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September weather at Walt Disney World, hot and wet?

by Pedro

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“Hi, how are you? I am considering a visit to Orlando in September 2018. I have read it’s going to be hot and rainy.

Of course, that’s a pattern we can predict with some good accuracy, but my problem isn’t exactly if it’s going to be hot and rainy, but how hot and rainy will it be? Is it bearable?

Does it rain all the time? I don’t mind standing in the rain. I kind of like it actually. Do attractions close during the rain. Thank you very much for your time.”

Morning clouds and sun over Tomorrowland means hot and rainy

The morning sun breaks over a hot and muggy day – Photo by Judd Helms

September is a great time to visit

Pedro, that’s a great question. September is a great month to visit. It’s the lightest crowd month of the year. The Princess and her Prince Charming did a honeymoon at Disney World in September.

Dad’s Dad’s September Disney World Crowds page

Will it be hot and rainy? Yes, it will be hot and rainy in September. How hot is hot? Well, the average temperature in September is 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius. 32 degrees is the average high for a day in September. The average in August, the hottest month, is 92 Fahrenheit and 33 Celsius. So, it’s just a little hotter in August.

Now, about rain. On average there are 13 days of rain in September, for about six inches. Now, those are the statistics. Rain is not really a problem for the rides. Most of the Disney rides are indoors, so most of the rides keep going.

There are a few rides that will shut down when the rain comes, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, since it’s partly outdoors and you can’t have a rollercoaster on a wet track. Test Track is another one where you’ve got high speed on a wet track. Dumbo might shut down, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Jungle Cruise, Expedition Everest, TriceraTop Spin – those will shut down sometimes when it rains. So let’s talk about the rain at Disney World in September.

Typically, the pattern is that mornings it will not be raining. It’ll be very humid in the mornings. When the temperature gets around 90 degrees, those thunderstorms will start to build. You’ll have afternoon thunderstorms that usually don’t last very long – 30 minutes to maybe an hour.

This is the typical afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. Sometimes it rains all day, but typically you’ve got a shower in the afternoon. What that usually does is it sends people home. They don’t want to be out in the rain. But you can wait those out in gifts shops or in rides. Then you’ll come out and it’ll be bright and sunny again. So rain is not really a problem in September.

It’s kind of nice because it cools things down usually. Now, I know there are periods of time where they have day-long rains and sometimes week-long or two or three-day-long rains, but that’s really not the typical pattern. Typical pattern is it rains for 30 minutes to an hour, and then it goes away, which is really, really a good thing in that hot time of year.

Now, when it comes to dealing with heat, what you want to do is go in the mornings. Go first thing in the mornings to the park while it’s cool and do all the rides. Afternoons, go back to the hotel. Get in the air conditioning. Get in the pool. Go to a water park. Get some time out of the parks in the afternoon. Then come back in the evenings when it cools down and enjoy the nighttime. That’s the way you deal with the heat at Walt Disney World.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is, September’s going to be hot. It will be rainy, but it’s very doable. July and August I don’t think I’d go back then. But September’s going to be great because crowds just aren’t there.


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Comments for

Jul 22, 2018 Hurricane Scare
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for taking the time to comfort me about our trip in September. I hope and pray that all goes well! We love Disney, but it is so costly. I had a hard time deciding when to go, but thought we would try September due to smaller crowds. There are pros and cons, so we will see. Thanks again!!

Jul 21, 2018 Concerned
by: Anonymous

What about Hurricane scare?

Dad Answers

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida, but they are pretty rare. There’s been an outbreak the last 2 years, but it was a long time before that. Even when there are hurricanes in Florida, they rarely hit the Disney World area.

Over the last almost 50 years WDW has only closed 5 times for hurricanes so about one every 10 years on average and not all of those have been in September.

Yes, hurricanes can happen in September at Disney World, but the chances are pretty low.

Jan 11, 2018 Thank you!
by: Pedro

Wow! Thank you very much for your answer!

A really apreciate your time and attention. If its possible, i like your site even more now!!

A read all things and considered all, as well! As a matter of fact, we very likely will go on September – thanks to you, too.

And, as you allways say, its simple, fun and magic!

Best regards!

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