Disney has announced that the popular Disney After Hours paid events will continue through May and June 2019. Here’s the dates that have been added: Continue reading Disney After Hours extended for May and June
If you’ve been waiting for the usual mid-month park hours update for Walt Disney World park hours, you’re in luck! Continue reading Disney World Park Hours updated for May 2018
Disney World has made an update to its May calendar that may affect your upcoming trip. I’ve posted all the adjustments to my May 2016 Crowd Calendar to help you with your planning. Continue reading May 2016 Disney World park hours adjusted and Hollywood Studios fireworks times added
Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2019
The Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2019 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.
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?
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 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.
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
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 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.
|Low Crowds / Best Park|
|Moderate Crowds / Median Park|
|Insane Crowds / Worst Park|
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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!
May 2018 Disney World Crowd Calendar and Park Hours
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