Disney World Weather in September: What to Expect
September in Disney World offers a gradual transition from summer’s scorching heat to the milder climate of the fall. Here’s what you can expect:
- Temperature: September typically sees average high temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), with lows generally around 73 degrees Fahrenheit (about 23 degrees Celsius). The temperatures start to slightly dip compared to the peak summer months of July and August.
- Subsiding Heat: While the summer heat continues into early September, it gradually subsides as the month progresses. If you can handle some heat and humidity, it offers a pleasant backdrop for exploring the parks.
- Rainfall: September ranks among the rainier months, with rain typically occurring on about 9 days of the month. These showers tend to be brief, though, so overall rainfall totals are usually less than the peak summer months (unless, of course, a tropical storm or hurricane is in the mix).
- Hurricane Season: September sits at the peak of the hurricane season in Florida, which extends through late October. While hurricanes can occur anytime from June to November, they are more probable in mid-September.
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Preparing for Disney World Weather in September
September at Disney World features hot, humid, and summer-like weather. Preparing ahead of time is the best way to ensure a comfortable visit.
- Heat Management: With temperatures often reaching the 90s, staying cool and hydrated is essential. Take advantage of free ice water from Quick Service restaurants and water refill stations throughout the parks. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and apply high-SPF sunscreen regularly.
- Touring Strategy: Visit the parks early in the morning to avoid the peak afternoon heat. Use Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes passes to bypass long queues during the hottest hours. You can take a break from the sun at attractions with indoor queues, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
- Rain Preparedness: September experiences an average of 9 rainy days. Pack a lightweight poncho and wear waterproof footwear to navigate any downpours. Don’t let rain derail your plans – there’s plenty to do indoors. Visit our Disney Attractions to Escape the Rain page for suggestions.
Understanding and preparing for September’s weather at Disney World is essential for a pleasant experience. With the right strategies and preparations, you can enjoy the magic of Disney, rain or shine!
Hurricane Considerations for September Disney World Visits
Visiting Disney World in September means taking into account the risks associated with Florida’s peak hurricane season. Awareness and preparedness are essential for a worry-free trip.
- Peak Hurricane Season: Statistically, hurricanes are most likely from late August through late October, with mid-September being the peak. They can occur anytime from June through November. Since 1985, Disney World parks have had to close nine times due to hurricanes in its history, with six closures in September.
- Recent Trends: Out of the six September closures, three occurred recently in 2017, 2019, and 2022. While not a significant number over two decades, recent trends suggest a rise in September closures, indicating a need for visitors to be aware of this possibility.
- Safety and Infrastructure: Thanks to Orlando’s inland location and advanced forecasts, safety is typically not a significant concern. Disney World’s infrastructure is built to weather these storms. However, dining options and hotel activities may be limited while the closures are in effect.
- Flexibility and Insurance: If a hurricane warning is issued for Orlando or your residence within seven days of your scheduled arrival, Disney provides the option to reschedule or cancel hotel packages and most room-only reservations without penalty. Consider travel insurance for added protection, as some exceptions may apply.
Despite September being the heart of hurricane season, you can still enjoy a magical Disney World trip during hurricane season if you plan ahead, prepare, and take the right precautions. Consult with an experienced Disney travel agent for additional information.
Ride Maintenance, Closures, and Refurbishments in September 2024
September signifies the transition from summer to fall at Disney World. During this change of seasons, you will not typically encounter many closures or refurbishments. Here’s what we know so far for September 2024:
Theme Parks and Attractions
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom): The replacement for Splash Mountain is scheduled to open in “Summer 2024,” though an exact date has not yet been announced. It is likely, but not absolutely certain, that the new ride will be open for September 2024 vacations.
- 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. We recommend contacting Disney World customer service or consulting with your preferred travel planner (such as The Vacationeer) for the most up-to-date information on the ride and hotel closures.
Disney World Water Parks in September (2024): What to Expect
In September, Disney World’s water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – offer a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Both parks offer distinct attractions and activities, and their operating schedules vary. Here’s what to expect:
- Water Park Operations: Recently, Disney World has been alternating operations between its two water parks. 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: In 2022, Blizzard Beach featured a holiday theme, a trend expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
- Predicted Schedule: If this recent cycle holds, Typhoon Lagoon will likely operate from spring to fall, with Blizzard Beach opening from fall to spring.
- September 2024 Expectations: Based on these patterns, we expect Typhoon Lagoon to be the operating water park in September. Please remember that this is an estimate based on past trends, and actual schedules may vary.
You can add a splash of fun and refreshment to your September Disney World itinerary by visiting a Disney water park. For more detailed information about Disney water parks and assistance with your travel plans, don’t hesitate to contact The Vacationeer.
Experiencing Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival in September
There is no better time for culinary enthusiasts to experience Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival than September. The 2023 festival was open from July 27 to November 18, 2023, but 2024 schedules haven’t yet been announced.
Festival highlights include the lively “Eat to the Beat” concert series, as well as diverse dining packages. The heart of the event lies in the international food and drink stalls scattered across the countries of Epcot’s World Showcase. These mini-gourmet destinations offer a unique taste of various countries, allowing you to embark on a flavorful tour around the world.
The festival also boasts limited-edition merchandise for those who love to collect unique souvenirs. These exclusive items capture the spirit of the festival and make perfect Disney World souvenirs.
For my wife and me, September and October are the best months to attend the festival. The slight cool down from summer’s heat lends an even more pleasant atmosphere to the event. As Disney World foodies, we always look forward to this journey through global cuisines, savoring new flavors and revisiting old favorites. We also enjoy the evening concerts, which are a great way to unwind after a long day.
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is more than just a culinary event. It’s a celebration of global culture, music, and the enchanting magic of Disney. If you’re planning a visit in September, prepare for a memorable experience and a happy belly.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in September
As the summer heat recedes and a gentle crispness creeps into the air, Disney World offers a delightful fusion of fall festivities and Disney magic in September. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a seasonal spectacular. 2023 dates were from August 11 to November 1, 2023, with September sitting comfortably in the middle of this range. 2024 is expected to follow a generally similar schedule, but exact dates haven’t been announced yet.
The event is a carefully curated balance of fun and fright, transforming the Magic Kingdom into an enchanting Halloween haven. Think Disney characters donning playful Halloween costumes, themed attractions filled with surprises, and a mesmerizing display of lasers and fireworks. And naturally, the tradition of trick-or-treating is kept alive throughout the park.
A standout of the event is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Here, guests can join in the bewitching celebration led by the infamous Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus on the stage of Cinderella’s Castle.
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is another must-see, featuring a merry cavalcade of characters, including the eerie occupants of the Haunted Mansion.
September’s gentle transition from summer to fall sets the perfect stage for this Halloween extravaganza. The cooler evenings lend themselves well to the ghostly décor and atmospheric lighting that transforms the park into a beautifully spooky spectacle.
The event is held on select nights with limited capacity, resulting in shorter wait times for attractions and plenty of themed treats.
For updates on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for September 2024 and to secure your tickets once available, contact The Vacationeer.
Is September the Best Month to Visit Disney World?
September may be the best month to visit Disney World for many reasons, but your comfort level with weather fluctuations and willingness to navigate potential disruptions during hurricane season will play a significant role in the decision.
For those who don’t mind some heat and humidity, the weather in September, while still warm, is typically more manageable than the peak summer months. Moreover, the threat of afternoon rain showers shouldn’t be a deterrent, as these are often brief and can offer a pleasant cool-down.
From a crowd perspective, September is golden. Schools reopening and the end of summer vacations lead to a significant decrease in crowd sizes, especially post-Labor Day. This allows for a more relaxed park experience and shorter wait times for most attractions.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, along with the family-friendly Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, offer unique entertainment opportunities. September is also a great time for the budget-conscious traveler. Post-Labor Day, prices generally dip, making it one of the most cost-effective periods to visit Disney World.
In a nutshell, if you can handle a little heat, the potential for some rainfall, and the uncertainty that comes with peak hurricane season, September might just be your ideal time to visit Disney World. However, if weather unpredictability seems stressful, it might be better to consider other months. As always, consulting with a knowledgeable resource like The Vacationeer can help you make an informed decision.
Comparing Disney World in September to Neighboring Months
When comparing Disney World in September with its neighboring months, August and October, several factors come into play:
- August or September?: Florida is typically hotter and more humid in August, with sporadic rainfall. The latter half of August sees the start of the hurricane season, resulting in fewer crowds and below-average prices. However, peak hurricane risk spans early to mid-September, causing potentially unpredictable weather but also leading to less crowded parks and continued below-average prices. Both months provide the opportunity to enjoy the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Still, September offers the festival in full swing and a complete month of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party events.
- September or October?: October brings more pleasant weather than September, with less humidity and cooler temperatures. Although September is peak hurricane season, October sees a significant decline in this risk. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival and Halloween events occur in both months, but October also brings the beauty of fall decorations. However, October can be slightly busier due to fall breaks and Columbus Day weekend, and its prices are slightly higher than in September.
Overall, if you are okay with heat and potential storms in exchange for fewer crowds and lower prices, the latter part of August and most of September could be good options. If you prefer more comfortable weather and can live with slightly higher crowd levels and costs, October would be more suitable than September. Contact The Vacationeer for a free consultation.
Final Thoughts: Our Disney World Experience in September
My wife, Jaimie, and I have always found September at Disney World to be a truly delightful time to visit, blending warm weather, reduced crowds, and budget-friendly deals. It’s why we’ve marked it as one of our favorite months to explore the magic of Disney World.
We’re food enthusiasts, and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, running throughout September, is a particular highlight for us. The reduced crowds mean we can take our time sampling the international flavors and enjoying the evening concerts without feeling crowded.
As for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it’s a standout event. Seeing Disney World celebrate Halloween for the whole month is something we absolutely love. It’s a magical blend of fun and frights that adds a unique spin to our visit.
However, we also understand that September is the peak of hurricane season, and the lingering summer heat can be a drawback for some. We’ve been lucky so far, but we always make sure we’re prepared for any sudden changes in weather.
Our friend Mindy, who has spent the last two Septembers at Disney World, says, “The potential for a storm does add a bit of unpredictability, but the lower crowd levels and the chance to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival without feeling rushed more than make up for it.”
In summary, despite the chance of tropical weather, the combination of special events, fewer crowds, and budget-friendly opportunities make September a great time to visit Disney World. It’s an opinion that Jaimie, Jack, and I share. But as with any travel plan, it’s essential to consider personal preferences and to be prepared for possible weather disruptions.