Beauty and the Beast Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Apr 19, 2020
    Hyland from LA 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.

    I’m ready to book our trip for 2021, I’m considering either the first week of May or last week of August. Heat and weather aren’t a deterrent but I do prefer the least crowded time possible. Any insight on a time of year typically less crowded?

    Hi, Hyland!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.  With all of the new and exciting things coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort, 2021 will be a great time to visit!  It would be my pleasure to help you select a week for your vacation that's practically perfect in every way! 

    One thing that is worth mentioning is that 2021 vacation packages are not yet available to book.  In the past, vacation packages for the upcoming year have become available for booking during the summer months.  For example, 2020 vacation packages were released in June of 2019.  However, you can make a room-only reservation by phone up to 499 days in advance.  Then once the 2020 vacation packages are available, you can modify your existing Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation to a vacation package with theme park tickets and a Disney Dining Plan.  Now let's chat about the best week for you to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth.

    Honestly, I think any time is a great time to visit Walt Disney World Resort.  It's difficult to predict what crowds will look like on any given date, but I can tell you that generally, the theme parks will be less crowded while schools are in session.  Most children are in school during May, so crowd levels during this month tend to be quite comfortable.  Although some children don't return to school in the fall until after Labor Day, many schools start their new year in mid-to-late August.  Therefore, crowds tend to drop a bit during the latter part of August due to the back-to-school season.

    Another factor you may want to take into account as you plan your vacation is the special events that will be taking place at Walt Disney World Resort.  May is the perfect time to experience the magic of nature at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.  If you're a foodie, you may want to plan that late August trip, as the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival typically gets underway around this time.  The first few nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party also tend to take place in late August.

    Did you know that Walt Disney World Resort will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021?  Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest news on the anniversary festivities.  I'm sure that no matter when you take your trip in 2021, it's sure to be a magical vacation!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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