Before we get the new year too far behind us, we wanted to take a moment to discuss one of the biggest vacation-planning topics there is — the best time to visit Disney World in 2014!
Now, in our book, it’s always a good time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. We’ve been to visit in every season and have found we could manage crowds just fine — by following solid touring advice — getting to the park at opening, taking breaks in the afternoon when the parks are busiest and making use of wait-time apps. Now guests can follow our FastPass+ tips as another means of skipping the lines. Believe it or not, if you take our advice, you will find crowds are quite manageable whether its the middle of September or the middle of July.
Still, we know there are very good times — maybe even the best times — to visit Disney World in 2014 and less good times to visit. When planning the best time to visit Disney World in 2014, assuming your schedule is fairly flexible, we recommend you start with the crowd calendar. The weekly and daily crowd levels for the whole year are right there for you to see, along with individual park recommendations.
So what’s the best time to visit Disney World in 2014? If we’re going purely from the predicted crowd levels, the very best months to visit Disney World in 2014 are …
The very worst months to visit Disney World in 2014 are …
Still that doesn’t provide all that much information, because one of the best months (November) also has one of the historically highest crowd levels of the entire year (the week of Thanksgiving). This is also not taking into consideration all of the special events happening during those visits, which are also listed on the crowd calendar.
The best week of the year to visit Disney World in 2014 is …
The worst week of the year to visit Disney World in 2014 is …
Understandably, most of you with families will be visiting during June and July, when the daily crowd levels never fall below a 7 out of 10. At this point, you may be starting to despair, but this is where it becomes more important to choose the right park for your visit. Indeed when the crowd levels are basically flat the entire week, which park you visit on any given day becomes more important. We generally recommend skipping the park that hosts the Extra Magic Hour/s, since it elevates the crowd level the entire day (as opposed to just the EMH). During the busiest weeks of the year, that may be unavoidable. Lucky for you, our crowd calendar already does that.
I want to take a moment to look at the holidays, because for families of school-age children these are smaller windows of opportunity for taking vacations to Disney World. Hence, the holidays are generally the worst times to visit the parks from a crowd perspective. There are a handful of national holidays, however, that have a less pronounced impact on crowds (although they do still see an increase). These are …
Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Sept. 1 – Labor Day
Oct. 13 – Columbus Day
When will you be visiting? What factors did you consider in determining when to visit? Share in comments below.
Hoppy Disney planning!