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2019 Weeks to Visit Walt Disney World, Ranked in Order

By Dave Shute


This site recommends arriving at Walt Disney World one of the first three Saturdays after Thanksgiving.

If you can’t go then, presented below are my draft rankings of the weeks of 2019 in order of best to worst times to visit Disney World. I will revise and update these as necessary as more 2019 information comes out, likely in the summer of 2018.

(Note: In May 2018 I made the minor change of correcting the dates of the marathon; the change had no material impact on anything.)

These rankings are designed for first time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

For visitors on a return trip, less concerned about ride closures or the peak of the hurricane season, the later January, early February, and September weeks would be ranked much higher.

The rankings are also in calendar order on the image. For a printable PDF of the draft rankings, click here.

These week rankings are based on my draft 2019 Disney World Crowd Calendar and on my forecasts for Walt Disney World 2019 price seasons.

Other factors are key as well–the Christmas season, ride closure season and hurricane season in particular.

(For 2018 rankings, see this. For more how I build these rankings, see this.)


The thirteen recommended weeks that follow are wonderful weeks to visit Walt Disney World in 2019

Week number one has it all–lower crowds, lower prices and wonderful Christmas programs and decorations.

  • 1: 12/7/19

Weeks 2 and 3 have many, but not all, of the strengths of week 1:

  • 2: 12/14/19. A week as good as week 1 on crowds and holiday programs. More expensive, however, than weeks 1 or 3
  • 3: 11/30/19. Largely a terrific week with low crowds (other than the 30th itself, which overlaps with Thanksgiving crowds), low prices and wonderful holiday programs. However, this is a week that, because of Pop Warner football demand for resort rooms, is rarely discounted beyond its already low prices. Those intending to stay at a value resort, Caribbean Beach or Coronado Springs should consider avoiding this week and target week 1 or 2 instead, as Pop Warner guests may make these resorts boisterous this week

Weeks 4 and 5 are very strong weeks. They have low crowds and prices, and Disney World’s holiday program at the Magic Kingdom will be fully in place for week 4 and largely in place for week 5

  • 4: 11/16/19
  • 5: 11/9/19

Weeks 6 and 7 have lower prices and crowds, and offer both the Food &Wine Festival and Disney World’s Halloween program

  • 6: 10/26/19
  • 7: 10/19/19

Week  8 through 10 are all in the same 2019 post-Easter stretch, and share low crowds, moderate prices, and (especially in weeks 8 and 9) nice spring weather. They are in calendar order, as the weather is better earlier in this period

  • 8: 4/27/19
  • 9: 5/4/19
  • 10: 5/11/19

Week 11 and 12 are your best spring break bets

  • 11: 2/23/19
  • 12: 3/2/19

Week 13 is in what I believe will be a window between March and Easter spring breaks. If I am wrong, crowds will be higher and it will shift to being not a recommended week.

  • 13: 4/6/19

This completes the weeks in 2019 that are recommended for first-time visitors who may never return.


Weeks 14-17 all have moderate crowd levels, with different prices and weather. I don’t particularly recommend moderate-crowd weeks for first time visitors, but they are quite manageable, and I would go myself such weeks with no hesitation.

They are in order of least to most crowded, and within crowd groups are sorted by price.

  • 14: 11/2/19. Jersey Week”—teacher meetings in New Jersey, leading to a massive temporary immigration of New Jersey families to Orlando. Crowds moderate-minus, prices low to moderate, almost never with major discounts.
  • 15: 5/18/19. Similar to week 10, slightly more heat and humidity and crowds.
  • 16: 6/1/19  Beginning of summer, with traditionally the lowest crowds until late August
  • 17: 4/20/19.  The week after Easter is typically a high-crowd week, but the very late Easter in 2019 leads me to forecast it as a moderate+ crowd week instead.  Prices will be very high

Weeks 18-26 have one thing in common: they occur during the peak of the hurricane season. Hurricanes are rare and even more rarely affect a Disney World vacation, but for first-timers who may never return, why not just avoid the risk? For returning visitors, though, the low-crowd weeks among this group can be wonderful times to visit.

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

Weeks 18, 19 and 20 have some of the lowest crowds of the year

  • 18: 9/7/19
  • 19: 8/31/19
  • 20: 9/14/19

Weeks 21 and 22 have slightly higher crowds, and Week 22, higher prices

  • 21: 8/24/19
  • 22: 9/21/19

Weeks 23 to 26 are the moderate-crowd weeks in this hurricane group, with the last two nearing “high” crowds

  • 23: 9/28/19
  • 24: 8/17/19
  • 25: 10/5/19
  • 26: 8/10/19


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

The first group, ranked 27-47, should be avoided because of crowds that traditionally range from high to unbelievable.

This group includes all of later June, July and early August (traditionally massive crowds, although I do need t0 note that the summers of 2016 and 2017 were much more manageable than I’d thought).

It also includes the busy March spring break weeks beginning 3/9/2019, and the holiday weeks—President’s Day week, the weeks before and after Easter, Columbus Day week, Thanksgiving week, and the weeks around Christmas.

Click the table 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 48-53.

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

(But not all--click the table above.)

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 first days of January (massive crowds), and the Martin Luther King Day (1/19/19 arrival date) holiday weekend,.

The Marathon Weekend (affecting the weekend of a 1/12/19 arrival date) complicates Disney World as well, although it has little impact on park crowds.

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1 Riley { 06.04.18 at 8:49 am }

I have booked a week at Old Key West Jan 5-Jan11, 2019. I can make my ADRs Jul 9. I need to know which days we will be in which park in order to do that but the parks calendar online only goes through November. I’m thinking the January calendar is not going to be available by Jul 9. Any suggestions then on how to make reservations for January?

2 Dave { 06.05.18 at 8:36 am }

Hi Riley, I’ve lately been using a source that’s offering hours for dates later than what Disney’s calendar shows. So far it’s been pretty reliable. However, it does not yet have January up. Ping me back in a week or two!

3 Amanda { 06.09.18 at 9:12 am }

Have you been able to tell if the beginning of March 2019 is still a good time to go? I know you commented that you were waiting for schools to get out to see if Spring Break dates would be released or changed?? I’m from Louisiana, and we were thinking of going during our Mardi Gras break since my husband refuses to go in the summer months. Thanks for all your help!

4 Dave { 06.10.18 at 8:49 am }

Hi Amanda, I’ve just started on this work, so ping me back later this month!

5 Ashley { 06.11.18 at 9:30 pm }

Any update on your prediction for best week for either March or April? Is the week of 4/6/19 still the best for low crowds? We are looking to book our trip, just wanted to double check! Thank you!

6 Dave { 06.12.18 at 9:16 am }

Hi Ashley, I just started working on this!

7 Kristy { 06.18.18 at 10:13 pm }

I wondered the same thing. With Easter so late it’s a rough call.

8 Seth { 06.20.18 at 11:08 am }

I am curious about the week of 3/30/2019. I know you haven’t updated the list yet but that week is part of the “Regular” season and has slightly lower rates. Do you think that week may change in your rankings? Is it so low because of college spring breaks? Just curious as I am looking to book either that week, the week starting 4/6 or the week starting 5/4.

Thanks in advance.

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