Disney World for adults is just as fun as it is for kids, thanks to Disney's increasing focus on entertaining adult guests. While Disney has always had some of the finest resorts and restaurants in Florida, making it an excellent vacation destination, Disney is hard at work making the parks themselves more enticing to adult guests. Additionally, you have a major advantage as an adult guest of Disney World — you're not tied down to the school year when you plan your vacation. This gives you more flexibility in planning your trip. If you want to keep crowd sizes to a minimum, save money on hotels and have an easy time making restaurant reservations, here are the best times to plan a vacation to Disney World.
The time period between the middle of January to the middle of February is an excellent time to go to Disney World. Crowd sizes are low because spring break has yet to begin and the weather in Orlando is slightly chilly — Florida temperatures during the rest of the year can be very uncomfortable for people who are used to cold weather. While the parks will be busy around Valentine's Day, Disney does offer several attractions for adults who want to take a relaxing, romantic vacation such as nighttime boat rides on the lagoon.
During the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot's annual Flower & Garden Festival is held from the spring to the early summer, and it's geared towards adults. Topiaries of Disney characters are constructed around the park, and the entire park takes on a garden theme. Festivities include live music at a stage in the World Showcase, featuring bands mostly from the 70s through the 90s — if you check the lineup before you go, you may be able to catch a live show from a band you used to listen to in high school.
When the kids go back to school and are busy with schoolwork, crowd sizes drop dramatically. In addition, temperatures in Florida during the fall are comfortable. You can expect many temperatures in the 70s and 80s. However, the early fall is Florida's rainy season, so make sure you pack some ponchos or umbrellas.
As an added bonus, Epcot's Food & Wine festival runs during this time. This is another event that caters primarily to adults, as its main attraction comes in the form of numerous food stands set up around the World Showcase, each offering authentic ethnic food, beer and wine from countries around the world.
Times to Avoid
Generally, it's a good idea to plan around the school year. Most families go on vacation to Disney World during the summer or during winter break, which is typically held during the last two weeks of December. In addition, both temperature and humidity are extremely high in Orlando during the summer. Crowd levels can be so high during the summer and over winter break that you may encounter issues making reservations at restaurants or finding a hotel room on Disney property, so it's a good idea to avoid these times of year if you can.
In addition to Epcot's two annual festivals, there are several limited-time events held by Disney throughout the year. Disney is increasingly catering its entertainment options towards adults, so you'll want to keep an eye on upcoming events. When you're planning a vacation to Disney World, it's a good idea to monitor Disney World travel blogs catered towards adult guests so that you don't miss out on any special events. Additionally, you can also find crowd forecast calendars from these blogs that can give you a good idea of what to expect on any certain day — they're based on attendance levels from the previous year, so they're fairly accurate in determining crowd sizes. Contact a service like ADULTS IN DISNEY to begin planning your trip.