Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: When to Visit

One of the very first decisions to make when planning a trip to Walt Disney World is when to go. It’s an important decision because of how it will affect other aspects of your trip, especially how crowded it may be when you visit. Adults visiting Walt Disney World often have flexibility in choosing when to visit, so here are some ideas for choosing when you should schedule your trip.

If you can visit while school is in session, this will give you a huge advantage for avoiding crowds. Walt Disney World’s most crowded times of year are during school breaks, such as summer, spring break, and late December to early January. You’ll find crowds and lines much more manageable at other times of year.

So, if you can visit outside of school breaks, when should you visit? Late January through February have pretty low crowds, with the exception of holiday weekends. Keep in mind that Orlando can still get chilly in the winter, and some rides often have lengthy refurbishments during this time. Early May, between the end of spring break season and Memorial Day, is a great time to go with generally nice weather, as well as some of our favorite special events, like the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Late August and early September are very low on crowds, though Orlando will still have summertime heat. October is more crowded than September, but is a bit cooler, as well. Fall is one of our favorite times to visit, especially for the delicious Epcot Food and Wine Festival. If you really want to visit while the holiday events are in full swing, try for early December.

But, what if your job schedule doesn’t work with avoiding school breaks? Spring break can still be manageable with good planning, especially if you can visit in early March or late April and avoid Easter weekend. June is normally less crowded, and less hot, than visiting in July. Even if you can’t visit during a slow time of year, a good itinerary will help you avoid long waits as much as possible.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com.

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