The Busiest Times of Year to Visit Disney World

Now that mask requirements and social distancing guidelines have been removed from Disney World, along with the return of shows, parades, and other entertainment, the 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!

2022 New Year Ears

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 parks will reach capacity for New Year’s Eve and into New Years Day.  Last year, we saw select parks’ Park Passes filling up for New Year’s Eve months ahead of the holiday. With the way crowds have been this year, it’s likely that trend will continue.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2021

However,  if you’re not planning on waiting in extremely long ride lines, and simply want to experience the exciting 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.

Family Ideas For Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney World

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 generally milder, the kids are out of school, and EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing.

Mexico Pavilion spring break 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

In 2022, Spring Break for students in Orlando extended from March 14th-18th. So if you’re trying to plan a visit in March next year, consider going earlier in the month to avoid bottlenecked pathways and 90-minute waits for Splash Mountain.

Click here to take a look at the spring break crowds from 2021!

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.

2021 summer crowds at Magic Kingdom

Consider hitting up the parks at rope drop to get as many of the rides in as you can before the afternoon crowds roll in, consider staying at a Disney World hotel to get early theme park entry access (and potentially extended evening hours if you stay at a deluxe resort), and make reservations to your favorite restaurants 60 days in advance.

Click here to get a look at the Disney World summer crowds in 2021.

Halloween

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

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is hoppin’ at the Disney parks — particularly at Magic Kingdom, where the after-hours Halloween events typically take place. In the past, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has taken place in Magic Kingdom during the Halloween season.

In 2021, Not-So-Scary was cancelled and the new After Hours BOO Bash event took place on select nights from August through October in Magic Kingdom. However, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return in 2022.

Crowds from the first night of BOO Bash in 2021 were actually pretty low once the actual party was underway.

Crowds at the BOO Bash

But, the crowds around Halloween (and particularly on Halloween day) can be pretty busy otherwise. In 2021, we saw some quiet areas mixed in with some very congested areas in the parks on Halloween.

Tomorrowland Crowds

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

Click here to see what crowds looked like on Halloween in Disney World in 2021!

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 the return of  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2022  (replacing last year’s Magic Kingdom’s Very Merriest After Hours ),  EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays, Hollywood Studios’ Sunset Seasons Greetings, and Animal Kingdom’s Merry Menagerie and Tree of Life Awakenings. Even Disney Springs celebrates the season with their (totally freeChristmas Tree Stroll.

Holiday fireworks

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

Ready to make some friends?

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.

Click here to see our guide to holiday happenings in Disney World!

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.

That’s a LOT of People!

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

runDisney Start!

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

Check all of the runDisney races coming to Disney World in 2022/2023!

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.