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May verses September for Crowds and Weather

by Tia
(Oklahoma )

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“We are looking at May or September 2020. Anytime during either month works for us. It would be a 5 night stay at the Grand Floridian. We have always gone in September. Crowds have always been manageable but the weather is unpredictable with sporadic showers, we are actually ok with the heat and humidity. We’ve always had fun regardless.

This time we are considering May. It would be 4 or 5 of us. My husband, myself and our daughters age 12 and 15 and maybe our 19 year old son. We homeschool so our schedule is flexible. Any thoughts? Thanks!!”

Same Only Different

May and September in Orlando are a lot the same only different. Let me explain.

The average high/low temperature in May is 88/68. The average high/low temperature in September is 89/74. Pretty much the same only a little different. But while the temperature is much the same, the chances of rain (and humidity) is much different. May averages 3.78 inches for the month while September is the rainy season and averages 6.02 inches.

Low Crowds

When it comes to crowd levels, they are somewhat the same, but different. September is the month of the year with the lowest crowd levels. It’s not unusual to have days in September where you can walk onto most rides. One of my friends posted a video in September. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and he was walking into Pandora and there wasn’t a soul in sight.

Dad’s September Disney World Crowds page

May is busier than September, but is a nice month crowd wise to visit. The first couple of weeks can have light crowds. Not walk on most rides, but nice, low, manageable crowds.

Dad’s May Disney World Crowds page

Flowers vs. Food

Another way they are the same, only different is the Festival’s in EPCOT. In September, as you know, there is the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. In May it’s the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. Even the names are the same only different.

The Food and Wine Festival has a lot more food offerings, but the Flower and Garden Festival is BEAUTIFUL.


One of the big differences between May and September is in September you have Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the fall.

Dad’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party page

There’s nothing like it in May.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Tia, as you can see September and May are a little different, but very much alike. I’d say, give May a try. You’ll like it. Maybe not as much as September, but you might like it better.

Maybe I’ll run into you some day here in Oklahoma. (I live in Edmond.)


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