• Anna Wildish

When Is the Best Time to Go to Disney?

Updated: Apr 10

The start of a brand-new year is just around the corner. Soon you’ll be thinking about and planning your family vacations for next year, if you haven’t already.


To help you with your planning, first watch the video. I discuss when the best time to go to Disneyland or Disney World is and give you my number one Disney vacation planning tip.




So, what does the best time to go to Disney mean for you?


If crowd levels are important to you, it’s important to remember it’s getting harder and hard to predict crowd levels. Expect it to be busy whenever you go and perhaps, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it isn’t.


For the best luck at being pleasantly surprised, its best to avoid weekends, holidays, and when school is out. Of course. I also love going in January, February, early March or late April, and September.


If going when there are lots of fun events, holiday celebrations, or when a new restaurant or attraction is opening, check out the list below. I break out my opinion on the pros and cons to traveling to Disney each month. I also list out the event dates, known attraction opening dates, and holiday celebrations.


Be sure to pin this post and keep checking back, as I’ll be updating it throughout the year as more information becomes available.


January

Pros

  • Lower crowds after the holidays and kids go back to school

  • Mild temperatures

  • Typically, a cheaper time to fly

Cons

  • Major ride refurbishments begin

  • Shorter park hours

  • Less showtimes for fireworks and Fantasmic at Disneyland

Events

Disneyland

  • Lunar New Year January 17-February 9, 2020

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opens January 17, 2020

  • Disneyland After Dark: 80s Nite: Jan 29, 2020


Disney World

  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: January 6, 13, 17, 20, 23, 27, 31

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 8-12, 2020

  • Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: January 9, 16, 22, 30

  • New Films Debut at Epcot January 17, 2020: Awesome Planet, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts: January 17 – February 24, 2020

  • New Restaurants Opening Winter 2020: Space 2020 (Epcot), Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbeque (Epcot), Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant (Hollywood Studios)


February

Pros

  • Lower crowds

  • Mild temperatures

  • Also, great time for flight prices

Cons

  • Ride Refurbishments continue

  • Shorter park hours

  • Less showtimes for fireworks and Fantasmic at Disneyland


Events

Disneyland

  • Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts Nite: February 12 & 13, 2020

  • New Magic Happens Parade Debuts February 28, 2020

  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: February 28 – April 21, 2020


Disney World

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts: January 17 – February 24, 2020

  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: February 3, 10, 17, 24

  • Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: February 6, 13, 19, 27

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: February 7, 14, 21, 28

  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: February 20-23, 2020


March

Pros

  • Lower crowds at the beginning of the month

  • Mild temperatures, but starting to warm back up

Cons

  • Spring Break Crowds Start Arriving

Events

Disneyland

  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: February 28 – April 21, 2020

  • Disneyland After Dark: PIXAR Nite: March 5, 2020


Disney World

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 4 – June 1, 2020

  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Opens at Disney Hollywood Studios: March 4, 2020

  • Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: March 5, 12, 19, 26

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: March 6, 11, 18, 27


April

Pros

  • Great temperatures

  • Crowd levels manageable, especially when avoiding spring break times


Cons

  • Rain and stormy season starting


Events

Disneyland

  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: February 28 – April 21, 2020

  • Disneyland After Dark: Villains Night: April 30, 2020


Disney World

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 4 – June 1, 2020

  • Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: April 1, 7, 14, 22

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: April 3, 10, 17, 24

  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: April 5, 13, 20, 27

  • Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon Weekend: April 16-19, 2020


May

Pros

  • Crowd levels still manageable but will start picking up as it gets closer to the end of the month

  • Warm temperatures


Cons

  • Rain and stormy season. Bring ponchos!

  • Grad nights begin at Disneyland, upping crowd levels

Events

Disneyland

  • Grad Nites: May 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29, 30


Disney World

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 4 – June 1, 2020

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: May 1, 8, 14, 22, 29

  • Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: May 2, 9, 16, 19, 26

  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: May 5, 11, 18, 25


June

Pros

  • School is out!

  • Ride refurbishments should be at a minimum

  • Park hours are longer

  • Fantasmic! and fireworks happen most nights at Disneyland


Cons

  • Starting to get hot

  • Crowd levels pick back up


Events

Disneyland

  • Grad Nites: May 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13


Disney World

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opens in Epcot Summer 2020

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: June 5, 12, 19, 26, 29




July

Pros

  • School is still out

  • Long Park Hours

  • Fantasmic and Fireworks most nights at Disneyland


Cons

  • Hot!!

  • Crowds typically higher


Events

Disneyland

  • Disneyland’s Birthday: July 17

  • Avengers Campus Opens at Disney California Adventure: July 18


Disney World

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opens in Epcot Summer 2020

  • Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park: July 6, 10


August

Pros

  • Schools starting up

  • Crowds start thinning out again

  • Long Park Hours

  • Fantasmic and Fireworks most nights at Disneyland


Cons

  • Really really hot

  • Hurricane season kicks into high gear

  • Haunted Mansion in Disneyland will close to get ready for its holiday overlay


Events

Disneyland

  • CHOC Walk in the Park -- TBD


Disney World

  • Halloween Season Begins, Dates TBD

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Dates TBD

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Dates TBD


September

Pros

  • School is back in session so crowds should dip once again.

  • Halloween Celebrations begin


Cons

  • Hurricane season is still in high gear

  • Wildfire season in Southern California begins

  • Could be very hot


Events

Disneyland

  • Halloween Season Begins: Dates TBD

  • Oogie Boogie Bash Dates TBD


Disney World

  • Halloween Season, Dates TBD

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Dates TBD

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Dates TBD


October

Pros

  • Halloween time! Halloween parties and celebrations continue

  • Starting to cool off temperature wise


Cons

  • Crowds back up. Many schools have Fall break

  • Still Hurricane and Wildfire season


Events

Disneyland

  • Halloween Season: Dates TBD

  • Oogie Boogie Bash Dates TBD


Disney World

  • Halloween Season, Dates TBD

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Dates TBD

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Dates TBD


November

Pros

  • Holiday Season Begins, which means Holiday decorations, special treats, parties and more

  • Temperatures mostly mild

  • Crowd levels can be lower at the start of the month before the Thanksgiving holiday


Cons

  • Crowd levels higher around Thanksgiving


Events

Disneyland

  • Holiday Season: Dates TBD


Disney World

  • Holiday Season: Dates TBD

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom): Dates TBD

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Dates TBD


December

Pros

  • Holiday season in high gear!

  • Great weather


Cons

  • Crowded! The busiest time for all the parks is Christmas Break. They have a tendency to hit capacity.


Events

Disneyland

  • Holiday Season: Dates TBD


Disney World

  • Holiday Season: Dates TBD

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom): Dates TBD

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Dates TBD


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Hi, I'm Anna

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