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2022-2023 Finest & Worst Months to Go to Disney World

2022-2023 Finest & Worst Months to Go to Disney World

2022-2023 Best & Worst Months to Visit Disney World

Selecting when to go to Walt Disney World often means consulting statistical crowd calendars, seasonal occasions schedules, park hours, and extra. This information one of the best & worst months in 2022 and 2023 supplies information & ideas that will help you select, plus our prime 4 weeks. (Up to date July 11, 2022.)

The final couple of years have been a veritable curler coaster of modifications at Walt Disney World, upending most conventional crowd forecasting within the course of. Seasonal occasions, faculty breaks, and extra had been cancelled, and journey plummeted. Now, issues are returning to regular and, together with that, pent-up demand and altering customer dynamics is as soon as once more making issues attention-grabbing–and the parks a lot busier!

Provided that our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars are much less dependable, we’re recommending most readers seek the advice of this useful resource for the “broad strokes” on when to go to Walt Disney World. Accordingly, we’ve re-ranked one of the best and worst months to go to right here primarily based on a wide range of largely qualitative and a few quantitative components. This considers a wide range of variables along side our expectations about Walt Disney World’s attendance for 2022 via the primary half of 2023…

Should you’re nonetheless in ‘wait and see’ mode, figuring out when to ebook a Walt Disney World trip, one factor we’d suggest is following our common updates from the parks and WDW information to trace what’s taking place and on the horizon–as a result of loads is altering.

This gives you a good suggestion of what issues are like ‘on the bottom’ at Walt Disney World, in addition to what to anticipate sooner or later. We recurrently share large updates, reductions which are launched by Disney, crowd ranges change, and many others., we ship out e mail notifications. To obtain these, subscribe to our free e mail publication.

As famous above, these rankings eschew the everyday Walt Disney World crowd calendar strategy, which has develop into much less dependable in the previous few years. Fairly merely, an excessive amount of has modified–and can proceed to vary. As an alternative, we’ll use a extra holistic strategy that takes into consideration extra than simply crowds when selecting when to go to Walt Disney World.

Sadly, Walt Disney World crowd ranges can range, and can’t be forecast with 100% accuracy. As such, it is best to select when to go to primarily based on different consolation and pleasure components along with Walt Disney World crowd projections. It’s extra pragmatic to decide on whenever you’ll go to primarily based on a mixture of attendance ranges plus climate, seasonal leisure, and particular occasions!

Low crowds throughout a time when temperatures are sweltering, humidity is off the charts and there are not any particular occasions mustn’t trump reasonable crowds throughout a temperate time of 12 months with a particular occasion. Few folks consider their trip’s success by some statistical ‘enjoyable quotient’, so why not do likewise when planning, and carry out a qualitative evaluation when selecting journey dates?

To chop to the chase, the purpose of this put up is to rank each month of the 12 months for visiting Walt Disney World in mild of all variables that (we really feel) are vital with changes made for the continuing reopening of the parks & resorts, operations scaling again up, capability rising, and leisure returning.

Even months with important and apparent downsides might need large upside. Take August 2022, for instance, which ranks #10. That’s clearly not nice, however summer time trip demand often fizzles out mid-month, making the second half of the month a lot higher than the primary half.

There are related tales all through the record. November and December have develop into progressively busier during the last a number of years, however these are such qualititatively nice and enjoyable months that we’re arduous pressed to rank them poorly even given the upper crowds than August or Might. You’ll must resolve for your self the way you weigh these countervailing components–we’re simply providing you with some perception into our considering and methodology.

Anyway, right here is our private evaluation of one of the best and worst months to go to Walt Disney World in 2022. We’d suggest studying the outline of every month fastidiously to make an knowledgeable determination about which period frames are finest and worst for you…

12. July – This month ranks lifeless final resulting from uncertainty and upside, or lack thereof. Final July was the busiest month of the 12 months at Walt Disney World because the parks acquired hit by an onslaught of pent-up demand. That’s not regular–lately, summer time had ceased to be peak season at Walt Disney World.

Nevertheless, People made up for misplaced time throughout summer time trip, and Florida was one of many prime locations. Up to now, July 2022 has gotten off to a surprisingly gradual begin, because it seems pent-up demand isn’t almost as sturdy and journey is beginning to decelerate resulting from inflation, rising gasoline costs, and many others. Clearly, loads may change between now and July 2023, however we’re anticipating above-average crowds.

The large purpose behind the low rating is that July will not be month to go to Florida due to warmth and humidity. The near-certainty of poor climate plus the uncertainty of heavy crowds places July in final place. With that mentioned, as soon as you intend for the realities of a summer time journey, keep in mind: “even a wet, probably crowded day at Walt Disney World is best than an ideal day at residence.” Don’t get too down on journey–it’ll nonetheless be a good time as long as you go in with good technique and reasonable expectations.

11. April – James Franco may make a sequel to Spring Breakers set at Walt Disney World, and it might make the occasions of the unique movie appear completely tame. Okay, possibly not, however that doesn’t change the truth that Spring Break at Walt Disney World is a time to be averted should you can.

Provided that Easter will probably be in April yearly till 2024, it’s a month that we suggest avoiding should you don’t like lengthy strains. The whole month will probably be above common, however the weeks abutting Easter will probably be DEFCON 1. You’d higher have some quick fingers (and a quick web connection!) when making an attempt to ebook a Lightning Lane for Slinky Canine Sprint!

The final two weeks of the month, April 2023 ought to enhance significantly. Whether or not crowds drop by sufficient to maneuver it larger on this record is debatable–however the level is that the again half of April is significantly better. If that had been its personal month, it’d rank on the highest half of this record.

10. June – In a typical 12 months, June begins out gradual and will get progressively worse as extra faculties get out and households start taking their summer time holidays. Crowds begin in above-average territory and are excessive by the top of the month. That’s not what occurred this 12 months (summer time crowds peaked in mid-June), however our expectation for June 2023 is a return to that acquainted sample.

One other regular draw back to June is the climate. Clearly, it’s a sizzling month, and the typical month-to-month rainfall in June at Walt Disney World is over 8+ inches, and the chance of rain on any given day is above 50%. The upside to June is that it’s usually the much less busy of the summer time months, with most summer time holidays taking place in July or early August.

9. August – Really feel like Mission: Area is inadequate at simulating a go to to outer house? Then you definitely’ll love August in Walt Disney World, when daily seems like a veritable journey to Venus or Mercury! August sees the mercury rising in Central Florida, and that sizzling, humid, and wet climate alone makes August among the many worst months to go to.

August is qualitatively the worst month to go to Walt Disney World. Quantitatively, it’s more durable to say. August marks the top of “Peak Season” ticket costs, which means individuals who postponed their visits to save cash will begin heading to the parks. On prime of that, Annual Passholder blockouts elevate in August, inflicting a slight spike in locals.

Nevertheless, summer time trip demand begins to burn out by the second week of August as households put together to go again to highschool schedules. This leads to an general drop-off in attendance and a lull in crowds from mid-August via the top of September. On stability, August is a story of two months–considerably busy as trip season winds down to start out, however considerably higher throughout the second half.

8. March – Early March is one among our “sleeper picks” for low crowds–and will probably be as soon as once more come March 2023 with Mardi Gras transferring ahead to February. Consequently, there ought to be a quick respite earlier than spring break, however not lengthy sufficient for March 2023 as a complete to rank extremely.

Spring break is the key draw back to the second half of March, and what prevents the month from leapfrogging January and February. Specifically, keep away from Orange County’s spring break (March 10-19, 2023) as that’ll be the worst week-plus of your complete season, since that native faculty district has essentially the most outsized impression on crowds.

On the plus facet, climate is usually temperate by March, as evidenced by the beginning of Epcot’s Worldwide Flower & Backyard Pageant originally of the month. Whatever the 12 months, we’re followers of March dates as a good time for cool climate, reasonable crowds, and Epcot coming into bloom.

7. February – For the previous few years, February has seen excessive crowds at Walt Disney World–to the purpose that we now not name them “atypically” excessive crowds. See Winter is Not Off-Season at Walt Disney World or the Most Crowded Month in Two Years at Walt Disney World, each of which break down what occurred with winter wait occasions this 12 months at Walt Disney World.

Other than the week of Presidents’ Day, this may not “naturally” occur–a minimum of, to not this extent. The winter months of January and February are Florida’s low season. Nevertheless, Walt Disney World leverages particular and sporting occasions to spice up crowd numbers.

Whether or not January or February 2023 will probably be “higher” actually relies upon upon the week you select. Should you can keep away from the dates round holidays, February continues to be a good time to go to–it simply sees general crowd ranges which are barely elevated. The primary week of February is unquestionably one of the best of each worlds, so should you’re planning a go to in February 2023, that’s the week to decide on. (The final full week of February 2023 received’t be enticing because it’ll embody each Mardi Gras and the Princess Half Marathon.)

6. October – For the final a number of years, October had been dropping. Because of a wide range of holidays, faculty breaks, conventions, and different occasions, October had develop into one of many busiest months of the 12 months at Walt Disney World by way of common wait occasions. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Get together–which is returning for October 2022–additionally throws a monkey wrench into Magic Kingdom crowds.

Final October wasn’t unhealthy in any respect, however there’s purpose to consider it was an anomaly, with spiking case numbers pushed by Delta and fears of the Fiftieth Anniversary driving document attendance inflicting cancellations. Particular occasions, group bookings, and conventions are already returning to Walt Disney World in an enormous method. In latest historical past, October has been an enormous month for these. Our expectation is that October 2022 sees a big year-over-year enhance in crowds because of this.

Nonetheless, October stays enticing for its seasonal occasions at Epcot and Magic Kingdom and enhancing climate. We will’t suggest this month from the attitude of crowds, but it surely’s not a nasty subjective selection when Halloween, Meals & Wine, and extra are added to the equation.

5. January – That is the “vacation hangover” at Walt Disney World. It’s form of like Walt Disney World ate too many Christmas cookies and is simply too lazy to get off the sofa and take down the decorations, with this mentality persevering with lengthy after the tree is lifeless to the purpose the place its spouse is embarrassed when it lastly throws out the tree. (Not that I do know from expertise or something.) On the plus facet, January presents gentle climate and the Epcot Pageant of the Arts is improbable.

In terms of crowds, anticipate January 2023 to be a repeat of this 12 months and 2020 earlier than that. Which is to say, that January is a combined bag. Keep away from Orange County’s Christmas break, the MLK Day vacation, and 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon. Mainly, goal the week of January 22, 2023–hopefully, that may see reasonable and even low crowds.

4. December – If Disney Trip Membership is the “Finest Stored Secret,” the start of December being one of the best time to go to is “Disney’s Second Finest Stored Secret.” Sadly, there’s only a pinch of sarcasm right here. It’s as if the each ‘secrets and techniques’ had been entrusted to Harvey Levin, and have been plastered all over the place.

The key has gotten out about early December, and that coupled with Disney’s extra strategic use of blockout dates and dynamic ticket pricing has shifted attendance considerably. Crowds are nonetheless not as unhealthy as different peak seasons, but it surely’s now not the ghost city that it as soon as was. We nonetheless view the primary two weeks of the month as fascinating occasions to go to, even regardless of being about as “secret” because the In-N-Out Secret Menu.

Nice climate plus Christmas decorations & leisure are the large highlights right here. It additionally helps that Pop Warner has moved to Common, in order that received’t contribute to crowds. Nevertheless, loads of Walt Disney World followers delayed annual vacation visits final 12 months, and that plus it being one of many last few months of the Fiftieth Anniversary may result in December 2022 being effectively above-average. Should you can’t do mid-November, we predict early to mid-December continues to be effectively price it from a subjective perspective, even when meaning 8/10 crowd ranges.

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3. Might – Everything of Might 2023 will fall earlier than summer time vacationer season and our expectation is that–after a number of months of constantly excessive crowds for one purpose or one other–Might will probably be one other return to regular because the calm between Spring Break and Summer season 2022.

Even with the Memorial Day vacation weekend factored into the combo, crowds are usually beneath common in Might. Most colleges aren’t out of session this early, and there’s a lag between when children get out of faculty and households take their large summer time journeys, anyway.

The principle draw back to Might is that warmth and humidity can actually begin intensifying in Might, however nonetheless not as unhealthy because the summer time months that comply with. Nevertheless, Might is the primary month of the 12 months throughout which it’s not unusual to see the temperatures broach 90-degrees and the humidity attain excessive ranges.

2. November – Save for Thanksgiving and Veterans Day weeks, neither of that are as unhealthy because the Christmas and New Yr’s vacation weeks by way of crowds, November is just like December. Mid-November is often a good time to go to Walt Disney World, and the week after Thanksgiving is outstanding should you don’t thoughts elevated attendance.

The upside to November are that the climate is mostly extra temperate. The draw back is that not all Christmas leisure begins till after Thanksgiving (particularly at Epcot), and a few resort resort decorations should not up throughout the first half of the month. Nevertheless, in the previous few years crowds have spiked considerably in December, making November 2022 an general superior decide as long as you concerning the aforementioned vacation weeks. Primarily, the first, third, and last weeks of November 2022 are all stable occasions to go to, whereas solely the primary week or so of December 2022 will probably be good.

1. September – Each single month that was as soon as the low season has seen hovering crowds at Walt Disney World lately, with one exception: September. Nothing has moved the needle on fall low season crowds–not the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, not the anticipated pre-Fiftieth Anniversary lull, and never perpetual picks by crowd calendars that September could be the slowest month of the 12 months.

When judged solely on the idea of crowds, September is all the time one of the best month of the 12 months. Other than Labor Day weekend, September is comparatively gradual, particularly earlier within the month. Whereas Walt Disney World has been in a position to manipulate crowd ranges in different low season months, that has not occurred with September. After Labor Day, your complete month is low season, with the bottom crowd ranges of the 12 months.

September stays resilient and “crowd-proof” as a result of most individuals merely can not go to throughout the month resulting from faculty going again into session, or don’t need to accomplish that due to the climate. Talking of which, warmth and humidity make being outside disagreeable throughout September, and it’s a excessive level within the storm season. Regardless of that, it’s completely price bearing with the climate to benefit from these low crowds, particularly later within the month. Even within the present period of unpredictable crowds, September 2022 ought to be comparatively dependable.

The end result of all of this? That our favourite week to go to Walt Disney World is the Sunday after Thanksgiving via the primary Saturday of December. For this 12 months, meaning arriving on November 27, 2022. We expect that’s the candy spot for one of the best prospects of fine climate, reasonable crowds, and experiencing the entire Christmas festivities.

Word that crowds is not going to be low throughout this week. At finest, you’re numbers within the 7/10 vary. If decrease crowds are of paramount significance, as an alternative goal November 13-18, 2022. That week ought to be barely much less crowded and provide most Christmas leisure, exterior of Epcot.

Backtracking a bit, our subsequent favourite time is over the past week in September 2022. This begins September 25, 2022 and capitalizes on the decrease crowds of September whereas additionally rising the percentages of milder and hurricane-free climate. This additionally hits each Halloween and Meals & Wine seasons.

Whereas we don’t anticipate something particular for it, October 1, 2022 is Walt Disney World’s 51st Anniversary and Epcot’s fortieth Anniversary. There’s an outdoor likelihood TRON Lightcycle Run will debut on that date, together with different leisure, and maybe a small celebration. Don’t rely on any of that, although.

Subsequent, we’d do the final week of January and first week of February 2023 as our third selection. All dates after MLK Day in January and earlier than Presidents’ Day weekend in February ought to be fairly good, however we view this because the candy spot. There are not any holidays, no runDisney occasions, and the 2023 EPCOT Pageant of the Arts will doubtless be in its second week. Climate ought to be higher than early January, however nonetheless gentle and comfy.

Even when winter crowds comply with the elevated sample of 2020 and 2022, this specific week nonetheless seems good and may see beneath common crowds. It also needs to be a far above-average qualitative time to go to, which counts for lots.

For week #4, we’d look to the primary full week of March 2023. This might doubtless hit the beginning of the 2023 EPCOT Flower & Backyard Pageant, which is a beautiful occasion. It additionally hits the hole between Mardi Gras and spring break season, which ought to be advantageous from a crowd perspective.

Finally, that’s a rundown of the nice & unhealthy of crowds at Walt Disney World. As you would possibly’ve gathered by studying the entries, the varied months don’t actually demarcate attendance ranges. On the contrary, it’s actually extra about faculty breaks and holidays, and the stretches earlier than and after these.

Consequently, mid-January to mid-February is extra of a definite window than both January or February, late April has extra in frequent with Might than with early April, mid-August is extra like September than early August, and the previous few months of the 12 months are all about vacation breaks (or the shortage thereof).

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Do you agree or disagree with our 2022-2023 Walt Disney World month by month rankings? Are there any months you suppose are higher or worse than we’ve got them ranked? Any particular supreme weeks that you just’d suggest folks go to Walt Disney World? Any questions? Listening to your suggestions–even whenever you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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