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When to Visit Orlando Part 1 – January to June
We have been coming to Florida for many years, and have visited Orlando in every month and season of the year. We do have favourite times to visit, such as May and June, but there is something to be said for every month of the year. Of course, if you have children, you may not be able to be as flexible if you have to limit your holidays to ‘out of term’ times.
January has a busy start with New Year, a popular time for American families to go on vacation, but it is a good time to go if you don’t have to limit yourselves to the school holidays. New Year is very popular, of course, and can be quite busy, especially as there are usually brilliant sales in the shops at this time. But if you can, wait until after the first week, when you will find the crowds thin out and you can enjoy the parks with little or no wait for the rides. There is nothing nicer than being able to walk around Orlando in the sunshine knowing that at home they are shivering with grey and cloudy skies, frost, rain and maybe even snow. It is wonderful to feel the warm sunshine when those at home are experiencing the cold, wet weather of a British winter. Somehow, a dose of sunshine lifts your spirits and helps to get you through the miserable days ahead.
Of course you may get a short sharp cold snap, but even so, the sun usually shines and it doesn’t feel half so bad as being at home in the UK. We always pack a couple of warmer sweaters, and a jacket, just in case, and most of us routinely take trousers or jeans, so these come in useful if there is a drop in temperatures. The best part is, of course, that these cold spells don’t normally last long and you are soon back to short sleeves and no coats. Bear in mind that January is a time when some attractions are refurbished, and usually one of the Disney water parks is shut for just this purpose. However, there is still plenty to do, so don’t worry about missing out on anything.
We like February, again because it provides a welcome break from the dismal British weather, but it is popular with Americans who like to visit Florida over their Spring Break. If Easter is later, then March is also a brilliant time as the temperatures are warming up, and there is low humidity, and fewer crowds than over the holiday period.
Easter sometimes falls in April, and, by this time, the weather really is getting hotter. You may still need a cardigan or jacket in the evenings but you will also be able to walk round in shorts and t-shirts. Rainfall is usually quite low, too, so you won’t need to shelter from tropical storms. April usually heralds the start of the annual International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. This continues through May and into June and the park is even more beautiful with stunning floral displays, together with the brilliant Flower Power Concerts, which are well worth attending – and its all included in your ticket price, too.
May and June are wonderful months to visit Orlando as they are not so busy as the later July and August months, and it is warm enough to thoroughly enjoy the water parks – especially if you are a bit of a wimp about swimming in cool water.
Whatever time you choose you will enjoy everything on offer, and each month and season has its plus points.
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