August 2017 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: AUGUST 2017 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 and stay low all month long. Prices begin the month OK at the moderates, and high at the values. Values prices drop to moderate levels on 8/13, and on 8/25 prices drop to among the lowest of the year at both the values and the moderates.
For first-timers who can’t return, the best week is that beginning 8/5–higher crowds and prices than later in the month, but lower hurricane risk. For those who can return, then later in the month is best.
AUGUST 2017 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 7/29 has a crowd rating of 8/high-minus, the week beginning 8/5 7/moderate-plus, the week beginning 8/12 6/moderate, the week beginning 8/19 4/low-plus, and the week beginning 8/26 3/low.
AUGUST 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Prices begin the month at Summer season at the values and moderates–30-45% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and 15-20% higher at the moderates.
On 8/13, prices drop to 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and on 8/25 prices drop at the values to 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year, and to 10-15% higher than the lowest of the year at the moderates.
Deluxe prices begin the month near their lowest level of the year, and drop to the lowest level of the year 8/25/17.
See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
AUGUST 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are currently available for August 2017. Find them here.
AUGUST 2017 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 typical July weather.
AUGUST 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off August 31, with a preview likely August 30.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party may have its earliest shows 8/25 and/or 8/29
AUGUST 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 AUGUST 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.)