August is about the hottest time to visit Disney World, literally. Expect extremely high temperatures and pack accordingly. Thankfully, Disney offers plenty of ways to cool off, from resort pools to water parks like Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Plan on spending the afternoons visiting long indoor attractions like the American Adventure, Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor or Mickey's Philharmagic. The Disney World theme parks stay open late so you can enjoy some of the "outside" rides in the evening. If you are staying at a Disney resort, August is an ideal time to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours in both the morning and the evening.
The extreme heat of August won't keep the crowds away at the beginning of the month, but expect them to dip a bit as locals and families from the Southern US return to school mid-month.
- With the parks operating at peak capacity, expect just about everything to be open early and stay open late.
- Expect to see more parades, shows and outdoor entertainment than you would if you travel in a lower-attendance month. Don't miss the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom, a hit any time of year.
- Since so many people are using the transportation system, more boats, monorails and buses may be put into service, making it easier to reach your destination in a timely manner.
- Save rides that are in the direct sunlight for early mornings or later in the evening. Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin are both in direct sunlight, even waiting in line will be too hot for daytime in August.
- Cool off mid-day by taking a dip in Shark Reef, the coldest attraction in Disney World, thanks to the temperatures required by the marine inhabitants.
Warnings and Cautions:
- August is hurricane season in Florida, so air travel could be interrupted if a storm is on the way.
- Disney World has a hurricane policy, so if a storm threatens you'll be able to reschedule under certain circumstances.
- Be prepared for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sadly, these won't cool you off, you'll simply be hot and wet if you forget to pack a poncho.
- Expect to see some of Florida's natural fauna if you stay in a resort with a wooded location like Fort Wilderness, Port Orleans Riverside or the Wilderness Lodge. Lizards, frogs and even small snakes may venture out of hiding to enjoy the tropical weather this month.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000