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What are Crowds and Weather like in September?

by Dawn

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I was wondering about your crowd projection for the last week in September and first week in October. I have looked at so many sights, even yours, and just need an answer. Would I be wise to change the 14 days I am able to visit Disney World to the last two weeks in September rather than September 24-October 8?

Also, in your experience, is it terribly rainy every September throughout the whole month? We were there in 2015 during the 2nd week and it rained every day. Here in Virginia, though, we also had a terribly rainy season which is not typical. Maybe it was just Hurricane Juaquim? Thank you for your opinion. I really appreciate all the work you do.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

Fall is a tasty time at WDW – Photo by Laurie Sapp


Dad’s Don’t Worry Be Happy Answer

Dawn, thanks for your very kind words – one of Dad’s great joys in life is helping other Disney fans plan their Perfect Vacation! I know that crowds and weather are some of the greatest stresses when selecting a time to visit WDW, but in the words of the great Bobby McFerrin, “Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note – don’t worry, be happy!” Dad sings good, huh?

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Dad’s pretty wise, but remember – Dad’s crowd projections are only estimates of what Dad expects to see. He’s usually right, but once in a while even he’s surprised by the crowd levels on any given day.

The last two weeks of September should yield a better chance of lower crowds than Sept 24-Oct 8. The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival will likely start the last weekend in September, and as the festival goes on crowds increase. As you get closer to Halloween, crowds increase. Any time in September is one of Dad’s top picks for a low-crowd visit.

Dad’s September Crowd Calendar

That being said, last year in September crowds were higher than Dad predicted. Maybe it was the promotions on packages. Maybe it was excitement over the Food and Wine Festival. Maybe it was just dumb luck. But it happens. If It were me, I’d keep the original dates because honestly you could run into higher crowds by accident any day. You can’t do anything about it, so don’t worry – be happy you’re at WDW!

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

Fall sounds like fun, even the Jammitors get into the season – Photo by Laurie Sapp

The same really goes for weather. Florida is a crazy place for weather and it changes all the time – you can check the forecast a week, a day, or hours in advance and it can change on you. The late summer and early fall is peak hurricane season which can mean flash showers at any point in the day – often the afternoon. But Dad’s experienced beautiful weather at this time also without a cloud in the sky!

Again, the weather is beyond your control – so don’t worry, be happy! Come prepared with an extra pair of shoes, a poncho, and a great big smile, and you’ll have a blast even if it does rain on your parade. In fact, wait times go down during the rain so there really is a silver lining to every cloud.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Dawn, you’re going to have a great time. Don’t worry – you’re going to Disney World! Everything will be magic as long as you go there to have fun with the people you love. September really is a great time to visit, although Dad thinks anytime can be the best time to visit WDW.

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the fire pit at 'Ohana



Comments for

Feb 25, 2018 November crowds
by: Barb

We are coming to Disney November 4-9. How will the crowds be and what is the weather that time of year
Thank You

Dad Answers


Check out Dad’s November Disney World Crowds page. It will tell you the crowd levels. As to weather, it varies, but the average high is mid 80’s and low around 60.

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