Most people book their Disney World vacation months and months in advance of their arrival. They plan every detail exactly how they want it and strive to make their Disney experience as perfect as possible. After all, most trips cost thousands of dollars so who wouldn’t want it to be perfect?!
Unfortunately, the weather is one factor that is totally out of your control. And you won’t be able to simply change your vacation reservations at the last minute if you spot a poor 10-day weather forecast. However, you are in control of deciding which month to go and you can base this decision on the historical weather patterns of the Disney World area.
Like the other parts of Florida, Orlando is prone to extreme weather like tropical storms and hurricanes. These weather events don’t happen every year, but when they do hit, you certainly don’t want to be caught outdoors for any length of time. (Read more about hurricane season at Disney World)
Disney does close outdoor rides during storms and rain events in order to protect its guests from lightning strikes.
Rain showers are a more frequent occurrence. Most of the rain at Disney is just a passing shower or sudden downpour. However, some rain events may last several hours or even several days. As sunny as the weather is in Florida, you would be very lucky to spend a whole week at Disney World without at least one rain shower or rainy day.
(See our Disney World Packing List page to find a poncho for your trip and our Disney Attractions for Rainy Days page to find the best theme park rides when the weather turns south)
Another weather factor you can almost certainly count on is the high heat and humidity during the summer months. Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees are not out of the question during the months of June – September. These scoring temps can make you scramble to find the nearest air-conditioned building or run for the nearest pool. Even so, you can have a wonderful experience at Disney World even when the weather is less than ideal.
The upside is that most days at Disney World experience comfortable weather for outdoor activities, more so than in other parts of the country. There are certain times of the year that are more predictable and storm-free. Spring and fall are the seasons with the best weather, whereas winter is cooler and summer is obviously the hottest.