May 2016 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: MAY 2016 AT DISNEY WORLD
Earlier May is a great time to visit Walt Disney World, with low crowds, moderate prices, and good weather.
Crowds build over the month, and the end of the month sees high crowds from Memorial Day, and the beginning of humid and rainy summer weather.
MAY 2016 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Few US school kids are on break in earlier May. Summer breaks in some districts begin in later May, and many families go during Memorial Day week (Memorial Day in 2016 is May 28).
I rank the weeks beginning April 30 and May 7 as 4/low-plus crowds, the week of May 14th as 5/moderate minus crowds, and the week of May 21st as 6/moderate crowds.
MAY 2016 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
May hotel prices begin the month 25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and 20% higher than the lowest of the year at the moderates and deluxes.
Prices then stay at this level until the Friday before Memorial Day–May 27. That night they change to 45% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15% higher than the lowest of the ear at the moderates, and 10% higher than the lowest of the year at the deluxes.
See this for more on 2016 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
MAY 2016 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
As I write this, no deals are available for May 2016. If any become available, they will be here.
MAY 2016 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
May weather begins as good as it gets at Walt Disney World.
Over the course of the month, temperatures and humidity rise to near-summer levels, and the rainy season typically begins late in the month.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
MAY 2016 SPECIAL EVENTS
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival continues until May 15.
Star Wars Weekends have been cancelled for 2015.
MAY 2016 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 APRIL 2016 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2016 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
Click the image for a calendar view of 2016 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, see this
- For the best and worst times to visit, see this
- For forecasting crowds at Walt Disney World, see this
- For seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World, see this
- For weather at Walt Disney World, see this