One of the most important factors when you are trying to plan a Walt Disney World vacation is when to go. While there could never be a bad time to go to Disney there are some factors that can make your trip more or less enjoyable. Different seasons mean different crowd levels, different weather and different changes within the parks.
Crowd levels are a big deal, they can completely control how your vacation at Disney World goes. When the crowd levels are low; mid January-Presidents Day, late February- Mid March, late April-Memorial Day, Late August-October, and the first two weeks in December; you can expect shorter wait times for attractions, availability for prime restaurant reservations, and less crowded transportation (a big plus). The parks have mid to high attendance at all times not listed above which means long attraction wait times, crowded buses, you’ll want to make restaurant reservations up to 6 months in advance and expect waves of tourists everywhere. Something to keep in mind is that Disney resort prices change with the crowds, when the crowds are low they are in their value season, lowest resort prices, and when crowds are high it is Disney’s peak season, highest resort prices.
The other main factor to consider when making a Disney World reservation is the weather. While Florida has a moderately temperate climate most of the year there are some details to take note of. The winter time in Orlando offers moderate temperatures with averages around the 50’s during the day which can drop to the high 30’s-40’s at night, and lower precipitation and humidity. The summertime means HOT temperatures, ranging from the high 80‘s to low 100‘s during the day with little difference at night, high humidity and flash thunderstorms top off the daily weather. Please note that weather is uncontrollable so don’t let it ruin your vacation, Disney has plenty to offer on the hottest days and the rainiest.
Crowd levels, weather and the changing seasons impact daily operation at the theme parks as well. When crowds are low you can guarantee there will be ride closures, shorter park hours, and less frequent nighttime show performances. During busier times Disney rarely closes down attractions for maintenance, the parks open earlier and stay open later and you can see most nighttime shows every night. The website http://www.wdwinfo.com/ offers great information on ride closures during your stay, see this link, (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/rehab.htm.) and also park hours and nighttime show schedules at Disney World (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/hours.htm.).
Just remember no matter what time of the year you choose to make your memories at Disney World you are guaranteed to have a great time. The happiest place on earth, however crowded and whatever the weather, is only as happy as you make it.