Ah, 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. In fact, the two biggest and best events at the Walt Disney World Resort (at least in our opinion) -- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival -- kick off in September.
Disney World in 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. Here are some factors you should consider if you want to do this.)
The very lowest crowds of the year can be found in September, with the majority of the month seeing low crowds and the rest of the month seeing medium crowds. Even with lower crowds, we recommend heading to the park before opening, because with the lower Disney World in September crowds, you will be able to see and do so much more in the parks. Make sure to read our post on the SECRET to Avoiding Disney World CROWDS and downloading our wait-time apps before you head to the parks.
As you begin planning your Orlando vacation, we recommend you check the Crowd Calendar to find the best travel dates. As you get closer to your actual trip, you should revisit the Crowd Calendar to see the recommended parks by day.
If there is one drawback to September, it's the weather. While temperatures are on the decline, the average high remains 90, with high rainfall chances. And it is hurricane season. Yes, it's quite likely you will encounter an afternoon shower in September, but the good news is that it generally clears up after an hour or two. Here is the packing list for this time of year.
There are a ton of events happening in September, and quite a few major events. Here's the rundown of what's happening this month. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for full details.
No matter when you decide to visit Disney World, be sure to check out the Undercover Tourist blog for the latest Disney World news, tips and information. You'll find a ton more resources inside our Orlando Planning Guide.
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