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September 2016 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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September 2016 at Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netThis page reviews September 2016 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

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 is one of the least crowded months of the year.

However, effects of the Halloween Party and Food and Wine can make certain days quite crowded  at certain parks.  See this for how to avoid them.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 8/27 has a crowd rating of 3/low, the week beginning 9/3 2/lower, the week beginning 9/10 1/lowest, the week beginning 9/17 2/lower, and the week beginning 9/24 3/low.

See this for more on 2016 crowds at Disney World.


Prices begin the month at the values and moderates 10% higher than the lowest of the year, and deluxe prices being the month at the lowest level of the year.

On September 18, prices increase at the values to 25% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderates to 20% higher than the lowest of the year, and remain at this level through the end of the month. Deluxe prices don;t chnage this date.

On September 23, prices increase at the deluxes to 12% higher than the lowest of the year.

See this for more on 2016 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.


Deals are available for September 2016. Details are here.


September weather at Disney World 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. All of September is in this period.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.


The 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will kick off in September, perhaps as early as September 2.

The 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins in later September, likely the 23rd.


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:


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.

2016 Disney World Week Rankings from

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

9/3/2016. Moderate-minus prices at moderates, low prices at values and deluxes.  Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=23. Use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary

9/10/2016. Moderate-minus prices at moderates, low prices at values and deluxes.   Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=22. Use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary

9/17/2016. Moderate prices at moderates and values, low prices at deluxes. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=24. Use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary

9/24/2016. Moderate prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=26. Use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary
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1 Chasity { 02.18.16 at 10:33 pm }

Dave, we plan to be at Disney September 25- October 1. Is the weather still as humid at the end of September as it is at the beginning?

2 Dave { 02.19.16 at 11:20 am }

Chasity, basically yes, that would be the forecast. Page way down on this page to see the data: You don.t see a real drop til October…

3 KATHY { 02.26.16 at 12:09 pm }

Visiting Sept 27 thru October 3 2016 do you provide a calendar for best park picks for each day. If so where can I locate it. I’m not interested in MNSSHP. And want to work aaroun it.

4 Dave { 02.27.16 at 12:45 pm }

Kathy, I won’t be able to comment about October until the park calendar for then comes out, likely in less than a month. So check back then, OK?

5 Lauren { 03.03.16 at 9:29 pm }

Hello. We have a trip booked September 18-23, with park tickets for the 19-22. I am seeing every where online that the Electric parade and fire works are not taking place from September 5-23!?!? Is this true?! I will be taking a child who will just be turning 1 at that time and an almost 4 year old. This was one event I wanted them to see. I will reschedule our trip if we don’t have the opportunity to see this. I have not seen anything goes on the offical WDW site about September yet. It has just been on other sites.

6 Dave { 03.05.16 at 4:46 pm }

Lauren, what is accurate is that they are not on the schedule now. The September schedule will be updated at least once before then, and they may be put back on it.

For the kids, the afternoon parade is a better choice anyway. If you can afford it, the fireworks at the Halloween Party are better than Wishes.

7 Angie { 03.06.16 at 7:15 am }

We have a WDW trip 16th Sept-23rd Sept. Can I expect a lot of rain or just mild showers? If there is a hurricane, how long do they last usually? Im thinking of changing to a early December visit to WDW because I’m terrified of hurricanes.

8 Dave { 03.07.16 at 9:59 am }

Angie, the rain in September can be anything from a short downpour each afternoon to a multi-day storm. Hurricanes have not had a material impact on WDW since 2004, but oif they trouble you, go another date…

9 Meagan { 03.28.16 at 3:49 pm }

When do they normally put out the specials (like free dining) for September? Any word on an estimation for this year? Thanks!

10 Dave { 03.30.16 at 3:34 pm }

Meagan, last year the deals for September came out near the end of April.

11 gina { 04.17.16 at 5:42 pm }

I plan to take my adult kids in early sept o 16 will it be hot i had bad weather. Plus i would like a package deal for 4 to at least 4 places to see there what can anyond recamond to me. We have been to disney in calf but when my you n gest was around 4 he is 23 and been to la now.

12 Dave { 04.18.16 at 8:12 am }

Gina, early September can be miserably hot and humid. I’ll ask Kelly or Amy to weigh in here on package opportunities–there are really good deals usually available then–for example, see this..

13 Amy { 04.18.16 at 12:46 pm }

Hi Gina,

September will be hot and humid, but crowds should not be excessive at this time. You can build a Magic Your Way package any way you like to fit your family’s needs and we are hoping to see Disney’s fall promotion roll out sometime in the next few weeks. No matter when you book you can roll over to a promotion as long as your reservation qualifies.

14 Angel { 04.28.16 at 1:54 pm }

Planning on visiting Sept 12th/16th. I noticed after booking the wine and food festival starts on the 14th. Can you please give advice towards which day is best to avoid crowds. Booked during this time period thinking crowds would be super low. But now second guessing myself with the wine fest starting. Appreciate any advice… Thanks!

15 Dave { 04.29.16 at 10:29 am }
16 LP { 05.12.16 at 10:28 pm }

Booked at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort for September 12-18 of 2016. We will do two day at MK and two days at Epcot. I also see we will be dealing with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I’m also seeing that MK will be closing at 7 for those parties all that being said what days would you do MK? I was thinking MK on Monday(which I know is not usually a good choice) and Wednesday? I picked those days because of the later hours of the park. What is your take on the whole situation? Oh yea we don’t celebrate Halloween. Thank you in advance!

17 Dave { 05.13.16 at 8:51 am }

LP, because tens of thousands of people think the same way, the later-opening MK days are much more crowded than the 7p close days. I would pick one of each (so you can see the evening stuff.)

18 Sarah { 08.22.16 at 10:11 pm }

We are booking a last minute trip to Disney for sept 5-11. I didn’t think about hurricanes but now I am worried about it. Will travel insurance be good to have if there ends up being a hurricane? We will be traveling a long way with a 4 year old and 7 month old. Also, when are there parades? This will be our first time so I’m trying to do research, but it’s a bit overwhelming. Thank you.

19 Dave { 08.23.16 at 3:02 pm }

Sarah, you dates the Magic Kingdom afternoon parades are 3p and the evening parades 9p except the 8th and 11th, when the park closes at 7p. There’s an 11p parade also a few of these nights.

See this for WDW’s hurricane policy: It’s pretty good, but you may want insurance for your airfare, or if yo aren’t in a WDW hotel.

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