine, so plenty to keep you busy and a great time to visit.
  • Week #1: Last days of November / First week of December – This week has it all. Popular entertainment, low crowds, low prices, and a great time to visit Disney World.

2024

  • Week #3: 1st week of November – Great combo of perfect weather, low crowds and good prices which should return to normal in 2023.
  • Week #2: Mid-October - Still one of the best weeks as the temperatures cool slightly, and there are few crowds and low prices. Just make sure you don't hit it when the Columbus Day visitors are around. The end of September is another big chioce as usual.
  • Week #1: Last days of November / First week of December – Just like in 2023, this remains our favorite week of the year due to all the above reasons for popular entertainment, low crowds, low prices and sheer beauty at this time of year.

Summary

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While there are plenty of great times to visit Disney World, there isn't one "best" time that stands out above the rest. It depends on your personal preferences and what you are looking for on your trip.

Personally, we prefer to go to the parks when the temperature is milder, even giving up our swims if necessary. Our preference is always the cost and the time of year that will save us money. And we'd also prefer to go when the crowds are lower, even if that means there might be fewer entertainment choices and shorter park hours.

We think 7-8 days is also a good time to plan, as it gives you at least one day per park and allows you to be flexible if you happen to take a weekday vacation. You can do it in 4-5 days, but you'll be running like crazy and probably won't enjoy it as much.

Ultimately, there's no bad time to visit Disney World, and you'll have a great trip no matter when you go. Decide which aspect is most important to you and start planning in the month that suits your needs. I hope this has helped, and above all, have a very magical holiday!

What are the best times to go to Disney World in 2023?

January 2 to January 12, and week of January 23

– February 9 to February 27

– March 3 April 17-28

May 1 May 12 (weekdays only)

August 14 August 31

September (minus Labor Day weekend)

Most weekdays in October (except Columbus week) November 1-16 (avoid Veterans Day and Thanksgiving week) Weekdays December 1-15 (avoid Christmas and New Years)



What are the worst times to visit Disney World in 2023?

January 1, January 13-18

February 17-26 (President's Day)

March 17 – April 16 (spring break and Easter)

May 26 – August 13

November 17-26 (avoid Thanksgiving week)

December 15 to 31 (avoid Christmas and New Year weeks)


What is the best weather at Disney World?

The best weather at Disney World is generally in the spring (March and April) and fall (October and November). Temperatures are warm but not too hot and there is little rain and lots of sunshine.

Need help planning your trip?

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We know that the whole Disney vacation planning process can be overwhelming at times, and the easiest way to book your vacation package is to use an authorized Disney vacation planner, as they will help you every step of the way. They will listen to your needs and preferences and can help you decide which resort is best for you.