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Visiting Walt Disney World in August 2023

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If you are considering a visit to Walt Disney World in August, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind. First of all, it will be hot. Florida is well-known for its summer heat and humidity, so this shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise. It’s also Orlando’s rainy season, so an afternoon downpour is quite common. But if the weather isn’t an issue for you, August can be a great time to visit. In terms of crowds, it sees some of the lowest crowds of the summer.

Overall, visiting Disney World in August 2023 could be a great idea for your family… especially with a little bit of strategy and preplanning!

 


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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2023? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster, updated nighttime spectaculars, and more!


 

August At-a-Glance

  • Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and to drink lots of water! Temperatures in August are definitely heating up! The summer sun in Florida can also be a bit intense. And while Disney offers many ways to cool off, you will definitely want to be prepared with sunscreen and water.
  • Be prepared for rain. As August can be very hot and humid, rain happens. Ponchos are a great thing to keep handy for afternoon showers!
  • Mornings are a great time to visit the pools. Due to the hotter temperatures, the pools can get quite busy during the heat of the day as well as in the evenings when guests return from a day in the parks. Consider visiting in the mornings when they will be less busy.
  • Major refurbishments are not typically common in August. Disney tends to schedule their refurbishments during less busy months (such as January or February), but that doesn’t mean closures can’t or won’t happen in August.
  • The last two weeks in August are wonderful if you’re trying to avoid crowds. Many schools are back in session and not many want to miss the first weeks of school. So if that isn’t an issue for you, this could be a great time to visit the parks!
  • The Food and Wine Festival is quite popular with locals. Consider visiting Epcot on weekdays if you’re trying to avoid the crowds.

 

August Events

Halloween arrives early at the Disney World Resort! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party made its return for the 2022 season and will likely be back in 2023! The event is hosted on select nights in Magic Kingdom typically beginning in mid-August, and it runs through October 31. In 2022, tickets went on sale in mid-May, so be prepared to purchase tickets early if you’re planning to attend one of the events. (*Important note: Tickets for this event will not require a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. )

While we don’t have prices or dates for the 2023 season yet, we can certainly look back to 2022 for an idea of what to expect. Ticket prices in 2022 ranged from $109 to $199. The event dates were:

  • August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

*Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members were able to purchase specially priced tickets ($10 less per ticket) for select dates.

Another festival to be aware of is Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival which ran from July 14 to November 19 in 2022. (No dates have been announced yet for 2023.) Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). As we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.” Evenings and weekends will be busier so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

ESPN Wide World of Sports typically hosts several athletic events each month. These events don’t usually have a major impact on crowds in the parks, but they can affect resort availability and crowds at Disney’s value resorts. There are currently no events scheduled for the month of August, but this could change as some event dates have yet to be announced.

 

August Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for August 2023. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad is finally open after nearly 4 years of closure due to Tron construction!
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow reopened on January 15 in Storybook Circus.
  • The Little Mermaid meet and greet with Ariel officially returns on January 22, 2023.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle is reopening on February 19, 2023.
  • Happily Ever After (an updated version) is returning to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023.
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is opening on April 4, 2023.
  • Splash Mountain is closing permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open in 2024.

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Moana: Journey of Water, a brand new attraction, will be opening in 2023.
  • Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)
  • The American Adventure is closed from September 19 thru December 16, 2022
  • A new nighttime show will be opening at some point in 2023 to replace Harmonious.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will be closed January 9-27, 2023
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will begin a length refurbishment beginning February 20, 2023. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 9

 Other

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed for refurbishment beginning November 13, 2022.

 

August Weather

Overall, the weather in Orlando is quite hot in August. Seriously… it’s hot. The average high is 91 degrees and the low is typically around 75 degrees. It is technically Orlando’s rainy season as well. That being said, most rain in August will come in short “spurts” rather than be an all-day thing. Brief afternoon downpours are very typical!

One other thing to keep in mind is hurricane season. While it is rare that Disney World needs to close due to hurricane-related weather, it HAS happened in the past. Since 1985, the Walt Disney World parks have had to close nine times due to hurricanes. We’ve seen two closures in August, six in September, and one in October. Closures are typically only a day or two, but it is certainly something to be aware of when planning your August vacation.

 

August Disney World Crowd Calendar

Giraffes at Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comCrowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. But unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

Many schools are back in session at some point in August, so between that and the heat, many opt to avoid August when selecting their vacation dates. August is typically the least crowded of the summer months, but it does heat up a bit when it comes to temperatures. If you’re able to withstand the heat and the beginning of school isn’t an issue for you, August could be a great month to visit.

Another thing that might change the crowds a bit in August is for more things to be reopened or reintroduced. Disney’s phased reopening will definitely play a role in crowds this year, and many new attractions are on the horizon. Time will tell, however, if this will affect August crowds or not.

Disney World Crowd Calendar August 2023 | Magic in the Planning

 

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Ready To Start Planning Your Visit To Walt Disney World In August?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

  • Guide to Walt Disney World in 2023

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There’s nothing better than knowing what to expect on your Disney World vacation. Our monthly guides can help you visit with a plan!

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