August 2016 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: AUGUST 2016 AT DISNEY WORLD
There are no great times for first-timers who may never return to visit in August. Kids start going back to school in August, so crowds go down later in the month–but that’s also when the peak of the hurricane season kicks off.
Prices begin the month low at the deluxes, OK at the moderates, and high at the values. Moderate and value prices drop to among the lowest of the year August 19.
For first-timers who can’t return, the best week is that beginning 8/6–higher crowds and prices than later in the month, but lower hurricane risk.
For those who can return–or are returning–the later in the month, the better.
AUGUST 2016 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
As more and more kids go back to school, crowds moderate over the course of August.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 7/30 has a crowd rating of 8/high-minus, the week beginning 8/6 7/moderate-plus, the week beginning 8/13 6/moderate, the week beginning 8/20 4/low-plus, and the week beginning 8/27 3/low.
AUGUST 2016 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Prices begin the month 45% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15% higher than the lowest of the year at the moderates, and 3% higher than the lowest of the year at the deluxes.
On August 14, prices at the values drop to 25% higher than the lowest of the year, prices at the deluxes shift to the lowest of the year, and prices at the moderates see a minor uptick (the uptick is mostly due to differences between how weekends work during the two price seasons).
On August 19, prices at the values and moderates drop to 10% higher than the lowest of the year, while deluxe prices remain at the lowest level of the year.
See this for more on 2016 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
AUGUST 2016 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
As I write this, no deals are available for August 2016. If any become available, they will be here.
AUGUST 2016 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
August weather is hot and humid, with afternoon storms common.
The hurricane season officially begins June 1, but hurricanes a 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 such an impact is most likely.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
AUGUST 2015 SPECIAL EVENTS
There are no special events at Disney World in August
AUGUST 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 AUGUST 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.)
8/27/2016. Moderate-minus prices at moderates, low prices at values and deluxes. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=25. Use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary for planning, but check back here in later February