As a regular to Disney World (with over 1,000 visits). Yep, I did say over 1,000 visits! We get asked a lot of questions from family, friends, and fans. One of the most popular question we get asked is “when is the best time to visit Disney World?”
If you are visiting Disney World for the best prices and least crowded times at the Disney Theme Parks, the answer is easy…September and mid-January. The month of September and mid-January are the best times of the year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort for both discounts and crowds.
Best Times to Visit Disney World
Disney Resorts have the lowest prices of the year during these months, during the Value Season. You can save 50% off Disney Resort prices compared to the Holiday Season, so it is a great time to visit. As an added savings, Disney is offering a sale on the package called Disney’s Magic Your Way. This discount package includes your Disney Resort and tickets. Plus, you can add the Dining Plans for additional savings. This is an even better savings on a September and January Disney World vacation!
Discounts Around Orlando, Too
The month of September and January is not just a slower season for Disney World, it is also a slower season for all of Orlando tourism. You can save money on other discounts around Orlando. Last year, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin and Buena Vista Palace offer 20% discounts on their spa treatments in September. There are a ton of restaurants in Orlando that offer significant discounts on their Magical Dining Month in September. You will be surprised how many deals pop up around Orlando in September. It is a great time to visit for discounts!
Slowest Time at the Disney Parks
January and September is also the best time to visit Disney World Theme Parks for crowds. You will be amazed at the lighter crowds as you walk on many of the rides with only 10-15 minute waits. The locals and Disney Cast Members bring their family’s to Disney World in January and September, since we know that this is the month to avoid the crowds. Even with the shorter lines, be sure to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours and FastPass services. Even though January and September are slower months in regards to crowds, we still believe that you should avoid waiting in any lines during a vacation. Maximize your time by minimizing the lines with Extra Magic Hours and FastPass.
Watch OUT for Weather
September is one of the best months to visit Disney World, but you do have to be prepared for weather issues. The month of September is peak hurricane season. Since Disney World is in the middle of the state, we normally do not have alot of issues with hurricanes. However, you do have to be prepared for weather issues if you are flying into Orlando. The airlines will cancel flights if the weather is even slightly bad, which can cause lots of issues with your vacation. This is usually the biggest concern most guests face during a hurricane on a Disney World vacation. If you are visiting in September, be prepared for possible delays or cancellations, depending on the weather.
January is a great time to visit for weather, but it can also be cool. The weather in January changes year to year, but it is usually cooler. One of the Disney Water Parks is always closed for rehab in January. You may not want to try swimming in the cooler weather, so visiting in January could certainly have an impact on your trip. We love January, because it is so nice and cool!
When is your favorite time to visit Orlando?
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