Updated: Feb 20, 2020
When is the best time to go to Walt Disney World? AKA when is Disney the least crowded?
By Heather Malo
Ah… the most commonly asked question.
I don’t want to burst your bubble but, I do want to set your expectations: Disney World is continuously busy.
Like, every day of every season.
There, I’ve said it. It’s never going to be dead at Disney World.
However, there are times of the year when the level of busy is considerably less frantic than others. In order to figure out when these times are, you’ll need to get a better understanding of Disney’s Tellsand you’ll need to keep in mind, Disney is constantly changing. What may have been true ten years ago is certainly not true today.
For example: there was a time, when Disney World vacations were saved for school breaks. You didn’t pull your littles out of school to go meet Mickey and Minnie! No, you waited until summer vacation to plan your Disney trip. For many years, summer was the busiest time of year at Disney World.
Then there was a shift in attendance.
Two things happened to cause this. First, people realized Florida is hot in summer. Second, and perhaps more relevant to our story, is that the folks at Disney World recognized Fall and Winter were pretty quiet around the parks so, they started enticing potential travelers with delicious scoops of promotions.
This brings us to those tells I mentioned previously.
Imagine you’re playing a hand of poker with Disney. Every player has their tells right? You know, that slight tip-off where, if you’re paying close attention, you’ll realize a player is making some sort of calculated move.
Disney’s biggest tell, is promotions.
Think of it this way: a retail store isn’t going to offer a deal on something they’re selling, right? They want their customers to buy what isn’t selling.
Disney is no different.
But, back to summer vacations at Disney World….
To entice people to come to the parks in the Fall and Winter, Disney started offering incentives in the form of promotions. Like free dining plans, chunky room discounts and ticket packages. Who doesn’t want to feed all their kids for free while they’re on vacation? Better yet, who can say no to a room discount of 20, 25 or even 30% off?
In response, customers gobbled up these offerings. They gladly took kids out of school or utilized holidays with built in days off in order to receive savory discounts. Once there, guests realized November weather in Florida is pretty gosh darn pleasant. In fact, Disney did such a great job of promoting Fall and Winter that summer has become one of the optimal times to visit Disney World Resort in Orlando.
So, to answer your question, we have to examine what Disney is doing. Right now, they’re telling us it’s sluggish during the summer and they’re eager for more business in the form of visitors to Disney World.
Finally, I should warn you, the tells don’t stop at Disney World or Disneyland. Disney has many tells along this line. Right now, there are extensive deals on European River Cruises, Disney Adventures and even Spring and Summer promotions that will be ending soon.
If you’re looking to get in on the less busy times at Disney, get in touch with me. I’ll be happy to help you decipher and implement those tells!
If you have any questions about this post or want some help planning your next Disney vacation, I’d love to talk to you! Drop me a line at Heather@letstalktravel.us.