If you go on any Facebook Moms Group or Disney Planning Board, EVERYONE will tell you to avoid Walt Disney World in the summer. Though it was once one of the park’s peak seasons, summer has now become one of the quietest! When I was a kid, we would go to Disney during October, which had lower crowd levels. But in the past twenty years, that “secret” has gotten out, drawing huge crowds in the fall months. Now, I love going in the summer when the parks have longer hours and special seasonal locations. Of course, it will be hot, but with the right preparation, you won’t have any problems. Take it from me—I went six months pregnant in July!
I have put together everything you need to know about the seasonal events, weather, and more you help you plan the perfect Walt Disney summer vacation.
Summer is the only time you’ll get to see special decorations and themed areas, usually promoting that summer’s blockbuster. In 2018, Disney hosted the Incredible Summer in honor of Incredibles 2, and the summer before was dedicated to all things Frozen. These special events typically include special treats, themed drinks, and fun backdrops for photos. In 2021, I’d really love to see a celebration of the Jungle Cruise (my favorite attraction!), since the movie starring Emily Blunt and the Rock is set for release in July.
Some of my favorite snacks are only available during the summer. Stop by Westward Ho! in Frontierland to enjoy some incredible loaded fries, or make a reservation at Diamond Horseshoe for a fun, western, family-style meal with corn bread to die for. With added special dining and attractions, visiting Disney in the summer means you have more choices than ever.
These change every year, so I am really excited to see what’s next! In these events, one of the parks will close early for everyone except those who purchase the event ticket. Some past events have included pirate, princess, and villains themed “After Hours” events at Magic Kingdom; Toy Story-themed H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon; a Star Wars event at Hollywood Studios; and a Lion King progressive dining event complete with live entertainment at Animal Kingdom.
There’s no way to sugar coat it: summer in Orlando is hot. With average daily temperatures above 90 degrees and frequent rainstorms, it’s important that you’re prepared. Make sure to bring any items you may need, and plan ahead on where you can escape afternoon heat and rain showers. If you’re still not sure what to pack, I have the perfect guide, complete with a FREE packing list. Shop weather related items here.
I think planning a break in your day is extremely important any time of the year, but it is especially useful in the summer to escape the harsh heat in the afternoon. Around midday, we love going back to the hotel to shower and change, and we leave refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day! If you don’t want to bounce around, then at least plan some sit-down dining between lunch and dinner to enjoy some air conditioning. Not sure where to grab a bite? Check out my guide on Disney’s best dining by cost.
I understand how you’re feeling, I know all too well how easy it can be at the beginning to start researching online, just to find yourself 3 hours down the line more confused than when you started. But don’t panic! I can help you plan your dream Disney vacation without any of the stress of hassle – starting with the ‘A Disney Trip without Overwhelm, 5 Easy Steps’ Guide. These 5 steps will help keep you focused on organizing the best trip ever, while giving you peace of mind that everything will be done, and nothing will be left out.
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