While it’s not quite as busy as July, August is still one of the very busiest months to visit, especially at the beginning of the month. The good news is that there are still extended park hours through much of the month, so you can spend those long summer days and nights having a blast at the theme parks! We highly recommend touring early, taking a break in the afternoon and then coming back to the parks in the evenings for as long as your little ones can handle it.
What’s new in the parks
At Universal Studios, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D has offcially opened! This attraction features amazing effects and will have you battling alongside Bumblebee and Optimus Prime to take on the Decepticons. We’ve added wait times for this attraction to our app — make sure you download it before you leave home! Thanks to a high load capacity, this attraction is seeing peak waits of about 90 minutes. If you arrive before park opening, we recommend making it your second stop in Universal after Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
You might have seen some of our previous coverage of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which opened May 24. Tad has video of the new area, the ride, the restaurant Expedition Cafe (which is like three restaurants in one!) and Glacial Collections, the shop which sells the cute-as-a-penguin, customizable Cup That Cares.
As far as touring is concerned, we recommend making it your very first stop of the day at SeaWorld Orlando when lines are shortest or when the shows begin. When you enter the park, you’ll want to head toward Manta and then hang a right once you pass it. Look for the glaciers — you can’t miss them! Here are more of our tips for touring Antarctica with the shortest wait times.
If you’re visiting Magic Kingdom® Park, no doubt you’ll want to experience New Fantasyland™. This area opened late last year, and even at opening it’s quite common to find a 45-minute wait for Enchanted Tales with Belle. There is no Fastpass for this attraction, so if it’s a priority, your best bet is to hop over first thing at park opening. If you arrive and find a line less than 45 minutes, do this first and then Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s Grotto. If you find the line more than 45 minutes, head to Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s Grotto, because after the opening “rush,” Enchanted Tales with Belle sees a slight dip between 10 a.m. and noon on most days and won’t see lower wait times again until late afternoon and evening. Here are the details about all of the New Fantasyland™ attractions.
Want to know what else is coming to the theme parks? Look no further than Tad’s exhaustive list (which just keeps growing and growing).
There will be no avoiding the summer crowds if you’re visiting during the first half of the month. As it gets closer to the return of school, the crowd levels begin to decline. We still recommend reading our post on the SECRET to Avoiding Disney World CROWDS and downloading our wait-time apps, which now includes Fastpass return times, before you head to the parks.
Predicted best days of the month to visit (and recommended parks)
- August 23 (Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Islands of Adventure)
- August 27 (Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Universal Studios)
- August 28 (Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure)
Check the crowd calendar to see recommended days for the whole month and beyond.
Closings and Refurbishments
At Magic Kingdom® Park, The Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed most of the month (through Aug. 28). Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Liberty Square Riverboat and the Jungle Cruise® Attraction will also see closures this month. At Epcot, Spaceship: Earth sees a closure Aug. 21-28, while at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Muppet Vision 3D will be closed most of the month starting Aug. 6. For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.
It’s quite steamy in August, with an average high of 92, a low of 74 and high rainfall chances. It’s a good idea to pack a few ponchos because storms can move in very quickly, but the good news is that it generally rains for only an hour or two (usually in the afternoons) and then clears up. Here is the packing list for this time of year.
- Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay feature Kinetix®, a rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics, followed by a fireworks finale. It runs nightly through Aug. 11.
- At SeaWorld Orlando, Summer Nights include extended park hours, and the Shamu Rocks and Sea Lions Tonite night-time shows that run nightly through Aug. 11.
Both of these events are included with regular admission to the theme parks, so make sure you have your tickets!
Will you be visiting in August? What questions do you have for us?