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Disney World in August Vacation Planning Guide

If August is on your radar for visiting Walt Disney World resort or you’ve already booked your trip for this month, use this guide to plan your itinerary.

In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know about Disney World in August, such as what to expect with the weather, special events to consider, what the crowds are like, what’s new, and what’s closed.

All dates and information subject to change throughout the year. This post will be updated frequently, but for the most up to date information on what’s closed and what’s reopened, check out my post about Disney World closures and what’s new.

Weather in Orlando in August

Closeup of a person holding a waffle cone with raspberry gelato from L'Artisan des Glaces at Disney World's Epcot.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

The Orlando area in August is just as hot, humid, and rainy as it is in June and July.

According to US Climate Data, the average high temperature is 92° F and average low is 74° F.

So, in other words, we’ve got some pretty hot weather on our hands this month.

I recommend adding plenty of pool time to your itinerary or even a day or two at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s two water parks.

August is one of the wettest months in the central Florida area with an average of over 7 inches of rain (source).

Afternoon showers are common, although most rain showers here often only last about 20 minutes, give or take.

It’s also still hurricane season in August. While that doesn’t mean Disney World will get hit with a hurricane, which is rare due to its central location inland, it does mean rain – lots of it

What to wear to Disney World in August

Photo of actress Busy Phillips at Disney World's Epcot wearing sunglasses, and a Minnie Mouse inspired outfit, including Minnie ears.
Actress Busy Phillips at Epcot. // Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney World.

As with the other Summer months, I recommend light-colored, loose clothes to help prevent you from overheating. 

As for shoes – I always say, do what’s best for your feet. 

I prefer sandals, like Birkenstock slides or Teva flip flops, over sneakers because I HATE when my feet get hot and stuffy. 

But, many people feel they can’t keep up with all the walking unless they wear sneakers.

Lastly, I highly recommend taking sunglasses, sunscreen, and a disposable rain poncho to the theme parks with you.

You might want a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and hat to add some shade, as well.

The Florida sun can be brutal, as can the rain, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for both!

All that said, I’ve visited Disney World in August in the past and despite the miserable heat and high humidity, I still enjoyed my Disney vacation.

For more tips on what to pack for Disney World, check out my Disney World packing list post. 

My Disney World packing guide comes with a FREE printable packing list to help you stay organized while packing for your trip.

Special events

Photo of Goofy, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck posing at Magic Kingdom while wearing Halloween costumes.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Yes – there are tons of events at Disney World in August, plus several movie releases.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues into August, so expect Epcot to be busier, especially on the weekends.

This event includes the Eat-to-the-Beat concert series, tons of limited-time food and drink, culinary demonstrations and classes, and more.

For more info on this festival, check out my Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a specially ticketed event at Magic Kingdom during after-hours is expected to return in August for select dates through October, as well.

This limited-capacity event includes trick or treating, a Halloween parade, special character meet-and-greets, and shorter lines at popular attractions, like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and TRON Lightcycle / Run.

The dates have not been announced as of January 19, 2023 and likely won’t be available until sometime in the Spring.

Photo of the logo for the Disney Haunted Mansion movie releasing in August 2023.
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

On August 11, Disney’s live-action Haunted Mansion, starring Danny Devito, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jared Leto, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, and Rosario Dawson, debuts in movie theaters.

I speculate that there will be some promo for this film at Magic Kingdom, given that the film is inspired by the Haunted Mansion ride.

There’s also usually something fun to celebrate Disney film releases at the AMC Disney Springs dine-in movie theatre, as well.

August crowds

Early August still sees considerable Summer crowds, but the second half quiets down a little bit for back-to-school season.

If you’re a family with children and limited choices of when you can visit, the end of August is slightly better than June or July crowd-wise. 

So if your schools aren’t in session until the first week of September and you don’t mind the heat and humidity, late August is a great time to visit Walt Disney World.

Attraction and ride closures

There are several rides and attractions that are expected to be closed in August.

It’s also possible that more closures will be announced as we move through the year, as well as attractions reopening before August.

This section was last updated on January 28, 2023.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Photo of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom at night.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

The Colors of Mo’Ara face painting station in Pandora is still closed with no reopening date.

Character flotillas, or boats that look like parade floats, have replaced many of the in-person character meet-and-greets.

It’s not clear if this is permanent or if they will return. This includes Pocahontas, Russle, Dug, Timon, Rafiki, and others.


Photo of a group of women wearing tank tops and other light layers while drinking cool beverages at Disney World's Epcot theme park.
Photo by Harrison Cooney, courtesy of Disney.

Tokyo Dining in the Japan pavilion is closed for refurbishment and expected to reopen in Summer 2023. As of January 2023, it is not know yet if it will be open in August.

Over in the Morocco pavilion, The Brass Bazaar, Casablanca Carpets, Marketplace in the Medina, and Restaurant Marrakesh remain closed.

El Ranchito del Norte in Mexico, Village Traders between China and Germany, Der Teddybar in Germany, the Trading Post between Canada and the United Kingdom pavilions, Sportsman’s Shoppe in United Kingdom, and the Mitsukoshi Kiosk in Japan also remain closed.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo of the Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios at night.
Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy of Disney World.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are several attractions and rides that may still be closed in September:

  1. Citizens of Hollywood
  2. Meet The Incredibles
  3. Jedi Training Academy
  4. Star Wars Launch Bay theater
  5. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

In addition, the following shops and food stands are closed:

  1. Disney Studio Store
  2. Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  3. It’s a Wonderful Shop
  4. Neighborhood Bakery
  5. Stage 1 Company Store
  6. In Character

Disney is slowly reopening attractions, but hasn’t been announcing dates too far in advance, so it’s anyone’s guess on whether these will or won’t still be closed. Best to check back on this post periodically for the latest and greatest.

Magic Kingdom

Photo of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their EARidescent costumes, posing in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

There are several meet-and-greets that have been closed for quite some time now. It is possible that they will still be closed in August.

  1. Meet Gaston near his tavern
  2. Meet Alice at Mad Tea Party
  3. Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater.

Lastly, Splash Mountain is closed permanently. In its place, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024.

Are you ready to visit Walt Disney World in August?

I hope you found all the information you need to plan your Walt Disney World vacation.

If you have additional questions, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

This blog post was originally published on June 16, 2021. It was last updated January 19, 2023.

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