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Visiting Walt Disney World in May 2023

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When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World in May, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind. 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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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

Perhaps the most notable event is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. While dates for 2023 have yet to be announced, this event took place from March 2 through July 4 in 2022. It features beautifully designed interactive gardens as well as a variety of living sculptures shaped like your favorite Disney characters. You will also find plenty of unique food options and family-friendly exhibits. Epcot festivals tend to bring more local crowds on evenings and weekends, so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot made its return in  2022 and will likely be a part of the festival in 2023.

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 as well as events that are typically held 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’re wanting to avoid crowds, consider visiting a different park on that day of your visit.

 

May Refurbishments & Closures

As things return to normal at the theme parks, nighttime spectaculars and fireworks are returning as well! Two new shows premiered on October 1, 2021, for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. “Disney Enchantment” kicked off the 50th-anniversary festivities at Magic Kingdom Park, and “Harmonious” also debuted at Epcot. Fantasmic! will also be returning to Hollywood Studios at some point in 2022!

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

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad is closed indefinitely due to construction on the new Tron roller coaster.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle is also temporarily closed with no reopening date yet announced.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is reopening August 25, 2022
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is still under construction (We are hopeful for a 2023 opening date!)
  • Splash Mountain will close at some point for retheming to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. No dates have been announced yet, however.
  • Character meet-and-greets at both Pete’s Silly Side Show (Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy, and Pluto) and The Thotful Spot (Pooh and Tigger) are returning soon!

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is expected to open in 2022
  • Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
  • Fantasmic! is returning in 2022
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will close on August 22, 2022, for refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen on September 9, 2022.
  • 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
  • Rivers of Light has permanently ended
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! debuted on June 13, 2022
  • Festival of the Lion King returned with a FULL version of the show on July 15, 2022

 Other

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is closed for refurbishment. The opening date is TBA.

 

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. 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.

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.

Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar May 2023 | Magic in the Planning

 

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

Here are some resources to help you get started!

Disney Coronado Springs Resort | Magic in the PlanningWalt Disney World Resort Guides:

 

Walt Disney World Dining Guides:

 

Stormtroopers on Rise of Resistance | Magic in the PlanningWalt Disney World Attraction Guides:

 

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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