Orlando’s tourism ebbs and flows with the school season, but conventions have evened out the highs and lows, meaning there’s never a true lull in the throngs of visitors.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, families flock to Central Florida despite summer’s oppressive temperatures, humidity, and afternoon downpours (rain ponchos are a must). July 4 competes with Christmas as the busiest day of the year at the attractions. After the relatively quiet months of September and October, the crowd swells again from Thanksgiving through Christmas, when weather is generally mild (but an occasional freeze can occur). Spring break in March is the next big surge. Expect long waits and heavy traffic, but the theme parks extend hours to accommodate.
Crowds are manageable from the end of April, after spring break, until school is out in June. This is when temperatures begin to heat up, but rain is rarely a problem.
Once school starts in the fall, crowds lighten from Labor Day until Thanksgiving. Ideal weather unfolds in October, with mild temperatures through May. Once the winter holidays are over, crowds lighten again from January through March (until spring break). Families might consider taking kids out of school for a few days this time of year for a more enjoyable visit without the crowds.