Tuesday, 26 January 2016

When is the best time to visit Orlando and Disney World in 2016?

Orlando Quick Facts


  • Time Difference GMT – 5 hours
  • Airport Orlando International Airport
  • (Flight time 9 hours and 10 minutes)
  • Care Hire average cost £20 per day
  • Airport Transfer costs to Orlando down-town from £21 per person return



Orlando is famous worldwide for many reasons and especially for its huge theme parks. See Walt Disney World Resorts' multiple parks, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld®, and more! No one will be bored on a holiday in Orlando, no matter what their interests. Orlando hotels range from deluxe to reasonably priced and charming – this means that you'll be sure to find the perfect hotel for your holiday. Attractions in Orlando offer something for all the family.

Aside from the internationally renowned Walt Disney World Resort, there's Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld®, and Gatorland. Watch for whales and dolphins at Port Canaveral, or take out a real stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. On your holiday in Orlando, you'll find unlimited access to shopping – no matter where you are, you're probably no more than five minutes from the nearest store, mall or theme park. Find everything you'd ever dreamed of and much, much more on your Orlando holiday.
Top 5 Experiences
  1. Shop 'til you drop at Orlando Premium Outlets®! Offering two distinct and incredible outlet shopping locations, Orlando Premium Outlets® feature 330 designer and brand name outlets, offering savings of 25% to 65% daily!
  2. 'Tee-off' in Orlando – enjoy more than 170 golf courses, over 20 golf academies and some of the world's most prestigious tournaments!
  3. Eat out with the whole family! Be sure to visit favourites such as Ponderosa, Sizzlers Restaurant, CiCi's Pizza, Bistro and many more – located throughout the International Drive, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Universal Orlando areas.
  4. Head to the theme parks for a fun packed day of thrills and spills! At Universal why not book the VIP Experience for queue jumping?
  5. Hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. Check out the great selection of dining options, attractions and local excursions available.
Sightseeing & Tours
  1. Disney’s 7-Day Ultimate Ticket – Access to all six Disney Parks, including Disney FastPass+ service. From £299 per adult and £281 per child.
  2. Universal 2 Park Bonus Ticket – Includes admission to Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Island of Adventure® theme parks. From £132 per adult and £120 per child.
  3. Discovery Cove Package with Dolphin Swim – Includes a one day access to Discovery Cove and 14 day access to SeaWorld® and Aquatica®. From £232pp.

Key Attractions

Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando® Resort
SeaWorld®
Wet 'n Wild
Orlando Premium Outlets
Aquatica®



So when is the best time to visit Disney World in 2016 & 2017?

Visiting Disney is every child’s dream, for parents is can be stressful so we have put together some tips and suggestions for the best time to visit in 2016 and 2017

Top Tips to beat the crowds

  • Get to the park at opening,
  • Take breaks in the afternoon when the parks are busiest 
  • Make use of wait-time apps. 
  • Purchase a Fast Past – Please note you can only book an advance FastPass+ reservation in one park per day. So if you’re planning on starting the day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and hopping over to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon we recommend you use FastPass+ at the second park you’re headed to since you're more than likely starting at the first one when crowd levels are at their lowest. 
Park hours are important and should be factored in when deciding when to visit Orlando. This is because when crowd levels are lowest, park hours are shortest. When crowd levels are highest, the parks generally open earlier and close later. Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit. Disney World offers some spectacular events, and you just might decide you want to plan your visit during one or more of them.

Purely based on predicted crowd levels, 
the very best times to visit Disney World 
in 2016 are

Jan. 3-8, Jan. 20-31
Feb. 1-10, Feb. 23-March 3
The second half of August
Most days in September
Most weekdays in October
Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Disney World in 2017
Jan. 9-13, Jan. 18-31
Feb. 1-16, Feb. 27-March 2
The second half of August
Most days in September
Most weekdays in October
Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)
September is regarded as the best month to visit Disney, however bear in mind that September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly more rain than that.
The days after Thanksgiving leading up to the week of Christmas are also a good time to visit Disney World.

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2016 are 
Jan. 1-2, Jan. 15-18
Feb. 12-21
March 5-April 3, April 9
Weekends in May, May 26-31
June
July
August until the 16th
The week of Thanksgiving
The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Disney World in 2017 are 
Jan. 1-4, Jan. 13-16
Feb. 17-26
March 4-April 21
Weekends in May
June
July
August until the 13th
The week of Thanksgiving
The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

With Easter falling earlier in spring for 2016, it means that the "spring break season" will be shorter and more intense. Heavier crowds will last through the week of Easter, which will be close to the peak crowds you see around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

At Scott's Travel we have some excellent money saving offers on trips to Orlando and Disney World, including a 14 day park pass for the price of 7 days and 2 to 4 FREE nights accommodation when booking a 7 night or 14 night trip*. Contact a member of our team for more information, we will be happy to help 020 8882 0141. Take a look at a few of our offers HERE

* Book by the end of March 2016

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