Disney World in May

Disney World May - Crowd Information, Ride Closure & Refurbishments and Special Events Information in one easy list.

Disney World May - Crowd Information, Ride Closure & Refurbishments and Special Events Information in one easy list.

May is such a wonderful month to visit Disney World. The weather is great and the crowds are low to moderate until Memorial Day Weekend.  Keep reading to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your May trip to Disney World.

Average High: 87° f
Average Low: 65° f
Average Monthly Precipitation: 3.55"

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Disney World Ride Closures &  Refurbishments in May 2019:

  • We will update this page as new information is available

  • Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World Railroad - the train will not be running and will be parked at the Main Street Station due to the Tron construction. During this time, you will still be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and special photo opportunities will be available. The new Tron attraction will debut in 2021. Click here to read more about this new attraction.

  • Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square Riverboat is closed from January 7 until further notice.

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Construction continues at the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge area of the park; scheduled to open late Fall 2019.

  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas - Disney Skyliner installation - guests may experience construction and refurbishment noise between 9:00am and dusk.

  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Resort Construction Project and Disney Skyliner installation - Guests will experience construction and refurbishment noise between 9:00am and dusk.

  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - Resort Construction Project and Disney Skyliner installation -is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open. Pepper Market food court will undergo minor refurbishments through Summer 2019 but will remain open.

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort - Mizner’s Lounge will be closed April 2019 - Fall 2019.

  • Disney's Old Key West Resort - Room refurbishments through Spring 2019. Pool, restaurants, and other amenities will remain open but guests may experience construction and refurbishment noise between 9:00am and dusk as Disney updates rooms.

  • Disney's Pop Century Resort - Disney Skyliner installation - guests may experience construction and refurbishment noise between 9:00am and dusk.

  • Best Western - Lake Buena Vista Resort is building a new tower so guests will see and hear construction through December 2020. Work will be limited to 8AM ot 6PM during the week and occasionally on weekends.

  • Click here for Universal Orlando closures and refurbishments.

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Crowd Warnings for Disney World in May:

  • Moderate crowds for most of the month with moderate crowds May, 1 - 25, 2019. Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of the summer season and crowds will increase beginning May 26, 2018. Click here to learn about theme park touring plans that will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.

  • Extra Magic Hours - Extra Magic Hours are special times for guests of the official Disney World hotels where a park opens an hour early or stays open two hours late. The Extra Magic Hour(s) Park is always going to be the most crowded park of the day so you really need to think about your overall energy levels as you battle crowds and stay up late or get up early - in those situations, it might make more sense to enjoy more attractions in less time by going to a less crowded theme park. Older kids may enjoy the novelty of being at the Magic Kingdom late at night so don't rule that out - just decide in advance when Extra Magic Hours make sense for you. TIP: Not staying at an official Disney hotel? Then you really need to know when Disney is having Extra Magic Hours so that you can avoid them.

  • Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic! will probably have at least one performance every night in May. When two or three performances are offered, the later performance will always be less crowded than the earlier 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.

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Special Events at Disney World in May 2019:

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 6 - June 3, 2019. This beautiful event is included with park admission and features whimsical topiaries, special displays, gardening seminars, and Garden Rocks mini-concerts at the American Gardens Theatre stage daily at 5:30, 6:45, & 8:00pm. 2019's performance line-up: April 1 & 2 Rick Springfield / April 3 & 4 Christopher Cross / April 5 - 7 The Spinners / April 8 & 9 Dennis DeYoung, original member of Styx / April 10 & 11 John Michael Montgomery / April 12 & 13 Sister Sledge / April 14 - 16 Night Ranger / April 17 - 19 Sister Hazel / April 20 & 21 Steven Curtis Chapman / April 22 - 23 TobyMac / April 24 - 26 Lonestar / April 27-30 Teh Orchestra, Starring former members of ELO / May 1 - 4 Herman’s Hermits / May 5- 7 Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles / May 8 & 9 Flock of Seagulls / May 10 & 11 Marshall Tucker Band / May 12 - 13 Peabo Bryson / May 14 - 15 Richard Marx / May 16 - 19 Starship, starring Mickey Thomas / May 20 & 21 Colin Hay of Men at Work / May 22 - 23 War / May 24-27 Teh Guess Who / May 28 & 29 Jon Secada / May 30 - June 1 Blood, Sweat, and Tears / June 2 & 3 Eddie Palmieri

  • May 1, 2019 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary: A new Wonderful World of Animation nighttime projection show will debut on May 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

  • U.S. Navy Blue Angels to make two flight passes over Spaceship Earth at Epcot on May 2 at about 9AM.

  • May 31, 2019 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will debut on May 31, 2019 Click here for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Save time and money by having snacks, bottled water and other food items delivered directly to your resort by Garden Grocer - Click HERE for more information.

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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.