When to Visit Disney World: Enjoy Lower Rates, Less Crowds

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When to Visit Disney World: Enjoy Lower Rates, Less Crowds

By A.D. Thompson

Walt Disney World is at its most crowded when school’s out (i.e., summertime and major holidays). As most family travel is bound by the laws of the school calendars, the tourism machine knows it has you right where it wants you. That means discounts are endangered, as well. But flexible travelers have a great advantage when it comes to avoiding throngs and embracing deals.

Far and away, the best weeks to visit Disney are those immediately after Thanksgiving. This time of year, all the parks and Disney resort hotels are covered in twinkling holiday lights. Even those staying off-site should visit a few to take in the spectacle of their adornment.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, in particular, is quite stunning - with its immersive, African atmosphere, authentic art and soaring, stories-high tree. Not to mention the on-site zoo out back!

Holiday activities abound, themed events are in full force and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is up and blazing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the delight of park visitors (and perhaps astronauts floating past on the International Space Station).

Crowds are also at a minimum, and the hottest and rainiest of Orlando’s weather is behind you by this time of year. Be wary, though; if you overlap your visit with Thanksgiving, you’ll be battling peak crowds until it passes.

After this festive period, the weeks following the winter holidays are a good bet. (Think second week in January through mid-February.) Very late August and early September are also excellent times to snag a deal.

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