Winter in Central Florida

As the sun goes down, so does the temperature 

During the warm months I talked a lot about the Central Florida weather. In this area, the summer usually means hot and humid, with a good chance of thunderstorms. The winter is a little more complex than that.

As I write this, there is a frost advisory tonight. The highest temperature on our 15 day calendar is 75 degrees. There are several days where it is not supposed to get out of the 60’s. Please don’t think that I’m complaining. I grew up in New England, I know what winter can be like! Personally I love this weather, and I’d be happy if it stayed this way all year long. We put up with the hot and humid summers so that we can enjoy winters like this.

That said, if you’re headed to Walt Disney World during the late fall or winter months, be prepared for anything. Throw a light (or heavy) jacket into your suitcase, because there is a good chance that you’ll want to have it.

People don’t come to Walt Disney World in the winter months because they want to experience a frost. They come here to escape the cold. They bring their bathing suits, planning to spend a day at a water park. When the temperature dips, the water parks will close.

The cooler evenings mean that it can be harder to decide what to put into your park bag. On some days you’ll have to make the choice between carrying a heavier bag with sweatshirts inside or being cold after sunset. You can also tie a jacket around your waist, which is what I will often do. There’s no right or wrong choice. Just remember that there is a chance that you’ll have to make it.

Of course, winter temperatures can often soar as well. A couple of years ago, we had close to a record number of days where we reached the 80’s. It was a very warm winter, even for Florida.

Always, always, always check the forecast a day or so before your Walt Disney World vacation. Remember that a good part of your day at Walt Disney World will be spent outside. There is a big difference between 65 degrees at home and 65 degrees and wet from Splash Mountain. Plan accordingly, and have a fantastic winter vacation.