It's September and school is back in session, but if you just pay attention to the weather, it's still summer in Orlando. It's a great time to check out local attractions with 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.
Daily highs in September top out in the mid- to upper-80s Fahrenheit, with nighttime lows in the low- to mid-70s. So it's still very warm and humid in the afternoon but not quite as unbearable as June through August in Orlando. The temps go down toward the end of the month, and that is the time to visit if you have flexibility. 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. If you have enough warning, you can plan your trip so you avoid an approaching hurricane.
Fun Things to Do
If it's not raining, this is generally great weather for eating a leisurely breakfast, lunch, or dinner alfresco on one of Orlando's many restaurant patios; shopping at Orlando's famous outlet malls; or checking out the local boutique scene on Winter Park Avenue, where you'll get a taste of what Orlando was like before it became the capital of Disney. Winter Park Avenue's bars and bistros also make it a cool place to be. If it's raining, take a stroll through East End Market, which features food, art, and fresh produce that makes Central Florida proud.
On a warm and lazy afternoon, chilling at the hotel pool might be the best idea yet, with a stroll to the hotel bar for your favorite craft cocktail right around 5 p.m. before heading out to a great dinner at one of Orlando's many fine restaurants.
More than 100 Orlando-area restaurants offer prix-fixe meals from the end of August through the beginning of October, during Magical Dining Month. This event, sponsored by American Express, partially benefits the charities Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation and Freedom Ride.
At the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you'll find global marketplaces featuring food from countries the world over 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.
No, you aren't confused about the date of Halloween. And yes, Halloween gets a move-up at Walt Disney World, where Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party happens most nights from Aug. 25 to Oct 31. The spooks are out after dark in the Magic Kingdom, and ghosts and favorite Disney characters with a Halloween twist are on the scene, complete with a backdrop of creepy 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.