When Are You Going Back to Disney World?
When was the last time you went to Walt Disney World? Was it hot, really hot, unbearably hot, or just warm? How were the crowds? What kind of seasonal events, if any, were taking place?
That is clearly a lot of questions to ask but that just furthers my point. Depending on the time of year you choose to embark on a trip to Disney can completely change the experience you will have. I usually kick off the year with a trip in the Spring. As a college student, I generally get Spring Break a little earlier than most of the country. This means that I can enjoy Disney before Florida starts beating the sun down on me. This also means that I can enjoy lower crowds of people, therefore shorter wait times!
Hotel pricing can also be greatly effected by the time of year. The first bit of the year is usually pretty inexpensive, disregarding New Years Day and Valentine’s Day that is. During the slower times of the year, you can get resort rates as low as $85 a night! That makes for some pretty great savings that can be spent later on amazing food found all over Walt Disney World.
Heres a breakdown of the most inexpensive and least crowded times of year to visit:
- The last three weeks of January until Valentines day
- After Valentines Day until the second week of March
- The end of August through all of September
- Most of October (minus Halloween and weekends)
- Mid-November through Mid-December (minus Thanksgiving Week)
Now we know when it is cheaper and less crowded, but what about the seasonal events?
There are two great seasonal events that take place every year that you can enjoy without having to go during peak business days, and they are both in Epcot! The first one, Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, usually takes place between March and May. This is a beautiful festival! The weather is just right, all kinds of specialty food items are being sold throughout the park and most importantly, the park is decorated with beautiful Disney themed topiaries. It is such a great way to celebrate the new season. The other great seasonal event is The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one usually takes place from late-September through mid-November. This one, in my opinion, is one of Disney’s best seasonal events. You can eat and drink your way around the world by trying culinary works from all different kinds of countries. The weather around this time of year is even more beautiful and the feeling of the Fall time starts to take over the park.
Aside from Epcot’s seasonal events there are also the the main Disney events that the parks are really well known for. I’m talking of course, about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not-So-Scary is the only time of year where adults get to dress up too! There is a holiday themed parade, trick-or-treating for the kids, as well as much more festive fun to be had all throughout Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. Very Merry Christmas Party, if not New Years Eve, is perhaps the most crowded you will ever see Disney get, and for good reason too. The Magic Kingdom never looked better with all the Christmas decorations everywhere. Rides like Jungle Cruise are re-themed to better suit the holidays (in this case, Jingle Cruise) and create a Disney Christmas experience unlike any other. If you decide to visit Disney World around this time of year, you will deal with big crowds and higher resort prices, but the experience will be entirely different from any other Disney trip you may have had.
So when are you going back to Disney? After my Spring Break trip, I intend to visit again for all the major festivals as well as a regular visit in the summer. No matter when you go, you will be guaranteed to have a blast. Any trip to Disney World, or any Disney park for that matter, is truly a magical one.