Since we’ve been back from Disney World, so many people have asked about the weather during our August trip to Disney World.
Weather is one of the biggest things to think about when planning a holiday, so I could understand why so many of the questions we received about our trip were about what the weather is like at Walt Disney World in August. Is Disney World too hot in August? Does it rain a lot at Disney World in August? Read on to find out how we found the Disney World weather in August.
Is it too hot to go to Disney World Florida in August?
Lots of people wanted to know how rainy Florida is in August, and how we were finding the heat. Prior to this trip, I had actually told Sam that summer would not be my preferred time to visit Disney World, Florida. I remember struggling with the heat on a family Disney World trip in August when I was a teenager. Comparatively, I went to Disney World with my secondary school in April (I know, the jackpot of school trips, right?!) and found the weather warm, but much more bearable.
In planning our recent trip to Disney World in August, I was preparing for the heat to feel overwhelming. So, I was surprised to find it ABSOLUTELY FINE. In fact, it was so fine, that it has totally re-opened up the possibility of us planning future family holidays to Disney World in summer time – something I had previously ruled out due to the hot weather at Disney World in August.
How to cope with hot weather at Walt Disney World, Florida
A large part of finding the weather fine this time round is down to being better prepared and knowing what to expect – I packed only my most lightweight and breathable of clothing (no denim!). Having young children, I found we weren’t gunning our park schedule in the way that I did as a teenager where we were out in full sun all day every day. Instead, we took a slower pace, making sure to add in lots of sensible breaks for water and shade.
How to stay cool in hot weather at Magic Kingdom, Disney World
Florida is warm and humid all year round, so Disney World is going to be very hot in the summer time. The Disney World parks do an extremely good job of providing plenty of areas to cool down. Most ride queuing areas are shady or air conditioned. Make use of the water play and cool down areas of the park (for example, the steaming mist in Tomorrowland, the water jets in Adventureland, and the Casey Junior water play section) to keep you refreshed and cool in the heat.
Does it rain a lot at Walt Disney World in August?
Packing a raincoat is a must if you are going to Disney World in August. August does tend to be quite a rainy month in Florida, but we actually found the rain a welcome break from the heat. Most of the time, the rain comes as an afternoon shower, lasting between 30 mins to one hour.
What do to at Disney World when it rains
During rainy periods at Walt Disney World, we did find that a lot of rides stop operating, so it’s good to have an indoor plan for rainy periods.There were a few days (two, I think), where the rain didn’t stop all afternoon. If you are on a tight schedule, rain can add an annoying delay to your park schedule – but if you plan your days in advance, a lot of this can be avoided.
(Arriving mid-afternoon into a rainy Magic Kingdom)
During our time at Disney World in August, it never rained before 1pm. So, if you can, plan ahead with your fast passes, booking outdoor rides for the morning, and indoor rides and shows for the afternoon (between 2 – 6pm), when it is most likely to be rainy.
If it is exceptionally rainy, fireworks and night time shows run the risk of being cancelled. However, I’ve been to Disney World twice in August, and never had a cancelled show.
Disney World weather in August can be hot and rainy, but it’s also a great time to visit thanks to the long UK school holidays, and the US schools returning in August (meaning the parks can be quieter).
If you really, really do not cope well in hot weather, I would consider going to Walt Disney World at one of the more cooler times of year for Florida. Otherwise, plan your park days well, pack a waterproof, and have fun!
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