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September in Walt Disney World

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

With schools newly back in session crowd levels drop off in September. While the weather remains toasty, this can be a great month to visit.







September is a great month if you are looking for lower crowd levels. With school being newly back in session even Labor Day crowds are lower than one might expect.


Unfortunately, September is often still very hot, temperature wise, and it is peak hurricane season. Though toward the end of the month it does start to cool off, with highs in “only” the upper 80s. However, if you are willing to endure the weather, and take the gamble with hurricane season, it can be an excellent time to go between the lower crowd levels and seasonal events.


In September Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party happens more frequently. This is a very popular, special ticketed event (i.e. you pay extra for it) that takes place in the Magic Kingdom on select evenings and often sells out very quickly. 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.


Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival also takes place through September. 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.



Pros:

  • Schools are back in session leading to lower crowd levels.

  • Cost of the hotel rooms, tickets and Ganie+ is generally lower during this time.

  • The lower crowd levels also often lead to discounts being offered by Disney, though are not guaranteed.

  • Easier to snag hard to get room and dining reservations, such as a Tower Studio at Riviera or Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

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

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is offered many nights during September.

  • Fall decorations are 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.


Cons:

  • With lower crowd levels comes decreased park operating hours.

  • More likely that popular rides will be closed for refurbishment during this month due to the lower crowd levels.

  • 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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