If September is on your radar for your trip to Disney World or you’ve already booked your trip for September, use this monthly guide to plan your itinerary.
In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know about Disney World in September, such as what to expect with the weather, special events to consider, what the crowds are like, what’s new, and what’s closed.
How’s the weather in Orlando in September?
According to Visit Orlando, the average high temperature is 90° F and average low is 73°.
So, in other words, the weather in Orlando in September is hot and sticky.
It’s also still hurricane season in September.
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.
September is the 4th-rainiest month in the Orlando area with an average of just over 6 inches of rain (source).
Late afternoon rain showers are common, though they often only last about 20 minutes, give or take.
What to wear to Disney World in September
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, rather than sneakers, because I HATE when my feet get hot and sweaty.
But, many people feel they can’t keep up with all the walking unless they wear sneakers.
At the end of the day, you know your feet best, so wear what will keep your feet comfortable and supported.
As for what to bring into the parks with you, I highly recommend taking sunglasses, sunscreen, and a disposable rain poncho.
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 September?
Yes – there are a few events and 1 big movie release in September that might affect crowds and attractions at Disney World.
Events at Disney World in September
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival continues into September.
You can catch more details about this delicious festival in my Food & Wine Festival guide.
The Disney After Hours Boo Bash also continues into September.
For event dates in September, check out Disney’s Boo Bash page.
Disney movie releases in September
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens on September 3, 2021.
This Marvel superhero film is likely to draw special photo ops or limited-release experiences throughout September.
How crowded is Disney World in September?
September is quite nice crowd-wise in September.
As schools are either mid-session or just starting, most guests at Disney World are either adults, locals, or families with children under 5.
If you’re a fan of Halloween, September is a great time to visit for special events, such as the Boo Bash, as well.
The special-ticketed events for Halloween are less likely to sell out too quickly compared to events closer to October 31.
What’s closed at Disney World in September?
There are several rides and attractions closed for updates in anticipation of Disney World’s 50th anniversary in October.
However, as of the July 8 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 rides 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 September 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
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort will reopen for guests on September 16, 2021.
However, several resorts will remain closed through September.
The resorts still closed in September are:
- All-Star Sports Resort
- Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
All 3 of these resorts will open later in the year.
Will you visit Disney World in September?
I’ve visited Disney World in September in the past and despite the high temperatures, the crowds were manageable, which in turn made it a good experience.
I’d definitely visit Disney World in September again!
Are you planning to visit in September or have you done so in the past? Let’s chat in the comments.
This post was originally published on July 8, 2021. It was last updated on July 29, 2021.