Florida is a very popular holiday destination for US visitors and people from all over the world, especially the UK. No matter what time of year you visit, there is usually something extra to look forward to.
Many people are bound by certain dates when booking their holiday, or like to go when it’s hot (if you’re from the UK. Orlando ranges from pretty warm winter months, to , this is very important!) scorching summers (mostly), so if you are not tied to things like school holidays then when should you chose to go?
January to March
Mid January to mid February can be fairly quiet and cooler, with temperatures reaching the low 60’s. It is also often less wet. If you can, avoid the UK half term dates and be aware that March coincides with the American Spring Break, with the parks often being crowded with college students.
Events – early January – WDW marathon
February – Mardi Gras events begin at Universal Studios
early March – EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
April to June
The important dates to miss if you possibly can here are Easter and UK half terms. Many US schools break up the end of May so this makes the parks a lot busier too. Temperatures range from low 70’s to low 80’s, with April and May expecting a fairly low rainfall. The wet weather does kick up a gear by June with far more rain coinciding with the start of hurricane season.
Select weekends in May and June – Star Wars events at Hollywood Studios
July to September
HOT (in the 90’s), WET (highest rainfall is in July and August) and BUSY (especially around 4th July) during the UK school holidays. Queues can reach 2 hours and over during peak times. My 3 top tips would be – 1. Plan ahead. 2. Invest in a poncho. 3. If you have long hair, tie it up, or it will be frizzy!!! Late September is actually one of my favourite times to visit. A lot quieter after both the UK and US schools are back in session, beautifully hot but less humid, and the start of the Halloween magic.
September – November – EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
September up until October 31st Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom and until mid November Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.
Spooktacular at Seaworld is in October
October to December
Late October/early November can be an amazing time to visit, as you will get to see the Halloween and Christmas decorations in the parks. One of the quietest times to visit is just after Thanksgiving, rides are often walk on. The temperatures have dropped (but can still reach 70’s-80’s) and it is not as stormy or humid. If you can avoid UK half term this can be wonderful. The lead up to Christmas is obviously a lot busier, and on key dates, the parks can reach full capacity.
Starting various dates in November are – at Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios, Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration and Holiday’s at Universal Resort (including Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure).
When is your favourite time to travel? Is it due to a specific event at the parks or does it tie in with something more personal like an anniversary or birthday? We would love to hear from you!