May 2017 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: MAY 2017 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 2017 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
May 2017 crowds begin quite reasonably, build a bit over the course of the month, then become heavy over the Memorial Day weekend.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, I have the month rated with 4/low-plus crowds until the week beginning 5/20, with 6/moderate crowds that week. The week beginning 5/27 I forecast as 8/high-minus crowds–better earlier in the week.
MAY 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
May 2017 hotel prices begin the month 20-45% higher than the lowest of the year.
They stay at this level until May 26, when they bump up for the Memorial Day weekend.
On May 29, prices shift to Summer season–30-45% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15-20% higher at the moderates, and about 10% higher at the deluxes.
See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
MAY 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for May 2017. Details are here.
MAY 2017 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 typical May weather.
MAY 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival continues until May 29, 2017.
MAY 2017 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. Look for a major update to hours a couple of weeks before the month starts.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR MAY 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2017 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 2017 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)