September 2014 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2014 AT DISNEY WORLD
September combines low crowds with low prices, and typically also has a great room rate and free dining deals as well.
This makes it a great month for returning visitors.
But it has lousy weather, combining continuing summer heat and humidity with the peak of the hurricane season, making me not so keen on the month for first time visitors who may never return.
SEPTEMBER 2014 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September is one of the least crowded months at Walt Disney World–though I am one of the few forecasting higher than normal cords in September 2014 as an aftereffect of the World Cup on South American vacation patterns.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 8/30 has a crowd rating of 2/lower, the week beginning 9/6 1/lowest, the week beginning 9/13 3/low, the week beginning 9/20 2/lower and the week beginning 9/27 3/low.
SEPTEMBER 2014 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September hotel prices begin the month at near their lowest levels of the year at all resort types.
Prices remain at this level at the deluxes until September 26th, when they are 15% higher than the lowest of the year.
Prices go up a bit at the values and moderates on September 13, at the values ot 15% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderates to 10% higher.
SEPTEMBER 2014 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for September 2014. Find the details here.
SEPTEMBER 2014 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September 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 and continues into early October. Hurricanes rarely have an impact on a Disney World vacation, but all of September is in the period when they are most likely.
SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off in either late August or early September–which is not so clear right now.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins September 19.
SEPTEMBER 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 SEPTEMBER 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.
8/30/2014 Lower prices at values and moderates, lowest prices at deluxes. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=21. Use the Fastpass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary, but swap Tuesday and Second Saturday in both the itinerary and its To-Do List