Leap's note: September 2020 at Disney World is a bit different compared to most years. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, fireworks and stage shows are canceled. But we have good news! Magic Kingdom Park is decorated for fall Sept. 15 to Oct. 31. And this year, those days come with a special treat (in addition to many yummy Halloween-themed treats and delightfully spooky merchandise for sale). Guests of all ages can wear costumes during regular park hours at the Magic Kingdom! Hop over to our post on the Disney World reopening for the latest details and what to expect during the phased reopening. Here's a look at what to expect at Walt Disney World in September.
September means getting back into the swing of things as the tadpoles are back in school and enjoying the leaves turning colors over the pond. The only thing better is visiting theme parks! September is one of the Frog Family's favorite times of the year to visit thanks to thinner crowds (especially in 2020 with limited capacity). In most years, 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 — are in full swing during September.
While Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is canceled for 2020, we'll be hoppily visiting the Magic Kingdom in our Disney-est costumes this year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31! And listen up all foodies: The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival continues on through fall for the longest running festival yet! Hungry for more? In terms of character dining, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Minnie's Halloween Dine is returning to Hollywood & Vine as of Sept. 25. This boo-tastic Halloween meal allows physically distant character interactions with Minnie, Mickey and friends. Hop over to our post on this fall's spooky hoppenings at Disney World for fall 2020. You can get the scoop on fall flavors at all four parks and the latest on Halloween character cavalcades, photo-ops and character costumes.
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.) Maybe you find yourself home schooling this fall. That means maybe you have a little more flexibility in your schedule to visit Disney World than in past years.
Crowds at Disney World in September
The lowest crowds of the year can be found during September. September of 2020 continues to enjoy low crowds as Disney World limits park capacity. Don't froget to get a park pass (in addition to admission) through the new Disney Park Pass Reservation System for your visit. In normal years, the majority of the month sees low crowds, while weekends during the second half of the month see medium crowds. Even with lower crowds, we still recommend heading to the park before opening because you will be able to see and do so much more in the parks thanks to the low crowds.
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.
Weather at Disney World in September
If there is one drawback to September, it's the weather. While temperatures are on the decline, the average high remains 90 degrees with high rainfall chances. 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. You can still have fun on a rainy day at Disney World!
Special Events at Disney World in September
Exciting events take place in September, and they are quite significant ones! Here's the rundown of what's usually happening in September. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney World for full details.
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (Canceled for 2020)
- Disney After Hours events (Canceled for 2020)
What is happening in 2020:
- EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival (Continuing through fall)
- Halloween Season Decor at Magic Kingdom Park — Sept. 15 to Oct. 31
- Guests of all ages can wear Halloween costumes (must fit costume guidelines) — Sept. 15 to Oct. 31.