When is the cheapest time of year to fly to Orlando?
September through to March is the cheapest time to fly to Orlando, with April to August being the most expensive. By booking far enough in advance, however, you may be able to break the mould and get a great deal – even during the most expensive months.
With its main attractions including Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, the city is a magnet for tourists who take flights to Orlando more than any other place in Florida.
Walt Disney’s vision turned Orlando, and the adjacent Lake Buena Vista and Kissimee areas, into the world’s busiest, biggest, and best-known theme park, Disney World. The park opened in 1971 and has been making childhood fantasies come true ever since. Today, Disney World includes Epcot, a futuristic showcase of the world’s different cultures; Disney's Hollywood Studios, a working animation and television studio; and Animal Kingdom, where you see animals in themed habitats. Universal Studios is a movie-themed park with thrilling rides, production studios and film sets, and onsite luxury hotels.
When is the best time to visit Orlando?
Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando, is the perfect holiday destination for families looking for an action-packed trip, while benefiting from gloriously warm weather. Of course, there is the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, but it has so much more than that to offer.
When you choose to visit Orlando can make a huge difference to the cost of your holiday, so it’s certainly worth carefully planning your sunny escape to Florida. There are also times of the year when the subtropical climate can rain on your dreams of beautiful weather and outdoor adventures. The number of visitors can affect how much you enjoy your holiday, so take into account school holidays, local events, and business travellers.
Like most destinations, Orlando has its low and high seasons. The high season is usually around March to April, mid-June to mid-August, and early December to January. This is the worst time to travel to Orlando if you’re looking for a cheap holiday. Temperature-wise, you can expect lows of 8°C in January and highs of 33°C in July/August. There will be rain showers all year round, but these are fortunately brief in duration, so you’ll just need some light waterproofs.
Be aware that in late summer or early autumn, you may find yourself facing a tropical storm or even a hurricane. Officially, hurricane season runs between 1st June and 30th November, but September is usually the month for the worst weather. Parks are likely to be closed if the climate becomes erratic.
The peak season is during school holidays, and Spring Break in March and April. Christmas and New Year also tend to be heaving. Weekends and holidays will naturally have an influx of visitors, so avoid these times if you are hoping to avoid the crowds.
Low season and shoulder season include the months of May, September, November, early December, February, mid-June, late August, and October. During these times, you’ll get the best deals, which may be important if you’re travelling as a family. Bear in mind that September to November mark the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Taking place over 2 months, with over 300 national and international wines and over 1.5 million delicious samples, the festival is the place to go to get your taste buds tingling. There are also a variety of culinary and beverage programmes, including cheese seminar, food and wine pairings and Disney’s’ Desert Discovery.
Unless the weather becomes threatening, parks and attractions are open year-round, so you won’t miss anything by flying out when there are fewer tourists.
The mild season lasts from October through April with warm temperatures and low humidity. May to September is a time of high humidity and afternoon storms. The hurricane season is June through November. Late autumn tends to have the best weather.
Getting around Orlando
There are plenty of ways to get around Orlando’s tourist scene. Lynx buses and I-ride trolleys travel between the theme parks, but you’ll have to know the schedule ahead of time. Shuttle buses that run by the Mears Transport Group are more expensive, but they run all over the city to hotels, Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and the airport. If you’re staying at Disney World, you won’t have to worry about getting around. All the Disney hotels have a free transport system connecting the parks with buses, monorails, ferries and water taxis.
Orlando insider information
- Make a plan before you get off your flight — there are so many possibilities. Purchase theme-park tickets online to avoid standing in line at many of your favourite attractions. If you need to buy tickets after you arrive, get to the park an hour before it opens to queue up for tickets.
- Check out the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau website. It provides international guides and maps, advance ticket sales, including Magicards, links for booking hotel rooms and transport, information on the Orlando nightlife, restaurants as well as links to goings-on at the theme parks and in Orlando.
- To beat the crowds at Disney World, use the FastPass system to schedule a ride time rather than waiting in line. For all parks, start at the far end of the park and work your way back to the entrance. Also, go to the big rides first so you miss the mid-afternoon rush.
- Other attractions you might want to visit are Wet N’ Wild, Orlando’s most popular water attraction; the Kennedy Space Centre, just an hour’s drive from Orlando; and Busch Gardens, also an hour’s drive from Orlando.
- Orlando is hot and muggy in the summer and mosquitoes and no-see-ums (tiny bugs with a big bite) love that weather. Make sure to pack or pick up insect repellent, especially if you’ll be near the water.
- Don’t forget to pack or pick up sun lotion with a high SPF rating (30 or higher), a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.