By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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August 2017 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: AUGUST 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

August 2017 at Disney World from yourfirstvisit.net

This page reviews August 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

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.

See this for more on 2017 crowds at Disney World.

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

No deals are currently available for August 2017. If/when they come out, you’ll be able to 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.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution 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.

2017 Weeks to Visit Disney World Ranked in Order from yourfirstvisit.net

Click the image for a calendar view of 2017 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)

7/29/2017 Prices low at deluxes, moderate at moderates, high at values. High-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=37. Use the FastPass+ Higher Crowd Itinerary.

8/5/2017 Prices low at deluxes, moderate at moderates, high at values. Moderate-plus  crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=17. Use the FastPass+ Higher Crowd Itinerary.

8/12/2017 Prices low at deluxes, moderate at moderates and values. Moderate  crowds. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=28. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

8/19/2017 Prices low at deluxes, moderate at moderates and values. Low-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=26. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

8/26/2017 Low prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=25. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.
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