What are the best times of the year to visit the Walt Disney World Theme parks?

How long you’ll wait in line for theme park rides depends on the number of visitors, events, park hours and the weather. Experienced park visitors will tell you that a visit to an uncrowded park is a wonderful experience that they would like to repeat over and over again. You’ll hear somewhat less enthusiastic reviews from guests who visit the parks on crowded days. Any visit to a theme park can be fun for your family, but they’ll likely have even more fun if they’re not subjected to crowds and long lines.

WEEKLY THEME PARK ATTENDANCE NUMBERS

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You’ll have the most enjoyable visits when the daily attendance is 30,000 visitors or less. The dates marked with asterisks are the BEST times to visit to avoid crowds.

20,000 per day – ** January & February (Except President’s Week)
45,000 per day – President’s Week Holiday
25,000 per day – ** March (except spring break week)
55,000 per day – Spring Break / Easter (the week before & week after)
35,000 per day – April & May
40,000 per day – Memorial Day Weekend
55,000 per day – Summer Vacation – June, July, August
30,000 per day – ** September, October, November (except Thanksgiving Week)
55,000 per day – Thanksgiving Week
15,000 per day – ** After Thanksgiving until Christmas Week
75,000 per day – Christmas Week & New Years Week

MOST CROWDED TIMES OF THE YEAR AT WALT DISNEY WORLD….

+Christmas Week through New Year’s Week
+The week before Easter through the week following Easter

These four holiday weeks are probably the most popular because kids are out of school and many parents can visit Florida by without using up valuable work vacation days. Many families visit Orlando in the winter and spring to help break up the somewhat cold and lingering blah of winter throughout the Midwest. If you decide to visit Orlando at one of these most popular and crowded times of the year, you’ll find incredibly long wait times, and you’ll likely pay top dollar for airfare, car rentals and lodging.
VERY CROWDED
+Fourth of July Week
+Spring Break (various, first week of March until mid April)
+Memorial Day Weekend
+Labor Day Weekend
+Summer Break (second week of June until first week of September)
+The week after President’s Day
Don’t we all love our official U.S. Holidays? They usually allow an extra Monday off work for most workers and students – and many of them those folks use the long weekends to visit the theme parks. So, if possible, you’ll want to avoid the theme parks for entire holiday weekends. Theme parks are especially crowded on these holiday weekends: Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

THE VERY BEST TIMES TO VISIT ORLANDO THEME PARKS AND WALT DISNEY WORLD

+January after New Years Week
+February
+End of April
+September
+All of October except Thanksgiving Week
+All of December except Christmas Week

If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your vacation, you’ll want to make every minute count. During off-peak weeks, you’ll walk on to most rides at the theme parks, be seated for dinner without a reservation and, in general, spend more of your time doing rather than waiting.

www.Mickeytown.com Insider Tip: The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas is choice. The parks are decorated for the Christmas holiday, but the crowds are small. One disadvantage, however, is that the Magic Kingdom closes at 6 or 7 p.m. most winter nights. Also, since these are less ‘busy’ weeks, major rehabs generally take place at these times.

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