September in Orlando: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Spaceship Earth geodesic dome at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center in Florida

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It's September and school is back in session, but you'll still experience summer-type weather in Orlando. It's a great time to check out theme parks and local attractions because you'll encounter smaller-than-normal crowds. Theme parks report their lowest attendance during the month of September, and with the weather (slightly) cooling off, it's a fine time to visit Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld and take in some special events such as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. 

Orlando Weather in September

It's still very warm and humid in the afternoon but not quite as unbearable as during June through August in Orlando. The temperatures go down toward the end of the month, and that is the time to visit if you have some flexibility.

  • Average high: 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius)

The chance for rain also goes down as September progresses, but there still is a 50/50 chance every day that you'll see raindrops, and that is most likely in the afternoon—you might even see rain every afternoon you are in Orlando. It's also the height of the hurricane season, so you'll need to be on the lookout for extreme weather and plan accordingly.

What to Pack

Definitely pack your summer attire for a September vacation in Orlando. Shorts and T-shirts are ideal for the theme parks—throw in a hoodie or sweater for evening, just in case. September can bring rain, so a light poncho or umbrella will come in handy if you encounter one of those afternoon downpours.

Evenings, especially at nice restaurants, can be an opportunity to dress up with a tropical sports shirt and slacks or, for women, sundress, and strappy sandals. During the day you'll either be sightseeing or be on your feet at a theme park so wear walking shoes or sandals to be comfortable.

Disney World Resort pools, hotel pools, and water parks will be where you'll want to cool off so pack a bathing suit and cover-up. For a day at a water park, bring your own water shoes to prevent slipping. And, since you'll enjoy being outdoors in the warm weather, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are must-pack items.

September Events in Orlando

September events bring events for foodies in several different venues in Orlando and the beginning of the Halloween season at Walt Disney World.

  • Magical Dining Month: More than 100 Orlando-area restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe meals at $35 per person from the end of August through the beginning of October, during Magical Dining Month. At the end of the program, restaurants will donate $1 for each Magical Dining dinner served directly to one or more deserving charities.
  • Food and Wine Festival: At the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you'll find global marketplaces featuring food from countries around the world at 35 kiosks; concerts every night that go from rock to pop, new wave to swing; and events with chefs where you can watch them whip up a fantastic meal that will make your mouth water. A ticket to the park is required to attend each day.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party: Halloween gets a head start at Walt Disney World, where Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party happens most nights from Aug. 25 to Oct 31. The ghosts and goblins are out after dark in the Magic Kingdom, and favorite Disney characters with a Halloween twist are on the scene, complete with a backdrop of lightly-scary entertainment. And just like on Halloween night, you can collect sweets and treats while dressed in costume. Read the rules on the website before you decide on that really cool costume you have in mind to be sure it will be allowed. Many attractions in Walt Disney World will be open during this event. You'll need a ticket for everyone in your group to get into the park.
  • SeaWorld Craft Beer Fest: SeaWorld is an ideal place to bring the beer lovers in your family during September. Over four weekends, enjoy 100 craft beers from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites.

September Travel Tips

  • September is an ideal time to visit the theme parks such as Walt Disney World. The crowds have thinned and the weather is cooler at night than during the summer months.
  • It's still warm enough to go to the beaches and water parks and doing some outdoor exploration via biking and light hiking is a great way to explore the outdoor environments of central Florida.
  • Just because the temperatures have dipped a bit, don't forget the sunscreen. Apply early and often, and expect the sun to roll back after the afternoon showers.
  • Because September is considered off-season, some rides and attractions are closed, so consider planning a daytrip to explore outside theme parks. Kissimmee is just 30 minutes from Orlando, and is known as the "Gateway to the Everglades" because it's a fun place to see alligators and do a little outlet shopping. Or head to Wekiwa Springs State Park, not far from downtown Orlando, to enjoy clear, emerald springs feeding the Wekiwa River and lush tropical vegetation.
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