Of course you’ll need to decide when to visit Walt Disney World as part of your planning process. In fact, it’s likely that you have other mitigating factors outside of your own preference when it comes to picking when to go—your kids’ school schedules, for example, or perhaps your own work or other concerns.
But assume that you can pick any time of the year to visit—when is best to go? The truth of the matter is that it depends highly on your budget and your desires. Disney has even broken up the travel year into “seasons,” each of which has its own pros and cons.
The exact calendar that Disney puts out should be investigated before you decide to visit during a particular part of the year. There are “value,” “peak,” “regular,” “summer,” “fall,” and “holiday” seasons. The prices that you will encounter at the parks are different during these times, as are the Extra Magic Hours and the amount of special events and festivities.
While common sense would say that “value” seasons are less crowded, keep in mind that the trade off for this is that the special events that are available during this time are considerably less. On the other hand, you can save more money going during a value season as compared to peak, regular, or holiday seasons.
Do plenty of research to ensure that you end up picking the right travel season for you. Whether you’d like to save as much money as possible or live it up, you’ll be able to find a reason to visit during any season when you’re at Walt Disney World!