• On Sep 11, 2018
    Pamela from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    When is the best time of year to visit Walt Disney World where it is cost effective? Traveling from NJ to FL. Thank you

    Hi there, Pamela! 

    There is no bad time to go to Walt Disney World, but if you have the option to go when it's not peak season, you may find the Walt Disney World resort hotels a bit less expensive. You also might see special offers if you travel in less busy seasons.

    When are those seasons? Think of times children are off from school - those are times families are able to go without their kids missing days. Busy holiday weekends, like President's Day or Memorial Day, and the time when many kids are off for spring break - usually around Easter - are likely to be priced a bit higher than other times of the year. Major holidays, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's are definitely peak season. Many families have no choice but to go during these times when kids are on vacation, but if you can avoid them, you might save a few dollars.

    I would look at time frames AFTER school breaks. The second week in January, when the holidays are over is pretty good, as is the time from after President's weekend through early to mid-March. The second half of August, when many southern schools are back in session is less busy, and most of the days through September are usually value season. 

    The trade off to going during these low seasons is that the theme parks tend to have shorter hours. Where you might see the Magic Kingdom open until 10 PM or later during busy seasons, the park generally closes by 8 PM when it's less busy.

    Good luck picking the perfect time for your magical Walt Disney World vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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