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  • On Apr 22, 2020
    Sabrena from MB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi there. We’ve visited Disney World a bunch of times but always in the fall. We’re planning now for the end of August 2021 but I’m terribly afraid of hot and rainy weather. Can you give me some insight as to what to expect? Thanks!

    Hi there, Sabrena! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel -- I’m so glad you’re here!

    I’m thrilled that you’re planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth next summer! Fall is certainly a wonderful time to visit, but sometimes you’ve got to go when you can, and if late summer is in the cards for you and your family, please do not fear! My family and I have been visiting Walt Disney World in mid-to-late August for the past 5+ years, and we absolutely love it! It is a wonderful way to wrap up our summer. It definitely goes best when we prepare ahead of time, knowing that there may be some hot days and rain showers, but any day at Disney World is better than a day anywhere else!

    First off, average high and low temperatures in Orlando are just about the same in June, July, and August! So while August may seem like a hotter month, it is going to feel very much the same as the rest of the summer. Of course, it helps to be prepared with hats, sunscreens, and sunglasses. Cooling towels and portable misting fans are also a great idea, as is staying hydrated! Bring a refillable water bottle along with you, and know that you can ask for small cups with ice and most of the Quick Service restaurants and dining locations on property. Also, consider a Resort Refillable Mug purchase if staying at a Disney Resort Hotel! It allows you to access unlimited drinks with refills while at your Hotel, and is also a wonderful souvenir.

    There are plenty of indoor attractions at all the Disney Parks that offer excellent air conditioning breaks (think Fantasmic at Magic Kingdom Park, or Soarin’ Around the World at EPCOT, just to name a few!), and it is a great idea to make a mid-day or early afternoon Table Service reservation to build in some guaranteed rest and refreshment as temperatures and crowds rise. Also, consider making your FastPass+ reservation windows for later in the day, so you know you’ll beat the heat, as well as focusing on water-based attractions! Another sure-fire way to beat the heat is a visit to a Disney Water Park! Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach are my family’s favorite stops on any summer Disney vacation, and we love the laid-back vibes of a Water Park day! 

    Speaking of crowds, late summer often means that some schools in the US are back in session, so crowds can be somewhat lighter. As far as rain, there is only one more day of rain on average in August when compared to July. It is not a bad idea, however, to have a poncho available for any pop-up showers that may come, as well as waterproof footwear, so you can continue on your way, rain or shine!

    Sabrena, I hope that this information helps ease your mind as your trip draws nearer. Rain or shine, heat or cold, Disney memories prevail long after the weather has passed. For me, this always remains true, and I sure do wish the same for you! 

    Please do not hesitate to come back to see us anytime we can be of help!

    See ya real soon!
    -Clara
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Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

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