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Disney World in May: Vacation Planning Guide

Disney World in May is another great time to visit thanks to great weather.

In this post, I’ll share tips for planning your trip to Disney World in May, including what to pack, what the crowds are like, special events, what’s new, what’s closed, and general weather info.

How’s the weather in Orlando in May?

The average temperatures continue to warm up in May with an average high of 88° F and low of 66°. 

While it does rain in May, the average precipitation is only 3.45 inches of rain, which isn’t all too bad.

Temperature and precipitation data courtesy of Visit Orlando.

What to wear to Disney World in May

Photo of 2 women taking a selfie at Star Wars Galaxy Edge in Disney World's Hollywood Studios.

For the most part, cool layers will be your best bet on what to wear to Disney World in May. 

While it won’t be as hot and humid as it is in the Summer months, the temperatures can get into the 80s. 

Keep an eye on the forecast and at the very least, throw in a sweatshirt or light jacket and a pair of pants just in case.

Per usual, pack the shoes that work best for you, whether that be sandals or sneakers. 

I generally don’t recommend wearing heels to the parks, unless you’ll only be there for a short time, such as for a dinner reservation. 

Otherwise, you can really hurt yourself – and no one wants to be laid up in their hotel room because their feet hurt too much!

At minimum, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, and a compact rain poncho or umbrella in your park bag. These will help you beat the sun and rain.

For more tips on what to pack for Disney World, check out my Disney World packing list, which includes a FREE printable list to help you stay organized while you pack for your trip.

Are there any special events at Disney World in May?

Promotional poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film.

The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival continues into May. The weekends will be extra crowded!

Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens May 6.

There aren’t any special events announced yet, but it’s common to see special treats or photo opportunities throughout the parks and at Disney Springs.

Last, but not least, the long awaited first roller coaster at Epcot, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, opens on May 27.

What’s closed at Disney World in May?

Closeup photo of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

There are several rides and attractions that are closed in May. As reopening dates are announced, this post will be updated.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo: The Musical remains closed in May – but will return at some point in 2022 with a revamped show. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There are a few attractions closed at Hollywood Studios in May:

  1. Fantasmic nighttime show
  2. Jedi Training Academy
  3. Star Wars Launch Bay
  4. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

As of publication date, an opening date for these attractions has not been announced. However, officials have confirmed that Fantasmic will return at some point in 2022.

Magic Kingdom

There are several attractions and experiences closed at Magic Kingdom in May.

The Magic Kingdom attractions and experiences closed this month are:

  1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  2. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Walt Disney World Railroad

Outside the parks

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’s Disney Springs location remains closed with no reopening date as of publication time, as well.

Will you visit Disney World in May?

Are you planning to visit Disney World in May for some springtime fun? Let’s chat in the comments below.

This post was originally published on March 12, 2022. It was last updated on April 4, 2022.