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If you’re a young family like mine, you’re looking at the best times to visit Disney World to avoid crowds. Am I right?

There’s never a bad time to take a Disney vacation, it is “The Most Magical Place On Earth,” after all. But deciding when to go really comes down to what matters most to you. Whether you want to plan your visit when the crowds are smaller or hit the park when the Florida weather cools off a little can factor into your decision.

These are the best times to visit Disney World, depending on what you’re looking for according to Travel and Leisure:

  • To avoid the crowds – Disney parks are full of guests all year round, but there are some times to visit that tend to be less crowded. You’ll want to avoid the holiday rush, but after that January is typically a quieter time to visit. If you can handle the summer heat, mid-August is a good time as many families are focused on back-to-school activities at home. That end of summer lull usually lasts until mid-September before the Halloween festivities begin.
  • For good weather – The Sunshine State lives up to its name and it’s not uncommon for temperatures in central Florida to reach triple digits. Which can make standing in line and marathon park days more challenging. The weather is coolest in January, when it can be as low as 50 degrees, and it’s also less rainy at that time of year.
  • To save money – A trip to Disney World can be pretty pricey, but because they use a dynamic ticket pricing system, ticket prices are tiered and will be less expensive during slower times. A one-day, one-park ticket starts at $109, but can skyrocket from there, especially on a busy weekend or a holiday. Like Christmas Day for example, where a ticket will set you back $159. Off-peak times happen in January, February, August, September and early November and that’s when you’ll save the most on admission.
  • For families – If you don’t mind dealing with big crowds and paying more for tickets, holidays at Disney are truly magical. There’s the impressive decor and all seasonal foods. Holidays are also the time for special events and holiday-themed after-hours parties in the parks. How about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Those tickets also work on a tiered dynamic pricing system and they’re almost always cheaper earlier in the party’s season. So if you don’t mind going to the Halloween party while it’s still summer, that’s when families can get into the spooky spirit for less.