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Visiting Walt Disney World in May 2024

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Walt Disney World in May is truly magical. The weather is warmer, but not too hot yet. And up until Memorial Day weekend, the crowds are fairly manageable as many families are finishing up the school year and avoiding travel. All that being said, with a little planning May can be a wonderful time to visit the most magical place on earth!

 


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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more!


 

May At-a-Glance

  • May temperatures as well as the afternoon sun are definitely beginning to feel a bit “summer-like,” so don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Temperatures in May are definitely not quite as hot as in June or July, but it is definitely beginning to heat up.
  • Expect crowds for Memorial Day Weekend! This three-day weekend does bring its fair share of crowds, but many schools are not out yet for summer so the rest of May shouldn’t be as busy.
  • Major refurbishments are not typically common in May. 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 May.
  • The first two weeks of May are an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World. Warmer weather, lower crowds, and fewer refurbishments make the first two weeks of May one of our favorite times to visit the parks!

 

May Events

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will begin on February 28 (running through May 27) and will transform Epcot into a breathtaking springtime wonderland. Visitors can enjoy a stunning display of flowers and topiaries, indulge in delicious outdoor food, and listen to live music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Exclusive festival merchandise and scavenger hunts (including the popular Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt) add to the experience, making it a must-see event for flower and nature enthusiasts.

For those interested in attending a ticketed after-hours event, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot will be offering Disney After Hours on select nights. Experience the magic of Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park on select nights from January 11 to June 27, Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios on select nights from January 10 to August 29, and Disney After Hours at Epcot from February 2 to July 18. Tickets range from $145 to $175, with discounts for Passholders and DVC Members.

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. Here are the events scheduled so far in May:

You may also want to take Memorial Day weekend into account when selecting vacation dates. This particular weekend almost always sees a spike in crowds as it marks the beginning of the summer season for Disney World. Also, Hollywood Studios may see an increase in crowds on May 4th, a.k.a. “Star Wars Day.” So if you want to avoid crowds, consider visiting a different park on that particular day of your visit.

 

May Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for May 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open on June 28, 2024!
  • Country Bear Musical Jamboree closed on January 27, 2024. An updated brand-new show will debut this summer.

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is now open!
  • CommuniCore Hall & Plaza will be opening on June 10, 2024.
  • Test Track will be closing on June 17, 2024, for a multi-month refurbishment. A reopening date has not yet been announced but will likely be sometime in 2025.

Hollywood Studios

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed, and will be replaced with a fully reimagined production called “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure.” The new show is expected to debut in Fall 2024.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will close on January 8, 2024, for a multi-month refurbishment. It is currently scheduled to reopen in Summer 2024.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple has permanently ended.

Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug will be closing at some point to make way for a Zootopia Tree of Life Show. No dates have been announced.
  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
    • It is anticipated that Dino-Rama, as a whole, will likely close at some point to make way for a major expansion. Disney has shared plans for potential replacements, such as a Moana Mini-Land, which includes detailed concept art. Additionally, there is the possibility of a Zootopia Expansion beyond Dino-Rama. Although these proposals are promising, it should be noted that they have not yet been approved or funded by Disney. Therefore, the fate of Dino-Rama remains uncertain, but it is evident that its days are limited.

 Other

  • Blizzard Beach closed on March 17, 2024, for winter refurbishment. No opening date has been announced.

 

May Weather

Overall, the weather in Orlando is quite warm in May. It’s not quite as hot as July or August, but it’s definitely on the warmer side! The average high is 88 degrees and the low is typically around 66 degrees. There is a little more rainfall than January through April, but not as much as in the summer months during hurricane season. If you don’t mind a little bit of warm weather, however, May can be an excellent month to visit when it comes to weather.

 

May Disney World Crowd Calendar

Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comCrowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. It’s best not to completely rely on them when making your Disney World vacation plans.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in knowing what to expect, 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.

On top of that, many are choosing to travel differently these days. Quiet months have become popular due to runDisney events as well as other Disney events and promotions, while busier seasons have seen a downward trend in the last couple of years.

One thing that will be certain for May, however, is the Memorial Day weekend crowds. So if crowds are an issue for you, I would steer clear of that weekend.

Disney World May 2024 Crowd Calendar | Magic in the Planning

 

Ready to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World in May?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

 

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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!

January   |   February

March   |   April

May (you are here)   |   June

July   |   August

September   |   October

November   |   December

 

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