August is about the hottest time to visit Disney World. Thankfully, Disney offers plenty of ways to cool off, from resort pools to the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks. American families getting their last vacations in before summer gives way to school may notice a higher than usual number of foreign tourists. Europeans, especially, traditionally take their vacations in August, making it a good time for your older children to brush up on their language skills before they hit the books again.
Plan on spending the afternoons visiting long indoor attractions such as 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 Disney's 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 United States return to school mid-month. Use the FastPass+ system to avoid waiting in long lines; and be sure to take advantage of the rider switch program if you are traveling in a group with small children.
August marks the changeover from high season to value season, so one-day park ticket prices drop at mid-month.
Disney World Weather in August
Smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic storm season, August means heat, humidity, and hurricanes. Though Orlando's inland location makes it less susceptible, you could encounter severe thunderstorms during your visit.
- Average high temperature: 92 degrees F (33 degrees C)
- Average low temperature: 72 degrees F (22 degrees C)
In the rainiest month of August, Orlando typically gets nearly 7.5 inches of rain, with a 70 percent chance of showers on any given day. Daylight lasts for 12 hours and 45 minutes to 13.5 hours a day, and the parks let you take advantage of the lingering sunshine with extended hours.
What to Pack
You need shorts, T-shirts, and a bathing suit. Maybe a skirt or summer dress for evenings. The lighter you pack, the better. But leave room for a summer sweater; many indoor locations crank the a/c, which can be downright chilling at times. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes on your park visit days. A poncho or umbrella may keep you dry during the inevitable downpours.
Most importantly, bring plenty of sunblock and re-apply it often every day, even if the sky looks overcast. The Florida sun can be brutal, and even people who claim they normally don't burn can find themselves turning dangerously red at Disney World.
August Events in Disney World
As part of the high season, August sees most attractions and rides operating at full capacity. But you won't find many special events or promotions during this busy month. You can expect to see more parades, shows, and outdoor entertainment than you would in a month with historically lower attendance, though.
- 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 in direct sunlight for early mornings or later in the evening. Even just waiting in line for Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin 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.
- 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 such as 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