High temperatures, humidity, and crowds may discourage you from planning a visit to Disney World in summer but there are some perks to a summer visit to Disney World. Read on as we share our best tips for visiting Disney in summer and if it is worth it for your family vacation.
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I’ll start with saying visiting Disney World in late August is one of my favorite times to visit. Crowds are low, prices are typically lower than the busy season, and we don’t have to worry about taking time off of school with the kids.
When pricing out our Disney vacation cost late August is almost always one of the best priced times to visit but it is not for everyone. There are a few factors to consider when planning a summer Disney World vacation. Consider what your priorities are when planning your vacation and this will help you decide if a summer trip to Disney World is a good fit for your family.
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Things to Consider for a Summer at Disney World
Taking Kids Out of School or Missing Work
One of the biggest perks of visiting Disney World in the summer is we don’t have to work around our kids’ school schedule or be concerned with making up missed work. We live in New York and school doesn’t start until early September giving us a small window in the last few weeks of August to plan a Disney World visit.
I also know many teachers that can only visit during school breaks when the prices are very expensive. A late summer visit would be a great option.
Weather is probably the biggest factor in planning a visit to Disney World in the summer. Orlando, Florida is very hot and humid in the summer. The temperature in July and August is high of 92 degrees and low of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
On a recent visit to Epcot the “feels like” temp was 110 degrees (F). Epcot offers little shade and we had to drink a lot of water and plan numerous stops inside to cool off.
The next weather issue you want to consider is rain. It will rain almost every afternoon in the summer. Typically the storm lasts under an hour and most indoor attractions remain open. The rain is unpredictable so the best you can do is be prepared. I would not cancel my day at a park due to rain, I would make sure to be prepared.
When it rains keep in mind outdoor attractions will close. The Disney skyliner transportation system will also close for extreme thunder/lightning. Parades and outdoor shows will also be postponed or cancelled due to the weather.
We have visited Orlando in the summer numerous times over the last 5 years and a storm has not negatively impacted our trip. With that in mind summer and part of fall is also hurricane season. Walt Disney World is inland enough that it isn’t dramatically impacted with hurricanes but they have made land fall and caused the parks to shut down.
Check out this article about what to expect when you stay at Disney during a hurricane. You might be surprised to know that Disney is prepared and it can be a very safe place to be if you find yourself in that situation.
One thing to consider that I think is often overlooked is how do you (and your family) react to the heat. Do you love it? Do you get overheated easily? These are things to think about.
If you don’t really like the heat but summer is the only time you can visit, there are things you can do to make your visit easier. Arrive early at the parks before it heats up, plan breaks in your hotel each afternoon to cool off, move at a slower pace during the day, and visit the parks later in the evenings.
The pandemic has impacted crowds tremendously and 2022 has seen very unpredictable crowd patterns. While we can’t know exactly what the crowds will be like we can use crowd calendars to make a guess.
July will be the busiest month to visit the parks. July is busy for family travel no matter what destination you visit and expect the same at Disney World. After the second week in August you will see a decrease in crowds. The parks will be busy but it will be less crowded than July.
Things to Pack for a Summer Vacation at Disney World
There are a few things I always pack when visiting Disney World in the summer.
- Reusable water bottle: You can refill this during your day at the park. All restaurants have free water that you can ask for. Don’t be afraid to ask. On very hot days they encourage guests to stay hydrated.
- Ponchos: We always pack ponchos and it has been a huge money saver and help on rainy days. We purchase them on amazon and have them ready if we find ourselves in a storm. These have lasted us a few visits, just make sure to dry them completely once you are home.
- I have not used stroller fans or neck cooling wraps but you may want them if you are traveling with small children.
- Also pack the basics like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.
- Dress in cool, light-weight, and light color clothing can help you stay cool.
Is It Worth Visiting Disney World in the Summer
This is going to be a very individualized answer depending on the factors I listed above. I can only give our experience and opinion from visiting Orlando in the summer almost every year since 2017.
We think it is worth visiting Disney World in the summer. The big summer crowds are usually gone, we have more flexibility because school is not in session, and we don’t mind the heat.
We have visited with friends and family that do not like the heat and they didn’t love visiting that time of year. They felt the humidity made it unbearable to walk around the parks and it wasn’t their favorite time to visit.
They also said if it was the only time they could plan a trip, they would still consider a summer visit.
I think if you know what will realistically work for you, and plan breaks or indoor attractions during the hottest time of the day, a summer visit might work.
9 Reasons to Visit Disney World in Summer
- Less crowds during the mid-August to end of the month.
- Typically park hours are longer during the summer months.
- Breaks at the hotel allow you to explore hotel and pools more. Some of our favorite resorts are Riviera Resort and Art of Animation.
- Take advantage of late summer deals. Check here.
- Typically less refurbishments and closures.
- At times night shows will have two showings. An early and late one. This allows you to maximize your time in the park.
- Take advantage of the heat and ride the water rides at the Disney parks.
- Attend the Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. This usually starts in August.
- Visit one of the two Disney water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
When visiting Disney World in the summer keep in mind you will need to purchase park tickets ahead of time AND make a park reservation through your Disney account.
A summer Disney World vacation can be a great time to visit. Plan your days based on what works best for your family and you will have a great trip!
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