Walt Disney World is open and welcoming guests back to the magic. Vacation packages have been released for 2022 dates through early July. If you would like to visit Disney World next year, we’ve got some tips on the best times to go.
Some of our favorite times to visit are:
- January- The second half of the month
- February – The first two weeks of the month before Valentine’s Day
- April – The second half of the month after Easter (April 17th)
- May- The first three weeks of the month
- August- Last two weeks of the month
- September – Anytime after Labor Day
- October – The first half of the month
- November – The first two weeks and after Thanksgiving weekend
- December – The first two weeks
These dates tend to be less busy and crowded. We try to avoid major holidays, Spring Break, and the summer months. If you enjoy seasonal offerings you can still experience them while avoiding major crowds. Halloween season and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival typically begin in late September. Similarly, Christmastime begins in early November and lasts through December.
While those are some of our favorite times to visit, there are also some dates to avoid. Right now Disney World is operating at 35% capacity, which means crowds aren’t nearly as big as they used to be. This could change as COVID restrictions are lifted. For now, Disney has said they will keep the Park Pass system. Here are some dates that may not have as good availability as others.
January 14 – 17, 2022 – Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend – Crowd levels are much higher this week as families look to take advantage of the three-day weekend.
February 18 – 21, 2022– President’s Day Weekend –President’s Day is another popular long weekend where the crowds can be a bit heavier.
February 27, 2022- March 5, 2022 Mardi Gras Week – Mardi Gras falls during the beginning of March in 2022. This means lots of Southerners will be taking advantage of the time off from school to plan a Disney trip.
March 13 – 31, 2022– Spring Break- Beginning the second full weekend of the March, Spring Break crowds start to arrive in droves making the month of March one of the busiest times of the year to visit Disney World.
April 15 – 18, 2022– Easter falls on April 17 in 2022 making it another popular time of year for families looking to maximize school holidays.
May 27 – 30, 2022 – Memorial Day Weekend – This is another hugely popular time to visit Walt Disney World. Memorial Day gives guests a three-day weekend and marks the start of Summer. The parks can get pretty packed.
July 1- 5, 2022– Fourth of July Week- The 4th of July falls on Monday in 2022 meaning lots of families will want to take advantage of the holiday weekend!
September 2-5, 2022– Labor Day Weekend – This September weekend marking the end of Summer can be a popular time for families.
October 07 – 10, 2022– Columbus Day Weekend- This weekend coincides with the start of Fall Breaks at schools and can mean heavier crowd levels.
November 20 – 26, 2022 – Thanksgiving Week- With Thanksgiving falling on November 26th, the entire week will see a huge influx of holiday crowds.
December 18 – 31, 2022. The Christmas season through New Year’s boasts some of the largest crowds Walt Disney World will see all year. Parks can reach near capacity.
While there are better times to visit Walt Disney World, any time of year can be a good time! So long as you plan ahead and have a great attitude, even busy days can be magical.
If you’d like to start planning your 2022 Disney vacation, contact me today for a free, no-obligation quote! With new policies and procedures in place for next year, there’s never been a better time to work with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner who can help you navigate Disney’s changes.