The Busiest Times of Year to Visit Disney World

Mask mandates have lifted, social distancing has reduced, shows are starting to return, and crowds are back at Disney World once again.

Look at that line!

If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy spending their Disney park days shoulder-to-shoulder with other guests or waiting in lengthy lines for rides that are usually a walk-on (there’s NO way we’re waiting over 30 minutes to ride It’s a Small World), these are the times to try to avoid planning your Disney vacations.

New Years Eve/ New Years Day

3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!

How’s your 2021 been?

The idea of ringing in the new year at “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is intriguing, sure. But you’re not the only one with that idea.

Balloons in Magic Kingdom

Often, Disney will reach capacity for New Year’s Eve and into New Years Day.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

However,  if you’re not planning on waiting in extremely long ride lines, and simply want to experience the excited atmosphere of a Disney crowd watching fireworks together while singing Auld Lang Syne, the energy of the guests is contagious and a ton of fun to be part of.

Spring Break (mid-March)

Spring Break seems like it’d be the perfect time for a week’s getaway to Disney World. The weather’s milder, the kids are out of school, and EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing.

Fantasyland Crowds

But Spring Break is busy, busy, BUSY in Disney World because everyone else is on break, too.

Tomorrowland Crowds

Disney World sees a particularly large spike in numbers during Florida’s Spring Break week.

Splash Mountain crowds over spring break

This year, Spring Break for students in Orlando extended from March 15-19. So if you’re trying to plan a visit in March, consider going earlier in the month to avoid bottlenecked pathways and 90-minute waits for Splash Mountain.

Summer Vacation 

Much like Spring Break, summer vacation is a time when school’s out and the kids are ready to play.

It might be a busy summer in Disney World!

Crowds throughout June and early July are bustling. This is especially true around the 4th of July when families and friends are crowding into the parks at night for the best fireworks displays ever.

Crowds gather for fireworks viewing

Sometimes, going to Disney World during the summer is unavoidable, so remember to use your time wisely.

Happily Ever After at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Hit up the parks at rope drop to get as many of the rides in as you can before the afternoon crowds roll in,  and make reservations to your favorite restaurants and resort 60 days in advance.

Halloween

Grim-grinning-ghosts are out to socialize…and so is everyone else.

Fall at Magic Kingdom can see moderate crowds… if you know when to go.

Halloween is hoppin’ at the Disney parks — particularly at Magic Kingdom, where the after-hours Halloween events take place.

High crowds on Main Street, U.S.A.

(Psst — Halloween will look a little different in Magic Kingdom this year, so study up on all the changes before you go!)

2020 Boo to You Character Cavalcade

If you want to experience Halloween in Disney without the Main Street USA traffic jam, try planning a trip at the end of August when the crowds are lighter and the festivities are kicking off.

December

Deck the Halls with crowds-a-plenty, fa la la la la la la la la . . .

Oof!

There are so many Christmas festivities to experience in Disney World, such as Magic Kingdom’s Very Merry Christmas Party,  EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays, Hollywood Studios’ Sunset Seasons Greetings, and Animal Kingdom’s Merry Menagerie. Even Disney Springs celebrates the season with their (totally freeChristmas Tree Stroll.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a popular Magic Kingdom event.

Much like Disney around Halloween time, you may want to plan your Christmas vacay earlier in the season (around the beginning of November).

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

Then again, even with the massive crowds, there’s something truly special about experiencing the Disney holidays in December. Just plan on hitting up the limited edition festivities and skipping those long ride lines this time ’round.

Marathon Days

Several different runDisney events happen in Disney World throughout the year, but we’ve found that any day we go to the parks during a runDisney event is going to be a packed-out day.

Before the Race

If you want to sign up to participate in a runDisney event, that’s one thing. The crowds feel like a support system rather than a burden to your park day. However, if you’re going to Disney World during a runDisney day as a guest, the crowds can get pretty overwhelming.

A Look at the Crowds

Check and make sure your Disney vacation doesn’t fall in the middle of a runDisney timeframe.

Wine and Dine run

Or join in on the fun — runDisney races are returning to Disney World soon and we’re stoked to see them again!

Check out past runDisney dates and events HERE!

There you have it, a few of the most crowded times you could possibly visit Disney World! Stay tuned to AllEars for all of the latest Disney news and planning trips for your upcoming vacation.

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  1. Summer has always been a busy time at Disney World. Oh boy, I do remember those days. I think this Summer is really busy because people weren’t able to visit Disney World last Summer. Some had reservations cancelled, but they were able to rebook them this year with no penalties. This year will be busy either way with the anniversary along with new rides and attractions.