Crowds & Weather

When choosing the dates of your Disney World vacation, it is important to keep in mind both the Florida climate and the potential crowd level during that time of year. Certain factors (like special events and celebrity visits) can vastly change park attendance from one day to the next. Similarly, though Florida is always traditionally warm, hurricanes and heat waves can easily impact a vacation. Therefore, it is beneficial to choose dates based on your needs in terms of both crowds and weather. Below is a breakdown of the calendar year to help you decide when to visit Disney.

January

– Weather
Average High: 71
Average Low: 49
Typically considered the coldest month
Very little rain
– Crowds
Traditionally low
Exceptions include the Marathon (1/10 – 1/12) and MLK weekend (1/17 – 1/20)
Best times to stay are the weeks of 1/17 and 1/24 (feature low crowds, good weather, and low prices)

February

– Weather
Average High: 74
Average Low: 52
– Crowds
Traditionally low
Exceptions include Presidents’ Weekend and Valentine’s Day (2/14 – 2/17)
Best time to stay is early in the month

March

– Weather
Average High: 78
Average Low: 56
Typically one of the driest months
– Crowds
Traditionally high in the middle and end of the month due to Spring Break
Prices rise during this time
Best time to stay is early in the month
* Features the Flower and Garden Festival

April

– Weather
Average High: 83
Average Low: 60
Considered one of the most pleasant months
– Crowds
Traditionally high crowds and high prices
Best time to visit is 4/6 – 4/12 (lowest prices and crowd level of the month)
* Features the Flower and Garden Festival

May

– Weather
Average High: 88
Average Low: 66
Considered one of the driest months
– Crowds
Traditionally low early in the month, steadily raising towards beginning of summer
Best time to visit is from 5/1 – 5/15 (features lower crowds and better weather)
* Features the Flower and Garden Festival

June

– Weather
Average High: 91
Average Low: 72
Considered one of the wettest months
– Crowds
Traditionally above average to high as the month goes on
Weekends are typically more crowded due to “Star Wars” events in Hollywood Studios
Best time to visit is 6/1 – 6/8 (lower crowds and better weather)

July

– Weather
Average High: 92
Average Low: 74
Considered one of the hottest months with high chances of rain
– Crowds
Traditionally one of the most crowded months
July 4th weekend is extremely busy
Best time to visit is near the end of the month

August

– Weather
Average High: 92
Average Low: 74
Considered one of the hottest months and is part of hurricane season
Thunderstorms are common
– Crowds
Traditionally one of the most crowded months
Crowds taper off towards end of the month
Best time to visit is 8/24 and onward

September

– Weather
Average High: 93
Average Low: 73
Considered just as hot as the summer months
Thunderstorms are common
– Crowds
Traditionally has the lowest park attendance
Only exception is Labor Day Weekend
Best time to visit is middle of the month
* Features Disney Dining Plan
* Epcot Food & Wine Festival begins 9/26
* Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins 9/9

October

– Weather
Average High: 85
Average Low: 66
Low chance of precipitation
– Crowds
Traditionally moderate crowds
Best time to visit is after 10/26 (lower prices, cooler weather)
* Features Epcot Food & Wine Festival
* Features Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

November

– Weather
Average High: 79
Average Low: 59
Considered one of the driest months
– Crowds
Traditionally low to moderate crowds
Exceptions include “Jersey Week” (11/6 – 11/10) and Thanksgiving (11/23 – 11/29)
Best time to visit is week of 11/17
* Features beginning of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

December

– Weather
Average High: 73
Average Low: 52
Considered one of the coolest months
– Crowds
Traditionally high as the month goes on
Last two weeks have the highest crowds all year
Best times to visit are the weeks of 12/1 and 12/8
* Features Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

While this basic outline has hopefully been helpful, there are still many factors to consider when picking your dates, and I recommend checking out a day-by-day crowd calendar before making your final decision. Personally, I would suggest dates in early May or mid November. I have experienced the parks during both of these time frames, and have found that they were ideal in terms of weather and crowds. May was a little hotter than expected, but very manageable in terms of crowds, and made a wonderful spring trip. November temperatures were as close to perfect as could be (though it rained often in the mornings) and crowds were very low right up until the weekend before Thanksgiving.

No matter what time of year you choose, be sure to make the most of your Disney vacation. Visit some of the other planning pages to help you decide where you might like to stay while on your trip, and get a glimpse at what you might see while you’re there!

Information adapted from allears.net and weather.com.

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