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KennythePirate’s Best and Worst Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World 2015

KennythePirate’s Best and Worst Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World 2015

Some online sources prefer to just outright tell you to visit Walt Disney World on a certain week or date, but that may not be possible based on your schedule.  I begin each week in the 2015 calendar on Sundays and provide the blue to red chart to help you decide what the best week is for your family or what you can expect with your travel limitations.  Perhaps you can only vacation when your children are out of school, what should you expect during the time frame that you select?

  • Blue means Lowest crowds, coldest temperatures and cheapest cost rooms
  • Green means Light crowds, cool temperatures and lower cost rooms
  • Yellow means Moderate crowds, moderate temperatures and regular season cost on rooms
  • Orange means Heavy crowds, warm temperatures and high cost on rooms
  • Red means INSANE crowd levels, HOT and probably rainy (they go together here) weather and the Most Expensive cost on rooms

Once you’ve made your choice of week(s) below, you might want to look over the specific Crowd Calendar for the month that you’re choosing.  The Crowd Calendars provide park hours, extra magic hours, best and worst Disney World park choices, popular entertainment schedules, 180 day dining booking window, 60 day Fastpass+ booking window for onsite guests and 30 day Fastpass+ booking window for offsite guests.

Can you still have a fun time when the crowds are at an “Insane” level?

Yes, but a good Touring Plan is essential to your success in seeing attractions and meeting characters.  This is the only source that currently provides Touring Plans that include character meets!

How likely is it to rain when I visit?

It rains often in Walt Disney World.  The rainiest season is from June through October and it corresponds with Hurricane Season.  You can expect to see some rain most days that varies from a few minutes to several hours.  Bring ponchos, shoes you wouldn’t mind getting wet (it puddles badly in the parks) and an umbrella and keep moving.  A number of outdoor attractions close during the rain and lightning, so find some indoor attractions.  I find Epcot to be the best rain park because almost everything is indoors.

Does it really feel hot or cold in Orlando?

Yes and yes.  Summer temperatures can reach near 100 degrees along with really high humidity.  You walk outside in the summer and instantly begin sweating.  Dress light, wear sunscreen and wear a hat!  Does it feel cold in the winter?  My northern friends might challenge this statement, but yes, it does.  It’s different here due to the humidity.  50 degrees or below will feel much colder than it might elsewhere.  If the forecast is 50 or less, bring a jacket and a cap.

Do Holidays really affect crowd levels?

Yes, greatly.  You’ll find that the busiest weeks by far in Walt Disney World are Christmas, Easter and Fourth of July.  Other holidays bring a bump that can bring the park levels to Heavy as well.

Is travelling at a time that they offer the Free Dining promotion a good idea?

Yes, you get your meals for free, right?  Well, be sure to book those dining reservations just as soon as you choose your week to travel or you’ll be shut out of some of the most popular dining places, especially character meals.  In addition to the Free Dining promotion, the hotels are already at reduced rates.  If you are planning to stay at the Deluxe level, you might consider taking a room only discount and buying the Dining Plan or paying out of pocket (with MagicBand linked to room).

What weeks would KtP travel here?

Before moving to Kissimmee last year, we traveled here frequently.  Our favorite times to travel were the two weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Our favorite time was to split the final week before Christmas and roll over into the Christmas week.  We were able to carry over the free dining plan into the Christmas week and got all the great Christmas entertainment at the Magic Kingdom for free.  We could then focus out Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party upon the character meets and cookies and hot chocolate and feel very relaxed in our party.

Another favorite time for us to travel was the week before Halloween.  We could see all the great decor, check out the Food and Wine Festival, take part in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and even meet some characters at resorts on Halloween afternoon!

We have enjoyed the first couple of weeks after Christmas break in January and the first two weeks of September because the crowds were practically non-existent.  How would you like to walk on Soarin’ at mid-day?

We also loved traveling in mid-May to take in all the fun that is Star Wars Weekends with the special character meets and entertainment.

With no further ado, here’s my Best and Worst Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World chart.  Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook wall.

KennythePirate's Best and Worst Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World 2015

Disney World Crowd Calendar November 2018

Disney World Crowd Calendar November 2018

Disney World Crowd Calendar November 2018The Disney World Crowd Calendar November 2018 shows the first three weeks of November are generally a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World.  The crowds are low, the weather is pleasant and the entire resort transforms into a Christmas/Winter Wonderland almost overnight.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties begin early November, as well as the always popular  Castle Dream Lighting Ceremony.  The Friday following Thanksgiving will launch the Holidays Around the World with the  Epcot Storytellers.

The second week is somewhat busy because it’s known as “Jersey Week.”  The schools of New Jersey are closed that week and many students and teachers take advantage of the opportunity to visit.  Additionally the Wine and Dine Marathon will add to the crowds.  Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will wrap up in mid-November.

While the first week and the Thanksgiving week really busy, you can manage them with good touring plans and Fastpass+ usage.   Sunday Christmas Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here.  The Christmas Parties allow guests to see the Christmas Parade and Fireworks as well as meet special characters.  If you’re planning to attend a Christmas Party, you should either sleep in or take a mid-day nap.

With lower hours than normal, it may be best to spend a day in the parks and spend an evening at the resort pool.  The Magic Kingdom will only offer Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade on select nights each week.  Those park days tend to be more busy than others.  If the evening spectaculars are important, chose the day with the lowest hours or park hop into the Magic Kingdom at night.

Will the park hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom be extended?

Yes, it’s highly likely that the park hours will extend for many dates in December.  Disney usually releases preliminary hours, then adds hours the closer you get to your trip.  With Animal Kingdom now offering “After dark” experiences, you can expect that park to stay open much later.

What will the weather be like during your November trip?

  • Average high temperature:  78°F
  • Average low temperature:  58°F
  • Mean temperature:  68°F
  • Record high temperature:  90°F (1957)
  • Record low temperature:  28°F (1970)
  • Average Precipitation:  2.14 in.

November tends to begin a cooler and less rainy season in Orlando.  You’ll want to bring a jacket for the evening because 50 degrees in Orlando feels like the 30’s up north.  There’s still a chance of rain, but it’s much less than summer season.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special November Events at Walt Disney World

  • Wine and Dine Marathon
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival featuring Eat to the Beat Concert Series
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Chrisstmas Party
  • Cinderella Castle Dream Lighting likely to begin early November
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot with Epcot Storytellers and Candlelight Processional

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see Friday/Saturday in Mobile View.

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

November crowd calendar will be available mid-April

2018

Historic Disney World Park Hours