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5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Visit Disney World

One question we get often is “When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?” It is literally the Happiest Place on Earth, so I don’t think there is a wrong time. However, there are good times to visit and great times to visit. The best of the great times is without question the fall. I could easily list a couple dozen reasons this is true, but here are the top 5.





 

5 – The Weather (October and November)

Those of us who live in central Florida have come to love the month of October. It is usually around the first or second week of October that Orlando ceases being hotter than the surface of the sun. The “humidity bubble” that covers Orlando during June-September, magically disappears and we actually begin to cool off with little or no humidity. It’s a welcome relief from oppressive summer weather. For those who are traveling from the north, you may think our upper 70s/low 80s is a bit warm, but your kids will love that they can swim outside in Disney pools in November! Fall is a great time to visit Disney World, because you’ll find comfortable temperatures in the afternoon, cools temps in the mornings and evenings, and you can enjoy being outside all day without being miserable!

4 – Lighter Crowds in September, November, Early December

Along with better weather, the fall is a great time to visit if you want to experience lighter crowds. Now “lighter” is a bit relative. I do believe the days of walking on every single ride all day is over. You’ll still find waits. It will be busy, but it should not be crazy busy. Disney has done a great job of getting people to visit in the fall with resort discounts, free dining plans, and awesome special events (See how I slipped a couple of extra reasons to visit in fall in there 🙂 ).

However, if you come in early September, especially after Labor Day, mid-November, and early December, you may experience lighter crowds than other times of the year. Again, it will still be “busy,” the lines will just be shorter. For example, we recently saw a 20-minute wait for the Mine Train in Magic Kingdom; substantially lower than the 90-120 minutes that is normal during peak season.

Notice I did not include the month of October. You may find a few days here and there that are lighter, but overall October is a busy time.

Less Crowded Main Street

3 – Celebrate Christmas Early in November at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Early in November, Magic Kingdom transforms shedding its Halloween decorations and magically, becomes a Christmas wonderland. If you visit the first week of November, you’ll start the week with Halloween decorations and end it with Christmas. If you like celebrating Christmas early, then you’ll love Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special event party is a fun time which includes a special holiday parade, fireworks and stage show. It certainly will get you in the holiday spirit!





 

2 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Starting in September and running through Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be your absolute favorite special event! Read all you need to know about this year’s party here. Also, don’t miss our 7 Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

1 – Food & Wine Festival

The hands-down number one reason to visit in the fall is the Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. The Food and Wine Festival brings out over 30 global marketplaces where you can taste the best food and drink from around the world. Also, popular is the Eat to the Beat concert series, which brings in favorite artists from past glory to entice you to dance the night away. These shows run every evening throughout the festival. There are also many excellent seminars and special tasting events in addition to the kiosk around World Showcase. You’ll want to spend a lot of time in Epcot exploring and tasting your way around the world during your fall visit! Read our 9 Strategies for the Food & Wine Festival to get the best experience!

Is fall your favorite time to visit? What didn’t we cover? What are your favorite things about Disney World in Fall?



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About Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for DisneyLists.com. As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning and more, for trips to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up to date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages DisneyLists.com's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, she gets an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World and passes this information and tips to our followers.