I have loved visiting Walt Disney World in all four seasons. I especially love fall when I can experience Halloween or Christmas in the parks. However, my absolute favorite time of the year to visit the parks is in the winter.  It's that sweet spot in January and February when the holidays are over, you can finally breathe again, life quiets down a little, and you can enjoy a little “you” time. That’s what this time of the year feels like for me at Walt Disney World.

The crowds have also calmed down in the winter season allowing you to enjoy the parks with a little more wiggle room between you and fellow guests. The weather is no longer hot and humid. January thru March averages temps in the mid-70s.  There is some rain but it’s well past hurricane season in Florida.

Starting around mid-January, it’s no longer peak season and you’ll see ticket prices drop.

There are still a lot of “extra” activities going on at Walt Disney World during the winter months:

  • Christmas decorations remain up usually until January 6
  • RunDisney events also take advantage of cooler weather
    • WDW Marathon weekend, January 9-13, 2019
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, February 21-24, 2019
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts  January 18 - February 25, 2019
  • Hands-on art activities for guests of all ages
  • Entertainment each weekend with Disney on Broadway with this 2019’s entertainment including:
    • Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
    • Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
    • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
    • Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
    • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
    • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • Food booths
  • Art booths with artists throughout the World Showcase
  • Seminars with Disney artists
  • Photo ops with playful reproductions of classic paintings
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival   March 6 – June 3, 2019
  • Garden Rocks Concert Series – 7 days a week, 90 nights of concerts, over 270 concerts
  • Disney character topiaries and gardens
  • Food booths

Other events:

Starting January 18 at Hollywood Studios, Pixar Place will be transformed into a celebration of the Incredibles! Visit for live entertainment, character appearances, photo opportunities, and a special gallery of suits by Edna Mode!

If you love Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival is similar and offer lots of special foods to try around the World Showcase without the crowds and heat.

If your schedule allows, try a visit during winter months and see why I love this time of the year so much!

Nancy Wideman

Travel Specialist