The Best and Worst Times to Visit Disney World in 2024

by | Apr 2, 2024 | WDW Blog

We’re sharing our Disney World crowd calendar for 2024, with an overview of the best and worst times to visit the parks.

Heading to Disney World this year? There are a lot of exciting changes to look forward to (and many that have already started)! This year, the Disney Dining Plan came back, marking the return of the fan-favorite service. Additionally, there will be plenty of exciting additions at the parks, including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in summer 2024. And if you’re looking to start planning your 2024 vacation, you’ve come to the perfect place to start. We’re sharing Disney World crowd calendars for every month in 2024 to help you plan out the best time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Planning your 2024 Disney World trip? We’re sharing everything you need to know about crowd calendars, and what the best and worst times to visit are.

What is a Disney World Crowd Calendar?

A Disney World crowd calendar breaks down the daily crowd levels, the type of weather you can expect, and seasonal experiences at Disney World for each month of the year. Our partners at Dad’s Guide to WDW have created Disney World crowd calendars for both 2023 and 2024 that use historical facts and personal experiences to best estimate what crowds will be like on any given day.

Of course, Disney World is ever-changing, so you may find that crowds, weather, or seasonal experiences are different than predicted. However, these crowd calendars are a great starting guide to help you best determine the most (and least) crowded times of the year when visiting Disney World.

When is Disney World Least Crowded in 2024?

Over the past few years, it has become harder and harder to predict exactly what crowds will look like at the parks. The introduction of tiered ticket pricing had a major impact on crowd patterns, which still affects the crowd levels today. For example, some historically slower times (like early fall) aren’t as reliably slow year after year. And on the flip side, some busier times, like the summer, have become slightly less busy.

With that being said, there are still certain times of the year that are going to be better than others in terms of crowds and experiences. For example, September, October, and early November will be slightly less busy than the hustle and bustle of the holidays that begin in late November. These are also great times to visit if you like to take in the seasonal experiences at Disney World, as both Halloween and the holidays will be celebrated.

Disney World Crowd Calendar Halloween

Photo by Tina Chiu

Additionally, there are pockets of time in between busy seasons that are going to be less crowded to visit. The first week or so of February before school breaks, the first week of December in between Thanksgiving and the holidays, and weekdays during the fall will all be less crowded valleys between the peaks of the holidays.

When is Disney World Most Crowded in 2024?

Now onto the worst times. Some of the most crowded times of year are going to reliably be major holidays when so many people are traveling. Without fail, you’ll find that the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be two extremely busy times of the year. Similarly, spring break in late March is going to be a time when you can expect crowds.

A Mickey shaped wreathe at Disney's Magic Kingdom Disney World Crowd Calendar

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Any three-day weekend you can expect to be busy, as you will not only have visitors taking advantage of the extra day from out of state but also more local Florida visitors coming in for the long weekend. Any weekend with a runDisney event or cheerleading competition is open you can also expect to see plenty of people.

Disney World 2024 Crowd Calendars

So, let’s go month-by-month and break down the crowd calendars provided by Dad’s Guide to WDW! You can click through to download and print out their calendar for each month of the year, which breaks down the crowd levels, weather, and seasonal experiences.

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Photo from Dad’s Guide to WDW

January 2024 at Disney World

January 2024 starts off crowded with New Year’s Day. The month also includes the 2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, as well as the start of the EPCOT International Festival of the ArtsClick here to see the January calendar.

February 2024 at Disney World

The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts continues into February, which is an overall less crowded month with cooler weather. One notable exception is Presidents Day, which always draws heavy crowds. Click here to see the February calendar.

March 2024 at Disney World

In March, spring break is going to be a major factor in larger crowds. However, the weather is beautiful, and it’s a great chance to enjoy the start of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Click here to see the March calendar.

April 2024 at Disney World

April is another month with more mild weather, with a mix of both busier and slower crowds throughout the month. Both the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival and Easter can draw crowds to the park, but you’ll also find pockets of fewer people throughout April. Click here to see the April calendar.

May 2024 at Disney World

Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of the summer season for Walt Disney World! While you can find less crowded times towards the beginning of the month, things get much busier around Memorial Day Weekend. You’ll also want to note that Florida schools usually get out in mid to late May, so locals will begin their summer trips this month! Click here to see the May calendar.

June 2024 at Disney World

Temperatures begin to really rise in Disney World beginning in June. Crowds will start to pick up as you head further into the month, but there are lots of fun experiences to take advantage of like the continuing EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, as well as Pride Month and Gay Days. Click here to see the June calendar.

July 2024 at Disney World

Heading back into another crowded time of year, you’ll see crowds go way up for the 4th of July at Disney World. The fireworks at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom are truly magical, though, so are a great watch if you can brave all those people! July is also now the typically when the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival begins. Click here to see the July calendar.

August 2024 at Disney World

As Florida schools head back into session in August, you’ll find lower crowds on select days throughout August — especially weekdays! While the low crowds are tempting, just know that you will be dealing with some brutal heat as well during this month. August is also when the Halloween decorations come out, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins. Click here to see the August calendar.

September 2024 at Disney World

While September is thought of as fall and pumpkin spice latte season, don’t expect cooler temperatures at Disney World! However, crowds are a little more friendly than the scorching heat. The month starts off crowded with Labor Day weekend, but after that crowds seem to simmer down a bit. Click here to see the September calendar.

October 2024 at Disney World

While crowd levels will vary greatly throughout the month, October can be an incredibly fun time of year to visit! You may get some slightly cooler days as the brutal heat begins to die down a bit, but what’s especially fun is getting to experience all the Halloween festivities. Click here to see the October calendar.

November 2024 at Disney World

The beginning of November marks the start of Christmas in Disney World! Overnight, you’ll see trees, decorations, and festive changes appear in the parks and hotels. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will also begin, as well as the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays in late November. While the start of the month has moderate crowds, expect those to pick up significantly at Thanksgiving week. Click here to see the November calendar.

December 2024 at Disney World

It’s the most magical time of the year! The holidays are in full swing at Disney World during December. Crowds and temperatures are both milder at the beginning of the month but expect those crowds to pick up significantly as you get closer and closer to Christmas. Click here to see the December calendar.

Seasonal Experiences at Disney World

So, what are some of the seasonal experiences you can experience at Disney World? We’re sharing a few of the key holidays and events you can look forward to year after year!

Easter

You can expect larger crowds as people visit for Easter. Disney celebrates Easter with special food, desserts, entertainment, and decorations. You can expect delicious treats at the parks and hotels, including the arrival of a pop-up Grand Cottage at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. In many of the Deluxe Resort hotel lobbies, you’ll also find Easter Egg displays with intricately designed and themed (and giant) Easter eggs.

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Photo by Maria Salerno

Typically these take place at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. In Magic Kingdom, you’ll also have the chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, who set up a photo opportunity by City Hall. This will typically run in a week or two leading up to Easter. There’s also typically a special pre-parade for Disney’s Festival of Fantasy, which will feature the Azalea Trail MAids wearing extravagant dresses.

4th of July

With special treats and exciting entertainment, the 4th of July is a unique time to visit Disney World! Along with themed food and drinks, you can also expect special fireworks shows at both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. At EPCOT, the Voices of Liberty also typically will offer special performances throughout the holiday.

Halloween

At Disney World, Halloween will typically kick off in early to mid-August with the start of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The separately ticketed events run on select nights through Halloween, but the first night of it is seen as the start of Halloween at the parks. Beginning then, you can expect fun new Halloween treats, special decorations, and themed opportunities.

Main Street, U.S.A. decorated for Halloween. Learn more about the the 2022 Disney Halloween Events in our blog.

Photo by Judd Helms

While lots of the Halloween entertainment is saved for guests of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can still enjoy fun pumpkin decorations, new food and drink, and more during the daytime hours at the parks as well.

Holidays

In the first or second week of November, you can expect the holidays to begin at Disney World! The holidays are a truly magical time of year when you can expect holiday decorations, special merchandise and treats, and exciting entertainment to enjoy. Each of the parks and hotels celebrates in their own way, with many hotels offering themed gingerbread houses (the biggest being the Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian).

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can enjoy entertainment such as the Merry Menagerie, while EPCOT will begin the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. Magic Kingdom begins to offer the separately ticketed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Starting in 2023, Disney’s Hollywood Studios introduced their holiday event, Disney Jollywood Nights. And for New Year’s Eve, you’ll get exciting fireworks spectaculars at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. You can read more about the holidays in Disney World here.

Cost of Genie+

Last year, Disney Genie+ changed its pricing structure. It now employs surge pricing by park, which means you will pay a different amount per park, per day, depending on how crowded it is. There’s also an option to purchase a multi-park Genie+ option instead of park-by-park.

Wondering what Genie+ will cost you? We’ve created a month-by-month breakdown estimating what type of pricing you should expect based on trends from the past. Click here to read our full guide.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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