The best time of year to avoid large crowds at the Walt Disney World® theme parks is when school is in session. The best days overall to visit Orlando attractions are mid-January, late April (before Memorial Day), and the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Late August can be a great time as well.
The best times to visit the Magic Kingdom are between the late morning and early afternoon hours, as the mid-day parade and lunchtime minimizes attraction wait times dramatically. If you are traveling with small children, enjoying this busy park early will also allow you to put the little ones down for a nap earlier in the evening.
It is best to enjoy popular thrill rides like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror as early as possible to bypass the long lines. If you are unable to get there early enough, be sure to reserve a time using FastPass+! It is an absolute must for both of those attractions. "Fantasmic!", Hollywood Studio’s fireworks show, is presented every night - sometimes twice. If you visit on a night where there are two showings, shoot for the second showing – it’ll be much less crowded.
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“Soarin” is one of the most popular rides in all of the parks, so be sure to either get to Epcot at rope drop (when the park opens) or use your FastPass+ to reserve a time. The late-night Illuminations Fireworks Spectacular is one of the most popular fireworks experiences in all of the parks, so plan your night around it if you’re interested in checking it out.
Older attractions don’t have long waits during slower times of the year, but everything can get packed if you visit during the summer months. The best days to visit older Orlando attractions are the same for pretty much all Walt Disney World® Parks: get there early, take a mid-afternoon break, and return at night.
The best days to visit the Animal Kingdom are a little different than the rest of the Walt Disney World® parks. It often opens earlier than the rest of Walt Disney World®, but it always closes much earlier, too. For your best chance to see the most animals, get there early morning or in the late afternoon. These are the top feeding times for the animals.
The rides here with potentially long lines include the roller coaster Everest, Kali River Rapids, and the safari experience. Once again, either visit Animal Kingdom rides after the park opens, right before it closes, or get FastPass+ to avoid long lines.
The best days to visit Orlando attractions are simple: when you can! There is always something amazing going on in Walt Disney World® and you will have fun whenever you come. Get here early and stay late for the shortest lines!