A hot topic when planning a Disney World vacation is always when is it not busy. Well, the short answer these days it’s always busy. The former quiet times right after Thanksgiving and at the beginning of September don’t exist anymore. The marketing team is a little too good over at Disney. So let’s get to the bottom line when is the absolute worst times to vacation at Disney World.
Holidays, Yes All of Them!
Be warned! Disney World is PACKED for every holiday. Not just the major ones like Christmas and New Years but also the Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and all the rest. The lines for this past Veteran’s Day had the lines to park your car at least a mile back from the gate. We had to give up on venturing out since we were local but if you are traveling that luxury isn’t necessarily an option.
Now on Christmas and New Years, you can expect that the parks will be so busy they will stop letting people into the parks. This happens every year and is a very real thing. Now don’t panic because I would say in all it happens around 5 times per year. I just warn you because I don’t want you thinking that maybe this is the Christmas that won’t be crazy, it will be it is every year. When the parks do hit that max capacity level they close it down to people in phases starting with the people who arrive with just single day park tickets.
I am not just talking about college spring break. Another major event to avoid is the popular school vacations like spring break. While there are slight fluctuations in school schedules from year to year, spring break tends to fall from the middle of March to the Middle of April. Easter is late in 2019 so this will skew some things a bit since some schools have their break schedule around that holiday. School vacation weeks and days tend to be so popular since parent’s don’t have to worry about pulling kids out of school.
Special Disney World Events
Ever notice that Disney’s social calendar keeps filling up fast? This is because what was once a quiet time at Disney is now a time hosting a special event. And it’s no coincidence, they do this on purpose to attract people when they were once less crowded.
So what exactly do you need to look out for? Watch out for the RunDisney weekends, Dapper Days, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Epcot Festival of the Arts, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
When the Florida Heat Sets In
Okay, so this to some maybe 98% percent of the year here in Orlando Florida. That other two percent is what is known as Florida’s winter. We get a temporary relief from the humidity and we actually have a few freezing cold days.
The summer here in Florida is a very, hot oppressive time. I am always amazed at the summer crowds we see at Disney World year after year. It’s just a brutal time to be outside period. Its popularity is in large part due to all the kids out of school and on summer break not to mention those teachers on summer break too!
Let us know in the comment section below what your experiences have been. Have you ever stayed at Disney during one of these crazy times?
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!