If August is on your radar for your trip to Disney World or you’ve already booked your trip for August, use this monthly 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.
Table of contents
- How’s the weather in Orlando in August?
- What to wear to Disney World in August
- Are there any events at Disney World or Disney movie releases in August?
- How crowded is Disney World in August?
- What’s closed at Disney World in August?
- Will you visit Disney World in August?
How’s the weather in Orlando in August?
The Orlando area in August is just as hot, humid, and rainy as it is in June and July.
According to Visit Orlando, the average high temperature is 92° F and average low is 74°.
So, in other words, hot and sticky.
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.
August is the 3rd-rainiest month in the Orlando area with an average of over 7 inches of rain (source).
Afternoon rain showers are common, though they often only last about 20 minutes, give or take.
What to wear to Disney World in August
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, 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.
I highly recommend taking sunglasses, sunscreen, and a disposable rain poncho to the parks with you.
The Florida sun can be brutal, as can the rain, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for both!
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.
Are there any events at Disney World or Disney movie releases in August?
Yes – there are tons of events at Disney World in August, plus several movie releases.
Events at Disney World in August
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival continues into August. Catch more details about this delicious festival in my Food & Wine Festival guide.
In 2021, Disney is replacing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a ticked after hours event at Magic Kingdom, with the Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
It’s not clear yet if this is a permanent change or solely meant to be a scaled-down event as Disney moves back to normal post-COVID.
The Disney After Hours Boo Bash will run on select dates, with the first event on August 10, 2021.
For more dates in August, check out Disney’s Boo Bash page.
Disney movie releases in August
There aren’t any movie releases in August worth noting or that would have special promotions in the parks.
However, Jungle Cruise opens July 30, so any promos for that movie are sure to spill into August.
Once I get word of Jungle Cruise promos, I’ll update this post.
How crowded is Disney World in August?
The first half of August still sees considerable Summer crowds, but the second half quiets down a little bit as many US schools are back in session by then.
If you’re a family with children and limited choices of when you can visit, the second half 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, I’d go with August if I were you.
What’s closed at Disney World in August?
There are several rides and attractions closed for updates in anticipation of Disney World’s 50th anniversary in October.
However, as of our June 16 publication date of this post, there are over a dozen rides and attractions that are still closed due to COVID-19.
It’s very possible that some or all of the rides and attractions closed due to the pandemic could open at any time this Summer.
As reopening dates are announced, this post will be updated.
The Boneyard at DinoLand U.S.A and Finding Nemo: The Musical are the last 2 attractions that remain closed at Animal Kingdom due to the pandemic.
As of July 8, a reopen date has yet to be announced for either attraction.
Turtle Talk with Crush, one of the best Epcot rides and attractions for kids, is closed due to the pandemic.
The Canada Far & Wide Circle Vision 360 film is also closed.
As of July 8, a reopen date for both attractions has yet to be announced.
There are a number of shows and attractions at Hollywood Studios that are still closed due to the pandemic.
As of July 8, a reopen date has yet to be announced for any of these shows and attractions:
Disney World has been hiring and rehiring cast members quite a bit lately, with some job postings specifically referencing shows at Hollywood Studios.
My guess is that they hope to open many of these, if not all, by October.
- Beauty & the Best: Live on Stage
- Fantasmic nighttime show
- Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
- Jedi Training Academy
- Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular fireworks
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Several attractions and experiences at Magic Kingdom are closed due to the pandemic with no reopening date announced as of July 8.
The Magic Kingdom attractions and experiences still closed are:
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Festival of Fantasy parade
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
There are also a few pre-scheduled updates happening at Magic Kingdom affecting shops and attractions in August 2021.
The Hall of Presidents is currently being updated to add the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, to the attraction.
Main Street Confectionery, the well-known snack and souvenir shop, and The Chapeau, a souvenir shop that sells hats and Minnie ears, are closed for updates.
Lastly, the Walt Disney World Railroad train ride is also closed for updates.
While a reopening date hasn’t been announced for these 4 refurbishments, I expect all of them to be reopened on or before Disney World’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.
Winter Summerland Mini Golf at the Blizzard Beach water park is closed.
Fantasia Gardens & Fairways mini golf at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel is open, so if you really want to play a round or 2 of mini golf, at least you have an alternative option!
The Typhoon Lagoon water park temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
While a reopening date has not been announced, I have high hopes that it will reopen at some point this Summer – especially since Blizzard Beach opened back in March.
There are several experiences that are still closed at Disney Springs due to COVID-19:
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- House of Blues Music Hall
- NBA Experience
A reopening date hasn’t been announced for any of these experiences yet as of July 8.
Disney World resorts
There are several resorts at Disney World that will still be closed in August, with 1 reopening at the end of the month.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge and Jambo House will reopen for guests on August 26. Kidani Village Disney Vacation Club villas have been open for some time now.
The resorts still closed in August are:
- All-Star Music Resort
- All-Star Sports Resort
- Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
All 4 of these resorts will open later in the year.
Will you visit Disney World in August?
I’ve visited Disney World in August in the past and despite the miserable heat and humidity, I still enjoyed my vacation.
Are you planning to visit in August or have you done so in the past? Let’s chat in the comments.
This blog post was originally published on June 16, 2021. It was last updated on July 8, 2021.