Let’s face it, Disney is so magical and wonderful that there is never really a wrong time to visit. There are, however, some times of the year that are better to visit than others that include events that simply can’t be missed. Here is a list of the four best times of year to visit Walt Disney World.
4. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival
One of the absolute best times of year to visit Walt Disney World is during their annual Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot. The grounds are covered beautifully with thousands upon thousands of flowers, and topiaries decorate the world showcase. In addition to the beautiful landscaping, there are also special food booths set up throughout Epcot to taste special arrangements of season foods as well as gardening displays with tips and tricks for you to try out as well. This is a very popular event that occurs each spring, and should definitely be on your list of must-do’s!
3. During the Fall
Visiting Disney during the fall season is another beautiful time to go. It’s so fun to see the parks decorated with pumpkins and orange and yellow garland and wreaths hanging up everywhere. Being from New England, I personally am a sucker for all things autumnal, and Disney does not disappoint! In addition to the wonderful decorations, there is also the opportunity to attend the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. This party is great chance to meet some elusive characters and villains and is the only time where kids and grown-ups can dress up and go trick or treating as well! This event is great for all ages, and this time of year offers something for everyone which is sure to make an extraordinary trip!
2. During the Holiday Season
If you can’t make it to Disney for the fall, you can always try for the holiday season! Starting in November, Disney switches their fall decorations over to Christmas decorations, and it is definitely a sight to see! Christmas lights, garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees decorate all the parks and even most of the resorts as well! If you go during the holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This event is fun for all ages and includes hours of Christmas music, and a parade complete with Santa himself! If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can ride the monorail and visit the Grand Floridian or the Contemporary and get a look at their magnificent Gingerbread House creations! There are tons of photo opportunities during this time of year, and is a great way to make an unforgettable trip even more memorable.
1. Off Peak
If going for an event doesn’t work with your schedule, or you want to go during a time to avoid the crowds, then the best time to go would be during off peak times. To get an idea, peak times would be considered over the summer and holiday weekends, when many families have time off of work and school and are able to go. Off peak season are those other times, usually during the winter and spring before the crowds trickle in, or right at the end of summer when the kids are back in school. The off peak time that I like to travel is the end of January to beginning of February, because the weather is cooler, there isn’t as much humidity, and the crowds are smaller as well. That means less wait time for rides and usually more availability for dining reservations too! Not only that, but there are often some sort of special rates for room stays during the off peak season as well. Experiencing Disney on a discounted stay, less humidity, and small crowds? Sounds like a win to me!
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