Are you thinking about a Disney World vacation in August? You are in the right place! Find out everything you need to know about visiting Walt Disney World in August from weather and crowd sizes to what to pack and what to wear!
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August is a great time to visit Walt Disney World! Many kids are still out of school, and the weather is great. Hot, but great!
Tips for Disney World in August
Below are some things you can expect at Disney World in August as well as some tips to beat the crowds and the heat!
Is Disney World Busy in August?
The month of August is generally pretty manageable at Disney World, as far as crowds go. Many kids start going back to school, so the end of the month is actually pretty pleasant.
With park capacity still limited and reservations required, you can definitely know what to expect when you visit.
How to Beat the Disney World Crowds
Some of the tips and tricks below work any time of the year, but a few of them are not available at the moment. Hopefully in the future, these features will return as the parks return to normal.
Disney Genie Service
Disney knows that there will be crowds at the parks and has come up with ways to help you spend less time waiting in line.
The Disney Genie service is available to all park guests and allows you to create a personalized itinerary in the My Disney Experience app that is based on your preferences. There is also a paid service called Disney Genie+ that functions similar to the old Fastpass+ system. To learn more about Disney Genie, click here.
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Advance Dining Reservations
Table service restaurants at Disney World can fill up fast and it is rare that you can just show up and expect to get a table.
Disney allows anyone, whether staying on property or not, to make dining reservations 180 days before travel. (Currently 60 days)
These reservations are called Advance Dining Reservations or ADR’s.
Planning ahead and making your dining reservations as soon as you can, will help you enjoy your favorite meals and beat the crowds!
Find out more information about making dining reservations here.
Another way to beat the crowds is to use Rider Switch, if you are traveling with small children.
Rider Switch is designed for guests who are visiting Disney World with a child who is too small or may not want to ride certain attractions.
One adult can sit out with that child while the other adult goes on the ride.
When the adult who rode the ride is done, the other adult can then ride with up to two guests without waiting in the stand by line!
Rider Switch Attractions
Magic Kingdom Park
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Stitch’s Great Escape
- Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Special Events at Disney World in August
If you plan to travel to Disney World in August, here are a few special events that you can experience:
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival July 15 – November 20
- Disney After Hours Boo Bash August 10 – October 31
Weather at Disney World in August
The weather at Disney World in August is hot and wet. The high temperatures are usually in the low 90s and the lows are in the mid 70s.
The Orlando weather forecast for August 2019 shows a mix of partly cloudy days as well as scattered thunderstorms and rain for many of the days.
For up to date weather information in Orlando click here.
What to Pack for Disney World in August
It’s important to know what you will and won’t need to pack for a Disney trip in August, and I’m here to help!
You don’t want to be unprepared and end up using your vacation budget for things that could easily have been brought from home.
Want to know how you can bring everything you need, yet still save money and room in your suitcase?
Here are a few things you might want to pack if you’ll be traveling to Disney World in August.
Pack Rain Gear
The weather in Orlando can be very unpredictable. Rain storms can form and dissipate quickly.
Be prepared with a compact travel umbrella and a rain poncho. Ponchos can also come in handy to wear on rides like Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain to keep your clothes nice and dry.
If you will have a stroller with you at Disney World, I recommend bringing a plastic shower curtain liner from the dollar store.
You can secure it over the stroller with clothes pins to keep it dry while you are watching a show or riding an attraction. Works like a champ!
Pack Sun Protection
What to Wear at Disney World in August
You will most likely not need long pants when visiting Disney in August, but it is a good idea to bring along a sweatshirt or jacket for the days that have fain in the forecast.
Even in August, it can get really cool when the rain comes to stay. I found this out the hard way at Epcot.
On normal, hot August days, I suggest wearing a cute short-sleeved Disney t-shirt and shorts and comfortable shoes.
Where to Get Affordable Disney Apparel
Before any Disney vacation, I like to check out Jane for adorable Disney-themed shirts. There is usually a selection of cute shirts for only $13.99!
Another great place to find cute Disney apparel is Amazon. They have something for the whole family, and you can get things like autograph books for a fraction of the cost that you will see at the parks.
Disney World Hours in August
- Open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Disney After Hours Boo Bash 9:30 pm – 12:30 am (August 10, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31)
- Open from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
- Open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rides Closed for Refurbishment at Disney World in August
Disney is great at keeping their rides and attractions in top notch form. That is one of the reasons that I will spend more money to visit their theme parks.
In August, there are usually fewer ride closures than other times of the year because it is considered peak season.
For an updated list of what rides will be closed in August, visit Disney World’s website.
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