Complete Guide to When is Disney World Least Crowded

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Complete Guide to When is Disney World Least Crowded

Are you trying to figure out when is Disney World least crowded? As families start to travel again, the idea of returning to a world of magic is exactly what many of us need—and the magic of Disney is unbounded. While any trip to this whimsical, wonderful world will surely leave you with beautiful memories, your trip can be made exponentially better by choosing the right time of year to visit.

If you’re wondering when the least busy time to visit Disney World is, you’re on the right track. Crowd sizes are something every visitor to Disney may consider based on Disney’s current operational guidelines for health and safety measures as well as the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary planned for the fall of 2021 and beyond!

“So, what are the best months to visit the Walt Disney World Resort?” you may be asking yourself. “When is Disney slow season? When is Disney less crowded?”

Below you will find a collection of information to help decide: when is the best time of year to go to Disney in Florida? We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next vacation. This includes helping you find the best time to buy Disney World tickets as well as book amazing Walt Disney World vacation packages!

And remember—while your trip to Disney may look a bit different from the last time you visited, you will absolutely still find ways to create those magical moments and memories to treasure. So if you’re ready to learn about the lowest crowds at Disney World read on!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for our 2021 Disney World Crowd Calendar be sure to go straight to the link below. 

 Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021

When is Disney World Least Crowded?

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So, what are the least crowded dates at Disney World? Walt Disney World is the single most visited vacation destination on the planet. More than 52 million guests visit each year; there is no “dead” time at Disney. However, there are still times of the year that are better than others as far as crowd size.

What is considered off-season for Disney World?

Very simply as a general rule of thumb the slowest times to visit Walt Disney World are typically right when kids go back to school from any major break. (summer, winter, spring, etc) The reason being is most families are done with vacationing at that point which results in lower crowds.

When is Disney World least crowded based on month?

  • End of August
  • September
  • Late January
  • Early February

Based on our Disney World Crowd Calendar data, the slowest weeks at Disney World will fall at the end of August. September is also one of the least crowded times at Disney World. January through February are also fantastic times to visit based on crowd levels

Best Time to Visit Disney World Least Crowded Days:

Weeks that are slated to be the Walt Disney World least crowded days, according to 2021 Crowd Calendar data, include:

  • January 11 through 18; January 25 through 31
  • February 2 through 12
  • March 1 through 5
  • April 25 through May 1
  • May 11 through 17
  • August 10 through 31
  • All of September
  • Oct 1 through 21
  • November 16 through 21
  • December 1 through 12

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Busiest Weeks at Disney World

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Now that we know when Disney World least crowded days will be, let’s identify the busiest time of year at Disney World. 

The busiest time of year at Disney World breakdown: 

  • Spring Break (March through April)
  • October 1st – 7th (First week of Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration)
  • Thanksgiving week
  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve

So, specific to crowd sizes, the dates above are unmistakably the busiest time to go to Disney and the worst weeks to go to Disney World. However, if you cannot visit during one of the Disney World least crowded months, don’t let this discourage you from planning your trip. Besides crowds, there are many other factors that could go into planning your Disney trip, including weather, special events, and more.

Visiting Disney World in the Winter and Fall

If you’ve ever been to Disney in the summer, you may also know what it feels like to stand on the surface of the sun. But breaking news—there are times of the year when you will literally need a jacket at Disney. I know; it was news to me as well when I went in December. I had a sleeveless Chewbacca shirt planned for Hollywood Studios and ended up on Hollywood Boulevard shivering on a bench while struggling through my ice-cold Starbucks refresher.

“It’s Florida. It’s never cold in Florida,” I told myself as my teeth chattered together uncontrollably.

If you visit Disney during November, December, January, or February, you should definitely pack a jacket or a few sweaters.  It is important to note that some might prefer to hang out in the theme park in a light jacket or sweatshirt.

Disney World in the Summer and Spring

March and April are also very temperate t-shirt weather months. Layers are always a good idea during these months. We recommend you bring a lightweight hoodie or rain jacket to combat any chilliness and/or spring showers. The hottest, most humid months begin with May and end with September. And hurricane season peaks in Florida in August and September.

So, while August boasts some of the lowest crowds at Disney World… it starts to become a yikes situation as far as weather.

Something else to consider when planning a Disney vacation are the special events that happen throughout the parks. A lot of the special events attract crowds, but they are still worth attending. For example, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party can get busy, but if you go the last two weeks of August, you’ll have a very enjoyable time.

Best Time of Year to Visit Disney Orlando

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Below we break down the list of worst to best months to visit Walt Disney World in Florida so be sure to read through the end to find out about number one!

#12 June – Best Summer Month to Go to Disney World

It pains me to put June last. My birthday is in June and I genuinely enjoy being at Disney and wearing that color-coded birthday pin that prompts everyone to aggressively shout “Happy Birthday!” at you. But just…June. The end of June feels like the busiest time at Walt Disney World as far as crowds due to summer vacation starting.

#11 July – Not the Least Crowded Time to Visit Disney World

Welcome to peak season for Disney! I ranked July slightly higher than June simply because of the 4th of July celebrations at Disney. Magic Kingdom offers themed fireworks for a few nights leading up to the 4th, but July is a very busy time of the year to visit Disney. If you’re wondering, “when is magic kingdom least crowded?” I can assure you the answer is not July. Plus, it’s just hot. It’s also important to note that summer was long considered peak season at Disney. However many other websites support what we have been saying that summers have turned into some what of an off season at Disney. 

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#10 April – Busiest Spring Break Weeks at Disney World

When is off season for Disney World? Not here! Woooo, Spring Break! Fun for families who have children off from school; not so great for visitors trying to avoid crowds. April is one of the most crowded months at Disney World.

#9 December – Best Time to Go to Disney

It’s the best time of year to go to Disney World when trying to get into the holiday spirit but what about the crowds? Crowds get worse in December the closer you get to the holidays. The reason this is not at #12 is I have personally have found that the beginning of the month boasts some of the lightest crowds at Disney World, specifically the first two weeks of the month. The holiday lights on Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom literally make me emotional and guests can also enjoy the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. But the weeks to avoid Disney World? Crowd-wise…the holidays.

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#8 March – Peak Season for Disney

When is Disney least crowded? Not March. It’s the start of Spring Break so it gets busier, and the weather is starting to warm up, albeit not as humid as the summer months. The end of March is one of those busy times of year at Disney World. However on the bright side guests can really start to enjoy Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon again!

#7 November – Start of Peak Season for Disney

This month has great weather, great events (think Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party + Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party) and good crowds overall. Just avoid Thanksgiving week; if crowds aren’t your thing, those are some of the worst days to go to Disney World. Guests can also still visit the popular EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.

My best month to visit Disney World if trying to visit for special events!

#6 October – Low Crowds at Disney World

Okay, I love October in Disney. Keep in mind for 2021 that Disney is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, but I have never had a bad experience—crowd wise or weather—in October. There are also special events that you could attend, such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Parts of this month are the least crowded time to go to Disney World.

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#5 May – Best Time of Year to Visit Disney Orlando in Spring

I feel that May is underrated at Disney. Historically, May is much slower than April and the summer months, although it’s not the least crowded time for Disney World. You can also find the Flower and Garden Festival the first two weekends in May.

#4 January – Least Crowded Times at Disney World

When is Disney World not busy? January. It offers great weather, which honestly gets chilly at times, the Festival of the Arts, lower ticket prices, and the end of the month is one of the least crowded times at Disney.

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#3 February – Disney World Low Traffic Days

If you are looking for low crowds at Disney World, visit before Presidents Day weekend. February is the epitome of the Disney World off season. And if you and your family decide to visit earlier in the month you can check out Epcot’s newest festival, the Festival of the Arts. Disney has also added the popular Princess Half Marathon through their Run Disney program. You will also be able to find some amazing deals in January and February if you are looking to book a Disney World Vacation package.

#2 September – Best Month to Visit Disney World

What is the slowest month for Disney World? Data suggests it could be…September? I’m a huge fan of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, so September is the month to go for that. I ranked this slightly lower than October because of the weather; it’s the end of hurricane season. But this month offers Disney World low traffic days, which is always a plus. And if you’re looking for a least crowded Disney World experience, you just may find it this month.

#1 August – Disney World Least Crowded Months

If you’re looking for the slowest time of year at Walt Disney World, the crowds in August are not horrible. But the weather is genuinely…scorching. August also offers Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is the best summer month to go to Disney World.

So, now you know the answers: when is low season at Disney World and what’s the worst time to visit Disney World? To be honest, there’s no BAD time to go to Disney. Because, well…you’re in Disney! Even if you aren’t able to go during the least crowded time to visit Disney World, you will still have a great time.

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!