5 Tips for a Successful Disney World Winter Vacation

February 10, 2022

During the winter season in Orlando, crowds are smaller which makes it an ideal time to visit Disney World Theme Parks.

From January through March, you can navigate parks like the Magic Kingdom with ease, and hop on rides like Space Mountain and Journey with The Little Mermaid with little to no wait. The only downside to visiting during this time is the parks tend to close earlier than they do in peak season. But with the ease of getting around, you'll hardly notice! So, what should you do on a Disney World winter vacation? Read on to find out.

Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel

With smaller crowds comes a smaller window of time for Disney guests to visit the parks. If you stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel, you can maximize your time by taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours at Disney Parks. Extra Magic Hours allow up to three additional hours at a Disney theme park open only to Disney Resort guests.

It’s the best! Extra Magic Hours are either offered early in the morning or late at night. Plus, with the extra time, you can park hop without feeling rushed. They're worth every minute!

You may be seeing dollar signs at the thought of Disney World Resort prices, but that doesn't need to be the case for all. For example, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort is affordable and moderately priced.

exterior view of Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Orlando, Florida, USATake a Break at Disney Springs

Downtown Disney has been completely transformed into the throwback, small-town-styled Disney Springs. Here, you can take a break from the parks or visit after a day of character-filled adventures.

From The Marketplace to the West Side, The Landing to The Town Center, Disney Springs is full of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, and eateries lining the cobblestone alleys.

Favorites for kids are World of Disney, LEGO Imagination Center, and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

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That's not all, though. Entertainment is available at Disney Springs, too. For instance, you can roll a strike at Splitsville, an uber lux lounge where bowling, pool, and more fun awaits.

And, if you're a movie buff, kick back at the AMC and watch a classic Disney film or the latest Hollywood release.

Ground view of Disney Springs shops at night in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Disney Springs via Facebook

Enjoy the Winter Weather (Seriously!)

Luckily Orlando’s southern location makes for a relatively warm vacation climate year-round. Average highs are in the lower to mid-70s—balmy compared to many other destinations! As a result, a Disney World winter vacation is the perfect escape from the cold.

One of the best ways to enjoy the mild temps is by making a splash--literally! Many Disney World Resort hotels offer exceptional aquatic amenities.

A few of my favorites are Disney's Boardwalk Inn, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney's Yacht Club Resort.

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Many have indoor pools and water features, but outdoor pools are heated too. With the Disney-designed waterscapes, families can splash around for hours!

Furthermore, massive pools, twisting slides, lounge-laden sundecks, hot tubs, zero-entry pools, waterfalls and more equal waves of fun for all.

Wide shot of the Caribbean Beach Resort hidden in the trees on the other side of the lake with a purple clouded sky in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Walt Disney World via Facebook

Visit Other Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney World Resorts are expertly designed to create immersive environments with amenities all their own. During your Disney World winter vacation, why not spend time at these hidden gems?

For instance, you can go for a horse-drawn New Orleans-inspired carriage ride at Port Orleans Riverside; stroll the Boardwalk at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn to get a seaside taste of dining, dancing, and performances; watch the nighttime Electrical Water Pageant from the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness; or dine at renowned restaurants like the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort or Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian.

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dad and daughter sitting together at a restaurant inside Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

Plan a Date Night for Two

Many Disney World Resort hotels have children’s activity centers and babysitting services. Subsequently, it's easy to plan a winter date night for just Mom and Dad.

And don't worry! The kids will be having so much fun they won’t even notice you’re gone.

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At these activity centers, they can make crafts, play games, watch Disney movies, and dinner is even included in the cost. Locations include:

  • Simba's Cubhouse at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Lilo's Playhouse at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Cub's Den at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Sandcastle Club at Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Close up of the orange sign for Simba's Cubhouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: As You Wish Vacations LLC Richele Bohm via Facebook

Enjoy Your Disney World Winter Vacation

Put these Disney World winter vacation tips to the test this season. There's no better way to break away from the winter blues than at Disney World!

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