Best Time to go to Disney World

In this page we'll go over the best day to visit Disney World, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even the worst season to visit along with reasons why.

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Decide Which Park You're Visiting

Disney World is a giant theme park, that features 4 different parks inside of it.

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As each park offers something unique, the best days to go will vary. Depending on which one you plan to visit, you'll want to know what the best day to go is for each specific park.

Luckily we've done that for you below.

Best Day to Visit Magic Kingdom

Best Day to Visit Hollywood Studios

Best Day to Visit Animal Kingdom

Best Day to Visit EPCOT

Throughout the rest of the page, we'll cover the rule of thumb for all of the Disney World parks.

Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit Disney World are Monday through Wednesday.

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Weekdays are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend (as the adults are off of work, and the kids are out of school).

Out of state visitors usually arrive on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then leave on a Monday.

By going to the parks on Monday-Wednesday, you'll be able to avoid most of the crowds that can fill up the park quickly.

This means less waiting in lines, and more experiencing the actual park.

Additionally, some parks used to offer Extra Magic Hours, which made those specific days (Friday & Sunday) extra busy.

Now, even though these extra magic hours are no longer ongoing, you'll still want to stay away from the weekends, especially during the summer.

Dealing With Lines

The toughest part about any theme park is dealing with waiting in lines.

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Disney has recently revealed the Disney Genie+ Service which will replace the Fast Pass. You'll want to know exactly how it works in order to take full advantage of being able to use the faster line.

Best Time of the Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit the Disney World Parks is hands down as soon as the park opens

The parks typically open in the 8 am - 10 am range, and by arriving 30 minutes prior to opening, you can ensure a closer parking spot, and a quicker entrance to the park.

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Most theme parks don't completely fill up until the afternoon rolls around. This gives you a window of opportunity to enjoy the park with less crowds for a few hours. 

You'll want to double check the hours for each park on the Disney official site.

Best Season to Visit

Spring can be a great season to visit due to the cooler weather and lighter crowds. Ideally in May, right before any holidays such as spring break and memorial day weekend.

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This will allow you to avoid having to deal with the spring breakers, while still taking advantage of all of the perks that the season provides.

Underrated Season to Visit

Fall is one of the most overlooked seasons to visit! If you visit near Halloween, the park will go to through tremendous lengths to match the Halloween spirit.

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The park will be filled with Halloween decorations, the characters will be wearing Halloween-themed costumes, and there are even limited time rides and events that pop up!

Worst Season to Visit

Summer is a season that you'll want to avoid if possible. The parks are absolutely slammed at capacity (school is out and so family vacations are out, full force) and the weather is extremely hot.

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Florida weather during the summer is hot & humid, almost every single day. The reason for this is due to the afternoon showers that occur.

Combining a crowded park, with long lines, and hot weather just isn't the ideal situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Time of Year is Disney World Least Crowded?

The Disney World parks are normally least crowded immediately after New Years through President's Day Week. A good rule of thumb is a week prior to any holiday, and the week after any holiday. During the holiday weekends, the parks are extremely crowded, but it dies down shortly afterwards.

What is the Best Month to go to Disney World?

October - December (the first two weeks of the month, before Christmas) are the best months to go. Not only will you have cooler weather, but the lines will normally be shorter as well.

Which Disney Park is Least Crowded?

EPCOT is typically the least crowded park due to its layout. The two sections of the park are split up with a lagoon in the center (and between them), which prevents the park from feeling as crowded as the other parks.