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Guide to Going to Disney World in August

August is peak season at the Disney parks and you are going to want to be prepared for the brutal heat, afternoon rain showers, and of course, the crowds.  If you are going to Disney World in August, there are some things you are going to want to know. 

Guide to Going to Disney World in August

Guide to Going to Disney World in August

Going to Disney World in August before the kids go back to school is a busy time of year. These are the things you should know before you go.

Crowds at Magic Kingdom

Crowds at Disney World in August

Summer brings tons of people to Disney World and you can expect it to be packed through most of the month of August.

While we never recommend traveling to Disney in the summer months, if you are planning a trip to Disney World in August you should try to plan to go later in the month rather than earlier.

Disney World Crowds

If you take a look at any of the Disney crowd calendars you will see that the crowds tend to go down the closer you get to the end of the month.

This is because families are getting ready to go back to school. 

You should consider using the Genie+ Lightning Lane system if you want to ride the most popular rides since this time of the year is so busy/

Summer months mean that Disney has longer hours so I suggest going to the park as soon as it opens. 

Disney World Events in August

Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

This special event happens on select nights from May 25 to August 31, 2024, and allows guests to experience Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park after dark!

The waterpark will be fully illuminated while guests ride their favorite water rides, swim in the surf pool or relax on rafts on Castaway Creek.

There will even be a DJ and a dance party!

Magic Kingdom Halloween Decorations

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

August 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

I know it is hard to believe, but Disney World starts celebrating Halloween in August!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that allows guests to trick or treat, meet hard-to-find Disney characters, and see the one-of-a-kind, Boo to You parade followed by some Halloween-inspired fireworks!

If you are planning on visiting Disney in late August, then you will want to get your tickets to Disney’s Halloween party in advance!

August Calendar Orlando Weather

Weather in Disney World in August

August is just like July, HOT and HUMID, only even more intense. 

The temps are going to be in the high 90’s all month and it is going to feel even hotter because of the intense humidity.

If you aren’t familiar with the humidity in Florida, it is a sticky feeling like you are constantly sweating even when you are standing still.

You will find that your body has a much harder time cooling off due to the humidity so you are going to want to stay hydrated. 

Disney World parks are prepared by offering free cold water and having misting fans strategically placed in places where people tend to congregate (like outdoor queues).

You can count on it raining at least once a day (usually in the afternoon), but don’t dismay. The rain will pass and often rainy days make the crowds leave which means you can enjoy shorter lines.

Typhoon Lagoon

Why You Should Visit a Disney Waterpark

Trips to Disney World in August mean that you will need to take time to cool off and one of the best ways to do this is at one of the Disney waterparks.

Disney World has two different waterparks to choose from.

Take a look at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach so that you can make an educated choice on which one is best for your family!

Right now, you can also enjoy a night at Typhoon Lagoon during their special summer event!

Raining at Epcot

Disney World Summer Packing List

Planning a trip to Disney World this summer?

You might not think that packing for summer is any different than packing for Spring, but the truth is that the summer is more hot & humid than any other time of the year.

This Disney World summer packing list will make sure you are prepared for the unpredictable weather in Florida!

1. Rain Poncho

Florida in the summer means that it will rain just about every day.

Typically, the rain hits in the afternoon and doesn’t last long, but nevertheless you will want to be prepared.

Bring an inexpensive Rain Poncho so you won’t have to buy one at the park!

Clear Rain Poncho
These rain coats are made of eco-friendly non-toxic PE material. 40% thicker than common disposable rain poncho. Durable and 100% waterproof. Seams are sealed to guarantee no rain will leak from them and keep you dry and dirt free.

2. Sunscreen

In order to make sure you don’t get sunburned on your vacation you will need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. 

I bring a sunscreen stick in my Disney day bag because it is easy to apply when you are on the go.

Banana Boat Sport Ultra Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, 1.5oz | Travel Sunscreen, Mini Sunscreen, SPF Stick Sunscreen, Oxybenzone Free Sunscreen, 1.5oz
This lightweight formula is designed especially for sport enthusiasts and other active individuals who need Sport-strength sun protection that doesn’t play around!

3. Misting Fans

These misting fans can be a real lifesaver on a hot day in the parks.

Elite Battery Powered Handheld Water Misting Fan
Beat the heat with a personal cooling system. This portable misting fan from O2COOL offers a fine mist of cold water and a powerful fan

It is the perfect way to cool you off when you are in line for a ride or waiting for the parade to begin.

4. Small Travel Blanket

If you have to sit on the pavement to watch the parade, you will be glad to have a picnic-style blanket to place on the ground.

Rainleaf Microfiber Travel Towel
Super soft towel that can dry in under 2 hours in the sun.

The black asphalt retains heat and you can easily burn your skin if you touch it.

Choose one that is also waterproof in case you have to lay it on wet pavement.

5. Sunglasses & Sunglass Strap

You won’t want to be without your sunglasses.

You will find yourself taking your glasses on & off quite a bit, so it might serve you to have a sunglass strap to keep them from being misplaced.

Croakies Eyeglass Straps
The Croakies bundle features two eyeglass retainers, and a cleaning kit that includes a multi lens cleaner and a micro fibre lens cleaning cloth

6. Insulated Water Bottle

Did you know that ice water is free at Disney counter service restaurants?

We like to bring our own lightweight, insulated bottles with us to the parks and refill them with ice water throughout the day.

CamelBak Podium Chill Insulated Bike Water Bottle
Lightweight BPA free double-walled construction water bottle keeps water cold twice as long

7. Freezable insulated lunch bag

We often bring drinks & snacks to the park.

One of the best purchases you can make is for a Packit bag because they keep everything cold!

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag
PackIt is a freezable lunch cooler designed to keep contents cooler, longer: up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures),Fits a sandwich, snack and a 12 oz (340ml) drink.

You just pop it in the freezer and it stays cold for hours!

8. Hair Ties & Brush

Girls with long hair are going to notice the hair sticking to the nape of their neck after the first hour in the park.

Folding Hair Brush With Mirror
Space-saving full size hair brush folds down to mini size, great for travel.

I always pack extra hair ties and a small travel hair brush to pull up our hair if we misjudge the Florida heat!

9. Cleansing Wipes

The heat can really take a toll on your skin.

You will find yourself sweating throughout the day and one thing that really helps you cool off are cleansing wipes.

Refresh Line Body Wipes
Our Body Wipes feature a unique blend of ingredients designed to remove dirt, sweat, and odor, leaving you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

These body wipes are great for the sweaty parts that need a little extra attention!

11. Chafing Stick

When it gets hot & sticky outside, your skin pays the price.

This means more skin irritation.

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Anti Chafing Stick – Apply Before You Get Dressed, On Thighs, Neck, Arms, And Anywhere Skin Is Rubbed

You can use this Body Glide stick for your feet & for your thighs. It keeps all skin contact irritation-free!

Have you been to Disney World in August? What is your favorite thing to do while at the parks this time of the year?

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