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Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2020

Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2020

The Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2020 begins as a very light and pleasant month.  The weather isn’t very hot yet and it rains occasionally, but not consistently.  The first two weeks of May are a great time to visit for lower crowds and beautiful flowers.

Early May is among the best times to visit Disney World in terms of crowds and weather.   Late May begins the Summer travel season with the Memorial Day Weekend kickoff and the calendar gets busier for summer.

You can enjoy any day in the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my touring plans to get the most out of your day.

Later in the month, I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2020

Will the park hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom be extended?

Disney usually releases preliminary hours, then adds hours the closer you get to your trip.  You can expect Hollywood Studios to have fireworks added to the schedule a couple months out.

What will the weather be like during your May trip?

  • Average high temperature:  89°F
  • Average low temperature:  65°F
  • Mean temperature:  77°F
  • Record high temperature:  100°F (1967)
  • Record low temperature:  47°F (1992)
  • Average Precipitation:  3.10 in.

It can still get hot in May, especially late May, with an average high of 89 and average low of 65, and humid in Orlando.  Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.

Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.  May is about in the middle in terms of average rain.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).

The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up until Midnight in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance for OFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your trip

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Special May Events at Walt Disney World

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see Friday/Saturday in Mobile View.

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

May 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar and Park Hours

Historical Hours

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Wendi Smith

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Is Wednesday usually a good or bad day to visit Hollywood Studios? It does not seem to have extra magic hours in the calendar but some weeks you mark it as green and others as yellow. Is this decision based on previous crowd levels??? I am hoping to do HS on May 13, 2020 but wondering if I should avoid it that day as you marked it as yellow??? Thanks for your expert input!


Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Expected crowd level for that particular park and day. With that said, every day at Hollywood Studios is now a mess and could easily be marked red :)


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I did realize lol thanks! It was more of an opinion I was asking for to get information if MDW crowds would impact the week before. The calendar is very clear thanks though, Aletha.

Aletha L France

Monday 17th of February 2020

Guessing she didn't realize red is heavy crowds and green is light crowds as noted on your legend... however I'm curious why the header for May 10 says heaviest crowds while 3 of the 4 parks are green?


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Heavy crowds. More people will be in the parks that day. Green says "Best park".


Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Yes - Do you think the Memorial Day Weekend crowds will impact the week before (May 16th-May 20th?


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Hey Kenny,

I’m visiting May 16-20 of 2020. I see you anticipate the crowds to be light. Happy to see that! Curious if you still think Memorial Day Weekend crowds will begin to impact those dates?



Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Memorial weekend is the next week

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