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 that sweet spot in January and February – the holidays are over and you can finally breathe again, life quiets down a little, and you can enjoy a little “you” time again. That’s what this time of the year feels like for me at Walt Disney World.

Crowds have calmed down, 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 see average temps in the mid-70s. As is always the case in Florida, there is some rain, but it’s well past hurricane season.

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

There are still lots of “extra” activities going on at Walt Disney World:

· Christmas decorations remain up until January 6

· The Epcot International Festival of the Arts typically runs from mid-January to late February.

· Hands-on art activities for guests of all ages

· Entertainment each weekend with Disney on Broadway.

· 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 runs mid-March through early Summer months

· Entertainment

· Disney character topiaries and gardens

· Food booths

If you love Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival feel very 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 the winter months and see why I love this time of the year so much!