Disney World in September
September is a great time to visit Disney World - it is still hot but the kids are back in school and the crowds are low. Keep reading to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your September trip to Disney World.
Average High: 89° f
Average Low: 72° f
Average Monthly Precipitation: 6.31"
Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments in September 2019:
This area will be updated as more information becomes available.
September has historically been a month where the Disney World Free Dining Promotion is offered. Smart planners book as soon as they know their dates as dining reservations can be booked 180-days prior to arrival, which is typically before the promotion announcement. Once free dining is announced, popular restaurant reservations fill very quickly. Click here to receive Disney Free Dining Promotion alerts via email.
Magic Kingdom - Happily Ever After Fireworks are not currently scheduled for September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, 2018 due to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event. The park will close at 6:00PM on these nights for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties (separately ticketed event - more information below).
Disney World Resort Children's Activity Centers (paid childcare) are all closing permanently at the close of business on July 31, 2018. Kids Night Out will remain available for guests looking for child or babysitter services.
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Room refurbishments will begin in late February and continue through Winter 2018. Construction activities will be limited to 9:00AM - Dusk.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House - Uzima Feature Pool and Uzima Springs Pool bar will be closed for refurbishment September 2018 - early December 2018. Shuttles will provide guest transportation to the Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas 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.
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 through Fall 2018. Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner. Spyglass Grill (opening Spring 2018), located in Trinidad South, serves breakfast. lunch and 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 Coronado Springs Resort - The Dig Site, Lost City of Cibola Feature Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina will be closed September 4 - December 12, 2018. The resort 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 the 3 smaller "leisure pools", La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa, dining, and merchandise areas all open.
Disney's Old Key West Resort 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.
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside - One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment from July 2018 through Fall 2018. The mailn feature pool, Ol' Man Island, and the four other leisure pools will remain open.
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center is undergoing expansion work through Winter 2018 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.
Special Events at Disney World in September:
The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road (Disney Springs) August 31 - September 3, 2018. Four days of spectacular Irish music and entertainment. Click here for more information.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Select night at Magic Kingdom / 7PM - Midnight - 2018 Party dates: August 17, 24, 28, 31/ September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 / October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 2018. This is another specially ticketed event - you cannot use your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper Ticket - and is a lot of fun for families. Ticket prices start at $75 + tax depending on the date and age of participant. These parties include special activities, a parade, fireworks, rides and trick-or-treating and many guests wear costumes. Remember that this time of year can still be hot so choose costumes that will be comfortable. Warning: The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 7pm on party nights and won't have the 'Happily Ever After' fireworks on these nights. Restaurant reservations in the resorts closest to the Magic Kingdom fill early on these nights. Click here for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tips and information.
Return to Sleepy Hallow Experience at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort will be offered at 8PM and 10PM on September 28 - 30, October 3-7, October 10 - 14, October 17 - 21 and October 24 - 31, 2018. You'll watch The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables and see galloping ghosts and have a photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman. Advance reservations required and may be made 1 - call 407-WDW-TOUR. General seating is $22 per person. Premium seating is $38 per person and includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. There is an optional 9PM dessert party that costs $60 per person in addition to the $22 general seating ticket.
Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival - August 30 - November 12, 2018.. This very popular event is included with your regular Epcot admission although there are special events related to this festival that do have a separate fee. Enjoy food and wine themed demonstrations. Chefs and winemakers from around the globe have booths were you can savor the amazing flavors available for sale- both in full meals and in snack sized portions. Disney Dining Plan credits can typically be used for non-alcoholic items - in fact, a lot of people "hoard" their snack credits just to use at the festival. Tip: This is a very popular event so the weekends will be more crowded than usual at Epcot as locals and annual passholders come to take in the festivities. Weekdays, especially Mondays, will be much less crowded.
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.
Crowd Warnings for Disney World in September:
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. Even though the Extra Magic Hour Park will always be the most crowded park of the day, the crowds are so low in September that it isn't a big problem so go ahead and enjoy the Extra Magic Hours, if you're interested. Guests staying at a non-Disney hotel still 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. Check here to see the schedule for Extra Magic Hours during your Disney vacation.
Be smart about Character Breakfast reservations - Even though the crowds are low, I still want you to be careful about Character Breakfast reservations because the theme parks are at their least crowded and coolest when the parks first open for the day. There is no good reason to sit in a restaurant when lines are at their shortest and then go into the theme park when the day is heating up and the lines have already started to form. A character lunch or dinner that gets you out of the direct sun and out of the crowds later in the day can be a better plan. At the very least, book a late character breakfast seating and treat it like brunch - this will still let you enjoy the short lines just after park opening before sitting down to eat.
Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - At this point, there is at least one Fantasmic! performance scheduled for every night in September. When there are two peformances scheduled, second performance will always be less crowded than the first. 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.
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.