The best times to visit Disney World.

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By Jeremy Miville

The school year is nearly finished, and vacations are front of mind.  American’s flock to Disney all year round, but is it smart to avoid the park in the summer?

What is the best time to visit the park? Let’s explore.

According to Mousesavers.com, you can build a Disney trip into your summer vacation. While it isn’t their official “best time”, late August and entire month of September (even Labor Day weekend) is in their top five! Yes, it will be hot. During the height of hurricane season plan on taking afternoons off and visiting water parks, it could pay off! The crowds are low, and the off-site hotels usually have awesome deals during this period. Also, Mousesavers notes that Disney has offered “free dining” packages in this time frame every year since 2005.

Guests Enjoy Le Fou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern
Located within Belle’s Village, Gaston’s Tavern serves up gooey cinnamon rolls, croissants, fresh fruit and other delicious treats like Le FouÕs Brew, a no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam in a souvenir goblet. Gaston’s Tavern is part of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Mousesavers declares mid-November through mid-December (except the week of Thanksgiving) as the best time to head to Florida. With pleasant weather, Christmas decorations, special events and the attendance light, you can really expect crowds only on Saturdays, especially at the Magic Kingdom.  While Disney’s resorts typically fill up early for all of December, it doesn’t necessary translate into huge crowds.

Royal Sommerhus in Norway Pavilion at Epcot
Guests can meet Princess Anna & Queen Elsa from “Frozen” inside Royal Sommerhus, their cozy cabin in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Here, guests can meet the royal sisters, pose for a photo, and share a warm embrace. Epcot is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

Undercover Tourist has a great Crowd Calendar to help you find the right weeks for your family’s vacation. They break it down by week, day, and park. They also note special events or other factors that could affect your Disney experience.  It is worth a visit to the page.

According to their crowd counts, Undercover Tourist shares that historically, September has been the best very best of the month of the year to visit Disney World. Crowds are lighter than average because the kids have just returned to school. Great news for adult travelers, and even better news for your little mouseketeers who would gladly skip school to head to the park!

So good news! 2017 still offers plenty of opportunity to visit Disney World.  And honestly, even after all this research, is there truly a bad time to get away?

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