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2013 Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World, Ranked in Order, Continued

By Dave Shute


This is the second page of these rankings. For the first page of 2013 weeks to visit Walt Disney World, ranked in order, click here.


The remaining 2013 weeks are not recommended—but still presented in order:

Weeks 15-20 all have moderate crowd levels, with different prices and weather. They are in order of least to most crowded, and by price within crowd groups.

  • 15: 10/12/13. Columbus Day week with higher crowds and prices than the great weeks (ranked 4 and 5) that follow it
  • 16: 5/18/13. Similar to week 13 but with higher crowds and more summer like weather. Crowds moderate-minus. Prices moderate to moderate-plus
  • 17: 11/2/13. Like week 7 except more crowded because of “Jersey Week”—teacher meetings in New Jersey, leading to a massive temporary immigration of New Jersey families to Orlando. Crowds moderate, prices low, almost never discounted
  • 18: 6/1/13. Moderate-plus crowds as the summer season begins to kick in
  • 19: 6/8/13.  Similar to week 18, but slightly higher crowds
  • 20: 3/2/2013. Next best Spring Break week after week 10. Moderate-plus crowds, higher prices

Weeks 21-28 have one thing in common: they occur during but the peak of the hurricane season. They include in weeks 21-23 some of the lowest crowd levels of the year, and weeks 24-27 are also low-crowd weeks.

They are ranked in order of first crowd levels, and within the same crowd level prices.

You could easily view the first three as tied—lowest crowds and low prices. I rank week 21 highest as it has slightly lower prices.

  • 21: 9/7/13
  • 22: 9/21/13
  • 23: 9/14/13

Weeks 24-26 have slightly higher crowds than 21-23. The first week has slightly lower prices than the next two.

  • 24: 8/31/13
  • 25: 10/5/13
  • 26: 9/28/13.

Week 27 has slightly higher crowds than the rest in this hurricane group, and week 28 worse, but still moderate crowds, both because of lingering effects of summer breaks. Prices are lower.

  • 27: 8/24/13
  • 28: 8/17/13


There’s two groups of weeks to avoid:  high crowd weeks, and weeks when rides are often closed.

The first group, ranked 29-45, should be avoided because of crowds ranging from high to unbelievable. (Click the table below for the exact ranking of these weeks, and for more specifics on crowds and prices.)

This group includes all of later June, July and early-mid August (massive crowds, higher prices). Prices go down in Deluxes starting in mid-July, and in the other resorts in early August.

It also includes the busy March Spring Break weeks beginning 3/9/2013, and the holiday weeks—President’s Day week, the weeks before and after Easter, Thanksgiving week, and the weeks around Christmas.

Click the table below for exact rankings within these lousy weeks.

The next group includes the January and early February weeks when rides are often closed for repair or refurbishment—weeks 46-53.

Many of these weeks have the lowest crowds and lowest prices of the year.

(But not all–click the table.)

However, this is the peak time for ride closures at Walt Disney World, especially the January weeks.

If this may be your only family visit, why go when you know some of the best of Disney World will be closed?

If you must go during this period, avoid the Martin Luther King (1/19/13 arrival date) Day holidays.

The Marathon Weekend (affecting arrival dates of 1/5 and 1/12/2013) complicates and crowds the parks as well.

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1 kevin howells { 03.18.13 at 7:12 pm }

Thinking of visiting from august 20th to 30th. Wondered how much to worry about hurricanes.
We have visited in Jan , Jul, Halloween, before. Also were considering animal kingdom for hotel – always stayed in all star resorts before. We have two kids – 16 and 13 – so really need 3 beds
Any thoughts , comments would be greatly appreciated

2 Dave { 03.19.13 at 4:47 pm }

Hey Kevin! Are you thinking about a villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge? As regular rooms there have only two beds too…though they are queens! See this:

Here’s the scoop on hurricanes. Yes you are in the peak of the hurricane seaosn then. But hurricanes hardly ever disrupt substantially a Disney World vacation–not much at all for a decade, and only half a dozen times in the 41+ years its been oprn. SO it’s a risk, but not a big one… See this for more:

Hope this helps! And if so…

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3 Nicole { 03.21.13 at 8:39 pm }

Hi! My family of 6 ( kids ages 8, 6, 3, 1) will be going to WDW Sept 14-21. I am trying to figure out the best day to go to MK for breakfast w Cinderella. I have already made reservations for the 15th. I am mostly looking to avoid crowds. Do you think there is a better day? We are also planning on going to the Halloween party while there. Any guidance would be appreciated.

4 Dave { 03.22.13 at 1:11 pm }

Hi Nicole! The lowest-crowd MK days during your dates will be the 17th, 18th, and 20th. The 15th will be crowded…

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5 Julie { 04.06.13 at 4:54 pm }

We are planning first trip to WDW for arrival on 10/6/13 with son 6, and daughter, 4. I see that week is ranked much lower than the following week which is Columbus Day week. Why is that? We plan to stay at Beach Club and celebrate daughter’s 5th bday on 10/10. I’m hoping its not going to be too crowded. Also, do you think there will be fall specials for that week? I’m not holding my breath for free dining but other discounts would be nice!!

6 Dave { 04.06.13 at 5:57 pm }

Hi Julie, it’s ranked worse because it’s still in the peak of the hurricane seaosn–see this:

I think there’s a good chance of some room rate deals around then, but I’d not expect to see much of them at the Beach Club. Your date is during the Food and Wine Festival at EPcot (see ) and the Epcot resorts are very popular then…

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7 Mike M { 04.23.13 at 11:46 am }

Looking to go to WDW in August 2013. What is the best week for crowds and weather thx

8 Dave { 04.23.13 at 4:54 pm }

Mike, the best week for crowds is at the end of the month. Weather is more complicated–see this:

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9 Linda { 04.23.13 at 6:36 pm }

My son & daughter in law are planning to take my 5 yr. old granddaughter to disneyworld around September 7 2013 for 3 days. I note you show it as hurricane season. Historically have there been many hurricanes to hit Disneyworld around that time?

10 Dave { 04.24.13 at 7:33 am }

Linda, in terms of a real substantial impact on park visits–like park closures–hurricanes have been an issue about half a dozen times in the last 41 years. If you add bad weather and air transport problems, the impact is higher than that. See also this:

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11 Mark { 06.05.13 at 12:12 am }

We are planning to visit Disney by end of June 2013. I know its crowded during this time and high prices. Any advise how I plan the trip with 2 kids (6 years and 2 years) and make the most out of the vacation. I also need advise where to stay, if disney resort of any hotel like marriott outside disney location.

12 Dave { 06.05.13 at 7:21 am }
13 Jessica { 06.11.13 at 10:18 am }

We are trying to decide between the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 16 -Nov. 21), or the week after Thanksgiving (Dec. 1- Dec. 6). Our biggest concern is crowds (more so than the Christmas events). With the first week in December being so close to Thanksgiving, we weren’t sure which week would be least crowded since the early weeks in December have become more popular. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

14 Dave { 06.12.13 at 7:34 am }

Hi Jessica! I’m seeing the week after Thanksgiving as slightly less crowded than the week before–see this:

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15 Caroline McIlwain { 06.14.13 at 5:52 am }

Hi! This site is great. I have been to Disney before, but I was 11 years old. Now at 25 years old I am looking forward to it just as much! Im going with my partner on 21st September for 10 nights. Is this a good time to go? Thank you!

16 Dave { 06.14.13 at 10:00 am }

Hi Caroline, and thanks!

There’s a lot of positives to going then, but also a few negatives. The full scoop is here:

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17 Lynda { 07.02.13 at 2:51 pm }

Hi Dave. Our family visited WDW in May of 2011 for the first time. It was a wonderful experience although extremely HOT. We decided to return (according to your week-picker) Dec 6-14 this year to experience the lower crowds, Christmas decorations and cooler weather. We had already booked and realized that it is Pop Warner week. I am not too concerned with that as we are staying at the AOA. My concern is now I am reading that the ABC Parade taping will be Dec 7 and that is a day we had planned on going to MK and I have already made dinner reservations. We are not interested in seeing the taping of the parade. Should I change our plans to avoid MK on that day? Thank you!

18 Dave { 07.03.13 at 7:51 am }

Hi Lynda, the 7th will be a busy day at MK, but not because of the parade taping. The parade taping clots up Main Street, but not the other areas of the park.

Saturday will be busy at MK because 1. Saturdays always are, and 2. the 7th is the only day MK is open later than 7p and the evening parade and fireworks are available to the general public between the 5th and the 8th…

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