I hate crowds. I hate waiting in line, but I really truly love everything about Walt Disney World! So how do I stand going year in and year out (sometimes more than once in a year)? Plan to travel during lower crowd times to limit my waiting and of course plan FastPasses accordingly. While there’s not such thing as the “perfect” week, there’s a perfect week for you between breaks from school or work, getting away from winter, etc. So the question begs, when would I go to Disney World if I were planning a 2016 vacation? Here are my top choices!
- January 9-15, 2016 (while this is between the Marathon and MLK Jr. weekend, the middle of the week is quiet). Weather during this time of year is mild so not big for swimming and you’ll see some attraction closures, crowds should be quite low!
- January 20 – February 11, 2016 (this is the “low” season for Disney. Off peak travel plus the bonus of a dining discount/promotional offer. Most kids are back in school after winter break and parents would rather not take them out again; It’s a great way to get away from winter!)
- February 21 – March 5, 2016 (another block of time that is more off peak travel. Comparing costs to the weeks at the end of January, it’s a bit more, however crowd wise it’s quite similar. Weather should be a little warmer during this time so you may get some quality swimming time or even a little bit of a tan!)
- April 5 – May 19th, 2016 (this is a HUGE spring block of time and a time my family travels quite often. I like toward the end of April but with an early Easter this year, much of April is quality park touring time with low crowds. Weather is pleasant and during the afternoons, we enjoy our resort pool while crowds the heaviest in the park! This is peak time for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival which has become a mini Food & Wine Festival)
- August 24 – September 23, 2016 (This is the best of “fall”. Lowest prices of the year, often lowest crowds – 2015 saw an increase in crowds even during this time of year, but it should still be mild compared to the remainder of the year; With many schools going to a fall break toward the end of September and into October, the closer you get to the end of September, the bigger the crowd levels tend to be – HOWEVER it’s still a better option over summer and holidays. You get Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties toward the middle of September and summer like heat for those that like the warm temperatures. Beware of weather – it’s the rainy season and also peak hurricane season!)
- October 20 – November 3, 2016 (With the intensity of free dining over the last couple of years, this is some of the last “good” fall time to travel. I worry about the fall travelers this year with larger than expected crowds based on availability dining reservations – it could be that people are being unscrupulous and booking many, many, MANY more dining reservations than they need; Many families like to be home for Halloween – for me I’d rather be in Disney)
- November 27 – December 14, 2016 (this is the the best time for the “holiday” season travel; You’re post Thanksgiving crowds but still enjoyable in terms of weather and crowds. You have Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and all of the holiday decor and events around the theme parks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Weather is mild but not often too cold).
So if I had to choose one set of dates, what would it be? That’s a hard one. If I’m going for weather, I’d go April, if I’m going for special events, I’d go October and if I’m going for atmosphere or a special occasion, I’d go December! We’ve traveled to Disney at pretty much every time of year and I’d go back to almost any time of year again! There’s truly no wrong time to go to Disney!
Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!