August 2014 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: AUGUST 2014 AT DISNEY WORLD
There are no great August times to visit Walt Disney World.
The beginning of the month, while inexpensive, is crowded, hot and humid. Crowds moderate over the month, but by the time they hit tolerable levels late in month, the peak hurricane seaosn has arrived…
If I had to go in August, for first time visitors who may never return I’d pick the week beginning 8/9. While crowds are still moderate this week, it faces less hurricane risk than later, less crowded dates.
If I knew I could return–or was a returning visitor–I’d pick the week of the 23rd–trading off the (slightly higher) hurricane risk for low crowds.
AUGUST 2014 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
August crowds begin high and moderate over the month. Crowds after the 23rd are fine.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 7/26 has a crowd rating of 9/high, the week beginning 8/2 8/high-minus, the week beginning 8/9 7/moderate plus, the week beginning 8/16 6/moderate and the week beginning 8/23 3/low.
AUGUST 2014 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
August hotel prices begin the month 50% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, but only 13% higher at the moderates and 2% higher at the deluxes.
Deluxes stay at this level until 8/17, when they drop to the lowest level of the year.
On 8/3, prices drop to 7% higher than the lowest of the year at the values and to 4% higher than the lowest of the year at the moderates.
AUGUST 2014 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for August 2014. Find the details here.
AUGUST 2014 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
August weather is hot and humid, with afternoon storms common. It is about as bad as Orlando weather gets.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
The hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but hurricanes are rarely a threat until mid-August. The peak of the hurricane season begins then. Hurricanes rarely have an impact on a Disney World vacation, but mid-August begins the period when it is most likely.
AUGUST 2014 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR AUGUST 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2014 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.