The best time to go to Orlando can depend on your family’s schedule, the weather, special events and holidays, and prices. Ideally, you want to go at time when the weather isn’t too hot, prices aren’t too steep, and theme parks have low crowds but plenty of fun things available to do.
Many travel guides, such as U.S News Travel agree that March-May is the best time to go to Orlando. The weather in the spring is much more tolerable rather than the humid summers. You can expect daily temperatures to range from the high 50s to the high 80s. Water parks such as Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are usually open during this time. While crowds may increase over Easter, most of the time they are lighter than what you would experience in mid summer. With lower crowds comes lower prices on hotels. Spring may also see events taking place, such as Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration and Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
The opposite side of the calendar, fall, also has its advantages. September-November have comfortable daily temperatures, although fall is hurricane season in Florida. Airfares and hotel prices decrease between summer and Thanksgiving break. Popular theme parks in the area may draw in some crowds with Halloween events, but the special experience is worth it to a lot of visitors. Visiting theme parks in early November may also give you a taste of Christmas as many decorations will go up and holiday events start then.
Others argue that visiting Orlando in January and February is the best time. After the holiday season, crowds and prices dip significantly. The temperature also takes a dip, but the comfortable average daily high of about 70 degrees still offers a much needed break for those living in snow-covered states during the winter. One downside to visiting Orlando at this time is late winter is usually when theme parks such as Walt Disney World schedule refurbishments, so your favorite attractions may be closed at this time. However, refurbishment calendars are posted online so you can anticipate and plan around this. WDW Prep School creates a calendar anticipating how special events will affect crowd levels.