Maybe you’re a local Floridian looking to have your turn at the parks once the tourists leave. Or, perhaps you’re a visitor wanting fewer crowds and shorter lines. No matter your reasons, there are certain times of the year that are better to visit Orlando’s theme parks.
Several websites exist that examine visitor data and come up with crowd calendars. These calendars give visitors a general idea as to when each theme park might be less crowded. Keep in mind, new attractions and rides, construction and other factors can change from year to year, changing the crowd predictions. Here are some of the best times of the year to visit, according to theme park veterans:
January and February
The holiday rush is over and many families are settling back into routines. Because numerous families travel over the holiday season, they’re not going to Florida, freeing up space at the theme parks. The weather is cooler, which makes for more comfortable park time. It can get too cold to swim though, so most of the water parks are out.
Spring Break and Easter or Passover are over and Orlando is cleaning up after these wild weeks. This is the most ideal period to visit Disney World as a Floridian as they issue entry tickets for less than $48 per day. Come visit us for a weekend and rent a vacation home for up to 50% less than in April. These are extraordinary times!
Most schools are back in session by the end of August and beginning of September. That makes this time of the year a great option for a quieter visit. If visiting Disney, you’ll want to avoid Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party weekends. Florida gets the most rain during late August and September. Bring an umbrella or poncho when visiting during this time.
By this point, all schools are back in session, meaning less crowds at the park. At the end of the month, Universal Studios starts its Halloween Horror Nights celebration, so avoid these weekends. Disney World’s Star Wars attraction opening in the Fall of 2019 could mean more crowds during this normally quieter time. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, running from late September through November, also brings bigger crowds to that park.
October and November Weekdays
During the months of October and November, the weekdays are excellent choices for a visit. The weather is fantastic and the crowds are low. Some exceptions include Fridays that are part of Halloween Horror Nights and the week of Thanksgiving.
When you stay at a Casiola property, you’ll be close to all the theme parks, no matter what time you visit. Our homes have their own awesome amenities, like game rooms and pools, that you can enjoy all year around.