When is the Best Time of Year to Go to Disney World?

April 6, 2022

Walt Disney World is known as the Most Magical Place on Earth. With year-round warm Florida sunshine, festivals, and events, there's really no wrong time to visit.

But, when are the best times to visit Disney World, and should you plan around Disney events? Follow along with our handy guide to find out!

Planning Your Visit to Disney World

It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that Disney is one of the most visited places in the country. Any time of year is the perfect occasion for a hop over to Disney for a vacation. However, the key to a perfectly executed Disney holiday is balancing the most crowded time with the best Disney experience.

The lowest crowds have been found at Disney after the Christmas season until Spring break. However, this is also when you could run into popular rides undergoing routine maintenance. Then there are the summer months to consider when the crowd level swells, but the park festivities are in full swing.

Family Running on the sidewalk with Space Ship Earth in the background at Walt Disney World's Epcot - Orlando, Florida, USAVisit Disney World With the Best Tickets

Did you know that you can view the 'compare ticket prices' for the entire year on a simple calculator? Did you also know that you can compare the cost of your desired tickets to spectacular vacation packages?

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Wave your magic mouse here and begin your journey! Pick your dates, the number of days you'd like to visit, and the count of family members. A simple three-step input will give you a wide array of ticket choices. School breaks, summer vacation, Christmas, Easter, and Memorial Day can be compared with a simple click. If that isn't magic, we don't know what is!

Genie+ to Achieve Disney Perfection

You've booked your days at Disney. You're looking forward to bouncing between the best attractions at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Want a magic assistant that is three steps ahead of you? For example, sharing with you the busiest times at each attraction and offers alternatives?

A blue purple and white graphic with two phones showing the Genie App and an illustration of Genie's head to the left for

photo credit: Orlando Sentinel via Facebook

Genie+ asks for your ride, attractions, shopping, and dining preferences and designs the perfect day for you. Then, as you go through the expertly prepared itinerary, Genie+ updates in real-time with queues you can expect at your chosen stops. This fantastic feature allows you to make an informed decision about your wait times.

Want instant access?

No problem, the Lightning Lane feature within Genie+ allows you to schedule yourself for your chosen rides! Pick an hour-long window at a later time when you are assured instant access. Isn't that just the most magical feature you've ever heard of?

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If you don't like the itinerary suggestion from Genie+, simply swap them out for better options. The app offers an alternative to each recommendation. 

Magical Disney World Events

Disney World is a treasure trove of experiences. Disney values every day like nowhere else, and this sentiment manifests itself in the numerous events and festivals.

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Disney takes the celebration of holidays to the next level and even organizes its very own seasonal events.

Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy Garden Sculptures at Disney's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Orlando, Florida, USAFestival of the Arts

The Epcot Festival of the Arts is almost as famous as the park.

Epcot celebrates human achievement, and this festival puts artists front and center every single year. Inaugurated in 2017, the festival showcases visual, culinary, and performing arts.

Head over to the Festival of the Arts to discover concerts, performances, paintings, and more. Admire an artists' work, or better yet, watch your new art acquisition come alive in front of your eyes!

Christmas and New Year at Disney World

In a time-honored tradition, Christmas arrives at Disney to enhance the magic of the place. Christmas celebrations begin at Disney towards the end of November, making early December the best time to visit.

The Christmas and New Year celebrations kick off with fantastic parades, fireworks, and special menus, all without the holiday crowds. You are also most likely to find the best holiday season deal at this time of the year.

In fact, it may or may not have been said that Santa Claus pays a special visit to Disney over Christmas. Can't wait to book your Christmas vacation to Disney now? Don't mind the swelling crowds? Consider Disney World in 2022 to felicitate the 12 nights of Christmas!

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Walt Disney World is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walk Disney World resort, and the celebrations are sure to be remarkable! Keep an eye on the announcements by each theme park to get the most out of your holiday trip.

Disney's Food and Wine Festival

Where the Festival of the Arts tantalizes your creativity, the food and wine festival is a feast for your taste buds.

Gourmet food, live entertainment, and delightful activities are waiting to enthrall you at the food and wine festival. Sample authentic Italian, Chinese, Greek, and various other cuisines to eat until you drop. Wash it down with special beverages representing world traditions in a decidedly global experience.

family walking with desserts in their hands at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USAEpcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Ever seen Disney characters crafted in leaves, moss, and flowers?

Spring and Summer's most beloved event, International Flower and Garden Festival, is a great way to combine horticulture and Disney.

Find yourself surrounded by brilliant topiary of your favored characters, and weave through the dazzling flowerbeds. Then, enter exotic gardens to lose yourself amongst the splendid wonders of nature. Behold giant flora figurines of Beauty and the Beast, Elsa, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse standing amongst beautifully landscaped gardens.

Memorial Day weekend can be a perfect option. Mild weather and a moderate crowd await you!

Package Your Disney World Tickets

Want to increase your enjoyment beyond Disney World?

Orlando is full of things to do. You could spend weeks on end there and not do any activity twice!

Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Ticket Combo

Walt Disney World & Universal Studios come together in this perfect ticket deal.

Thirty acres of dining, shopping, and entertainment await you at Universal Studios.

Revel in the thrills of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, and head to Disney World to try their own studios. Movie-themed parks of Disney and Universal come together to create an experience of a lifetime!

Close up of a Storm Trooper with a gun plus an army of storm troopers behind him on Rise of the Resistance at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USAWalt Disney World & SeaWorld Orlando Ticket Combo

Kiss your prince at Disney and kiss a dolphin at SeaWorld! Walt Disney World and SeaWorld combination tickets are among the best deals around!

SeaWorld Orlando is a priceless experience of animal interactions and roller coaster ecstasies. Learn about the various aquatic species that live there, splash through some of the most thrilling rides, and enjoy delectably fresh food.

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Walt Disney World & Legoland Florida Ticket Combo

The first toy to ever educate a child, legos are a precious part of every childhood. Combine your Disney World adventure with Legoland to enjoy an entire park based on the toy building brick.

Legoland also features an adjacent water park, themed dining, botanical gardens, and the Lego World of Chima. The sheer number of rides at Legoland will make your mind reel, and you can make your own Lego art to put on display!

Ship in the lake and people watching the show Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty at LegoLand Florida - Orlando, Florida, USAWalt Disney World & Kennedy Space Center Package

The Disney World and Kennedy Space Centre package is an excellent deal for all astrophiles! Check out artifacts from past space missions and converse with an astronaut. 

The Kennedy Space Centre is the perfect spot to learn about human and robotic space missions. You can watch a live space launch and witness the awe-inspiring space shuttle Atlantis.

Orlando Hotel Packages

We've done all the work for you and identified the best local Orlando attraction and hotel deals. Even at the busiest time of year for Disney, these hotel packages will stretch your dollar further.

Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Hotel Package

The  Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Hotel Package will make all your movie buff dreams come true.

Combining the fantasy of Disneyland, the Studio magic of Universal, and your choice of hotel, this package has everything your heart desires. 

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Complement your visit to dreamlike theme parks of Disney with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. Then, take the Hogwarts Express to Islands of Adventure, where you can visit Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and much more!

View looking up at the Haunted Mansion through the trees at night at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Walt Disney World via Facebook

Walt Disney World Packages with Orlando Hotels

Disney, Disney, and more Disney! Is that all you're looking for?

In that case, the Walt Disney World Packages with Orlando Hotels is the package for you. To unlock the magic of all the Disney theme parks and choose from specially curated hotels.

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There are hotels for every possible lifestyle and budget. With over 30 hotels to pick between, you are guaranteed to find what you're looking for.

Walt Disney World & SeaWorld Orlando Hotel Package

Need more than the water parks at Disney? Want to beat the Florida heat and humidity by swimming with the dolphins? 

Then, go for the Walt Disney World & SeaWorld Orlando Hotel Package to enhance your Disney adventure with an aquatic one. Exhilarating roller coasters, mesmerizing aquariums, and educational animal experiences will leave you giddy.  

Bring that together with an ideal hotel of your choice, and your planning has reached professional.

Giant Guitar and the Exterior to the The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney World's Hollywood Studios - Orlando, Florida, USAWalt Disney World Resort Hotels Package

Walt Disney Resorts are well known for their hospitality and awe-inspiring interiors. Why not combine your trip to the happiest place on Earth with the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Package?

Walt Disney World resorts have everything from themed rooms and character dining to stunning villas and studios. As a result, Disney resorts feel like an extension of the theme park with heightened tranquility. 

Pro Tip: Staying at a Disney Resort entitles you to early access to Lightning Lane and extended theme park hours!

When you think of the best time to visit Disney World, the first thought is that anytime is a great time for Disney. If that was your first thought, you are definitely correct. However, with these tips and our insider information, you can plan the trip of a lifetime.

When is Your Favorite Time to Visit Disney World?

Let us know in the comments below!

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