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 and special events (though September 2019 may be a bit busier than usual due to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on August 29). 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 — are in full swing during 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.)
Crowds at Disney World in September
The lowest crowds of the year can be found during September. September of 2019 may be a bit of an exception due to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on August 29. 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 — and it is in the middle of hurricane season. 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 happening this month. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney World for full details.
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
- Disney After Hours events