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What to Expect at Walt Disney World in September

Undercover Tourist's Crowd Calendar SeptemberAh, September. The frogs — er, kids — are finally back in school. Perhaps the leaves are turning in your neck of the woods — or pond, as the case may be. This is one of the Frog Family’s favorite times of the year to visit the theme parks because the crowds are thinner and there are lots of special events, especially toward the end of the month. Indeed, looking at the crowd calendar, September is the very best month of the entire year to visit Walt Disney World. All but six of the days of the month are green (my favorite color), meaning a low daily crowd level. In other words, more fun and fewer hassles!

If you are already thinking about next year’s trip to Walt Disney World, September is a good bet if you don’t have school-age children or if you’re OK with taking your children out of school for, you know, vacation. (We know this is controversial, but we have a no-judging-other-parents policy in the Frog household).

It’s a good time to consider using the Park Hopper because many of the parks still have later closing hours on certain days (Magic Kingdom® Park is open to 11 p.m. on a handful of dates, not including Extra Magic Hours). So it’s conceivable with the lower crowds that you could enjoy the morning in Epcot®, for instance, and then hop over to the Magic Kingdom® Park in the evening for a few rides and the evening parade.


Walt Disney World Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water ParkThe good news is that it is slightly less hot than June and July, with an average high of 90 and a low of 72. It’s still an ideal time to visit the water parks (take advantage of the savings offered with our Walt Disney World Water Park & More ticket, and yes, there’s even a Park Hopper + Water Park & More Park Hopper ticket if that’s how you want to roll). You might also recall, Tad wrote in August about all of the water activities you can do at the Disney resorts.

While September is prime hurricane season, one of the advantages of Undercover Tourist is the 100% refund on returned and unused tickets if your vacation is cancelled as a direct result of a hurricane. Here is the official packing list for this time of year.

Upcoming in September

  • We wrote in last week’s Disney World news recap about the Great Irish Hooley, basically a big party featuring Irish bands, dancers, food and drink, that will take place at Downtown Disney over Labor Day Weekend. I am always up for a good Irish hooley — nevermind that I hadn’t heard of it before last week.
  • Speaking of Downtown Disney, a new augmented reality experience featuring Phineas & Ferb is coming September 1. Our resident techie, that would be Tad, loves this sort of thing!
  • Contemporary Christian music festival Night of Joy takes place Sept 7 and 8. There are a ton of great acts on this year’s lineup, including Third Day and NEEDTOBREATHE. Universal Studios hosts its own Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, that same weekend — with Skillet and Newsboys headlining.
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween PartyYour little pirates and princesses need not wait ‘til October to celebrate Halloween, because there are plenty of dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you are looking to be scared out of your mind, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream also have dates in September. We’re also offering a great deal on the Halloween Horror Nights plus 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket ($60 off gate prices).
  • Disney debuts a new segway tour in Epcot® on September 17. The tour explores Disney’s vision for a better tomorrow as well as World Showcase. And it includes breakfast.
  • Mommy Frog’s favorite event of the month by far is the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. It starts September 28 and runs through November 12. One of the new events included with admission this year is a “chocolate experience,” purporting to take guests from bean to bar (yes, please).
  • If you don’t stuff yourself silly (or maybe if you’re feeling really guilty), you can run in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler the same weekend as the food and wine fest opening. While the actual race is sold out (sorry, put it on your calendar for next year), as of this writing there are spaces available for the 5k and kids races. Tickets are also available for the post-race Disney Villains Hollywood Bash in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Happy planning!
– Leap

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6 Responses to “What to Expect at Walt Disney World in September”

  1. Leah Moss says:

    I normally travel at this time to florida. It’s still lovely warm weather and the parks are quieter.

    I wil be taking my son out of school at our next visit to DW he’ll be in (P4). This is his 2nd time going.

    I know their will be judgments made about this fact but I wouldn’t be able to afford the prices during school holidays!! Xx

  2. Heather Redmond says:

    As a AAA Travel Agent, I knew that September would be a a great time to visit and I’m glad I did. We did the Halloween party at the MK and it was awesome although a little pricey.

  3. Cheryl says:

    We would really like to go next September but we are scared of the hurricanes/thunderstorms/rain. Does it really thunder and rain every day as we’ve heard? We homeschool, so taking the kids out of school is not a concern for us. We’d like to go for 2 weeks and visit the water parks for the first time. We’ve been at the end of January and the end of October, both nice times.

    • FrogBlog says:


      Generally there are short thunderstorms and rains that come in the afternoons and usually go away rather quickly. If you tour the parks early, as we suggest, then you could leave the park in the afternoon when the rains come so the kids can rest or nap. When it’s clear again, you could head back to the parks in the late afternoon/early evening.

      – Leap

  4. jan says:

    We have been to Florida before but never in september. do the nightime fireworks display still go ahead in this month ? I got told that they stop at the end of August. Please could you advise .

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