• On Dec 1, 2016
    Kathleen from VT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    First timers here! What is the most economical time of the year to visit and is it also the least crowded time of year?

    Hello again, Kathleen!

    For a first-time visit to Walt Disney World, looking to get the most out of your Disney Dollar while navigating the lightest crowd is a smart game plan. Well done!

    As a general rule of thumb, lighter crowds and lower hotel rates often fall a few days after holiday crowds have gone home and kids are back in school. As such, a week after New Year's, the weeks between three- and four-day weekends and days after Easter/Thanksgiving tend to be lighter than at other times. Early September, once schools are back in session, tend to see lighter crowds as well. You might find resort accommodations that are half the price of a holiday stay by looking at dates that avoid peak season such as those mentioned previously. If the hotel rate is lower, expected crowd levels are likely lower as well.

    A great read on this subject is the unofficial website TouringPlans.com. Their crowd calendars are quite accurate, and may give you an idea of how attendance swells at certain times of year. On that site, read the post entitled "Crowd Levels"; there is a lot of information there that will help you educate yourself on the best time of year for your family to visit.

    In general, weekends during Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and runDisney events bring crowds, too.

    Happy planning, Kathleen! As you think of many more questions while putting together your most magical first trip to Walt Disney World, be sure to send them our way. We love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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