Disney World Weather in August: What to Expect
As Florida’s summer season persists, August at Disney World brings hot, tropical weather, providing a genuine Floridian summer experience. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect:
August typically sees average high temperatures around 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius), with lows generally around 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius). August is in a near-tie with July as the hottest month at Disney World.
Florida’s Summer Heat: The heat continues into August, making it an excellent time to visit Disney’s water parks and resort pools. However, some visitors might find the intense heat uncomfortable and may choose to visit during a cooler month.
August, alongside July, records the highest number of rainy days, with rain typically occurring on about 13 days of the month and totaling more than 8 inches altogether. These showers tend to be brief and can offer a welcome respite from the heat for a few minutes — though things often quickly turn steamy afterwards.
August marks the beginning of the peak period for hurricanes in Florida, which extends through late October. While hurricanes can occur anytime from June to November, they are more probable from late August onward.
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These storms are typically predicted in advance, allowing visitors to adjust their plans accordingly.
Preparing for Disney World Weather in August
The summer season at Disney World continues into August, bringing soaring temperatures and a high likelihood of rain. Being well-prepared is crucial to ensuring a comfortable visit, no matter the weather.
- Handling the Summer Heat: Expect high temperatures during August, especially during mid-afternoon hours. Staying hydrated is imperative; utilize the free ice water available at Quick Service restaurants and the many water refill stations scattered across the parks. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing and high-SPF sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays.
- Adjusting Your Touring Strategy: To avoid the heat, start your park visits early in the morning and use Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes passes to bypass long lines during the hottest part of the day. You can stay cool by choosing attractions with indoor queues, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
- Preparing for Rain: August’s showers are usually short but can be intense. Wear waterproof footwear and pack a lightweight poncho for unexpected rainfall. A rainy forecast shouldn’t deter your plans; plenty of enjoyable indoor activities are available. See our ‘Disney Attractions to Escape the Rain‘ page for suggestions.
In conclusion, planning ahead for August’s conditions and keeping an eye on the weather at Disney World while you’re there will ensure a fantastic Disney World experience. The magic of Disney shines, come rain or high sunshine!
Hurricane Considerations for August Disney World Visits
Mid-August marks the beginning of Florida’s peak hurricane season. Those planning a Disney World trip during hurricane season should be mindful of possible park closures due to severe weather.
In Disney World’s history, hurricanes have led to nine park closures at Disney World, two of which occurred in August. Closure durations varied from half a day to two-and-a-half days.
While only two closures have happened in August over two decades, recent trends indicate a rise in closures outside of August, suggesting a possible future closure in this month. Planning your visit early in August can potentially reduce the risk of encountering a hurricane.
Safety is usually not a significant concern for visitors as Orlando’s inland location and early forecasts help manage hurricane threats. While weather conditions may lead to temporary park closures, Disney World’s infrastructure is built to withstand these events. However, closures might limit dining options and hotel activities until conditions improve.
Disney provides flexibility in rescheduling or canceling hotel packages and most room-only reservations without penalty if the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning for Orlando or your residence within 7 days of your scheduled arrival.
Though Disney and airlines strive to alleviate the financial impacts of hurricanes on travelers, some exceptions may apply. Therefore, considering travel insurance can be beneficial. Consult with a knowledgeable Disney travel agent for any questions or concerns.
Ride Maintenance and Refurbishments in August 2024
Disney World remains lively throughout August. Given that it’s still summer, water rides are fully functional, and extensive ride refurbishments are generally avoided. Let’s examine the specifics for August 2024:
Theme Parks and Attractions
- Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom): Closed starting January 27, 2024. Expected to reopen sometime in Summer 2024 as the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, featuring Disney tunes reinterpreted in different styles of country music.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios): Closed starting January 8, 2024 for a “multi-month” refurbishment. Planned to reopen in summer 2024 (exact reopening date not yet announced).
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom): The replacement for Splash Mountain is scheduled to open in “Summer 2024.” This means it will probably be open for your August 2024 trip, though an exact opening date has not yet been announced.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Hollywood Studios): This stage show never reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic closure, and is now being re-imagined into a new show. The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure is expected to debut in fall 2024.
Resort Hotels and Amenities
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (Cabins): The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness will be refurbished and become a separate DVC property. The first of the new cabins will have opened on July 1, 2024, but additional work is possible through the remainder of the year. (Note: this refurbishment applies to the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, not the Cabins at Wilderness Lodge/Copper Creek Villas)
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Construction continues on a new Disney Vacation Club tower on the site of the former Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Its grand opening is expected sometime in 2024.
Transportation, Water Parks, Golf Courses, and More
- Disney Water Parks: Only one of the two parks (Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon) typically operates at a time, with the other being closed. See Water Parks section below for further info.
Please keep in mind that these schedules and maintenance plans can fluctuate. For the most up-to-date information on ride and hotel closures, we recommend reaching out to Disney World customer service or consulting with your trusted travel planner (such as The Vacationeer).
Disney World Water Parks in August (2024): What to Expect
Disney World’s water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, offer a refreshing break from August’s intense heat. Each park boasts unique water attractions and activities, but their operating schedules can vary. Here’s our anticipated scenario for August 2024:
- Water Park Operations: Recently, Disney World has been running one water park at a time. Here’s a recent operating schedule history:
- November 13, 2022: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 19, 2023: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- November 6, 2023: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 17, 2024: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- Annual Themes: Blizzard Beach had a holiday theme in 2022 and 2023, and we expect this trend to continue in 2024.
- Predicted Schedule: If this pattern continues, we expect the water parks to operate in several-month cycles. Typhoon Lagoon would likely be open from spring to fall, with Blizzard Beach open from fall through spring.
- August 2024 Expectation: Based on these patterns, we anticipate Typhoon Lagoon will be open in August 2024. Please note that these are estimates based on past trends, and actual schedules may vary.
Adding a Disney water park to your August Disney World vacation can provide a fun and cooling experience. For more information about Disney water parks and help planning your itinerary, reach out to The Vacationeer.
Experiencing Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival in August
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a highly-anticipated culinary event, traditionally starts in late July. This means that those visiting in August 2024 should be able to take full advantage of this gastronomic adventure and enjoy an array of mouth-watering flavors from around the world.
The festival offers an exciting variety of experiences, from the vibrant “Eat to the Beat” concert series to a range of carefully curated dining packages showcasing the delights of international cuisine. The focal point of the festival is the international food and drink stalls, each boasting delicious flavors from various countries. As you wander around Epcot’s World Showcase, you can savor the world one bite at a time.
For those wanting a memento, the festival also offers limited-edition merchandise, capturing the spirit of the event. These keepsakes are perfect as gifts or as special Disney World souvenirs.
At its core, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is about the joy of discovery and indulgence. This is something that my wife Jaimie and I, as dedicated Disney World foodies, look forward to every year. We love discovering new tastes and revisiting our favorites. Celebrating global cuisine in the magical atmosphere of Epcot is a tradition we cherish.
August 2024: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Likely) Begins
As summer wanes and hints of autumn appear, Disney World hosts a spooktacular event perfect for fans of the mysterious and magical. Mid-August is typically the timeframe of Magic Kingdom theme park’s first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Exact 2024 dates have not yet been announced.
Disney amps up the magic with an array of exciting and eerie experiences for all. Picture your favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, attractions brimming with mysterious surprises, and an impressive show of lasers and fireworks. Of course, no Halloween would be complete without trick-or-treating.
Friendly Scarecrows in Town Square at Magic Kingdom
One of the highlights of the party is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Get ready to join the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus as they lead a wild celebration on Cinderella Castle’s stage. Don’t miss Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade either, which features a parade of characters, including some from the Haunted Mansion.
August in Florida might be hot and at risk of hurricanes, but Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’s early days could make it worth the trip. Imagine the summer heat easing as night falls and the park morphs into a hauntingly beautiful spectacle with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, and ghostly lights. It’s a unique experience that adds a special touch to an August Disney World visit.
This special event, happening on select nights, offers limited-capacity attendance for shorter attraction wait times and themed treats. To get updates on the August 2024 dates once they’re announced, get in touch with The Vacationeer.
Is August the Best Month to Visit Disney World?
Deciding if August is the right month for your Disney World visit depends on your personal preferences. Here are some factors:
- Weather: August in Florida is characterized by hot, humid conditions with average high temperatures of around 91 degrees. The onset of peak hurricane season and the potential for afternoon showers may bring about unexpected weather changes. It is ideal for visitors who enjoy the summer warmth and Disney World’s swimming pools and water parks. However, if you prefer cooler temperatures or don’t want to risk hurricanes, consider visiting another month.
- Crowds: August sees many families concluding their summer vacations early in the month, causing initially higher crowd levels to subside as schools begin their new year. The onset of the hurricane season can also reduce crowds later in the month as people are wary of traveling at this time.
- Events: August visitors have the whole month to enjoy Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, which offers a taste journey around the globe. Additionally, they can catch roughly half of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, starting mid-month.
- Pricing: Prices in August usually start higher and decline as the month advances, mirroring crowd trends. Early-year discounts often apply to August bookings.
In summary, August offers the warmth of summer, some of Disney’s most anticipated seasonal events, and potentially lower crowd levels and prices. However, it is a hot and humid month, with the potential for rain or storms. To determine whether August is right for your Disney trip, contact The Vacationeer.
Comparing Disney World in August to Neighboring Months
Comparing August with its adjacent months, July and September, can help determine the optimal time for your Disney World visit.
- July or August?: July typically ranks as the 5th or 6th busiest month at Disney World, with pricing spikes during the 4th of July week. In contrast, August, especially its second half, presents less crowded conditions and ranks as the 10th least busy month. With many families returning to school and hurricane season ramping up, prices dip significantly in late August, making it one of the most cost-effective times to visit Disney World.
- August or September?: Both months feature Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, with an added hurricane threat. August sees the exciting beginning of the festival, while September offers a more relaxed experience with the festival in full swing. The Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts in mid-August, offering a blend of fun and spooky experiences. However, September offers a whole month of Halloween events and generally has fewer crowds and lower prices than August.
Ultimately, August, particularly its latter half, offers a less crowded, more affordable Disney experience with the beginning of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival and early Halloween events. However, September could be the ideal choice for a quieter, cost-effective visit with an entire month of Halloween festivities. Consult with The Vacationeer before making any decisions.
Final Thoughts: Disney World in August
August offers a unique and memorable experience at Disney World, blending the tropical Florida climate, fewer crowds towards the month’s end, and average to lower pricing. These elements create an appealing combination for many visitors.
One of the key highlights of August is the continuation of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This gastronomic journey, which begins in late July and runs throughout August, allows guests to savor a wide range of international cuisines.
In addition, mid-August marks the start of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This family-friendly event introduces a mix of fun and mildly spooky experiences, giving visitors an early taste of Halloween festivities.
Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that August is within the hurricane season, and this might influence travel plans. While the risk of significant disruption is low, it’s still a factor to consider when deciding on your visit dates. Also, it’s important to remember that August, much like July, is among Florida’s hottest and wettest months, which some visitors might find uncomfortable.
Crowd levels in August begin moderately but tend to decrease as the month progresses, especially in the second half. This coincides with lower pricing, making the latter part of August a particularly attractive period for budget-conscious visitors.
Compared with other months, August offers a great mix of events, moderate crowd levels, and cost-effectiveness. While the potential for tropical weather conditions and intense heat exists, the unique experiences – such as the Food & Wine Festival and early Halloween celebrations – make August a compelling choice.