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  • On Jul 16, 2023
    Haley from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I am thinking of planning a trip to Walt Disney World soon. What time of year do you think is best, and why is it your favorite time of year to go? Thank you so much!

    Hei Hei there, Haley.

    I’m so glad you sailed out to find where the sky meets the sea and found planDisney along the way, but I’m even more excited to hear you are thinking of planning a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth soon! I’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort during every month of the year now and can honestly say there isn’t a bad time to visit. Every season has unique offerings that are worth taking a trip down to Florida to experience for yourself, but, in my opinion, the best times of year to visit are during the holiday season and January/February.

    No one decks the halls quite like Disney, Haley. Glimmering Christmas lights and festive decorations abound at every turn! The theme parks and Disney Resorts Collection hotels truly never look more beautiful than they do during the holidays. There are endless holiday treats and eats to sample, you would be able to experience all that the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays has to offer, and you would have the opportunity to attend either Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Disney Jollywood Nights during your trip (special event ticket purchase required). Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom Park and features a special Christmas parade, fireworks show, and stage show, as well as dance parties, cookies, cocoa, and even snow on Main Street, U.S.A.! Disney Jollywood Nights is a new offering this year that takes place on select nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features yuletide entertainment, sensational sips and sweets, and event-exclusive shows. My best holiday tip if you visit during the most magical time of year is to book a holiday “sleigh” ride (horse-drawn carriage ride) over at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Many of the Guests staying there put up elaborate holiday displays, and your “sleigh” ride would allow you to view them. Oh, and did I mention the weather is fairly pleasant this time of year?

    Speaking of pleasant weather… If you’re anything like me, the scorching Florida summers are almost unbearable and make it harder to fully enjoy a Walt Disney World trip. The solution? Visit sometime during mid-January to late-February. This time of year tends to have the best weather (cooler temperatures) and lower crowd levels. Plus, you’ll be able to experience the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. The Festival treats and eats are the tastiest offered all year, there are mic-drop-worthy performances in the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series, you can shop for artwork to take home, and see artistry in action throughout the park. If you have an affinity for the arts like me, this is the perfect time of year to visit, but you really can’t go wrong no matter what you decide.

    Haley, what can I say except you’re welcome to stop back by planDisney again should you think of further questions! There’s no telling how far we’ll go to find the answers you need.

    -Alyssa, planDisney Wayfinder
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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