Aside from the obvious “anytime”, the off season at Disney World provides the greatest value and the shortest lines. The off season runs from the last two weeks of August through early March-- with some notable exceptions. Among the busiest weeks of the year are Thanksgiving, late December, Presidents Day and Spring Break. In between those dates you will find nearly empty parks and fantastic bargains on hotels and Disney area rental homes. Take advantage of the low crowds, low prices, short lines and cooler weather while visiting Florida theme parks including Universal Studios, Sea World, Disney World and Legoland.
Imagine being able to ride all of the biggest attractions to your heart’s content! Because of such short lines in the off season, you can ride the most popular rides like Splash Mountain, Soarin’, Toy Story Mania and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with minimal wait. No need for fast passes or the magic wristbands! No long waits in the hot sun! Low season provides many opportunities to ride your favorite rides multiple times.
Making the most of this quiet time also includes being able to relax and check out the newest attractions in the parks. You can enjoy the minimal crowds and take your time while visiting the New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. Dinner at the new Be Your Guest restaurant often requires reservations months ahead of time during high season. Riding Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios has proven to be almost impossible during the busy months due to Fast Pass running out most times by mid-day! Otherwise you have no choice but to wait in line sometimes up to 2 hours or more. The newly refurbished Test Track in EPCOT will surely be a very popular ride in the high season.
Low season is a great way for little ones to spend extra time with the characters. They will be delighted with pictures, autographs and spending a little extra time interacting with the characters without getting antsy standing in the hot sun and long lines.
At Universal Studios, imagine being able to roam freely in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, enjoying a delicious butter beer or selecting your very own magic wand without getting stressed out that hundreds of others are trying to do the same. The newest 3-D attractions, Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem and Transformer are very popular. In the winter months, you can practically walk right on!
Other advantages begin even before you leave home. Many airlines offer discounted tickets during this time, and many hotels and vacation rental homes offer discounted rates. For instance, the specials at Disneyarearentalhome.com can be nearly half off the weekly rates for prime season. Picture your family in your spacious vacation rental home a few minutes from Disney, being able to sleep late, have a leisurely breakfast at your house before venturing out to the parks. You have no fear of trying to beat the crowds and feeling stressed out. At the end of the day, you have plenty of time to come home, have a relaxing dinner or maybe take a ride to Downtown Disney. Enjoying the heated pool, taking in a movie or bowling at Splitsville are some of the many options available because you would have already fulfilled all of the rides and attractions your family wanted to visit that day.
Off season saves you money on tickets as well. During the high season, you often need a multi-day pass to ensure that your family can enjoy all of the rides and see all of the shows. During the off season, you can probably get everything in that your family wants to see in half the time. This allows you to save the money you would have spent on additional days in one park to explore other neighboring attractions such as Sea World, LegoLand or even the beautiful Florida beaches.
Plan ahead and visit Disney World in the off season if you can. You will be amazed at how much you can do in a day and still have time to enjoy the Florida sun!