Disney World Crowd Calendar September 2018
The Disney World Crowd Calendar September 2018 is one of the best months in terms of crowds. You’ll find very few really busy days in September. To attempt to attract crowds Walt Disney World offers Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is typically really busy, so be sure to use one of my touring plans on Character Locator. Sunday and Mid-week Halloween Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here. It’s my opinion that everyone should experience the Halloween Party at least once. The lower crowds can also lead to Attraction Refurbishments. Be sure to check back during the summer months to see if anything has changed.
September begins as a pretty hot month, but can cool just a bit as the month goes along. Those who are from cooler or less humid climates may find Orlando to still be really hot. September is the 4th rainiest month and is part of Hurricane season. You may consider travel insurance to guarantee you don’t have a financial loss in the event a hurricane alters travel plans.
September is the preferred month as far as crowds are concerned and is among the best times to visit. Regardless of the times you can still enjoy 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.
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.
Will the park hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom be extended?
Yes, it’s highly likely that the park hours will extend for many dates in September. Disney usually releases preliminary hours, then adds hours the closer you get to your trip. With Animal Kingdom now offering “After dark” experiences, you can expect that park to stay open much later.
What will the weather be like during your September trip?
- Average high temperature: 90°F
- Average low temperature: 72°F
- Mean temperature: 81°F
- Record high temperature: 98°F (2009)
- Record low temperature: 55°F (1981)
- Average Precipitation: 5.09 in.
September is the 4th hottest month and 4th wettest month. It begins as a rainy month and ends relatively quiet, except when there’s a tropical storm in the area.
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.
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 from 1am to 3am in the morning. If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.
A note on Fastpass+ Booking
Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE 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
Updated frequently as needed.
Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your trip?
Updated at the beginning of each month!
Special September 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.
|Low Crowds / Best Park|
|Moderate Crowds / Median Park|
|Insane Crowds / Worst Park|
Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!
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My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!
Historic park hours are available on Character Locator!