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When to Visit Orlando - Undercover Tourist Blog

by Mommy Frog on June 12, 2014


Choosing WHEN to visit Orlando is usually the first decision and the most important decision you make as you begin planning a theme park vacation. The time of year you visit will determine many other aspects of your planning and your vacation itself. For instance, if you decide to visit during the busy Christmas holiday season, you will have to make dining and hotel reservations much farther in advance than if you were visiting during the off-season. Expected crowd levels are also strongly associated with what time of year it is. Additionally, there are special events held at the major Orlando theme parks throughout the year, many of which are included with regular park admission. You may find that you want to plan your vacation around a particular event.

The vast majority of visitors will be planning their family vacations during summer break and around school holidays. It's not a coincidence that these are the very busiest times at the theme parks -- and they require more planning! From deciding what to pack to planning your trip around a particular special event, the following resources will help you determine "When to Visit" and will give you helpful information for traveling during specific times of the year.

When to Visit Orlando

Month-By-Month Guide to Disney World

Special Events & Holidays


Special Topics

While You Wait

We hope you’ve found this guide on where to stay in Orlando helpful as you plan your trip. You’ll find more planning information in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kristen Neiser Dec 16, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

Do you recommend using walt disney world to plan a trip or to piece your trip together by yourself? In other words should I go through walt disney world or should I myself book the hotel, buy park tickets, and flight? Thank you for your advice.

FrogBlog Dec 16, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.


Welcome! As the leading supplier of discount Disney World tickets, we are a little biased ;) Bundling direct might save time, but it won't always save you money. I would suggest you price it out separately to see if it will be a benefit to you and your family. Let us know if we can help more on deciding which tickets or hotels might be best for you!


Mommy Frog

Rita kochel Dec 26, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

Do you have Florida resident discount tickets?

FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.

Hi Rita,

We do not currently offer Florida resident tickets.


Mommy Frog

Janice Marks Jan 4, 2015 at 1:40 a.m.

If I purchase Disneyworld tickets through you.

Do you send them by post. I am in New Zealand, coming over in April. Thanka

FrogBlog Jan 5, 2015 at 8:52 a.m.

Hi Janice,

How exciting! Yes, we ship to New Zealand. You also have the option of picking up in Orlando, if you'd prefer.



Lori A Jan 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

My husband and I will be vising in May - our first time and without kids. Can you recommend a hotel geared for adults?


FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 9:17 a.m.

Hi Lori,

You did not mention what parks you will be at and for how long you will be visiting Orlando, but I would recommend staying on site. At Disney World, there are a number of good options. The more "adult" of the hotels include Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Coronado Springs, although you will still see plenty of families!

Let us know what you decide!

Mommy Frog

Aimee Jan 15, 2015 at 2:59 a.m.

Hi there, we are visiting feb15-20, and it looks like its going to be extremely busy, my husband has a conference, and kids are off from school, so I thought it work out well, but now I'm concerned its going to be a bust!! I have 4 kids aged between 1 and 10. Any suggestions, I have 4 day hopper passes. Thanks! Aimee

FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 9:09 a.m.

Hi Aimee,

It will be busy, but you can still have a great time! Have you seen this post? There are some good tips for handling these larger crowds.

Let us know how it goes!

Mommy Frog

Nick Pauling Apr 17, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

We're planning on going in September for my grandmothers birthday of next year if it the lords willing. Would you recommend going in September? With the weather and crowds? Or should we pick another time? We want to have a great time but we don't want to get rained out or wanting to get on a water ride but can't, due to the weather. We've never been to FL, so we want to be prepared. That means if we need to change then we will...

FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 7:57 a.m.

Hi Nick,

September is a great time to visit as far as the crowds go. As for the weather, it is the rainy season. Buy typically during this time, thunderstorms roll in during the afternoon and last an hour or so. The outdoor rides and roller coasters are affected during this time, but it's usually brief.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

amit Apr 16, 2015 at 6:31 p.m.

Hi i m flying in on 18may nd out on 22nd may with my wife and 2 kids 10&16. I m confused .where to stay nd what to see. Please guide.

FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 8:32 a.m.

Hi there,

We would recommend you stay on-site at one of the resort hotels. Which parks are you planning on visiting, and how important are amenities to you? I can try to narrow down your selections if you provide a little more information.

Mommy Frog

Michelle May 9, 2015 at 10:22 p.m.

We're heading over from OZ in late Sept to early Oct 2015 for 7 nights and I'm overwhelmed at all the thi Hs to do. We are a family of 3 with an 8 yr old son! What would you suggest for us too do!! I know Legoland is a must but not sure if that's on its own or in another theme park and I'm confused about Harry Potter, is there two worlds. There are so many things to do and see its information overload! Eeek

FrogBlog May 10, 2015 at 8:31 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

LEGOLAND is its own park, and it's in Winter Park, about 45 minutes from Disney World. Your son is the perfect age to visit! As far as Harry Potter, it's at the Universal Orlando Resort in its two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. If you are Potter fans, I would highly recommend budgeting at least two days for Universal so that you can visit both Wizarding Worlds! You can explore all of our Orlando ticket options here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Julia Hughes Sep 18, 2015 at 4:40 p.m.


I am planning a family vacation in Orlando in Dec and need some suggestion on what to do. We have two young girls: one will be 4 and half and the other will be almost 2 in Dec. I am planning on visiting Magic Kingdom on the 18th. But no plan for 19th and 20th. I am looking for easy, no-rush activities/places. Any recommendation?



FrogBlog Sep 23, 2015 at 1:12 p.m.

Hi Julia,

The theme parks don't really fit the bill for easy, no-rush places as a general rule. One of the fun things we like to do this time of year is visiting the resorts, which are decorated for the holidays. As far as the theme parks go, Epcot probably fits the bill for more leisurely. You could stroll around World Showcase and enjoy the Christmas traditions from around the world.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

mariana Oct 7, 2015 at 10:20 p.m.


I am mariana. I' from argentina.

I am planning a family vacation in orlando in december and need suggestion on what to do. We have one boy :10 years old and two girls: 8 years old. Any recommendation ?

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