Disney is a magical holiday no matter what time of year you visit. And sometimes, you just don’t have the flexibility to choose which season you’d like to travel in—often, between work schedules and family commitments, most of us have to travel whenever we can take a little time off. So in the end, you can have a great time at Disney regardless of when you’re traveling.
That said, Disney in winter is certainly a different experience from Disney in summer. There are pros and cons to both. If you do have the chance to be flexible with when you travel, you’ll want to keep reading and see which season better suits you!
10 Winter: You’ll Miss The Humidity
If you’re traveling to Walt Disney World rather than Disneyland, then one huge reason to visit in winter instead of summer is that you’ll miss out on the humidity. While the summer heat is enjoyable for some park guests, few people actually enjoy the late summer weather in Florida.
In addition to dealing with sticky, moist hot air, you’ll also have to deal with gray skies that make everything seem that little bit gloomier. Disney should be many things, but gloomy isn’t one of them. Oh, and you’ll also have to deal with the thunderstorms that take place every afternoon.
9 Summer: You Can Make Use Of The Water Parks
The downside to traveling in winter, though, is that the weather probably won’t be warm enough to make use of Disney’s fantastic range of waterparks. Travel in summer, on the other hand, and you can break up your days at the other parks with refreshing visits to the water parks.
You’ll have more than one water park to choose from at the WDW Resort. There’s Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, which both have a vast selection of pools and attractions to enjoy. It’s definitely worth visiting in the summer just to make the best of these amazing water parks.
8 Winter: You’ll Also Miss The Extreme Cold
Because of where Disney World is located, you will miss out on the extreme cold in addition to the extreme heat by going there during the wintertime. Florida has the mildest winters of the Continental United States, and the average temperatures range from 41 degrees to 77 degrees.
This means that if you’re from an area where it gets much colder during winter, which is pretty much anywhere in the country, then going to Disney in the winter will be like an escape from the freezing temperatures.
7 Summer: The Vacation Atmosphere Is Stronger
Although winter has a lot to offer, the season just doesn’t have the same vacation feel that summer does. Most people associate the warmth of summer with happy memories and time off work or school. Naturally, the blissful vacation atmosphere is stronger with the warmer weather.
That said, Disney is the happiest place on earth, so it’s never anything but a blissful environment and atmosphere. It’s just when the weather is balmy, you have that added element of summertime sweetness that makes it even easier to relax with some ice cream and enjoy yourself.
6 Winter: Christmas At Disney Is Amazing
Disney knows how to celebrate the holidays. But if there’s one holiday that you don’t want to miss, it’s Christmas. The festive season at Walt Disney World is truly amazing. You’ll feel like you’ve landed on another, very enchanted, planet. Even the characters will have on their Christmas attire!
In addition to the striking decorations that deck the entire grounds, you’ll see the fantastic Christmas parade that is one of the most remarkable in the world. The parade takes place about a month before Christmas Day and is then aired to the world on December 25.
5 Summer: More Rides Are Open
One of the best things about visiting Disney World in summer? There’s a higher chance that more rides will be open. Because more people tend to visit in summer than during any other time of the year, Disney wants to ensure that everything is in good working order during that time. Any rides that need to be refurbished (and it’s not an emergency!) will probably be scheduled for the times when it’s less busy.
You’ll probably have to wait longer for rides during summer than you will in other seasons, but at least most of them will be open. There’s a lower chance that you’ll have to miss out entirely because something is closed.
4 Winter: It May Be Cheaper
You can find special deals and cheaper packages for a Disney vacation all through the year. But many Disney gurus explain that, overall, the prices may be cheaper during winter. More specials are released for this period because the parks tend to be less popular.
When you add everything up (admission costs, dining, souvenirs, travel), a trip to Disney World can get very expensive, even if you know all the tricks when it comes to getting discounts. So saving money on a seasonal deal could be well worth it.
3 Summer: You Won’t Have To Miss Work Or School
The upside to going to Disney in summer is that you won’t have to miss out on school or work (yes, adults visit Disney too!) if you already have a summer vacation. Going when you already have time off means that you don’t have to worry about what you’re missing or catching up when you get back, and you can focus all your energy into enjoying the experience.
Of course, this only applies if you already have a vacation during the summertime! And if you do, it’s definitely one of the best ways you could ever spend your vacation!
2 Winter: You’ll Miss The Summer Crowds
The primary reason that most people choose to visit Disney World in winter over summer is that they want to miss the summer crowds. Even with all the benefits of visiting during summertime, you’ll still have to deal with crowds of people. In July, there are even days when the parks reach full capacity.
Although large crowds add to the exciting atmosphere, the reality is that too many people can suck the fun out of Disney. The presence of huge mobs means long waiting times, long lines, and even feeling cramped as you walk around the parks.
1 Summer: You Can Enjoy Disney After Hours
It’s true that Disney can receive huge numbers of people during the summer. But another upside is that you can enjoy the parks after hours during this time. According to Trip Savvy, Disney After Hours opens on particular nights in July. This is where guests who have purchased a ticket can visit the parks between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
During the after-hours visits, guests will have access to more than 25 rides and also free popcorn, ice cream, and beverages. Plus, who would turn up the opportunity to enjoy the park at midnight?