The Best Times of Year to Visit Disney World (PHOTOS)

The Best Times of Year to Visit Disney World (PHOTOS)

cinderella castleThere's never a bad time to visit the most magical place on Earth, but thanks to a full calendar of special events, you have plenty to consider when deciding what time of the year to go to the house of the mouse. With four theme parks, two water parks, and more, planning a vacation can be overwhelming. Here's some tips to help you choose the perfect time of year to vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Whether your #1 vacation priority is to soak up the sun, avoid huge crowds, or meet as many princess as possible, there's an ideal time for everyone to head on down to Orlando.

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  • The Food & Wine Festival

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    If you're a foodie at heart, then late September through early November is the perfect time to visit Epcot for their annual food and wine festival. There are demonstrations from celebrity chefs, tastings from countries around the world, and all the usual attractions and rides to explore while you digest between meals, plus some fun extras like a scavenger hunt for kids with Remy from Ratatouille.

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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    Meet and greets with your favorite villains, a special firework spectacular, and getting the entire family dressed up in costume for some once-in-a-lifetime photos makes this special ticket event a unique way to celebrate Halloween without anyone being frightened. The event runs mid September through October, and includes trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom. 

  • Star Wars Weekends

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    You don't have to visit a galaxy far, far away to give your family an experience that's out of this world. On select weekends in May, Hollywood Studios is the place to be for intergellatic treats, meeting Star Wars characters and getting autographs from stars from the films. The nights end a special firework show that would make even Darth Vader smile. 

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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    All of Disney World transforms into a winter wonderland for the holidays. But the Magic Kingdom hosts this special ticket event on select nights through November and December that will make anyone believe in the magic of the season. Cinderella's castle is covered in shimmering icicle lights, there's a special parade and firework show, and you can enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa as you stroll down Main Street in the falling snow. 

  • the 24-hour party

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    If you have older kids or teens who never want to leave when the park closes, then this event in late May is for you. Magic Kingdom is open from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. for die-hard fans to see just how many times one can ride Splash Mountain in a single day. 

  • Marathon Weekend in January

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    One of the best parts of a Disney vacation is indulging in some decedent snacks. But you won't feel guilty about that giant turkey leg if you participate in one of Disney World's Marathon weekend events on your vacation. There's races for kids, a family 5k, a 10k, a half marathon, and a full marathon. You can even be totally Goofy and sign up for all of them! 

  • Frozen Summer Fun

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    When it comes to Frozen, do your kids still refuse to Let It Go? Then mid June through early September is when you'll want to check out the Frozen Summer Fun happening at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's a Frozen sing-along, a royal welcoming show with Anna and Elsa, and special fireworks. These special attractions are included in your park ticket, making hearing that song yet again worth it.

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  • The perfect time for preschoolers

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    If your television is constantly turned to Disney Jr., a late summer or early fall visit is a great time to vacation at Disney World. With many older kids back to school, those classic rides like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan's Flight may see shorter wait times, and while the weather is still plenty warm enough to swim, it's cooler than summer break. 

  • The Osborne family spectacle of dancing lights

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    One family's holiday light display got so large it needed a new home, and Disney's Hollywood Studios was the perfect place. On nights in late November through early January, your holiday spirit will soar as you watch over a million holiday lights dance to music in a display that puts your brother-in-law's to shame.

  • Candlelight Processional

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    In late November to December 30, a ticket to Epcot also gives you access to this can't-miss event. A celebrity narrator tells the moving Biblical story of Christmas, complete with a choir and 50-piece orchestra. Neil Patrick Harris and Meredith Vieira are just a couple of the narrators on the lineup this year. 

  • Flower and Garden Festival

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    March through mid-May is a great time to visit Epcot. The flower and garden festival is more than just a green-thumb's paradise. Topiaries bring characters from classic films to life, and there are unique eats to sample in outdoor kitchens across World Showcase. For the kids, there are special playgrounds designed to let them burn through that energy while you debate between a cupcake or an ice cream cone.

  • The princess half-marathon

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    Today's Disney princesses are both beautiful and fierce, and great role models for our daughters. The Princess Half Marathon in February is a chance to show your off your own strength as you race through the parks for 13.1 miles. The best part is that you can dress as your favorite Disney princess for Runspiration! 

  • Easter Egg-cellance

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    The weeks leading up to Easter is a special time at Disney World. If mall Easter Bunnies give you the creeps, here's your change to snap the kids with a bunny who's on fleek. Another can't-miss event is the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa's jaw-dropping display of hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs (bonus: you don't need a theme park ticket to visit the resort!) .

  • Splish-Splash Summer

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    Sure, summer time in Disney World can be a bit on the warm side, but beyond the amazing resort pools, there are two full water parks to help you keep cool and have a blast. Typhoon Lagoon is a tropical paradise with an amazing wave pool, while Blizzard Beach lets you splash around in a melted ski resort. There's even a working chair lift!

  • Lower waits, less heat

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    If you love going to Disney World but aren't a fan of humidity or large crowds, consider planning your visit for early January. Temperatures are usually mild and you just might be able to slip on the Tower of Terror without needing a Fast Pass to shorten the wait time.

  • Sounds Like Summer

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    All summer long in Epcot, Sounds of Summer brings you tribute bands playing the tunes you loved to cruise to back in high school. Grab a well-deserved seat and teach the kids what good music sounds like. 

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