Disney World Parks Information
What are the busiest and least
busy times of the year?
Walt Disney World in Orlando offers packages and special events year round. Summer is an extremely busy time as families travel when kids are out of school. The Disney Specialists can indicate which months are considered "peak times" and which are not. There is a price difference on your package during these times as well, and should be considered if you are flexible to travel in the off-season.
Although special events and promotions may influence the Theme Park attendance levels, the following list highlights historic attendance trends throughout the year:
Lowest Attendance at Disney Parks:
January (except New Year's Day) until just prior to Presidents'
week in February
The week following Labor Day until just prior to Thanksgiving week
The week following Thanksgiving until the week prior to Christmas
Moderate Attendance at Disney Parks:
After Presidents' week in February through early March
Late April through early June (except Memorial Day weekend)
The first part of Thanksgiving week
Highest Attendance at Disney Parks:
Presidents' week in February
Mid-March through Late April ("Spring Break")
Memorial Day weekend
Mid-June through Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and weekend
Christmas week through New Year's Day
Also, during regular attendance periods,
our Parks tend to be the busiest on the following days:
Magic Kingdom® Park: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
Epcot®: Tuesday and Friday
Disney-MGM Studios: Sunday and Wednesday
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
What are the Theme Park's operating hours?
Operating hours vary greatly from Park to Park at different times
of the year.
Disney's Magic Kingdom Park normally opens at 9
a.m. The closing time varies from 6 p.m. to midnight. The later
closing times occur near the winter holidays, the Easter holiday,
and during the summer, generally from mid June through late August.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Park normally
opens at 8 a.m. The closing time varies from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The
later closing times occur near the winter holidays, the Easter holiday,
and during the summer, generally from mid June through late August.
The Disney-MGM Studios normally opens at 9 a.m. The closing time varies from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The later closing times occur near the winter holidays, the Easter holiday, and during the summer, generally from mid June through late August.
Epcot Future World normally opens at 9 a.m. And the World Showcase does not open till 11am. The closing time varies from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The later closing times occur near the winter holidays, the Easter holiday, and during the summer, generally from mid June through late August.
WHICH RESORT SHOULD I STAY IN? If at all possible, stay on site where you are in the center of the action. Walt Disney World offers more than just accommodations. While enjoying the theme parks, the water parks, Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island and more are all situated outside your door. Disney's own unique transportation system links all of these great resorts to all of the exciting attractions. This makes it great to come in and take a break (especially when traveling with children,) and then returning to the parks in the evenings for the spectacular fireworks, laser shows and parades. If your on a budget, Disney has the perfect solution with it's value All Star resorts. Disney resort guests also receive early park admission and services for children such as in-room babysitting, learning programs and dinner clubs. The other alternative is staying in the Downtown Disney or the main-gate area. Ask an agent for details.
What time is Check-in and Check-out?
Check in is after 4pm at almost all of the resorts. Check-out time is 11am at all Walt Disney World Resorts. If you arrive prior to check-in time, you may pre-register, receive your Disney Resort I.D. cards and return later when your accommodations are prepared.
You're arriving by: You're arriving by plane?
Good choice. Mears Airport Shuttle is available from Orlando International Airport right to your Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel. Shuttle tickets may be purchased at the time of boarding. To return to the airport, you can board the shuttle at the entrance to every Walt Disney World® Resort hotel. Make reservations 24 hours in advance and allow a minimum of two hours before flight time.
Special Tips to Know Before You Leave:
From adventuresome to elegant, there are over 200 Walt Disney World® restaurants to please every palate and every pocketbook. Plan ahead and call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)† for priority seating.
Walt Disney World® multi-day tickets enable you to make the most of your stay, and save while you play! Order advance tickets. That way, you're ready for the fun the moment you arrive.
ATM (Automated Teller Machines) are available across property. SunTrust offers full-service banking including foreign currency exchange. Foreign currency exchange up to $50 is also available at Theme Park Guest Relations, and selected Walt Disney World® Resorts.
Don't forget to pack a camera, film and bathing suit.
There are lots of sunny days in Florida. Bring your sunscreen, hat, and comfortable shoes.
Explore these other great activities offered at the Walt Disney World® Resort:
Water Parks: Dive into any of our three sun-splashed Water Parks. At Blizzard Beach, Florida sun meets alpine snow. River Country is slipin', slidin' all American fun. And for an exotic, tropical paradise, splash into Typhoon Lagoon. Whichever you choose, you'll enjoy a day of wonderful watery fun complete with thrills for every member of the family and distinctly Disney touches all around.
Downtown Disney: Check this out when you're ready for cutting-edge dining, one-of-a-kind shops, a music superstore, 24 movie screens, and Pleasure Island, a nonstop street party with eight outrageous clubs.
Cirque du Soleil®: A stunning blend of circus art and street entertainment, Cirque du Soleil® presents La Nouba™. This dazzling array of outrageous costumes, magical lighting, and fantastically original acts is presented in a state-of-the-art venue. For ticket reservations and information, call (407) 939-7600.
Disney Quest®: Interactive Adventures: Experience the first-ever indoor interactive theme park. Shoot rapids in a virtual prehistoric world. Hop into a motion simulator and ride a roller coaster that you design. Fly a magic carpet through an ancient city. All in one afternoon. It's a breakthrough concept in family fun.
Is there anything special I can plan for a birthday or special occasion?
A variety of activities are available at our Resort to help make birthdays more
special and memorable. For instance, your family may wish to dine with the Disney characters at one of our many character breakfasts, lunches, or dinners.
Where can we meet Disney Characters?
There are several places around the Walt Disney World® Resort where you can catch a little quality time with the Disney Characters. Character dining is available all around the Walt Disney World® Resort. Call 407-WDW-DINE to make reservations.
HOW DO I BOOK IT? Call one of our Disney Specialists in order to price your vacation package, or complete an email request form and receive a quote within 48 hours - it's as easy as that! Call 1-800-942-3301