Disney World in August
The first two weeks of August can be quite busy but the crowds slowly decrease over the last half of the month as kids head back to school. A little advance planning will reap huge rewards in vacation enjoyment. Keep reading to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your August trip to Disney World.
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Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments in August 2017:
- Magic Kingdom will close to the general public at 7:00PM on August 25, 29; September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31; November 1, 2017 due to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event. There will not be fireworks during general public hours on these nights.
- Magic Kingdom - Hall of Presidents closed January 17 - late 2017.
- Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed August 1-10, 2017.
- Magic Kingdom - Splash Mountain will be closed August 28 - November 16, 2017.
- Magic Kingdom - Festival of Fantasy parade time changes from 3:00PM to 2:00PM daily on August 20, 2017.
- Epcot - Mission: SPACE and Advance Training Lab closed June 5 - August 13, 2017.
- Epcot - Ellen's Energy Adventure closing permanently on beginning August 13, 2017
- Epcot - Coral Reef Restaurant closed beginning August 27-30, 2017
- Disney's Hollywood Studios - The Great Movie Ride closing permanently on beginning August 13, 2017
- Disney Springs - Portobello Country Italian Trattoria (restaurant) closed April 23 - Fall 2017
- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters restaurant, Cabana Pool Bar & the Calypso Trading Post will be closed from May 1, 2017 to June 18, 2018. Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner. Grab-and-Go meals like pastries, salads, fruit, and sandwiches will be sold in the Aruba, Jamaica and Aruba sections of the resort. In-room dining will still be available.
- Disney's Pop Century Resort - Room Refurbishments from Feb 4, 2017 to May 7, 2018. Work should not begin until after 9:00am each morning.
- Disney's Yacht Club - Captain's Grille restaurant will temporarily be relocated to Ariel's in the Yacht Club Resort from May 25 - September 30, 2017.
- We will update this section as information is released.
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Special Events at Disney World in August
- Disney Springs - Lego Store Events - The Lego Store offers periodic activities like building events or Lego Club meetings, and special offers. Click here for the current month and next month's calendar.
- The Magical Extras Savings Card is included in every Walt Disney World Resort vacation package and provides discounts at several restaurants, shops, and activities. Click here for full details.
Crowd Warnings for Disney World in August:
- Think through Extra Magic Hours - Extra Magic Hour(s) is when one of the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open two extra hours after closing for guests staying at one of the official Disney hotels. There are a lot of Disney hotel rooms so a lot of people will head to the Extra Magic Hour park and that park will always be the most crowded park of the day. You'll enjoy more attractions in less time by going to a less crowded park. Guests staying at a non-Disney hotel really need to know which park has Extra Magic Hours so you don't end up in line behind people who got in an hour before you. Keep your energy levels in mind too - Extra Magic Hours mean getting up extra early or staying up extra late. We're not saying you should never do Extra Magic Hours, just think through the above issues to decide if /when it really is a benefit to you. Check here to see the schedule for Extra Magic Hours during your Disney vacation.
- Be smart about Character Breakfast reservations - The theme parks are at their least crowded and coolest when the parks first open for the day so I don't want you sitting in a restaurant when crowds are low and then heading to the parks when lines have formed and it is getting hot. If possible, book a character lunch or dinner that gets you out of the direct sun and out of the crowds later in the day. If your family loves character breakfast, try a resort character breakfast before going to the water parks or on your departure day. Another option is to book a late character breakfast seating and treat it like brunch - this will still let you enjoy the short lines at park opening before sitting down to eat.
- Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic! will have at least one performance every night in August. If a second performance is offered, it will always be less crowded than the first. Plan to arrive 60 minutes prior to the show. Warning: This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes and the lake catches fire, which can be frightening to some small children.
- Minimize lines with a good theme park Touring Plan - A lot of people think long lines are inevitable at Disney World but there is good information available that lets you enjoy shorter lines. We provide excellent theme park touring plans at no extra cost to everyone who books their Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.
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Use the month buttons below for lists of Disney World ride closures, attraction refurbishments, special events and crowd warnings by month. We hope this information helps you have a wonderful and memorable vacation.