Mask mandates have lifted, social distancing has reduced, shows are starting to return, and crowds are back at Disney World once again.
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!
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.
Often, Disney will reach capacity for New Year’s Eve and into New Years Day.
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.
But Spring Break is busy, busy, BUSY in Disney World because everyone else is on break, too.
Disney World sees a particularly large spike in numbers during Florida’s Spring Break week.
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.
Much like Spring Break, summer vacation is a time when school’s out and the kids are ready to play.
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.
Sometimes, going to Disney World during the summer is unavoidable, so remember to use your time wisely.
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.
Grim-grinning-ghosts are out to socialize…and so is everyone else.
Halloween is hoppin’ at the Disney parks — particularly at Magic Kingdom, where the after-hours Halloween events take place.
(Psst — Halloween will look a little different in Magic Kingdom this year, so study up on all the changes before you go!)
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.
Deck the Halls with crowds-a-plenty, fa la la la la la la la la . . .
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 free) Christmas Tree Stroll.
Much like Disney around Halloween time, you may want to plan your Christmas vacay earlier in the season (around the beginning of November).
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.
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.
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.
Check and make sure your Disney vacation doesn’t fall in the middle of a runDisney timeframe.
Or join in on the fun — runDisney races are returning to Disney World soon and we’re stoked to see them again!
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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