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August in Walt Disney World

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

As summer break winds down and people get in their last hurrah before the school year starts, the crowds are intense and strategizing and planning are necessary to maximize your park time. However, as school start back in mid to late August, the crowd levels drop off.





In terms of weather, August is the same as July, hot, humid, rainy, and downright unpleasant. Crowd levels also follow a similar trend for the most part. As summer break winds down and people get in their last hurrah before the school year starts, the crowds are intense and strategizing and planning are necessary to maximize your park time. However, as school starts back in mid to late August, the crowd levels drop off. This can be a nice time to visit the parks if you are willing to battle the heat.


Some reasons to brave the weather include Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. This is the most popular of Epcot’s festivals and can get extremely busy, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when the locals descend. We recommend checking out this festival on weekdays to enjoy some great foods, drinks, and entertainment.


Also, with the start of school brings the fall season to Walt Disney World. Fall decorations will start to go up, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will return. This is an special ticketed event (i.e. you pay extra for it) that takes place in the Magic Kingdom on select evenings starting in August. It has a special Halloween parade, fireworks, unique character meet and greets, trick-or-treating, and of course many of the rides are open and can be ridden with little to no wait.


Pros:

  • With the higher crowd levels, the park operating hours are longer.

  • It is rare for popular rides to be closed for refurbishment during August.

  • Mid-August is when schools start to go back, so the crowd levels start to drop off.

  • There are sometimes discounts available for August dates and room rates are often lower in late August.

  • Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is on-going.

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party returns.

  • Fall decorations start to go up in the Magic Kingdom.

  • Every Disney resort has multiple pools, one main one and additional smaller quiet pools, that are a great way to cool off during the heat of the day.

  • Disney has two great water parks, these are a ticket add on, that have great theming and plenty of great attractions to fill a day with. The operational hours for these water parks are typically the longest in July.


Cons:

  • Summer season is winding down, but not over, and the crowd levels are still high for part of August.

  • As the crowd levels decrease, the park hours also decrease, so you may have to spend more time in the heat of the day to maximize park time.

  • The weather can be rather unpleasant with lows in the 70s and highs in the 90s along with high levels of humidity.

  • Expect afternoon thunderstorms ranging from a quick 20 minutes to all afternoon and evening. Pack ponchos/umbrellas and an extra pair of shoes in case one pair gets wet.

  • This is hurricane season, so stay up to date on the weather and be okay with the possibility of the parks closing for a day if a tropical storm or hurricane hits the area.

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