When are the lines short in Disney World?

I’ve heard from a couple of people who say that the best time to go to Disney World is January/early February. You can avoid the big crowds and one person claims to have done the entire park in one day using the fastpass ticketing system. However I was warned that Disney World hours are shorter during this time and that they often choose this time to randomly close rides for maintenance. When did you go to Disney World and how were the crowds / lines?

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  1. Lana Johnson says:

    I visited the parks during the last week of August Of this year and was pleasantly surprised at how short the lines were. Florida children had returned to school, and The impending tropical storm, kept droves of folks away.

  2. Paige says:

    We were @ DW last november the week before Thanksgiving. It was great, no crowds, no lines. We spent 3 days there and had a great time. We were there on Frid, Sat. Sun and returned home Monday. The place started to get a little more crowded on Sunday but we had time to do what we wanted to do and avoid most of the lines. We started early and stayed late. Magic Kindgom was the first day dawn til dusk) and the next day we did Animal Kingdom and Epcot. The third day was for catching up on any places we missed. I guess you have to consider it was 4 “big” kids doing this. But Granny and Papa ran the others into the ground. We had to send them back to the hotel to rest while we finished up. But it was great.

  3. Marci says:

    I have always gone to Disney World in Mid to Late February and always had short lines. I do not recall any rides being closed for maintenance. They did not, however, have all the “mini restaurants” throughout the park open, but that was not an issue for us!

  4. Virginia says:

    I visit Disneyworld the end of August the beginning of Sept no lines no crowds wonderful time with my grandkids.

  5. Lori says:

    Here are a couple of references for you to check out.

    As to attendance levels: http://www.allearsnet.com/tp/rehabs.htm

    As to what is closed and when:


    All Ears Net is the best place to go for the answers.

  6. Grace says:

    We went last week of Jan. first week of Feb, and we absolutely did the entire 4 parks with every ride and every show. No lineups and ony using 1 fast pass. THe weather was very wet however, and there are always a few attractions closed for maintenece.

  7. Ruth says:

    Definitely try http://www.touringplans.com and click on the crowd calendar on the left hand side. It will tell you down to the day how crowded the parks and the average amount of time spent waiting in line for the most popular rides.

    Also the Allears site mentioned above is excellent. http://www.allearsnet.com

    I’ve been to Disney more times than I care to admit to. April, May, June, August, November, and December are all months I’ve been at the parks. Biggest advice – school holidays like Easter and Christmas are out of control, don’t go then if you can help it. Also, you MUST plan. There is so much to see and do that you will quickly become overwhelmed, and that includes making dinner reservations before you leave. Don’t expect to walk into a sit-down restaurant anywhere in WDW without a reservation. That’s why the Allears site is good, it will help you with all of this.

    Good luck and have a great vacation! I love WDW and hope you have a wonderful time!

  8. JohnD says:

    I worked at the Walt Disney World Resort for 17 years, and from my experience the only time now when the crowds are low is Dec 1 – 22. This is a very slow time before the holidays, and most resort hotels are a bargain. January and February are very busy convention times. As most Disney Resort Hotels have full convention centers now. I hope this helps.

  9. Lee Urbanowicz says:

    We have been there for four years in a row. We go during the first week after the new year and go Sunday thru Thursday and leave Friday morning, the rates are lowest and no crowds. This week has Christmas still up, (check out the Grand Floridian). Also ths is the weekend of the Marithon. The disadvantage is it is too cool for waterparks, the small crowds means that a lot of free entertaiment like on the boardwalk and live bands at Pleasure Island does not happen. If you are only going to the parks, it doesn’t matter. We love this timeframe.

    Lee & Cindy & family

  10. Jeff Werner says:

    I have been to WDW in May,Jan,and Sept. months and the best time to go in my opinion is Jan no lines at any of the parks but the weather is a little chillier. Sept is not bad either but it is pretty hot then. If anyone is interested in a 5* Resort 1.5 miles from Disney please let me know or check out my website at http://www.disneyworldcondo.com this is my place and I rent it out for a fraction of the cost that Disney does. Thank you Jeff (314)712-4584

  11. Paul in Michigan says:

    I have been to WDW in all of the seasons. My family found it very pleasant in the last week of January and the anytime in February. It is chilly, but if you have a summmer jacket you could wear it. If you forgot it in your room, you really don’t need it. The lines were shorter in the winter months.

  12. Julie says:

    We just went to DW the last week of Sept. We had a great time. We did the Magic Kingdom in 1 day the lines were short the most we waited for a ride was 15 min and that did not happen often. It was still in the 90’s so the weather was still a little to warm for me but it beats going in May or June.

  13. C.Marz says:

    Just returned from my Nov. 2nd – 6th trip to Disney. The lines were not bad at all for rides. 5 – 30 minutes per ride. 1 hour for Soarin ( Not bad considering I waited over 2 hours last year when it first opened ). Was also there in Mid June this year for a week. The summer is worse because all the kids are out of school, it is brutally hotter and humid and you just wait. The best times are during the school year, 2 weeks before or after a holiday. Weekends are worse because people come for 3 day extended weekends.

    One of the boat pilots said on my recent stay that first 2 weeks in December are best because you can appreciate the Holiday Scenery – between the Thanksgiving and Christmas mayhem. He stated that the weather is still decent also.

    I have an interesting question of my own to the frequent Disney traveler. My brother pointed it out to me. Has anybody else noticed that even during the lighter line times that they seem to deliberately slow things down in the parks so that you spend more time there and not leave to soon ? It seems like line lines take longer when less people are in the park then when there are more sometimes. Think about it, Disney doesn’t want you to ride everything to quickly, they need you to spend money on food , bevrage, and gifts. They need to keep you there till they can squeeze the last buck out of you. RIGHT ???

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