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What to Expect at Walt Disney World in September

by Leap on August 31, 2012

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 - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2011

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 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.

Weather at Disney World in September

Disney World in September - Weather, rainIf 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.

Special Events at Disney World in September

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 WorldUniversal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for full details.

Disney World in September - Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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.

Happy planning!

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Leah Moss Sep 18, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.

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

Heather Redmond Sep 24, 2012 at 6:44 p.m.

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.

FrogBlog Sep 24, 2012 at 7:49 p.m.


So glad you had a great trip! This is a great time of year to visit.

-- Leap

Cheryl Sep 25, 2012 at 12:56 p.m.

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 Sep 25, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.


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

jan Jul 30, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

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 .



Tammy Oct 31, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

The parades and shows I'm interested in seeing.

In September when crowds are lower, do they still have the parades and shows going throughout the park?

FrogBlog Nov 3, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

Yes, Tammy! That is what makes it so great!.

mechelle Mar 5, 2015 at 12:36 a.m.

hi ive booked cates 21st august to the 5th september will this month be all storms wet ect

FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.

Hi Mechelle,

This is the rainiest period of the year in Orlando, so I would expect some rain. That said, what is very typical is a brief, afternoon storm that rolls through very quickly.

Keep hopping!


Marin May 13, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

This is fabulous. Me and my partner are thinking of coming over in September next year ( from England ). I enjoyed reading this and have taken down some notes!

FrogBlog May 13, 2015 at 9:40 a.m.

Hi Marin,

So glad we can help! Let us know if you need anything else.

Keep hopping,


David Fincham May 25, 2015 at 2:37 a.m.

So, we are going september 20th 2015. Im worried about how rainy its going to be. We'll be there for 5 days. Whats the expected weather at that time? Any tips for rain???


FrogBlog May 26, 2015 at 11:46 a.m.

Hi David,

I would expect afternoon thunderstorms. They usually blow in and out quickly. Hopefully that will be it. I would definitely recommend purchasing ponchos before you go. They will be much cheaper than if you have to pick them up in the park.

Keep hopping!


Tia May 29, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.

Hi, will the end of Sept. beginning Oct. be very rainy or is that time when the afternoon rains stop I'm planning Sept 29- Oct 3 or Oct. 25-29? Also, I know this is for Sept. How's the weather at the end of October?

FrogBlog May 29, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.

Hi Tia,

Precipitation chances go down significantly in October to about 30%.

Keep hopping!


heather Jun 10, 2015 at 7:37 p.m.

But how is the rain usually the end of september/beginning of october? Does the chance of rain drop at all then? i dont mind short showers and storms, but last year (they say is not typical) it rained 6 of those 8 days around that period and some all day... i am trying to make the same decision. i was also told it's extremely crowded teh week of 10/26 and that in late october it can be cool. im so confused

FrogBlog Jun 11, 2015 at 8:04 a.m.


At the end of September, early October you are looking at 30-40% precipitation chances, just looking at the historical data. I would expect some rain, especially showers in the afternoon, but you can never predict what is actually going to happen ;) It will get cooler later in October, but cooler is a relative term, as highs are in the low 80s and lows are in the low 60s. You might need a sweatshirt in the evenings, but overall, those are pleasant temps in my book!

Keep hopping!


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