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  • Writer's pictureBrenda

May in Walt Disney World

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

May brings the end of the school year and beginning of the summer holiday. Crowds increase with the holidays, and in May the heat continues to increase as well.



The beginning of May can be a good time to visit, prior to the start of school summer holidays crowd levels will be lower and you can often find discounts available.


However, expect it to be warm with more days getting up into the 90s, especially as the month goes on. Understandably, the pools and water parks become very popular during the summer months. If you want to spend time in the water we recommend planning your pool time in the morning, and then going to the parks in the afternoon or evening.


Additionally, as the month goes on the crowd level will pick up as summer breaks start. Plenty of families like to take their vacation at the beginning of the summer break to take advantage of the holiday time before it gets too hot.


May is also the start of the rainy season, bringing frequent midday showers and resulting wet shoes and socks, so pack accordingly. If it does rain, and you are able to, wait it out or accept getting wet. The rain often clears out the parks and you will be able to get more rides done. However, the rain also closes down some rides, so be aware of that.


Finally, Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is on-going. During this festival the park comes alive with beautiful flowers and character topiaries. There are also fun activities, food booths, and a nightly concert to check out.



Pros:

  • Early in May crowd levels are lower and the cost of tickets, hotel rooms, and Genie+ are generally lower.

  • When crowd levels increase, the park operating hours are longer.

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

  • Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is on-going.

  • 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.


Cons:

  • Crowd levels pick up as school summer breaks start leading to increased costs and the need to strategize and plan more to maximize time.

  • The weather continues to warm up, with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

  • May is the start of the rainy season, so expect midday showers and bring ponchos/umbrellas, and a backup pair of shoes.

  • The pools and the water parks both can get quite busy, so be prepared for that.

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