Disney World Crowds 2023
Are you planning a Walt Disney World vacation for 2023? This is the best place to start! Walt Disney World Resort crowds can vary during the year based on holidays, cheer-leading events, special events, marathons, Brazilian tourists, Spring Break dates, and more. In January 2020 we did see Disney Free Dining Vacation packages come out to book for select dates in 2023 and we hope Disney Free Dining comes out again in 2023 but we will have to wait and see. Right now there is a 2023 Disney World Vacation Discount where you can get up to $750 as a Disney Dining Promo.
The 2023 Disney Crowd Calendar below and is also broken down by month. So you can search Disney World crowd levels by day, by week, by month, or scan over the entire 2023 Disney Crowd Calendar.
We don’t have magical Pixie Dust to predict the Disney World crowd levels but we do know from previous years what estimated crowd levels will be in 2023 at the Disney Resort overall. I also recommend you research each Disney park on the dates you are going to Disney World. A Disney Park with Extra Magical hours in the morning can get you on and off some top attractions before the general public is allowed in, then leave that park and park hop to another to avoid the higher afternoon crowds in the Extra Magic Hours Morning park. We have more Disney Park Tips and Genie+ strategies to help you with your Disney vacation.
Here is a sample of the WDW Crowd Calendar:
Disney World Historical Crowd Levels
When I was a castmember working at Walt Disney World in the 1990’s the traditional Disney World crowds were in the Summer. Families are off in the Summer and Walt Disney World was the vacation destination they went to. In 2019 & 2020 the Summer at Disney World is much slower. It is also hot in Florida in the Summer. You also use to be able to go to Disney World and find low crowds in September, October and November. The crowds at Disney World in the Fall and Winter were so low that Epcot created the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to draw crowds to come to Disney World. Disney World also added Halloween Parties, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and also a Christmas Party – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. That along with the Wide World of Sports ESPN complex brings in crowds and groups to fill the slow periods at Walt Disney World.
No Longer in Fall the light crowd season at Walt Disney World and as Disney keeps adding and moving special events the Disney crowds follow.
Don’t worry, that’s why you are here. We have a Disney Crowd Calendar to help you find a perfect time to visit Walt Disney World.
This WDW crowd calendar is based off past data estimates for Disney World attendance. Nobody knows what future Disney World crowd levels will be and this calendar should not be used solely to plan and book a Disney vacation.
2023 is still the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World, Ending March 30,2023
We expect 2023 to be an amazing time to plan a Disney World Vacation. Disney World opened on October 1, 1971 and the 50th anniversary at Walt Disney World still have a few months left to enjoy.
January at Disney World brings in the start of a new year and one of the most amazing firework shows I have ever seen. I do love watching New Years ring in at Walt Disney World, but my tip to you is to book a night, or an entire vacation at one of the Disney World monorail resorts. Then after an amazing dinner, walk out to the beach area, or to the viewing area at the Contemporary if that’s the resort you book, and watch New Years ring in from there. You will avoid the Disney New Years crowds and it’s the perfect way to start the year.
Also January crowds at Disney World are pretty light for most of the year. It can be cold in Orlando Florida in January, especially at night, so pack some jackets, hats and maybe some gloves to be safe. But also bring your swim suite. I have been swimming in 82 degrees in December and January sometimes at Disney World.
February crowds at Disney World are on the rise. We get President’s day weekend off and actually our school gets a week off. It use to be a great low crowd time to go to Disney World, but everyone has caught on now. If you can travel on the GREEN or BLUE colored days in February, I would try and book those dates for your February Disney World Vacation. Also some colleges start to go on Spring Break near the end of February. I know it seems early for Spring, but the kids from these schools like to get out of the cold and go down to Florida, so Disney World attendance will start to pick up.
March is a fantastic time to go to Walt Disney World. March Disney Crowds are not the lightest but its around March when I am sick of the cold Winter weather and can’t take it anymore. A vacation down to Disney World lets me escape the cold grey weather and enjoy the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is my way to kick of Spring early, enjoy the warm Disney weather, and also enjoy some of the food booths setup for the festival at EPCOT. But this is not the lowest crowd level month to go to Disney World. You will need to have a plan to get the most out of your Disney World vacation time and I can help with that here.
April Disney World Crowds are up and down, but the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is now in full swing and the flowers are at their peak. It’s also still not too hot in Orlando Florida, and you can find some lighter crowd days for the Disney parks in April.
May Crowds are lighter at Disney World which is really nice. The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival ends in early June and as the Florida weather is getting warmer some of the flowers and gardens are past their peak at this point. If you are not fond for the Florida heat, I would say May is really your last good chance to maybe have some non-Summer like days. Starting in June Florida can get pretty warm. That’s not to say you will not have some hot days in May too.
Summer is now happening at Walt Disney World and the kids are out of school and ready for that Disney family vacation. June can have higher crowd levels with kids now being out of school and also with tour groups from other countries coming into the Disney parks. Believe it or not the Summer at Disney World has slowed down as more guests are trying to vacation at Disney World in the cooler Fall months. Also more guests are traveling to Disney World without kids to enjoy the special events happening at Disney World and this has increased the Fall crowds.
What I love about July at Disney World is that it no longer is the busiest time to vacation at Disney. Years ago the summer at Walt Disney World was when everyone was there. But now July has slowed down a bit. Disney crowds are still there, but not in the numbers as years past. So July is an oik time to head to Disney World as long as you have some planning done and Fastpasses secured under your belt. July if Florida is Hot! It’s really really hot, and large Florida afternoon thunderstorms are the norm each day around 3 PM. So bring an umbrella or poncho, and you will be fine.
Yes there are things I actually love in August at Walt Disney World. The Summer heat is not one of them, but if you can handle the heat, enjoy some inside attractions with nice cold AC, and if you book your Disney vacation for late August you can enjoy two of my favorite Disney events.
EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival starts in August and this event single handedly has changed the Disney World crowd calendar patterns for the Fall. I love The food and wine festival at EPCOT and I have so much to share with you to make sure you have all the tips and tricks before attending this event. If you have little ones, you also need to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. I of course have helpful tips to share with you about this event too. Yes know Halloween is October 31, but Disney World likes to start early with their extra ticketed events.
Disney World in September is great for lighter crowds but it’s important to plan your Disney parks on certain days as the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is still going on and it’s very popular. Locals will go to the EPCOT festival over the weekends so Friday night – Sunday night will be jamming at EPCOT. Plan your extra magic hours, park hop and enjoy the maybe cooler days. You will find lighter crowds some of the parks as kids are now back in school. Actually some kids went back to school in August too.
October is one of my favorite months to go to Disney World. The weather is perfect, EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival is still going on. Also it’s the perfect month to celebrate Halloween at Disney World and book Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party for the Magic Kingdom. The bad news is more and more people have figured out that October is the best month to be at Walt Disney World and the crowd levels are no longer GREEN for light crowds.
There is no better way to kick off the Holiday season than to spend a week in Orlando. Disney World has started to decorate the resorts and parks and don’t forget about Universal Orlando Resort. I have a Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Calendar too that you need to check out.
For the Magic Kingdom you should book tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I have several articles about the holiday party filled with Christmas Party Tips.
There is something about walking down Main Street with it snowing and being 80 degrees out with palm trees and Christmas music playing that makes everything right in the world.
So you want to go to Disney World for Christmas. It’s amazing but if you don’t do well with crowds Christmas is not the time to go. If you plan your Disney World vacation in advance and set your expectations you can have a fabulous time. Early December is a great time to go to Disney World. In fact you will probably see me there. I love the first two weeks of December because I get to see all the Disney Christmas decorations, attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and enjoy my Disney hotel.