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The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2025

The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2025

Are you planning a trip to Disney World and looking for the sweet spot of low prices and low crowds? There are several weeks in 2025 that offer the best of both!

When is the best time to visit Disney World?

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When is the best time to visit Disney World? Well, that answer is very subjective and will vary greatly depending on who you ask! People plan their trips on many factors including school and work schedules, weather, crowds, and pricing.

However, if you are flexible with your vacation time, there are some key dates and timeframes that provide better pricing and fewer crowds than others.

There are some great times of the year visit, but first let me tell you the dates to avoid.

When to avoid Disney World

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Holidays and breaks are the busiest (and most expensive) times of the year to visit Disney World. That includes holidays like President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Most of March and April plus most of October is another busy time to visit due to fall and spring breaks.

Another factor you will want to consider is special events Disney hosts like runDisney races and cheer competitions. In 2025, Marathon Weekend is January 8-12. We do not have specific dates for other races, but Princess Weekend is usually the last week of February, Springtime Surprise is mid-April, and Wine & Dine is the first weekend of November.

Other major events for cheer competitions and other sports also run in mid-February, early March, and early May. Another week to avoid is Jersey Week, which is when the majority of schools in New Jersey are on break, and many families visit Disney World.

Now, let’s get on with the best times to visit!

Best Times to Visit: Late January – Early February

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on January 20 in 2025 and after that week it will be very quiet at Disney World until the second week of February when cheer competitions and President’s Day bring the crowds. Not only will you find mild weather and low crowds, but this is also one of the cheapest times to visit.

For example, a family of 4 can stay at Caribbean Beach for 5 nights and have 4-day park hopper tickets and spend only $4,000 in late January. And, that’s with no promotions applied! In comparison, the week of President’s Day is almost $1,000 more!

Best Times to Visit: Most of May

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May is another great time to go. It’s warm so families can enjoy the pool, but it’s not overbearingly hot. Flower and Garden Festival is such a pretty time to visit Epcot as well.

You’ll want to avoid the first week of May as that is a time when competitions take place and the end of the month when Memorial Day crowds visit.

Our family of 4 example can enjoy 5 nights at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort with 4-day park hoppers for less than $4,500. You’ll notice it’s a bit more expensive to visit than it is in late January, but you won’t encounter any potentially cold weather.

Best Times to Visit: Most of August and September

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It is hotter than Hades in Florida during these two months, but if you can look past that (and potential hurricanes) you will not find a better time of the year to visit Disney World.

Most schools are back in session by the first or second week of August and fall break does not start until October, so these two months are a really sweet pocket of time to visit. Notable events that take place include Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Food and Wine Festival.

These dates are also the least expensive for the entire year. Pop Century is less than $3,500 in late August for our make-believe family. That is a steal for 5 nights at a Disney World hotel and 4-day park hoppers in comparison to the week of Columbus Day which is over $4,200.

Bonus: The week of November 17-21

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This bonus week does not give as much flexibility as the other times I provided, but if you want to see Christmas at Disney World and try to avoid the crowds, November 17-21 is after Veteran’s Day/Jersey Week/Wine & Dine and before Thanksgiving.

You’ll avoid the momentum of pricing and crowds that build throughout the month of December while still getting to see the parks all dressed up for the holidays (minus Epcot).

If you want to see all the parks in their Christmas splendor plus Festival of the Holidays, you can shoot for the first week or two of December.

At the time of writing, pricing is not available for 2025 packages for November and December. Those will be released at a later date, but in the meantime don’t forget Disney is offering free water park tickets for 2025 packages! A great time to use those would be in May, August, and September.

I am here to help!

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As a certified Travel Planner, I have so much knowledge and expertise to offer my clients! I have been visiting Disney World for years and have seen it all. I can help you plan the best time of year for your family, ensure you receive the best rates, secure dining reservations for you, and help you set up your touring strategy.

If you are interested in my FREE services, see the yellow block below for getting a quote!

Please note all pricing is subject to availability and may change without notice.

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Friday 31st of May 2024

I have looked all over to find the crowd calendar for WDW for August 2024. Can you tell me where to find it, please? I know I found it before but cannot now. Thank you..

Monica Street

Tuesday 4th of June 2024

It is available on

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